Design snapshot: Bodacious barge and eave boards

If you've ever been to the West Tisbury Farmers' Market on Martha's Vineyard, then you're familiar with the Grange Hall. Saturday, while others were browsing the Market's fresh produce, herbs, flowers, and artisan fare, I was snapping photos of the Market's mainstay, the Grange Hall.

The c. 1859 timber-frame Hall boasts bold, carved, rake and eave boards. The simple cut-out pattern casts a strong geometric shadow, calling attention to and celebrating the roof's edge. I was taken by a similarly dynamic carved roof treatment on another agrarian building in this earlier Design snapshot. In fact, I'm often attracted to decorative roof detailing, as in the lead photo for my upcoming fine-art photography exhibit.

Thoughtful accents like these team with natural light to great design effect.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast