Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Home Tour: A Coastal Maine Farmhouse

Last week we were camping in mid-coast Maine when a dear friend invited us to Sunday brunch at her ocean front 1880's farm house. A beautiful active woman in her 80's (who still models!), our friend is known as a fantastic cook, so we couldn't wait to go.

What we didn't know was that she is also an interior decorator extraordinaire with a home that belongs in the pages of Country Living magazine.

When you step onto the side porch, the first thing you see is this old blackboard, covered with the words of a favorite poem about life by the sea. The old camp chairs are in the side entry, just outside the kitchen. I love that they are numbered!

 The little kitchen is filled with vintage cooking utensils, fresh flowers, herbs and antiques. 

Our friend is an artist at heart. She sees everyday objects as beautiful. On the way to the living room, we pass this old door hung on the wall . . . a piece of art.

She works on her watercolors in front of a big window looking out at the Atlantic Ocean . . . beautiful even on a foggy morning.

And decorates on a shoestring, using her creativity to transform flea market (and roadside!) finds.

The old iron beds in the guestroom are positioned so that they look out at the ocean.

  I could spend a week cuddled under one of those quilts listening to the sounds of the sea.

In the corner of the living room is a writing desk, an old table really . . . covered with books, notes, sketches, family photos, and yet another view of the ocean beyond.

Every corner of this home tells a story . . . 

And welcomes you to sit for awhile.

Breakfast was served on the old screened porch, with the ocean just outside.

The jam is home made and the Nasturtiums are from the kitchen garden.

No words are needed to describe this view!

I loved the little yellow playhouse hidden in the side yard.

It is surrounded by native wildflowers, which are listed on a board on the side of the playhouse!

 Here's a peek inside!

And this is the house from the driveway. There is a lighthouse just up the road.

The straw hat bird house on the door of the old garage bids us "Goodbye", although I really wished I never had to leave this place.

As the blackboard by the door says,
"I go down to the edge of the sea,
How everything shines in the morning light!"

Indeed it does.

This post is linked to:
Style Showcase #42 at Savvy Southern Style
Talk of the Town #136 at Knick of Time
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Flaunt IT Friday #412 at Chic On a Shoestring
DIY Salvaged Junk #439 at Funky Junk Interiors
Happiness Is Homemade #234 at Bluesky at Home
Sundays at Home at Little Farmstead
Amaze Me Monday #277 at Dwellings


  1. What an enchanting place! The colors of the items on the breakfast table in the screened porch were especially lovely. I wonder what the story is with those stone pillars near the playhouse...

    1. Hi KSP, I'm thinking the pillars are probably the original steps up to the porch on the house; they are granite and that is quite typical here. I went crazy over this house; it truly belongs in Country Living; my photos don't do it justice. Anyway, thanks for taking to time to comment,

  2. What I wouldn't give to live in this house and right on the ocean!

    1. Me too!It's actually For Sale as my friend wants to downsize to a condo but I'm afraid there is no way we could afford it! -Cheryl

  3. DREAMY! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  4. This little house is adorable.
    Have a lovely week ahead.

  5. Hello! I'm visiting from Amazing Monday...what a wonderful haven by the sea! I am in love with the kitchen...truly a lovely place!


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