Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday Night Magic

So here is my late night Wednesday Magic report! 

We got in multiple new orders with some great selections this week. That always makes my work more fun!
I rearranged one mantle, found homes for loads of new items and switched things up all over the store with darling Ann's help. She is a trooper and we had a creatively rewarding night with good help from Patty as well. Of course Sneelock was there to lend a hand for all things that needed to be hung. Whew!

Here's a look at some of the new displays including some of the new things just waiting to inspire you.
This chrome yellow glass base took our breath away! And what about that mirrored tray? Glamorous for sure. The cloched candles are wonderfully scented-birch bark. Delightful!

 I received a number of the most interesting clocks. Multiple sizes, stylish and oh so Susan! Note the tip card I had printed for the mantle. I spent a good amount of time scripting various tip cards to place around the entire store. They are fun to read and I hope they give you loads of ideas to fill your creative needs.

 These stylish (and orange!) leather frames have been in the stockroom for about a week. I've been salivating to get to them and finally had time tonight to find a home for them. Oh course, if you've been following the column I write regularly for Bucks Life Magazine, you've most likely figured out that one of these most certainly will need to come home with me...

 This is another of the new clocks that came in. There are some beautiful and sophisticated delightful selections in clocks! So many times the clocks are more rustic or cottage-y. I'm truly in love with the new ones. They are suitable for mantles, desks, bookcases and consoles. I'm afraid they won't last long (which as you know will make me sad!)
 About a year ago I saw these zodiac figures. I placed an order and had actually forgotten about them until they showed up this week! Great surprise. The gray lidded urn (set of three sizes) are beauties and favorites as well. I think you'll be pleased.

Another category that we filled in was photo frames. Look at this hammered chrome-like finish! Square, no less! Paired with this glamorous mirrored table, who can resist?!

These are just a few of the exciting new things we put out tonight. I always say, Thursday is the day to hit the store for the best new surprises! Hope to see you there.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wednesday night magic

Another successful late night magic occurred tonight! Ann and I filled in blank spaces, restyled several areas with new arrivals and felt a little dizzy smelling the new candles ( orange no less!).

It's always a blessing when we leave before midnight and love the end result of our efforts. Tonight was one of those...

- Posted using BlogPress from my ipad ..We put out these cool stacks of book pages that have been back ordered far too long...such a nice addition to our organic mix.

These slipcovered dining chairs came in today and we found a home for them until some lucky beachfront owner steals them away!

This great weathered sideboard came in and we found a good home for it. The perfect colored set of books+ mossy spheres and an oversized clock resulted in a great look. We added the chevron drapery panels and loved it! These lined redimade panels would be perfect for a shore house or instant redo for a summer bedroom. At $100.00 per panel, style is so affordable.

We used a favorite modern canvas print to restyle one of my favorite vintage sideboards. It's a perfect marriage of old and new. These white glass lamps are perfectly beautiful ( brand new!) and the addition of several chrome and mercury accents made our hearts sing. That eye chart art in the forefront is really spectacular too. I've been threatening to take that art home for my new family room....maybe this weekend?

These shadow box frames were filled by Ann with some wallcovering memos from my design clever! Of course, volumes of old books are the perfect backdrop! And how about that ceramic cherry ?! *sigh*

A recent shipment gave me this white ceramic shallow platter with a hammered silver rim...Oh. My. And who wouldn't think of putting a kale leaf and oyster shells as interesting fillers?!

You know how I love orange...this slipper chair just makes me happy. Paired with these well priced nested matte silver and mirrored tables, it is a show stopper. And by the way, that yellow tag you see means it has a super promotional price right now.

And that is just a few of the new looks we put together tonight...I'll just remind you that Thursdays are always a great day to visit my store. Perfectly fresh, new, and inspiring. Hope to see you!

Pssst...if you mention my blog post, an additional 25% off as my gift.

Wednesday night magic...what can I say?!

Monday, June 17, 2013


Every week I hear accounts of various customer exclaims! It's a true joy. Who wouldn't want to hear such accolades?! As a store owner and designer, I love it. " This store speaks to me" ..." I love this place!"..."I come here to get inspired"...the kind praises go on. It really is a delight to have such friends and fans of my retail and design vision.

But on Saturday last week, I heard a new story that thrilled me! As I arrived at the store I noticed two darling young women perusing the store, exclaiming delightedly over each area and offering. As I approached them to echo my favorites, Jackie ( my in store designer) introduced me.

Meet Kathryn and Julie. Sisters who grew up in Hartsdale, NY, now live in different cities. Kathryn in Ridgefield, Ct, and Julie in Falls Church, Va. Each year for the past 3 1/2 years, they drive and meet at my store for a sister 's weekend! Yes, Black-eyed Susan is the assigned destination for these two darling sisters to meet, catch up and start their sister reunion.

Upon meeting them, hearing the story and exclaiming my honor and delight, both Kathryn and Julie gave me fair warning that they would most likely be here for hours. I loved these ladies as much as the story! We totally enjoyed sharing favorites and even raided the front window for several items to complete their purchases.

Kathryn told me that the first time they happened into the store was during Holiday season. After that trip, they decided they really needed to see the store during the " off season" to see how different things looked. They weren't disappointed. It truly thrilled me to get to know them, hear their excitement and feel the bond of kindred spirits of style.

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Meet Kathryn (left) and Julie (right). They indulged me in taking their photo as they were ready to leave...about three hours after meeting!! ( I can't believe that I cropped their multiple BES bags showing their treasures....).

Ok, that 's better!

We parted with hugs and well wishes for a delightful weekend together, with a united promise to meet again from opposite corners. Kathryn was elated with the announcement of my annual Paris Flea Market date, September 7. She plans to bring her truck for that one!!

Here's to supportive fans and darling friends. I'm happy to say we have many.

Till September 7...I love those girls! Thanks for sharing your story, Kathryn nd Julie. We have a date.