Living in Vermont and home decor have always been a dream and a passion of mine. And I am so grateful for each one of you that follows along, joins me on the blog, and engages with so many amazing and supportive comments. I sure hope Dabbling & Decorating has been an inspiration for you! Today I am adding one more passion and that is our recently inherited family coastal Maine home.
My parents built this Raeside-Dame home in 1992 as their retirement home when they were in their early 70’s, thinking they would have a good 10 years or so in it. Well, they spent the next 27 years at home in this Early American Reproduction Cape. My parents adored antiquing up and down Route 1 in Maine and filled this Raeside-Dame home with all their beautiful finds staying true to the theme of the home. This home was so very dear to them both.
As an only child, my parents passed this home onto me and I can not wait to make this home ours, caring for it and adoring it, as my parents did. I hope you will follow along as we begin this journey.
Raeside-Dame homes are Early New England reproduction homes. And this one is a cape-style home with wooden shingles, open beams, wood floors, antique hardware, and all the Early American charms.
All the pictures displayed in this post are as we inherited the home. We will be painting the entire inside of the home to brighten it up (in the same color theme), refinish and paint the floors, and add our furniture, keeping all the antiques.
This sunroom has been a favorite! I look forward to making this room super cozy to sit and watch the wildlife, sip coffee and enjoy the sun. My mother’s handmade braided rugs are throughout the home along with her quilts, which I will certainly be keeping and showcasing throughout this coastal Maine home.
See the home today and follow along.
My father enjoyed woodworking well into his retirement years. There are handmade benches throughout the property that my Dad made over the years. This is the winter view out the sunroom.
Antique collections are throughout this Coastal Maine Home!
Follow along on the blog series “In My Mother’s Home“.
This built-in hutch was a piece that the house craftsman found at the local dump and refinished it for this space. My mother decorated it with vintage terracotta pots and jugs for many years.
See how this space looks today!
Here is an old photo of my mother in the kitchen on one of our many visits home.
Small guest bedroom on the first floor. The curtains were handmade by my mother.
Master bedroom with bathroom on the first floor. See this master bedroom today here.
You’re going to love seeing our summer house tour of 2021, which includes a tour of this living room space today.
Living room with fireplace. My mother had a beautiful collection of pewter pieces, and candles that are everywhere throughout this coastal Maine home.
Today we enjoy dining fireside with this charming antique table I found thrifting.
Two upstairs bedrooms. We transformed the attic into these two bedrooms about 5 years ago so we would have a place to stay when we visited or should ever need full-time home care, which we never did.
See how these attic bedrooms look today!
And now with cozy Beddy’s Bedding!
We can’t wait to make this home our own! I’d love for you to follow along to see all the projects and decorating we have in store for this Early American reproduction coastal Maine family home.
Currently, the home is very dark inside, and extremely difficult to get good-quality photos. Therefore, I put together this video home tour that shows much more of our coastal Raeside-Dame coastal Maine home.
I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.
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Elaine DeBitetto says
This was so fun to read! I’ve always wondered what the interior was like in some of the homes there. My sister lives in a reproduction of the Oracle house in Strawberry Banke right behind there. She and i used to be heavy in antiquing and loved early American furniture and the quaintness of the building styles. When I come up to visit, I would often run in J- Lane especially at Christmas and see how everyone decorated the houses there.
Hi Elaine, I’m glad you enjoyed it. We’ve done a lot of work and it’s very dear to us. I love Strawberry Banke, such a beautiful section of Portsmouth. Happy New year!
Thank you Elaine, I’m glad you enjoyed it. We’ve done a lot of work and the home is very dear to us. I love Strawberry Banke, it’s such a beautiful section of Portsmouth! Happy New Year!