Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer House Tour

Hello, there - Remember me? It's been too long!

Tom and I are 95% finished with our renovation here in Maryland. We're almost done in Maine, too. The pace of the last ten months has been fast and furious.

Let's back up to September 2016. We sold our historic house in Castine, Maine (the one with the hydrangea hedge), and began gutting another property in the same town - a circa 1863 cottage by the sea. In December, we acquired a Cotswold-style stucco cottage in Maryland, and immediately started renovating it. Yes, we were crazy enough to renovate two houses at the same time! In February of 2017, our brick Tudor went on the market and sold - see my post here. Then this spring we moved into the Cotswold cottage despite not having a kitchen. Tom did set up a make-do kitchenette in a spare bathroom. Picture a microwave over a mini fridge located inside the shower stall along with a hotplate next to the sink. Not pretty! Thank goodness we finally have a working kitchen today (minus the dishwasher). And over Memorial Day weekend, Tom and I moved furniture up to Castine. Whew! That's it, NO more moves for us!!

Now you are all caught up. I'm excited to share peeks of both homes just in time for a summer house tour organized by a group of talented Instagram / blog friends. 

For those visiting via my friend Lizbeth at Home and Fabulous, welcome! Liz has such a chic style - please check out her blog if you aren't familiar with it. 

Let's tour our new homes. 
At our Cotswold-style cottage, we upgraded the electrical service as well as replaced all of the light fixtures inside and out. A pair of Suffork copper lanterns from Circa Lighting flank the French doors leading to a walled courtyard. The lanterns illuminate the courtyard beautifully - just in time for outdoor summer entertaining. 

Inside, I also sourced this McCarren globe fixture from Circa for the foyer. By the way, this Swedish Mora clock has been in four of our homes - it's one of my favorite pieces. A summer arrangement of hydrangeas, spiraeas, and ferns fresh from our garden adds seasonal color.  
A view from above of our striking wrought iron staircase. Notice the seahorses adorning the railing - so unexpected and whimsical! I'd like to thank Carpet Creations (in Rockville, Maryland) for their excellent fabrication and installation of both stair and hall runners. They always do wonderful work.
It's been ten years since I last purchased kitchen utensils and small appliances. These new white ones, from Williams Sonoma, look especially stylish in a Crate and Barrel marble wine cooler, which complements the counters. And I just couldn't resist this aqua mixer - a fun splash of summer, don't you think? 
Here is our new kitchen. Once again, I selected classic Shaker-style recessed cabinet doors. The doors as well as drawers are inset (as opposed to overlay). Notice the arched vent hood. Normally I wouldn't have chosen an arch, but want to reference the many architectural arches in our home. Counter tops are white Carrara marble with a honed finish. The 4" x 8" white subway tiles add texture plus sheen.   
A festive arrangement of patriotic flags in a white ironstone pitcher all ready for the FOURTH!
More kitchen photos to come.

Now a sneak peek of our little cottage in Castine. I quickly snapped these photos with a rather old iPhone while we were moving in prior to styling or accessorizing.
ABOVE: A view of the harbor shortly after sunrise. More boats will soon be moored here.

BELOW: This gallery wall features part of my collection of vintage seascapes, many found locally in Maine. I'm looking forward to accessorizing the console table.   
That's it for this time. Hope you've enjoyed seeing our new homes....check back for updates.

Now please pop over to Maison de Cinq, my friend Sheila's blog to enjoy her summer tour. I can't wait for you to see Sheila's lovely home.

For more summer decor inspiration, check out all of these fabulous tours:

Happy Happy Nester
Styled With Lace
Crazy Chic Design
2 Ladies and a Chair
Lindsay Hill Interiors
Citrine Living
Home and Fabulous
Tone on Tone (that's me)
Maison de Cinq
The Design Twins
I Don't Know How She Does It
Meme Hill
Designs by Laila

HAPPY SUMMER! 
Loi 

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  2. In awe with your new home. Love all the classic details but the kitchen is my favorite area. Simplicity at its best!

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    1. Hello Gloribell - Thank you. Love your tour! Such beautiful greenery. Cheers

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  3. Oh my goodness Loi - your view in Castine is BEYOND beautiful!! Congratulations on two superbly decorated homes! xxx

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    1. You are the best, Paula :) Thanks so much!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! Appreciate your visit and note. xoxo

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  5. Hi Loi! You new place in MD could not be more charming, and that view in Maine! I doubt there is a more picturesque spot to spend the summer. Can't wait to see more photos! xoxo Phyllis

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    1. You have to come visit us in Maryland and Maine! I hope we can catch up soon. Thanks, Phyllis.

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  6. So wonderful to see you back in blogland and we're so envious of your beautiful new homes, Loi. We hope you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labors this summer and have some R & R with Tom. Sending you hugs!
    xxoo
    C + C

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    1. Good to be back! It's been almost three months - toooo long! Thanks, ladies.

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  7. Thank goodness you're back! Every time I read your blog, I rush out of my studio and unclutter my house!! Take good care.

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    1. Our houses are uncluttered because we still have boxes to unpack, haha. Thank you! Cheers :)

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  8. ♥♥♥ it all, I always grin through all of your post because they make me happy!! So happy for you and Tom and so happy that you are sharing it with us. The view in Castine made me gasp. The stair rail immediately caught my eye and don't even get me started on the stone wall and gate outside. Can't wait to see more of your creations!! Happy Summer!!!

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    1. Hey Kathysue, welcome to Instagram! Glad to see you there. Thanks, my friend.

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  9. Loi, your house is so fabulous! It's always with such good taste. I love everything you do.

    Xox, Lizbeth

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    1. Hey there, Liz! Thanks, friend. Love your summer tour!

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  10. Loi, Wow, we are taking notes...big time! You are an inspiration in so many ways. Your aesthetic makes us weep it's so impeccable! And we aren't just being melodramatic. We sit in awe, dear friend, simply in awe. Congratulations on all your progress, all the beauty! With love and friendship, Julie & Jodie

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    1. Ladies, you two are the BEST! So glad y'all stop by. Thank you, thank you! xoxo

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    1. Hi Lynn - thank you for visiting! And for your note :) Cheers

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  12. Can we just talk about your view ? Both inside and outside is just fabulous. You have the touch my friend. I love your gallery wall of paintings. Tugs at my heart. xo

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    1. Tom and I are really looking forward to enjoying the view from our new cottage. Thanks, Amie, for stopping by. Cheers

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  13. Hello Loi, I love your seascape collection. One of your great skills is collecting masses of objects, while also knowing how many is enough. I personally tend to overdo it, although my living areas now are actually quite restrained,
    --Jim

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    1. I had fun putting this collection of vintage seascape together. Many are from Maine, and a couple are from Europe. Thanks!

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  14. Always love to see your renovated homes, Loi. Don't know how you and Tom have the stamina to do one after another much less two after another. Can't wait to see the console - simplicity and charm as always.
    b

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    1. Any plans to come up to Castine this summer? Would love to have you for lunch, Billie. xo

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  15. Your energy is amazing along with that view of the water. You are inspiring to get the builder around to do all those odd jobs! Hope you have a great summer Loi!

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  16. Oh my Loi, you buys have been busy!!!!!! Can't imagine letting go of any of your previous homes since there are both oh-so-beautiful! But I guess, you have to let your creative juices flow with some more houses! You make the world more beautiful with that, I get it! Lucky us! You cottage is just so perfect, can't wait to see it a magazine again , the the one in Maine?! Hat view is enough to make me swoon! So happy for you both and excited with all these changes dear! Cheers to a wonderful summer !

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  17. Loi, I'm so glad you decided to share not one, but two of your gorgeous homes! Your home is Maine is so stunning - that gate is amazing and really sets the tone for the whole property! And of course, your Mora clock! You know I'm just waiting for you to be sick of it, in which case I will happily take it off your hands:)

    Your cottage has all your beautiful touches as well. I love the gallery wall, and of course the view isn't bad either:)

    So happy to be "hopping" with you my friend! Thanks for always inspiring me!

    Sheila
    xo

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  18. Oh my you have been busy and you guys are crazy!! I can certainly see why you purchased that darling cottage by the sea...incredible views...and I love that gallery wall! Happy Summer!!

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  19. Loi! Your home is stunning!! I LOVE that globe fixture! WOW! I would never want to leave your home if you invited me over lol! What a chic and sophisticated style you have, so happy to tour with you! xo

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  20. I have missed your enchanting posts, Loi! OK, this is it. THIS IS THE ONE! If only my husband would allow me to paint our front cottage door white. AHHHH! Everything looks fabulous. YOU and Tom as blessed!

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  21. Wow! It's all so gorgeous. I am gobsmacked at how quickly you two get things done!

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  22. Each image is just wonderful...and love that view of the harbor. What a nice place to escape to in the summer heat of D.C.!!!

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  23. WOW! that view is amazing Loi, Please stay at this house, I think you found your piece of paradise. Thanks for bringing us the pictures, it is beautiful.

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  24. I love everything - I stopped scrolling when I saw the view. That view is just breathtaking Loi, what a true blessing to be able to enjoy that picturesque view. The stairs look amazing and I like the idea of using a wine cooler/holder to hold utensils. I would buy white ones but with my (poor) cooking they would be burned black at the ends within first use LOL!

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  25. Oh wow - you have been crazy busy, Loi! What a fabulous job you've done on your cottage. I love that pretty white kitchen, and your entryway with your Swedish clock and that seahorse railing is just fabulous!

    I can't wait to see your Maine home as well!

    You never disappoint, Loi - love your classic and gorgeous style! It's an honor to be on this tour with you!

    xo

    Kathleen

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  26. dear loi
    you left me wanting, badly!
    a cotswold styled cottage, really?! from what i saw i am in love. and a casting cottage by the sea? you and tom have created a dream life and that is what it is all about, isn't it? congrats.......come back with more, please
    cheers
    debra

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  27. Such a beautiful home tour and gorgeous view!! Love it all!!

    XO
    Lacey & Kim

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  28. Oh Loi, your homes are beautiful! I adore them both. You have been extremely busy! I love your Maine home. When I lived in Boston I spent all my free time in Maine. Fabulous tour!

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  29. Loi, I'm in awe of your ability to take on two homes at the same time. Add that they are miles apart only makes it more awesome! Your spaces are gorgeous. I'm so taken with the stairwell in Maryland and the view of the harbor in Maine. Both homes are incredibly beautiful!

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  30. Loi, you are so amazing! Both homes look wonderful. You are incredibly talented and inspirational, with a heart of gold! I enjoy everything you do!

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  31. HI Loi, I have been missing you and your happy posts. Soooo happy to see that the two of you are well and more than kicking. The houses are gorgeous and that view is sigh inducing. Congratulations on all of the hard work. xoxo Mary

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  32. Loi,
    You've been busy! We're in the process of moving and I don't think I could do the reno on 2 houses at the same time. You're 2 new places are wonderful. I love the Cotswold home, and the view of your new home in Catine is breathtaking. Congratulations on finding such lovely "permanent" homes.
    It's nice to hear your voice once again, I always follow you on IG but love the details you share on your blog.
    xo,
    Karen

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  33. I just knew you and Tom were staying busy Loi - and, as always, am blown away by what you have accomplished in your absence!
    Two exquisite new homes - very different locations but both amazing to be spending time in. Bet the shop is looking fabulous too - how do you find time to keep so many balls in the air?
    Hope your time in Castine this summer will also give you some time off to relax - ahhhhh Maine, I love and miss you!

    Will you please share the paint color of the new Shaker kitchen cabinets - it looks creamy rather than white. The range hood is beautiful - I want one just like it!
    The marine art collection is spectacular - I love how you display it over the console and look forward to seeing just what you end up placing there. Don't leave us hanging too long please!
    Bob and I send our best with big hugs. We're recently back from Sicily and Malta - very colorful compared to the neutrals you and I love!
    Mary x

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  34. Your home is so magazine worthy, Loi! I enjoyed it very much!!
    xo
    Laila

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  35. This is awesome! How do you have time to do all of these neat things? I am drowning!!! I really enjoy your blog
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  36. Dear Loi, the moment I discovered you at Instagram I fell in love with the rooms you created. Just sat there with my coffee and allowed myself to feel the calm and peace and beauty your pics bring to me. And of course I went here to follow the invitation to see more details. It is beautiful, amazing, stunning - all together. But what I can not understand: how do you manage to switch between these two homes? My heart would be bleeding if I'd have to leave one for the other - and if only for days ... Have a wonderful summer! Hopefully you can allow yourself to relax and enjoy ... Jeannie (my3rddecade)

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  37. Loi I sincerely believe that whatever house you own eventually it will turn magical. As each of your home's you have shared photos of. Yup, you and Tom create sheer magic.
    xo,
    Vera

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  38. Hi Loi! I feel as if it's been forever. I have tried to get notified of your posts, but Mr. Googs eats them up. Forgive me, but I'm having trouble keeping up with your houses. It seems that you've sold two homes that it seems like you just moved into. And I get that you're renovating two homes. Well, all the more for us to enjoy! Thank you!

    But that view in the Castine home. Sick. I would have trouble pulling myself away from that one.

    The kitchen is perfect. I have made rumblings about renovating mine.

    I could manage quite well with a shower kitchen-- a hotplate, a nuker and a mini-fridge. But alas, I don't have a spare bathroom. ;] My dishwasher recently died and I have to say that it's a bloody drag not having one. But I'm being a good girl and washing everything up. ;]

    Love the vintage art wall. I may have to steal it. But the image is on its way to pinterest via tailwind.

    Can't wait to see more!!! xoxo ~ Laurel

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  39. Dear Loi,
    Oh you have been frightfully busy. I cannot imagine renovating two houses simultaneously. How very exciting for you.
    Happy to see you take the time to blog. Like your followers I have missed you

    Helen xx

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  41. Loi, you have captured all of you in this summer cottage... The harbor view is breathtaking, and your gallery wall of sea worthy pieces finish the tone and mood of where your home can listen to the sea. There is not a thing I don't love about this cottage inside and out.
    You've done it again in all the best and it has your personal stamp on it.

    I could see myself living in a home just like this one.

    Enjoy your summer, it's truly a home to enjoy.

    Xx
    Dore

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  42. Oh my goodness you have been crazy busy. No wonder you have had no time to blog! I love seeing snippets of both houses here and on Instagram! And I cannot wait to see more. Have a fabulous week Loi.

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  43. well, you have outdone yourself. this is breathtaking work, loi. I wanna steal that staircase and place it square in this chicagoland fixer. absolutely stunning and so unique. we are nearly done with the Arizona place, and who knows what will come next? I'm thinking brand spankin new white Swedish farmhouse, so simple and serene it'd sedate a squirrel. thanks for sharing your journey, friend. xox

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Many thanks for your visit! If you have a question, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Loi