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WHAT: Hand-blown glass ornaments, paperweights, vases and dishes made by local teenagers from the Bird Street Community Center. The kids also determine each piece’s pricing as well as handle the marketing and sales components of their artwork.

WHERE: Bird Street Community Center  or contact  Assistant Director of Operations Paulo Barros via email (pbarros@birdstreet.org) to find out the studio’s hours and dates of other craft shows where they’ll be displaying their wares.

HOW MUCH: Prices range depending on the piece. Paperweights from $5-10, ornaments from $15-25 and vases from $25-50.

FOR: Your decor-loving sister with champagne taste (and you and your beer budget.)

$25 hand-blown glass vase by the students at Bird Street Community Center

$25 hand-blown glass vase by the students at Bird Street Community Center (bought as a gift but it may end up being part of the permanent collection around here … so gorgeous!)

The Homestretch

…dotted by Leslie

Yeah, we know. We’re writing about Lower Mills quite a bit these days. But we can’t help ourselves…there are so many interesting things happening there. Friends had been mentioning a new home decor boutique in Lower Mills to me…near Streamline and Flatblack. Well, one cold day in December I stopped by The Homestretch with my rambunctious two year old (hopped up on hot chocolate and donuts) and immediately wished I hadn’t brought him inside…breakables. Everywhere. My little football player in training and fragile objects should never be in the same sentence, let alone in the same room. Shop owner, Maura Cannon, who recently moved back to New England after some time in Texas, greeted us warmly and asked my son to ‘help’ her with some rugs. I breathed a sigh of relief as she chatted with my little one  about her own young nephews. This is a shop owner who ‘gets’ kids. And apparently Home Design too. I looked around me and took in the interesting finds; antique and contemporary collectibles; a stunning French chaise lounge; refurbished Martha Washington chairs; a cool three legged pub table perfect for my tiny kitchen; stunning artwork…this shop is well, like home. At least, the home I wish I had.

I didn’t leave with that legged pub table for my kitchen, but it’s on my mind.  Instead I scooped up 3 bars of heavenly Summer House Soaps made in Barnstable, MA as gifts for Christmas.

Maura’s hours are Thursday- Friday 11-7, Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 12-5. She’ll also open by appointment…be sure to pay her a visit, you won’t be disappointed.


Shop Local!

These charming Wildflower Organic paper maiche birds benefit Haitian relief efforts

Dash & Albert rugs = love.

I hesitate to post a photo of this amazing sign, because one of the DottieHotties is in love with it...

Maura, self described ‘Collector of things’, travels far and wide for the unique finds for her new store in Lower Mills. She owned a similar boutique in Houston, Texas attracting the likes of legendary Interior Designers such as Babs Watkins.

The lovely Maura Cannon - we're so glad you came home!

– Leslie

Dark Horse Antiques = Deals & Steals

…dotted by Meghann

On the same day that I visited Streamline Antiques, I walked two doors down to Dark Horse Antiques & Collectables.

Located right on the corner of Adams & Dorchester, Dark Horse is one of my favorite spots for unique items at truly remarkable prices.

Owner Robert Ferrini (thanks for letting me take all the photos Robert!) has a fabulous eye.

Fabulous. Awesome. Amazing.

If you’re like me and you like quirky old things that have out-lived their original purpose but maintain strong lines and a sculptural quality, this is your place. Truly, truly fabulous (and — yippee! — affordable).

I can honestly say that I’ve never walked out of their store empty-handed and this visit was no exception.

After eyeing a couple of pieces which were subsequently snatched up while I was wandering around and taking pictures (I will forever be bummed about missing out on this bust of a child), I did find a couple of treasures (for less than $85.00 total – woot, woot!).

This vintage whirl-a-gig made one heck of a great Christmas gift for my brother…

…and this galvanized tub — see it right there in the front? —  is going to look amazing at my place (I’ll show pics of it in it’s new home on my wall soon).

So there it is; the next time you need an antique fix and your wallet is feeling lighter-than-hoped for, try Dark Horse; you won’t be sorry. Promise.