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I just love the tent city that crops up here every Spring and Fall. Imagine how much fun you would have if the best vintage dealers you could find, all agreed to come to your house and put on a show? The BEST, right?

I had a blast today chatting with everyone and oohing and aahing over their great stuff. Here are some of my favorites:
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Tents were going up all day today. Here are some shots of what caught my eye – inside the barn, and out.

Here’s some highlights from the temporary dealers’ tents:
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And great stuff in the barns, too:

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Hope to see you Saturday and/or Sunday!

Thanks for reading,
Virginia

It’s Easter Week and Spring Market Days are coming. Finally the weather seems to agree with us that it should be spring!

Here are some highlights of what’s here so far:
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Our new patio has become a favorite gathering space.  We’ve got a nearly 10′ long farm table we’re placing outside this weekend, with an iron chandelier for above.  It’ll be irresistible.  You’ll just have to sit down and enjoy – you’ll see.

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These dazzlingly graphic rugs are made of recycled plastic – and perk up spaces inside and out.  I love this one with the pretty, vintage iron seating.

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Pretty metal details made outdoor spaces more inviting.

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Hard to believe that these aren’t real.  I love to use these branches because, real as they look, they are completely pose-able.  So I can make them go exactly where I want them.

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I have a set of these sweet chairs – all upholstered to match, but each one a little different.

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Vintage concrete is so much better than new.  The sharp edges of this fruit urn were worn down decades ago, leaving the perfect shape and color.

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I felt hip just walking into this space.  Martini anyone?

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The color of these pretty french tables is a fresh, happy aqua.  Just the thing to perk up your indoor space.

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Yes, these are bags!  How pretty and fun!  Just the thing for a day at the beach, or a quick overnight.

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More urns and greenery.  This one is getting that patina I love.  You can see the old grey peaking out on top.  Over time, the whole urn will have that lovely hue.

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I just love the color and shapes combined here.  When putting together a display, keep in mind color, of course, but also shape and texture.  The graphics on the game boards playoff against those on the cash register, and all of that sharpness contrasts so nicely with the tattered vintage books.

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Don’t you just love the play of the utilitarian jars and scale in contrast to the ornate, gold frame?

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I just LOVE this chair.  The nail head trim, the graphics, and of course the pretty french lines.

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Color!  I just love it.

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Vintage wicker sofa with freshly-made cushion, covered in a pristine piece of vintage bark cloth.  So pretty.

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Here’s a detail of the bark cloth.  Just lovely.

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Truckloads of great things are coming in every day.  Our facebook page and website are getting updates almost daily now.

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Great architectural salvage is everywhere at Chartreuse & co right now!

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I just love the lines and the details of this beautiful French cabinet.

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And our gardens, planted through our new patio area, are coming out.  It’s such a delight to watch.

We have dozens of temporary dealers joining us this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.  They specialize in everything from handpainted furniture to mid-century decor to handmade, industrial lighting.

Some pictures of these one-weekend-only dealers’ items will be coming soon!

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

Springing Forward

Think about Spring and what comes to mind?  Warm sunshine on your face.  A breeze carrying that kiss of warmth and promise of summer.  And gardens bursting into their own.

This Spring is bringing me the most spectacular garden I’ve ever had.  And it’s been such a rewarding lesson in being faithful to a vision.

Here’s some befores, some durings, and you’ll just have to wait a little on the full-on afters:

Beginning the Monday after our February sale, Jared Herman and his team arrived and began the earth moving.

Beginning the Monday after our February sale, Jared Herman and his team from Old Towne Historic Landscapes arrived and began the earth moving.

As the footers were poured, I began to see Jared's 2-dimensional design come to life.

As the footers were poured, I began to see Jared’s 2-dimensional design come to life.

I had tried over the years to create a pretty little shade garden along this wall.  The only thing that thrived was poison ivy.  Solution?  A water feature!

I had tried over the years to create a pretty little shade garden along this wall. The only thing that thrived was poison ivy. Solution? A water feature!

The brick paving throughout is artwork, but what I really can't wait to see is the water wheel that's going to be hinged on the iron frame built into the pond's coping.

The brick paving throughout is artwork, but what I really can’t wait to see is the water wheel that’s going to be hinged on the iron frame built into the pond’s coping.

Around here, you either Go Big, or Go Home.  Jared totally got that one.  This spetactular outdoor fireplace was built straight, on a hinged base.  Once it was set, Jared and his crew lowered one side to create a convincing 'ruins'.  It appears that the fireplace, over the years, has pulled away from the crumbling house walls.  Amazing.

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The irrepressible crew, who worked through wind, rain, and snow to finish this huge job inside of a month.

The irrepressible crew, who worked through wind, rain, and snow to finish this huge job inside of a month.

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From inside the  planting beds, accented with 'windows'.

From inside the planting beds, accented with ‘windows’.

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The crumbling walls on the north side of the entry.

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The plants are coming in this week.  Can't wait to see!  I'll be shooting pictures all summer long . . .

The plants are coming in this week. Can’t wait to see! I’ll be shooting pictures all summer long . . .

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This one’s of Jared, the mastermind and creative genius who saw our barns and could see the gardens they needed.

So there you have it.  Our work in progress is becoming pretty spectacular.  Jared’s planting a beautiful wisteria in that picture of him.  He planted it and trained it’s branches over the ‘ruins’ and up the fireplace.  The other plant he’s featuring?  Hydrangeas.  I almost cried when he told me.  I absolutely LOVE them.  And dogwoods, and magnolias.  Historic, timeless plants to complete the vision.

But what do I love most about the whole construction?  The stone and brick used in the walls and fireplace is all salvaged from toppling farm buildings right here in Frederick County, Maryland.  So in our own little way, we’re preserving something of those other barns that couldn’t be saved.

Happy Spring!  Hope you’re inspired to go out and create something wonderful in your yard.

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

Style Trends for 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.

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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 . . .

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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.

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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.

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

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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’.

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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:

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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:

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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,

Virginia

Spatial Relations 101

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,
Virginia

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

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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:

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

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

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

 

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

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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.

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

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And a festive punchbowl?

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Got candlesticks?

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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.

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Vintage silverware-turned-cheese tags.  Love it.

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

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Go vintage for your dresses, too.

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Nothing beats vintage bling!

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

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Perfect way to preserve your wedding memories.

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

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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.

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More inspired candle options

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vintage doorknob stoppers, wine-inspired coasters

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vintage restaurant coffee maker – the best!

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Light your candles in style – vintage lighters

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The quintessential Ball jar

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pretty vintage salt and pepper shakers

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And, of course, crystal and silver candleabras.

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of inspiration!

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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.

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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 . . .)

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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:

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It’s showroom after showroom of inspiration.

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

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

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

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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,

Virginia

Happy New Year!

Just had to share this stunning image from fleaingfrance.com.

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Happy New Year!

Virginia

Check out the January 2013 issue of Southern Living magazine, where Chartreuse & co is featured as a great source in their article, “Instant Furniture Makeovers.”

It’s a great article, full of inspiring ideas – but be forewarned, these makeovers aren’t exactly instant. But they’re worth the effort. Here’s a sampling:

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Before:  This great little barrel chair definitely needs love, but the shape is great.

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After:  I would have done something more fun with the fabric, but now it’s fresh and ready for life in your home.

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Before:  Grandma chairs like this are all around.  It’s not exactly inspiring, but search for one with solid construction, and hand-tied deck (the area that underpins the seat).

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After:  Love this transformation.  The decorator has ditched the dated (and not very comfortable) overstuffing in the seat-back, and replaced it with a much sleeker look.  The fabric a great, too.  And it’s so much more up-to-date without it’s skirt.

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Before:  shabby set of Swedish-style chairs

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After:  Love the limed-wood treatment and the oh-so-chic leather seats.

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Before:  plain, serviceable sideboard

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After:  A great accent for any room.  Here it’s pictured working very nicely in the foyer.  I just love the daring use of color, and the oversized vintage knobs make the piece shine.  (The darling little chair beside it is lovely, too.)

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Before:  the always overlooked sewing table.  Yes, there’s a sewing machine inside.

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After:  Remove the sewing machine and, (such a great idea!) paper the table with birch-wood patterned wallpaper.  Just love this one.

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There’s lots more in the magazine, on news stands now.

Have a Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!

Virginia