Friday Favorites 2/11/2011

February 11, 2011

Jared Ainscough, Assistant Art Director
My absolute favorite shop in my home state (less of a shop and more of a salvage yard, maybe) is Nor’East Architectural Antiques in South Hampton, New Hampshire. Looking through building after building full of orphaned house-parts, you get an overwhelming sense of what was and what could be. It is a true island of misfit toys. It appeals to my flea market nature, I suppose–the thought that somewhere among millions of one-of-a-kind pieces lies that one spectacular find.

They have a religiously updated Web site and a great blog filled with “before†and “after†projects people have sent in. As a side note, Nor’East has rebuilt and flourished since a fire a few years back destroyed numerous buildings and countless irreplaceable pieces. Their story makes me appreciate their efforts to salvage and sustain even more.

Photos courtesy of Nor’East Architectural Antiques


Kara Lashley
, Associate Editor
If you’re partial to contemporary design with a hint of Asian flair, you’ll find plenty to covet in the 4-orm collection, a line of handcrafted mahogany furniture by Connecticut designer Paul Guzzetta. I’m particularly taken with the Hamilton end chair.

Photos courtesy of 4-orm

And just imagine how intriguing bill-paying could be at the Spencer secretary.

4-orm is available to the trade at Holland & Sherry showrooms, as well as through Paul’s firm, Interiors Haberdashery. To see more of Paul’s style, don’t miss his Wish List in the winter issue of New England Home’s Connecticut.

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor
I was thrilled to meet Nantucket resident Audrey Sterk at the New York International Gift Fair last week, where she was showing her line of wall coverings, floor cloths and tables. I can see her Circle and Stars patterned wallcovering in a cute mudroom or powder room, or even as a floor cloth in the kitchen.

Photo courtesy of Audrey Sterk