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Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. Between the activity of Market Days, late last month, and then getting ready for our tag sale this month, I’ve fallen a bit behind on so many projects.  And with graduations looming, there’s even more to think about . . .

Even my laundry room and office re-dux have had to take a back seat to my latest venture, which is much more time sensitive: We’re converting the second floor of our soon-to-be-vacant tenant house into an apartment for our soon-to-be-graduating girls. While we’re sad to say goodbye to our tenants of 10 years, it does offer the silver lining of providing a convenient, affordable living space for our girls. And, of course, the opportunity for me to do some small-scale living decorating!

I’m just so darn excited!!! It’s 3 small rooms: a bedroom for each girl and a very small living/dining/kitchen space.

I see a pair of these on the 'sofa table' behind the sofa as you enter their 'living room'.

The sofa-table/kitchen island transitional piece for the tiny living/kitchen/dining room.

I’ve actually already acquired this one (with their permission), and, naturally, it came in 50,000 assorted pieces!  But it’ll be smashing once it’s finished!

Their little sofa is similar to this one. Would you believe I scored it for just $40 at a Goodwill?!?! It's being completely reupholstered in a chic grey velvet.

Check out my Pinterest page, “Apartment Inspiration” for more of my concepts for the kitchen portion of the space.   This is like a dream come true for me:   the opportunity to decorate a life-size doll house!!!

Thanks for reading!

Virginia

PS  Here are some shots of some of the great stuff in the barn right now, just in case you weren’t able to come see for yourself . .

 

Okay, so I've covered my bedroom, Sasha's room, her hallway (yes, the house has so many rooms and corridors, that my youngest, Sasha, has her own 'hallway'), the exercise room. There's no end to the rug selection, and the great prices make it such an easy decision!

One of my absolute favorite items this sale. So simple. So profound! Where has this easy, charming concept been all my life?

What is it about the Union Jack that so draws me? I suppose it's that I've always been an anglophile. But there's just something fiesty, yet reassuringly steady about it that I just can't put my finger on.

Oh, yeah, and there's TONS of great furniture here this weekend. Just in case you're wondering . . .

With the finish of this month's sale, but prior to my girls' graduations and moving, and all that that entails, Chip and I are running off to the beach for an extended weekend. These pillows and coral kinda take me there early . . .

I love these tea towels from France. I stumbled upon them at the Atlanta Merchandise Market and couldn't live without them. (It didn't hurt that the French guy selling them could say, "Chartreuse!" with that perfect French accent.)

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Wow, what a great weekend we had!  The weather was perfect (if a little chilly on Saturday when the wind blew . . .), the offerings we sooo great, and everyone had such a good time.

In case you couldn’t make (or in case you want to relive it a little), here’s some pictures of what went on:

Here’s Hunt & Gather’s eclectic take on vintage.

Asia meets Europe, right here in Buckeystown.

The Green Cottage filled the yard with bright color and stunning original artwork.

Love this vignette of vintage bottles.

Bella Villa was here with bells on!  Mixed with Favorite German Antiques, the space was stunning.

So many great finds – original and vintage – that everyone found that perfect something.

Yup, I scored that fabulous french settee!  I promise that I waited till Sunday evening – I always give you dibs on the finds.

Carly Simonds of Peanut & Scoot enjoying Market Days!

Gatehouse Designs brought some stunning finds.  This matching pair of twin headboards were that perfect shade of almost green, almost blue, very french gray.

And so many beautiful things . . .

These darling bunnies are real, and were so tame that Monica’s daughter sat with them and pet them through the day.  Adorable!

 

Robin, of The Robin’s Nest, was loving the opportunity to shop right here on the grounds!

And Bella Villa was rocking the surroundings.  I just love the way Rosanna intermingled her European antiques with the natural surroundings.

I loved this vessel nested into the mulberry tree.  If it weren’t for my passion for the French settee, this wonderful vignette would have stayed right where it was.

The bracelets are even prettier nestled into these shells.

The paint inside this European antique desk is original.  (And those little brown books are now mine!)

Emma Jean’s General Store was here, and look how great this earthy table looks against the white-painted stone of our bank barn.

Jackie and Sheree of Seasons brought a yummy mix of textures, and put them together so well.

And here they are musing over their space.

Judy and Meghan of HarMonia brought organic lavender, a huge hit!

Plus they brought some finds from their recent trip to Italy.

Oh, yeah, our grounds never looked so good!

And we’re doing it all again in September!  So much fun!!!

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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

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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!

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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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.

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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Inspired by You

So many beautiful, unique items leave Chartreuse & co every month, and I’ve always wanted to see how each one fits into it’s new home. Here’s one customer’s delightful new mantel vignette of Chartreuse finds.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.

I’d love to see images of how your Chartreuse & co finds have nestled into your home.

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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Laundry Room Blues

I hate doing laundry.   And I blame my laundry room.  You see, I love the fresh smell of clean clothes.  I like to wear clean clothes.  I like my family to wear clean clothes.  But somehow the whole process of laundering is unappealing.  Clearly it’s the laundry room environment that’s the cause of my problem.

Yet the room itself isn’t bad.  A rather awkward 10′ x 20′ space, all brick with a 20′ wall of glass.

It's a great view. Unfortunately, the window sill is also my storage shelf for laundry supplies. Treat this as a 'Don't' photo, please.

So why complain?

I really can’t stand the raw red brick; it’s not that wonderful, old, crumbly, exposed brick.  It’s circa 1969 industrial brick.

It's way too much like ugly, fake brick, but it solid, and must be dealt with.

Not good.  And there’s just zero order (okay, this part may be my fault).

I have shelves with bins from The Container Store for all the sheets.  But what of the towels, tablecloths, vintage linens, out-of-season clothes?  They’re everywhere!  I don’t even want to clean them before I need them, because I have nowhere to put them.  It’s very sad.

Clearly I need some intervention, so here’s some inspiration I’ve found:

Love the white-painted, beaded board walls in this one. I also like the texture and order of the natural baskets.

Notice how the supplies are in pretty containers.  Note to self:  Get rid of the huge, orange box of Tide.

This is a cool idea, but as I'm 5'1", it's just never gonna work. But I like it.

I also like the little caddy, nicely comtaining all the stray supplies.

Source: remodelista.com via Virginia – on Pinterest

Ahh, this is the one.  This is the inspiration for my new laundry room.  So what do I take away from this one (besides the obvious element:  I don’t like to see my washer and dryer)?

1.  White walls and ceiling

2.  No curtains on the windows

3.  Minimal accessorizing

4.  Limited, neutral color palette (although I may need to add some soft blue to the mix)

5.  Soften with natural wood

What do you think?  I’d love to see your laundry room, and/or the laundry rooms that inspire you.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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I love decorating.  So when Kristen Tydings of Visitation Academy asked me to decorate a small suite of rooms for brides and their bridesmaids (Visitation provides a spectacular locale for weddings in it’s early 19th century building and gardens located on 5 walled acres in downtown Frederick) I was intrigued.

“Sure, I’ll throw some furniture in here.  Love the high ceilings, original casement windows, wood floors,” I responded.

But I struggle with doing things only half way.  So 3 trucks, and many measurements, drawings, and lists later, the empty rooms were reborn.

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It’s all open to the public Sunday, February 19 from 1pm-4pm.  All of the items are available for sale, but not for pick up until the open house is over.   Plan to spend some time there, it’s 5 acres of beauty, and they’ll have music, food, flowers, the whole nine yards on Sunday.  Think of it as a wedding reception without the family drama!  Have fun.

Details about Visitation Academy Weddings is at www.facebook.com/VisitationAcademyWeddings.

Virginia

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Despite the snowy weather and chilly temps, the barn was full today, just spilling over in creativity.   I just dropped in to do a few quick things and was so inspired that I had to run back to the house for my camera.  Here’s the result, so you can feel like you’ve been there, too!

Just click on any of these gallery pictures to enlarge.

Be sure to let me know what you think!

Virginia

 

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Bedroom Redux

Have you ever wanted something REALLY badly?  For over a decade?  And it’s decorating?

Yes, dear reader, that’s just how sick I am.  I’ve lusted after Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue on my bedroom walls for over a decade.  In fact, every Christmas since 2001, my dear family has asked me what I want for Christmas.

“My bedroom walls painted Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue,” I would reply with what I thought was earnest enthusiasm.

But my loved ones would look at me, admiringly, yet disappointed.  And I would know that what they heard was, “Oh, I suppose we need a new trash can.  I’ll take that for Christmas.”  They just didn’t understand my need, my sincere desire for such subtle beauty in the room I spend up to 1/3 of my life in.

Because I know that you understand this, here’s an image of what my bedroom walls have been since we’ve moved here in 2001:

And I’m figuring you’ve guessed from the stylish blue ladder in the image, that this was my year.  Yes, this year they finally believed me, that I am not a martyr, but a person very sensitive to my surrounding.  (It also helped that I finally just handed my husband a wallpaper stripper’s business card and said, “Call him.”)

The wallpaper stripping took several days (which included sleeping on the sofa – my husband is the saint in this family), but look at the cool color uncovered:

    

There was a part of me tempted to just leave it and only paint the woodwork.  But the not-so-artistically done patching kept me on track.  So here it is, my beautiful, perfect paint color, on MY bedroom walls!!!

I know.  Soooo subtle.  So perfect.  Here’s a little slide show of the transformation so far.  I have the major pieces in place, and am taking my time placing my artwork and picking the just-right lighting and accessories.

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As I work to complete my little sanctuary, I’ll share the details.  (’cause I know you understand.)

Virginia

 

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Inspiration!

Wow, has it been busy in the barn lately!  I’ve been strolling through seeing changes literally every day since we closed after our last sale.   Here’s a few images of just a teaser of what’s happening:

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Madison and Mabel’s barnwood wall, The Robin’s Nest’s floating floor, Tableaux and Bountiful Harvest’s jawdropping chandelier.  I’m in awe of what’s being created!

Stay tuned for images of 3 NEW DEALERS: Rubbish, The Cottage, and Sally, Rara & Ry.  And huge changes from & Coco, Molly Susan Strong, and Wild Rose Decor.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

 

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