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

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

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!

For more great taste…try one of these:)

Like cupcakes?

What could be more tempting than cupcakes and the sea? My little cupcake is a charming little Burlington bakery to take us away from reality for a moment – if only in our minds! Sweeten everyday with ‘Seaside Cupcakes’…a solid pine vintage style wood sign measuring 11.5″ W X 5.5H X .75″D and is painted ‘cottage black’ with white lettering that has been gilded in gold. It has been distressed for a perfectly imperfect well loved “flea market ” look. Your sign will arrive ready to hang.

217 College Street in Burlington, try the vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream!

 

Seaside Cupcakes is a She Could Fly original sign on etsy

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!

A touch of glass

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:)

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.