Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn in Maine

Fall is such a brilliant time of the year! It's as if Mother Nature took a brush and painted everything in the most fiery shades of the spectrum. Though I'm a devotee of all things pale, I simply cannot resist fall's vibrancy.

Recently Tom and I traveled to Maine to check on the progress of our landscaping work. (I've designed a new garden for us in Castine, and can't wait to share the results next summer.) We timed our trip up north hoping for seasonal color. Well, we were treated to a stunning foliage show - W🍁W!

Have a look . . .
We started in southern Maine where most of the trees were still green. The homes however looked so festive. Love this circa 1810 Colonial in Kennebunk - talk about fall curb appeal!    
Above is another historic home in Kennebunk. This Greek Revival, with a row of pumpkins and squash over the entry plus frightful spiders, is all ready for Halloween.

Further north and higher up, Baxter State Park in Millinocket was ablaze in a sea of gold, orange and red. I took the following two photos near the park's entrance.  
In Bucksport (below three photos) located thirty minutes from our town of Castine, the yellow elms looked dazzling against the crisp clapboard homes. Many stately elms still grace the streets of Maine.  
The next home is in the artsy town of Belfast, where we like to go for lunch at Young's Lobster Pound, Chase's Daily, and Darbys. Also, the local shops and galleries are charming - don't miss Brambles, Sail Locker, and others if you visit.  
On the road home, we passed this red barn sitting behind a row of red oaks in Penobscot. Perhaps our next place will be a converted barn?

Here's another red barn. This one in Castine was tucked behind a grove of golden maples.   
Back at our cottage, I brought autumn inside with a few branches of maples. In the bottom of the vase, I placed granite rocks to help secure the top heavy branches in place.
We closed out the season with a dinner at our place - a fun night with friends! I almost went colorful with the tablescape, but decided on a blue-and-white coastal setting with just a hint of fall courtesy of the Lumina pumpkins.
And here is our circa 1863 cottage before renovation. I remember walking the dogs around the yard covered in crunchy leaves.

PS - Follow me on INSTAGRAM for more fall inspo!  


  1. Hi Loi, I don't think my comment went through. I was just saying how much your photos make me miss the Fall season in Ohio.

  2. Dear Loi
    The colors of Fall are the Best in Maine. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lovely vibrant photos. You inspire me to visit Maine. Can I ask what is the radio like box on your counter? I like to have music when cooking and would prefer it not come from the IPad. Is it a wifi device? Thank you and happy fall.

  4. Now THIS is inspiring! I love that you took the time to capture the autumn splendor around you, and I'm in awe at the beauty. Time to attend to my own fall tablescape plans which so often remain in my head until the last minute, ya know? I love the softer side of fall you beautifully create inside--soothing to the senses and in no way competing with nature's artistry just outside the window. Happy Tuesday, friend. xox

  5. Dear Loi,

    Thanks for the beautiful post. We don't have these sort of architectural gems in California, nor do we really experience the four seasons. They are lovely to look at.

  6. Fall in Main is stunning, but so is your restrained table setting. I have two beautiful maple trees in my yard. I have never clipped the branches in the fall, but this year I will!

  7. Autumn in Maine: it doesn't get much better than that! And here, even in the mountains, the color is more a muted and dull yellow and orange. Just not the same! Enjoy the season Loi!

  8. Loi these are amazing!!!! One of these years I've got to get up to Maine in the fall!

  9. I fall for Autumn every time!! franki

  10. Thank you so much for sharing nature's beauty with us!!!

  11. Swooning over the houses in Bucksport but the setting of your cottage is incomparable!

  12. Just breathtakingly gorgeous, Loi!
    C + C

  13. Hello Loi!!!!! Speechless at the moment, since my work is so demanding and I haven't been able to enjoy and capture the colors around me. Thank you for sharing this beauty!

  14. Loi,
    I needed this beautiful dose of autumn. We've seen glimpses of fall, but this has been a summer-temps week for Southern California. The homes decked out for the season are so lovely. Enjoy your beautiful area this fall! Love your instagram updates!

  15. Thank you for taking us along on this magnificent Fall tour in your beautiful State of Maine! I am so drawn to the gorgeous yellows of the Elms....your home and property is simply breathtaking and what a beautiful, beautiful table to dine with your guests ... A lovely sendoff for the season....A future barn that would be so very interesting!!!

  16. Your cottage is one of my 5 dream home variations Loi!!!

  17. Always a treat Loi! I enjoy seeing this color. We did not get much due to the warm temps. (which I cannot complain about!)

  18. We had an amazing event here this past weekend. We had a friend create some custom drink options that the bartenders served throughout the night and the designer easily collaborated with the space at New York wedding venues to address her needs.

  19. Hi Loi,

    Your photos of autumn around your beautiful Castine are enchanting. What glorious, glowing colour, especially around the park. I hadn't realized that your charming cottage is right on the water - wow! Thank you for sharing these fabulous photos of your pretty neck of the woods.

    Happy Wednesday,

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