Maine: The Way Life Should Be

Yes, that’s the Maine motto! And no, I’m not crazy, insane, or totally nuts. I’m a Mainiac! Born and bred in a small tourist town on the beautiful rocky coast of Maine where the only thing better than the lobster is the picturesque scenery. Ok, maybe I’m a little partial, but it is one of the most stunning places I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. A sparkling ocean dotted with white triangle sails framed by tall evergreens sets the backdrop for old New England-style homes. If you’re lucky enough to take a sail up and down the Maine coast, you’ll catch a glimpse of the unique character of Northern living.

It’s all about bringing the outside in – building a relaxing, comfortable, and unique space. Create that serene backdrop with soft paint colors like these from Sherwin Williams. Muted blues, greens, browns and grays are perfect! And don’t forget about white! Using a light pallet will help reflect natural light and create an open, airy feel.

Sherwin Williams Paint Colors
Sherwin Williams Paint Colors

Next on the list: furniture! Choose simple wood pieces with distressed painted finishes like Stanley’s new Coastal Resort Collection. A neutral paint pallet mixed with these great hanging lanterns and a bit of greenery create the perfect New England vacation home.

Courtesy of Stanleyfurniture.com
Courtesy of Stanley Furniture
Courtesy of Stanleyfurniture.com
Courtesy of Stanley Furniture

Continue implementing those design elements with your upholstered pieces too! Casual fabrics like a solid linen or cotton are a great options. Use basic patterns like ticking stripes on throw pillows to dress it up. Take a look at this gorgeous slipcover sofa by Vanguard Furniture.

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Courtesy of Vanguard Furniture

Using only two colors and a very simple floral pattern, they have created a stunning sofa! Also, choosing a slipcover gives you the option to change the fabrics periodically. And guess what!? Most of them are dry-cleanable. Always a plus! The large branch in the background helps bring nature into the setting and adds height to the tall wall space. I would love to have this in my home. Wouldn’t you?

This next living room design by Lillian August for Hickory White takes advantage of a bold stripe by using it on the entire sofa.

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Courtesy of Hickory White

To keep it subdued, they’ve chosen a muted green and cream colorway. Casegoods with an “unfinished” appearance and a basic hydrangea arrangement round out the casual Maine style.

I hope everyone has the opportunity to visit this majestic place at least once in their lifetime. But … you don’t have time, you say? Well then, let me help you bring this unique, New England-style living into your home. Contact me today to book your personal Maine get-a-way!

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