Today’s home tour is chock-a-block full of collectible eye candy and is a coastal home in Maine. The minute that you see the location you’ll know why Molly chose to leave her home state and start a new adventure here!
Meet homeowner Molly, who has a great eye for collecting and for interior design! I’ve known her for sometime now on Instagram as Molly In Maine and always enjoy when she comes up in my feed. Let’s get to know her a bit better and this post is full of photos that I hope you love as much as I do!
“I’m Molly, and am married with three grown children (two girls and a boy). My husband, John, works in California, so most of the time it is just me here with our two dogs Maddie and Cisco and two cats Izzie and Tuck. Maddie loves to pose for the camera, so you can see her in many photos! We lived in Maryland for 28 years. When I retired from my career with the federal government in 2017 we sold that home and I moved to Maine.”
“Two of our children went to Colby College here in Maine and that is when I fell in love with this beautiful state, its people and way of life. We bought this property in 2016. I like to say I bought a view with two tiny rundown seasonal cottages attached to it! Our house is located in the MidCoast area of Maine — about halfway between Portland and Bar Harbor.”
“During the winter of 2017 we did a complete renovation of the guest cottage by the road.”
“Starting at the end of 2017 we began construction on the main house. The original cottage by the water was demolished and the location of the house was moved back just outside the required 75-ft coastal set-back line. The house was custom designed by a local architect and I chose all the interior finishes — flooring, ceiling trim, tile, lighting, kitchen cabinetry and counters, hardware, etc.”
“We sold our home in Maryland in the spring of 2018 and I moved into the 450 sq ft guest cottage with our two dogs and cats. We lived there for 6 months (agh!) until we were able to move into the mostly completed main house in October 2018. I have also done all the interior design work in the house myself. I have always loved interior design and this home has been my crowning achievement!”
“The furniture and accessories come from various sources. I moved some items from our home in Maryland. I was really fortunate to acquire some antique furniture and accessories from my parents’ home when they downsized.“
“I love to go to antique stores and shows and local estate auctions and have found some unique pieces for the home. The upholstered pieces are from a local store. I love coastal style, casual living, and the color blue! The colors and many of the accessories in the home were chosen to reflect the natural views out the many large windows. This house is all about the water view!”
“Exterior landscaping was started last year. There are three different areas — the lawn area with plantings surrounding the house (this year I added 20 limelight hydrangeas along the back deck!), a wildflower meadow running from the house up to the road, and a lower lawn area with a stone fire pit and bordered with marsh grass next to the water. Each year I tackle a different area of the property — there are years of work ahead of me!”
Some of my favorite things about the house:
I love how when you walk in the front door you can see straight out to the water.
All the natural light from the windows
The see-through stone gas fireplace that anchors the downstairs living and dining areas. It was made from locally quarried stone that was used for fill and unearthed when the basement was dug. It is a work of art and the old stone has such character.
The blue pantry cabinet was colored matched to my sapphire blue BlueStar range.
The big reclaimed pine table in the dining area that was made by a local craftsman.
The pieces of antique blue and white transferware that were part of my mom’s huge collection.
I had the four poster bed in the master bedroom made from a beautifully painted antique cottage style headboard.
I had so much fun designing each of the three bathrooms!
Most of the upholstered furniture is slip-covered so it can be easily washed. It also makes it easy to switch things up seasonally with different slipcovers, throw pillows, and rugs!
The large wrap around deck with amazing views of the water in Molly’s coastal home in Maine!
The long pot rack made from plumbing fittings hanging over the stove.
The giant seagull print, antique water bird engravings, and carved seagull decoys.
The dog shower in the mud room! Dogs get dirty daily in this coastal home in Maine!
The pine beams, bead board ceiling in the kitchen, and tongue and groove paneling in several areas of the house.
My recently acquired collection of Cornishware displayed in the pine hutch in the dining room.
My display of fish moulds in the kitchen.
And of course — the water view!
Thank you to Molly for providing us with so many photos to inspire! Be sure to head on over and visit her at Molly In Maine on Instagram for more of her coastal home in Maine!
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