Hot Tubbin’ and it Feels So Good…

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This winter, like the last, has been one for the books, in terms of temperatures. I feel like we don’t even reference the “Polar Vortex” anymore because it’s just become the status quo. It’s now just “winter”. The snow has been pretty unrelenting, but at least it makes the cold feel a little more legitimate or justified…right? Right?? I mean, if it doesn’t start getting above 30 degrees soon, I’m pretty sure I’ll be digging a path to my grill for our Memorial Day BBQ. Ugh…

As I once again let the the dog out onto his sad, pee- stained, shoveled pathways in the backyard (gross but true), I gaze out at my frozen tundra of a yard and always wish for the same thing during an Upstate New York winter- a hot tub.

Yes, Josh and I are hot tub folk.

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Yup, I’m fairly certain this will be Josh and I in 20 years… minus the creepy swinger vibe. And maybe less food/ more beer in the hot tub.

I think I read somewhere that looking at images of warm places actually made people feel warmer (sure, why not), so here’s a little dream hot tub round-up for your Saturday morning consideration. I want to go to there…

I've seen a couple versions of this image, so I'm not even sure it's real, but it should be. Almost NOTHING is better than a soak after skiing.

I’ve seen a couple versions of this image, so I’m not even sure it’s real, but it should be. Almost NOTHING is better than a soak after skiing.

The great outdoors aren't for everyone, but this hot tub is. You can feel like you're part of the snowy abyss without venturing into it. Plus, there's a fireplace- we could literally roast marshmallows from the hot tub.

The great outdoors aren’t for everyone, but this hot tub is. You can feel like you’re part of the snowy abyss without venturing into it. Plus, there’s a fireplace- we could literally roast marshmallows from the hot tub.

Just, yes.

Just, yes.

Less probable for a Northeastern climate, but dreamy nonetheless. (Also, I love anything with moss around or near it. It is one of the prettiest things in nature, in my opinion.)

Less probable for a Northeastern climate, but dreamy nonetheless. (Also, I love anything with moss around or near it. It is one of the prettiest things in nature, in my opinion.)

This one is less fantasy, more realistic for a Saratoga backyard. Also, love that this could sort of stand-in for a small pool in the warmer months.

This one is less fantasy, more realistic for a Saratoga backyard. Also, love that this could sort of stand-in for a small pool in the warmer months.

For the sources on these hot hot tubs, you can find them here on my Pinterest.

-Chelsea

 

Little Sissy, All Grown Up!

The lucite tray, mirrored coffee table, potted succulent, and stack favorite design books? On point all the way.

The lucite tray, mirrored coffee table, potted succulent, and stack favorite design books? On point all the way.

My sister, Madi, recently graduated from college and just landed her first Big Girl Job, which also enabled her to rent her first Big Girl Apartment in Boston with her boyfriend, Luke. This is their first time living together and it seems to be suiting them! Madi has a new-found interest in housekeeping and decorating that has paid off. Their cute flat in the Allston area of Boston is sweet, homey, and a perfect example of what an apartment should look like in your twenties. They “splurged” on the sofa, getting a quality, grey velvet one from West Elm, while saving on some of the other pieces like the unique bar cabinet and a couple of side chairs from a Craigslist “store-closing” sale. The coffee table was a Target find and their kitchen table and chairs were graduation/ Christmas gifts from me (a pair of Ghost chairs) and our brother (who MADE their table!!). My stepfather made their bedroom dresser, also helping the couple minimize the financial burden of furnishing their first place from scratch. She accessorized the apartment with cute, original Etsy art and some of Mom’s hand-me-downs, which give the place a personal, eclectic, youthful feel. Take-aways for your first place: don’t forgo  style and quality for budget, but keep it modest. Just get creative with your sourcing, splurge on a few anchor pieces, and get family to pitch in when they can!

Bravo, Madikins! Love you! xoxo

This cool piece makes a perfect bar area. She scored this from Next Summer's closing sale... a great find, but sad to see them go!

This cool piece makes a perfect bar area. She scored this from Next Summer’s closing sale… a great find, but sad to see them go!

Did I mention my brother MADE this table?? I am impressed!

Did I mention my brother MADE this table?? I am impressed!

Her favorite, macaroons, done by an artist she found on Etsy.

Her favorite, macaroons, done by an artist she found on Etsy.

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– Chelsea

Wee Home Update

A year or so ago we did a post on the “tiny home” movement, which we LOVE. In theory. The movement has kind of exploded- there has even been a week-long series of House Hunters devoted exclusively to tiny home hunts. After seeing the House Hunters specials (especially the shows’ conclusions, where they show the new home owners living in their tiny homes after a month or so), I think I’ve decided tiny homes are ultimately just not super practical, especially if you live with anyone or anything else (I mean, we own a home design store… how could we live without at least some superfluous decor?). Although I love what tiny homes represent- moderation, scaling down the excess in our lives- I think perhaps they go a little too far the other way. That being said, for those that can make it work, I salute you! Cue, this clip from the hilarious show, Portlandia, staring Fred Armison (formerly of SNL). I think this says it all… Enjoy! -Chelsea

An Equestrian Christmas

Equine ChristmasThere is something innately “Christmasy” about English-style equestrian things. The red jackets worn for the hunt, the traditional black velvet helmets, the shiny gold and silver of the tack, trophies, and horns… I mean, just picture pretty much anything Ralph Lauren (the couture king of equestrian chic) and doesn’t it conjure that classic Christmas feel and look? Doesn’t it just make you want to curl up in a plaid chair, near a roaring fire, with a fur blanket (it can be faux!) on your lap, while you sip a hot toddy and read a little Frost? Being in Saratoga, we’ve gotten to scratch that English country design “itch” that we’ve always been drawn too (our other is classic Adirondack style, hence our store in Bolton Landing, NY). Come Christmas time, we tone down the horsey a little and opt for more traditional Christmas, but the two just work so well together, there really is no need to leave the horse behind. You also don’t need to be a rider to love the equine style. I don’t ride now, but I truly appreciate the aesthetic. It’s timeless and beautiful- what’s not to like?

Here’s a few of our in- store pictures of an “Equestrian Christmas”. And check out our Pinterest page “Equestrian Christmas” to see inspiration from others!

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A detail from above.

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Those canvas and leather riding boots are my cousin’s great aunt’s boots from the 1920’s.

 

This was actually taken at another house for a photo shoot, but the trophy came from Silverwood!

This was actually taken at a house for a photo shoot, but the trophy came from Silverwood. Trophies make the best vessels any time of year! They add instant sophistication and charm.

Plaid and a little bling... what's not to like?

Plaid and a little bling… what’s not to like about this bag?

One of our horse lamps with a sweet little clutch of pheasant feathers.

One of our horse lamps with a sweet little clutch of pheasant feathers.

These equestrian napkins and napkin rings make the most elegant country table.

These equestrian napkins and napkin rings make the most elegant country table.

Ok, so this doesn't look very festive from the picture, but there was a tree on this table, I promise. But really, the point is that these would look beautiful with any Christmas accouterments. Shiny...

Ok, so this doesn’t look very festive from the picture, but there was a tree on this table, I promise. But really, the point is that these would look beautiful with any Christmas accouterments. Shiny…

-Chelsea

 

Thanksgiving Quick Picks from Silverwood

Obviously Thanksgiving is the ultimate entertainer’s holiday- the entire holiday revolves around food, drink, family, and friends (and maybe some football). What’s not to like?

Whether you are the “home team” or away this Thanksgiving, here are a few items from the store that would make make your table-scape shine or give your host or hostess one more thing to be thankful for.

All of these items are available at Silverwood Saratoga (while supplies last, of course!).

1. Pinecone “Cork” Candles: Super cute and practical! Why buy fancy candlesticks when you just drank the last sip from two perfectly good ones! Bottoms up and- bam!- festive table ambiance.

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2. Pewter Oak Leaf Gravy Boat by Vagabond House: I mean… there are just no words  to match the cuteness of this gravy boat. No worries- if no one buys it, it’ll find a good home. At my house.

VHAcornOakLeafGravy3. Acorn Salad Servers and Bowl: Whimsical and elegant, these make your table or buffet a stunner and they hold food! Whaaa?? Oh, and the price point makes it a home run (each runs between $40 and $70). Too much for a hostess gift? We have coordinating spreaders for $14 that come in a gift box.

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4. Pheasant Placecard Holders: I’m not sure why place card holders aren’t as popular as they used to be. They complete a proper table, People! Whatevs- I love them, so we will keep selling them. So there. CC Pheasant Card Holders

 

5. Richard Bishop Glassware: This glassware is not for the stuffy. It’s got a fun side and it comes in a great gift set/ box, so there can be less wrapping and more drinking! Chin chin! RB Snooty Fox6. Mini mason jar shot glasses: These are are one of my favorite things in the store right now. They are $12. They come in a cute box. And they are just so stinkin’ cute. I plan on celebrating Thanksgiving Eve with these bad boys. MP Shot Glass-Chelsea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Peek: Christmas at the Farm

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The old “Dee Farm”, now the Bischoff family’s home, will be featured in the holiday issue of Simply Saratoga. This one is not to be missed- the home is straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, with its blazing fires and charming holiday decorations. There is also a TON of history to this more than 200 year-old home, which Billy (the homeowner) graciously supplied me with. The new issue hits stands in the next week or two, so be sure to pick up your free copy then!

In the meantime, here are a few detail shots that I took during the shoot last Christmas (no, we did not make Billy decorate his house two months before Christmas…).

(And shout out to Mom, Charlene, since she did a lot of the decorating!)

A simple bundle of pheasant feathers adds a touch of classic country in such an elegant way.

A simple bundle of pheasant feathers adds a touch of classic country in such an elegant way.

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There is a bit of a recurring theme throughout the home’s decorations, which is true to the family’s passion for music.

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Also, if you know someone who does a bang-up job at Christmas decorating, I’d love a good tip for next year’s house! You can email me any pics you might have from previous seasons at chelsea@silverwoodgalleries.com. Thanks!

-Chelsea

Classic Country

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After Char had the pleasure of visiting this charming store in East Chatham, NY, she insisted that we take the new baby on his first road trip for a second visit as soon as possible… Everett was three weeks old. Well, he handled the ride like a champ (and thank God, because he’s going to have to get used to trips like these!).

The store in East Chatham is in a beautiful Federal-style building flanked by a big barn full of cool furniture and lighting- if only we had such a space for Silverwood! The main space is a sophisticated mix of furniture, gifts, and tabletop items. There is much to see, but it is not overwhelming- Meg, the owner, has done a fabulous job editing and merchandizing her mix of traditional and contemporary wares. I have to say, the barn is my favorite part of the compound- it houses an eclectic mix of unique pieces at pretty reasonable price points. If I had a dining room big enough to house it, the 12 foot, metal topped table would have strapped to Char’s little SUV’s roof! The cement deer was pretty tempting too…

Next, we pushed on to Hudson to visit Meg in her new location on Warren Street. Like her “flagship” store, Classic Country in Hudson is also a very cool stop, just on a smaller scale. My two favorite items there? Her tabletop moss terrariums with cheeky, teensy tiny figurines inside (like a tiny hiking couple) and a big, deep, down chaise upholstered in a stunning shade of jewel-tone blue velvet, for my next house… you know, the one with the 20 foot long dining room that will accommodate my amazing 12 foot long table. Someday…

And here are just a few shots of the store in East Chatham.

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Score! Nana bought these cute little grey/green moccs for Everett. I can’t wait until they fit!
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The barn. So wish we had one of these behind us at 24 Caroline…

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My love, the table.

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- Chelsea

 

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

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