cff HOME TOUR: A SERENE MAINE COTTAGE | Simple and Serene Living


Monday, August 2, 2021

Terry John Woods, design stylist and author of design books discovered this Berwick, Maine cottage at a perfect time in his life. Woods found himself inspired by the colors of the ocean and decided to take up painting. 

cottage home

Living Room

The house was drab and dark, but Woods used his design magic to create a light and airy space. 

The owner wanted the spaces to flow from room to room and chose to whitewash all of the walls with Behr Swiss Coffee paint.

white cottage living room

The lightness of the walls is carried over to the furniture, which consists of white slipcovers, a vintage coffee table, a primitive cabinet, a simple jute rug, a vintage brass shell floor lamp, and a wonderful collection of ironstone pitchers.

I love the subtle touch of color on the interior of the cabinet, which reflects the blue of the sea and sky. 

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On the other side of the living room, a slipcovered chair is a perfect spot to sit and read.

white slipcovered chair and antique ironstone plates

All I could think of when I saw this fabulous collection of antique ironstone plates was, be still my heart. It's pushing me to look around for a way to display some of my collection, which is currently stacked on the bottom shelf of a table. 

The painting leaning on the shelf is the owner's artwork, which is all he displays in the house.

The pine floors have been refinished and glossed to reflect the incoming light. 

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Terry continued the white theme into the kitchen, where, as in the other rooms, the windows have been left uncovered to allow maximum light to enter the cottage. 

white cottage kitchen

A glass-fronted built-in cabinet is filled with vintage ironstone dishes and porcelain knobs adorn the cabinets. 

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Dining Room

The dining room continues the theme, which flows seamlessly from room to room.

cottage white dining room

A beautiful brown transferware pitcher takes center stage on a dining table covered with a simple white tablecloth and surrounded by matching chairs. 

Terry has taken advantage of the light flowing through the windows, by painting the floorboards white 

A vintage corner cupboard displays a collection of vintage ironstone platters and bowls.

Shop for a similar brown transferware pitcher, a similar white tablecloth, a similar ironstone platter.

I love this cottage and I have a feeling that my friend Kris at Junk Chic Cottage is loving it too. 

Home Tour Maine cottage

Information and photos sourced from The Cottage Journal

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  1. I love it too! It's so calm and serene to look at these rooms.

  2. I love love love this home. Right up my decor alley. So peaceful and calm and inviting. Love it all.

  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful cottage. Behr Swiss Coffee is our favorite white.


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