Kara and Mike’s modernized and renovated 1922 farmhouse in York, Maine is filled with stories and art, which is fitting for the creative duo. Kara is a Grammy- and Emmy-nominated songwriter and former American Idol judge, and Mike is a former art teacher turned general contractor.
The house sits on 16 acres that border the York River, so the windows and sitting areas are both extremely important to capture the views of the waterway. Throughout the home is a collection of modern art as well as a number of cherished heirlooms, such as photographs and books from Kara’s grandfather in which she can see his handwriting and the things he found important to highlight.
The downstairs is open and inviting on purpose. The kitchen has a large butcher-block island for gatherings and throughout the home are comfortable sitting areas. “[When we have guests, we] don’t want them to feel like they can’t touch things or they can’t move in certain ways. They can come into the kitchen and they’re invited into the kitchen,” says Kara, who hops up on the counter.
They have a young son, so a few things have changed around the home. For example, Kara’s office has been transformed into a playroom. However, Kara and Mike still hang art everywhere. They believe it’s important for their son to grow up around art and also they feel it’s important for them. “What I love most about art is you live with it,” says Kara. “It’s an asset you can really experience and enjoy.”
For a tour of the entire home, watch Episode 3 of Season 1.