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Blue Heaven

View of the Week

Ed Fletcher captured May’s “Flower Moon” blazing over Pine Point in Scarborough. Native Americans kept track of the seasons by giving names to each recurring full moon; this beauty was also known as the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

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Beauty and the Beasts

Gardening

Living in Portland, we don’t have to contend with as many creatures as suburban and country folks do. There are the voles, of course, that dig up our lawn, the Japanese beetles that ravage our sand cherry, the slugs that slime and munch on our annuals, and whatever recently beheaded our crocuses and burrowed behind the front porch […]

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Brooklin Beacon

Property We Covet

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a Maine postcard, now’s your chance. The 1856 Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse, located on a private island with panoramic views from Isle Au Haut to the mountains of Acadia, is currently for sale. The building’s last lighthouse keeper was Roscoe Chandler, who manned the station from 1924 to […]

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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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Forward to the Past

Architecture & Design

A Perry couple is putting antique houses back together — starting with their own. Photographs by Michael D. Wilson hile many people are tearing down walls in their antique homes in pursuit of trendy open floor plans, Joyce Jackson and Patrick Mealey are putting them back up. The husband–wife team specializes in historically sensitive restorations […]

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The Remains of the Day

View of the Week

A streak of orange light smolders like an ember in a fading fire beyond Bailey Island in Harpswell.

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Mother’s Day

Thoughts on Home

There are moments with my family when my thoughts recede and I feel as though I’m viewing a scene through the eyes of my future self. When I’m “looking back,” the peripheral drama and frustrations fade away and I see only the visceral beauty in a particular snippet. The mental separation also brings the fleeting […]

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York Hall

Historic Highlight

When Bath’s York Hall was constructed in 1897, the architectural aesthetic in America was shifting away from ostentatious Victorian designs and back toward traditionalism. The Boston firm of Peabody & Stearns’ support for this stylistic renaissance is reflected in the Georgian Revival home its architects designed for prominent shipbuilder William Sewall and his wife, Rachel. […]

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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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Mauve Morning

View of the Week

Reflections of clouds, pines, and camouflaged houses form an abstract painting on the mist-shrouded surface of a Naples lake. Vote for this and other Maine dream homes, and submit your own, for a chance to win $250, publication in Down East magazine, and more in our photo contest. Click here to vote/enter: Contest entry: Village by […]

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