5 Ways to add history to your home

I am always looking for ways to add a sense of history to new home builds. We have wonderful architectural salvage spots in Maine. I love to go poke around, and look at big barns full of old stuff, fortunately we have a lot of that!

Here are some great ways to add age to your home.

  1. Make a built-in piece of furniture with old cabinetry.


2. Replace a door in your house with an old door, bathrooms and pantries are a great place to do this. Or build something out of an old door.

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3. Reclaimed trim can be used to trim out a room or make a mirror like this one from This Old House.


4. I love using old factory windows especially if they can be used like this as windows.


5. Lastly, you can use columns in many ways, they can be incorporated into furniture or just placed in a room .

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Do you like reclaimed and salvage pieces, or do you prefer everything new?

Thank you for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions or comments.



The New Dockside Grill

We just finished the face lift at the Dockside Grill, in Falmouth, Maine. I thought I would share the before and after photos. I am really proud of the outcome. The owner and her daughter worked very closely with me choosing every detail!

Photos of the newly renovated restaurant by Liz Donnelly

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We used reclaimed wood to make the tables locally, and all of the furniture was made in the USA! This space is so cozy and welcoming now.

If your ever in the area please stop by The Dockside Grill in  Falmouth, Maine for the best lobster roll in town.

Thanks for checking in! What projects are you doing? I am so excited to paint my home this summer!




Hunting for treasure

Hunting for treasure…Interior Designer style. Casual-Vintage-Chic is my favorite style at the moment. The quickest way to add character to a home, is to add some instant history, consider old beams as part of your ceiling design, or reclaimed flooring, or even old trim.

On Monday, I went to one of my favorite spots. Maine has lots of these places if you are in Portland, ME check out Architectural Salvage. I am working on an exciting new project, in which we are adding interest to a new addition with old doors and windows.

Here are some of my treasures.

1. A wonderful mantel that we are going to restore. It is hard to see in the photo but it has a serpentine/wave in it and it is just lovely!


2. This fabulous pair of exterior doors, perhaps from a town house? Will be the new master bedroom doors, they will be incredible when they have been restored. We are going to add a mail slot back to the door!


3. These columns are perhaps our best find. We are using them in both the kitchen island and a built-in bookcase. They are just stunning.


4. Lastly we got this cabinet that we are going to build into the kitchen for storage. Note: The molding with the eye is not ours….it does not go with my vision.

We start this project in January, so we needed these items to be added to the plan for the builder. Wait until you see the finished product these treasures will shine!

Hope you like this post. Let me know what you think by commenting or liking it!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

Best, Celia