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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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 ( 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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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.

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