The owner of this shingled house in Seal Harbor, Maine, is not a decorator, has never hired a decorator, and is not one to insist that everything in her home come from some rarefied source. She happily mixes sea grass mats from Pottery Barn, a poster from a photography show, and collections of rocks and shells with antique gilt-framed mirrors and a ship carpenter's trunk. "As long as it looks good," she says, "it doesn't matter where it comes from." By trusting her eye and rolling up her sleeves, she has created a summer home for herself and her husband that is extraordinarily beautiful and utterly original.
In the octagonal dining room, still covered with the wallpaper that was in the house when the owner arrived, part of her collection of fish plates is stored in an old pantry.
The home's color scheme was inspired by the woods outside. These paints are similar to the ones the owner used. Ivory White is a fail-safe trim color. Eiderdown, in the guesthouse common room, reflects the surrounding trees. Sandy Hook Gray, on the porch wall, bridges the interior and exterior. Churlish Green gives the living room a spring feel. Laurel Woods, on the porch furniture, is a softer alternative to black.
In addition to being an inveterate fixer-upper, the owner is also a sculptor. She made the ceramic dogs on a table, opposite, in the kitchen area; the one modeled on her shih tzu, Barney (in the foreground), has hair she created with a fettucine maker (she used a garlic press for the dog on the right). Her collection of photos by celebrity portraitist George Daniell is also on display.
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