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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

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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

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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,
Virginia

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Here’s a few pictures of my fall-decorated dining room. I had a blast putting it together – just in time for my daughters’ birthdays and Halloween.

Hope you like it!

I just love the play of the heirloom pumpkins against the silver candlestick and European sack linen.

 

The graphics of this non-working Big Ben clock on my mantle add some playfulness to the formal room.

 

Okay, so I have a clock thing . . . This one is adorable, and perfect when perched upon these 18th century French books.

 

These candlesticks are a favorite auction find. They’re from a church alter and are the perfect scale for my 11′ ceilings.

 

The mantle. (The bull’s eye mirror is from my grandmother. This spot is exactly where she always had it. When I look through it, it takes me back to my time as a little girls, fascinated by my distorted reflection in the glass.)

 

The sparkling, amber branches give off the perfect warm, fall glow. We leave them on all night as nightlights. (The dining room is the nexus of the house. With 4 doors in and out, you can’t get anywhere in our house without going through the dining room!)

 

 

I love adding an unexpected element to a table vignette. This vintage print was just perfect for my fall composition. The little mouse makes me happy, too!

 

The sideboard was also my grandmother’s, and also in exactly the same spot where she had it.


Thanks for reading!

Virginia

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It’s a annual ritual I’ve been through for the past 18 years, with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

It always begins with the excitement of (my absolute favorite part of school) picking out the new school supplies. There is just something about those freshly sharpened pencils, brand-new pens, gloriously clean pads of paper. I’m happy just touching and gazing at it all.

And I have spread this little bit of wonder to my girls. We’re like kids in a candy shop when all the store roll out their aisles of supplies. Each girl would pick out her favorite things. We’d come home with bags brim-full. Gaze at them, love them. . . But then, what do you DO with all that stuff?

Here’s a few ideas:

I love these old card catalogs with all their cubbies. I especially love that they can be labelled so nicely. Put each family-member’s name on a column of drawers. Label the extra drawers with the supply it holds. For larger items (spirals, notebook paper, workbooks, etc.) place baskets beneath or on top. Organization of school supplies: done!

Another great card catalog.

Brass plate detail of card catalog. I just love brass tags, and find them even cooler when they’re still attached to the object they came with.

For textbooks and workbooks, consider an open hutch. This one is great because it has the ‘bar’ across to catch things before they fall.

An industrial shelf like this one (love the wheels and side bars!) works great as a compact school organizer. Give each child a shelf. Let them pick out a basket (or get a group that are identical to save on stress) to place on his or her shelf. Let each choose a heavy, flat-bottomed object to use as a book end. Fill the baskets with their small supplies. Stack the workbooks, and secure the textbooks with the bookends. Voila! you have all their school stuff in a personalized space that takes up less than 10 sq. ft.! Pretty sweet, huh?

Lockers are another great solution. They not only catch the school supplies, but they also give you plenty of room for sneakers, hats, gloves, and sports equipment. I love the cheerful color of this set, and that the doors flip up to open. Who wouldn’t have fun putting stuff away in this cool locker set?

This locker set is made up of shelving and a set of tough locker baskets. Each basket can be completely removed from the shelf, making it easy for everyone to access their baskets at once.

Next, we’re on to desks and some really clever ways to contain your desk-top supplies.
Thanks for reading,

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.

Thanks for reading,
Virginia

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‘Tis the season for yard saling. And for barnstorming. And this month I’ve been up to both.

Artists, history and architecture enthusiasts toured barns throughout the Buckeystown area last weekend.

 

Our barns were included on the tour, and our visitors embraced the opportunity to learn and enjoy.

 

Barns are beautiful.

 

At the reception afterwards, we were able to purchase this delightful oil painting, by Courtney Lee, of our beautiful barns.

And then on to this weekend’s fun: Yard saling! Chartreuse & co’s annual Yard Sale is this weekend, and we’ve all been rummaging through all our treasures, projects, and finds, marking them at irresistible yard sale prices.

Plus, we’re always bringing in fabulous new finds. Here’s a look at my favorites this month:

Silverware chimes. So simple and pretty.

 

This pretty french chair is one of a pair.

 

There’s a number of exceptional vintage cameras in the barn now. This one has to be my favorite.

 

Aren’t these just the cutest little owls, ever?

 

I just had to include this one. After years of struggling and coaxing, my hydrangea is finally not just surviving, but flourishing! I’m sooo happy!!!

 

That just-right shade of tangerine. And a matching pair, too!

 

If I had a beach house, this arrangement would be there.

 

I love everything about this console table. The bow-front. The carved details. The spot-on color. It’s just perfect.

 

These lamps (there’s a pair of them) are that perfect bottle green. And I love that the bottoms are open, so you can create vignettes inside them, and change them so easily.

And I’ve finally gotten some serious work done on my laundry room. Result? Tons of yard sale-priced vintage linens that I just can’t fit in my newly organized space.

I’ll be posting pictures -before and after – when the room is finally complete (I ran out of paint part way through . . .)

Thanks for reading,
Virginia

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