Homes & Gardens

Maine Homes and Gardens

We all love boats, but life on the coast is more than boats and boating: It's cottages on the shore, classic small-town homes, saltwater farms, and elegant second homes. It's gardens and landscaping, wildlife and birding, fine furniture and antiquing, and cultural events and fine dining.
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    An architect designs an efficient yet elegant one-story home where his parents can enjoy their retirement.

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    Founded by Bill Lowe of Owls Head, Maine, who started out making special metal fittings for yachts, Lowe Hardware has expanded into the high-end custom hardware home market. The company makes doorknobs, pulls, hinges, cabinet handles, and even fittings for furniture, in finishes that range from shiny or rough bronze to gold-plated brass or nickel.

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    The New-York Historical Society has sent an impressive array of its marine and maritime art holdings, mostly 19th century, to the Portland Museum Art for the 2014-2015 winter season. “The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America” offers an excellent opportunity to take in a clutch of sea-going artifacts, plus ships, seascapes, and portraits by a top-notch lineup of painters.

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    Known for his paintings of the city, this realist long ago added Maine to his repertoire.

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    Martha Ballard, a midwife who lived in the Hallowell area of Maine at the turn of the eighteenth century, kept a journal of her daily life for 27 years. Looking back at the entries is a wonderful way to learn about early gardening and food preparation. Food writer and Contributing Editor Sandy Oliver takes a look at what Martha was doing in June.

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    An environmentalist sees the rebuild of his shorefront home as an opportunity to align the house with his principles. The new house is small and extremely efficient.

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