Down East April 2013

April 2013

The table of contents from the April 2013 issue of Down East.


The Perfect Maine Home

It must have a porch, and, of course, there’s a mudroom. So began our fanciful construction of the ideal Maine home. After that, our notions of a perfect Maine dwelling ranged over territory as big as the state itself: It should have a bedroom with windows overlooking the ocean. There must be a deck hanging over a lake. Let’s not forget the cabin in the mountains or the loft in downtown Portland. And so it is we came to agree that there is only one rule for the perfect Maine home: traditional or contemporary, small or large, rustic or elegant, it never forgets where it is.



Interior designer Sarah Steinberg shares her mudroom essentials.



Creating a bathroom using sea glass.



The perfect Maine porch is about so much than just the view.


Living Room

How one Castine resident designed the most difficult room in the house.



Maine chef extraordinaire Melissa Kelley envisions the perfect Maine kitchen.



A B&B broker and waterfront cottage owner offer advice on cultivating a cozy bedroom.


Maine Accessories

Locally crafted furnishings are another way to create a home that evokes the spirit of Maine. Here are a few of our favorites.



Where in Maine?

Can you identify this Down East island?


Editor’s Note

Learning to love an old house for, rather than despite, its imperfections.


The Mail

Letters to the Editor


Your Maine

What’s your top secret for gardening in Maine?


The Economics of Equality

Same-sex marriage is fair, festive, and potentially profitable.


Belles of the Ball

A prom dress giveaway ensures an enchanted evening for hundreds of Maine girls.


What’s in a Picture?

The Dave Astor Show (For Teenagers Only)


The Maine Place Name Game

Fake newspaper headlines using Maine towns.


Tapping Into Spring

The enduring popularity of Maine roadside springs.


Vroom Vroom

A 1954 Corvette with a Maine mystique goes on the auction block.


Noble Salvage

Spread across four floors and twenty thousand square feet, Portland Architectural Salvage has everything you didn’t know you wanted.


Container Gardens

Small “fairy” gardens can be magical places to teach kids about plants.


Ghosts in the Garden

Spring plantings not only celebrate new life but also help us remember lives that have passed.


Schulte & Herr

Cozy German cuisine comes to downtown Portland.



Go here. Do this. See that.


North Woods Lawmen

A hit reality TV show has turned Maine game wardens into unlikely celebrities.


From Our Archives: April 1976

A Look Back at Down East Thirty-Seven Years Ago