A Maine cottage home tour today…
With a passion for pieces from the past, see how the homeowners of this 1863 Maine vacation home brought it back to life!
This quaint cottage is located in Castine, Maine, a quiet seaside village located on a beautiful peninsula in Penobscot Bay.
I’m so excited that my friend interior designer and antique expert Loi Thai of Tone On Tone is graciously sharing his waterfront summer escape with us today! I’ve come to know Loi over the last 4 or 5 years on Instagram and have long been a fan of his work. He is a respected antique dealer and authority on Swedish painted furniture. After a career at the Smithsonian he then ran a successful antique store. Two years ago he closed his antique shop in the D.C. area to focus full time on design work.
Maine Cottage Home Tour
The white clapboard cottage overlooks Castine Harbor, Penobscot Bay and was built in 1863.
“On our first visit to Castine, Maine about 10 years ago, Tom and I fell in love with our current cottage but it wasn’t for sale then. So we ended up purchasing a huge historic house in the same town. After spending a few summers in that big house with 5 bedrooms and 6 fireplaces, we decided it was really too big for just the two of us. “
“During the entire time, we never stopped thinking about the simple cottage down by the water. It finally came on the market in 2015, and we jumped on it. “
“We had no idea the cottage needed so much work. It had been a summer rental for many years, and closed up during the long Maine winters.”
“Long story short, a small remodel turned into a one and a half year renovation. We found so much rot, electric hazards, etc. We ended up gutting most of the house and replaced all the windows.”
“The fireplace, staircase, and upstairs floors are all original. We loved the size of the original house and kept the exact footprint – we didn’t increase an inch because we wanted a small home.”
“I decorated it in a coastal style with lots of vintage and antique finds. I had so much fun sourcing many of the found objects locally in Maine.”
“Our favorite thing to do is sit in the living room and just chill.”
Maine cottage home tour – The Kitchen
Maine cottage home tour – The Dining Room
Loi is an expert gardener, as well as all of his other pursuits. If you follow along with him over on his Instagram account here – LOITHAI, you’ll be smitten with his topiaries and all that he shares (as I am!).
Maine cottage home tour – Bedrooms
The Master Bedroom.
Maine cottage home tour – Curated Collections
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