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Boston Globe Magazine Feature

Built in the 1950s as a seasonal camp and expanded in the 1970s, this property on a coveted spit of land where the Nonesuch River meets the Atlantic Ocean passed through generations of the same family. The current owners, Traci and Scott Giles, had lived in town for 25 years and knew the place well from countless walks along the Scarborough, Maine, beach with kids and dogs in tow. They could hardly believe it when an e-mail announcing that the home was for sale landed in their in-box. The couple, now empty nesters, recognized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a year-round residence where they could retire.

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Domino Magazine Online

We believe everyone deserves to come home to a welcoming and inviting environment—medical professionals especially. On the rare occasion that they get to spend an entire day at home, free from the pressures of their pager and patients, you can bet they relish the bliss of sinking into a sofa with a fresh batch of popcorn and a movie. This Portland, Maine, townhouse designed by Tyler Karu for a young doctor makes every moment count.

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Domino Magazine Online

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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Cover of Boston Globe Magazine

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.”

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Maine Homes Magazine House Tour: Farmhouse Refresh

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.

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DownEast Magazine House Tour: Small Wonder

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.”

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Maine Magazine: Checks and Balances

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.

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