A Renovated House in Maine Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Renovated House in Maine Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Tyler Karu, her boyfriend Bobby, two Great Danes (Clyde and Winnie Cooper) and a Brussels Griffon named Haddock
Location: Falmouth, Maine
Size: 2,200 square feet
Years Lived In: 1.5 years, owned

“This house had been vacant for a decade by the time we got to it and was in need of a major overhaul, but it had a nice layout, big backyard for our dogs and best of all, water views!” explains designer Tyler Karu. The neighborhood the house is located in is a small waterfront community with mid-century vibes and traditional-style homes, and Tyler is completely in love.

In the summer of 2016, she embarked on a three-month renovation of the house, and though she claims she still has “a ways to go,” the house is bright, lovely and a beautiful mix of classic elements and meaningful objects. The renovation modernized the space, but didn’t take away from the history of the home. Inspired by the ocean, the whole interior is a perfect example of how to use soothing neutrals blended with soft hues of blue to create a relaxing and dynamic home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Collected yet edited, casual yet refined

Inspiration: The Atlantic ocean, always

Favorite Element: A portrait of me, my brother and my mother on Kennebunk Beach painted by my grandmother circa 1987. My grandmother is a renowned portrait artist and her paintings are some of my most cherished items.

Biggest Challenge: The house isn’t very architecturally interesting, so rather than try to add detail during the renovation that would inevitably look out of place, I kept the aesthetic simple. Clean white walls, simple windows, doors and casings, and a lively, highly functional kitchen were the focus of the renovation.

Proudest DIY: While we were cleaning the attic, prepping to insulate it, we came across hundreds of cashed checks that belonged to the family who owned the home in the ’60s. I decided to create a piece of art from them to honor the history of the house. It’s now in the living room and is the piece that’s most commented on when people come over.

Biggest Indulgence: The view! The master bedroom looks out onto Casco Bay and we tore down a wall and turned two bedrooms into the master to maximize the water views.

Best Advice: Since I renovate homes for a living, there’s not a lot about the process that could shock me, but the old adage is true — expect the unexpected.


Whole house, walls and trim, other than rooms noted below — Benjamin Moore China White
Kitchen Cabinets — Benjamin Moore Nocturnal Grey
Dining Room — Benjamin Moore Steep Cliff Grey
Master Bedroom — Benjamin Moore Cliffside Grey
Master Closet —Benjamin Moore Trout Grey
Guest Bedroom — Benjamin Moore Grey Huskie

Wallpaper — Flat Vernacular
Faucet — Brizo

Sofa — Room and Board
Chair — Blu Dot
Console — Blu Dot
Rug — HD Buttercup
Ottoman — Vintage
Planters — Of a Kind
Sconce — Workstead

Dining Table — Worlds Away
Chairs — Organic Modernism
Chandelier — Brendan Ravenhill
Silver cabinet — Home Remedies Maine

Stools — Muuto
Hardware — Schoolhouse Electric

Bed — CB2 (I reupholstered the headboard)
Bed bench — Vintage
Mirror — Croft House
Rug — HD Buttercup
Rattan Pouf — vintage
Daybed — vintage
Dresser — Mitchell Gold Bob Williams

Bed — CB2
Poufs — Consort
Wall mounted desk — DWR
Mirror — West Elm

Thanks, Tyler!

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