It’s not often that we have the chance to share a video of the making process, but we are super excited to share this video of designer/maker Daniel Moyer creating a chair. He infuses warmth, whimsy and superb craftsmanship into his iconic American furniture collection. More classic chairs?
Dont miss the Art Exhibit Opening Reception featuring the very talented Michele Lauriat at the Goddard Art Gallery at 54 Main, Montpelier, VT!
Friday, February 1, 2013, from 4-8 pm during the Montpelier Artwalk Exhibition. Check out Michelle’s blog>
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
A step-by-step peek into the clay-tinted world of Karin Eriksson. Her beautiful pottery, deceitfully simple, is even more admirable when all the stages of the process come to light. Check out this mesmerizing video.
Charlotte Lyons designs and makes things in a variety of styles and media. Still inspired by the humble simplicity of traditional art and craft and the inventive use of repurposed materials, Charlotte aims to mix an unfussy playfulness with the vintage charm of handmade keepsakes. We covet her stuff. Yes, you can buy on etsy!
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.
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.
The new Toast catalog is out and again this issue is packed with beautiful images and products. We love plates on the wall. The colors are simply stunning and can work in your shabby chic room!
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.
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!
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!
At 8″ diameter, these black thatch bread baskets are great for serving bread & rolls at smaller table settings. They’re also perfect for sandwich servings. And they are under 10 bucks! Would look great as the centerpiece on a gorgeous dining table:)
The South End Art Hop is this weekend! Artist’s studios, and local businesses are being refit as art galleries and exhibition sites for the more than 500 participating artists. The event celebrates the unique characteristics of the Pine Street corridor, in particular the development of creative and artistic activity in numerous re-purposed factories and warehouses within the District. See you there!
Our charming Antique Dice Table is a sure bet when it comes to adding new life to a room and a touch of the unexpected. Use one as an eclectic side or end table; or, double your luck by combining two to create a one-of-a-kind coffee table. Crafted from smooth-surfaced, distressed walnut veneer with antiqued red polish with ivory pips. The smoothed corners give it an aged look. Dimensions: 18.75W x 18.75D x 18.75H inches. MORE JUST IN!
Quilts and cozy cottages are like peanut butter and jelly. They go together naturally. See over 100 contemporary and traditional quilts on display at the 2012 Quilt Show, right in Shelburne! There’s a silent auction, craft table, food vendors, raffle quilt,
and special displays including Vermont quilts from the
Vermont Historical Society, family quilts of Vermont
and Somali Bantu
needlework sponsored by the Vermont Folklife Center.
Lunch and refreshments are available.
The 30th Annual Vermont Traditions Quilt Show
October 20 & 21, 2012 The Field House
166 Athletic Drive in Shelburne (one mile from Shelburne Museum)
Saturday, October 20th from 10-5 and Sunday, October 21st from 10-4
Admission $6.00 Under 12 FREE! Ample free parking
We love the jackie O padded box from Ann Gish. This pretty and soft silk stash box for keepsake trinkets and jewels is lined with charmeuse and has a bead button loop closure. Thanks, Ann for all you do:)
We were floored (pardon the pun) when we saw this ceiling light. Different patterns etched in glass create a fascinating interplay of light and shade, its varying motifs lending a very personal touch to any cozy cottage, engendering a warm atmosphere and invites us to indulge in daydreams.
The Vegetable Light is a little table lamp that uses a large heavy vegetable as a base. Rather than buying a vegetable for its edible potential, the sculptural form and functional qualities are emphasized and the owner is invited to experiment creatively with different vegetables. Yams tend to work best. The lamp was created by Peter Marigold, a furniture designer working in London. For great tables to put a lamp (without the potatoes)…click.
For over twenty years, Harry and Wendy Besett have been designing and producing contemporary studio glass and selling it nationally and internationally to fine craft galleries, museum shops, and directly to customers. All of the glass is designed and blown right here in Hardwick, using traditional, contemporary and innovative glass blowing techniques .
The Vermont Glass Gallery is a great half day trip. The other half? Why Town and Country Furniture Shop of course:)
Damián Ortega’s Architecture Without Architects from Art Basel 2012 is a fantastical living room suspended from the ceiling like a Magritte painting come to life. Click for video.
What cozy cottage is complete without some driftwood. We are inspired by Seaside Inspired and so will you. From driftwood mirrors to bowls and coat racks, your bungalow will be at it’s best with driftwood. Have a great weekend and we hope to see you!
Ross Menuez, who in just a few short years grew his line of silkscreened tees from a basement operation to a cult brand sold worldwide. Ross blends diverse influences like Japanese design, op art and nature—to wall hangings, tape and, most recently, cushions or dolls, inspired by images from 19th century illustrations. At his Manhattan studio, we get the chance to see Ross at work silkscreening while he fills us in on his influences, inspiration and philosophy.
Eco artist, Mark Dabelstein specializes in transforming reclaimed lumber and discarded shipping pallets into furnishings, whimsical home accessories, and folk art. He primarily utilizes organic paints and finishes for healthier process and end results. Check out USA Box courtesy of Frog Hollow.
Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based furniture designer/maker raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Tanya’s work encourages users to reconsider the objects they use on a daily basis by creating work that explores an objects’ unseen aspect. She took the generic metal folding chair and made it absolutely sublime. After 30 hours adding brightly colored felt to each seat by hand, the results add a sense of texture. She also makes whimsical felt creatures we love.
The Birdcage Hanging and Floor Lamp inspired by birdcages is designed by Young & Battaglia and Made in England. Perfect for a Shabby Chic room. Available in white or black powder coated steel. We think the feather is included!
These are the most unique beaded dog collars we have ever seen. The beading is done in Africa by Maasai working in their home area. By meeting with their designer weekly to receive materials, the artisans can earn a living while maintaining their rural and more traditional lifestyle. Averaging one collar per day, they create these original, one-of-a-kind designs. Beads are hand sewn in leather, then an overlay of leather is glued and stitched on the back. Buckles are solid, hand-cast brass. From The Kenyan Collection.
The Script Collection from Carolyn Quartermaine. Just one of the gorgeously romantic designs from a true guiding light of style. So inspirational.
The ‘Clock Plate Clocks’ designed by Young & Battaglia feature images of vintage clocks printed on to glazed porcelain dinner plates. Designed to be hung on the wall either individually or as a set to create a unique and quirky wall feature perfect for a cottage chic setting. Each clock is inspired by a different capital city and are appropriately named London, Paris and New York. Perfect for an office, dining room or living room.
Lana Filippone combines slip-casting from found objects with tiny sculptural aspects and surface decoration from vintage decals. Many from her grand-mother’s cupboard. We love the whimsical sophistication, juxtaposition of old and new and the thoughtful reinvention of traditional ideas. And the best part. The work works in cottage and shabby chic abodes perfectly!
“Departing from a focus heavily influenced by my childhood on the shores of natural and historical Georgian Bay, my work over the past year has been a celebration of adaptation, to finding freedom in tight spaces and about the love of the unpredictable-predictability of city life. More recently it has been influenced by humorous nostalgia becoming new physical daydreams in clay. These daydreams are manifest from big ideas with light qualities, that are not dissimilar to knock-knock jokes.”
The Caravan Bird Painted Large Jug is simple and stylish. This large jug is both decorative and useful with beautiful bird paint design adding a modern touch. Thanks Mark. Thanks Spencer.