I've been having a love affair with Maine lately... and I've never even been. I imagine that some of it feels very similar to our coastline here in Washington, but with it's own drama and history. Much more history. The type of history that makes homes like this one: A former post office building that had been moved from North Haven to Vinalhaven in 1907, and is now a home - and shop - to Sharon and Paul Mrozinski and a place they've called Marston House.
Featuring the kind of interiors that can only be created from a lifetime of collecting, curating and living, the shelves lined with objects, books and art seem to offer up stories at every turn.
What I love about this space the most is that nothing is precious or overly-styled. There is a sense that anyone is welcome here. That books are meant to be picked up and read, the sofas begging to be cozied into. Every inch of the space is marked with time, and those nicks and scratches and even stains create a space that is instantly inviting and familiar, don't you think? This is why I always tell clients (and myself!) that a space is not finished until it has antiques to warm it up a bit.
I love the little collections of items everywhere in the home, but none of them so overwhelming. Like the assortment of pears by the fireplace, the baskets and pottery in the kitchen, even the candles on the dining table!
I used to collect blue and white pottery like this for my dad's restaurant shelves, and now I'm regretting getting rid of most of it! I think it's time to start scouring the vintage stores again.
In the back of the house, the couple's sweet small bedroom hosts a floating four post bed that proves no room is too small to host one. Plus, it doubles as hat storage!
More collections and items for the shop inhabit one side of the bedroom as well, and I it's obvious how the couple's life and work move seamlessly between each other. For more about this lovely space and duo, you can get the original article (and more photos!) on The Maryn.