When our good friends, Bonnie and Tom, invited my husband and I to visit them in Maine, we jumped at the chance. Although we have traveled extensively throughout the country, neither of us had been to Maine. I knew we were in for a real treat.
Bonnie began going to Maine with her dad and four siblings since she was young. It was her father’s dream to buy land there and have a family vacation house. He wanted something to leave to his children and grandchildren, and knew the house would keep them all in touch. That dream, along with a lot of hard work took 10 years to build. In 2003, Bonnie and Tom purchased the lot next to the family home and embarked on an adventure that led to the creation of their own house in the charming and quaint area known as South Bristol on the coast of Maine.
My first thought upon entering the home was, “WOW!” Bonnie truly succeeded in creating a warm and open space that immediately made me feel at home. By raising the ceiling height in the main area of the home, adding wooden beams and having a combination of painted and unpainted wood, the space felt open and well connected. Not one detail was left unaccounted for.
The screened porches provide a place to relax and enjoy the view. The man-porch is for Tom and his friends to gather, talk and smoke a few cigars. Having the two areas makes for added space in the house. The window screens are replaced with glass panels in the winter months.
While Bonnie’s color scheme trends heavily toward blue hue’s, it is balanced nicely by the white and red accents found throughout the home. The true magic of the home comes from cherished memories and antiques from the couples past that are incorporated into the new decor.
They have repurposed the old to make it new again. The combination of antiques, quilts, original art and wonderful finds is what makes this home sing.
Special details include oars that hold the draperies in an upstairs guest room and the blue Adirondack chairs that Tom made on the front porch. Every piece has a story of its own.
I had a wonderful time learning about the journey Bonnie and Tom embarked on to create this wonderful home. I left knowing that we would return. After all, they say MAINE is the way life should be!
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