sneak peek: maria vettese

this afternoon’s home tour is a very special sneak peek belonging to one of my absolute favorite people and artists, maria vettese. maria is the talented artist behind port2port press, the card society, more studio (with christopher ryan), lines & shapes (along with lena corwin), and 3191 miles apart (with stephanie congdon barnes), but on december 17th maria will be closing her shop to pursue new projects. i’ve been so inspired by maria over the years and though i’m sad to see her shop go, i am always so intrigued and excited to see what’s coming next from her.

so what’s next? maria will be continuing with her card society (hooray!) on a newly relaunched (and more interactive) site in 2009, as well the lines & shapes project with lena. and she’ll also be embarking on a new 3191 miles apart online project with stephanie. they’re developing a new 3191 project where they will join forces again online, branching out from just their usual snapshot diptychs, to feature more written pieces on food, inspiration, simple-living, etc.. so until maria’s new projects kick off we’ll get to take a peek into her life in portland, maine. it’s so nice to see where all of maria’s projects were born and to see so many of the spots i’ve seen in her 3191 photograph series. i hope you’ll enjoy maria’s home as much i did and will join me in wishing her good luck with her new projects.

also, maria is having a closing celebration sale at port2port so if you’d like to pick up any maria goodies you can do so here. if you pick up $50 worth of goods you receive 3 free months of maria’s card society, and if you spend $100 you receive 6 free months of card society. spend $175 and you get a whole free year of card society goodies.

thank you to maria for sharing her home with us and her work with port2port press over the last year years.

[DINING ROOM: When I started port2port press in late 2005 I don’t think I had much art on the walls that I truly loved … with three years online behind me, I now have art waiting for spots on my walls. I feel very lucky. I was not sure how I would feel about this “art wall” but I have truly come to love it. When I have dinner at my dining room table or do some late-night work there the various pieces keep me company. Between the two photographs I am showing, you can see artwork by Wendy Crabb, Paul Paper, Ann Waddell, Bob Smith, Christopher David Ryan, Ron Harrity, Karen Gelardi, Mel Prest, Lisa Congdon, Esther Ramirez, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison and an old clock of my Grandparents. The candles in my holder are always leaning one way or another but I don’t seem to mind.]

[LIVING ROOM: In my living room everything is sort of mixed & matched up together. I use a long bench as a coffee table, patterned fabric and pillows to comfy up my couch, an old white-washed wood chair has become a cat bed (never meant for that to happen but what can i do now?), stacks of books hide behind my couch and my artwork is leaning around or taped to the wall in the corners. It feels like home to me.]

[KITCHEN: I truly had no idea how many people would fall in love with this blue table. It was the 3191 projects with Stephanie Congdon Barnes where the table really became popular and when people who have long loved it see it in “real-life” they can’t believe how small it is. It really is so small! It’s perfect for one person having a meal but if there are two of you you had better be sweethearts because you are lips to lips! … or at the very least playing footsie under the table. Most of the little items in my kitchen are vintage finds (including my favorite piece – the old fruit, veg, sweets chart you see in the photograph with the oranges & chopping block) except the Lena Corwin plate which I keep close by and grab for daily use.]

[BEDROOM: I always find myself with magazine tear-sheets of bedrooms that are all white and empty and then somehow my bedroom has become another hub for little bits of art! I have had the Blik birds up for 5 years now (they even have a photograph of it on their website: and every time I think I will take them down I just can’t bring myself to do it. I would miss their cheerful flying. I have artwork up by Stephanie Congdon Barnes, Camilla Engman, Lisa Congdon, Yu-I Chan, Lisa Solomon, Natalie Tweedie, Claire Nereim, Lena Corwin, Claire Kramer… and lots of others. And the little clock which seems like a vintage piece is actual from a drug store! I think it was something like $4.99 and I just love its simplicity and it’s old-school orange light.]

  1. Sara says:

    I am in love with the shirt photos on her wall! Very creative.

  2. Katie says:

    I absolutely love how you display your images! Also, it feels so nice and cozy! How inspirational!

  3. Kristine says:

    Love those wallstickers!

  4. Kat says:

    LOVING the clock in the kitchen!!!

  5. kathy says:


    thanks for sharing images of your charming home.

    a question, if you don’t mind – could you please tell me where that blue and cream print of a tree and its shadow (bottom-center in the second to last photo) came from? it is darling – a perfect fit to your home. thanks.

  6. kathy says:

    oh – and the big blue ocean-y art in the first photo, too. please and thanks!

  7. Astrid says:

    Maria is such an inspiration! I love seeing her home like this. Thanks for sharing.

  8. kathy says:

    one last one from me, i promise (ha):

    i love the cat and that it takes whatever place it wants for a bed! very sweet. :)

  9. H says:

    It’s terribly selfish of me, but I want more! I love this coziness. how about the bathroom? I bet there’s a claw-foot bathtub in there…
    Thanks for sharing, Maria.

  10. H says:

    It’s terribly selfish of me, but I want more! I love this coziness. How about the bathroom? I bet there’s a claw-foot bathtub in there…

    Thanks for sharing, Maria.

  11. Laura. says:

    what a wonderful homey home. so beautiful. love the tipsy candles. not to mention, you are my collaborative artist/multi-project heroine.

  12. Kristan says:

    I love the birds painted on the wall. :)

  13. Emily says:

    Lovely! I’m glad to see another vintage kitchen clock. I love mine so much it has it’s own nickname. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  14. I love the birds above the bed. I would like to wake up to that everyday. Lovely home.

  15. michelle says:

    Oh how much do I love this, that blue table is so cool.

  16. Green Key says:

    What a nice, bright, homey place! Thanks for sharing it. If you want your candles to stand up straight and stay that way, you can use “Mr. Mole’s Sticky Wax” from Mole Hollow Candle Co., in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts . It works like a dream and is very inexpensive. It makes burning candles much safer too, by keeping them stable.

  17. mrs. french says:

    I love it all…especially the photographs of blue clothing up against the white..amazing…xo

  18. sarah says:

    your home is so cozy and lovely. the white is so comforting. i did imagine the blue table to be bigger. maybe because it is such an icon from your blog. hee.

  19. uncharted says:

    i love the airiness and simplicity of all these rooms.

  20. anthropoet says:

    Colorful and energizing. Makes me want to take a fresh look at my own place!

  21. sweet and cozy home! I love little kid rubber boot dish brush holder!

  22. Amy says:

    what a great place! those little boots by the sink made me “awww” out loud. so thoughtful.

  23. mistubako says:

    What a lovely place:))
    Everyday life is your art… That’s fantastic, mav*

  24. lillie says:

    your space is so lovely, as expected. and i have the same little drugstore clock in my bedroom, orange light and all!!

  25. katrina says:

    absolutely gorgeous. so nice to see some of the 3191 photos in a larger context. i just love maria’s eye for design and layout. thanks for sharing…so warm & lovely.

  26. Molly says:

    what a wonderful, wonderful home! this is very much what i imagine my dream house looking like. where did you get the lovely numbered fruit print on your bedroom wall? (i have a bit of an obsession with fruit drawings…)

  27. Absolutely gorgeous! Very inspiring, thanks!

  28. clik212 says:

    I just can’t add to the comments, this is truly a great looking place. However, there is that cat that put the cherry on top. He seems to matchth decor in color and comfort.

  29. Sheena Smith says:

    Love the birds!!! I wonder if these are hand painted or stick on ?!? Thanks for sharing =)

  30. sophi says:

    i ADORE mav she is the best in simply life


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