“The Way Life Should Be” : Boothbay, Maine


Maine is truly one of my favorite places in the world, I have been vacationing there for nineteen years and I love it more each season we return. When we were newlyweds we would stay in quaint Bed and Breakfasts, traveling up the coast from Boothbay to Bar Harbor each summer. Once we started having kids we realized renting on a lake was the way to go with day trips to our favorite spots and returning to the serenity of a beautiful lake at the end of the day. Pictured above, Boothbay Harbor.



Today join us on a trip to Boothbay, Maine and a House Tour consisting of the restoration of a coastal cottage circa 1900. Whitten Architects of Maine are a group of super talented architects out of Portland, Maine that design New England Homes. In this house tour experience how they seamlessly combined rustic cottage and modern design details while adding square footage and maintaining the original architectural charm of the home.


Classic bead-board paneling is used throughout the home giving it a real cottage flair. In one of the kitchens soap stone counter-tops and natural wood cabinets are the perfect complement to the lobster pot. Clean lines and quality materials were used throughout the home bringing the natural feel of the outdoors into the cottage.




As a working Mom of three I can tell you first hand that a well designed laundry room is like a mini-vacation LOL. Check out the creative design features here and the painted bead-board in just the right shade of green. Below, the bathroom combines rustic cottage walls with a modern vanity and classic marble. The height of the ceiling lends itself to a back-splash like this, I just love the look with subway tiles and industrial lighting fixtures.




A subtle color palette was used to allow the outside in, the bedroom is the perfect example of this concept boasting a spectacular view that works perfectly with the home’s decor.


I wanted to leave you with images of the coast and encourage you to visit my beloved Maine at least once in your life, preferably during the summer when it is exquisite. It is truly, “The Way Life Should Be”.



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  • Brenna@DomesticCharm

    Seriously,Cathy, where have you been all my life?! First the Kiawah post and now, Maine. I’ll be there next week. I grew up going to Maine in the summers. One of my favorite places on Earth! I feel like we are two of a kind! Thanks for sharing this fantastic “down East” home!

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Aww thank Brenna, I am so excited you are going to Maine we leave Aug 3 rd and I can’t wait. I would love to hear about your trip :)

  • Kate

    We love Maine, always stop for a lobster roll at Red’s in Wiscasset and have to have one dinner at Moody’s iconic Diner in Waldoboro. Might catch you there LOL

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Two of my favorite stops on the way to Bar Harbor :) The Moody’s cook book is awesome if you have a chance to pick one up.

  • http://www.adishofdailylife.com/ Michelle Nahom

    I love that look! Everything about it feels comforting!

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Would be nice to share with friends and family Michelle :)