Hello friends, just back from Ireland and organizing our hundreds of pictures to share later this week, what a “grand” adventure we had. Driving in Ireland from Dublin to County Kerry to Galway we found the resemblance between Ireland and New England to be uncanny. The beautiful lush countryside, picturesque cottages, charming villages and rolling mountains that end with the sea were just breathtaking.
No surprise then that our house tour is lakeside New England, designed by John Morris Architects located in Camden, Maine one of our favorite towns in Maine. This year we are renting a lake cottage just outside Camden, a lovely coastal town.
The renovation incorporates the character of an old New England farmhouse with fresh design ideas and a 4900 sq. ft. addition. A touch of turquoise on the front door sets the mood as you enter into a large foyer with vintage inspired lighting and cottage furnishings.
The main living room seamlessly leads to the porch and both are encompassed with oversize windows allowing the beautiful landscape in. Below, the same concept applies and the exposed ceiling adds to the cottage charm.
A mix of vintage and modern can be found throughout the home even here in the bathroom where antique wicker and abstract art are combined with a pop of turquoise.
The dramatic lines from the steel-clad gabled roofs complement the porch and balconies adding to the farmhouse charm. Natural materials including slate, reclaimed lumber and stone from the surrounding areas were carefully chosen creating a home with real New England character and attention to detail.