Killer brittle!

Buy local and reduce your carbon footprint! Farmers’ markets have an abundance of local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and more. Most communities now have farmers’ markets. Check them out, yoBB_048.600pxu won’t be sorry! You can find Battenkill Brittle at the Walloomsac Farmer’s Market in Bennington, VT and at the Dorset Farmers’ Market in Dorset, VT. Battenkill Brittle and Battenkill Brittle Crumble are made with organic sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic brown rice syrup, pure Vermont maple syrup and pecan meal. Battenkill Brittle is a high energy snack and Crumble is the perfect addition to yogurt, oatmeal, waffles and salads. It is packed with nutrition and provides sustaining energy for any kind of physical activity, as a snack for students, or a pick-me-up at the office.

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Shabby inspiration

Town and Country Furniture was founded on the principal that successful design is not about just making something beautiful – it’s about helping clients build an experience they love, and never want to leave. It’s about mixing new and old, expensive and everyday, the crazy fun and seriously sentimental. It’s about opposing the typical and falling for the unconventional. Here’s some inspiration…

Covet garden

Covet Garden is a different kind of design magazine. The spaces they feature have not been styled by interior decorators.  They reflect the passions and interests of those who live in them. We thought you might find inspiration from the uncommon and attainable décor ideas. After you are all inspired, we invite you to stop in at our Shelburne Road showroom!

Triple Vision

Three photographers from the Northeast Kingdom have mounted an exhibit that explores photographic expression using both antique and post-modern methods. Chris Esten, Linda Bryan, and Thea Storz are showing at the Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College during the month of November, 2012. The three women have produced images that have common themes and concerns, yet are diverse in their approach.

Triple Vision: Seeds of Tradition in Contemporary Photography
Opening: Friday, November 2, 6 pm
Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT
Exhibit runs November 5 through December 5, 2012

Thea Storz

 

Linda Bryan

Chris Esten

 

Your cup of tea?

Afternoon Tea and Tea Etiquette at Governor’s House (100 Main Street) Hyde Park, VT 05655 on October 28th at 3pm. High Tea? Low Tea? Milk first or last? And just what do you do with that little finger? The mysteries of afternoon tea and tea etiquette are solved while you enjoy a full English afternoon tea with tea sandwiches, little sweets, and warm scones with clotted cream and jam. A formal tea party can be intimidating, but after a pleasant afternoon of instruction, you will surely be confident enough to enjoy having tea anywhere. You’ll learn the fascinating history of tea, the secrets of brewing a perfect cup and how to pour graciously, and you’ll be ready to host a very proper tea party yourself.  Cost is $25. Advance reservations required.

 

Local Artist

The subjects of Lisa Forster Beach’s her work are varied, ranging from the natural beauty of the Vermont landscape, to architecture shaped by human usage, and finally to the nature of people and forms in nature. What unifies her work is a the strong sense of composition and the elegant interpretation of light. Literal representation is secondary to the character and impression of what is being translated by her brush.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Sunday Oct. 14; 4-6 pm. Beach gets to the essence and spirit of the New England landscape. Her emphasis on structural design is constant in all of her paintings but; of greater concern; is the translation of the character and the impression of an experience into visual artistic language; rather than creating a factual representation. Beach prefers to paint on location to capture that New England spirit embodied in the natural world. www.emilegruppegallery.com or 899-3211.

TC Book Club

Looking for inspiration?

Here is our top secret list of our favorite decorating books.

The French Country House: Nicolay-Mazery
French Interiors The Art of Elegance: Nicolay-Mazery
Essentially French: Josephine Ryan
My French Life: Vicki Archer
Caroline Quartermaine Revealed
The New Eighteenth Century Style : Michele Lalande
The New French Decor: Michele Lalande
French Country Living: Caroline Clifton-Mogg
Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors
Domestic Art
Toile de Jouy: Riffel, Rouart, Walter
Silk: Jacques Anquetil
Fabrics: Caroline Lebeau
The Bed: Alecia Beldegreen
Seventeen and Eighteenth Century Fashion in Detail
Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
Dangerous Liaisons: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Provence Interiors: Lisa Lovatt-Smith
French Home: Josephine Ryan
Parisian Interiors: Baudot
Paris Interiors: Lisa Lovatt-Smith
Paris Style: Christiane Reiter and Angelika TASCHEN
Marie-Antoinette Style: Adrien Goetz
Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles
Vintage French Interiors
La Vie en Rose
Villa (Saladino)
Landelijke Stijl
Dwellings Living with Great Style (Stephen Sills)
Pattern (Tricia Guild)
Crossing Boundaries (Vicente Wolf)
Domino
Rooms to Inspire
Design Inspirations (Charlotte Moss)
Vogue Living Houses, Gardens, People
Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens
The Gardens of Russell Page
Gardens of the Wine Country

Art Masquerade

Great Fun with Art Masquerade, new paintings & live music.  Don’t miss the Autumn in Vermont Art Masquerade at the Vermont Fine Art Gallery located at 1880 Mountain Rd Suite 3 in Stowe!
The party is 10/6/2012 5-7pm. Show up in costume dressed as your favorite artist or character from a painting  (such as the Mona Lisa or Margritte’s boler hat and apple), Receive Gift Certificates and best costume wins Artwork. Or come as you are, meet the artists & celebrate the season! If you can’t make it, the event lasts until 11/30/2012.  Featured Artists are Husband & Wife Hunter Eddy & Evelyn McFarlane and Vermont artists Jane Ashley & Gary Eckhart.

 

Mini me

Don’t miss the Champlain Mini Maker Faire on September 29 at Shelburne Farms…that’s Tomorrow! This event will be a wonderful opportunity to make, craft, learn and be inspired by celebrating arts, engineering, science and technology. The Champlain Mini Maker Faire will feature local makers and their creations, including Rabid Raving Robots, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Pirates, Baffling Buoyant Balloons, Quad-Copter Choreography and keynote speaker Dean Kamen. For more info, Click.

 

Peg Dispenser

This great little bucket is ideal for use indoors or outdoors. You could use the bucket for decor and add some pretty flowers to brighten up your laundry. The Shabby Chic enamel metal bucket has a small handle on each side. Also has a small drainage hole in the bottom of the bucket. We like.

 

Free falling

The weather is perfect for what we Vermonter love to do…look at leaves! For prime foliage viewing seasoned with a dash of historical lore, consider taking this easy afternoon junket out of Woodstock. The leisurely 35-mile loop begins in Woodstock village and takes to the high country for panoramic views and a feast of autumn color. Farms, an active beaver pond, and ice cream complete the picture. Here’s a list of a few other fun foliage events. Thanks, Scenes of Vermont! After looking at trees, you may be tired. Here’s some great places to sleep:)

 

10 Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas:

Idea #1: Collect and use Old China plates, depression glass,and pitchers. Antique bottles and pitchers work good for filling with fresh flowers. This adds a splash of seasonal color.

Idea #2: Here you can see a screen with pink fabric gathered and attached in it. This setting has that charming pink shabby chic appeal. You can make a frame from old screen doors or old window frames hinged together to create this look.

Idea #3: Find vintage style light fixtures and lamps. You can spray paint the old metal flower designed ones. You can also use crystal chandeliers, or use small accent lamps. All these contrasts of style work in Shabby Chic Decorating.

Idea #4: Find and use painted wicker pieces, both vintage and new. Use wicker furniture or small accent pieces. Hampers, and wastebaskets are fun to purchase and spray paint. Woven baskets painted in pastels would work well.

Idea #5: Use ornate mirrors and frames for the wall. Paint and distress them and hang them on the wall. You might even like to hang them with a wide piece of ribbon.

Idea#6: Throw old quilts over chairs and couches to add instant appeal. If you can’t find old quilts, buy new ones and tea-stain them to make them look worn. Throw them in the washer and dryer a few times to give them some wear.

Idea #7: Here is a great idea for a shabby style candle holder. This has been done with a wide picture frame, then painted and distressed. This is a very easy and cheap home accent. You could also find a tray that you don’t want any more and spray paint it, and get this same effect.

Idea #8: Collect items in white. White is a signature color to use through out this chic style of decorating. Take all white items and group them together to make an interesting display. Here are some ideas: teacups, milk glass, pitchers or a grouping of white candle holders.

Idea #9: Use vintage items in your yard. Here is a great idea. Use an old chair as a plant holder and you will have a quick and easy garden accent.

Idea #10: Stop in at Town and Country and browse!

To a tea

Town and Country specializes in all forms of relaxation. One of our favorites is a harmonious cup of tea served with love. Our friends at Dobra Tearoom (80 Church Street in Burlington) specialize in the science of tea and are very skilled in a variety of special tea serving techniques, tricks of the trade, and mysteries. Teas whose first infusions generate immediate strength and potency are served in hand crafted teapots with the leaves removed for your ease. Teas which can be infused many times are served in unique teapots appropriate to the country of origin and are accompanied by additional hot water with instructions. A solitary tea-drinker is traditionally served with a “Gaiwan” or similar sized pot depending on their tea of choice.  Make sure you take some home, too!

 

Just our type

Maybe it’s the vintage appeal or just because people want to write without the distraction of the internet, typewriters are making a comeback. We think it’s because they look so great on shabby chic shelves!

coveted vessels

Siemon & Salazar created The Tango Cumulo Barrel,  a vessel that uses dollops of glass over a central core. The hot bits are blown out to diffuse the color and create a bulbous cloudlike shape. The bulbs are arranged so that each vase will sit in a way unique to itself. Handblown and shaped in lead free crystal. Designed by Caleb Siemon & Carmen Salazar. Made in California. Signed. Cool. Would look great juxtaposed on a hand-painted table from TC…just sayin!

Blue

The Blues Benefit for Bennington Coalition for the Homeless and the Vermont Arts Exchange is this Saturday September 15, 2012, 8pm. Tickets, $35, Click for tickets or at the following locations: VAE, Power’s Market, Spice’N’Nice, Nova Mae Cafe, Beverage Den, or call 1-800-838-3006. Featuring: BLUES SANCTUARY Bennington’s own backyard bluesmen, — winners of the Northeast Blues Society’s 2008 “Colossal Contender” award plus… Dinner with Chef Chuck from Dunville Hollow Mining Co., 6-8pm. Cash and dessert bar and silent auction!

Wood you?

These bold ties are made from redwood beams, reclaimed from salvage yards in the San Francisco area. Once part of a barn or warehouse, planks are cut, sanded and varnished, leaving the wood’s natural grain and coloring on display in a charming plain or vertical, striped pattern. Individual panels are connected with a hidden elastic cord, which slips easily around the shirt collar for a comfortable fit. Handmade in San Francisco. Thanks to our friends at Uncommon Goods!

Sneaky cool

Osklen is a small sportswear brand from Brazil that uses reclaimed materials such as salmon skin to make shoes and accessories. Since 1999, designer and UNESCO ambassador Oskar Metsavaht has made environmental stewardship a key component of his company’s DNA, with Osklen among the first Brazilian apparel labels to declare itself carbon-neutral. If you get to NYC, You can find Osklen in Soho. The address is 97 Wooster Street.

 

 

The curry cure

As we are all holding on to these late days of summer, fall slowly shows its signs. “Back to school” and back to our routines.
Spice it up with this easy curry chicken recipe from one of our staff at T&C!

You’ll need:

1.5 lb. chicken (I like thighs)
1 cup coconut milk
2 medium onions finely chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
1 chili finely chopped
1  cup chicken stock
salt & pepper
squeeze lemon juice
3  cloves garlic

Here’s what you do:

1. Soften the garlic & onion in a frying pan
2. Add chicken to brown
3. Throw in pot & add all other ingredients except coconut milk
4. Cook on low 2-3 hours
5. About half an hour before eating add coconut milk & stir through

YUMMY!

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