Home is Where your Heart Is.

Posted on February 15, 2010

It didn’t seem right to just jump on in talking about my “inspiration” for creating Modern Heirlooms, or why I have dedicated my work as an artist to Paloma’s Nest, without some background- perhaps a little about me.

So we’ll start small. I’d like to introduce you to my hometown.

Mystic, Connecticut is a tiny New England town situated on the Atlantic Ocean, bursting with architecture, history, and old things. Mystic was founded in 1654. Quite a long time ago.

Growing up, it really seemed normal to me to live in a house built in 1863. And, like in most old towns, every home there has a personality, with its own quirks and charms. Many houses are given “names,” based on who built the house or who lived in it. In Mystic, if you were a prominent Sea Captain, your house was painted white and situated right at the mouth of the river- so your family could watch for your ship to come in from your voyage. If you were a merchant, you lived in one of the little cottages close to the downtown area, often adjacent to your shop.

History fascinates and inspires me; I see architecture and antiques as relics that have so much to teach us about who we are, and why we live the way we do today. When homes and heirlooms are preserved for future generations, that link to the past is carried forward. I dedicate my own work to creating art pieces that will carry stories forward.

In beginning this new blog, I had no idea what to write first. Since HOME is where your heart is, this seemed like a good place to start.

How has your hometown influenced who you are  or where you live today?

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Handcrafted Modern Heirlooms: A Definition

Posted on February 13, 2010

Image by Bonnie Tsang

The mission statement of Paloma’s Nest is to create Handcrafted Modern Heirlooms- for the home and for the heart. We commemorate life’s events and occasions with pieces made of the highest-quality materials, intended to be passed on for generations to come.

In today’s society, we have become so accustomed to quick, convenient, disposable items. Things to simplify our life and hurry us along.

At Paloma’s Nest, our approach is different. We take inspiration from the past in terms of craftsmanship and quality, and create items of longevity. Items that your great-great-grandchildren will proudly treasure.

Every item in our collection is handcrafted in our studio. Every tiny letter of text is hand stamped one-at-a-time. (If anyone has ever wondered: NO, there are no computers or laser cutters or jigs or big stamps printed with each phrase.) Even our Heirloom Packaging™  has been specially designed as a place to record the story of where your piece has been.

The signature Paloma’s Nest style is intended to be timeless. We don’t design around trends, as we want your piece to look as elegant and beautiful in 100 years as it does today. It is our sincere hope, and joy to know, that your Paloma’s Nest piece- whether created for a wedding, birth or other life event- will be enjoyed long into the future.

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