Penelope Daborn’s work has been photographed for Coastal Living, Accent Magazine, Traditional Home, and Maine Home & Design.

In addition to private residences, recent institutional and business clients have included such diverse entities as Colby College, the Brighton Pavilion of Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Lapoint Industries, Coanda Effect and DiMillo’s Marina.

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April 4, 2018


It’s an artist’s home, but not a house designed or built around art. Rather, this Prouts Neck shingle-style home takes its direction from its purpose—to accommodate a young family that embraces a casual lifestyle—and its placement—an iconic Maine community, not directly on the water but near enough to want to capture every glimpse available.  Click here to read more about how PDL contributed to the beauty of the home.

October 24, 2017

Maine Homes by DownEast Magazine Rethinking Pink

In 1918, the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department published an article stating, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls.” The rationale: pink was “a more decided and stronger color,” while “delicate and dainty” blue was “prettier for the girl.”  Click here to read how people are using shades of pink today.

September 8, 2017

Maine Homes by DownEast Magazine A Green to Envy

Two rooms — one playful, one pared down — that showcase the versatility of a shade that might as well be Maine’s state color.   Click here to read the article on Maine Homes by DownEast Magazine.

June 29, 2017

Maine Home + Design: Understanding Beauty

Click here to read a recent interview with Penelope Daborn and thoughts on "Understanding Beauty".

April 5, 2017

Maine Homes by DownEast Magazine Going Gray (Or Is It Blue?)

Falmouth decorator Penelope Daborn shows how to use a fashionable color with a split personality.  Click here to read the article and see the color boards for Spring 2017.

March 3, 2016

Houzz: Color of the Month:  Scarlet Red- Continue reading here.

October 1, 2015

WILLEM SMITH NEWSLETTER: Penelope Daborn finds that WILLEM SMITH's customer service is just as thought-through as its design and function. To read more about the partnership, click here.


This was our first exposure to interior design and we found the experience to be rewarding and informative. Service was nothing less than friendly and courteous… We absolutely love the way the rooms compliment one another; they have a very warm and inviting atmosphere.

-T. Jordan


For me, Penelope Daborn Ltd. has it all , including the best choice in fabrics as well as in services. Penny uses the talented local skills of Maine craftsmen whenever she can, and, best of all, she is sensitive and open to your own ideas, taste, and schedules - all the while using her own considerable talents to guide you in making your home very much your own. She and her team are the BEST!

-Mary 'Molly' Felton


When my partner and I bought our Cape Neddick home, I was hesitant to use a designer… So I was pleasantly surprised at what a huge boon Penny was to the project. If it weren’t for her, the house wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. She not only shared, but enhanced our vision in ways we never would have considered. There’s a wow-factor that comes from the variety of fabrics and textures to which Penny introduced us. Even our friends who are artists and decorators are impressed.

-D. Knauss


Penny has an elegant, serene style that I have felt comfortable with all along and her color sense has transformed my homes. Even my once-skeptical husband now sees the value in dollars spent on professional design.

-S. Burns


As a founding partner of one of northern New England’s largest architectural/engineering and planning firms, I have worked with a number of fine interior design professionals. We have chosen Penny to work with on the selection of paint for our own homes; she has one of the best eyes for color of any I have met.

- Arthur Thompson, SMRT

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