Girl in Hat

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

Growing Up Maine

I have been passionate about decorating my home since I was a little girl growing up on the Maine coast. Whenever my parents left the house, I shuffled around their Coastal Maine Home

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.

Our family holds this home very dear, and I would love for you to follow along in our featured blog series, In My Mother’s Maine Home.

Us Today

My husband, Steve, and I have been married for 25 years. We enjoy skiing, hiking, kayaking, and traveling together. We just bought a new Panoramic RV and launched our new blog series, Antiquing Road Trips & RV Decor Series.

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

Manchester Country Store & Deli

You can also find me “Dabbling & Decorating” and selling some of my favorite vintage and thrifted wares in the window at the Manchester Country Store & Deli in Vermont. See more in the Vintage Booth Winter Window Display and Vintage Booth: Tips & Tricks For Success posts.

Company Brands I Have Worked With

Collage of Brands

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 post.

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.

Auction Ninja

Country Sampler Magazine Feature Story

Also Featured In

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A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at

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