To Dwell: to reside; to live in a given condition, as in, “to dwell in happiness”. What a beautiful word; we do not just live in our homes, we dwell there. Come with me to visit my friends in their homes in the series called “Real Women*Real Spaces”. These are regular women, but by no means ordinary! I want to capture them in the rooms they love, in the homes where they dwell in happiness…and in a style unique to each.

Today we visit Andrea in Maine.  Andrea happens to be my little sister and I was visiting for her son’s High School Graduation Party.  Her home is a center hall Colonial that was built in 1985 and is in the Portland area. It is a beautiful setting, nestled in the trees. Besides being a charming, country home,  one of the things that make it so unique is that it is filled with many handmade crafts and artwork from Andrea’s family. Such talent!  You will also spot many antiques that she  has collected since before she was married (my favorite)!

PARTY TIME

Living Room:

Family Room:

ANTIQUE ROCKER FROM HUSBAND'S FAMILY

Kitchen:

OUR GRANDPARENT'S KITCHEN TABLE

Cedar Porch:  the braided rug was made by Andrea’s Mother-in-Law, and the stained glass window (there are 2) by our Dad

OUR MOTHER'S HITCHCOCK ROCKER

2 oil paintings by Andrea’s husband:

chalk picture by our Dad:

painting by Andrea’s Mother-in-Law

Andrea’s Mother-in-law would walk the beaches of Cape Cod, collect rocks, and paint on them…mostly Angels.

THESE ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE

can’t leave Maine without a couple of pictures from our walk:

thanks Andrea!  it was a beautiful party and weekend

CIRCA 1965

we can’t forget the graduate…congratulations, Ben!!

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