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

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]

So sweet....

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...

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

I mean...

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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