sneak peek: diane toepfer of ferdinand home

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a few years ago maria of port2port press told me about a wonderful home store in maine called ferdinand home. ever since then i’ve wanted to take a trip up to portland just to check out this much loved shop that carries a beautiful selection of clothing jewelry, papergoods, and vintage homewares. since i haven’t been able to make it up yet, i thought it would be fun to see what ferdinand owner diane toepfer’s home looks like in the meantime. and thankfully diane was kind enough to share photos of her lovely 800 sqft bungalow in south portland that she shares with her husband ron of peapod recordings (peapod’s logo is so sweet). anne compiled this wonderful sneak peek so i hope you’ll enjoy it- as always you can click here for larger (and extra) versions of these photos. enjoy!

[top image: View from the dining room. Artwork by Karen Gelardi, Nick Triggs, Frank Sanfilippo, Jan Toepfer and Spindleworks. New ferdinand “Grump” card on piano]

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[image above: Strange driftwood lamp. Plush tiger from Pearl River. Vintage teak table & Dux chairs]

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[image above: Morning sun in our kitchen. Fighting tigers folk art rug]

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[image above: Ron traded some recording time for this Sohmer upright piano. Butterflies are 108 years old. Diane’s prized Darth Vader belt buckle from 1977!]

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[image above, left: Vintage lamp, bowls and sideboard. Karen Gelardi sculpture, collage by Robert McKibben. 70s AR turntable. image above, right: I love this happy cutting board and the beautiful view of the trees & snow from our kitchen]

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[image above: Collage by Nick Triggs]

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[image above: one of our bedroom windows is attached to the sunporch (aka cold storage/fabric warehouse). vintage flocked deer lamp, heywood wakefield bedside table, bennington pottery mug]


I love the way she put that shelf near the top of the window – that would stop my curious cats eating my plants…


smile. so fun to see a fellow-portland-ite in your sneak peeks. what a lovely home you have, diane & ron!


this home is adorable. ferdinand ROCKS! i’ve driven up from connecticut more than once…


i love ferdinand, it’s a treasure of a shop. portland is so awesome, you should definitely try to make it up there. i try to get up at least once a year, so fun.


Nice peek. Diane and Ron, are those homemade shelves for the vinyl?

billie & tootie

Oh…Diane’s house is as sweet as she is (and that’s SWEET!) She’s such a wonderful gal.. though we have never met in person, we feel like we’ve known her forever!

xo, billie & tootie


diane’s store deters me from moving out of portland, ever. as long as she’s here, i’m here.


Definitely worth the trip! ferdinand home is one of my very favorite shops in the US. Visit there every time I’m in Maine as it has very unique items. Diane is a very sweet, talented woman with a great whimsical eye!


I see a collection of Seed Magazine back issues on the bookshelf- count me a kindred spirit!


This makes me miss Diane and Ron soooo much!!! California’s loss, Maine’s gain, but it seems that you’re all loving them just fine out there. xxx

Eliza Jane

Hi Diane! your home is lovely (of course!). Portland has been so much cooler ever since you turned up! you’re the best. and I miss Maine!!!


What a lovely house you have Diane! It seems like it fits you well!


ferdinand is one of my favorite stores, she has such a wonderful sensibility. it’s not surprising to see she has such a beautiful, playful home!