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Required Reading: A Glimpse Inside “The Maine House”

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Required Reading: A Glimpse Inside “The Maine House”

July 2, 2021

“Maine is not a teardown”: This is the adage that guided photographer Maura McEvoy, art director Basha Burwell, and writer Kathleen Hackett to travel over 3,000 miles all over the Pine Tree State—spanning “dozens of fingers of land, ferrying across bays and reaches, braving dubious dirt roads, and strolling seaside towns,” they write—to capture Maine’s standout houses, from coastal shacks to inland farms, cottages to cabins.

The result is The Maine House, out this month from Vendome. These are houses with character and history—and the book is an affirmation that time-worn, lived-in spaces top preciously decorated interiors, that memories add meaning, and that nothing can replace old, original bones.

Take a look at one of the 30 homes in the book, located on an island off the coast.

Photography by Maura McEvoy via The Maine House.

this weathered, shingled maine home has been in jim terry&#8\2\17;s family  9
Above: This weathered, shingled Maine home has been in Jim Terry’s family since 1917, when his grandparents built it. Preserving it has become a family affair, with the clan hand-dipping grey shingles for the siding and even rallying to (somehow) shore up the foundation by hand. Family, too, often fills the house, with overflow guests camping on a nearby island.
the entryway is flanked, in very maine fashion, by stacked logs and hanging lif 10
Above: The entryway is flanked, in very Maine fashion, by stacked logs and hanging life preservers.
the house&#8\2\17;s original wall color—an intriguing, weathered blue gre 11
Above: The house’s original wall color—an intriguing, weathered blue-green—is unchanged. Jim’s grandmother “specified the stain herself—a mix of Prussian blue, yellow ochre, linseed oil, and turpentine,” according to The Maine House.
a turn of the century rush chair remains, too. 12
Above: A turn-of-the-century rush chair remains, too.
the wood clad kitchen is fitted with ad hoc cotton curtains in lieu of cabinet  13
Above: The wood-clad kitchen is fitted with ad-hoc cotton curtains in lieu of cabinet doors, sewn by Jim’s wife, Maudie.
blue has become the house&#8\2\17;s motif, inspired by the unusual tint of  14
Above: Blue has become the house’s motif, inspired by the unusual tint of the walls. Here: a corner of the library.
the house has original fir walls; maudie has taken on painting floors over the  15
Above: The house has original fir walls; Maudie has taken on painting floors over the years.
a blue balcony overlooks the living areas (and a charming model sailboat). 16
Above: A blue balcony overlooks the living areas (and a charming model sailboat).
the house has nine bedrooms, each with a name: the blue room, the green room, a 17
Above: The house has nine bedrooms, each with a name: the blue room, the green room, and the bird room, for example. Hanging chalkboards mark which is which.
the family, over time, has collected all manner of fittings in variations of bl 18
Above: The family, over time, has collected all manner of fittings in variations of blue-green.
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Above: The view.
the book is available via bookshop and other retailers; order here. 20
Above: The book is available via Bookshop and other retailers; order here.

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