This inviting structure clings as closely to its heritage as it does to the rocky Kennebunkport, Maine, coastline over which it presides. The cottage—dubbed "The Barnacle"—was purchased in 2004, along with the property's main house, by a family of four who wanted it to be a cozy getaway for winter guests. A beautiful Atlantic tidal cove is just beyond the cottage’s back door.
The home seems to radiate warmth in every space, no matter the chilly snow drfits outside. In the living room and throughout the house, the homeowners worked with designer Deborah Farrand to restore the home responsibly, using salvageable architectural materials and vintage details to restore the waterfront guesthouse to its original rustic beauty. The vintage wicker chairs are from a home in Cornish, Maine, and the stone hearth is made from water- and sand-worn rocks, materials that would have been used in the 1890s.
The adorably cozy kitchen, with its simple white cabinetry and walls (and tiny stove and hood!), is home to cookie-making in the winter and lobster boils in the summer. A simple garland studded with local shells adorns with banister, which is fashioned from pieces of old stairwells. The island was a roadside find made of cast iron and wood. The reclaimed pumpkin pine (a wood named for the orange hue that develops after a century or more of oxidation) on the floors also trims the Carrera marble countertops.
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In the master bedroom, the Christmas spirit is alive with mini wreaths hung with seaglass-blue ribbon, a tiny bedside tree, and a handmade sea star and shell rope garland hung from the antique bed.