Tablescapes Event – Nov. 7-9

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Tablescapes is a wonderful fundraising event for Arts In Reach (AIR) held Nov. 7-9 at the Discover Portsmouth Center in Portsmouth, NH.  Here is a great article written on the event and my table! I’ll be working on it this weekend so come by the Shop in Kittery and see the work in progress! I’m trying to make a hot air balloon –  easier said than done!

Thank you Seacoast Online for a great article!

TBT: What is a Corner Board?

Corner Boards @ Lake in the Clouds

So, I know this looks odd but wow is this a view or what? My husband and I hiked up to Lake in the Clouds Hut in the White Mountains and while sitting on a bench outside, look what I saw! An awesome corner board!

Why are they  important? Corner boards separate one plane of siding to another making it easier for builders to install. Siding can also miter at the corners –  it just takes longer to install and more therefore more expensive.

I do have to note that the foundation of this hut was literally built by hand with surrounding rocks a LONG time ago. Pretty cool, hugh?

6 Great Fall Finds Around The Seacoast

pumpkin-scarecrowsAlright, it’s official. Fall is in full swing. Let’s take some time and go over a few of the awesome things going on around the Seacoast to help you get your home ready for Fall, or even just to show you a good time.


Tablescapes is in it’s third year right now, and we’re excited to be participating. A handful of exciting designers from around the Seacoast (and beyond) get together and put together some truly breathtaking table settings. The event features workshops on entertaining, food, and wine from experts like Chefs Evan Hennessey of Stages at One Washington and James Haller of The Blue Strawberry.

If you entertain during the holidays and want to do it like a pro, or you just want to see some great work by talented designers, this is a great place to go.

3S Artspace

3S Artspace is an ambitious project looking to bridge the gap between the artist’s studio and the gallery in Portsmouth. We’re huge supporters of this project, which eventually will include a restaurant and performance space. If you’re looking to see what the cutting edge of local art is producing right now, stop on by and get in on it before everyone else.

Evelyn Hill

Evelyn Hill on Deer Street in Portsmouth is a great shop that just opened. Still in their short time, the mother daughter duo has made quite a splash, appearing in Coastal Home. They have a knack for textiles, so they’re worth a stop for bedding and linens alone, but they also have a great collection of gifts and accents. While you’re in Portsmouth, put this shop high on your list.


We love this little shop on Congress Street in Portsmouth. They specialize in unique housewares and art that is definitely worth a browse. They are a great gallery for local art, where at any given moment they’ll have work by a dozen or more worthwhile local creatives.

Their home décor and dining collections are worth a look as well. Their selection changes constantly, so check often.

Seacoast Artisans 15th Annual Arts and Crafts Show

November 1st, more than 100 artists from around the Seacoast will gather for their annual arts and crafts show, Stalls run the gamut, but there are definitely some hidden gems if you take the time to look. There’s food, so why not make a day of it?

Fabric of the Week: Corrine


This fabric design was inspired by a cross section of a conch shell that I found on the beach in Maine. Simplicity is the statement. I have found that it works best in a single image and large scale, great for wall hangings or pillows.

Available in the orange hues as well as blues and greys. How would Corrine work in your home?

How Boulders Can Make a Statement

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Obviously, boulders are not to be taken lightly! While they are large and heavy they also have an amazing ability to blend with the environment. In New England, we are lucky to have a great deal of boulders that have natural moss and lichen on them bringing history and depth to the landscape design. Here are a few ideas of ways to use these boulders:

1) Retaining System: if you need to change the grade and retain a patio or entryway, using boulders is an excellent and less expensive way to accomplish this.

2) Fireplace or Firepit

3) Buffer to protect important home equipment such as: air conditioners and vents

4) Interest Feature: bring in an element of fun to a patio or parking area and allow people to climb on the boulders for fun. A landscaper can also drill a hole in it to create a water feature.

Houzz has a few other ideas as well. Let me know if you are looking for design help for more ideas at your home.

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