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A Visual Pursuit

Portland, Maine
Photo: Juliette Sutherland

Regions Served

  • Boston & New England
  • Los Angeles & S. CA
  • New York City & Mid-Atlantic
  • Pacific Northwest
  • San Francisco & Bay Area

A Visual Pursuit is a full service interior design studio based in Maine with projects located throughout the country.

Committed to creating timeless designs, we approach our work with an eye for authenticity while blending different genres, and resist clinging to any one trend too tightly.

Leading with a sensitivity to color and scale, our design approach is founded in an appreciation of form and texture. We design with conscious awareness of scale and negative space, finding peace in simplicity.

As recently quoted in Dwell Magazine, “Putting worn things in a new home makes it feel more relaxed and welcoming”, we use a blend of vintage items, with modern art and furniture. Specializing in millwork and custom furniture, we prioritize bespoke pieces from independent builders and makers. The intention is to allow homes to feel contemporary, yet project a sense of familiarity.

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Contact

Principal

  • Emily Rand

Locations

  • Portland, Maine

Featured Projects

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New Gloucester Kitchen

Home to a family of 7, this new-build needed to project a sense of elegance while remaining durable in function. In the kitchen, the white oak cabinets and poured concrete counters paired with live finished metals result in an elevated look with an imperfect nature, able to withstand the daily wear and tear of children, pets, and entertaining.

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New Gloucester Entry

White oak vertical paneling with integrated handles give the entry cabinetry a charming look while concealing efficient storage for the main entrance of the home.

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New Gloucester Bathrooms

In the primary bathroom, the handmade terracotta tile has a natural variance to it’s glaze and shape, and the basketweave install pattern showcases the unique character of each tile. In the kids’ bathroom, the floor tile is an ode to the family’s interest in surfing and the coastal location of the home. The intention behind the choice in tile was a nod to the site’s location while not reading traditionally “nautical”.

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Boothbay

The renovation of this 1900s home was carefully considered. After being put through many previous home owners’ renovation projects, the goal was to bring back some classical whimsy while also streamlining its architecture. Many elements used were thoughtfully sourced from independent wallpaper and textile designers while also utilizing as many antiques as possible, in an effort to keep the project’s originality high and its carbon footprint low.

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Rowe Station Living Room

In this living space, the new crimped linen upholstery, combined with antique lamps, bookshelves, and chest create an elevated “lived in” look, perfect for communing.

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Rowe Station Bedroom

While keeping the rest of the primary bedroom’s design quiet, the painted headboard wall was a non-fussy approach to act as additional surface space beyond night stands, and a place to display lovingly collected books and art.

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Willard Beach

This 1870s house required a complete overhaul to be transformed into a vacation rental in Maine. The combination of new and vintage items against clean white walls results in a feeling that’s serene yet familiar for guests.

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Murray Hill

The renovation of this country home brings a sense of the natural world inside. Highly functional interior storage and understated warm white paint with un-lacquered brass hardware give the mudroom cabinetry a classic and timeless energy. Slate tiled floors are installed in a basketweave pattern to add some movement in the otherwise quiet space.

In the kitchen, the unexpected green shade adds a playful personality against the traditional cabinetry while wooden counters tie in an earthy element present throughout other parts of the home.

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Wood Road

In this renovation of a 1930s home, there was a need to maximize each room to allow for generations of visitors who gather as a retreat from New York City. We gave the client’s art studio an additional function with custom white oak doors, allowing the large open space to be converted into two bedrooms for hosting.

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Exterior

Vertical cedar siding was used with the anticipation of the material silvering over time, creating a natural union with the surrounding wooded landscape. The hand-cast clay lighting extends the imperfect, handmade elements of the interior of the home to the outdoors.

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Furniture Design

These pieces were custom-built by a local millwork company. The walnut media unit smartly conceals electronics with tambour doors that are curved to seamlessly fit over the radius cabinet. The radius silhouette continues to the white oak shelving off of the kitchen, which also features white oak dowels running floor to ceiling for support.

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