Sneak Peek: Dream Cottage on Park Place

I’m back from an unofficial hiatus… because it was summer, we re-opened Silverwood in a new Bolton Landing location, I am hugely pregnant, and, well, I’ve had a lot on my plate. So, sorry for the lack of posts these last few months- I will try to be better now that the cozier days of Fall are nye!!

I have been keeping up with my Simply Saratoga features and the house I chose for the Fall Showcase of Homes issue is by far one of my favorite new homes in Saratoga. The gorgeous home of Mark Hogan and Rob Saba, built by John Witt Construction, is charming, sophisticated, and totally gorgeous from foundation to attic- literally every room is perfectly edited and decorated. This home is the antithesis of “builder basic”. And the back yard? Don’t even get me started! It’s so amazing, I decided to give that its own feature in the issue for the Spring Home & Garden issue for 2015!

The Fall issue is coming out any day, but here are a few teaser pics until then!

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-Chelsea

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Peek: The House at Schuyler Pond

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For the May/ June issue of Simply Saratoga we featured Amanda Crames stunning gardens and grounds. If you’ve been in her store, Schuyler Pond, then you know what a unique aesthetic she favors and how natural she is at creating interesting and inspiring vignettes with her merchandise. Her home is no exception. With all there is to look at and take in, there was no way we could have covered it all (home and gardens) in one issue. So for the Summer 2014 issue, we are moving inside the gorgeous farmhouse. Here are a few little close-up peeks at what to expect in the next issue!

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(PS- this is actually also under “What a Catch!” because it is for sale! Check the listing out here for more info.)

- Chelsea

Score! My $25 Craigslist Dresser

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Yup. I found this beaut on Craigslist… and I lived to tell the tale, too! I tend to be skeptical of Craigslist, fearful of scams and getting murdered, but this experience was totally serendipitous. The dresser was in Saratoga, EXACTLY like the one I missed out on in a recent auction, and… it was $25! Also, turns out I actually know the seller- bonus! All in all, a great score. Hazaa!

I wish I could tell you this will soon be seen at Silverwood… but nope. This one’s all mine!

-Chelsea

Sneak Peek: The Yard We All Wish We Had

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I am super excited about my next feature in Simply Saratoga magazine. A local designer and shop owner has opened her doors (and back yard) to us and her home is a dream! For the Spring Home and Garden issue, we will be focusing largely on her grounds, which she maintains largely herself (on 5 well-manicured acres I might add). Looking through the shots, I am just yearning for Spring flowers so much more! The issue hits stands in mid- May, but here’s a little sneak peek in the mean time… do you recognize that little barn? You might if you’ve visited the owner’s fabulous store!

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-Chelsea

What a Catch! 263 Daniels Road

DanielsThis stately home on bucolic Daniels Road (right near the Saratoga Polo Fields) has so much potential! It faces forest and pasture and is surrounded by woods and a stream on almost 5.5 beautiful acres. The rooms are enormous and the house seems to have great bones. It also seems to have been well taken care of over the years, although a face-lift here or there, to update it (and make it your own!) would probably be in order. Mostly, a new kitchen and another bath upstairs would be wonderful (and you certainly have the space to do it!). There are 4+ bedrooms, 3 living spaces, an enormous dining room, and a cool widow’s walk accessible from the second floor. It’s about 3,300 square feet (but felt like more…).

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There is also a one car detached and a one car attached garage, which is a very nice bonus on an old house in this price point!

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I do so love a good project (and I hate the idea of ripping out a newer renovation job), so if you’re like me, THIS is the place for you! Plus, a gorgeous, big, old house like this, in good shape, on 5 acres, this close to town? For $474,900, it’s a very good value.

I actually looked at this house a few months ago with my mom, because it intrigued me. I thought we were looking for her, but I think I was really looking for me. I told her, in 10 years, this would be perfect for us… but decided, for now, I think Josh is just fine taking care of our little 20′ x 30′ back yard in town (plus, I realized I’m just not ready to leave our sweet, yellow house just yet!). Maybe someday we’ll be “big land” people… and if 263 Daniels is still available (which for the owner’s/agents sake, I hope not!), I’m comin’ fur ya!

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Every room in this house is big with soaring ceilings.

It's hard to see in the pictures, but all the bed rooms are very big as well.

It’s hard to see in the pictures, but all the bed rooms are very big as well.

For more info, contact Val Thompson at Roohan Realty.

-Chelsea

 

 

 

OMG! Christmas is in 3 days!

xmas sledsOk, so I’m a little behind the ball (I mean, I’m just posting on Christmas decorating ideas)… but who doesn’t feel that way this time of year? It always just seems that we are just going, going, going, trying to get everything done before Christmas, the end of the year, vacation… whatever it is, there is this feeling that the clock is ticking and I have a million things to do and not enough time (or energy) to do it all. Ugh! I’m pooped just thinking about it!

So, here it is. These can be last minute decorating ideas, just pretty pictures to peruse while you (hopefully) take a minute to do something relaxing and quiet, or maybe inspiration for next year!

Using things you have already and adding some Christmas whimsy is often the most  fun, original, and rewarding way to decorate.

Using things you have already and adding some Christmas whimsy is often the most fun, original, and rewarding way to decorate. [source]

Last year, I filled my antique baby scale with lights... simple and easy. Let the antique do most of the "talking"!

Last year, I filled my antique baby scale with lights… simple and easy. Let the antique do most of the “talking”!

I'm a huge fan or using fresh greens over fake when decorating. The smells is wonderful and it's very hard to truly replicate the imperfect look of real evergreen with faux. The look also tends to be more understated and earthy, but I like that about it.

I’m a huge fan or using fresh greens over fake when decorating. The smell is wonderful and it’s very hard to truly replicate the imperfect look of real evergreen with faux. The look also tends to be more understated and earthy, but I like that about it. [source]

I borrowed from this look for my own front porch, filling a basket with greens left over from our tree and some lit LED branches.

I borrowed from this look for my own front porch, filling a basket with greens left over from our tree and some lit LED branches. [source]

Simple, rustic, and beautiful.

Simple, rustic, and beautiful. [source]

 

A beautiful front entrance.

A beautiful front entrance. [source]

My friend, Cindy Fieler, helped me get the house ready for the Candlelight Christmas Tour last year and added fresh greens to this corner in the window... so clever and sweet.

My friend, Cindy Fieler, helped me get the house ready for the Candlelight Christmas Tour last year and added fresh greens to this corner in the window… so clever and sweet.

 

I also love using real pinecones in my winter decor. This idea is cute, enclosing it under a cloche. (I also love using fake snow, like they've done here.  It's also budget- friendly, big impact for the price, and just pretty. You can have a white Christmas anywhere!)

I also love using real pinecones in my winter decor. This idea is cute, enclosing it under a cloche. (I also love using fake snow, like they’ve done here. It’s also budget- friendly, big impact for the price, and just pretty. You can have a white Christmas anywhere!) [source]

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So sweet…. [source]

Pinecones, fake snow on my dining room table last year. ( This was another pretty, Cindy concoction.)

Pinecones, fake snow on my dining room table last year. ( This was another pretty, Cindy concoction.)

Vases filled with white branches and the snow made for such a pretty table top display.

Vases filled with white branches and the snow made for such a pretty table top display.

I wish I could tell you how these were made... but I'm sure papier-mache would do the trick. I love the light...

I wish I could tell you how these were made… but I’m sure papier-mache would do the trick. I love the light… [source]

A little mercury glass is always a stunning way to add some festive shine. (Psst! We sell similar ornaments at Silverwood, if you want to replicate the look!)

A little mercury glass is always a stunning way to add some festive shine. (Psst! We sell similar ornaments at Silverwood, if you want to replicate the look!) [source]

This reminds me of the Puddle and Toot Christmas story... so charming!

This reminds me of the Toot and Puddle Christmas story (Let it Snow), which I think I love more than my son does… the illustrations are just so precious, like this photograph. 

(Another Toot and Puddle book I must have!)

(Another Toot and Puddle book I must have!)

Our tree this year... Mom scored this awesome burlap ribbon at Home Goods for under $10 a spool!

Our tree this year… Mom scored this awesome burlap ribbon at Home Goods for under $10 a spool!

I didn't have the time, energy, or desire to spend the extra money on greenery for my bannister this year, but next year, I am totally copying this. Yowza!

I didn’t have the time, energy, or desire to spend the extra money on greenery for my bannister this year, but next year, I am totally copying this. Yowza! [source]

Mom, on the other hand, did a beautiful job out at the Farm (again using burlap ribbon from Home Goods).

Mom, on the other hand, did a beautiful job out at the Farm (again using burlap ribbon from Home Goods).

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And just because it’s totally adorable… [source]

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A little table setting I was playing with.

A little table setting I was playing with.

We can't forget the classic orange accoutrement at Christmas... how sweet it is.

We can’t forget the classic orange accoutrement at Christmas… how sweet it is. [source]

The full table with the orange table setting. What a clever idea, with the black paper and chalk as a table cloth?

The full table with the orange table setting. What a clever idea, with the black paper and chalk as a table cloth?

- Chelsea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score! (I heart G. Willikers.)

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We wanted to get my three year-old something fun, that would stand out under the tree when he woke up on Christmas morning, but that wasn’t a plastic monstrosity. I found this adorable wooden garage on a popular children’s furniture site (as well as the play toaster he’s been begging for), but I kept loading it in my online “cart” and then abandoning it. Well, I think the local retail gods were speaking to me, because I decided I was going to just check to see if they had something similar at G. Willikers (the toy store in town that I adore). Low and behold! they have the exact same garage. Nine dollars cheaper (BEFORE shipping). Oh and did I mention that they wrap? Score! We aren’t planning on wrapping the garage, since we want it assembled and out for the “wow” factor, but they ALSO had the exact same wooden toaster set I wanted. Wrap it up! Double score!

And that, my friends, is why shopping local is the bees knees! 

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DIY Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Wow. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is still a week away. I’ve been so bombarded by Christmas already, in our store (we have to keep up…) and others, I feel like Thanksgiving should be well behind us by now.

Ok… focus, People! We still have one of our nation’s most beloved holidays on the horizon. Even as a retail business owner, I strongly disagree with people shopping on Thanksgiving for anything other than say, a carton of milk in a last minute rush to Stewarts. Black Friday is out of control. It should not leak into a holiday that is meant to be a day of family, friends, and reflection. Yeah, the parade, the football (or Westminster dog show, if you’re like me), the food- they’re all great too. And sometimes the whole day can seem a little anti- climatic after you are finished shoving several pounds of food in your face and the turkey- nap syndrome starts to overtake you. But can we not just enjoy one day without being a materialistic and consumption obsessed culture? For this Thanksgiving, let us enjoy the company of those we are with. Talk to each other. Put down the iPhones, the iPads… take a walk after dinner. Let it be a day where the only thing we consume is the food on our plates. And take the time to be thankful for it.

With that said, here are a few DIY ideas for making your Turkey day a very special (and pretty) one. Most of these ideas are SUPER easy (I am not, I repeat, NOT crafty) and calling them DIY is generous at best. It’s more like, “here’s a cute way to put some sticks in a vase that maybe you hadn’t thought of yet”. In any case, most of these use items you probably already have, so they are cheap and easy but with great visual impact!

See? Sticks in a vase. But super pretty! And you literally don't even have to buy a thing, if you don't want to. Mason jars, glass Saratoga water bottles... get creative with the vessel you use, because almost anything would look pretty with bright, fall leaves.

See? Sticks in a vase. But super pretty! And you literally don’t even have to buy a thing, if you don’t want to. Mason jars, glass Saratoga water bottles… get creative with the vessel you use, because almost anything would look pretty with bright, fall leaves. [Source]

Just dip some of your Halloween gourds in paint for a sophisticated (and so affordable) "up cycle".

Just dip some of your Halloween gourds or apples in paint for a sophisticated (and so affordable) “up cycle”. [Source]

 

I don't know about you, but I definitely have month-old pumpkins on my porch still.(Hey- they're good through Thanksgiving!) Well, turn one or two into a festive ice bucket!

I don’t know about you, but I definitely have month-old pumpkins on my porch still.(Hey- they’re good through Thanksgiving!) Well, turn one or two into a festive ice bucket!

Again, pumpkins are perfect nature- made vessels for flowers, ice, or food! (Great for dips, soups, or deserts... and since they come in all sizes, so their are so many options!)

I’m obsessed with this image. Again, pumpkins are perfect nature- made vessels for flowers, ice, or food! (Great for dips, soups, or deserts… and since they come in all sizes, there are a zillion options!) [Source]

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This obviously needs no explanation, but how cute (and simple) is it?

This obviously needs no explanation but how cute (and simple) is it? [Source]

Super cute center piece idea and again, so easy and affordable! Have a vase? Get some Indian corn at the grocery store and viola! A centerpiece is born in less than a minute.

Super cute center piece idea and again, so easy and affordable! Have a vase? Got some rocks in your back yard? Well, get some Indian corn at the grocery store and viola! A centerpiece is born in less than a minute. [Source]

 

You could do this one virtually for free. The only issue with the ideas that use leaves is that you may want to gather them in October, when they are not so dead and crispy... that, or use faux ones (or make some out of paper with the kids, if you are of the more crafty ilk). Just hang them from fishing line and you get this cool, contemporary take on the centerpiece.

You could do this one virtually for free, but it still has such great dramatic impact. The only issue with the ideas that use leaves is that you may want to gather them in October, when they are not so dead and crispy… that, or use faux ones (or make some out of paper with the kids, if you are of the more crafty ilk). Just hang them from fishing line and you get this cool, contemporary take on the centerpiece. (Bonus! It leaves you with more space for FOOD!)

- Chelsea

 

 

 

 

The Casino Conversation has Begun!

Casino SAVEIf you are as concerned as to what Vegas-style gaming will do to our prosperous and quaint downtown as I am, there is now an organized movement under way and the dialogue has really begun! As I mentioned in a previous blog, I had been concerned that no one had even begun to talk about this issue, at least in any organized public forum. However, after the very eye-opening forum held by the Saratoga Wire a few weeks ago (thank you!) and then the election results last week, people are beginning to rally against the expansion to Vegas-style gaming in Saratoga. Local teacher, Colin Kelpetar started the Facebook page “Saratogians Against More Gambling in Our Town”, which has since combined with 1 or 2 other groups to become “SAVE Saratoga (Saratogians Against Vegas- Style Expansion)”. Here is our (“our”, since I am a member) statement of purpose:

“SAVE Saratoga is a community-organized opposition group to the siting of a Las Vegas-style casino in the city of Saratoga Springs. We seek to preserve our thriving downtown, rarely seen in America today and recognized nationally; our world renown performance art spaces; our thriving economy and our social and individual security and pride that generations of thoughtful and caring Saratogians have worked to build, rebuild and preserve.”

You can request to join the group if you’d like to receive the most up-to-date info on press and meetings that are planned, regarding the opposition to Vegas-style gaming in Saratoga.

Look, my intention is not to use this blog as a political “soapbox”, but in this case, I am concerned about protecting this special city and the quality of life it provides… the very things this blog celebrates. But don’t worry! While I will personally stand up for this cause, I won’t be vehemently expounding my thoughts on it here (phew, right?). However, I will be posting updates on the meetings and press regarding it, since I think it is so important for anyone who loves Saratoga or enjoys its surrounding areas to know about what is going on and to have a say (if they so choose) on this very important issue.

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You can buy the bumper stickers here.

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-Chelsea

 

Thanksgiving Table Round-Up!

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As the days become more frigid, our cravings for warm, hearty food increase and our instincts to nest, in preparation for the long winter ahead, make this time of year one of the most fun times to decorate the home. And planning your Thanksgiving table combines the best of both those worlds!

With Pinterest and SOO many great blogs to pull from, it can be both fun and very overwhelming (and time consuming) to gather ideas. Well, I’m here to help! I’ve pulled some of my favorite tables, which will hopefully help to inspire you, right from your inbox (if you subscribe, that is).

I love the use of hydrangea in pretty much anything.... the cool, soft palette is also a fresher take on the traditional Thanksgiving tablescape.

I love the use of hydrangea in pretty much anything…. the cool, soft palette is also a refreshing take on the traditional Thanksgiving tablescape. [Source]

I love the simplicity of this table- clean and fairly minimal without being too naked and, well, boring. The cotton is also a unique Fall accoutrement.

I love the simplicity of this table- clean and fairly minimal without being too naked and, well, boring. The cotton (cattail? milkweed?) in the bouquets is also a unique Fall accoutrement. [Source]

I mean, what's not to love about this? Willow with the green and white pumpkins... also, keep in mind that the best centerpieces are low ones, no matter how fun a tall dramatic bouquet can be. With low profile ones, you can see everyone at the table and pass food easily.

I mean, what’s not to love about this? The vine with the green and white pumpkins… perfection. Also, keep in mind that the best centerpieces are low ones, no matter how fun a tall dramatic bouquet can be. With low profile ones, you can see everyone at the table and pass food easily. [Source]

This is your traditional orange, brown, and yellow table done in a classically elegant way. It just exudes warmth and totally feels like a harvest feasting table.

This is your classic orange, brown, and yellow table done in an elegantly rustic way that makes it interesting. It just exudes warmth and totally feels like a harvest feasting table, while still making use of the fine china and good silver. [Source]

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An unexpected color palette for Thanksgiving, which I love! [Source]

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Cute use of pumpkins as platforms for your hors d’ oeuvres or buffet. Festive and practical! [Source]

I'd love to stage my own table, but I'm a bit short on time these days... however, I DID stage a few table at the shop, which sort of counts! They aren't so much perfect table settings as inspiration and parts to help inspire YOU and your own holiday table...

I’d love to stage my own table, but I’m a bit short on time these days… however, I DID stage a few tables at the shop, which sort of counts! They aren’t so much perfect table settings as inspiration and parts to help inspire YOU and your own holiday table…

I love these faux pumpkins from Parkhill... we get them every year because of their lifelike quality and great colors and shapes.

We only have a few of our Heirloom Pumpkin candles left because of their awesomeness- great fragrance and the cutest glass and willow votives. I also love these faux pumpkins from Parkhill… we get them every year because of their lifelike quality and great colors and shapes. (Also, you can keep them for many Thanksgivings to come, which helps!)

Thanksgiving 2012 at the Silver household... our first year hosting. The photo's a little dark (the food was getting cold! Who has time to light it perfectly?) and the table wasn't magazine perfect, but the evening was unforgettable. XOXO family!

Thanksgiving 2012 at the Silver household… our first year hosting. The photo’s a little dark (the food was getting cold! Who has time to light it perfectly?) and the table wasn’t magazine perfect, but the evening was unforgettable. And THAT’S what Thanksgiving is really about. XOXO, Family!

 

Stay tuned for the DIY Thanksgiving Decoration Round-up for the non-crafty types (like me)!

- Chelsea

 

 

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