Tyler Karu Ready and Brendan Ready’s classic 1920s farmhouse is located on Ferry Beach in Scarborough, Maine. They are just yards from one of Maine’s most peaceful and beautiful public beaches. Brendan is a lobsterman, and Tyler is a designer who uses the work of local craftspeople and materials in her designs; she also loves working with items from local marine supply stores. When the couple bought their home two years ago, it had been subjected to a number of bad renovations, so Tyler worked to restore the home’s original character, adding architectural details that felt organic to the space. The couple’s ultimate goal was to create a bright, lived-in beach house that mixed pieces with history, weathered nautical ephemera and fun, shiny ’70s accessories. (Tyler and Brendan’s love of the sea extends to the name of their Brussels Griffon dog: Haddock!) Thanks, Tyler & Brendan! And a big thank you to Justin Levesque for the lovely photographs! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: I grew up in Kennebunkport, Maine. This chair was always in the living room growing up. It’s very Maine to me — the scale and the organic color of the wicker. The lamp is an eBay find. I am drawn to everything ’70s. The juxtaposition of a modern brass lamp next to a beach rock fireplace or a cluster of Blenko glass are the unexpected elements that I love. I removed the mullions from the octagonal window to give it a porthole sensibility. (Paint color is a custom mix from Sherwin Williams, created to match Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin.)
Image above: The fireplace was created by our friend Chris Pascal from rocks we collected from beaches in Maine. His masonry is what makes this project so striking. It is THE highlight of our home.
See more of Tyler and Brendan’s Maine home after the jump . . .
Image above: My favorite rock in the bunch.
Image above: Hudson Bay blankets are having their moment right now, but they are classic Maine. This was an old LL Bean blanket, and I found the wingback chair at an antique store in Maine that sadly no longer exists. It was inexpensive and had needlepoint upholstery on the back and seat. The arms were a lovely dark olive wool, so I kept them the way they were and covered the needlepoint with the blanket. The pillow was a wedding gift from my sister-in-law. The coffee table is West Elm. I added legs to it for height. The other major pieces in the room are the and the . (Paint is a Sherwin Williams custom mix to match Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin.)
Image above: I’ve had this bed since high school. The nautical elements carry throughout the house, from this bed to the old ship’s lights on the wall. More ’70s elements appear in the form of the paper art above the bed, a truly unique Etsy find, and the mismatched nightstands, both purchased on eBay. Wooden shutters provide architectural detail as well as practical light blocking. The silver rush bench is from Calypso Home. Paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Ice Cube Silver.
Image above: The twin beds were in my husband’s childhood room.
Image above: Over the past two years, I’ve renovated pretty much the entire interior from floor to ceiling, but most of the budget went toward the kitchen. I was able to salvage the lower cabinets, but had to build new uppers as well as pantries to match. In almost all the homes I flip or renovate, I use crown molding above the cabinets to eliminate wasted space above and make the ceilings look higher. I bought new appliances, installed honed granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash and rugged oak floors, but the most striking piece is the island. Purchased from (as was the Jason Wein chandelier above it), the island is a repurposed cart from a railway station. A local artist, Sandy Macleod, added the bar once it was inside my house, as it just barely fit through the doorway. All hardware and knobs are from marine supply stores.
Image above: The three vintage stools are eBay finds.
Image above: This dresser was in our garage when we moved in. Brendan’s cousin, Christian Webber, repurposed it into a bathroom vanity. The drop-in sink is Kohler. The towel bars and hooks in our bathrooms are all from , as are the cleats that hold the bracelets. Marine supply stores are great resources for unexpected home hardware. The paint is Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers.
Image above: My best friend Sarah knew I had to have to remind me of my days in New York. She tracked it down in Brooklyn.
Image above: This mirror was from a staging project I worked on in Florida. It’s huge and walks the line between cool and tacky. I like using mirrors to make small spaces seem larger; the larger the mirror, the better. The diptych in the background was a gift from my endlessly talented mother-in-law, Holly Ready. My husband and I treasure these paintings. The dining table belonged to my husband’s great-grandparents. The Donghia chairs are from Allen & Walker Antiques in Portland, ME, and the spun fiberglass chairs are an Etsy find.