Home Court Advantage

Home & Garden

May 2012

Most people can’t walk into Ruby Simonds’ house without saying “wow.” Right away. Just inside the front door is a massive curved flying staircase like something out of a Colonial mansion or a movie about the Old South. The staircase, seemingly unsupported, rises from a black-and-white floor to a spacious second-floor landing. The dark woodwork and stainless steel spindles between the steps and railing give it an even more distinctive look. “Everybody says something about the staircase,”said Simonds. “The whole entry way, really, is breathtaking.” Simonds says that while the staircase is a showstopper, when she first saw the house, she saw something she really liked in every room. Built in 2005, it’s a large, rambling two-story with a Shingle look on the outside and lots of unique,eye-catching contemporary features inside. Simonds and her husband, Michael,bought it about two years ago. “We looked at a lot of houses, but this was the only one where every little thing was just right,” said Simonds. Yarmouth architect Kevin Browne designed the home with many of the more prominent features suggested by the home’s first owners.