Bayside Elegance (Brunswick, Maine)


            This graceful 1921 home overlooks Maquoit Bay in Brunswick, Maine. It was purchased as a vacation residence and eventually a place to retire. The owners, avid supporters of prestigious Bowdoin College, wanted a place with casual elegance for frequent entertaining. The color palette of blues, whites, and sandy browns in the main living area shows off the home’s beautiful lines and original woodwork, while bringing in the hues of the Maine coast. Rich maple floors, original to the home, echo the outdoors and provide an earthy balance to the paler wall tones. The family did not want any synthetic materials, so the window shades are made of fine, wooden sticks and all fabrics are natural.

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          The kitchen continues the blue and white theme, but this time with a deep sky blue and the texture of white beadboard. This room initially had its stunning views of the water blocked by a huge commercial stove.Pat reduced the size of the stove and relocated it, thus opening up access to the window views.  Now this area features a cozy coffee bar with adjacent window seats, just perfect for an early morning cup.   The master bedroom, with its soft hues of sage and coral, is a soothing personal retreat thanks to vintage-inspired fabrics and the layering of textures, from the grasscloth lampshades to the embroidered quilt and oriental rug.    Large, older homes typically have odd spaces here and there, and a nook next to the front stairs was cleverly converted into a reading corner thanks to two plush armchairs and a lamp.