A charming carriage house on Maine’s rocky coast gets infused with holiday spirit—and classic coastal character. Step inside!
1 of 5Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi
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.
2 of 5Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi
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.
3 of 5Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi
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.
4 of 5Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi
In the upstairs guest room, the antique beaded board makes the room feel cozy and sets off the water view beyond. The twin mahogany (decked in warm blue check blankets) beds are appropriately trimmed with handmade stockings for a dose of holiday cheer.
5 of 5Photo: Eric Roth; Stylists: Mandi Rapisardi and Tracey Rapisardi