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Paint Swatch wallRemember the daunting task of choosing your first wall color…. in your first house?  I do!  For me it was one of the most exciting things I’d experienced.  I finally had the freedom to do whatever I wanted… in whatever color I wanted…. and no landlord could tell me different.  For most, this moment is intimidating.  It’s frustrating and it’s nerve racking!

The daring ones who jump right in and throw the first color they fall in love with… on the walls… in GLOSS!  Dark GLOSS!!!  LOL!!!  The ones who love color but choose a LOVELY SHADE OF VANILLA…. because they’re scared to make a mistake!  Or the ones like me, who love so much and change our minds like the wind… that by the time they get the room finished… THEY WANT SOMETHING ELSE!  99.9% of us are ONE OF THESE!!!!

Imagine if you had the opportunity to spend a few hours with… not one…. but TWO DESIGNERS….  What would your first house looked like?  Or even your last home? What would you have done differently?  How much time would you have saved?  And how many arguments and dollars would NOT have been wasted?

So back to my article on THE ART OF GIFT GIVING…. item numbered 5…..      Do you have someone on your gift list that just recently bought their first home?  Someone who is ready to remodel a room?  Or maybe someone who is getting ready to have their first child and needs some help?  How cool would it be to give them the gift of a couple of experts, who could help them discover their own style, create a plan and a budget?

From November 12th thru December 23rd, 2014….. CHARTREUSE and URBAN DESIGN will be offering a “2-4-1” SPECIAL!  That means you can purchase “The Gift of Design” for HALF OFF!!!!!!!!!!!  Imagine what a consult with 2 designers could do for someone you love?  You can guaranty they won’t throw this gift in a closet or leave it on the curb for a charity.

One consultation can go a long way.  It may be that a short visit…. going over colors and style could be what the doctor ordered.  It could also be that the person needs a little more.  Either way… this is a gift THAT WILL FIT for sure!

You may purchase your “Gift of Design” at our 4th Annual Gift Event on November 12th from 2 to 7pm…. or any day thereafter through December 23rd, 2014.

 

The Art of Gift Giving!

We all love getting the perfect gift!
We all love getting the perfect gift!

I’m still trying to hang on to what’s left of this Indian Summer…. So the last thing I want to think of is shopping for Christmas and Chanukah!  But I know that I hate to rush and I hate waiting til the last minute…. so it’s definitely time!

Over the last couple of weekends I’ve been renovating my home studio.  Along with many others, it’s a project I’ve wanted to do for quite sometime.  While making room for change (shifting “stuff” from one spot to another), I became a little frustrated and realized this is why my projects get put off!!!  WHERE DID ALL THIS STUFF COME FROM????  I’m OCD and I’m a minimalist…  I own a store so I don’t have the need to buy stuff for myself….    GIFTS!  Over half of what was taking up space was GIFTS from other people!

I have no problem getting rid of stuff.  I’m known for it.  Edie Mae (my mama) thinks that I’m missing some gene because of my detachment to things!!! Unfortunately, it sometimes hurts peoples feelings when they find out you aren’t using a gift they bought… or worse… you threw it out! SO…. I HAVE A THEORY and of course A SOLUTION!

IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING that GIFT GIVING is an ART.  I’m an ARTIST… so here it goes:

1.   DO NOT buy a gift just to buy a gift!  BY A GIFT THAT means something to that person.  Something they might buy for themselves.  Ask yourself a few questions before making the purchase….. Like, will this add value to his or her life or will it possibly be set aside or put on a shelf?  Would this person love to have this gift?

2.   Be creative in your gift giving!  Has this person been in there home for a long period of time?  Do they keep things nice and tidy?  Do they entertain? …. A bottle of wine with a beautiful hand written note goes a long way!  A good candle is also a gift that everyone loves and they will think of you every time they light it!

3.   Jewelry and accessories!  Who doesn’t appreciate these as a gift?  Unless of course it’s tacky and something they would never wear!  Be careful and thoughtful when buying a piece of jewelry, scarf, handbag or wallet.  Don’t be intimidated…. just think about that person and does it look like their style.  Simplicity is classic and never goes out of style!  Quality is key here!  And it’s another perfect opportunity to keep it local!  There are plenty of local artisans that create one of a kind items…. from every price point.  Buying an original gift… made local…. not in C#^n@…. says you care enough to take the time and that you support your community!

4.   Buying everyone on your list a “giftcard” from one of the big name companies is HORRIBLE!  Unless you are ill and have no other way to buy something for someone… it’s LAME!!!!   ON THE OTHER HAND…..  A gift card from a store you know they shop is a completely different thing!  Especially if you’re not sure what they’d like or need.  At least taking the time to think about where they might like to go says a lot!  If they’re a child…. a toy store!  A teen…. clothes!  A newly wed…. furniture or art!  Just take a few minutes and think about it!

5.   Something hand made from you is an awesome gift!  It also fits every budget and says you really care!  You don’t have to be an artist to make something… And I’m not talking about some crazy wreath with glued on pine cones!!!!  I’m also not talking about you learning how to knit a pair of socks… (although if you are good at that, it’s cool)!!!!  How about homemade sugar scrub or salt bath?  How about homemade lotions or tea?  Or maybe even some homemade cookies?  Hello?  Everyone loves all of these things!  They’re pampering, thoughtful and custom!

KEEP IT SIMPLE!  LIFE IS SHORT and WE SHOULD LIVE IT BEAUTIFULLY!  Stay tuned for more specific gift ideas in all these categories over the next week!

OUR 4th ANNUAL GIFT EVENT IS NOVEMBER 12, from 2 to 7…..  WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS YEAR!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!!!!  So EXCITED!!!!!

Celebrating Another Milestone!

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

Original Art!

Home is where the ART is.... Chartreuse is where you find it!
Home is where the ART is…. Chartreuse is where you find it!

Designer Home

We have you covered.... from floor to ceiling!
We have you covered…. from floor to ceiling!

Local Couture!

Virginia Beach's Best in Local Artisans!
Virginia Beach’s Best in Local Artisans!

Coastal Living

Locally Hand Made Beach House Art!
Locally Hand Made Beach House Art!

Holiday Show!

JUST A SAMPLE OF WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR!

Rustic Revival

This look is hotter than ever….. you can get it at Chartreuse!

In every mag and new design book on the stands you’re sure to find cowhide rugs along with antlers.  It’s hot; it’s in; it’s classic enough for any style room.

If you’re worried that it’s a little too trendy….. don’t….. When the mags are tired of publishing this “now” item you can rest assured knowing these rugs line the floors of many famous homes and have for years…. never going out of style!  (ps…. this one still has the branding mark of the rancher!)

Be sure to click “shop online now” button at the top of our home page and see this and many more items available at Chartreuse!

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