Vintage Inspired

Water & Main is a unique resource for home furnishings. We carry pieces that have clean lines, a classic  look and a vintage coastal style. We mix the old, because we love one-of-a-kind pieces, with the new, because we love fresh and original designs.  Surround yourself with pieces you love and you'll be inspired.

Cecilia Walker pillows in exclusive "Half Pipe" Design
Cecilia Walker Half-Pipe pillows in Tangerine
Cecilia Walker Royal Boulevard pillow in Green
Cecilia Walker Bradley Road pillow in Green

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Stone Barn Renovation

Stone Barn Renovation

From this to that . . . . along with a one story red barn that was used as a lean-in (old farm term) there sits a one and a half story stone barn.  This building was part of Holiday Farm and was used to hold two large water tanks.  These tanks supplied water to the wells on the entire farm. (Rumor is that Walt Disney stayed here). This building, although charming in it's dilapidated state, needs a renovation.

The problem that home owners of farm properties have is the up-keep.  We are not farm owners but have these outbuildings with great opportunity.  Do you spend now to renovate? Once it falls apart getting permits and rebuilding is a more lengthy and expensive process.

Preserving this history is definitely a passion of mine and bringing a building back to life with minor modern updates and a nod to it's past is the best part.

Follow along on my journey to remodel this small gem.

Happy New Year!

Tracy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Collected

Collected

Decorating for the holidays.  Fun or stressful?  

I don't feel the pressure of having the outside of my home look all decked out, maybe because I don't live in a neighborhood, but I do feel the pressure of having the inside of my home look festive and represent our relaxed family vibe.

The place I always start with, is with a collection and for some reason this just works for me. Could be because I hoard collections of white - ironstone, enamelware, porcelain or collections of silver - hotel, nickel, monogrammed or any other of my numberous, must have it, too good to pass up finds. My closets and barn are filled with these goodies that float in and out of our home depending on the event, the holiday and the season.

Although, I am not decked out yet I have my base. Taking a group of my white pieces: pitchers, West Elm vases and antique vessels and putting them on a table together is so much more impactful than having them scattered around the house. Trimming the boxwoods and pines outside is a good place to start. Putting a few in each container, adding holly, bittersweet, eucalyptus and possibly a miniature wreath might end up completing this display. Not exactly sure what the end result will be but that's the fun of it not the stress of it.  

So many different ways to decorate for the holidays.  Share your ideas, your hacks or things to avoid!  Next up . . . how to display the holiday cards? Always a challenge.

All the best,

Tracy

 

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Work Studio Renovation

Work Studio Renovation

It may not be perfect but it's perfect for me.  The small red barn that sits just across from our kitchen window view has always looked like an opportunity to me. I could picture it fixed up, painted inside, little white twinkle lights. Very romantic visions for a Water and Main Studio.

I've been using it for years for storage but over the last few years it has further deteriorated. It needed a new roof (huge hole), barn doors were not attached so they couldn't slide to close properly, dirt floor with lots of tree roots finding their way throughout, definitely not airtight from outside intruders (any animal who lives outside), cracks in the walls and rot made it easy for the elements to get inside the building. The list goes on.

As with most projects or pieces. I see the potential but the timing isn't always right. It's like when I see a chair with great lines but horrible fabric (it just needs a facelift) or an adorable pine cottage bureau (the paint just needs to be stripped and the knobs need to be repaired).  Apparently, I like to create more work for myself.

This summer the barn project finally rose to the top of the list and I began to check off the to do list.  The roof is now brand new and the barn doors are back on their tracks. New fascia boards have been installed but need to be painted and sealed. The walls are single barn boards and will need some batten boards between them to cover some of the cracks/spaces. And the roots will have to be dug up and a floor created (concrete? pressure treated lumber?). I certainly have a ways to go but when the little white lights go up I'll celebrate. I saw the potential. Stay tuned to watch my progress.

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