Archive for January, 2013

Elle Decor (one of my favorite magazines) dished out their prediction of style trends for this coming year. Some of them are obvious, as we’ve already been seeing them. But some are unexpected things to look for:

1.  Brass is in

After years of silver being the hip, fresh metal, gold tones had to make a come back.  In contrast, brass now looks so new and unexpected.  Truth be told, this trend has been developing of a while.


I do like how the gold accents warm the space.  Not loving the walls and rug with it (or the lamp for that matter).  This room still needs some life . . .


Here’s an example I love from the Atlanta market I just attended.  The charmingly curvy legs on this pretty metal table make me happy.  I think I have just the spot for it.  The warm gold is just right for it, too.  It wouldn’t work at all in the shiny silver we’ve seen so much of over the past 5 years.

2.  Green is in.

This one I totally applaud!  As you probably know, green is my favorite color, and I just can’t decorate without it in one shade or another.  Pantone has declared Emerald Green the color of the year.  We’ll see.  But green in general is a must-have color.


I’m not one for pure modern (there’s a nice nod to history with the french chairs), but I just love this space.  And what makes it pop?  Why that fabulous chartreuse pear lamp, of course.  A continuing trend I’m predicting for this year:  lucite furniture.  That invisible little end table is perfect.

3.  Embellished walls

According to Elle Decor this means anything from full-on trompe l’oeil to sea-grass wall paper (a pretty broad category, if you ask me).  However broad, I love the trend.


Ahhh, my two favorite trends in one – embellished green walls.  To die for . . .


Here’s a great example from the Atlanta market I just attended.  This compelling Paris street scene was drawn with charcoal on a drop cloth, and put up as a temporary wall in the High Design hall of the market.  The image drew you straight into the ‘room’.


Absolutely love this space!  These ‘walls’ are also hand-drawn on drop cloth.  The ‘french moldings’ appeared to have been created with a Sharpie!  So clever.  And if you have a sure hand, so easy!  (The russet silk sofa is pretty awesome, too.  Love the perky, striped pillow with is.)

4.  Lace

This is one I’m not so sure about because, frankly, I don’t love lace.  But here’s a pretty use of it:


Lace accents on textiles is something I was definitely seeing in Atlanta, too.

5.  Beige is big.

Somehow ‘Beige’ as  a trend is a little silly to me.  I mean, isn’t Beige just always a go-to in interior design.  It’s almost cliché.  But they say it’s trending for 2013, and I’m not going to argue with the loveliness of these rooms:




And what makes Beige a workable, interesting design choice?  Use of texture.  Look at all three of these rooms, and you’ll see that it’s the variety and play of texture that makes them great.

What trends do you see evolving out there for 2013 and the future?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and observations.

Thanks for reading,


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I understand that many women are not good at spatial relations, that is, understanding how objects fit in and move through space. I offer myself as a case study:

Two days ago I made plans to pick up a large hutch that the owner told me was in two pieces, the larger of which was 5’3″ x 4’11” x 18″ deep. She didn’t think it would fit in my Suburban. “Of course it will,” I thought blithely.

But I was wrong.

So yesterday, upon returning without the hutch from her home, I ordered a rental truck from Home Depot. “I’ve got a 16-footer for you, mam,” replied the nice young man on the phone. “Oh, no. I just need a cargo van; I don’t want a box truck!”

Later that day, we made our second trip to pick up the hutch.  It took engineering and muscle power that, honestly, neither the homeowner, my daughter, nor I had just to get the thing out of the house and to the back of the waiting van.  With my dear daughter on one end, the very kind furniture-owner on the other, and me at the end, we realized that, in fact, I needed a box truck.

So, back to Home Depot we went.  I would like to publicly acknowledge my gratitude to the young man who helped us.  He was very efficient, and didn’t once say, “I told you so.”

On our third attempt to retrieve this hulking, impossibly heavy piece of furniture from it’s former residence, we finally succeeded. Plus, into that great big truck went an oak chest, a drop-leaf pedestal table, 3 wicker chairs, a desk, a vase and a can of paint.

Next time I’ll start with the box truck.

Here are some photos of what’s at Chartreuse & co right now (including the infamous hutch).

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Thanks for reading,

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Flea Market Style Weddings

Flea Market Style magazine has just launched a new title:  Flea Market Style Weddings.  Check out it’s first cover:


Chartreuse & co is listed as a great source for vintage wedding decor.  We think they’re right.

Here’s a sampling of some of the great wedding decor, gifts, and bling we’ve had here at Chartreuse & co:


Love these little martini glasses!  They were just $10 for the entire set.  The tray was pretty spectacular, too.


Bridal bling doesn’t get any better than this!  And what bridesmaid wouldn’t cherish one of these as her gift from the bride?


Don’t forget the vintage barware.  Just the thing to get the party started.



Love these transferware cups and saucers.  There are still 4 or 6 sets in the barn.  Maybe I need these myself . . .


These vintage insulators make great table-top decor.  A grouping of these with a garland and votives winding through them would be lovely.  Also nice as place-card holders for the head table.


And what’s a wedding without pretty silver serving pieces?


And a festive punchbowl?


Got candlesticks?


I’m loving the use of burlap as a foil to the formality of silver, crystal, and glitter.  These paper roses are a perfect complement.


Vintage silverware-turned-cheese tags.  Love it.


Pretty vintage gift for the bridesmaids – bath salts in a ball jar, complete with a vintage, silver-spoon scoop.


Go vintage for your dresses, too.


Nothing beats vintage bling!



Go a little unconventional in your candle choice.  These  soy candles are wine-scented and poured into re-purposed wine bottles.


Perfect way to preserve your wedding memories.


Love these charming little cards, just $2, each, yet they say so much.


Ball jars are perfect for the vintage wedding.  And we’ve got all sorts of accessories fro them:  flower-frog lids, solar light lids, taper holders, the list is endless.  Or you can fill one with wildflowers, and place tea lights in the  rest and have a simply charming wedding evening.


More inspired candle options


vintage doorknob stoppers, wine-inspired coasters


silver bottle coasters


vintage restaurant coffee maker – the best!


Light your candles in style – vintage lighters


The quintessential Ball jar


pretty vintage salt and pepper shakers


And, of course, crystal and silver candleabras.

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of inspiration!

Thanks for reading,


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Going to Market

I get asked all the time where we find all the great stuff we have here at Chartreuse & co.  The short answer is, “Everywhere.”  The long answer is that there are 30 of us searching the world, but mostly Massechusetts to Florida to Texas, and all points between for the amazing vintage items you find here.


Here’s a look at the highlights of a buying trip to the Roundtop, Texas Antiques Week:

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But we also bring you great new things.  And this month a group of us are heading down south to Atlanta to attend the huge Home and Gift Market in Atlanta, GA, America’s Mart.  It’s three 18+story buildings completely filled with showrooms and temporary booths of the coolest, newest, hottest, best finds for your home and garden.

Here’s a few tiny images from their website (we’re not allowed to take photographs while we’re there, sadly . . .)


All the buyers are like so many hamsters in a habi-trail seeking that elusive perfect item.

Here’s a peak at what kind of things we’ll see:


It’s showroom after showroom of inspiration.




Aren’t these cool?  I just love the trends in lucite.


Yes, the whole complex will be dripping with Christmas!  This is where (and when) we order all that great Holiday decor each year.







I just love how antlers have become such a huge design element.  These lucite ones are fabulous!!




The blend of fabulous vintage with carefully-edited new is what Chartreuse & co is.  It’s how we all decorate.

We’ll be heading down to Atlanta in a week – what would you like us to be looking for?  Let m know.

Thanks for reading,


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