Friday, October 30, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Black-eyed Susan's signature guilded pumpkins graced the kitchen island.
Vintage books are always a part of interesting visuals, anywhere, anytime!
This silver tray of old door knobs caught my eye at one of my favorite vintage haunts. It was the perfect touch for the library coffee table. Oh so cool!
Another shot of the coffee table, complete with old ledgers (a pheasant feather for a bookmark!),
maidenhair fern and standing magnifier flanking the silver tray of doorknobs. Love it!
A collection of globes completes the remaining deep sill in the library. A few old books and one open on the right side seems to be perfect here.
We staged the laundry room to be more of a potting room, with trays of orchids in the dry sink, birds, nests and a personal favorite original framed piece of art, this toad! The setting was perfect for this vision. Complete with ferns, used clay pots and straw hat. Charming!
Deep window sills everywhere provided the greatest surfaces for all manner of collectible accents. Check out this great lamp that I recently reinvented with paint and a new shade! And for me, a personal favorite, old trophies and an unusually thick old leather book!
The library mantle made perfect with this collection of old books, trophy urn and Susan's moss!
This original equestrian painting was enhanced with an old clock, matching urns, an orchid, and, or course...books! I later added a boxwood sphere to each urn! Just imagine them there!
Lisa and I deemed a small sitting room off the master bedroom "the Ralph Lauren room". Riding boots, riding hat and old suitcases seemed to set the stage. We added these vintage homing pigeon trophies (!), a framed hound, and what else...books! I love these trophies!
The master bedroom was cozied up with the addition of a lamp, natural linen shams and cases, a beautiful coverlet in cream,and a tea tray with Paris themed dishes and chocolate transfer ware.
I could be totally happy in this room!
A small area at the top of the second floor landing proved perfect for an inspiration area for a would-be writer, Lisa perhaps! This old typewriter, old letters, photographs and multiple collections of small books brought the area to life. (That blotter is pretty bright!)
Here's a view of my van with the last trip from the cottage. Sneelock and I figured collectively, we all made about 50 trips from the cottage to the automobiles to load everything to return...that's the real truth!
I'm really glad I like my work. Creativity is indeed, rewarding.
That being said, I don't think I could have done 51. Until next time.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
We figured out last night that our combined man-hours total 130 in four days! Holy moly, that's a lot of Christmas!! Each night as we turn out the tree lights, vacuum the glitter and snow yet one more time, gather our giant soft pack lunch bag with enough sustenance for the day and night, put on our shoes that we have taken off the last few hours of the day, and prepare for the 2o minute ride home.We take a look around to see the progress, congratulate ourselves or laugh at something we should rethink for the next day, sigh at the chaotic stockroom and head for home. Another day behind us, another day ahead!
While it is exciting to see the goods that we planned and purchased last January, it is also quite daunting to create the stories, find homes for the important details that support the color stories, and continually clean up and shuffle inventory around. All in all, it's rewarding and creative.
So, here is a sneak peak at some of the vignettes we've created so far!
Check out these glitter clip-on birds we have on our flocked tree. So sweet! We also have some in soft aqua. The theme of the tree is shades of aqua, crystal, and silver. Loads of glitter highlights and a beautiful flocked full tree as the backdrop. It's magic.
I realize some of my photos are a bit out of focus---a bit blurry. But then, that's the way I'm seeing the world this week as well! This tree is chocolate and olive/chartreuse. The assortment is divine with large and small ornaments to please the eye. There's my sugar cones again!
A personal favorite! The basketful of "snowballs" with glittering snow causes one to pause for an examination. You'll find them throughout the store. Cool!
I'm not sure which is more unique---the tall, skinny nature of these carolers and Santas, or the sophisticated color pallet-charcoal/taupe/cream. So calm. They're super tall and skinny...is that really what Santa should look like? Yes or no, I like them!
You'll find this extra large footed bowl (almost a punch bowl!) cradling an assortment of chocolate and lime ornaments. Shatterproof ornaments in many colors and size-fabulous invention! I also have the best assortment of tiny 1" glass ornaments in dozens of colors this year. Those sugar cones keep showing up!
Two tired girls. One young, one old...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
While the week is filled with exhausting hours, it is always creative and fun. Just having Linda to entertain and comment as we create the store together is a pleasure. Everyone should have a friend who is as fun and supportive as she is. She keeps up with the effort that I give, and that is really wonderful. It is rare indeed, to have someone who is willing and able to match efforts.
So, you'll have to keep checking my reports to get in on the entertainment! I realized we took no self portraits today...I'll try to do better!
Holiday 2009...I'm always happy when this time of year rolls around again and I am ready for the task, and, even looking forward to it.
Okay, let me just say that it is a work in progress! (Note the leaning flocked tree, waiting to be attended to and dolled up with pale aqua and silver, clear, and snowy ornaments). In the foreground the total disarray of the store "fall stock" and more. This is where the overwhelming part begins!
There is plenty of basement stock in small 1" glass ornaments in the most delightful colors. We'll show you a fabulous variety of ideas for these darlings!
We laughed at this one santa that looks like he's had it! Oh, don't we feel that way at times during this crazy set-up week. But, the green glitter suits, to be desired!
How about this family of carolers? (Don't forget that these photos were taken while on the basement stock room shelves...not in cute visual display mode as they will be in a few days!) You really must see them in person to see how wonderful they are!
Just another angle of the mache varietys.
That's our first report...don't worry, we'll keep you posted.Come see the magic!