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Win a $25 gift certificate for henhouse!!

Exciting news! We’re working on an update for our website and we need your help!
A $25 gift certificate could be yours

if you hurry!

Here are the details: E-mail us a pretty picture of your henhouse piece and tell us about your experience. The first ten senders will receive a $25 gift certificate to use at the shop and their photos and comments will be featured on our upcoming website landing page.

Why are you still here reading?! Fire up your camera and e-mail us now at

Good luck!!

**Update! We’ll be notifying the winners by e-mail tomorrow!

We’re Nuts for Walnut!

Can you believe it’s October already?! We’ve been busy bees here at the shop; getting ready for Christmas, stocking up on antique treasures, and as always we’ve been working away on a variety of custom pieces.

Lately we’ve had a lot of requests for pieces built in walnut. Walnut is a great choice for furniture or cabinetry because it’s very durable and has an attractive grain. With proper care, walnut pieces can last many lifetimes.

This entertainment armoire is made of a birch surround with plywood walnut doors (we always always trim our plywood with real solid wood for longevity). The birch is painted a creamy white, the doors were left natural and have been treated with oil. This piece really showcases the beauty of walnut. The simple contemporary lines draw attention to the textures and colour of the natural wood doors and drawers. To keep with the linear and contemporary feel of the design, the vertical wood grain of the doors continues into the drawers.

Because of its durability, walnut is a great choice for any high-usage piece of furniture. We made this custom walnut island and gave it a dark walnut coloured stain. The perimeter of the surface has been embellished with a subtle hand-painted design.

Down below there is a slatted shelf for open storage and “hidden” drawers just underneath the top surface for place-mats and napkins. In collaboration with our customer, the legs were reproduced from an antique newel post, and were hand-turned on a lathe by our amazing woodworker. We feel this design and choice of rich wood perfectly suit the William Morris aesthetic of this Halifax kitchen. What do you think?

Just in time for the weekend!

We wanted to let you know about some great deals going on at the shop right now:

Henhouse for the Holidays

We’re taking10% off all custom or standard furniture orders placed before Septermber 30th! Place your order before the end of this month and have it in time for the holidays!

Living Room Discounted!

Our gorgeous living room set is on sale as well. All pieces are vintage and have been re-upholstered in Thom Filicia for Kravet fabric. The seat cushions are down wrapped for extra comfort!
Sofa: $2995.00 down from $3450.00
15% off of the armchair, wingback chair and down insert pillows

Discounted wood furniture!

Dresser: from our South Shore collection, pine with five drawers, slightly distressed. Was $1890.00 now $1590.00
Pedestal Table: Beautiful pine with a walnut stain, 45″ diameter with a 15″ leaf insert. was $1820.00 now $900.00!

We hope you’ll visit us this weekend and take advantage of our great sale items!

Design History Lesson: Shaker Furniture

Hi everyone,

Today I’m shaking things up… ha ha… with a brief lesson in Shaker style furniture. I found this quote that really sums up the Shaker philosophy:

“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.”

Shakers are a religious sect stemming from Quakers that came to America from Manchester England in 1774. They’re known for their strong beliefs in equality, life-long celibacy, and their lively worship services which earned them the name Shaking Quakers. They’re also well known for their furniture.

Shaker Tilting Chair

For the Shakers, form always follows function. Simplicity and functionality are the key principles behind their designs. The chair pictured above is long and lean with strong vertical lines, but the slight curves in the back slats soften it up a bit.

This particular chair was designed with a ball-and socket mechanism attached to the back legs so that a person could lean back without damaging the chair or the floor or rug beneath it.

I found another Shaker quote which I think is particularly inspiring:

“Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow”.

What do you think of the Shaking Quakers? Do you like their simple linear style? Do you have a Shaker-inspired piece of furniture that you love? Share with us!


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