Built in the 1930s, this charming shingle-style home, located on the shore of Somes Sound in Maine, has been mistaken as a family heirloom by the homeowners’ friends. That is when designer Tom Scheerer knew he hit the nail on the head with his “old-fashioned yet modern, lived-in yet polished” design. Scheerer admits that the home is a bit “dressier” than the typical Maine summer house… He was inspired by the stately summer mansions of nineteenth-century Bar Harbor. “I kept thinking about the houses I remembered from magazine stories I saw in my youth,” he said. “There were these grand decorators who had houses up there, Sister Parish being one of them.” He kept thinking about pictures he’d seen of Parish’s Islesboro house, located in the small town of Dark Harbor. “It had some charming little moments in it,” Scheerer said.
Please visit Maine Home + Design to read more about this charming home. I was also intrigued to find pictures of Sister Parish’s Maine cottage as featured in the January 1967 issue of House & Garden. For more information on Tom Scheerer, I recommend Tom Scheerer Decorates and his new book, Tom Scheerer: More Decorating, will be released in September! To see my very favorite Scheerer project, the Lyford Cay Club, please click here. A tour of Scheerer’s own Maine cottage can be found here.