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Mason/Dixon is inspired by a northern gal's love for the south, and you'll find our products reflect the things we admire most about both regions. Combining a love for graphic design + handmade, mason/dixon started out as a small side project and turned into a full online retail shop. We're a husband and wife team in our beautiful farm town of Shelton, CT. All of our frames are made in house from reclaimed wood we've locally sourced, and our signs are all custom designed and hand painted.

 

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Thursday
Jan052017

EVER CHANGING

New year, new us? I suppose that's what's happened. This business has had a mind of it's own to say the least. We started out selling handmade clutch purses, then moved to a handmade clothing + accessories shop, then moved to vintage + handmade + sustainable goods, and now we seem to have landed (and I think for good) on handmade reclaimed wood signs + furniture + home goods. Things were always changing for me as a business owner; my location, my full time job, my friends, and the shop seemed to move along with those changes. But it seems now that I'm officially "settled", the shop is too. We fell into the sign making business over Thanksgiving and it's been non stop ever since. I have to say I absolutely love making and selling them, which is a big change from how I usually feel about things I make and sell. Which makes me feel like we are in this for the long run. Aside from the signs, my husband makes the most incredible furniture from reclaimed wood and I'm so excited to be selling that as well. Our long term goal is to have a small retail shop that will showcase all of our signs, furniture, home goods, and other things we craft, as well as handmade + vintage goods. We shall see where this next chapter takes us, but thanks for hanging in there and staying with us for this crazy ride! Oxo

Friday
Nov112016

OUR NEW SHOP!

Well, this past year or so has been a busy one. There was an engagement, a wedding, a move, and now a new shop! We are so excited to be back in the swing of things and back to selling all the vintage + handmade goods that we love! We've had the great opportunity to be a part of a shop in Seymour, CT in the historic antiques district, which we did a day trip post on a little while back. This little section of town is so fantastic, the antique shops are beautiful and full of amazing unique items. It's a quiet little part of town right on the train tracks, which just adds to the charm. You can read more about it in this post! 

The shop we are sharing a space with is called Ro + Bette's Attic and it's located at 143 Main Street in Seymour, CT. This place is full of some serious vintage bargain finds. If you're looking for the current "Fixer Upper" style, this is where you need to go! We've filled our little section of the shop with all of our favorite vintage finds + some amazing handmade in the USA items that will be perfect holiday gifts, so shop early!

We are so happy to be "back" and now that things have calmed down we'll be posting daily updates on the blog, and our social media accounts, as well as new blog posts! 

Saturday
Jul232016

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! 

 

Thursday
Jul072016

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

Tuesday
Nov102015

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.