Design New England

Feathering at Nest


Nest in Dedham, Massachusetts, mixes new pieces with vintage classics in a well-edited display that includes handblocked pillows by JSC Designs, scarfs, still lifes, and vintage pieces such as dishes and andirons.

Nest, a carefully curated shop offering pretty housewares, textiles, vintage furniture and accessories, and handcrafted clothing, jewelry, and artwork in a storefront on High Street in the center of Dedham, Massachusetts, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The store is a favorite of many professional interior designers such as Boston-based Kate Coughlin who often, and happily, finds just the thing from Nest’s inspired assemblage of goods. For Design New England’s July/August Selections, for example, Coughlin picked up a vintage birdcage and votives for her outdoor dining tableau.

Nest opened 10 years ago September, when five women, all Dedham residents, were one day discussing the available storefront space in town. They rented the shop and started collecting items they thought would sell in it.

Audrey Nichols and Sarah Pope find home goods and tabletop items from around the world as well as those made here in New England. Brooke Cabot selects the jewelry, which right now includes a collection of freshwater pearl pieces by Portia Clark of Portland, Maine. The store hosts an art show once a month, and Molly Jackson, an artist herself, brings in the stunning works. Rounding out the offerings are the antiques, handled by Gay Read, who has a trained eye for the eclectic thanks to her experience working in an auction house.
During a recent visit, we found that after 10 years, Nest is still bringing in things we covet.
Pillows crafted by JSC Designs (photo above), which also crafted the handblock-printed tablecloth Kate Couglin used in her Selections dining scenario, are piled beneath a trio of still lifes in ornate gold frames. Vintage pieces include plates, glassware, and andirons.


From Pomegranate Inc., these pompom-trimmed pieces can be worn as a shawl or scarf or laid on a table as a fun tablecloth. We first spied them at the New York International Gift Fair last winter, and with their solid bright colors and perfect little poms they still strike a cord.


Woven Promises napkins are luxuriously thick and soft, and made in Ethopia with the help of Sabahar, a member of the Fair Trade Organization.


Shamanuti is a Cambridge, Massachusetts, company that creates all-natural soap and skincare products. A special edition kit comes packaged in a handsome wooden box.


How pretty is the combination of the sleek bright yellow candelabra with the small oil painting by Emmaline Payette? The painting’s highly saturated pink base coat gives it warmth and boldness.


A corner is styled with black-and-white photographs by Caroline Kaars Sypesteyn, who is based in western Massachusetts, and pottery by Barbara Eigen.
Nest, 622 High Street, Dedham, Massachusetts; 781-329-6466;; open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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