Spotlight Series: My Family Home Tour

October 24, 2015

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I’d like to introduce a very special woman to the blog! Her name is Linda Martin and she is my mother, or as I like to call her, “Mobear”- short for Mama Bear. Today I’d like to welcome you into the home I grew up in. For those of you who know me well, you know that my home is a remarkable place. Not only is it inviting and warm, but also it is filled with so much love.

I strongly feel that as soon as you walk through the front door you can feel the presence of a family even if they are not there. Right away your eyes meet an array of festive autumn décor and wagging tails. The air is seasoned with the spicy and sweet aromas of cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin. My mother embraces the whimsy of each season, transforming the home from functional to magical.

The primitive and folky home décor reflects a mix of traditional family values and the individual quirkiness of my mom. My mother understands the importance of detail – fairy lights strung on antique orchard ladders, hand picked fall inspired ornaments on the holiday tree, and vignettes depicting the beauty of autumn complete with amber leaves and outdoor critters.

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Name: Linda Martin

Occupation: Fourth grade reading teacher

Interests: Cooking, gardening, home decorating, antiquing, reading, animals, playing cards, watching sports, architecture, and travel

Favorite Stores: Lush Fresh Homemade Cosmetics, Willow Tree Primitives, Cabot Mill Antiques, and Territory Ahead

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Let’s talk about your home! Do you own or rent, and how long have you been living in your current place? I have lived and owned my current home for the last twenty five years.

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What home items are important to invest in? What items do you recommend saving on? For me the best bones of the house is comfortable furniture that lets your company know they are welcomed and you want them to stay for a sweet visit. Also, the kitchen is extremely important and a great, functional stove & refrigerator is a must and never ever skimp on kitchen tools. Your personal taste will determine your expenses.

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What was the biggest design challenge you faced in decorating your home, and how did you overcome it? Working with the confines of the floor plans, I continually rearrange furniture which helps with design challenges. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do something. I use outdoor materials inside like using chicken coop wire to create a wall. Let your imagination dictate.

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How would you describe your personal decorating style? My personal decorating style would fall under eclectic. Truly a mix of primitive, whimsy, classic, folk art, theme based (seasonal), English, Italian and French influence as well as Americana. I guess I can say I covered the bases. I began developing my own style after I traveled Europe extensively.

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How long did it take for your home to look the way that it does now? My home is a work in progress. I see it more of a process and not a product. Constantly transforming.

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Where would you like to see yourself in five years? Very specifically, I see myself on a saltwater farm in Brunswick Maine working my magic to create a warm, inviting home where people come to gather and don’t want to leave.

-I’ve seen first hand how much this dream means to her. She’s wanted this as long as I’ve been alive and her passion has inspired me to keep dreaming. Even though she has built a career for herself and a lovely home, she still dares to dream bigger of living a totally sustainable lifestyle and sharing her passions with others. 

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Every time I return home I never find the home in the same way that I left it. The space is always changing and embodying my mother’s ever growing and never stagnant spirit. The home has become a creative outlet for her; one that she can admire everyday and share proudly with loved ones.

Her passion for design and styling has been a defining source of inspiration for me growing up. She tells a story without having to speak. Everything from her handmade jewelry to each carefully selected décor piece is truly a reflection of her warm, inviting, and joyful soul.

Thank you Mobear for always encouraging my creative spirit. I owe so much of my personal growth to your unwavering support and love. Every time I’m home I feel an overwhelming sense of welcome and peace. Thank you for everything!

LOVE,

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2 comments

  • Linda Martin

    I ask my friends to like and share to grow Hannah’s readership. Thanks!

  • Patricia Maselter

    How beautiful, I feel like I just had coffee with you both!! My dear cousin LINDA & Hannah❤️You can certainly tell we are cut from the same MARCHILDON cloth, as we share so many of the same interests!! Too bad we don’t live closer!!

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