A Really Lovely Place

I recently staged an amazing home in coastal Falmouth, Maine.

I think this may be my favorite staging project to date.  From the very moment that I stepped foot into this house,  I was hit with the love bug, and the appeal only grew from there.  (I can only hope the feeling was mutual).

No wonder I love this house.  It was designed by John Calvin Stevens around 1932.  This property is so Maine, with understated elegance and natural charm.  There is an abundance of light flooding into each room, and everywhere you turn you see Maine, through all the windows that still frame that nice old glass.

This house is a wonderful combination of old and new.  The master bath has the original Deco-era tile, and doors have old glass knobs with beautiful original hardware.


The kitchen is brand new, and so well thought out. It connects seamlessly to the rest of the house, even with an 80 year difference in age. The counters are done in a subtle, natural tone, similar to the color of the sandy beach just outside.


When selecting decorative pieces, I got to tap in to my Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco soul.  I used a combination of elements that bring it all together, staying true to the era of the house, but also speaking to today’s buyer.  I used higher end sofas and chairs in the two sitting rooms, and had new slipcovers made for them.


Each sofa and chair passes the “curl-up-and-read-a-book” test.  Even the most formal of rooms must pass that test as far as I am concerned!

I used 2 vintage rattan arm chairs that I bought at the Portland Flea For All, (for which I made cushions in a polka-dot cotton fabric) along with 4 modern chairs for the dining room.  I like mixing different pieces together, rather than using all matching items.


This home was vacant.  So filling it with softness, ideas, warmth and vision is important to a buyer who might be considering the purchase.  Take a look at some before and after photos, and see why it is easier to read the space, when there is a frame of reference for sizing your own furniture:

Staging a property for sale means providing a way for potential buyers to see what the home has to offer. And with that comes restraint. Over-doing the staging can defeat the whole purpose. It’s important to remember that, and find the right balance.

Take a look at more images from this property, as well as past projects, by clicking onto my portfolio.  Photos by  Nathan Varney.   Contact Sandra Wendland of Sotheby’s for more information on this listing.  The kitchen renovation was done by M.R.Brewer.

Inventory, along with my staging services, are available for vacant homes on the market. For more information, browse around the site or send me an email at info@katelowrydesigns.com, or call 207-776-9558.


Kate Lowry is an interior designer located in Portland, Maine. www.katelowrydesigns.com 207-776-9558

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