My love affair with with traditional Maine houses and the color red began when I was very small. Every summer we would visit my great-aunt Bess at the family homestead in Bristol, Maine. It was a 1.5 story cape with a red and grey kitchen, all rather gently worn. There are such good memories attached to that home. As I began to have homes of my own I strived to have that same feel using red, which has become my signature color. Many years later I feel I have finally achieved what I remember. The warmth and antiquity that comes from color well placed. This is now my livingroom. The color is Rave Red. This ever changing shade is a perfect backdrop to my new things as well as older and worn items. The blue ceiling...that was sort of a whim, but has made the red walls pop and has lent a more distinguished air to the whole. It also lends a wonderful backdrop to my pastels and watercolors. My house is over 100 years old and sits in the village of Liberty, Maine - population under 1000. It is a lovely town with many lakes, ponds and streams. When we bought the house in 1985 for $16,000 it was pretty much just a shell. It has taken us quite a while to finally come to terms with what it should feel and look like. When I finally told my husband I wanted red walls, his comment was, "I'm not responsible!" Four shades later and finally it is done! In the early winter when it gets dark in the late afternoon, we turn on the gas fireplace and it makes the walls glow with warmth, tradition, family and friends. I love contrast in my art and the red walls, white woodwork, blue ceiling and warm pine floors all surround me with those contrasting colors.
Traditional red livingroom contrast
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