Expert Advice

Choosing the Right Area Rug

Sponsored Content: Bradford's Rug Gallery

Wondering about size, quality, materials, and more? Beth Ross, of Bradford’s Rug Gallery in Portland, breaks down the options underfoot. Being good, practical Mainers, Beth Ross’s customers frequently ask her to recommend an “indestructible” floor covering. Her facetious answer? “Tile.” But since they have stopped into Bradford’s Rug Gallery, the Portland store Ross owns with […]

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Ask an Old House Pro: Repairing Brick Walls

Partner Post: Maine Preservation

In a new monthly column, Christopher W. Closs, an expert with Maine Preservation, answers your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. Q. I live in a brick house built around 1900 and I’ve noticed that some of the mortar between bricks is cracked or missing. Several workers have told me I should have the […]

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Rethinking the Asphalt Roof

Q & A

Camden architect John Morris on why he no longer specifies a ubiquitous building product Architect John Morris works out of a renovated 19th-century woolen barn, once part of the Knox Woolen Mill on the tumbling Megunticook River in Camden. It’s a handsome building, with clapboards painted a warm, rosy brown and a dentil molding trim. […]

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Ask a Lighting Pro: Positioning Bathroom Fixtures

Sponsored Content: Fogg Lighting

In a monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What’s the proper way to light a bathroom? A: While the most critical need is adequate lighting at the vanity, I recommend incorporating additional layers of ambient and task lighting in a large space. In […]

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A Moving Essay

Guide

Down East editor in chief Kathleen Fleury on resettling in Maine — and why you too should take the leap.

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The Lowdown on Colossal Doors

Partner Post: Houzz

Want to erase the boundary to the outdoors? Here’s what to know about materials, cost, energy efficiency, and more. Architect Philip Johnson famously remarked, “I have very expensive wallpaper,” referring to the four see-through walls of his Glass House, completed in 1949. Even today transparency defines modern architecture. And our desire to connect our interior […]

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Ask an Old House Pro: Caring for Historic Windows

Partner Post: Maine Preservation

In a new monthly column, Christopher W. Closs, an expert with Maine Preservation, answers your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. Q: Our 1923 shingled house in Cape Elizabeth still has its original wooden windows. I love them, but they’re not energy efficient. Some window companies claim I’ll save a fortune with vinyl replacements. […]

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Ask a Lighting Pro: Choosing Exterior Fixtures

Sponsored Content: Fogg Lighting

In a new monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What should I consider when selecting fixtures for the exterior of my house? A: The first step is determining the type of fixture, or fixtures, that best suit your house. This is, of course, […]

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Curating a Collection

Sponsored Content: Littlefield Gallery

You don’t have to have an art background, or a voluminous budget, to appreciate and acquire works by Maine artists. Public school teachers turned gallery owners Jane and Kelly Littlefield lead by example. Twenty years ago, an acrylic seascape by Mary Bourke launched Jane and Kelly Littlefield’s sprawling contemporary Maine art collection. Their love for […]

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A Unique Perspective on Coastal Living

Advertisement: EBS Building Supplies

Looking for inspired ways to bring light, sea breezes, and a feeling of expansiveness into your home? At EBS Building Supplies, the motto is “Can do! Just ask.” That kind of positive spirit and dedication is exactly what Maine homeowners are looking for when it comes to reimagining the places they live. EBS has 10 Maine […]

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