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Artifacts from the wall.

A Swiss Villa

March 31, 2012

In the course of our Eastport kitchen renovation on Shackford Street, many misplaced relics from the home's first family spilled from the walls; a 1904 calendar, a photo of a dapper young man in a suit and a vaudeville ticket to name a few.

The Queen Anne kitchen

Queen Anne Simplified (part 2)

March 20, 2012

The director of Campobello International Park kindly emailed photos of the Cottage's butler's pantry and kitchen. Elements like brass cupboard latches, bead board doors and soapstone countertops felt just right for our Queen Anne's Victorian kitchen.

Movie poster for Sunrise at Campobello

Queen Anne Simplified (part 1)

March 7, 2012

Designing a kitchen starts the minute we see the space; wheels are in motion - ideas begin to percolate. Even as the renovation continues to take shape we commit where we have to but keep our options open till that last stroke of paint.

Remnants in the attic.

Remnants from the Attic (part 2)

February 18, 2012

We can never resist an invitation to tour an antique basement or attic. Luckily for our project, the original installers of our Queen Anne's tin ceilings a century ago, had taken the leftover scraps and secured them for safekeeping.

Piecing together the puzzle.

Remnants from the Attic (part 1)

February 8, 2012

One of the most stunning surviving features of our Queen Anne's old kitchen was its wonderfully ornate tin ceiling.

Our on-site workshop - the porch of the Queen Anne.

Trimming Out

January 15, 2012

The dining room and kitchen in our Queen Anne house project in Eastport had been stripped of its architectural elements and covered up with birch veneer paneling - virtually head to toe. Fortunately the rest of the house was left intact, giving us a model to work from.

Vintage kitchen wallpaper


August 21, 2011

Our clients were not quite sure where the original kitchen in their Queen Anne cottage had been. Modern paneling was obscuring the evidence and rumor had it that it had once been located in the fully finished bead board basement.

Eastport Cottage

"Pretty it up"

July 10, 2011

In a town filled with ancient Cape Cods, Federals and Second Empire mansards, this sweet, well kept,1899 Queen Anne cottage really stands out.

Our new kitchen with vintage sink, painting above, 'Springs' by Mary Rood Hendler

And Finally, Cabinets

May 29, 2011

Building new cabinets is one part creative thinking and one part problem solving. There are many practical questions to work through.

A kitchen centerpiece

Some Light on the Matter

May 20, 2011

Peeling back the layers of our significantly altered kitchen, unearthed just one original feature that had actually survived intact - the 4 inch wide, clear pine, strip floor.

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