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SEASIDE update - July 2017

lahave stairwell

Summer is here and although our Seaside Shop & Studio opening is delayed we are thrilled with the progress. Complications with plumbing and electric have set us back a few weeks. Copious amounts of trim work still needs paint but we are soldiering on with the help of Pavo and our trades to have a purposeful and beautiful space before summer's end. 

The floors throughout have been sanded stained and varnished. Such an improvement over the mix of paint and floating floors that once were there. The plaster work is all but complete with the exception of the kitchen. The painting of walls is underway. After much discussion and inspiration we have the colour palette nailed down.


front parlour

You can continue to follow the progress on Instagram @braebuster_lahave

Sunny days on the Lahave await...

water front

grass mowed


Kenneth McRobbie
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At summer's end Colin and I were contemplating improvements to our Seaside location for the 2017 season. The wish list included a larger space, perhaps something more accessible to our clients along the South Shore, and, what if we had a studio space where we could have design resources at hand.

The Queen Street Victorian in Chester, although charming, was a bit tight for our needs. After much deliberation we began the search for new digs.

Sunday drives along the south shore are romantic and thoughts often drift to notions of restoring a sea captain's house. One such Sunday we came upon an old Italianate with water frontage in East Lahave. It had been in the same family since the 1850s and had not suffered from late 20th century renovations. The original bones were in tact but it was in much need of a good polish. Before long we were in discussions with realtors and inspectors. Late in the fall we took possession of this beautiful old soul.

First steps...a new electrical service and heating system were installed. In early spring we will begin work on the plaster repairs and improvements to the front parlours which will become our shop and studio.

Stay tuned for updates and, if you like, follow the progress on Instagram @braebuster_lahave

Braebuster from the Sea

Colin Lahave

Ken Lahave

Kenneth McRobbie
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