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.

"Cisco" limited edition photography
Paper-Mache Bowls
Paper-Mache Bowls
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Cecilia Walker pillows in exclusive "Half Pipe" Design
Vintage Steamer Trunk

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Road trip to Pittsford, New York

Road trip to Pittsford, New York

I love exploring new places. My last trip took me to the adorable village of Pittsford, New York for an event with Sea Her Shine. (www.seahershine.com)

Pittsford, New York is probably more like a small city because it is a suburb of Rochester.  There are major shopping areas, retail stores and highways but there is also an adorable downtown with antique buildings and boutique storefronts. The Erie Canal runs alongside the city with several restaurants that are all walkable.

A highlight of my trip was stopping into a retail shop called One Jane.  I was thrilled to find this shop because of it's eclectic mix of clothing and furniture.  The clothing she carries has an authentic, hand created, thoughtful appeal.  They are very clearly curated with amazing details, trim, stitching and have more of a one of a kind feel.

The second half of the shop is dedicated to vintage and antique art and furnishings. The first piece I saw a was an antique day bed with turned arms and a velvet green cushion. Amazing! There were some early American pieces, some original artwork by local female artists and a mix of furniture and accessories.

An amazing place to shop if you are headed down 90W from Massachusetts to New York.

 

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Let's go shopping. . . Stratford Antique Center.

Let's go shopping. . . Stratford Antique Center.

When you love to pick antiques there aren't too many places you won't go.  

One great spot to shop is in Stratford, Connecticut. It's an easy trip straight down I-95 and the huge Stratford Antique Center is just off the highway.  One thing I love to find is a shop that is multi dealer so that I get a range of things to pick from as well as competitive pricing.  

This shop has about 200 dealers who each have a different aesthetic. I found early American paintings, garden ornaments, English pine pieces, victorian, lighting and primitives. As they say . . .  something for everyone.

The fun of this kind of multi dealer shop is that you can spend hours there. It's filled with lots of inventory and many dealers constantly bringing in fresh items.  I love the mix of pieces that they offer and if I'm going to spend the day antiquing I'm looking for a destination where I can get the most finds.

Connecticut is filled with great spots to shop but this is definitely on my hit list when I'm traveling through the area. Worth it!

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If I were going to write a book, it would look like this . .

If I were going to write a book, it would look like this . .

In the Company of Women, created by Grace Bonney, the founder of the amazing website Design*Sponge (http://www.designsponge.com). This book made its debut in 2016 and is more of a reference book of inspiration for me, rather than a book you read and put back up on a shelf.

Whether you're already a creative entrepreneur or someone looking for inspiration, Grace Bonney provides stories from women in different industries, with different backgrounds, all getting it done their way.

I love sharing ideas and hearing stories of how someone achieved their dream, what challenges they faced, what was easy, what was surprising? As women, there are so many things we can all relate to and so many common denominators so why not gain from the wisdom and experiences of others.

The journey of an entrepreneur is not new.  Being able to share your story, no matter where you are on your path to success, and help other women along the way, is just a good thing. If this book isn't already on your must have list, then add it.  

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