Kathleen Hackett is the author of “The Maine House,” along with Maura McEvoy and Basha Burwell. The charmingly photographed book highlights the originality in the homes of Maine fishermen, textile designers, artists and other creative people. Old barns, pottery collections, knotty pine kitchens and patchwork quilts fill the pages, highlighting real homes furnished over many decades. Hackett, a native New Englander, also wrote “Brooklyn Interiors” and has ghostwritten more than two dozen books about cooking and interior design. Hackett, who spends her summers in Maine, is a contributor to Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and many other publications.

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