It’s a bank holiday weekend in the UK, but in the US, it’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kick-off to summer. I always feel nostalgic for my New England home this time of year. I love the clear blues and the rugged, rocky coast, the straightforward architecture, hot beach days, cool, fresh nights, lots of homemade ice cream, and the easy-going vibes. There’s nothing quite like a (Maine) lobster and steamers for dinner followed by a slice of blueberry pie after a fun day of boating, swimming, and playing, the long, lazy days of summer laid out ahead of you ready and awaiting adventures. Can you sense the nostalgia now? I just can’t help myself.
As an interior designer from Maine, my aesthetic sensibilities are influenced by straight, clean lines and straightforward simplicity. Functionality and practicality always come first. Nothing wasted, nothing overlooked, Mainers have sustainability in their genes.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Maine this summer, check out the following:
Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster in Freeport
Usually crowded, but a great little spot for pure, old-fashioned, seaside, picnic-table lunching with a view to die for.
Visit Bath My former hometown and location of my first design business, Ship City Living
Voted ‘Best Small Town in the USA’ on more than one occasion, stop by the farmer’s market in Waterside Park to stock up on your holiday essentials and do a bit of people-watching.
Portland’s Old Port
Cobbled streets, good eats, and charming boutiques. There are lots of shops that feature locally-made, artisanal goods. Stop into Standard Baking Company for the best cookies and treats and Two Fat Cats Bakery for the best Whoopie Pies in Maine.
And guys, look at this beautiful sunset! This picture was taken a few years ago from the porch of my family home in Georgetown. No filter, just pure fiery beauty in a place with a lot of soul. Can't you see why I miss it every once in a while?