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South Shore Dream Home

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to visit the dream home of one of our customers,  located in the beautiful and scenic South Shore region of Nova Scotia.  This home is made for relaxation and entertaining with a good dose of fun!

The homeowners are long-time customers of ours and we’ve built several pieces of furniture for them over the past decade. The pieces have really stood the test of time; they still look great and fit in perfectly with the fun cottage aesthetic of the home. We thought we’d share some photos from our visit, take a look!

Here are photos of the house and barn, which have both been completely renovated to suit the homeowners. The barn is the ultimate entertainment retreat; outfitted with a professional grade kitchen, a sauna, sixteen-person hot tub, steam room, weight room, an office, a living area, and a home theatre. You can imagine why we didn’t want to leave!

By re-using the old exterior barn-wood  for the interior walls, the main living space in the barn showcases the character and history of the old structure.

 We made these two matching cabinets for storage in the living area of the main house. The large rope-pull drawers are on castors and provide easy access to the firewood.

Here are the beds we made to furnish some of the guest bedrooms in the house. Sappho’s daughter Lila is showing off the sleigh bed, which has a pull-out bed built just underneath.
For the washrooms, we made some fun wall-cabinets and a tall armoire to store towels and bathroom basics.

It was really fun to be a part of this South Shore dream home. We hope these happy customers will enjoy their henhouse pieces for many years to come!


Could a bed look any more inviting! Don’t you just want to sink into this cloud of perfection!
For this lovely home we designed and had upholstered this floral headboard and bed skirt. We had the euro cushions made for a pop of colour against the cool gray walls and slate gray silk curtains. When we showed our customer a variety of fabrics from Duralee they instantly fell for this bold floral which feels so young and fresh.
Working again with our customer for their dining room in their new house, we designed and built the walnut dining table and painted birch sideboard. Their palette is crisp and fresh with a traditional twist, so we designed pieces with that and longevity in mind. Both pieces are quite different from each other yet complement each other by highlighting their best qualities. The walnut table is lightly stained to bring out the depth and grain of the wood, so rich and yummy! And we chose to paint the sideboard to highlight the different features such as the varying depths and the beaded edging around the doors/drawers. The chairs we upholstered in Kravet fabric and are ordered from our supplier in Ontario, Jamco.
Okay we didn’t have anything to do with these two lovely rooms above and below but we wish we did, they are just gorgeous! Wonderful local designer Nancie Phipps from Theakston Phipps Interiors needs to take all the credit, she did a brilliant job collaborating with her client to pull together these two delightful rooms that are both comfortable yet polished.
Working with our customers in their homes and collaborating with them and sometimes their designers, we really can come together as a whole and create spaces that are fresh and modern but will also stand the test of time. Customizing is not inexpensive, so we put a lot of thought into creating furniture, built-ins and soft furnishings that will be classic yet youthful and won’t tire over time. Each piece we create are built solidly enough and are ensured to be passed down and fought over by future generations.


Why go the expected route of pink frills and princess themes? With longevity in mind, Sappho decided to decorate her girls rooms with a more sophisticated palette and smaller touches of girliness. For Hannah, who is six, she went with black and cream toile by Waverly with touches of hot pink and orange. The bed was tucked into a nook and then custom pillows were made to resemble a daybed and reading nook. Of coarse you can never have enough stuffies!
Here you see a black painted dresser by Henhouse and a newly upholstered vintage chair. The paper patch work “quilt” is conceived and stitched by an artistic friend as a baby shower gift.
Lila’s room was transformed for her third birthday this past May. Out went the crib and in went vintage twin metal beds, custom duvet covers by Les Indiennes (carried by the Henhouse), braided carpet from Henhouse, and a vintage map and paintings found and collected. The dresser was a gift from Henhouse’s furniture maker when Hannah was first born.
Walking cat by Dog Bite Steel and the abstract boats in the harbour painting by local artist Bernard Bowles


The master bedroom carries on the global style with a vintage Indian folding screen as a focal point behind the bed. The side tables are newly made from Indonesia, the painting is from artist Trudi Smith. The bed linens are natural hemp ramie from Henhouse and the quilt is vintage.
The antique cupboard has simple vertical lines that echo the beadboard on the walls. The ocean painting was purchased at an antique auction in Pictou, NS when Sappho first moved here from Vancouver. The colours of the painting were the jumping off point for the colour scheme in their room.