M/D DESIGN // DRY BAR

So there's this new way of finding hidden treasures on the internet without having to deal with the craziness of Craigslist. Facebook has set up a way to start a local "tag sale" page you can join and either sell or buy almost anything and everything under the sun. I recently joined a few of them in my area and have sold a few things very easily. I came across this bar top cabinet about a month ago that was $40. We've got this little space between the living room and dining area that really needed something, and this piece seemed like it would fit perfectly and be great for extra storage and serving space. 

The piece was in pretty rough shape, but had definite potential. The blue most certainly had to go and I had some ideas to make it a little more custom to fit our farmhouse decor. I sanded down the entire piece to get it ready for paint and then removed the doors to take out the middle pieces of particle board. 

I put on a few layers of bright white paint which immediately made the piece look a thousand times better. The blue was just way too bright and distracting. I replaced the particle board in the two doors with some chicken wire we had leftover from our garden.

I then replaced the bar top and interior shelf with reclaimed wood, this really added a lot of character. Some new black hardware was the final step and the cabinet was done! 

Just those few changes made this piece really stand out. It fits perfectly in it's little spot (which will eventually have a nicely painted wall behind it) and will be great for serving drinks on while entertaining! I'm so happy I took the chance on this little Facebook tag sale find, this is why it's so important to be able to see the potential in an otherwise somewhat scary looking piece of furniture! 

Megan Kazukynas
MASON/DIXON IS GETTIN' HITCHED!!

We're elated to announce that we're adding a new team member to Mason/Dixon and we couldn't be happier! And it just so happens that this team member is a crazy talented carpenter who will actually be joining our team in October with some beautiful handcrafted products to sell! But for now, it's wedding planning for days so we'll see y'all in October!! Oxo M/S

Megan Kazukynas
M/D DESIGN // THREE SEASON ROOM

This is quite possibly the best before and after project I've ever been a part of. The "three season" room is on the back of a house built in 1955. It's not insulated and although it's the largest room in the house, it ended up being a forgotten about space filled with odds and ends and never used. I immediately saw amazing potential for this room, especially with the large fireplace focal point and the wall of windows and sliding glass doors that look out on the properties beautiful sprawling backyard. 

The entire project took just short of two months and cost roughly a couple thousand dollars. The floor had outdoor carpet glued down to it and it and had to be stripped, the concrete was ground down before being painted. All the panneling and stone was painted a bright clean white to brighten up the space. 

This wall had a window that just looked into the garage space, so it wasn't really necessary and was taking up space in both rooms. We removed it and replaced the paneling to cover the hole. The wall was now a perfect spot for this collage of photographs. 

There was an existing couch with a pull out bed that we left in the room, we sanded and applied a darker stain and replaced the cushion covers with an updated solid charcoal gray. The design theme of the room was a subtle masculine feel with Maine cabin influences. The pillow covers and throw blanket helped add some coziness while keeping it within the theme. 

These incredible stairs were built by the owner of the house. The existing stairs were concrete with metal outdoor railings. Instead of removing the stairs we made a frame around the concrete and built the wood stairs on top. The wood used was douglas fir tongue and groove. These stairs had a huge design impact on the room, making it feel more updated and finished. 

Side note: these gorgeous flowers are from the local farm down the street. If you're a resident of Connecticut, you should absolutely follow Stone Gardens Cut Flowers on facebook! You'll be hearing much more about them in the future growing season, as they are a partner of mason/dixon! 

The lighting in the room is really incredible. It's sunny throughout most of the day and the light just pours in. We didn't want to block that out too much or cover the view of the backyard, so just a few curtains were needed mostly just to soften up the space. We made custom rods from simple wood dowels and a few cans of spray paint. The rods are hung on Martha Stewart's hardware found at Lowes. 

We decided the room would be better heated by the use of a woodstove. An open fireplace draws so much cold air from any drafty places in the house and would never properly heat up the room. All the stars aligned for us with this woodstove, as it was donated to us and delivered by some family memebers during a move! The stove is incredibly hot, and has ended up not only heating the porch but the entire house. 

I had the vision for this collage wall from the beginning of the project. I knew it was something I really wanted in the room and it turned out perfectly. It's a great mix of antiques we found in Maine at an amazing flea market and frames from Ikea with old and new photographs.

The coffee table and dining table were both built by the owner of the home. Each piece was made with reclaimed wood and really helped to soften up the room and give it another layer of design. Since the room was painted entirely white, we knew it was important to contrast it with some darker woods. 

The woodpile fits perfectly on the side of the fireplace, and also adds to the look and feel of the room. The other side of the fireplace is decorated with some large wood saws we found at the flea market in Maine. The mantle is decorated with old mason jars, wood tools, an old tackle box, and some photographs. 

These old crates were found on one of my flea market trips, and the old tin bucket was found in Maine. I knew it was perfect for holding succulents, and it adds some great color to the space. 

The dining table is really incredible. The rough saw cuts add so much character and the hairpin legs keep the space open and clean, with a great vintage feel. The green wood folding chairs are from a local shop called Emerson Vintage Design, and they could not be more perfect for the space. You'll be hearing more about that shop too, as it is also a partner of mason/dixon!

This room is supremely cozy on a cool fall day with all the candles lit and the woodstove crackling, the view of the foliage in the backyard and the sun shining in. I could not be happier with the results. 

Megan Kazukynas
DAY TRIPS // SEYMOUR, CONNECTICUT

While on vacation for the last few weeks I knew I wanted to do something other than gardening/landscaping/farming to make it actually feel like I was on vacation from work, so I was itching for a daytrip somewhere. Well, I can't believe that our daytrip would end up being about 10 minutes from the house to a little part of Seymour, CT that I never even knew existed. How on earth I haven't known about this amazing little part of town is beyond me, but I'm about to become it's newest regular.

We stumbled upon this part of town last Tuesday, but most places were closed (good to know, Wednesday - Sunday is your best bet for visiting). So we returned on Thursday and planned to spend the early afternoon there. Our first stop was The All American Valley General Store. The second I set foot inside that store I felt like I had died and gone to southern heaven. The store sells produce + goods from local farms, local handmade items, and the food coming out of the kitchen is amazing. They have live music every week and the ambiance and decor make you feel like you've stepped right in to the Yankee version of the Whistle Stop Cafe. So needless to say, I'm in love. 

After lunch we visited a few of the local shops, most of which were a part of the Seymour Antiques Annex. These aren't your typical antique stores, they have some of the best antiques and displays I've ever seen. Everything was right up my alley, there was no shortage of mason jars, enamel ware, old crates, and everything in between. I allowed myself to spend only the cash I had in my wallet and it certainly was a challenge. Thankfully I'll be returning soon though and that means I can add to my enamel ware collection, right?

Our final stop was Wildfour Confections, which is an adorable and delicious cupcake shop. It's owned by a sweet young gal by the name of Alyssa DeMatteo who is a resident of Seymour and man can she make one good cupcake. 

I can't say enough about how sweet this little downtown is. My day was completed by the sounds of the passing train, which really made me feel like I was back in the south. I highly recommend it for a daytrip!

Megan Kazukynas
Cabin Fever Escape: Maine

I had this week off from work and I spent the few weeks before desperately searching for a place to get away. I started my search looking for a place down south since my soul is longing for some time in the Carolinas, but I realized my cheapest option for such a last minute trip would be to join my mother on a business trip to Maine. She was staying at The Grand Hotel in Kennebunk for two nights before heading up to Brunswick for the rest of the week. I jumped at the chance to return to Kennebunk since falling in love on my last visit. The Grand Hotel is by far the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. Their decor is gorgeous and ahead of the curve, it's spotless, the beds are luxurious and they even deliver you orange juice and muffins in the morning and give you a departing gift bag of bottled water and freshly baked cookies when you leave. It's just steps from Kennebunkport where there is amazing shopping and delicious eats like the ever popular Clam Shack. Across from our hotel is H.B Provisionswhich is an adorable general store. It very much reminded me of places I would frequent down south. They have all the odds and ends you need while on vacation, including the most delicious whoopie pies.

During our stay we ate dinner both nights at David's KPTwhich has beautiful views and amazing food. I tried raw oysters for the first time which surprisingly I loved! I thought the briney liquor was delicious and exactly what I wanted to be eating while next to the ocean. Around the corner from the restaurant are some really fun shops. One of my favorites is the Daytrip Societywhich is full of unique items and has a good amount of handmade in the USA products as well, which I really appreciate. 

We also did some antiquing along Route 9 and found some great things. We even found a gorgeous secret beach by accident. There is this charming horse farm on the way in to Kennebunk that I love and wanted to get a closer look. So we drove down their road which actually lead to a beautiful beach with cavernous salt marshes. On the way back from there we stopped at my very favorite place Snug Harbor Farm. I have blogged/instagramed about them in the past so I don't think my love affair with them is a secret! They have the most gorgeous selection of plants and their gift shop is somewhere I could spend hours in. I've said it before but I must say again that their staff is so kind which really makes the experience even better. 

This trip was exactly what I needed. Just a few days by the ocean with my Mama, relaxing, eating delicious food, sleeping in a cozy bed and bringing home some fun gifts for myself. I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again. 

Megan Kazukynas