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Cindy Pennybacker is the owner of CHARTREUSE. In opening her storefront, her vision is to bring antiques, recycled pieces, and local art right to your home. Cindy takes a fresh approach to decorating your home. She is also the artist behind the well-known gem, Beach Chick Art. Coming from a family of antique dealers and collectors, mixed with her love for art and design, she brings absolute uniqueness to all things she touches!

God Save The Queen B’s!

The result of an insult... became the inspiration for success and ownership!
The result of an insult… became the inspiration for success and ownership!

As an artist and a designer I’m always finding new ways to express myself.  This year I’ve had some time to play around and make some really cool jewelry and have even sold a few pieces!

A few years ago…. like 13… there was some rap song that said “B”… referring to bitch.  It quickly grew into our universal name for all co-workers!  Hey, B!  To this day… there’s a whole group of us who still call each other “B”!  It’s turned into a sweet term of endearment though.  No longer reserved for bitches… but rather a loved one; a reference to one of our tribe or crew members!

I’ve carried the nickname, B, Plan B, Queen B and even Sting… back in the day when my hair was cut like the wrestler… and I was young and free and dancing around like a BEE!

Most recently, I had my ex decide to be mean and nasty to me again!!!  In a text I was called the “C” word, the “B” word and “Sting”…  I politely signed my response with a cute little honey bee… he replied… “yes, you are the QUEEN BEE”!!!!  LOL!!!

So without giving you all the details… and because my posible “tell all” book and “polygraph party” are each titled…. QUEEN B!!!  Here’s the tidbit I promised you behind the name of my new jewelry line!

I don’t have time to deal with mean ex’s on the level in which they deserve (I only have one…. the rest are cool)…. AND NEITHER DO YOU!!!!  So instead, take the talent that God gave you… turn the negative into a positive!  You can’t get back the time or money they stole… But you can grow… and make more money off an idea that was created by the positive spin you took… by their negative actions!!!!

HERE’S TO THE “QUEEN B’S” OF THE WORLD!!!!!  GO GET YOURS!  And if you know a Queen B who could use some support or encouragement…. share this story and hopefully it will “sting” just enough to motivate them to do the same thing!

PEACE, LOVE and HONEY (money) … LOL

Celebrating Another Milestone!

One Year in New Location!
One Year in New Location!

WANTED: DESIGNERS & DECORATORS

We are so excited to be moving to a larger, more sophisticated space!

This new space lends itself to the dream I’ve had for many years. It’s beautifully designed with an amazing location and is most definitely the perfect building at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach for a design center.

Chartreuse is known for having an eclectic blend of antiques, coastal style furniture, local art and original lighting. I want to do more though! As an artist and furniture designer I’ve found my “dream team” in a great builder, an awesome welder, a talented upholsterer and several experienced finishers. However, I want to add more local talent and expand our brand, along with a few other key services.

It is our mission to find established interior designers who are eager to expand their business into the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. We have the space to offer the unique ability to give a business their own offices, while under one roof with Chartreuse and it’s vast new showroom. This opportunity includes:

Great location with private parking.
Beautiful landscaping and entrance.
Reception area. Windows.
1 to 2 large offices with a separate storage or retail space.
The option to blend and share larger retail space.
Power, phone, internet and utilities included.
Individual signage for your business.

This location offers the ability to also enjoy more amazing events that we love to do! Having our holiday event and our trunk shows along with new events planned, we have the chance to build our brand, along with yours….. Creating the perfect environment to grow and prosper.

Please respond to this ad by email to chartreusehome@gmail.com
All inquiries will be kept private and secure.

 

Holiday Show!

JUST A SAMPLE OF WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR!

2012 East Beach Home Show

Check out the photos or our pieces and the amazing work of talented local Interior Designer, Stephanie Batten!

I NEED TO CREATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out our facebook page for more!

God gave me these hands to create…… with all the time I’ve spent on the road and with all the craziness I allow myself to get caught up in….. I finally discovered the blessing that I knew would come from my broken foot this summer……

I’ve continued to work as if I didn’t have this stupid injury.  After a few weeks of pain and irritation, I finally gave in and decided that I had no choice…. I was now going to spend my evenings with my feet up (not the days that my physician recommended) and I was going to find myself again!

Every huge serving of business that is piled high on my full plate is courteous of yours truly! LOL  I did it to myself.  I’m OCD, yet unorganized; ahead, yet behind; tired, yet restless!  And then it occurred to me………  I haven’t spent much time in the studio on anything other than custom orders for months!

Creating is my first love!  It’s what makes me happy and it’s what I dream about.  However, I’ve had the worst artists’ block in my history………. Why?  Cause I’m too freakin busy!  So…..  after all the conversations with The Man and all the pondering I’ve done on my hiney, on my couch, with my dog (most evenings) ….. I decided that I am going to take time everyday in my studio to do something…. anything…..

I did it!  I made a set of 5 photo / note frames out of old barn wood and some vintage office stuff!  Not Noah’s Arc…..  but it’s something!  Maybe one day when I can hire enough elves to do the grunt work….. I can create all day!  Peace and Love!

First Look… Second Location!

Here’s a sneak peak of Chartreuse…. Wilmington!

It’s almost midnight….. very long few days…. months!  This is the eve of Chartreuse’s opening in Wilmington, NC!  Appropriately…. It’s also my Mother’s Birthday!

Happy Birthday Mama!  I love you!

What a week!

One of the dozens of treasures from this weeks hunt!

I should be sleeping and here I am blogging about the crazy wonderful week I’ve had.  I’m yawning so hard that my eyes are watering…. and still… here I am blogging! LOL

Anyway… the week started off like any other and by Tuesday afternoon my store went from decently stocked to 1/3 gone!  I was so excited and felt so blessed and then I panicked!  I immediately called in backup and planned a Wednesday of shopping in between Gabby’s softball tournament and some much needed family time.  I was feeling pretty good about the truck full of accessories and a little nervous about the 1 piece of furniture I had found. (I posted a photo of the days lute on fb btw)  I was even more nervous when I called to check in with my girls to find out the entire white room had been emptied along with many other pieces!  YES!  How awesome!   OMGosh…. what am I going to do?

Thursday…. Important meetings all day.  I had a small window of 2 hours and knew I needed to find some furniture.  I quickly remembered  some old “go to” spots and hit the jackpot filling the truck with several occasional tables and an amazing French chair… along with some frames!  Yaaaaa  Got back to the meeting just in time…. finished up around 4:30ish… called the shoppe to check in….. ANOTHER GREAT BUSY DAY!  OMGosh!

Friday…. back at it super early and then back to spend some time in the studio with my girls in order to get some custom orders finished!  ANOTHER SUPER BUSY DAY!  THANK YOU GOD!  OH… AND GOD, I NEED SOME MORE FURNITURE PLEASE. AMEN!

Saturday….. started at 7:30 am and ended 12 hours later!  Super fun with one of my sidekick besties who’s nickname is now “Scout” because she knows how crazy busy I am and she’s been using her amazing eye to scout out great things for me in her spare time between her 4 kids, wonderful hubby and volunteering all over the place! (By the way…. if you’re the kinda chick who likes to keep it moving and thinks a “done” to-do-list is boring and lame…. and you are constantly adding things to the list as you check others off…  make sure to keep the same kind of company and friends)

Saturdays list of amazing finds that I can not wait to photograph and post!!!!!!……………  The amazing antique barn cupola pictured above, ornate Thomasville scrolly table, large antique split reed basket, small painted server (which I have a waiting list for these), several lamps, large oval gold mirror, tons of really old blue canning jars with zinc lids, a mahogany chest of drawers, Asian sofa table, oak frames and mirrors, mahogany oriental hall table, 2 Gothic dining arm chairs, Oak marble topped wash stand, carved walnut footed chest that is huge, antique toy schooner, Chippendale childs chair, a sick disco ball… YES.. I SAID DISCO BALL!  One of the very first ever made with an ornate covered motor… that still works!, 2 upholstered chairs, another super long Asian hall table, a Victorian settee, A FRENCH DESK THAT IS CASTLE WORTHY, hand carved French bed bench that is signed and newly reupholstered, a huge banquet table that will be my new desk in my office and some more smalls that Iv’e forgotten…. OMGOSH…. AND 2 AMAZING RELIGIOUS DIORAMAS!!!!!!!       sigh…… good night and see ya soon! xo

ps…. Thank you troops present and past.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Weekend!

Be Adventurous in Your Travels!

Check out the other photos from April's trip on fb!

Don’t be afraid of scavenging through what appears to be “junk”!  I found an amazing Civil War surgical case in this pile!  It’s beautifully detailed and a rare find. I’m always intrigued by what I discover in the most unexpected places.  Remember… it’s the “thrill of the hunt”!  Enjoy and don’t be scared of a little dirt!

You can see a few more photos in the “April Trip” album on our facebook page!

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