Fabric of the Week: Tenny


This graphic design fabric is best used as it repeats together either in brick pattern or railroad pattern. Shown as a place setting of napkin in a smaller scale and switched colors and larger scale of neutrals but I’ve also used it as wallpaper as an accent wall.

Come into the shop and see what else we have new… plenty of hostess gifts for the Thanksgiving guest.

Warning… It’s Time to Finish Up Your Landscaping Projects!

Beachy Cottage @ amy dutton home

I always figure, if I have to wear my warmest coat on job sites during the middle of the day then it is TIME… time to wrap up all landscaping projects. You can not get your CO (Certificate of Occupancy)  unless you have egress from your home that meets code. Therefore, all elevations with grade need to be finished properly. The evening frosts  are staying consistent, eventually the ground will soon freeze as solid as rock ledge.

In this photo, our “Beachy Cottage” has made a significant landscaping push! The landscaping team has shown up on site, we have grade heights correct in order to finish the front deck and granite landing step, porous walkway and back patio are in process plus the beautiful front wall is being built in order to retain grade heights.

The planting will not be able to be installed because while planting in the fall is a good decision, right now all the soils and the root balls are too frozen and the planting will die in the spring.  So, while it might not be completely finished this calendar year, the plantings will be installed in the early spring and it will be in full bloom by the summer! Seasons…. they are vitally important to respect & remember!

Fall Clean-up… Really?

amy dutton's garden

There are those falls that I simply haven’t had time to get the garden before the snow falls and you know what, it’s been just fine. Typically, if you can get the leaves predominantly cleaned up so that they do not damage your lawn in the spring, your gardens like the natural protection from the elements.  Additionally, consider the look of a winter garden. I like seeing the grasses with snow on them.

This does mean that in the spring, you need to get out early and cut everything back so that the new life has the room to grow. But we are anxious to get outside in the spring, so plan your calendar accordingly. Here is a recent article that might give more ideas and support to the theory.

Let the Professionals Do It!


Installing drywall is not for the amateur, especially when you have a cathedral ceiling! In the “Beachy Cottage” we have gone to great lengths to move from a 7’9″ ceiling height to 13′. The result on the interior is amazing, especially accenting the beautiful water view.

Unless you have a hidden talent of working on stilts, I highly recommend hiring a reputable drywall company to install your new drywall. The green board that you see is for bathrooms where there will be moisture. And the exact line that you see this gentleman working on is very, very important to be perfect. It should be an absolute straight line. As a matter of fact, the walls (eggshell finish) and ceiling (flat) will be both be Benjamin Moore “snow white”  so that they line is a bit more subtle.

If you are looking for a good drywall company or need a color consultation, please contact our office.

The amy dutton SHOP is here!

SHOP @ amy dutton home

With the recent trip to High Point, North Carolina and some research, I’ve decided that it is TIME! Time to make our first floor Gallery space a retail SHOP. We are staying true to our artisans and combining  in commercial products that accentuate hand crafted home products.

Please come in and check out the many lines of furniture, rugs, lighting and home accessories that I picked up. I promise that the prices are appropriate, high quality and excellent design. From small hostess gifts to sofas you will get design advise while shopping.

Starting in December, our hours will be Monday – Saturday from 10am- 6pm. We also offer and recommend private appointments for those needing specific interior design services.

Hope to see you soon!

9 Walker Street, Kittery, ME 03904

(207) 703-0696

(888) 981-1950