I had a blast working on this personal project. My partner, Alex, is working from home and I needed a space where I could be creative but also put in the hard work. We had 100sf, a budget of "as-cheap-as-possible," and tons of rental restrictions--but good design always starts with a little problem solving, right?
I infused the space with lots of neutral colors and tons of texture to keep it warm. I threw in my favorite vintage pieces, a big oversized paper lantern, and a bookshelf bar (??) for some soul. & just like that, it's our favorite spot in town.
mid-century home office
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This was a lovely project and a great exercise in creative collaboration. Kristan Vermeulen, the host and storyteller behind Makers of Maine, was interested in an office refresh when she began working from home due to COVID. Rather than filling her new space with junk from big-box stores, she asked me to help her curate a space with furniture, art, and décor made and sourced exclusively from Maine makers.
This was a unique and fun challenge. We brought in furniture from Chilton Furniture, art by Freeport-based artist Sarah Day, a geometric rug from Mougalian Rugs, and accessories from my favorite vintage sources like Viand Vintage, Portland Flea-for-All, and Jellison Traders. The final product feels lofty, easy-going, and most importantly is grounded by handmade pieces full of the soul of Maine.
traditional, coastal living
These amazing clients have deep ties to the New England coast--they met in Boston, were engaged on Nantucket, and had a beautiful wedding on the sea in Cape Elizabeth. When they asked me to decorate their first house, my goal was to represent their love for the coast and completely avoid nautical cliches. I wanted to give them a grown up, classic space that felt truly theirs.
I started with a timeless white linen sofa with a slipcover, safe for parties and pets and babies! We added vintage French leather club chairs to complete the mature, classic seating area and sprinkled in woods and metals for a subtly nautical nod. Clean lines and simple pieces make this New England living room feel modern, timeless, and effortlessly grand.
farmhouse first floor
This beautiful Maine farmhouse has the most dreamy bones. It's a new build but the home and entire hilltop property have all the character of a traditional New England farm. So really, my job was easy!
In an otherwise neutral home, the entryway needed a little depth. I gave the walls a coat of Farrow & Ball's French Gray, added a vintage cane bench, and used the shelves as firewood storage for a functional art installation.
The sweet little powder room was infused with neutrals, textures, and flowers from right outside. Together, the spaces feel earthy, grounded, and perfectly Maine.