Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Amy goes Antiquing in Maine, Mora clocks and more

Not too long ago we got these great looking Iron Orb chandeliers in the shop.
We have an array of different light fixtures in the front window,
both vintage and reproduction styles.
My sister Ellen has a log house in the state of Maine and she was looking
for an updated chandelier for over the table in the kitchen.
I thought this fixture would be perfect for her log house!
And she agreed~thankfully so did her husband.
Her home has a bunch of acres and a view of Mount Washington!
The tallest mountain in New England!
Anyway, the iron orb chandy would be perfect for this house!
They installed it a week ago and then last week I finally took a little 
break over the weekend and went up to see it for myself and spend
some fun time with my sister doing some antiquing.
 Its hard to get a shot of a lit fixture, especially with your iphone!
And if you look over the sink, you can see we are on the hunt for 
a fixture there as well.
 Ellen has a big open floor plan and you can see the walls are real logs
 and where they meet an interior wall it is a plastered finish. 
 So there is an interesting combination of rustic meets regular
I guess you could say~and the iron orb fits right in with that style. 
Its the perfect balance of masculine meets feminine. 
 And its pretty big so it can carry a big space without being too weighty.
 My hubby decides its funny to run through the shot I am trying to get! 
And it was~we all laughed. 
 The message was that we are supposed to be taking a weekend off!!
 Then one or two more and off we went to do some antiquing 
in the quaint little towns in the Sebago Lakes region,
leaving the men to their own devices.
 You never know what you are going to find, so its best to
 just keep an open mind and see what finds you.  
I headed into Harry Barker's Emporium! 
I love that word "emporium"! Sounds like a wealth of objects await, doesn't it? 
And in my hands I had taken off my eyeglasses while Ellen took a pic of me....
guess where I left them?  Right in Harry's! I only wear them half the time, 
so apparently I didn't realize that I had taken them off and left them in the shop. 
I bet it happened right when I decided to try on this 
wool poncho with the hand knit collar.
I took them off and slid on the poncho and then left my glasses behind.
 Luckily I was able to figure it out and after calling a couple of the shops, 
the gal at Harry's had them!  I loved the poncho by the way, 
and bought that and the antlers for our shop in Reading
 as they are popular in home decor right now.
 My sister Ellen peeking in a window. 
Darn it~it was closed!! On a Saturday!! 
 This was a shop that had frenchy stuff in it~
I think they made a mistake being closed while I was in town.
After awhile of drooling in the doorway we moved on....
We went to Harry Barkers Too!! 
This company has two locations~woo hoo!
 I got this vintage Claire Murray Turkey Rug for the shop. How fun! 
It would make a great centerpiece on a table or just throw it
 on the floor in the powder room for the big holiday or in front of the kitchen sink! 
Huge wicker trunk for Maison Decor and a vintage cow etching for Ellen's place.
 More shopping along the cute country village sidewalks.
 Snow could be arriving anyday in New England and
 that is when these sleds and toboggans will sell like hotcakes.
 When I see a red white and blue ANTIQUES
 flag my heart starts beating a little bit faster!
This place looked amazing, but the only thing that was 
amazing were the sky high prices!
So on we went to another antique shop.
 When antiquing you have to be able to separate the junky stuff from the cool stuff. 
Often it will all be in a jumbled display. I bought this vintage silver Pom-Pom tree
 for our shop window for Christmas.
You will be seeing it after Thanksgiving in our shop window
 and we hope to create a beautiful display with the tree as the centerpiece.
 The husbands joined us for drinks and dinner at the end of the day, 
as well as to load up some furniture we purchased as well. 
 Going away for the weekend was just what I needed!
 Of course we left the dogs behind and Justin sent me 
this snap shot of all the dogs around 9pm.
We never leave them, so it was a bit of an adjustment, mostly for Dillon.
 Justin had a Saturday workshop and Colin snapped a pic
 of Jay ready to rock and roll!
It was a private workshop for a group of 8 ladies~  
a mini 2 hour technique class on Chalk Paint®.
They had a blast with Justin at the helm. Colin was running the shop while the
workshop was in progress and they had quite the day in sales 
while I was away playing in Maine,
which made me very happy! I will have to leave more often!
 By the end of the weekend, it was time to leave.
 I wanted to hit an apple farm on the way 
home so we looked up the location of the Five Fields Farm and headed there.
 Ellen came along in her own car to get a peck of apples for making a pie.
What a cute little farmstand.  They also offer Cross country Skiing in the winter.
 All kinds of varieties of apples. 
 I am not sure if everyone has an apple farm in their area,
but this one used to do a bigger apple business and now 
it is branching off into the outdoors 
recreation field with all of their land dotted with trails.
 Pretty quintessential New England landscape view.
 Meanwhile back at the shop, we have been selling a lot of our painted Mora clocks.
The new handpainted faces on the Deluxe version is as appealing as 
we thought it might be to buyers who are looking for a nice affordable repro Mora.
We are selling more of them in house now, not just online.
 This one was done for Beth and she came in 
with her husband to pick it up and was 
overjoyed by the sight of it! It was so nice to see her reaction,
 as when we send these off in the
mail, we never get to witness that part. 
 Justin does such a great job on these clocks!
 Justin carried out Beth's Mora clock while she held the door.
 into the parking lot in front of our shop~
 The clocks stand over 6 feet tall, and Justin is probably the same height!
He lifted it gently into the back of Beth's car.
There she got a quilted wrapping and was whisked off to her forever home!
We will be sharing photos of our clocks in customers home, so if 
you purchased one of the Maison Decor Moras, please send us a photo 
of it in its forever home so we can share with our readers.
We would love to see them!     
Email pics to
 See that big green cabinet/dresser?
It was a custom painted job we did for a decorator.
We offer custom painted furniture services for our customers.
We can easily give you a quote if you are looking to have something
made over like this.  We even custom mixed the green color to go
with the designer's draperies in her clients dining room!
Of course you just might luck out on a piece we have already
painted and have sitting on the floor, like this pretty little sideboard.
We will be having an advanced Workshop called Shimmer and Shine!
This workshop will focus on adding metallics in many forms to your
painted projects. Using foils, pearl plaster, gilding pastes and waxes
we will create samples using these exciting products.
For more information on the furniture we sell, the mora clocks 
as well as workshops and selling Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
you can find it all with a click of the button to our website.

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