Earlier this week, I wrote about my quest to bring less stuff into my life and invest more in worthwhile experiences. One of the ways I’ve been motivating myself is by deciding exactly what experiences I’d like to invest in. Travel is at the top of my list, and when August rolls around, I know I’ll be looking for an northern escape from the NYC heat. The Mercury Inn in Portland, Maine looks like a pretty awesome experience. Hotel owners, Tim Karu and Jacob Krueger, purchased an aging Victorian inn in the historic Parkside neighborhood of Portland, Maine and set about making it a more modern and sustainable place to stay. The duo called upon Tyler Karu (Tim’s sister and whose home we featured here) to blend the original Victorian details of the property with the pair’s modern, sustainable sensibility. Tyler, along with Godsoe Builders – who did the heavy lifting on the renovation – managed to seamlessly fuse the modern and Victorian – pairing the home’s turn-of-the-century millwork, for example, with an Eames lounger and Kartell tables. This smart union of elements – combined with the cooler temperatures up north – moves a trip to Maine to the top of my experience list. –Amy
Photographer- Justin Levesque
Image above: I was lucky to be able to work with the wide-plank pine ﬂoors in the dining room. They dictated the direction of the room. The farmhouse swing stool table is from Portland Architectural Salvage, as is the Jason Wein steel serving cart. The light ﬁxture was made by Decorum in Falmouth, ME., as were all the custom lights in the inn. We sourced the majority of the ﬁnishes and ﬁxtures in Maine and worked with local vendors and craftsmen on all of the custom pieces. Local sourcing kept the carbon footprint low, as did the Mythic Paint used throughout the interior. This non-toxic, zero-V.O.C. paint was imperative to the environmentally conscious renovation.
Image above: The ﬂoral designs were done by Stephanie Pilk.
See more of this Portland hotel after the jump!
Image above: The Mid Century sofa was purchased at Just L in Littleton, NH. It was important to tie the name “Mercury” into the design scheme. By using greys and mixing metals, we aimed to reference the inn’s namesake. I used bold accents, speciﬁcally yellow and chartreuse, to connect with the inn’s brand and identity.
Image above: The real-deal Eames lounger on the left hangs out with its knockoff counterpart sourced at Brimﬁeld. Jason Wein lamps provide reading light in one of the common rooms.
Image above: The MERCURY letters were found at Brimﬁeld and the metal folding chairs are from Pillars in Freeport, ME. The rug and ﬂoating metal cabinets are IKEA.
Image above: Custom light made by Decorum.
Image above: The beds were custom-made for the inn by the Portland, ME-based furniture company, Furniturea. The rolling rack and shelf were crafted by Ashley Kent.
Image above: Sea Bags custom-made pillows for each guest room.
Image above: I designed the gooseneck lamps to thread though the mounted shelf, providing optimal reading light for guests.
Image above: The whale shower curtain by Thomas Paul is a nautical nod to Maine.
Image above: The photos above the bed are turn-of-the-century photos of Portland and have been colorized by Patty Allison of Imbued With Hues.
Image above: An IKEA cart sits below an antique map of the Maine coast.
Image above: Black canvas blinds from The Shade Store are used throughout the inn.
Image above: Along with the beds, Furniturea created bedside tables for the inn. The vintage lamps are from Brimﬁeld.