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Maine Homes by Down East Magazine, May/June 2019

Maine Homes by Down East Magazine

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2019 Maine AIA Design Awards

Feast your eyes on the winners of the state’s most prestigious architecture awards.

Cool and Collected

An art enthusiast finds his place in a favorite community.

By Debra Spark

The Funhouse

Visual thrills await around every corner in a Portland couple’s colorful, historic home.

By Sara Anne Donnelly

One Cottage in Maine

A Washington County retreat takes its cues from Scandinavian style and beloved children’s stories.

By Laura Wallis

Moss & Blooms

Hard work, patience, and synergy beautify a neglected Camden lot.

By Virginia M. Wright

Why I Live Here

Come sit for a spell on reader Joan Black’s Biddeford porch with panoramic views of Basket and Stage islands and Wood Island Light.


The Guide

Fresh floral items for your home, elegant, 19th-century pattern glass anyone can collect, three stylish new places to sip or sup, a roomy American Foursquare in need of saving, a Windham vintage shop packed with unexpected treasures, roadtripping through Belfast, top designers’ wallpaper picks, and straight-shooting advice on your home and garden conundrums.

Get Inspired

We’re loving this Kingfield log cabin, a Portland couple wakes up their tired master suite, five minutes with designer Jessie Tobias, inside the studio where busy painter Amy Pollien creates her botanical still lifes, and a boathouse that had seen better days becomes a chic retreat for a Castine family.


Homey Things to Do This Season


Notes from Underground

A father’s basement record keeping provides his daughter with precious insights into his past.

By Lyn Mikel Brown 

House Hunting

Want to see some of the coolest period architecture Maine has to offer? Grab a partner, and our turn-by-turn guide, and hop in the car.

By Julie Senk 

How Does Your Maine Garden Grow? 

Don’t let our harsh climate intimidate you. Bright, colorful beds are easy to achieve with some simple precautions and an adventurous spirit.

By Virginia M. Wright

On the cover: The chic Castine retreat featured in our Nautical Style story, photographed by Jared Kuzia.

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