Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Linda Rosen Antiques

Posted on | February 28, 2011 | 10 Comments

When you’re up late, can’t sleep and find yourself cruising the internet aimlessly at 2 am you find the best stuff. Linda Rosen Antiques in Sheffield, Massachusetts has a great shop full of antiques from the very high-end to more moderate priced pieces. I’ve been on the hunt for tables and a few of their candlesticks caught my eye. All of New England origin each piece representing a different style period: Federal, Queen Anne, and a Hepplewhite. The bottom right photo is a Queen Anne corner chair—cool, right?

I really want to learn more about different early American furniture styles. I have a few books but I couldn’t identify a piece without a little help. I thought about going to the upcoming Antiques & Art show in New York. The pieces represented will be super fancy and nothing I could possibly afford. But if I learned to identify different style cues then maybe I would feel more comfortable at auctions? If you’re an expert; how did you learn more or which books would you suggest?

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Restoring Raised Paneled Doors

Posted on | February 23, 2011 | 18 Comments

Over the weekend we stripped three solid wood raised paneled doors for our den project. We used our handy Silent Paint Remover—with a little nudge of a scraper the paint comes right off. The doors feel about 10 pounds lighter each; unfortunately for one of the doors the paint was holding it together. We still need to remove the hardware, sand and paint.

On one of the doors we found a shotgun blast. If you look closely at the image below you’ll see a spray of dots on the door. I wonder what happened? Maybe an intruder or just a drunk guy shooting off rounds? So interesting, right?

Update: we’re pretty sure this wasn’t a gunshot but a dartboard, see here.

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