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!
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?
We’ve been soaking up the changing seasons here with walks on the beach, bike rides, flower picking and wood stacking amongst our usual work. I am a bit smitten with a field of beautifully decaying sunflowers. Their great big heads full of seeds ready for sowing next year (or snacking this year).
All of the marsh grasses are in bloom showcasing a soft pink hue as the sun catches them waving in the breeze. Honeysuckle has faded on the beach dunes making way for cheerful goldenrod which has always been a favorite roadside weed. And the sunsets… phenomenal.
What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?
One of the things I love most about living in Cape May is all of the natural beauty around us. Sure, we have the beach and ocean and, of course, the most fantastic sunsets. That is a given. But what many visitors don’t always see is the vast farmland that Cape May possesses. Many of the farms are on preserved acres of land. There are vineyards, alpacas, flower farms, vegetables and hens. Lots of hens.
Ryan and I joined the Egg CSA at Beach Plum Farm this year. It is a 20 week Community Supported Agriculture program where we pick up a dozen fresh eggs straight from the farm. I look forward to visiting the farm every week and subsequently the hens. These ladies run a tight ship – looking for snacks and checking out the visitors. I suppose the hen does rule the roost after all.
After a short visit with the girls, they typically lead me right to the piglets. It’s fun to see the personalities of the animals. The hens anxiously peck along keeping everyone in check while the pigs are much more laid back. They’re so darn cute with their muddy snouts and squeaky snorts. I can’t help but to think of Babe, one of my favorite movies as a kid. “That’ll do pig, that’ll do.”
Have you visited Cape May’s farmland lately?
Oh September! How did you sneak up so quickly? Quite bittersweet. I do love fall however so I’m sure I’ll be ok. We’ve been catching some fantastic sunsets lately, a bit earlier than I’m comfortable with but they sure are stunning.
Cape May celebrated Labor Day weekend with the annual Tomato Festival. We had an impromptu tomato festival of our own at home after coming into 25 pounds of ripe, locally-grown tomatoes for a steal at a farm stand.
We made pasta sauce, roasted tomatoes, tomato polenta, tomato salad and tomato omelets. We’re a bit tomato-ed out here but we’ve got enough to last us into the winter, I think. Nothing like seasoning each dish with complementary garden fresh herbs.
I’m also enjoying our newest book that we just introduced to the inventory for harvest season. Drink the Harvest has fantastic recipes for drinks made with more of your fruits, vegetables and herbs. I think mint may be up next on the chopping block over here! The new book is available at The West End Garage.
Let me also introduce this little guy. He has a bit of a moody warmth about him…just in time for the changing season. Kind of like your favorite slouchy sweater.
I love, love, love the unique brass hardware. The bottom was painted in MMS milk paint boxwood and the rest is MMS milk paint typewriter with shutter gray peeking through. I applied antiquing wax over the typewriter to really darken the color. This nightstand is available at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.
Here we are in August. Already. How did that happen?
Well, come on in. Let’s see what’s in store…
An ever evolving collection of old and new. Heirlooms and handmade.
Can’t you just smell that dried lavender wreath? Smells like late summer.
The boxwood green sideboard is perfect for a dining room or a family room media center. Check out the iron hardware!
I just love this turn of the century oak harvest table. It is perfect!
And so are the fluffy Cape May pillows that we can’t seem to keep around for long.
We have cheerful, live plants – succulents, topiaries, terrariums.
She sells seashells by the seashore.
Ribbit. He’s a real crowd pleaser!
We’re stocked with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. The next free milk paint demonstration at the West End Garage in Cape May will take place on Tuesday, August 12th at 3 pm.
You’re in for a real bonus as our neighbor, Eastcote Lane, will also be demonstrating her paint line too.
Come visit us!
I had a wonderful afternoon yesterday meeting with some of our customers at The West End Garage who are interested in painting their old cast offs. We talked milk paint and also heard from our new neighbor at the garage, Eastcote Lane, who carries Maison Blanche furniture paint. Oh the possibilities!
It is funny how chatting with creative minds about individual projects can get me excited about milk paint all over again. As a result, I ended up painting until 11 pm last night! Those pieces are still in progress but today I am sharing this Eulalie’s Sky side table that is in the shop now. You may have caught a glimpse of it on facebook or instagram. I managed to snap a few staged pictures before bringing it in yesterday.
This one just screams beach house to me. The beachy, summer feel is all in the white wax details. I like to let it collect in the corners and around the legs to give it a bleached-out, sun-faded look.
Would you believe the top was leather? Well, it still is leather with the addition of milk paint. Sorry, no before picture. I am slacking in that department for sure. Anyway, the leather absorbed the milk paint like a champ and even has some very subtle crackling that is hard to see in the photos. I took a cue from Miss Mustard Seed and added a decorative design around the circular inset.
I’m sure you noticed that Cape May pillow too, right? It is the most comfy, down pillow ever. The cover is machine washable and handmade – both sewn and screen printed. It makes a great hostess gift if you’re crashing at your friend’s beach house. Or a gift for yourself! But they are going fast at The West End Garage…
If you’d like to join us to talk paint at another free demonstration, just check on the demo tab here for future dates. This information can always be found in the drop down menu below ‘milk paint’ at the top of this site. I will be in PA next weekend to demonstrate for those on the other side of the bridge.
Well, June is here! The weather is on the rise, the days are long, the water cool and strawberries are the pick of the moment. These things will be celebrated, as they should be, on Saturday at the annual Strawberry Festival in West Cape May. Be sure to walk across the street and visit us at the The West End Garage. You might just stumble upon a free milk paint demonstration. Will you be in Cape May this weekend?