Coastal Dream (Southport Island, Maine)


           This home is the main house to the guest house described in Ship to Shore. When your view encompasses islands, lighthouses, and Maine’s classic rocky shore, it is essential that your interior harmonizes with the coast. Deep brown leather furniture and array of plush pillows in woodsy tones invite one to relax and contemplate the view. Two plush chairs flank a small table, creating the perfect place for a coffee break. Every hue, from the cream, rust and brown rug to the rust and sand accent pillows and the varied browns of the leaf-patterned drapes, recall the natural world and compliment the hardwood floors and multi-hued stones of the great fireplace. A room this large can easily overpower furnishings but Pat solved the problem by creating specific spaces within the room--a central area for conversation and entertaining, a coffee/reading nook, and an entertainment center along one wall. The two leather chairs swivel around to face the television and partner with a large leather ottoman

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         The kitchen, which flows into the main living area, had been its own separate space, but now the spaces work easily together and the views are uninterrupted. The white island provides a coffee bar and houses appliances, while the sturdy oak islands provide seating, cooking, and an extra sink. Because they look like furniture, they compliment the nearby living room. The interior wall coordinates with the coffee bar with white cabinetry, white and gray tilework and countertops.

          Ironically, the dining room was the one room with no view, so Pat commissioned a mural to bring the outdoors in. This stunning 40-foot masterpiece depicts Seguin Light, Mark Island, Reid State Park and Hendrick’s Head Light, whose real counterparts are all seen from elsewhere in the house. Candle sconces made from antique mirrors and a brass chandelier perfectly compliment the sweeping coastal scenes of the painting.

         Upstairs, the office/den, with its warm cherry paneling, is reminiscent of a captain’s cabin with its rich leather furniture, sea chest coffee table with engraved compass, nautical pillows and blue-and-white porcelain lamps, a nod to the China trade of days of yore. The paneled walls conceal storage and bookcases.