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Our Family Inherited Coastal Maine Home

Our Family Inherited Coastal Maine Home ~ Before

Living in Vermont and home decor has 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 it.  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 the home.



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.



Antiques are everywhere!



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 many years ago.







 Small guest bedroom on the first floor.  the curtains were handmade by my mother.






Master bedroom with bathroom on the first floor.





Living Room with fireplace.  My mother had a beautiful collection of pewter pieces, and candles are everywhere throughout the home.



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.



We can't wait to make this home our own!  I'd luv for you to follow along to see all the projects and decorating we have in store for this Early American reproduction 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 Maine home.


If you are new to my blog, welcome! I'm so glad you came to visit us here today at our coastal Maine home.  I hope you will become a regular here at Dabbling & Decorating!  Sign up below and never miss an update!





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Hey, there friend I'm Ann and welcome to Dabbling & Decorating, a home & Vintage decorating blog.  I luv creating, collecting, and sharing vintage and thrifty finds, DIY projects, and antiques that showcase a cozy,  vintage home style, From our   Vermont home   to our newly inherited coastal Maine Raeside-Dame cape.  Oh, and our Berner, Ella!  I'm so thrilled you stopped by today!  

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