Ayumi and Chloe’s Peaceful Home in Maine

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When potter Ayumi Horie was looking for a new space, she decided to return to her home state of Maine to settle down. Ayumi wasn’t searching for just a home, but for a property that would also accommodate her studio and kilns. She’d lived in other homes on the East Coast and knew winters could be brutal, so finding something with a studio building close to the home (to prevent long, snowy commutes) was a huge priority. When she saw this house, a brick Greek Revival with a crabapple-lined driveway, she knew she was home. “I’ve lived in many places and knew that this move would be my last — that I’d grow old in this house and would invest in it in more than just a material way,” she explains. And now, along with her fiancée Chloe Beaven and their dog, Clover, Ayumi has worked to not just restore their family’s historic home, but to invest in their home city of Portland, ME in a way that more deeply connects them to their space, community and the history of the town.

“I firmly believe that warm homes come about through years of looking, collecting, and gathering, just like identities take shape over time,” Ayumi says. “Nothing matches because nothing is more boring to me than matching sets. Things ‘match’ because we like them. Every object has a story to tell, whether the story is instilled by the maker or by an anonymous past the object has carried for years.” When asked about the best part of living in an old home, Ayumi says, “You can ask me again when I’m 80, but the rewards of living in an old house are worth it. The wavy way that early morning light is refracted through leaded panes of glass and the groves of massive, old lilacs and crabapples make an indescribable scent around the house when they bloom. We get a little piece of country pie while being able to get into the middle of Portland in 10 minutes.”

Read on to see their full home tour and hear more about the renovations and history of Ayumi and Chloe’s beautiful home. xo, grace


Portrait at Fire Pit
photo by Megan Jones

Guest Room
Chuck DeWolfe- apple
Painting – Ayumi got in Stockholm
Vase- Julie Crosby
Quilt- Dana Michaelsen
Cabinets and Pulls – Peter Floeckher

butter dish on table- Steve Rolf
Blue cage bowls- Sunshine Cobb
Brown jar on left- Jean Nicholas Gerard
White Jar- Michael Connelly
Blue and green jar on fridge- Linda Sikora
Casserole on fridge- Cook on Clay
Hanging Japanese lamp- 1920s Taisho-era antique lamp
Vase- Ayumi

South Bedroom
Yellow tray- Joe Pintz
Rug- Dash and Albert

Guest room:
-Quilt by Dana Michaels
-Blankets on top of the armoire are by the Norwegian company Oleana.

Living room
-Blanket by Oleana
-Knit hippo- Purchased by Ayumi at Sheep in Wool at Rhinebeck years ago
-Cushion on rocking chair by Gina Dambra.
-Porcelain platter- Collaboration between Ayumi and Andy Brayman for a show at Greenwich House pottery called Who Lives In Greenwich Village?
-Painting by Michael X Rose of King Kong and Moby Dick in a tussle in Portland Harbor in 1775 during the Battle of Falmouth. Ayumi commissioned the painting from him- their house is in the righthand part, as are their neighbors to the left and right. Godzilla enters right.

  1. Kate says:

    This made me smile! I love the way the new and historic details are blended together. This place looks so warm and inviting, especially in that nighttime photo where the windows glow. Such a creative space!

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thank you, Kate!

  2. Elizabeth R says:

    Beautiful! I would love to know the paint colors, namely the yellow and the pink.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      They’re all Behr paints and the yellow is Solar Fusion, the pink is Old Fashioned Pink, and the red is the best one- Indiscreet :)

  3. Anna says:

    What a beautiful home. The paint colors are genius! Aaah, to find the home in which you will grow old….. these owners are blessed. :)

  4. Ayumi Horie says:

    Thank you Anna!

  5. tisha says:

    What a fantastic home! Thank you for sharing. And Clover is just adorable (I have a weakness for BTs and loved and miss my BT Violet).

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Aw, Violet, that’s a great name. Clover’s kind of the star of my Instagram feed, or at least I think she is :)

      1. Tisha says:

        Thank you. Checking out you snaps…what a visual feast! Clover is one lucky girl. And your pottery is so much fun.

        1. Ayumi Horie says:

          Thank you!

  6. Roisin says:

    Oh my goodness, what a lovely home! I am just about obsessed with all of their decorating – especially the pink hallway and the kitchen!

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thanks, Rosin!

  7. Rose says:

    Such peaceful rooms! Lovely.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thank you

  8. Jo says:

    What a great house. I love your use of colour and your kitchen is just perfect.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thank you

  9. Melissa says:

    I audibly gasped when I hit the studio. Beautiful.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      I’m lucky to work there! Thanks!

  10. Rosie Mauu says:

    Oh my gosh! Looking through those pictures has really made me look forward to having my own home! Its beautiful. Great post, will definitely be looking back at this for ideas when i eventually get a house!

    Rosie xo

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Best wishes!

  11. Margot says:

    I love white walls don’t get me wrong but they are not for every space. They can be cold in a cold climate or reflect too much light in a hot climate. I live in a hot climate in a new build with huge windows framing views outside. I started off with white walls which along with hard surfaces ie glass, tile, stone, marble made the light bounce around as there was nothing to absorb the it. Gradually I have have been introducing colour and texture with wallpaper, rugs, art and paint although not quite as boldly as Ayumi and Chloe! I really enjoyed this tour because of the brave use of colour and of course all their lovely bits and pieces.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      This is the first time I’ve ever painted the walls. I think this kind of saturated color doesn’t work everywhere and I agree about using objects, esp rugs to warm a space up. I also think that using warmer and cooler shades of gray and white work to make a space more dimensional. Thanks for your kind words!

  12. Becca says:

    Can I join the Clover fanclub???!

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Clover said she’d love to meet you!

  13. Alice says:

    Ayumi- your house is beautiful! The colors are fabulous- I love everything about it. So glad to see you so happy!!!

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      You too Alice! The work you’re making is AWESOME!! Hope we cross paths soon.

  14. kelsey says:

    I absolutely adore not only the descriptions and photos of this home, but the descriptions of the neighborhood and the home’s surroundings. Maine is my happy place, and this gives me longing to be there. What a treasure this house is, and they’ve honored it beautifully while making it their own.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thanks Kelsey! I hope that you get to spend more time in your happy place!

  15. Maryse says:

    lovely, lovely home. I can totally see you want to grow old there. I would. Amazing decorating too.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      I already have a place picked out for my oxygen tank :)

  16. Jen says:

    One of the most sophisticated uses of fun, playful color I’ve ever seen in a home. There is something very peaceful and optimistic in the way Ayumi sees the world (or at least in how I perceive that she sees the world based on her thoughtful reflections). I always find her instagram uplifting, and her home gave me the same feeling.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thanks so much Jen! Very nice of you!

  17. Andrea says:

    I’m in awe of the vision and heart and discipline your home represents, Ayumi. It fuses beauty and utility, past and future, in every detail, and speaks to the transcendent power of physical space and objects to comfort, inspire, connect, reward. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m lucky enough to be custodian of some of your work, and when I use it I will think of you and Chloe and Clover celebrating life in your amazing space. Nice to know there are artists like you in the world. All happiness to you in your forever home.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thank you for having my work, Andrea, and for being so sweet!!

  18. Amanda says:

    I love the analogy of homes and personalities being built over time. So true! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

    1. Ayumi Horie says:

      Thanks, Amanda!

  19. Hannah says:

    How exciting to see a local Portland home on here! Such gorgeous interiors and details – thank you for sharing!

  20. caryna says:

    What a fantastic home! Great post, will definitely be looking back at this for ideas when i eventually get a house! Thank you for sharing.

  21. AnneElise says:

    The house and its details look “Federal.” Is there a reason you identified it as “Greek Revival?” Conservative communities often cling to an older design aesthetic even though their time period would place it in a newer one (“Federal” style built in the 1820s to 1850s, the “Greek Revival” period). VERY beautiful, whatever the style.

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      We used that word because that was the way the home owner identified the house. When I look through my “American Homes” book, there are definitely Greek Revival brick homes that look similar, albeit usually with larger columns and porches.


  22. Ayumi Horie says:

    Portland has more than it’s fair share of beautiful houses. So lucky to live here!

  23. Barbara says:

    This was one of the best interview/stories I have read!
    Real, warm, authentic.

  24. Cindy says:

    As an avid but introverted reader, I rarely leave comments, but this house and Ayumi’s poetic vision for it just blew me away. Every room is special and perfectly expresses the love that was put into it. The fun colors, textures, and pieces like the coffee cups and disco ball make it a truly welcoming, one-of-a-kind home.

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      Thanks for commenting- I’m so glad you enjoyed the home tour :)


  25. Caroline says:

    One of my favourite DS houses ever! This home radiates warmth and love – hope you enjoy many happy, creative years together.

  26. april says:

    This is probably the most charming home tour DS has ever hosted!

  27. Amanda says:

    What a beautiful house, so full of color and light. I really love the red table in the kitchen and am wondering what kind of color/finish is on the top?
    Thank you for sharing this lovely home.

  28. krista says:

    I’m another devoted reader who rarely comments. I just had to this time. Favorite home tour ever! This home has so much cheer and personality and says so much about its owners. I get the sense it will bring happiness to many people for many years. Really inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Kirsty says:

    Such a beautiful house, the colours are amazing. How good does the pink, yellow and red look together. Really enjoyed this article!

  30. carla says:

    Looking around the Internet at so many decor photos, I was thirsty for color and drowning in a salty sea of greige. You came along and saved me.

    Blessings on your home.

  31. julie says:

    Hooray for pink walls!

  32. Hooray for all the kilims throughout the house! I love seeing bright stripes mixed with more tribal motifs. Really gorgeous complement to all the wonderful textures and collectibles in every room.

  33. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful home! That disco ball! Swooooon.


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