DayBreak Manor



After a quick stop into Rabelais Books to chat up the shop’s owners Don and Samantha about FOOD, INC. and their rare apple CSA (the first in Maine and possibly the country) I was off with a writer and friend on a trip north. Of course, not before picking up a book on pies and tarts and Joanne Bartlett’s Cooking with Honey, a Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin publication. Knowing I was going to be meeting up with some honey makers an hour later I figured the book might come in handy.


DBM honey

We arrived at DayBreak Manor, a waterfront estate in the “Prettiest Village in Maine” – Wiscasset. The expansive property encompasses the elegant DayBreak Manor, a guest cottage, vineyard, acres of formal gardens with Hydrangeas and Roses, and four bee hives. I don’t know what it is about those bees, but they produce some of the most delicious artisan honey I have ever tasted.  I give jars of DayBreak Manor’s honey to friends, clients, basically everyone I like.

There are so many reasons to stop at DayBreak Manor not least of which is the remarkable selection of 18th and 19th century French and English antiques and unexpected treasurers owner Heather Livingston continues to amass in her on site antiques shop.

We missed Heather, but her boyfriend Sean was home and gave us a personal tour of the property.  On our way out he gave us an armful of beautiful and fragrant blooms to further brighten our inn.

DayBreak Manor front during spring

DayBreak Manor front during spring

DayBreak Hives

DayBreak Hives

DayBreak Antiques interior

DayBreak Antiques bee hive and honey display

Sean, Kate and Michael in the garden

Sean, Kate and Michael in the garden

DayBreak Manor backyard

DayBreak Manor backyard

Sean with a gorgeous bouquet of DayBreak's peonies

Sean with a gorgeous bouquet of DayBreak's peonies

Stuff Magazine

The Food Issue of Stuff Magazine (published by the Phoenix) came out recently and features yours truly. If you can’t pick up a copy, check it out online.  While you are at it visit writer Marni Katz’ chic blog Style Carrot.   Thanks to the guys at Davis Square Lofts for giving me a cool space to live!

Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book

As a follow up to my when to not Kindle rant from yesterday I thought I’d pop in a fun book post.  

The next time you want to impress your architecture savvy friends bring along the ultra cool Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book by Anton Radevsky and David Sokol. 

The book showcases three-dimensional replications of some of the most innovative modern and contemporary architecture from around the world. Accompanied by illustrations, photographs, and elaborate pop-ups, the talent and imagination of renowned architects and builders one can tag along on a visual tour of the Brooklyn Bridge; the Eiffel Tower; New York’s Flatiron Building; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Chicago; Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye; Saarinen’s TWA terminal; Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao; and Calatrava’s Milwaukee Art Museum.

Having met David Sokol recently I thought I would ask him for his thoughts on the book and its place on the shelf or in a Kindle catalog. 
“I would tell architecture novices not to fear—that there’s as much social history and technological description as there is formal architecture talk. And no funny theoretical stuff. And although I can imagine a way to recreate the three-dimensional experience on a Kindle, a pop-up format offers something special, which I can’t exactly put my finger on. Perhaps it’s just precious nostalgia.”
David Sokol
David is a former editor for ID Magazine and a NY based freelance writer.


Eric Hopkins Maine Artist

Winding down a week of Maine posts and could not leave this friend, gentleman, boater, pilot, in general brilliant artist out. He keeps me breathing and gazing at the stars.

A few pictures from my recent visit to his studio in Rockland, ME.

Unfinished work

Unfinished work

Brushes, paints, etc.

Brushes, paints, etc.

Work space

Work space

Eric in his other environment

Eric in his other environment

Rock Paper Scissors


I know, you are thinking what now she is going to write about the hand game? How random. Nope, actually I’m going to share with you one of my greatest pleasures in Maine and my obsession with office supplies. Well, office spaces, but that is another post. Rock Paper Scissors is a stationery shop on Main Street in Wiscasset, ME a small town about 1 1/4 hours north of Portland, ME. The shop is owner Erika Soule’s response to those whose workspace are well a bit unfortunate. If your office space is drab, unorganized, or just not inspiring Erika can help you pluck just the right items from her shelves and voila magnifique.

Like me, Erika loves letters. That is actually why she started the store, she loves the textures and feel of paper and Japanese pens that have a super fine point. Her shop feels fun, I think mostly because of her passion for colorful items and an equal opportunity kind of approach when it comes to stationery. She told me she will use everything from the classic deckled edge G. Lalo notes, to the intended-for-kids Japanese stationery sets. It is all good to her. Erika just supports the notion of taking the time to stay in touch.

Of the 200 lines she carries Russell + Hazel, Miquel Riuz, Waste Not Paper, Moleskine, and Semikolon are the ones that first come to mind. Some of the lines, like Eco Jots are completely eco-friendly.

The shop is also a great place to pick up kids items.





With the Stroke of the Pen

pen3I spent a good part of my childhood trying to better my handwriting to no avail as even my name is practically indecipherable when scribbling it off in a hurry.   That said I appreciate beautiful script and hand-written letters, so it was with great delight I learned my friend Brian Willson is an expert of old penmanship who makes fonts based on historical documents.

The advantage of having Brian’s “hand-written” fonts has given me the ability to dress up event posters and promotional materials. They are also perfect for personalizing invitations, save-the-dates and envelopes.

I thought it would be fun to share some of Brian’s personality here since he was a creative force behind this blog and my website.

Brian created “American Scribe” after famous scribe Timothy Matlack, engrosser of the Declaration of Independence.   A Texan at heart, a lot of his early fonts were based on notable Texans from the early- to mid-1800s. His favorite among those he has designed is “Lamar Pen,” from  the writings of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar the 2nd president of the Republic of Texas.

In all Brian has created approximately 20 fonts, which have appeared in such places as: Dave Matthews Band CD cover art, Cheerios website, Discover Card ad, membership card for the alumni association of the University of Texas, and a current UPS ad campaign.

The license fee for each old handwriting font is $39 (a one time license fee), a pretty affordable way to create a unique identity.


Lamar Pen is one of six old penmanship fonts Brian has created so far.

Lighten Up

The past week of rain and fog has provided me with a reason to lighten up. Thankfully my home has ample windows so I am able to take advantage of day lighting, however as on recent days when I need to flip the switch it puts a smile on my face to think about the shining options we have to illuminate our space.


Davis Square Lofts, a creative loft community in Somerville, MA, uses galvanized plate, incandescent lamps from Hi-Lite Mfg.Co. The lofts portray an elegant tug of war between industrial cityscape and green landscape so why not use lights that look like they belong on the porch in the dining room?


The Greenwich Hotel in NYC has redefined what a stylish bathroom should be.  Each of the 80 plus water closets are laid out in Carrara marble or Moroccan tile and illuminated with playful lighting like this example reminiscent of a cake dome.


Alabama Chanin, a lifestyle company best known for their hand-stitched fashion, also produces home products. This hand-crafted chandelier made from found items that have been recycled and wired to form this one-of-a-kind light was constructed by talented artisans from Florence, Alabama.

The Bright Side

Alex Randall (aka Jericho Hands) brings a bit of nature inside with her taxidermy inspired lights. Using a combination of reclaimed items and new technology Alex creates lighting that stands the test of time. Currently she is working on new methods of environmentally friendly lighting with a leading technology company. Her lights are signature pieces that will set a room (or for that matter an entire residence) apart.




about this blog

About Me Sharon Kitchens and Delicious Musings. Welcome and thank you for visiting my blog. I write about all the things I enjoy - Culture, Food, Photography &Travel. Read more on my about page.


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