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Home Decorating: Cape House in Maine

“A true summer house has the special stuff that you’ve kept,” Dale explains. “It’s the stuff you didn’t throw away, the things that make you feel comfortable.” Terry agrees: “Seeing all the furnishings and farm stuff, Machiasport is a sentimental house for me when I walk into it.”

Still, it’s not all about Vermont. Infused into the look of the house is also a style drawn directly from the immediate surroundings, bringing ocean and farm together. The color choices (soft yellows, cool greens, and light blues) affirm the home’s coastal presence, as do the series of seascape oils, painted by Terry, that hang on the walls.

There are little touches, too, such as the collection of local reddish rhyolite rocks–jasper lookalikes–lining one fireplace mantle, while a group of white shells top another. Put together, it’s a house that’s been freshened, not overhauled: brought back, not done over.

“The house was like this little silver pot where this handle was sticking out of the ground and we just polished it,” says Terry. “We just wanted to make it shine again.”

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Updated Monday, April 18th, 2011
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