Before it belonged the domestic doyenne, this Mount Desert Island, Maine, house was a June to August getaway for Edsel Ford (yes, of those Fords). Edsel built the house, designed by architect Duncan Candler, in 1925.
When Stewart bought the place in 1997, almost all of the original furnishings, home accents, appliances (like vintage refrigerators) and other items, from linens to cutlery, were included. "I didn't have to buy a plate," she tells Architectural Digest, "although I've certainly added my fair share."
Despite the ample supply that came with the home, Stewart couldn't resist adding her own touches to the place. In the sunny entrance hall, she exchanged a few of the more traditional pieces for ones of her own – most notably, the vintage bench on the left, and on the right, a console that's part of her self-designed collection.
THE HOUSE WAS IN THE FORD FAMILY FOR ALMOST 60 YEARS
Credit: Pieter Estersohn/Architectural Digest
And Stewart is mindful of this legacy. "I look at myself as the caretaker of an American treasure," she says. To see even more from the house, visit Architectural Digest or pick up the magazine's July issue, on newsstands now.