Early Spring 2022

Welcome to our Coastal Maine Home Tour! A Raeside-Dame home that was built for my parents in 1992 by Raeside and Dame, who built reproduction Early American homes along the Seacoast. Characteristics like softwood pine flooring, open beams, antique door latches, cedar shake siding, wood countertops, a fireplace, slanted ceilings, and more.

Cedar Shake Maine Home

My parents built this as a retirement home, believing they would enjoy a good ten years here. Well, they enjoyed 27 happy and healthy years here.  As an only child, I inherited this home in 2019 after my father’s passing, who was just shy of 100 years old. You may read more about our Family’s Coastal Maine Heritage here.

This home is filled with beautiful antiques that my parents collected over the years.  Please join us as we renovate and make this home our own while treasuring all it offers on this Coastal Maine Home Tour.

Where it all began…

Coastal Maine Family Heritage and Home Renovation

A Walk Around the Yard

This home is a kayak ride down the river to the local beach. It is within walking distance to the local lobster pound, beach, country store, and fine dining while enjoying a beautiful secluded backyard. Since we inherited the home, we have refinished the weathered cedar shakes, built a stone fire pit, added an outdoor teak table set with a DIY pea stone patios and sunroom sun shade, and repainted the home’s trim, a historical Essex Green.


The home has four bedrooms, very suitable for a retirement home.

First Floor Bedrooms

A Master bedroom with bath, guest bedroom, and bath reside on the first floor.

Attic Bedrooms

We refinished the upstairs attic a few years back into two guest bedrooms with slanted ceilings, small walk-in doorways, softwood pine floors, and Nantucket Gray trim, all matching the downstairs interior. Now I’m getting ready to have them both wallpapered; stay tuned!

The finished trim in the downstairs bedrooms is this Blue Gray Paint formula pictured below that many of you have requested. The walls are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore.

Blue Paint Formula
Blue Trim Paint Formula

Dining Room

The dining room is a large open space that you walk into upon entering the home. It attaches nicely to the kitchen for entertaining. My parents divided this space into a dining room and a sitting area. We have changed this to be just one main dining area. I found a large antique pine table on Facebook Marketplace that matches beautifully with my mother’s antique dining room chairs. The dining room’s antique hutches display my mother’s extensive pewter and transferware collections.

Living Room with Fireplace

The living room is the heart of the home, with a large brick fireplace, open beams, large windows for viewing, and family antiques. I purchased a large slip-covered sectional from Four Seasons and surrounded it with my parents’ collected antiques.


Staying within the theme of the home, this country-style kitchen has newly refinished wooden countertops, vintage lighting, and newly installed appliances. Painted in Nantucket Gray and Simply White.


This was my parent’s favorite room in the house. It looks out onto the backyard and is so warm and inviting in the winter months here in Maine. It’s a perfect room to enjoy morning coffee, read a book, or watch the snowfall.

Maine Homes Magazine

Thrilled to be recognized by Maine Homes Magazine 2021 Maine Homes Design Award for Readers’ Choice Curb Appeal.

Maine Homes Magazine Awared

My heart is full…

Country Sampler Magazine Maine Home Feature

Visit our featured family home and story in Country Sampler’s Spring 2024 Magazine on Newsstands today!

Check out all the “Behind the Scenes of the Magazine Shoot Here.”

And my blog series “In My Mother’s Maine Home.”

Don’t forget to join us for our Vermont Home Tour, too!

Thank you so much for joining me here today at Dabbling & Decorating, and I hope you will become a regular here! Are you looking for more thrifty and vintage home decorating ideas? Start getting your weekly vintage decorating ideas today.

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