Monday, July 4, 2011

Design - Maine House

We had lunch with friends yesterday in a charming old house built in the 1800s.

Restored to a modern character, while still respecting the home's history,

my friend's home is simple and elegant.

It reflects her style, understated and lovely.

I knew I was in for a treat at the entry hall.
Gorgeous simplicity.

Looking from the entry into the living room.

.....and back the other way.

Hhmmm.... I am feeling a bit covetous.

 Lobster floats in the best colors....and the stands are fabulous.

I love elevating simple things to to the art that they truly are.

Perfect, cozy sitting room.

Love the mirror.

 White porcelain fruits and vegetables - love.

 Fine, sculptural white vases.

Delightful dining room with great art - so wish I had gotten a closer view for you.

The old marble top on this sideboard is fabulous with a wonderful aged  patina.

 Love the red floor and Thomas Moser bar stools.

Thomas Moser bench under the window.
Splendid simplicity, again.

Wonderful dimensional art by Maine artist Barbara Sullivan.

Of course, I had a fit over this fixture.

It has traveled from New Orleans to Dallas to Rockport, Maine.
Here it is again!

Kids play and movie room - I could hang here!

Ooohhhh, the gardens. We had lunch at that table you see on the patio.

All of the window screens push out from the window like the ones you see here. The weather was so mild and perfect that the doors and windows were all just wide open for the day.


 I love the architectural lines of the house - the three tiers of the roof line.

Our lunch salad was made from lettuce picked from the gardens.

 Beautifully restored barn/out building.
Maybe the most charming fort ever!!
Portrait of a boy.

Happy 4th of July!!


  1. Gosh, I'd hate to live in such an ugly place....NOT

    Just gorgeous. Lucky you to visit there. Hope you are having a great 4th.

  2. What a wonderful home. I sent you an email with my cell number. If you are passing through this way I'd love to meet you.


  3. What a treat to visit such a wonderful home. Love the simple decor and neutral color palette!!

  4. I love the presentation of the lobster floats. Those acrylic stands are killer! She has a great sense of style. THose red floors just pop in the kitchen! Great home!

  5. fabulous home!! love her style. the lobsta floats on the stands were perfect for a house in Maine, and LOVE the red floors too. Beautiful, beautiufl!!
    Hope y'all are having a wonderful time!!


  6. How fun! This is a great house. So much to admire. The fort and garden are fabulous. Love all the white and her art!

    I'm doing a great give away on my blog. The 8 ft. round Flokati I used in my Showhouse room!

  7. Great house! How neat for you to be able to visit.

  8. Hello:
    We have just discovered you via Mark Ruffner and have been delighted to have been toured around your friend's most stylish home.

    As you have written, it is all so wonderfully understated and the simple elegance of her style shines out in every room. We love the mix of old and new which all combines to make this a comfortable home which is clearly lived in and looked after. Perfect!

  9. What soul this place has. I would love to hang out with the kids too.

  10. Thank-you for sharing! Just lovely!

  11. What a charming house! Love all of the white - so refreshing and elegant. Beautiful gardens and surrounding property, too.

  12. I haven't been to Maine in a hundred years. O.K. thirty. My website is doing well, so I've been neglecting my blogger pals. Please forgive me and don't forget me. I wanted to give you a heads up: We are so excited to be included in HGTV's Freebie Friday blog giveaway tomorrow. We are giving away a cool Asian lacquer coffee or low side table in one of 5 color options, so come on by for a chance to win!! Its worth upwards of $500.00 so its our biggest yet. Give us a tweet or a thumbs up on our FB page!
    Good Luck!

  13. Interesting house. I do love that table and mirror in the entry way. Hope your doing great.


  14. such a beautiful home *sigh* the furnishings, the pieces of art, the exterior, the yard, all of it! ~Diane



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