Archive for March, 2012

It really is the ultimate for someone like me (addicted to all things home and decorating):  I currently have a tent city of spectacular finds nestled throughout the grounds of my home.  It is, truly, AWESOME!

As the trucks rolled in today, I was like a kid in a candy shop!


Yes, today I believe that happiness can be bought.  And I’m lookin’ right at it.

I figured if I could peak under the truck tarp, I could peak into the tents.  Here’s some of what I found:


All that, and Annie Sloane dropped in to see us (more about that later . . .)

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We’ve been pruning and mowing, hauling and decorating, all in anticipation of the 20+ dealers who are arriving over the next 2 days as we prepare for Market Days – our first ever – this Saturday and Sunday.

I have to admit I’m a little nervous.  We’re all so excited to see what they bring.  Can you imagine anything more thrilling than a flea market coming to your home for the weekend?  Talk about shopping heaven!!  I know I’ll have to control myself. . .

A little order goes a long way, so here’s what we’re doing (you’re getting the early scoop) –

The shopping starts at 9AM on Saturday, noon on Sunday.

Wear your flea market attire; bring your big ole bag (and the truck!).

Bring cash (everyone accepts it).  Only some of the outdoor dealers will accept checks.

We’ll have a special outdoor (in the corn crib) credit-card-only check out, just in case you come upon that amazing piece that breaks your cash budget.  But be prepared for lines and waiting for this service. 

Outside items must be picked up by Sunday at 4pm.

Overflow parking is available next door at St Thomas More Academy.

Here’s some images of the great stuff that’s in the Chartreuse & co barn, which will be chuck full, by the way.  I’ll be shooting pictures of what the outdoor dealers bring as they set up over Thursday and Friday.  Stay tuned!



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Check out page 103 of the April issue of Washingtonian magazine. It’s official: we’re a ‘hidden gem’ of the Washington, DC area! Whoo Hoo!

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Here’s another sneak peak at some more of the kind of great stuff you’ll find this weekend here at Chartreuse’s first-ever Market Days.

I just love what Carly Simonds of Peanut & Scoot, space # 5, does with paper and cloth:

Michelle Lalumia of Time Was, space # 14, brings that quirky side of collecting to Market Days:

Hillary Tattersall’s gang at Chick’s Picks, space # 6, has been busy, too.  Chick’s Picks is a carefully selected group of artisans (mostly women) who create things of both artistic and functional value.  Jewelry, home accessories, personal accessories, each item is handmade and a work of art:

Beverley Bigham, space # 20, has been bringing us her great finds for a while, now she’s bringing them directly to you:

Denise Nolan of Repurposed & Refined, space #12, has some great furnishings.  I just love how she puts it all together.  I live for creating beautiful, comfortable spaces, and Denise seems to have the knack, doesn’t she?  Here’s a sampling:

Sarah Jean Heber of Hunt & Gather, space #13, is no stranger to color.  I just love her fearless use of it and her quirky sense of style:

All this and Chartreuse & co, too!!  That’s right, our barns will be filled, too.  We’ll have wood-fired, gourmet pizza on-site, plus homemade donuts and coffee to start your day.

See you this weekend!

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We’re getting ready for our first-ever Market Days.  Not only will our barns be open and full, but we’ve selected 20 great dealers to join us for this Saturday/Sunday only event.  Sorting through the nearly 50 applicants we received was tough, and rest assured that the 20 that we selected are exactly what you’re looking for.

Here’s just a sampling of what’s in store:

Bella Villa

Rosanna Smith is bringing her great look (yup, that’s her adorable shop in Aldie, Virginia) to us.

Check out a sampling of her signature look:

Chick’s Picks by Hillary

Here’s a few of Hillary’s creative team of artisans checking out the site for Market Days.  They took a look at our Corn Crib and instantly saw chandeliers hanging from the rafters, curtains, the whole nine yards – they even got out their note pads and started drawing!!  I LOVE these girls!

Unfortunately the concept was nixed by the ‘logistics team’ (a.k.a. my husband, Chip), and we won’t get to see their full vision . . . (this time).

Here’s an idea of some of their creations.

Don’t you think that both the eggs and the necklaces are prettier together?  These girls know aesthetics.

I really think I need this tablecloth.

Emma Jean’s General Store

Chuck Johnson of Emma Jean’s General Store knows great industrial pieces.

Hope you enjoyed this early teaser.  More to come.

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I was in the barn over the weekend, snapping pictures and oohing and ahhing at all the great stuff.

Here are some highlights of what I saw:

Over 5′ long, this spectacular console/buffet is handcrafted from Library of Congress card catalogs (complete with the packing box addressed to the Library of Congress).  It fits wine bottles perfectly.  I’m thinking silverware would be great too:  one drawer for forks, one for knives, one for spoons, etc.  And everything can be labeled so nicely.  Love it!

These classic, channel-back chairs are stunners in natural cotton and burlap, with nail-head trim.  They’re comfy, too.

You know how I’ve been obsessing lately about my laundry room (I think I’ve got a working design ready, by the way).  I fell instantly in love with these clever laundry bags – they’re adorable empty or full!  Check out the playful way the buckets are hung.  What a great way to store all those stray supplies.  You could even stencil each one to further organize the contents.

I’m going to be taking more pictures Tuesday.  I’ll post them here for you to see.

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Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. Taxes and other depressing paper-work have kept me busy. But in the mean time, so many great things are happening in the barn. Here’s a little peak at one of the great new pieces that you’ll be seeing more of soon.

Love the nail-head trim, and the burlap back.

Stunning, huh?

And then there’s the hand-crafted sideboard created from Library of Congress card catalogs, an unprecedented selection of chairs (yes, even for us!) in every style from formal french to Hollywood glam to mid-century cool.

Click on each image to enlarge it.

Okay, I’ll stop now, because I know you’re just dying to see more pictures (which I have yet to take!) .  More soon . . .

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Katie R., a long-time customer,  sent these photos of her Chartreuse & co treasures in her home.

Click on image to enlarge:

Picture 1: The pop of blue from the candles and the pitcher draw your eye to the buffet-top vignette.

Picture 2:  I love using pretty little chairs like this in halls and on landings.  They are so welcoming and so pretty.  And, to me, a lovely chair is a piece of useful sculpture.

Picture 3:  Just love the playful placement of these frames and mirrors.  Design tip:  Always have fun with your decorating!

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Inspired design

If you love the French aesthetic, take a look at this month’s Veranda magazine.

Designer Charles Spada’s renovation of a spectacular house in Northern France is a must see.  And a must read.  His story is one of not settling, but holding out for the perfect fit.

Inside and out, his French home is delightful.

The online article has some practical renovation tips, too.  (But unfortunately does not contain images of my favorite rooms in his house.  You have to get the magazine to see it all.)

Charles Spada’s Top 10 Renovation Tips – Veranda.com.

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