Longtime friends Lisa Dalton and Michelle Adams, both based in Houston, Texas, became enamored of the Maine coast a while back and began talking about opening a business there. Last winter, they came across a real estate listing for the historic Squire Tarbox Inn in Wiscasset, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and within a matter of days had made the leap and purchased the property.
Says Lisa, “I’m a designer in Houston and Michelle, my business partner on the Squire Tarbox, is a client of 20 years—I designed five houses for her over the years. When we bought the inn, which was built in 1763, the interiors were done up in typical ‘Ye Olde Colonial’ style; wallpaper in every room, small tight spaces in the common areas, and very dated bathrooms and furnishing.”
“We removed 95 percent of the existing furniture, opened up walls, removed all of the wallpaper, gutted the bathrooms, painted everything inside and out, and sourced and installed everything in time for an early June opening—whew! We’re really pleased with the results.”