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.

 

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!

 

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!

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.

 

 

On a roll

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!

 

 

 

Vermont Traditions

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

Shabby chic clubhouse

Check out this renovated the 9-by-14-foot shabby-chic retreat. It may not have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands. The creator of this cozy cottage haunted upstate salvage shops from Kingston to Albany for old windows with wavy glass; she found an old porch door in the precise shade of hunter green once used on the boarding houses that dotted the area; she used a jigsaw to create gingerbread trim and cut out openings for the windows. Click for full NY Times article.

Temp needed?

We saw this and thought perfect for your cozy cottage! Tempaper is self-adhesive, “peel-and-stick”, temporary wallpaper that eliminates the need for paste or water. You just remove the backing and stick it on a primed and painted surface. Just peel off to remove. Fun, high-impact decorating for those who don’t want term commitment to a permanent design Check out the video!

Just peachey

We love Shelburne Orchards! 80 acres of apple trees are located on the shores of gorgeous Lake Champlain. You can pick your ownfruit – apples, sour cherries, peaches, and table grapes. They’ve even added a pumpkin patch this year. They all ripen at different times so they keep you posted as they are ready for pic

king. We sat at a picnic table gazing out over the lake, then had a delicious cider doughnut from the Cider House Farm Market. Nice half day trip. Hours are 9:00-6:00 Monday-Saturday and 9:00-5:00 on Sunday. Open from late August until late October, but that changes please check first. Sunday, September 9 is their 11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest!

Light on the veggies

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.

Ruff pillows

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.

Felt great

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posh pooch

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.

It’s time

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unpredictable predictability

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.”

 

Terra firma

ter·rar·i·um/təˈre(ə)rēəm/
A vivarium for smaller land animals, esp. reptiles, amphibians, or terrestrial invertebrates, typically in the form of a glass-fronted case. A sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown.

This beautiful glass orb is a new twist on a classic terrarium. With a loop to string rope or attach a bracket to the ceiling, the hanging elements of this orb add a fun and creative design touch to the traditional terrarium. From our friends at Terrain in Westport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool ride

The Old Spokes Home is a small neighborhood bicycle shop on 322 N. Winooski Ave…right here in Burlington! They cater to every style of cycling, with special emphasis on the bike commuter, day tourist, and randonneur/adventure cyclist. Check out this cottage-y style commuter bike. They evemn have a Museum, which highlights important advances in bicycle technology. Why not make it a half day trip. The other half? Town and Country of course!