Tony Shalhoub’s Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard

by hookedonhouses on April 13, 2010

Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams Cottage on Martha's Vineyard

Actor Tony Shalhoub and his wife Brooke Adams have a charming cottage on Martha’s Vineyard where they spend their summers with their family. Country Living featured their 2,500 square foot saltbox recently, and I loved it.

Tony Shalhoub's Cottage on Martha's Vineyard

In the article, Katy McColl writes: “Although you might expect a couple of Hollywood stars to opt for a seaside manse with marble bathrooms and an infinity pool, Shalhoub and Adams — who met in 1989 while performing on Broadway — chose this getaway precisely because it’s an antidote to their family’s other life, in Los Angeles.”

Tony Shaloub's Cottage on Martha's Vineyard - Dining Area

The house was built in the 1930s by a man who–on a bet–used only a hammer and handsaw. As a result, the house has no insulation or drywall, and a few other quirks, as well.

What a fun idea to hang small paintings up the staircase like this (and I love those old books stacked on the table, too!):

Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams Cottage on Martha's Vineyard

A lot of DIY projects were involved in decorating the house. For example, Brooke’s sister Lynne built their daughter Sophie this bed with white picket fencing:

Bed with picket fence headboard

This looks like the perfect place to spend the summer to me! I’ll probably need to get my own TV show to afford it, though. Did you know that the cost of living on the island is 60% higher than the national average? And housing prices are 96% higher (via the Vineyard Gazette).

Tony Shalhoub's Martha's Vineyard Cottage Kitchen

Visit Country Living to read the article and see the entire slideshow of the cottage. (Photos by Lucas Allen.)

Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams Cottage on Martha's Vineyard Exterior

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Annie@A View on Design April 13, 2010 at 7:19 am

hmmm martha’s vineyard ay – the place to be if you got a bit of cash in the bank!!! – lovely home tho!
.-= Annie@A View on Design´s last blog ..Grande Adelaide Cont. Queen Anne =-.

Cori Heffernan April 13, 2010 at 7:21 am

I loved the fact that they kept the green formica. How many hollywood folks can say that? BTW tonite is a new design show that looks really good. I can’t remember the name of it but it is about a husband and wife design team and their 7 kids living in NYC.

Missie@Crafting with Cat Hair April 13, 2010 at 7:33 am

I just received my Country Living magazine last night and saw this house. I immediately thought of your blog and wondered if it would be showing up soon. Yay! I have fallen in love this house. It looks so quaint and relaxing!
.-= Missie@Crafting with Cat Hair´s last blog ..Please, Mr. Postman =-.

Jessica at LAvender and Lilies April 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

I love the simplicity. It seems so relaxing.
.-= Jessica at LAvender and Lilies´s last blog ..Summer Shopping Basket =-.

Stephanie April 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

What a beautiful place to have if you can afford it. I love the staircase, what a fun idea!

hookedonhouses April 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

It’s called “9 by Design” and it’ll be on Bravo. I’ve got my DVR set to record it. I watched their preview episode and it looks good! -Julia

Kirsten April 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

That cottage is gorgeous: *because* it’s not perfect, *because* its not brand-spanking new and precisely co-ordinated. But amazing to me that even the most casual, non-fussy living comes at steep prices. How the other half lives, eh?
.-= Kirsten´s last blog ..A Happy Place =-.

Carmen April 13, 2010 at 7:56 am

I love it! I love all of the white and all of the color.
.-= Carmen´s last blog ..My Son =-.

Sheila April 13, 2010 at 7:56 am

Love it, of course. And the Martha’s Vinyard/Nantucket style will def. be more affordable in Kansas!!! BTW, we went to the Wichita Spring Parade of Homes this weekend and saw some great (and not so great) houses and got some neat ideas for the dream home. It’s always a learning experience. Went into a $209,000 house and saw some great finishing touches; also went into a $1.5 million house and left vastly disappointed — mainly b/c of the decorating choices: horrible carpets and wall paint, odd layout, decor in a style (or styles) not fitting the style of house. It’s bizarre where some people put their money when building. But 1 house had a 6-car garage (and oversized at that) that had 3 entrances into the home. Good grief!!!!
.-= Sheila´s last blog ..Cardsharp vs. card shark =-.

Heather Collins April 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

I had to visit HOH first thing this morning……its been that kind of week so far!
Thanks for this post, it was a refreshing uplift!

Monique April 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

I love this place..and MV:)
.-= Monique´s last blog ..Soul Food #50~ =-.

Pat April 13, 2010 at 8:17 am

If I had to use one word to describe this would be “refreshing”. You kind of get the ahhh feeling when you look at the pictures. What a great job of decorating, nothing shouts at you, but instead urges you to relax and enjoy the surroundings. How cool!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..MY NEW SPECS =-.

MissCaron April 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

Love it … not sure how I feel about no insulation though!
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..Jesse =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints April 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

The symmetry of the those pictures under each step…just made me happy on the inside:) Really liked the light over the table too. Very charming:)
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..Date Night =-.

LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE April 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

I saw Martha’s Vineyard in your headline… I was hoping for a beach cottage. And here it is! It doesn’t disappoint. Charming!! Like you, I like the little paintings outlining the stair profile. I get to go to the beach soon; I can’t wait! Thanks, -susan
.-= LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE´s last blog ..Recipe for Small Yet Functional Cottage Kitchen & Delicious Chocolate Banana Bread =-.

Terri April 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

There are some wonderful ideas in this cute little house. That built in day bed and the little single bed with the fence headboard. Thanks for the Post.

LoveFeast Table April 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

I could escape there from my regular life, too!! Not a bad gig!
.-= LoveFeast Table´s last blog ..Phillips Restaurant in Baltimore =-.

Vanessa April 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

So charming – no insulation and all! Love the window seat with the beautiful, blue fabrics.
.-= Vanessa´s last blog ..Original Art + Fight Against Cancer – I’m in =-.

greenie April 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

Have you seen the new HGTV Green Home for 2010? It’s in Plymouth, MA and very much this same style, except with eco-friendly features. Contest starts this Friday (4/16).

Vicki April 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

I love all of the bright natural light! Oh, and that corner seat… what a great place to read! =)
.-= Vicki´s last blog ..But broccoli is good for you! =-.

Pat April 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

I like the simplicity and brightness of Tony’s house! I love both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. I would be very content to live on either island, but as you pointed out Julia that would mean I’d have to somehow be very rich! :-)
.-= Pat´s last blog ..Spring Angels, Flowers, and Beautiful Vistas =-.

hip hip gin gin April 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

Such a lovely, cozy place! Just from looking at that house you can tell that Tony and his wife must be cool people.

Katelyn Likes This April 13, 2010 at 10:37 am

I love how they’ve painted all the wood (walls up to ceilings) in a nice crisp white. Had they kept the original dark wood it would have looked as crisp or fresh. I usually never like to paint wood, but sometimes it’s for the best.

desiree April 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

Love the art along the stairs–Well, actually I love it all!
.-= desiree´s last blog ..Just Listed: Eichler Gem =-.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger April 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

.-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..Taking Advantage of Opportunity =-.

Mom in High Heels April 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

How adorable! I want to go curl up on that built in day bed and read a book. I love the history of the house.
.-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..In Vino Veritas =-.

melissa @ the inspired room April 13, 2010 at 11:09 am


Amy April 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

I love Tony Shaloub! This house is truly fantastic. I would choose it over a mansion any day. It feels so peaceful. The lack of insulation would probably make it much less peaceful in the winter 😉
.-= Amy´s last blog ..Apparently… =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now April 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

What wouldn’t I do to have a nice little vacay spot like that…for ME? 😉 I’d go all by myself. Love their kitchen!!

Heidi April 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Now THIS is a cottage! Love it. It’s perfect.

Courtney @ Nesting Instincts April 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

gasp! I’m in love! This has got to be one of my favorite homes you’ve featured. (Not sure how I missed it in Country Living, but….) I see now why it’s a “summer home”…without any insulation! Yikes. What a fun retreat for them. Nice to see his face too…I miss Monk. :-)
.-= Courtney @ Nesting Instincts´s last blog {extreme} master bedroom makeover =-.

Nichole April 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Love this cottage. I’m very much wondering where my Country Living is. I know I have a subscription…
.-= Nichole´s last blog ..14 Years =-.

Struggler April 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Lovely spot for the summer, even if their ‘cottage’ is considerably larger than my ‘house’. :)
.-= Struggler´s last blog ..Giveaway Winner & Fun Brit Bits =-.

Kim April 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I love Tony, he’s an amazing actor. Now that’s a cottage I would actually love to live in. It’s the same size as my families current home. That cottage has great style too.

Debbie April 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Wow Julia, I love this home. I love the cottage look anyhow, but this is over the top amazing. I also love it when you show the porches or outdoor areas of homes that you post about. I love your blog….love all these homes! Hope you are doing great!

angela | the painted house April 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Ooo, I love that yellow bar stool.
.-= angela | the painted house´s last blog ..The Best of the Cottage: Fakin’ It =-.

Melissa April 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I am hyperventilating. That is just perfect. Sigh. Thank you for this lovely post. Now, I am ready for summer. xox MBM
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..Lilly Pulitzer Barbie Giveaway =-.

E. George April 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Hi Julia what can I say that you and all the other girls have not said already. Can I say yes please I want that house. Thank you for this beautiful post you did it again… Must tell you someone brought back catalogues from Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel so many beautiful things and ideas wish we had them here I would send us bankrupt. Hope you guys are enjoying Spring weather and of course the flowers… Till next time Regards Esther from Syndey….

Sue @Rue Mouffetard April 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Thanks so much for posting this…I tried to see it on Country Living and I kept getting a blank screen….I’m vacationing on MV in June for the first time and I can tell you the rental prices are insane and the people renting them are even crazier!!
Thanks for the tip off on the cost of living…I think we will bring a few boxes of food from home!

Kathy :) April 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Hey Girlfriend remember me ??? I can’t wait to go back and read all about MV, I love that island….I have been quite a few times….but can you believe I have never done Nantucket ??? This summer for sure…..

I hope you had a nice Easter and the bunny was good to Lily :) We spent this year out in CA, La Jolla, we had such a nice time….but I tell ya they can have their earthquakes, that was a first for me and I pray to God the last !!!! Julia it was so scary, have you ever experienced one…

Well I am off to Dreamland……just wanted to pop in and let you know I still exisit lol

All the best,
xo Kathy :)

Tricia Rose April 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Just perfect, not gussied up. Isn’t itcurious to get such insight into someone’s attitude to life from their kitchen counters!
.-= Tricia Rose´s last blog ..The Bright Side =-.

Susan April 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm

First of all I am so very fond of all of Tony’s work. Their house on Martha’s vineyard it charming. It’s a real “fishing camp”. A place where you kick off your shoes, play scrabble and make memories that money can’t buy. Good for you Tony and Brooke!! I think you have your priorities in line.

Susan and Bentley
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Tiny Table Top Tea Party =-.

Cheryl April 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Love it, so fresh! The painted vaulted ceiling made my heart skip a beat. This is going in my dream cottage file – which is more of a 3″ binder than a file. It’s my version of the Sears Wishbook.
I just picked up the April issue and no Tony’s cottage. Is it in the May issue?

hookedonhouses April 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

It’s in the May issue. Mine just arrived yesterday! -Julia

Angela April 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

HAHA – shouldn’t their house be in Nantucket?! (from his days on Wings)
What a beautiful house! My dream home is on MV. I love that island so much! One reason why it is so expensive is because everything has to come via boat from the Cape.

.-= Angela´s last blog ..I’m a Cat… =-.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile April 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Such a sweet looking place. I really love it.
.-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Second Hand Chic: A new book from Curbly =-.

Susan April 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I LOVE cottages and this one is adorable! I’m moving in…NOW! :-)
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Hillside Solutions and Bottle Tree Dreams =-.

Robin April 16, 2010 at 6:18 am

I love this house. Love the airiness of the white wood and then the fabrics for the color!
.-= Robin´s last blog ..Early American Furniture =-.

Glori May 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I think this is a wonderful house, it’s great to see what they did with it, with Brooke being the decider, and Tony realizing what great decisions she made! I love the built-in couch and what they did with it!

Becky October 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Very little I would change about this one.

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