In case you hadn’t seen the news on our facebook page….. The Phoenix of Richmond has joined us for the holidays with an amazing Pop Up Shoppe inside Chartreuse!
We’re very excited about this new venture!!! As most of you know, it’s been a dream of mine to add a boutique inside Chartreuse. After a year of trying to juggle the making of this dream…. between design, furniture and art…. I came to the realization that it’s another full time job that needs total focus! So…. I turned to a pro!
I have some very exciting news about the new space we just moved into. I finally have the space to do whatever I want and it’s happening! Stay tuned for next big article on a very talented artist who will be joining us on this new journey…. HINT: There will be art classes taking place inside Chartreuse…. and those classes will be designed for you and your friends to enjoy in a private group setting with food and wine and fun!
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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!
I have been dying to paint the British flag on a dresser. I’m not usually so caught up in trends that I have to copy …. and of course, I hate copy cats. So after trying to find a new approach to this dilemma, I came up with this!
I have to tell you one of my biggest inspirations for doing this NOW was the business card from Foundry in DC. Check this place out! It’s killer!
New stuff on our facebook page! Check it out and thank you for all the feedback and sweet comments.
It’s been a very busy Spring… and we’ve moved a lot of inventory as usual! BUT… for those of you who know me or keep up with Chartreuse on fb….. you know I can’t have things sitting around for long…
SO WE’RE HAVING A HUGE SALE!!!!!!!!! I have furniture that is in storage and in several different places down the coast that I have to make room for…. Tune in to our facebook page and see the savings later this evening. I’m re-arranging and marking stuff down! I will title the album “May Sale”. BTW…. this dining set will be part of the sale!
On the road again! Loving it of course….. but working my hiney off!
I’m in Wilmington, NC again this week working like crazy on the new location. I’m exhausted, yet exhilarated! The days have been long and productive! On the way down I decided to turn a 5 hour trip into a 9 hour excursion by taking the back roads and not hitting interstate until necessary. Didn’t find many new pieces on the way down but managed to meet some really nice people and see some of the beautiful South I’d not witnessed before.
My second day produced several primitives (that I still haven’t picked up yet)……..and this…. once in a lifetime find above! UUUUUmazing!
Check out our facebook page to see the other European finds I’ll be bringing back later this week!
CHARTREUSE has been officially open since July of 2011. I, however, have been doing “this” forever! The changes that have taken place over these past few months have all been positive and fulfilling. I thank God throughout the day…. each and every day!
I’ve been blessed with vision, creativity and many other artistic abilities. I used to be afraid or embarrassed to say that. It could easily be taken as arrogant or I could be judged by others. And then it occurred to me……. “who cares”! There’s always going to be a few competitors that think they’re better and or they can do it better or try to do what I do better (isn’t copying a form of flattery?)……. Which by the way, I’m not flattered! It’s quite annoying to say the least! (get your own gig)
I am always inspired by other vendors, artist and other creative people…….. BUT I know in my heart that I create from my heart! So with that said………. and knowing what I’m about to announce will be met with the possibility of competitive BS…… here it goes!
It’s time to take the next step! My staff, my team and I are growing. We now have the ability to do a lot of the things I’ve dreamed about for CHARTREUSE. We’ve been so fortunate to have such a great community response. We’ve been able to not only sell some pretty cool pieces, but I’ve been commissioned to do a ton of custom work…. along with the artists I represent. However….. there’s been a missing link…… until now! (actually there are a few missing links that I’m working on……..one day at a time……)
(drum roll)………………… WE NOW HAVE AN “IN HOUSE” UPHOLSTERER!!!!!!! FINALLY! I’ve been searching for months and my dreams for CHARTREUSE are slowly coming true!
I dream about everything in the name of design. My obsessions keep me awake at night and make me hit the floor running in the morning. I have been designing upholstered pieces……… along with everything else….. for what seems a lifetime. I have so many unique ideas…. ( but I’m not an upholsterer)…… and mixed with the ideas of this “person” and her talents…. WE ARE GONNA BRING IT! She’s not good though……….. she’s awesome! This goes directly back to my earlier article where I talk about surrounding yourself with other people who can help get it done. You can’t do it all………… even though you think or dream you can!
We will not only be able to custom create and personalize your pieces that need re-upholstering………. but we are currently working on some killer pieces that you will not find anywhere else! (so exciting)
Stay in touch, because this is only the beginning of many more exciting services to be available exclusively at CHARTREUSE!