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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Vintage pine table with beautiful patina
Vintage grain sack blue with red stripe

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Old and New: Mixing it up

Old and New: Mixing it up

Mixing the old with the new has always been my style but I also love to find new uses for old things.

My husband gave me this beautiful pine window frame from Danish Country Antiques, located on Charles Street in downtown Boston.  He gave this to me when we were dating so it was 25 years ago.  Back then I lived in Boston and was always in and out of local antique shops.

Fast forward to our home that many years later.  We inherited some finishes in our kitchen that I would possibly change but I do love the built-ins originally from Scandia Kitchens. To warm up the all white look I took the antique pine window, blew up a few black and white photos of our children and had them matted into the window.  It's one of my favorite pieces in this kitchen.  It fits the space at the desk perfectly.  

I find it's sometimes challenging to display family photos or a collection because it can look messy unless you know what you're doing.  I often hang very symmetrical collections of frames because it looks clean but this is a nice alternative if you have a window frame that is in good condition and is an unusual or larger size.

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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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