An Oldie but Goodie

Seems like forever and a day since we shut the marvelous gold door to tayla Mac Boutique at the end of it's renovation last winter.  A project we hold near and dear to our hearts, mainly because owner Mikayla Parsons has been our biggest cheerleader and allowed us to get all crazy-creative time and again.

This space was so fun because of it's location in our sweet neighborhood of Wallingford Square, Kittery.  An area with dynamic history and eye catching architecture, now stands as home to delicious restaurants and unique retail shops.

We knew after the first site visit there must be some real charm waiting to be uncovered and restored.  And low and behold, it did not disappoint!  Original tin ceilings with decorative egg and dart crown molding was found above the existing dropped ceiling.

Before:  Peeling tin ceiling surrounded by spaghetti wires and random pipes...yikes!

Before:  Peeling tin ceiling surrounded by spaghetti wires and random pipes...yikes!

After:  Lookin' so good after multiple coats of primer and a flat finish coat.  Thank you to our wonderful painting crew for their backbreaking work to restore this beauty!

After:  Lookin' so good after multiple coats of primer and a flat finish coat.  Thank you to our wonderful painting crew for their backbreaking work to restore this beauty!

We had high hopes for the wood floors, since the back office had the original narrow planks.  But after peeling back multiple layers of subfloor we found that new floors would need to be laid.  White oak was chosen for it's aesthetic and durability in a commercial setting, with a gray stain from Minwax.

Before (ish) from the front door.

Before (ish) from the front door.

One of our favorite details from this project was working with Boston-based Artaic Mosaics on a custom floor tile design.

One of our favorite details from this project was working with Boston-based Artaic Mosaics on a custom floor tile design.

Gray floors paired nicely with barn board, supplied by the shop owner's family.

Gray floors paired nicely with barn board, supplied by the shop owner's family.

The shop would be a mecca for American made goodies, so fixtures and displays were custom designed with curating in mind!  Fine linen dresses from the coast of Maine, ceramics in punchy colors, hand-sewn totes, candles and soaps in moody packaging, unique jewels and witty greeting cards would be gracing the shelves of this sweet boutique.

Clothing rack details.  1/2" galvanized piping never looked so good.

Clothing rack details.  1/2" galvanized piping never looked so good.

A stationer's delight!

A stationer's delight!

This Singer sewing machine table belonged to the shop owner's grandmother and made for the perfect wash basin for soaps and cosmetics.

This Singer sewing machine table belonged to the shop owner's grandmother and made for the perfect wash basin for soaps and cosmetics.

Simple open shelves for colorful home accessories.

Simple open shelves for colorful home accessories.

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Antique bin pulls for the hutch, courtesy of Old House Parts in Kennebunk.

Antique bin pulls for the hutch, courtesy of Old House Parts in Kennebunk.

Custom jewelry cases with vintage hand mirrors to admire yourself.

Custom jewelry cases with vintage hand mirrors to admire yourself.