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Check out this article on vintage shopping in the Frederick, Maryland area:

Vintage, Thrift, Consignment Shopping in Frederick

by Courtney Pomeroy

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Virginia

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Virginia

 

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Vintage America

Here’s a favorite collection of vintage Americana images from Chartreuse & co.

Enjoy!

 

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Enjoy your summer, and have a Happy 4th!

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Virginia

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Gift wrapped fun

I love wrapping gifts.  I love the paper, the ribbon, the tags.  I love folding the paper around the box, selecting and tying on the ribbon, selecting the just-right tag or embellishment.

We have a great selection of ribbon now, so I totally indulged and wrapped up a few packages – here’s a look:

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Kraft paper makes such a great base for decorating your packages. These two velvet ribbons take a twist on traditional Christmas colors – love the effect.

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Two shades of brown create a tone-on-tone effect against the brown kraft paper. The velvet really pops here because of the contrast in texture to the paper. Love how the fat little winter bird pulls it all together.

 

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I used printed green paper tape, and then complemented it with these beautiful shades of green and blue velvet. The sweet little birds define it as a holiday package.

 

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Here’s an unlikely grouping, which I think works well. Because the paper is busy, I’ve stuck to just one color of ribbon. The green wreath on the paper speaks to the holiday spirit, and the darling little bird tag spells it out. So pretty.

 

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Truth be told, this one is my favorite. It’s simply the vintage chalkboard wrapping paper we carry everyday, combined with simple, cotton ribbon. The shapes, textures, and colors are just perfect together.

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The ribbon is even more fun, as it’s wrapped on these wooden spools.

 

All in all, it was great fun, and totally put me in the mood to get all my gifts wrapped and under the tree.  I’d love to see some of your holiday packages.

Happy wrapping!

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Virginia

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With the leftovers polished off, and a good bit of Christmas shopping behind us, we’re gearing up now for the last Chartreuse & co event of the year!  I admit it’s a little bittersweet.  I love transforming the barn, and watching each dealer re-think his or her vision of the holidays.  It gives me such a rush to walk through (as I did last night), shooting pictures of all the beauty.   And now, it’s the last time for all of 2013.

Here’s the best of what I saw just last night.  There’s more coming in every day, so check out our website, www.chartreuseandco.com, for daily updates.

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Virginia

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Here’s a few items I just photographed today. Enjoy!
Love these chairs.  They're not identical, but a perfect pair.
The brass number updates this beautifully painted chest.
How could I not love this adorable piece?  It's chartreuse, after all.
Shapely dress forms
The Cottage has expanded here at Chartreuse.  Check out the space at the top of the stairs.
Actual brass tags from Ford Motor Co.  Perfect for anyone driving a Ford.
So graphic.  Love the shocking yellow gear.
Fabulous red leather chair.
I think I need a wall like this in my office.

I’ll be posting more in a few days.

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Virginia

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Found a few treasures

I love road trips.  And they’re especially fun for me when they involve a little hunting.  For Chip, hunting means guns, ammo, and meat in the freezer.  For me, hunting means something quite different.

I begin such trips with the Suburban emptied of seats and debris.  So it’s basically a pickup truck with a roof (and sometimes I really resent that roof . . .).   Next, the requisite Starbucks drive-thru.  Essential to my sanity and happiness.  And what makes it extra fun is when you’ve got a buddy who is every bit as excited about the day as you are.  On this day it was Cathy of Heather Grey Designs.

Naturally, the day we chose was over 95 degrees.  But we were undaunted.  Loaded with 8 bottles of water, suntan lotion, and granola bars, we were ready for anything.
Here are some photos of our finds:
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Love this oil painting!  I realize that it’s beat up and chipping, but there’s just something about it that I love.  (Don’t tell Chip, but I may have to keep it.)  The big galvanized tub is cooler than it looks in this photo.  It was white washed ages ago, and has such a great patina.
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The concrete duck and metal urn are Cathy’s.  Both great finds.  The carelessly tossed trophy is mine.  Don’t let the haphazard-looking packing fool you;  each one of these items is precious to us.
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What is it about old dress forms that I love so?  And the more dilapidated it is, the more I want it.  She’s already in the barn!
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Such a nice cabinet.  It was so tempting, in excellent condition, with all its drawers.  But the price was just too high.
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This old printer’s cabinet I absolutely loved.  All the drawers were there.  The hardware was original and so beautiful.  But at $700, I just had to leave it behind.
It was a super successful trip, though.  We filled the Suburban to the point that the young men helping us pack the last pieces simply did not believe it would all fit.  But they didn’t know with whom they were dealing.  Cathy and I climbed, pushed, shoved, cajoled, and, in the end, fit 1/2 dozen paintings, mirrors, 4 chandeliers, a chair, 4 tables, books, tags, trophies, china, lamps, a dress form, a 3′ diameter galvanized tub, and a 5′ solid concrete statue.  Yes, we know how to pack. 
And all that water we brought?  Would you believe we drank all of it?  And never had to use the bathroom.  That’s just how hot it was.
Altogether a great day.
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Virginia
 

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