A Whole New 318…it’s all in the details

This past week, we’ve re-worked our space at The Hudson Mercantile

store at 318 Warren Street and we love the new look. I started with my

little display window that hangs on the wall outside the store…..


And moved on to the inside…..


I love my cowboy, the Ford truck “wings”, the cupboard front, the ship’s hatch

in the perfect shade of blue….oh, I guess I just love it all…..


The cabinet (below) is from the attic of the Lunt Silver Company and was used to

store samples. The wonderful primitive chaise is still strung with old rope and its

cozy cushion is rustic vintage hand woven linen.


The pink baker’s cabinet, old general store screen door and the bear

really make my heart sing. I always keep the stores stocked with a

customer favorite, chunky French lavender bags.


This large wood and metal flower-shaped piece (below)  is a factory mold.


The tin foot bath, in old green paint, makes another intriguing wall



Cupboards, rail road carts, work tables….they sure are wonderful, not

just for their good looks but because you can show off so much stuff:

collections of English jam jars, 1940s lunch boxes, hand made wine



Another customer favorite is my custom down bed pillows with zippered

ticking covers, specially made for me by my upholsterer. Since ticking is a

neutral, many people buy them for their sofas, as well.  I’m crazy about the

color and graphics on the 1930s French sign, advertising Normandie Biscuits.


It’s a lot of work to keep things fresh but, at the end of the day, the satisfaction

and pleasure I get when I look at what I’ve done, is worth every minute of lifting

and climbing up and down the ladder and running outside to check how things

look through the window. They say that it is all in the details and I know that is

so. But, for me, I don’t want those details sitting around too long in one place!


Please visit both of our stores…

The Hudson Mercantile:

318 Warren Street and 202 Allen Street (corner of 2nd Street) in

Hudson, New york.

We’re open every day and we promise fresh, exciting details every day, too!

The Queen Of Muchness


Yes, it is I, The Queen Of Muchness, so crowned by my good friend, Mary

Randolph Carter, otherwise known as The Girl Who Loved Too Many Things …..


A while back, Carter, best-selling writer of interior design books, style maker

and long-time Ralph Lauren VP came to my house with photographer, Carter

Berg (the other Carter!), to take photos for her new book …..


The greatest attention was paid to every detail, while, at the same

time, Carter, in her Amish beekeeper’s suit, saved it all from feeling

too much like work …..


In May, the book was launched:

Never Stop To Think…Do I Have A Place For This?” …..


And in June, we had a festive book signing at The Hudson Mercantile’s

202 Allen Street store …..




It really is a fabulous book, just chock full of the private houses of

inveterate collectors, those who buy only with their hearts. There

are no interior-designer spaces here, just places that are comfortable,

lived in and loved. And full of every kind of collection imaginable.

It’s available at Amazon, Rizzoli, book stores and at The Hudson

Mercantile, both the 318 Warren Street and the 202 Allen Street

stores. And we can have it signed and shipped right to your door!


Thank you, Mary Randolph Carter, for the fun and, most of all, for your

friendship. And, thank you, Carter Berg for making it all look so good!