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New England Home Magazine: Texas Family Makes the Move to Maine
The power of good upholstery certainly isn’t lost on Tyler Karu. One peek inside the designer’s latest project and it’s clear: Mixing punchy prints is second nature.
Situated in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Karu’s preference for the unexpected lent itself to the picture-perfect waterfront home. Of course, it helped that her clients—a young family of five who lives in London most of the year—were open to taking design risks (acrylic dining chairs and chartreuse accents included).
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Three years ago, Jared Martin visited Maine on a business trip and was instantly smitten. Returning home to Houston, the IT specialist persuaded his wife, Heather, to join him for a visit. The couple and their two children spent the summer in Maine and began flying up from Texas every chance they got.
Maine Homes Magazine House Tour: Farmhouse Refresh
Teodora and Joseph Porta knew they would make an offer on their home in Freeport, Maine, before they even stepped inside. Perched on a bluff with unobstructed views of Casco Bay, the 3,500-square-foot split-level house sits amid spacious patios and lush plantings situated far closer to the coast than current zoning allows. Says Joseph Porta, “We felt connected to it right away.”
DownEast Magazine House Tour: Small Wonder
Like many old homes in Maine, this one had survived several lifetimes of renovations and additions, some ridiculous (like the wood-grain Styrofoam beams in the kitchen), others sublime (shout-out to the seamless bedroom addition on the first floor). Still, I could see the allure beneath the architectural pastiche. The long, angular first floor, for example, has multiple doors leading to porches and gardens. Upstairs, three modestly sized bedrooms are pleasantly snugged into sloping rooflines.
Maine Home + Design: A Sense of Place
Jeff and Linda Kleinman got a taste of tiny house living two summers ago, during a stay at The Cottages at Cabot Cove in Kennebunkport. They spent the weekend biking around town and kayaking on the Kennebunk River by way of the tidal cove that backdrops the 16-cottage seasonal resort — activities, Jeff says, their bantam abode helped facilitate. “When you have fewer things around you, you focus more on being outside.” After their visit, they purchased one of the resort’s 285-square-foot cottages (seven buildings are privately owned) and undertook a space-maximizing renovation with Portland interior designer Tyler Karu. “We fit what we can,” Linda says. And what they can’t? “We keep it in the car.”
Maine Magazine: Checks and Balances
From traditional to sleekly contemporary 15 spaces that are stylish, striking—and sure to make a lasting impression.
When Tyler Karu moved into her home in Falmouth Flats, she knew she wanted to keep the color palette simple and neutral, with one exception. “Blue is my jam,” says the interior designer. She’s sitting with her feet curled up under her on a low, steel-gray couch in the living room of her recently renovated 1950s Cape house. One of her three dogs, a huge white- and-black speckled Great Dane named Clyde, is sprawled on the floor next to her. He keeps his big blue eyes on her as she searches for the words to describe her favorite color— the moody, gray-tinted blue of the Atlantic.