Girl in Hat

Hi, I’m Ann, a home decor blogger here at Dabbling and Decorating, a thrifty and vintage home decorating blog from our collected homes in Vermont and Coastal Maine. Dabbling & Decorating launched in 2017 after I retired from a 26-year career in education sales in Connecticut and moved to our dream spot in the mountains of Vermont. Join me here for our Vermont Home Tour.

Passionate about decorating my home since I was a little girl growing up on the coast of Maine; I constantly shuffled around my parent’s Coastal Maine Home every time they left the house!

I share our family’s Coastal Maine Heritage and Embracing My Roots here.

I learned everything from my parents, who were both avid antiquers, thrifters, and vintage home collectors. My father specifically enjoyed making his own furniture and playing tennis until he was 86 years old! There’s not a thrift shop or a flea market that I can pass by!

Check out my reader’s favorite blog series, Thrifting with the Gals.

Upon the passing of my parents, we have been renovating and decorating the Coastal Maine home that they passed down to us with all their collected antiques.

The home is very dear to our family, and I would love for you to follow along in the featured blog series In My Mother’s Home. Click on images to see more.

My husband, Steve, of 25 years, and I enjoy skiing, hiking, kayaking, and traveling together.

Along with our sidekick, Ella, a Bernese Mountain Dog who occasionally barrels in.

The Vintage Soul

You can also find me “Dabbling & Decorating” and selling some of my favorite vintage wares in the window at The Vintage Soul in Manchester, Vermont. See more in the post, Vintage Booth Winter Window Display and How to Start a Vintage Booth Business.

Company Brands I Have Worked With


MacKenzie-Childs 2023′ Brand Ambassador

Revival Ambassador / One-Of-A-Kind Vintage Rugs

Get an exclusive 15% off your order when shopping my page.

See how Revival’s vintage one-of-a-kind rug transformed our country kitchen in Maine in the Vintage Rug Runner – One of a Kind Rugs post.

You may enjoy my winter interview with Wayfair in the post, Transitioning From Holiday to Winter Decor | An Interview with Wayfair.

And Inside with Stonewall Kitchen | What Happens on a Blogger’s Retreat

Let's Work Together

Creatives on Fire with Melonie Ferguson

Dabbling & Decorating Interview

Listen to my Podcast interview with Melonie Ferguson in her inspiring series, “Creatives on Fire,” about my unique hobby blogging experiences.

Maine Homes Magazine: Reader’s Choice

Maine Homes Magazine Awared
Auction Ninja

A Makeover in Maine, Country Sampler Magazine

Let’s stay in touch on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. I am thrilled you stopped by today and welcome, where we share a mutual love for all things thrifty, vintage, and chippy.

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