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Sharing my love of soothing white decor, antique rose gardening, and all things beautiful and sustaining in the Catskills.



Updated: 2017-08-16T22:45:42.898-04:00

 



Christmas, Casually Elegant

2012-12-25T13:24:41.843-05:00

Food styling: Todd FosterMy Zuzu!Here we are as in olden days,Happy golden days of yore.Faithful friends who are dear to usGather near to us once more.from ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by Blane & MartinI borrowed props for this feature and spent four months shooting (the pink and blue themes were shot in this period as well).  Doing Christmas up like this is rewarding, but shall we say a little tough to achieve in real life?!   All you really need is:Family and friendsCute petsChocolateEvergreensCandlesCoarse German glass glitterVintage glass ornamentsFaux fur accentsHoliday musicMore chocolateA wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to everyone.The time involved doing well in graduate school and the time involved blogging with all my heart are incompatible if either are to be done excellently.  Sadly, I must go on a sabbatical from blogging.  I wish I could gather each of you, my gentle readers, in a big group hug.  Then have hot cocoa by a bonfire in the snow with music under the stars.I will drop in on you for that virtual cup of cocoa we share in our community.I wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year where all your dreams come true.Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



An Ultra Fancy & Romantic Tabletop for Holiday Dinners

2012-12-24T07:00:03.738-05:00

Quot estis in convivio - all who are feasting togetherServite cum in cantico - serve it while singing from The Boar’s Head Carol (traditional)Sometimes you feel like busting out the Cambridge stemware and tablecloth for holiday dinner celebrations.  Christmas falls after a weekend this year so there may a ghost of a chance to spend a day making your table special.Ideas for pull-out-the-stops elegance:Glass sparkles in candlelight so load it on the tableUse taper candles – the height of their light flatters the tableSpray evergreens with aerosol adhesive and dust with 70 grit German glass glitter Place vintage ornaments along the evergreensCinch huge napkins with a small length of silver chenille (pipe cleaner)Use chargers or larger plates under the dinner platesPrint French handwriting graphics on two pieces of paper, tape together, cut the edges with pinking shears, and write a loving message to your guestAvoid hurrying around by setting up as far in advance as possible.  The candles clipped onto the plates is a photo shoot anachronism.  In real life they'd make too much of a mess at dinner (where does one put it after it's blown out?).  It’s more important you relax and enjoy your guests than having everything perfect!Sources:Antique French handwriting graphic: EtsyNapkins: Pom Pom Home70 Grit German glass glitter: EtsyChairs: disegno Karina GentinettaUntil next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Easy Lactose and Gluten Free Christmas Breakfast

2012-12-23T07:00:04.953-05:00

Let's deck the halls with hollySing sweet silent nightFill the tree with angel hairAnd pretty, pretty lightsGo to sleep and wake upJust before daylightAll these things and more, babyThat's what Christmas means to me my loveStevie WonderWhat do you do for a yummy breakfast when you’re gluten and lactose intolerant, or a guest has these dietary restrictions?  Make French toast!Ingredients:Gluten free bread (found in the organic section or in the freezer by the pizza in markets)Almond milkEggsCinnamonIn a shallow pan, crack one egg per person.  Add an equal volume of almond milk.  Lay slices of bread in it on both sides and cook in a skillet.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, dust with confectioner’s sugar (for a pretty garnish) and serve with warmed maple syrup!Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Shabby White Holiday Outdoor Decor and Easy Scandinavian Style

2012-12-22T18:15:16.237-05:00

I'm dreaming of a white ChristmasWith every Christmas card I writeMay your days be merry and brightAnd may all your Christmases be whiteIrving BerlinIf you like all-white holiday décor in your home, why not try it outside your home?Use white ribbon on your evergreen garlands and wreaths.  The inexpensive polyester/plastic kind is ideal because it holds up in fierce weather.The skinny single wire wreath is made from small branches of boxwood wired around it.  It look a fraction of the time it takes to do full wreath. While collecting evergreens from the woods for your flower boxes, look for branches on the ground with lots of lichen on them.  They fall from the tops of older trees and lie there, waiting for their beauty to be shared.  The green-gray rosette shapes and craggy branches are a lovely contrast to the soft forms of evergreens.  So very restful by compare to excessive displays in my opinion!Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine'sCorner Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



My Jeanne d'Arc Living Story

2012-12-22T13:43:36.114-05:00

My favorite layout.Many more pages and other inspiring ideas in the print copy available at Little Cottage Shoppe.My little Zuzu made it in!The holly and the ivyNow both are full well grown,Of all the trees that are in the wood,The holly bears the crown.O the rising of the sunAnd the running of the deerThe playing of the merry organSweet singing of the choir Traditional/Cecil SharpI am embarrassed how late this thank-you is posted.  I got a 98 for the semester in graduate school, and part of that was achieved by ceasing “distractions” like Facebook and blogging.  It's like coming out from under a rock.  I found out Kathleen at Faded Charm anointed Timewashed with White Wednesday two months after the fact.  My humble thanks to Lonnie and Vivian at Jeanne d’Arc Living for even opening the email I sent to consider my story.  My heart skips a beat as I recall the moment I received a reply from my very favorite magazine reciting they were interested.The weekend I dug into my first copy of Jeanne d’Arc Living (December 2010) I remained gobsmacked.  I stared, and stared and stared, at every picture and read every word.  It is very rare I am transfixed, but this self-published magazine did it.  Its core value: simplicity.  The fact it’s Scandinavian has much to do with its sweet minimalist elegance.  Their Christmas culture is beautiful and exotic, involving things I was vaguely aware of like cardamom, marzipan, and Advent.Carina’s (Made In Persbo) story showed her pulling cardamom cake out of a wood fired Husqvarna stove.  Dorte Palsgaard’s marzipan candies were shaped with common kitchen utensils.  A suggestion of giving gifts of time instead of money.  The idea the holidays could be affordable yet beautiful sold me immediately.  The promise of rest over running around was a plus.At that time my agent was peddling my book idea around New York, but I guiltily became more interested in doing a Jeanne d'Arc Living shoot.  Notes were scribbled, props were made, evergreens cut.  Between December 2010 to early April 2011 on every weekend with snow I shot.  A yummy blizzard blew in and I took a vacation day just to shoot.  I kept holiday music on my iPod hoping its spirit would infuse the April photos, exposed so the windows wouldn't show the lame patchy snow outside.  I took my camera with me on errands in case “serendipity” happened.  We are rewarded with the shot of the deer in the woods because I “expected the unexpected”.That kind of unexpected is good.  I expected “good” when this story was printed.  I'd be reading it by the woodstove surrounded by my dogs and family.  That house burned down.  I haven’t had the money or time to visit family or dogs and I will celebrate the holidays after I get paid on the 31st.  Two years later most of my styling looks stuffy and overdone.  Ironic when I was going for simple.  That's life.  Gotta deal.Sometimes, bad stuff happens and good comes of it.  In November I had an issue with my landlord and wanted out of the room I rented.  If it never happened, I wouldn’t have looked for the cottage I rent now.  I can see a sliver of the Long Island Sound from my bedroom window through the winter woods.  In it I will spend four blissful days with nothing to do but catch up with old friends, reading, sleeping, and blogs (yes yours old friend).  BLISS!Visit the sellers and/or creators of vintage & handmade props in this story:Lavender glass bottles: Dreamy WhitesCross bottle: disegno Karina Gentinetta at 1stdibsSilk ribbon: Ozma of Odds “Seasilks”Chairs: disegno Karina Gentinetta at 1stdibsNapkins: Pom Pom HomeGerman glass glitter star: Rachel Ashwell Couture70 grit German glass glitter: EtsyReproduction mercury glass candlesticks: The Sheep[...]



Review of "Belle Blanc Merry Christmas" by Mira & Bianca

2012-12-14T08:45:13.098-05:00

Belle Blanc Merry Christmasby Mira Schnepf and Bianca AurichHardcover, German, approximately $50 USDat The Book Depository and Able Books O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,wie treu sind deine Blätter!Du grünst nicht nur  zur Sommerzeit,Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,wie treu sind deine Blätter!TraditionalMira and Bianca thrilled me soon after Belle Blanc For The Love of White was released with the news there would be a holiday inspiration book to follow.  At last it is here.  Join me as I share a few pictures of the copy Mira & Bianca signed for me.Belle Blanc Merry Christmas is full of holiday ideas with a German accent, such as the sweet Zimtwaffeln butter rum cookies made in a mold of fancy shapes.  There are pre-printed labels to tear out and use on homemade gifts, and templates for sewing Mira's vintage-style teddy bears.  Never-seen-before floral arrangements and tabletops make the tableaux traditional and exciting.  Also, never-before-seen reds come in the vignettes with great success.  A feeling of coziness wraps around the reader as we see teddy bears and children in the pages, too.Share more at their blog.  You're in for a treat if you've never visited Belle Blanc.Until next time, stay shabby!Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed  Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  [...]



Vintage By Nina Christmas Book Review

2012-12-14T08:56:59.298-05:00

I want a kakelugn so badly.Contact these retailers for a copy ($70).If they're sold out but receive enough pre-orders they may be able to order another batch.Little Cottage ShoppeAtelier de CampagneAngels we have heard on highSweetly singing o’er the plains,And the mountains in replyEchoing their joyous strains.Traditional French Carol translated by James Chadwick, 1862I am not disappointed in the least for this heavenly holiday book.  Written in both Swedish and English, it is full of the most casually elegant French-Nordic ideas for decorating and entertaining.  It's going to come out of my bookcase and be read every November for inspiration.  And to think Nina and Maria-Isabel didn't even want to do a Christmas book at first!Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:Blissful Whites Wednesday at TimewashedFeathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  [...]



Romantic Homes: A Nutcracker Ballet Christmas

2012-11-28T19:13:55.106-05:00

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;Soon the bells will start,And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you singRight within your heart.Meredith WillsonVery special thanks are due to Jacqueline de Montravel and the staff of Romantic Homes magazine for featuring my "Nutcracker Ballet Holiday" story in the December 2012 issue!Interested in some of the ornaments?  My friend Roberta Comeau is selling them in her Delhi, NY shop Whispers from the Past. She's taken a few and crafted lovely wreaths out of them already.  We're decorating a tree for the annual holiday auction to benefit The Heart of the Catskills animal shelter with the rest of the ornaments.Until next time, stay shabby! Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  [...]



Sanselig Jul: A Christmas For All The Senses by Franciska Munck-Johansen

2012-12-06T08:48:28.041-05:00

It's a marshmallow world in the winterWhen the snow comes to cover the groundIt's the time for play, it's a whipped cream dayI wait for it the whole year round.Dean MartinMy dear author/editor/photographer friend Franciska Munck-Johansen published her second book!  Titled Sanselig Jul (A Christmas For All The Senses in Norwegian), it is a fascinating trove of simple yet elegant holiday decor and recipes.   It is published in Norwegian but the pictures more than make up for what you may not be able to read.Order Sanselig Jul from my friend Ria here.  If you like the ornaments on the tree, gentle reader, you may be able to buy some from Whispers of the Past in Delhi, NY.  Roberta Comeau may offer a few of my ornaments and glitter houses in her shop.  She donated a tree made of some of my holiday collection to the Heart of the Catskills' annual raffle to benefit homeless pets.My humble thanks for Franciska and Roberta for including me in their creative worlds.Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:Blissful Whites Wednesday at TimewashedFeathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  [...]



Holiday Inspiration Books I Can't Wait To Get

2012-11-29T18:03:59.867-05:00

Vintage by Nina ChristmasMay be available at Atelier de CampangeOrder 'A Christmas For All The Senses' hereOrder at The Book DepositoryOrder A Touch of France by Jeanne d'Arc Living here.Order the December issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living here.Find Romantic Homes at your local newsstand or subscribe.Already there are holiday items in the stores.  Kohl's even had Christmas music on before Election Day.  So, I suppose it's not too early to share the books and magazines I hope to buy this season.I think I'm in the December issues of Jeanne d'Arc Living and Romantic Homes.  If it is true, I'll share the stories with you.  The incomparable Franciska Munck-Johnansen's Sanselig Jul will be featured soon!Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded CharmFeathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage[...]



Nate Berkus Book Giveaway Winner: Charm Bracelet Diva!

2012-11-03T19:54:54.362-04:00







I wish I had a book for all of you.  
The lucky winner is Kathleen of Charm Bracelet Diva!






Giveaway: The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus

2012-10-29T16:54:18.876-04:00

'The Things That Matter' by Nate BerkusPhotos by Roger DaviesMy studio, autumn 2011.My dogs Ruffy and Momo pictured!Roger Davies, the stylist, and yours truly.\Nate's new collection at Target.First off, I must apologize for my hiatus.  I started an MBA program online in late summer and if I go to bed at midnight it's early.  Since I work full-time there's little opportunity for blogging at this time in my life.I'm thrilled to host a giveaway of the newly released book The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus with photography by Roger Davies.  I can't quite believe I'm actually in it.  My special thanks to Nate and Roger for a stunning book.  Definitely worth buying.It's not just lovely homes, it's the stories behind what we collect and our homes.  Brace yourself: Nate recalls his life story, both funny and tragic.To enter:Leave a comment.To double your chances, put the 200 pixel wide giveaway button below as a picture in your sidebar as well.Additional posts on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites count as individual entries also.Sorry, U.S. residents only.The winner will be selected by an online random number generator Friday, 2 November 2012. Good luck!Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  [...]



Summer Foxgloves

2012-07-24T06:00:04.822-04:00

For winter's rains and ruins are overAnd all the season of snows and sins;The days dividing lover and lover,The light that loses, the night that wins;And time remembered is grief forgotten,And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,And in green underwood and coverBlossom by blossom the spring begins. Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1890 I'm loving foxgloves (digitalis).  Tossing ripe seed heads around the garden yields more next year.  Love lazy self-seeded gardening!I've been accepted into Southern New Hampshire University's online MBA program.  Sometimes, I think the only way I can to do it is because I haven't been in school for years and I don't remember how hard it can be!‘Till next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic HomeCome enjoy all the pretty entries![...]



Conclusion: Nina Hartmann Says “Have A Thread”

2012-09-20T17:58:54.775-04:00

OrderlinessListing my lifemaking an inventorythat's the way to perfectionno disorderlinessall of it lined up on the shelfnothing lackingexcept what was soldput on exhibit and sold in a salegone forever at a cheap priceE.C.Nina suggests to "have a thread" -- a theme -- going on in your decor. There’s a thin line between having a collection and a flea market.  Group like with like, color with color. This is critical in small spaces.Less is more.Declutter.I hope you enjoyed this series!Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home  [...]



Decorating Tips from Nina Part V: French Mirrors

2012-07-10T06:00:00.144-04:00

Photo:  Maria-Isabel Hansson Posted by Atelier de ChampagnePre-Order Vintage by Nina in English Life, like a mirror, never gives back more than what we put into it.AnonymousAdmittedly, these are a very tall order here in the U.S.  Affordable Louis Phillippe style mirrors just don’t seem to exist.  I rounded the top ends of two lovely chippy yard sale mirrors (one I bought for $2, one I had), and it’s not the same.   But I tried.  I think of them as anorexic French mirrors.Want to learn more tips and where to shop?  Pre-order the English version of Nina’s book Vintage by Nina.Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Decorating Tips from Nina Part IV: Chandeliers

2012-07-03T06:00:15.023-04:00

GlassWords of a poem should be glassBut glass so simple-subtle its shapeIs nothing but the shape of what it holds.A glass spun for itself is empty,Brittle, at best Venetian trinket.Embossed glass hides the poem of its absence.Words should be looked through, should be windows.The best word were invisible.The poem is the thing the poet thinks.If the impossible were not,And if the glass, only the glass,Could be removed, the poem would remain. Robert FrancisIt’s very hard to get a ‘shabby chic’ room without a chandelier.  As I said on The Nate Show, a room is a volume, not just four walls.  Think about filling the ceiling void with a double-duty item like a crystal chandelier, which gives light and intense beauty.  Up the romantic charm with a candlelight model.  Can’t afford or find an antique chandelier?   Supplement the prisms on a new model with vintage crystal prisms hunted down at flea markets and ‘rust & dust’ antique centers.  Yard sale finds from the 1950s – 1970s can be tarnished to “Scandinavian black” with a treatment of Jax Pewter Black metal tarnish (sticker shock warning: hazmat delivery fee of $50).  Pictured above are just my old white chandys, updated by stripping, patinating, and adding $14 new glass ‘necks’ from online lamp suppliers for that ‘Nina Nordic’ look.Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage HomeVintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home  [...]



Decorating Tips from Nina Part III: Mercury Glass

2012-06-27T11:37:14.986-04:00

Shiny ThingsI hide coins for my son to finddrop nickels ‘round the playground swingseed quarters under sawdust by the slideplace dimes beside the whirlawheelI act surprised when he discoversa penny along the woodchip traildelight in the excitement on his facehis lucky smile finding unexpected shiny thingsI seek objects that shinecollect and hold them in my handsassorted coins that shimmercrows so bright they startthe fire burning in the skymy son his brilliant eyesI turn them in the lightthen hide them in my heartBruce DethlefsenToday’s lesson in ‘the Nina Hartmann look’ is the importance of mercury glass.She uses shades made of mercury glass over task lighting in her kitchen and candlesticks.  They add sparkle without bling, because the tarnish softens the effect.  It’s like displaying silver without the chore of polishing.  Try massing them in front of mirrors.  With shimmery candles lit at twilight the effect is pure delight.Mercury glass votives do double duty as charming vases.I’d love the real thing, but they’re prohibitively expensive in antique stores and the web.  I found my reproduction candlesticks at The Sheep’s Nest ($80 for 4) and my real one at The Barking Dog in High Falls, NY($15 because it’s chipped), and reproduction votives at Anthropologie ($12).Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Decorating Tips from Nina Part II: Angel Wings

2012-06-20T20:02:19.450-04:00

In this immaculate doll of heaven has been conceived,            as thoughNo hands had shaped her, an uninvented innocence be-            queathing graceRing upon ring in haloes all around her, and not remote            nor kindBut only there, dispensing of all the brought light a total            larger light.Even now her wings have assumed such shields of glory            and the pool beneathWheels with such wreaths of shining, the room is gath-            ered and filledBy her tall and burning stillness and, an actual angel,            her suspension warsFor a whole minute against all the dark, as if I were a            child.from Swedish Angelby Winfield Townley ScottAs promised, I’m writing a series of posts on Nina Hartmannand how her style has influenced my decorating.Angel wings are the first item on Nina’s list.  She buys vintage wings made by mothers or nuns for children in Christmas pageants in European flea markets.  Tough to find, but easy to make yourself.  I merely bent bailing wire into a wing shapes, sewed scrap cotton net, painted stars with glue, then sprinkled German glass glitter on.I can’t help feeling a little spiritual with angel wings in the house.  They symbolize freedom and protection.  They impart intangible ‘heart’ in the home far more than any tchotchkes. Avoid the $7 12" dollar store wings.  I’ve seen them in magazines but the effect is perfume on a pig (they’re just toys for kids).Check out handmade wings at:Fanciful DesignPetite French MarketUntil next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Decorating Tips from Nina Part I: Rustic & Romantic

2012-06-13T20:47:28.915-04:00

Fluffy white angel wings on a black bulldog: Nina in a nutshell.Vintage crinoline and my homemade church candelabra.  Ruffled leavened with rustic.The crinoline was $18 at The Salvation Army and the candelabra was practically free. Balance in romantic home accessories: white and black, roses and tarnished metal, refined linens and raw burlap.  Authentic only.First off, I must thank all of you for your kind words and advice in response to my recent tragedies and troubles.  I’ll heal much faster with encouragement.  I’m looking into master’s programs, too, to raise my earning potential.  I fear the money and time it will all cost, along with the knowledge I may not be better off after all’s said and done.  But one must try, for failure is certain if one does not.As promised, I’m writing a series of posts on Nina Hartmannand how her style has influenced my decorating.  Nina says:Compliment every feminine accessory (such as lace boudoir/wedding textiles) with a masculine accessory (such as old mannequins or my favorite – shed deer antlers).Nina suggests zinc, raw or dark wood, old wicker, weathered metal, and industrial materials to get the look.*(*Cited from 'Jeanne d’Arc Living' Autumn 2010 cover feature on Nina.)Getting an authentic feeling in your home means skipping Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn items.  Go for homemade and handmade.  It saves money and you’ll never have that impersonal cookie-cutter effect.  My favorite Etsy shops for this look are:My Petite MaisonA Prairie MarketBrocanterie Belle AmiSavvy City FarmerWant to learn more tips and where to shop?Pre-order the English version of Nina’s book Vintage by Nina.Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Vintage by Nina Book Winners!

2012-06-13T20:46:24.522-04:00

Congratulations to:#14 Debby of Cozy Blanket  #8 Maria of Rusty Hinge  winners of Vintage by Nina by Nina Hartmann with photos by Maria-Isabel Hansson.Pre-order your copy at Atelier de Champagne![...]



Please Pre-Order 'Vintage By Nina' in English GIVEAWAY (U.S.)

2012-06-02T01:05:17.126-04:00

What a fine thing!  What unannoying            romance; And how beautiful, she            with the natural stoop of thesnowy egret, gray-eyed and straight-haired,for whom it should come to the door,--of whom it reminds me.  The split            pine fair hair, steady gannet-clear            eyes and the pine-needled-path deer-swift step; that is Sweden—land of thefree and the soil for a spruce treefrom A Carriage from Sweden by Marianne MooreDear Nina Hartmann has graciously offered two SIGNED copies of the Swedish version of Vintage By Nina for a giveaway!Nina needs your help.In order to get this delicious English version, interest must be evident in the U.S. in the form of pre-orders.She works so hard.  She has invested so much.Won't you send Atelier de Champagne an email to pre-order today (it's about $70) or at least leave a comment about your interest?Let's make Nina a big success in the U.S.!To enter: leave a comment.Extra chances will be given to those who spread the word via social media.  Don't forget to leave a comment for each.  If you don't have a blog or email link on your blog you must contact me.Winner will be chosen via random.org.Giveaway ends midnight 12 June 2012.  Open to U.S. residents only.  Books will be mailed by USPS Priority with Delivery Confirmation (NOT Media Mail, the cruel unprofessional joke that cost me huge money and denied customers what they ordered in good faith).From Atelier de Champagne:Those interested in acquiring (the English) book for resale should contact us viae-mail infoatelierdc@gmail.com for details and info on cost.Title your e-mail Wholesale VBNWe need to take pre-orders ASAP in order to get the book to you by mid-September.Those who are interested in purchasing an (English) copy or two for themselves send an e-mail to infoatelierdc@gmail.com.Title your e-mail Retail VBNAtelier de Champagne will take pre-orders for the sure to please Vintage by Nina Christmas book out in October 2012 with photos by Maria-Isabel Hansson soon...stay tuned!Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Vintage by Nina Winner & New (Longer) Giveaway

2012-06-02T00:32:38.273-04:00



New blogger Ashley of "...Ideas At Midnight" is the 20th commenter and won the signed Swedish copy of Vintage By Nina!





Don't ask me where my head was when I scheduled a giveaway to end the day I started it...

Posting a longer giveaway now!




U.S. Giveaway: Vintage by Nina Book!

2012-05-31T10:08:31.712-04:00

What a fine thing!  What unannoying            romance; And how beautiful, she            with the natural stoop of thesnowy egret, gray-eyed and straight-haired,for whom it should come to the door,--of whom it reminds me.  The split            pine fair hair, steady gannet-clear            eyes and the pine-needled-path deer-swift step; that is Sweden—land of the free and the soil for a spruce treefrom A Carriage from Swedenby Marianne MooreDear Nina Hartmann has graciously offered a SIGNED copy of the Swedish version of Vintage By Nina for a giveaway!Nina needs your help. In order to get this delicious English version, interest must be evident in the U.S. in the form of pre-orders.Won't you send Atelier de Champagne an email to pre-order today or at least leave a comment about your interest?Let's make Nina a big success in the U.S.!To enter: leave a comment.Extra chances will be given to those who spread the word via social media.  Don't forget to leave a comment for each.Winner will be chosen via random.org.Giveaway ends midnight 30 May 2010.  Open to U.S. and Canadian residents.From Atelier de Champage:Title: Vintage by NinaLanguage:English Hardcover: 164 pagesDimensions: 10"x 8.5"More than 300 colour photographsThose interested in acquiring this book for resale should contact us viae-mail infoatelierdc@gmail.com for details and info on cost.Title your e-mail Wholesale VBNWe need to take pre-orders ASAP in order to get the book to you by mid September.Those who are interested in purchasing a copy or two for themselves send an e-mail to infoatelierdc@gmail.com.Title your e-mail Retail VBNUntil next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style  Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



'Vintage by Nina' in English!

2012-05-23T20:55:49.035-04:00

The lilacs lift in generous bloom  Their plumes of dear old-fashioned flowers;Their fragrance fills the still old house  Where left alone I count the hours.High in the apple-trees the bees  Are humming, busy in the sun, --An idle robin cries for rain  But once or twice and then is done.from At Home from Church by Sarah Orne JewettLook who's here!Nina Hartmann and Maria-Isabel Hansson's groundbreaking interior book 'Vintage by Nina' in English.(Distributed in the U.S. by Atelier de Champagne in September 2012.) I've scanned a few images of my Swedish copy echoing the purples of my lilacs.  I absolutely don't mind books I can't read, but discovering more about Nina's aesthetic surely is better.  Corresponding with Nina a few months ago I relayed: America needs you.Romantic yet minimalist, sentimental without saccharine.  This is the first in a series relaying how Nina's influenced my cottage...så vackert! Until next time, stay shabby!Sharing with:White Wednesday at Faded Charm What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse  Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home [...]



Catskills Yard Sale: IKEA Blekinge White Ektorp Sofa & Loveseat For Sale $300

2012-05-23T20:30:28.323-04:00



23 May 2012 - UPDATE: Looks like we have a buyer!

Sofa ($200 neg.) & Loveseat ($100 neg.) will be sold at a 2-family yard sale.

Unused sofa and loveseat in storage.  Sofa's slipcover is still in the original packaging.

9 am
SATURDAY - SUNDAY MAY 26 & 27
515 ACORN HILL RD., OLIVEBRIDGE, NY 12461


A barn full of housewares, antiques, entertainment electronics, TVs, audio & music equipment, computer desks, coffee tables, chairs, shabby chic, tools, 2 refrigerators, books, something for everyone (except baby and kid stuff).


Memorial Day weekend is the hottest yard sale weekend in the Catskills.  Stop at ours first!


Until next time, stay shabby!