A Mood of Sunny Summers Past

By Ike Kligerman Barkley

"Summer sky, summer sea, summer breeze - a house built to savor them all" 

An enticing title for the cover story of the July 1968 issue of House Beautiful, written by Editor Elizabeth Sverbeyeff. 

This week we took a look back at summer houses buried in our precious collection of design magazines from the late 60s.  

We were surprised to find timeless architecture and interiors - some inspirational for their enduring simplicity and others for their groovy decoration.  Pictures accompanied by original writing and captions.

Enjoy this trip back in time. 

On Martha's Vineyard, as deliciously lonely as a lighthouse, shingled in the grand manner of 19th-century seaside mansions, a young, exciting house takes its wondrous outside form from the changing plans of its remarkable interiors.

A lovely aura of honey in the comb, sweet grass, clover - the innocent peace of lemonade days when families clung closer together - emanations of old contentment lovingly caught in the vacation-house make-over of a Victorian farmstead in New England.

In the barn: the old, the rural, given an air of young urbanity. 

A perfect pool pavilion - its dressing room pampers guests with cosmetics and fragrance especially created for the sun and water life. 

The quintessence of poolside luxury and summer entertaining - the enchanting pavilion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chambers, Atlanta, Georgia. Architects Jova, Daniels, and Busby.

Contemporary House that Moves the Emotions. 

The clean, perfect line of the windows. The crisp cuts of the brick.  The light, the shadow. A statement for today. 

Behind this cool restraint, a drama of space and light created by Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen on a hemmed-in site only 23 1/2 feet wide. A lesson, perhaps in the use of architecture to touch the senses.

The interiors: vivid colors, striking furnishings measure up to the architecture. 

In the kitchen, brisk efficiency softened by a view of the outside greenery.

Twin skylight towers light the interiors.  

The Row House Perfected in Suburban Stockholm.

Herewith an enlightening hint of suburbia, Swedish style, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sigvard Bahrke and their three small children. 

When Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Miller want to live off-the-cosmopolitan stage for a time, they leave their Manhattan apartment, or London townhouse, or English estate and head for their holiday villa, Es Moli, at San Servera, shown here and on the following four pages.  There, a complete change of pace. Leisurely. Relaxed. Involved only with close friends who also delight in clear skies, calm waters, the refreshment of informal living. Architect for the main house and guesthouse, Jose Alcover. 

Across the main floor of Es Moli, there is a loggia with dining and living-room sections, flanked by duck curtains to be drawn against evening breezes. 

Two or three times a year, Architect Thorne Sherwood and his wife escape from Stamford, Connecticut's busy pace to the pleasant idling of island life on British-owned Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Eleuthera (from the Greek, meaning "free") is everyone's dream of an island Utopia - deliciously balmy, fragrant with oleander and hibiscus, and, to the residents' delight, still "undiscovered".

Rising above a winding stretch of white beach, "Round House" is, for all its drama, a snug sanctuary in the hurricane-prone subtropics.

Set on a Port-au-Prince hilltop in the midst of an Eden of planting, the paper-lace Victorian house built in 1912 for a merchant prince, now enjoyed by Lawrence Peabody - famed designer of furniture, rugs and decor - and his family. 

A  view of a young Thomas Peabody's room. Headboard appliqued with basketwork. Behind the bed, a weaving from India.

A focal point in the boy's room, a pineapple-patterned chest painted by Haitian Jasmin Joseph.

We'd be remiss to exclude some of the highly suspect advertisements that also graced these pages of 1960s journalism. Here are a few of our favorites:

Happy Summer!