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Maine Homes by Down East Magazine, Fall 2021

Maine Homes by Down East Magazine

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Editor’s Note

The Guide

Pretty, earth-friendly home products, a designer’s serene new Camden décor shop, artful local mugs, fresh looks for two Gilded Age inns, a Bailey Island landmark with presidential ties, a 19th-century merchant’s Franklin place needs a hero, and candid answers to your home and garden dilemmas.

Get Inspired

We’re crushing on this Falmouth green retreat, a dramatic makeover for a Portland Cape, five minutes with Indian Township artist Geo Neptune, DIYers are ready to roll in their spiffed-up fifth-wheel, the walls are alive in Cheryl Tyler’s Brunswick home, and a lobsterboat lounge in Machiasport.

The Secret of Porters Landing

A writer wrestles with four decades spent in a slave-trader’s Freeport Federal.

By Kathleen Sullivan

Writer’s Rooms

Taking cues from beyond the grave, Carla Baade Turner is returning author Kate Douglas Wiggin’s Hollis home to its former glory as a genteel summer retreat.

By Sara Anne Donnelly

How to Design a Pretty Good House

The grassroots building standard launched in Portland balances cost and energy performance.

By Jesse Ellison

2021 Maine Homes Design Awards

Which industry pros and readers got top honors in our fourth annual contest? View the 10 winning projects.

French Connection

A decorator helps a Falmouth mother rebuild her family’s lost collection of French antiques, one gilded chair at a time.

By Sara Anne Donnelly

Art & Soul

An 18th-century Cape Elizabeth farmhouse is the ultimate artistic collaboration for a creative, can-do family.

By Petra Guglielmetti

Sustainable Style

Draw inspiration from three sets of owners who pulled off energy-efficient dwellings with modest carbon footprints.

By Sarah Stebbins

Wild Things

In Blue Hill, a couple has created a blooming refuge for birds, pollinators, and local garden lovers.

By Virginia M. Wright

Why I Live Here

Mindi Poston Gay savors the Penobscot Bay view from her Lincolnville garage/living space/studio while she plans a home on the property.


Cover photo by Erin Little

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