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Making a Maine summer home comfy for winter, too

Generations to come will benefit from the winterization of the 1926 Sears, Roebuck and Company kit home.

Francois Gagne

When Connecticut-based designer Chauncey Boothby’s parents decided to winterize part of their summer house in southern Maine, they didn’t have to look far for assistance. The couple wanted the entertaining spaces of the 1926 Sears, Roebuck and Company kit home to be equipped for cold weather as well as the foot traffic generated by their three children, six grandchildren, and regular houseguests. The newly winterized section adjoins a two-story summer-only wing.

“The goal was two-part,” says Boothby. “They wanted it to feel consistent with the rest of summer-cottage vibe but also feel cozy in the winter.”

Boothby worked with Carol Gregor Design Build of Brooksville, Maine, and Rainbow Construction of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, to translate her parents’ vision of a mixed-use space. The result is timeless and durable, made for generations to come.


1. The ceiling over the dining area is fir beadboard paneling with a pickled finish. “It emits a pretty pink glow in some light and makes the color bounce around the room,” says Boothby. The custom blue of the Barn Light Electric Company pendant lights echoes elements in the adjoining sitting room.

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2. Airy glass-front cabinets showcase the homeowners’ blue-and-white pottery.

3. The top of the kitchen island is durable Silestone quartz in Lagoon. “It affords the look of marble without the stress of stains,” Boothby says of the material.

4. The dining table’s top is a reclaimed door repurposed by Thomas Hinchcliffe Antiques & Farm Tables in Sedgwick, Maine. Says Boothby: “My mother was enamored with the shop and story behind the table, so we made it work within the space.”

5. Boothby revamped the dining-table seating using Benjamin Moore Pink Polka Dot on the ladder-back chairs and dark brown stain on the bentwood chairs. Custom cushions and upholstery are weather-resistant Suncloth from Quadrille in navy Melong Batik.


6. The Dash & Albert Honeycomb rug, of tightly woven wool in a forgiving ivory/gray color, stands up to high traffic in all seasons.

This story has been updated to correct the name of the photographer. The photo was taken by Francois Gagne.