Go to the hop!

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!

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

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

On a roll

Just a year after they opened Wooden Spoon Bistro, owners Adam Raftery and Liza O’Brien have been seized by the entrepreneurial spirit again. This month, the brother-and-sister team unveiled the Front Yard food cart, a mobile kitchen they will park at concerts and events.
It offers picnicky fare — lobster rolls, mango-braised pork sliders, hand-cut potato chips, and fresh fruit salads with watermelon, peaches and berries — that puts a casual spin on the upscale pub food Raftery and O’Brien serve at their South Burlington eatery. Maybe we can get them to stop  by TC!

 

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.

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.

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!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burlington’s jewel

We love the Burlington Farmers’ Market! A yummy bounty of fresh, locally grown produce, handmade crafts, sweet and savory treats, and meats and cheeses from Vermont’s lush pastures. While shopping this Saturday, we stumbled upon the power of kale chips! One bite and you can feel the energy coursing through your body in four distinct flavors (Original, Garlic Scallion, Smokey Chipotle, and Maple Coconut) seasoned with equally unadulterated ingredients. We also picked up an eye pillow filled with Flax seed and Lavender flowers from Wild Hill Herbals which we used last night for a truly delicious nights sleep. AO Glass Works makes handblown functional tableware and glass items by an international staff right here in Burlington. As part of their 12.12.12. project, a portion of their sales are donated to non-profits such as the Intervale, Local Motion, and VT Natural Resource Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same sofa. Not the same price.

Both have exquisite top-grain leather carefully dyed to accentuate the natural surface markings, nuances in texture and variations in color that are unique to each hide. Both have natural  leather surface markings which will deepen to a rich, distressed look over time and are a testament to its authenticity. Both have thickly cushioned arms and back, double-padded seat cushions and a kiln-dried hardwood frame. There is one difference. Just sayin’:)

Pottery Barn $2799 plus surcharges               Town and Country $2299 That’s it!

Best of Vermont 1

Since 1919, generations of farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative-now 1,200 strong through New England and New York-have taken great pride in producing world-class cheddar. They provide the highest-quality dairy products (with local farmers getting 100% of the profits). Want to visit? They have three Vermont locations. Anyone for reduced fat mac & cheese? This recipe, courtesy of our delicious friends at Cabot, is the best we’ve ever tasted! Awesome website too:)