Thursday, March 20, 2014

Updating Mom's House #4: A Coastal Maine Table

My sister, Joanne, and I are updating and redecorating our Mom's condo for her while she recovers from a stroke and thought it would be fun to share our progress with you. We started with the Living Room, moved on to the Master Bedroom and Bath, and are about to start on the kitchen...

It was almost dinnertime when we finished cleaning up from painting Mom's bedroom. We were tired and looking forward to a quiet dinner and a glass (or two?) of wine.

Our Mom's home is not just on the ocean, it hangs right over it!  Our little corner of ocean is Casco Bay in Portland, Maine. We're lucky to always have the table with the view...
When Mom originally chose the colors for her kitchen, she was inspired by the busy harbor outside her windows and decorated the room in red, white and blue.

Joanne repainted the kitchen chairs and picked up some new accessories to dress up Mom's and white linen napkins, blue pottery dishes and crystal-beaded napkin rings...and was anxious to use them. So, amidst the messy paint buckets, drop cloths, brooms and brushes...

Joanne set a special table for supper.

We're lucky to be just a short walk from the local fish market...

Fresh fish, a green salad, and wine...served on a pretty table overlooking Casco Bay...what more could we want after a long day of painting and redecorating?

"Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention...
       ...Magic happens."  *     

*Quotation from Phylicia Rashad
This post is linked to:
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On the Porch
 Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm


  1. the color scheme. The napkins are beautiful.

  2. What a lovely table and such an amazing view! Dinner there would be a treat all the time!

  3. That is lovely. I really hope you mother gets well soon and can go home and enjoy the transformation of her apartment. You've been so busy and have done a super job!

  4. Lovely table, view, and special times as a family. Wish I could shop at your local fish market.

  5. Your Mom is in for a big surprise...or maybe you're showing her pictures as you go along? Do you know when she's coming home?

  6. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments...they mean so much to me. We don't know yet when, or if, Mom will be able to come home...she has a long way to go in rehab., especially with walking and swallowing. But it is making us feel good to work on her home while she is needed it and it was difficult for her at age 92 to keep up with the "little things" anymore. It's been a welcome distraction and a chance to spend more time with my sisters. We actually did a few more projects (almost done!) which I'll try to post soon. So good to hear from each of you!

  7. WOW! I love the colors! The view! The dishes and linens! Praying for your mom's health. I am sure she will love all the redecorating you are doing. You are doing a great job.
    Blessings My Friend,

  8. what a special thing you and your sister are doing, you will have so many memories of this time you created together! Beautiful table and view!

  9. Hello from Central NH so glad I found your blog. I love your table colors and fresh fish what could be better.

  10. Nice table. Love the colors and patterns.


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