They’re here! The much-anticipated European colors will hit shelves this weekend at both shops, Serendipity & The West End Garage. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on these beautiful colors. I mixed up a few of them yesterday and couldn’t love them more. Here’s some feedback thus far… Arabesque is a soft, ballet pink. I have a bulky beat up secretary desk that I “earmarked” for this color. Yesterday I applied the first coat and can’t wait to work on this piece further. I am convinced this color doesn’t have to be girly with the addition of some antiquing wax. I’ll be sure to share the results here. Mora is very possibly my new favorite! The color is questionable. Is it silver gray? Is it blue green? Even a neutral? This one is a chameleon and changes with the light and surroundings. I painted a sample to consider for kitchen cabinets that I’m getting ready to work on. I think it leaves just the right pop without being in your face nor is it too quiet. I quickly mixed up Marzipan which true to its name is a creamy neutral. For me, this goes in the Ironstone/Linen category. Ironstone is by far our most popular seller but perhaps one can switch things up and try using Marzipan which is off white with a hint of yellow but not as yellow as Linen. I haven’t had a chance to experiment with the other 3 colors just yet but here they are, full of beautiful potential… Our next free milk paint demonstration is on Sunday at Serendipity in Doylestown at 1 pm. Please join us, even if you’ve come to a demo before. We’ll have the new European colors in stock and I’ll be mixing up samples for you to see! If you can’t make it on Sunday but would like to snag a new color, we are currently taking pre-sales online here.
Happy new year, friends! Happy Monday.
All of the holiday decorations are put away. The paperwhites are almost spent. Christmas is behind us and 360 days of 2015 are spread out in front of us full of so much potential. A blank canvas waiting to be painted.
I love this feeling of a new year, new intentions, goals and projects. Of course, many projects. I’ve been editing our to-do lists which encompass both business goals and home improvements. Over the holidays, a few pieces of furniture were completed too which I’ll post in the coming days as we get them on the sales floor. Stay tuned!
Note that our first milk paint demonstration of the year will be held on Sunday, January 25th at 1 pm at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. You won’t want to miss it as we’ll be rolling out the new European Color Line which boasts six beautiful new colors! Be sure to follow along on facebook & instagram for sneak peeks!
What do you have planned for 2015?
Well, let’s get to it. Back to the grind! Some of us have less of a grind than others…
In just a few short hours we will be celebrating the arrival of 2015. It sounds completely surreal: 2015! We certainly live in the future. The age of hashtags, selfies and admittedly more social media acronyms than I can keep up with. True confession, I thought #MCM stood for mid-century modern. Who knew man crush Monday was a thing?
I am happy to celebrate the past everyday surrounded by pretty and practical vintage things. I thought that it would be fun to close out 2014 with some of my favorite displays from our window at The West End Garage.
We took up residence in this space in March and started off with an Easter themed window.
Spring came with a walk in the garden.
Summer arrived along with our busy season and the omission of a few fun windows. I have resolved to take more photos with an actual camera in 2015 to capture all of our displays!
Fast forward to fall…my favorite season and perhaps my favorite window of the year.
We closed out the year with the magical Victorian dollhouse. A mini version of Christmas in Cape May when historical homes are decked out from eaves to gingerbread trim.
Fun fact: The West End Garage is a very old building that was originally a Ford Model T dealer. I believe this front space was the showroom hence the beautiful tin walls and ceilings that are still in tact. Then it became an auto shop called, none other than, The West End Garage. We’re so lucky to be part of such a unique space. If you haven’t been in before, you have to put it on your list for 2015.
If you’re lucky enough to celebrate the New Year in Cape May, be sure to stop by. Everything is on sale today and tomorrow. Thanks for a great year and Happy 2015!
Serendipity Shops of Doylestown is paying it forward to all of our local patrons with a huge One Day Sale! Today, December 26th.
Small businesses wouldn’t succeed without the support of the local community. Enjoy discounts throughout the store including a rare opportunity to purchase Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint at a discounted rate. Sale does not apply to online purchases. Stock up for your 2015 projects today!
Thanks for a great year! Happy holidays to you and your family.
Did you know that we are popping up at Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall in Cape May?
It is a truly magical place to visit throughout the holiday season. Complete with an old-fashioned carousel perfect for kids from ages 1 to 92. All of the details and hours can be found here. Don’t miss the tree lighting Friday night on the grand lawn just across from the beach.
Just around the corner, past Santa’s Workshop and the Congress Hall Express train is the shopping village, poolside. I told you, magical!
That’s where you’ll find Circa Dee and Houndstooth featuring our favorite gifts for everyone on your list…plus many other fantastic shops along with a treat bar where you can pick up the hotel’s legendary hot chocolate. Yum!
I am thankful for a job I absolutely love. Buying, merchandising, potting, painting, decorating and all-around creating are tasks that I simply love to do. Shopping Brimfield…for work? Yes, please. It’s been said, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Truly, I am grateful.
I’m thankful for my husband who has been by my side creating this brand. He’s done the heavy lifting, constructing and much of the behind the scenes work to make my many visions reality. Just this week he spent hours meticulously arranging minute dollhouse furniture, positioning the tiniest of dishes and details. Something I’m not sure I would’ve had the patience to complete.
I am thankful to call this community home. Cape May is a quaint seaside town lined with historic homes and filled with some of the most creative folks around. This week has been a massive behind the scenes tour as we’ve watched an entire town prepare for the big event. The Holidays In Cape May. Fresh paint, new lights, stacked firewood, grand displays, pressed linens. Pulling out all of the stops to create fantastic memories. No wonder Cape May was named one of America’s best towns for the holidays by Travel + Leisure. I’m grateful to contribute to such a special culture.
I’m certainly thankful for your support. This year we’ve taken our business to a new level. We’ve expanded and branched out to areas I dreamt about for longer than I realized. We added an entire line of garden products including live plants and American made gifts. You’ve been so encouraging. Following our journey both personally and professionally. Leaving comments across social media. Introducing yourself in person. Pinning, liking, purchasing. Thank you. It hasn’t gone unnoticed and means the world to me.
Happy Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for?