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2021 Maine Homes Gift Guide

For this year’s roundup, we went straight to our favorite source: local makers. And, boy, did they deliver. From candlesticks to kids’-room décor to kitchenware, we present 25 clever ideas for the design lovers on your list.

TEXT BY JEN DEROSE
PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANIELLE SYKES

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textured-porcelain vases by Elizabeth Benotti

1. Inspired by ripples in the ocean, Eliot ceramicist Elizabeth Benotti’s textured-porcelain Ebb & Flow vases are stirring with or without flowers. $68–$144. elizabethbenotti.com

Tether Made cotton-rope coasters and baskets

2. Eliot’s Bernadette and Michael Spear design their cotton-rope coasters and baskets and Bernadette’s mother, Norma Jeane Vela, sews them on her Steuben farm. $45 for 4. tethermade.com

Always Piper double-sided linen throw

3. Portlander Caitlin Mushial stitches her crinkly double-sided linen throw from European fabric and fringes the edges by hand. $145. alwayspiper.com

pinched-porcelain bell chime by Rachel Herzer

4. Hang this pinched-porcelain bell chime by Portland’s Rachel Herzer on a covered porch or near an open window to hear its soft song. $28. handiworkportland.com

porcelain Triangle planter by Process Goods

5. Anna Queen, of Rockland’s Process Goods, casts her faceted porcelain Triangle planter in a 3D-printed mold. $30. thegoodsupply.org

melamine-coated birch tray by Sara Fitzgerald O’Brien

6. Put a bow on tabletop piles with York illustrator Sara Fitzgerald O’Brien’s melamine-coated birch tray. $22. sarafitz.com

linen table runner by Katrina Kelley

7. Made from strong natural fibers, Newcastle seamstress Katrina Kelley’s linen table runner is designed to last for decades. $58. amphitritestudio.com

walnut-and-brass candle holders by Studio 89 and Danica Design candles

8. Matte and shiny meet on walnut-and-brass candle holders by Nondas Iacovou and Melissa Fuller, of Scarborough’s Studio 89. $70–$160. vennandmaker.com. Pop in tapers by Rockport’s Danica Design. $5–$7. shop-folk.com

Alice Yardley mini pouches made with Angela Adams fabric

9. Portlander Alice Yardley’s mini pouches, sewn with Angela Adams fabric, put a stylish face on makeup storage. $30. aliceyardleymaine.com

Sarah Madeira Day deckled-edge watercolor cards

10. Give Cumberland painter Sarah Madeira Day’s deckled-edge watercolor cards and receive an artful thank-you note. $30 for 6. sarahmadeiraday.com

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KIDS

customizable handmade dolls by Kate Tallberg

11. Warren’s Kate Tallberg was stitching and selling masks last year when the idea for her customizable handmade dolls, available in a range of skin tones, hairstyles, and outfits, struck. $118. thelinneacompany.com

whales flag garland by Nina Devenney

12. Rockland artist Nina Devenney’s whales flag garland features canvas squares printed with her watercolor art and the mammals’ scientific names. $50. wildrosiemaine.com

geometric paper mobile by Nicole Svenson

13. Gem-like adornments on this geometric paper mobile by Nicole Svenson, of Portland’s Occasional Papercraft, add sparkle to a modern nursery. $60. handiworkportland.com

Lobstah claw by Patriot Baby Toys

14. Topsham’s Drew Hughes works at a marina by day and carves maple baby rattles like the Lobstah claw, inspired by the birth of his son, in the evenings. $22. patriotbabytoys.com

Woodland muslin quilt from Emmy + Olly

15. Falmouth watercolorist Allison Chavanelle started her stationery-and-linens line, starring this bamboo-cotton Woodland muslin quilt, during her boys’ nap times. $56. emmyandolly.com

Metamorphosis giclée print by Erin Flett

16. Decorate with flying colors thanks to Gorham designer Erin Flett’s Metamorphosis giclée print. From $25 (unframed). erinflett.com

Maine lobster-rope swing

17. Braided-nylon fishing line on this Rockland-made Maine lobster-rope swing creates a sturdy seat for kids — and fun-loving adults. $55. bellalunatoys.com

beeswax candle-making kit

18. With wax sheets and organic hemp, Eco-Kids’ Gouldsboro-crafted beeswax candle-making kit has everything youngsters need to roll out seven birthday-cake-size tapers. $8.99. ecokidsusa.com

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KITCHEN

porcelain scalloped plates from Campfire Pottery

19. Westbrook ceramicist Kristen Camp and food photographer Jenny Bravo’s flower-like porcelain scalloped plates come in a bouquet of earthy shades. $42. campfirepottery.com

A-Frame old-fashioned glasses, etched by Benoit's Design Co.

20. For conjuring cozy upta-camp vibes, these A-Frame old-fashioned glasses, etched in Westbrook by Greg and Christina Benoit, are letter perfect. $35 for 2. benoitsdesign.co

screen-printed cotton strawberry and lemon tea towels from Freckled Fucsia

21. Portlanders Chandlyr Jackson and Kalli Roebelen’s screen-printed cotton strawberry and lemon tea towels are a visual feast. $19.50. freckledfuchsia.com

cutting board by cabinetmaker Ben Block

22. When Northport cabinetmaker Ben Block posts new cutting boards on his website, they sell out in minutes. Follow @blockbrotherscc on Instagram for details on the next release in late November. From $175. blockbrotherscabinets.com

hand-forged iron heart trivet by James W. Kearney

23. Serve fresh-from-the-oven meals with love with Washington blacksmith James W. Kearney’s hand-forged iron heart trivet. $50. thegoodsupply.com

small mod platter sets by Jim Schatz

24. As place settings or serving plates, stoneware small mod platter sets by Boothbay Harbor’s Jim Schatz bring a Mondrian-esque vibe to your table. $300. jschatz.com

brass serving knives by Erica Moody

25. Metal fabricator Erica Moody hand-forms brass serving knives and other utensils in her Waldoboro barn and donates 10 percent of sales to a different cause each month. $67. ericamoody.com


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