Maine attraction

An unusual antiques shop-cum-bed-and-breakfast in coastal New England

Marston House is arather special antiques shop in the village of Wiscasset, Maine; a place full ofwonderful objects and ephemera not only from New England, but also the UK,Belgium, Sweden and the South of France. Husband and wife owners Sharon andPaul Mrozinski spend half the year in Maine and the other half at theirproperty in Provence – their base for buying trips all over the continent.

Surrounded by lushgardens and lilac bushes, this 19th-century home is now a 21st-century treasure trove. In each roomof the shop’s ground floor I found pieces to delight: English gardening toolsc1880 ($50-$150), late 18th-centuryAmerican textiles and French and “jaspe” pitchers – one off items that soonsold, would be replaced by other curios discovered on the Mronzinskis’s foraysabroad.  

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Elsewhere, culinaryantiques run the gamut from French coffee pots to “Tire-Bouchon” corkscrews tosculptural ebony-handled knives. Larger pieces of furniture include vintageworktables and an oxblood red American blanket chest c1820 ($1,800) withoriginal finishes. Old printed books and journals, beeswax candles, assortedlinens and pillows ($30-$98), French lavender sachets ($45-$65), bolts offabric and tin lanterns are just some of the smaller exquisitely edited finds.

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For those making thetrek up the well-trafficked US 1, there’s always the option of making a weekendof it by staying at Marston House’s two-bedroom carriage house located behindthe main store. Quiet, quaint and cute, the Mrozinskis make the bed and breakfast concept a personal one, with elegant yet simple furnishings,breakfast-filled baskets, freshly cut flowers and roaring fireplaces. Equal parts Americana and Aix-en-Provence chic, Marston House is an unexpectedgem.

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