As interior decorator Christopher B. Boshears explained to Architectural Digest in 1999, "John and Kelly come to Maine to relax. The house had to be comfortable, but the structure demanded elegance."
The bright-yellow walls, floral wallpaper trim, vibrant green rug and rooster décor make this seating area is oh-so-delightful.
In 1999, Kelly Preston told AD that after she and John bought the property, they "redid everything—carpet, furniture—in cream and eggshell." Of course, when Christopher came in, he added the finishing touches.
While Kelly and John originally updated their house with neutrals, Christopher said they loved his bright and bold ideas. "They couldn't quite put their finger on what they wanted," he previously told AD, "but when I showed up with lots of color, they went nuts."
At the time, John told the magazine the Maine mansion had good bones but just needed some updating. "You could see the potential of the house—in terms of the quality of the wood and craftsmanship, it's built like a yacht—but there was so much to do," he shared. "The first month, we had to install a hotel-size furnace system and have the kitchen redone."
So what does one do with 42 rooms total? Well, the couple let their imagination run wild. For example, they turned the attic into "a children's fantasy-land" that featured a stage, schoolroom, playroom and other thematic bedrooms like the Princess Room, the Airplane Room and the Peter Pan Room.