In Jess Pierce’s North Yarmouth sitting room, massive windows immerse her family in nature (and a disco ball glams up kids’ performances).
“I came to Maine from New York in 2011, looking for a change of scenery, a place to spread my wings, and an opportunity to pursue my love of photography. The following year, attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at Portland’s Maine College of Art & Design, and met my now-husband, Stewart. We got married in a beautiful barn in Buxton and settled in Portland’s West End. When we decided to have kids, we went looking for more space. Driving in North Yarmouth one day, we spotted a for-sale sign at the end of a long curvy driveway that led to a Cape-style house we couldn’t see from the road. Built in 1980, the house has good bones, but it was the 10-acre lot scattered with fields, apple and birch trees, flower and vegetable gardens, and a horse barn that sold us. In the southwest-facing sitting room, we watch the birdfeeders through the six-foot-tall windows, and my grandmother’s cork table, with a disco ball overhead, serves as a stage for kids’ performances. Celebrating the views has always been our goal. We keep the walls white, allowing our art and photographs, and the everchanging seasons, to be the color.” — JESS PIERCE
Does your Maine home have a sweet view and a good story to go with it? Send a photo of the view from your porch, window, or yard, and a brief explanation of why you’ve chosen to live in this spot, to sarah@mainehomes and we may feature you.