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    Is it the Mayan Calendar… »

    …or the ending of one year and start of another? All I know is that change is all around. Lately, almost all of my clients are rethinking their interiors to make way for a new phase of life.  It could be that most of my clients are of that ‘ahem’ certain age when the kids […]

    Round Cherry Dining Table »

    We finished this 42″ round cherry pedestal table today.  It’s a smaller, simpler table than its inspiration in the photo below.  We made that one, which opened up and had three leaves in the early 2000’s.  This client eliminated the painted details and simplified the inlay design, but it’s still a handsome piece.  Click the […]

    Back on the Case »

    Dan Shamble, Zombie PI is back on the case in Unnatural Acts by Kevin J. Anderson. Once alive and kicking, Dan (killed during a case) came back during the “Big Uneasy” (the spell allowing the monsters to come to life—so to speak). Now, as a well preserved zombie, Dan is still kicking (if a little more stiffly) by […]

    A Hate Crime in Shirley Falls »

    Elizabeth Strout returns to Maine for her thematically complex — and thoroughly spellbinding — new novel, The Burgess Boys. When I think about Maine, which admittedly isn’t all that often, I picture quiet havens of picturesque little houses nestled on slopes overlooking the gently rolling waters of the Atlantic. Like most things culled from the […]

    Time to Bury the Nightstand »

    The winter weather has made me realize it is time to get the warm blanket to snuggle under and stacks of books out by the bed. It is time to get ready for the long winter hall.  And one of those books that should be on your reading list should be The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. Living in […]

    Custom Walnut Sideboard »

    Well, we’re coming down the home stretch on this one … it’s walnut, and Sam is nearly finished welding and polishing the steel base …click the photos to enlarge them .. We started with the client’s very detailed drawing with measurements that she kindly sent to start the dialog … most folks are not this […]

    You’ve been framed! Here is a new way to think about art. »

    My early art education was formed at the age of 10 by playing the board game Masterpiece, with Rembrandt’s face smack in the middle of the board and flip cards of great works of art by famous painters like Cezanne, Monet, and Picasso.  It was one of our favorite games as kids and we played […]

    Make Your New Year’s Resolution Early! »

    Most New Year’s we make resolutions. This year take a novel approach by making it early and easy to keep?  Come to the Northshire Bookstore and buy books! Or easier still, buy them here on our web site! You can even keep it throughout the year because you will have a number of fantastic titles to look forward to! Start […]

    Showerhenge … Forgotten Rules of Architecture »

    One of the often overlooked rules of architecture is to “always site your house so that the sun shines into the shower on the winter solstice”.  This lets you know exactly when the days will be getting longer.  This rule was even overlooked, as far as I know, by famous architectural idea organizers like Christopher […]

    Phillip Johnson Builds a Gingerbread House »

    Well, I really wasn’t trying to copy his glass house.  Kit just asked me if I wanted to make a gingerbread house, and, if I did, what kind of walls did I need.  Over the last 20 years or so, we have made a few basic styles, but this year I thought I would go […]

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