We are celebrating Valentine’s Day with you this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 & 13 from 10am – 6pm. The entire shop will be 20% off (with the exception of artisan and custom products).
It is our goal in our small boutique home shop to bring you unique and original products. From dinnerware to furniture to rugs and artwork. Let us work with you to help you design your space.
Valentines Day is a special day to bring home new bedding from sheets to blankets to special accent pillows. It is also a holiday that jewelry brings a smile to any woman’s face.
Hope to see you this weekend! And if you can’t get to the shop… visit us amy dutton home shop
You’ve heard the term before but what are stone fabricators? Well, they are the very talented guys that physically measure and cut the stone that goes in your kitchens, bathroom or anywhere you have a stone surface.
What are stone fabricators? They are the guys that somehow fit these huge, heavy pieces of granite, marble, soapstone, quartzite and other stones into your space and perfectly apply a sink and/ or backsplash. And if you have a really good stone fabricator, the seam between pieces is almost invisible to the eye and touch.
Are you working on renovating or building a new bathroom or kitchen? If so, chances are you are in the market for some sort of stone and you need a stone fabricator. Here is the process to follow:
- Determine the amount of stone that you need by either having a kitchen design scaled appropriately or measuring the existing space.
- Select the stone. You can go to several stone yards that are convenient to you such as Boston Granite Exchange or Marble & Granite. I suggest doing some research online prior to going to the yard so that you have an idea of what you are looking for. I currently have Ceasarstone and Colorquartz samples at the shop for you to check out.
- Typically, the stone yard will not give you pricing. They will call the stone fabricator with the information and the stone fabricator will give you the price.
- Once your space is ready for the stone, the stone fabricator will come to the site and template for the stone.
- About one week later, the stone will be ready for installation. This will typically be a very fast process and makes a huge impact.
One stone fabricator that I highly recommend is Perillo Stone. This is a family run shop filled with generations of knowledge and excellent customer service.
Let me know if you need any help in the selection process.
Looking for a perfect Valentine’s Gift? Where should you direct your sweetheart to buy your Valentine’s Gift?
This week, we hope you will mark your calendars with a visit to our brick & mortar shop located in Kittery, Maine! On Thursday, February 11 from 5:30 – 7pm is our Estie Ott Trunk Show. Estie is a very talented local Kittery jeweler who creates unique and original work. She has been working very hard in her studio to make sure that she has appropriate inventory for you & yours. Bring a friend, have some beverages and snacks, relax and enjoy!
If you miss Estie’s Trunk Show, don’t worry… our Special Valentine’s Sale is on Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13 from 10am – 6pm. Our shop inventory is 20% off (except artisan and custom product). We are making room for our new Spring inventory so take advantage of our sale!
We hope to see you in the shop this week!
Are you afraid of adding color to your home? Or do you really like color but you find that you don’t know how to bring color into your home and not freak out!
Well, there is a bit of a formula that you can follow to find a balance of colors that work together and bring you delight.
Start at the beginning –
- Wall color.
- If you like your walls neutral, definitely plan on adding color in furnishings and accessories. The color that you use as “temporary” (because it can be moved around / removed) should repeat itself in the space at least 3 times but not overwhelm the room.
- If you prefer color on the walls and neutrals furnishings, I encourage you to repeat this color at least 3 times. This will mute down any intensity of color and begin to make it neutral. Choosing a color that compliments the main wall color closely helps with intensity. This second color can either go on an accent wall or be placed as furniture or cabinetry. This is called “blending”
- Accent walls are for more than fun. They are used to brighten the space and/ or surprise the eye. I love accent walls and have several in my home (one is a dark orange and one is a dark copper). They tend to turn change in the light and bring interest to the space more than having four of the same colored walls.
- Resources: A&M Paint in Portsmouth is a great resource for Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams on Islington is also wonderful.
- Furniture – furniture companies determine what colors are in and which ones are out. I carry two lines of furniture: G. Romano (you can select your own fabric) and Gus (ships quickly). Both are moderately priced with clean lines. If you are headed north of Kittery, Hurlbutt Designs also sells beautiful lines and if headed south, Red Bird Trading Co. has a wonderful collection as well.
- Accessories & Accents – While you are in the Newburyport area, check out Ivy Lane (sweet name) for fun accessories. Since I am inspired by marimekko, I encourage you to stop by their Newbury Street store in Boston. If you are looking for fabric designs that can be customized in your specific colorways or cash & carry come by the shop or shop online. Remember, we can do anything from pillows, lampshades to selling fabric by the yard.
Personally, I really do like color and find it helpful in the winter for my psyche. At the shopHow to bring COLOR into your home and not freak out, all the walls are painted Benjamin Moore “Simply White” because it displays art beautifully and I like it. But at home my colors are relatively neutral with pops of color in each space. Both work, you just have to be intentional about letting the colors play with each other nicely.
COVE is coming to Portsmouth, NH located at 30 Maplewood Avenue, it was designed by Jen Ramsey of Somma Studios. The building that houses COVE Workspace has been under renovation for the last few years and as has a nice modern, updated yet respectful historic balance of architecture.
COVE Workspace stands for ‘Cooperative Venture Workspace’. They are currently selling memberships to the space at various price points depending on how one chooses to work and their needs.
“With the opportunity for expansion, I could see the potential for investors to buy in as we grow and morph to best suit the community and regional needs,” says Ramsey. They expect a soft opening of the space in April.
According to Jen Ramsey here are 3 Great Things about 30 Maplewood:
- Adaptive Re-Use in a most exciting end of town-The *new* North End. Unique to this area presently is you have multiple developers and designers working simultaneously. That area is ripe to be a destination for public art.
- The collaborative nature of the spaces we are creating within the 30 Maplewood building has been enriching and made for a more successful project.
- The opportunity to create not only a new space but develop a new business in COVE. We are very excited about the potential there and the idea that expansion of that entity is very viable with a Phase 2 building development on the boards presently.
I applaud Somma Studios for adding interesting windows with black trim, exterior details and landscapes to upgrade the dated building into an contemporary structure that Portsmouth can be proud of.
Anyone with interest can contact Jen via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Managing Director, Scott Blidberg, email@example.com
Special note: If you are looking for an authentic deli – Bubby’s is located in 30 Maplewood on the Hanover end facing the public parking lot. So good!