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!

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.

 

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!

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!

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

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!

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.

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.

Take the style quiz!

Whatever your style is, there’s room to add fresh new details with every season. Whatever your color scheme is, you can celebrate any season with those colors. Not sure about exactly what you like? Here’s an easy place to start: Head over to SPROOST and take their decorating quiz and find your style. Or just stop in, pick what you like and we’ll tell you what style it is!

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.