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

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