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Design History Lesson: The Real McCoy

Hello! I should introduce myself- my name is Alyssa and I’m happy to be the newest member of the henhouse team! I love working here; I’m learning a lot about furniture, design, home decor, and much, much more. I thought it might be interesting to share some of my newfound knowledge with all of you.

Today’s lesson is the real deal, or you might say it’s the real McCoy!

McCoy pottery has a history that goes back to Ohio in 1848. W. Nelson McCoy was a farmer then, and was producing a very limited amount of primitive stoneware out of his small shed during the summer months. His son James W. McCoy was born that same year, and would be the one to really establish the family’s pottery business.

In 1866 James entered into the pottery business through a partership he established with the Kudlow, Williams and McCoy Pottery Co. This company was known for its assortment of stoneware and cullinary utensils. In 1899 the J.W. McCoy Pottery Co. was formed and around 1902 they began to make more artistic pottery and decorative pieces. These are the McCoy that we all recognize and love, and that are considered valuable collector’s pieces.

The Floraline collection pictured above was started in 1960 as an economical solution for decorative pottery that could be sold directly to florists. They were designed with simple, classic lines in mind and in beautiful colours.

I just love the shapes and colours of these pieces, the muted green is lovely and would work well in almost any decor. Their forms are timeless, organic, classic. What do you think?

Henhouse has these McCoy peices available at the shop starting at $35.00. They’d look great as planters, or for cut flowers in your home!

Henhouse Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It can be tricky to find just the right thing to make Mom feel special and loved on Mother’s day. Henhouse has put together this little gift guide to help you out! Here are some of our favourites, all available at the shop:
Cozy and colourful throws to keep Mom warm
Beautiful oil paintings by local artist Lynn Rotin to add rustic charm to Mom’s nest

Beach-inspired lanterns with Pheylonian beeswax candles are elegant and calming.
Invite Mom to relax with Tokyo Milk Bon Bon Bubblebath. They come in lovely decorative glass bottles and smell like heaven!

Happy weekend!


These are a couple of pieces we finished this past week, each going to their respective homes in Halifax. The colour of each one is so rich it reminded us of chocolate or even better, chocolate covered espresso beans! The grain of the wood is varied and interesting (pine on the table and birch on the dresser) and took the layers of stain deeply. This richness doesn’t come with factory produced furniture and that is why we are continually dedicated and passionate about our furniture, finishes and the wonderful homes they end up in. Thanks for shopping local!

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