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…..

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And moved on to the inside…..

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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…..

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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.

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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.

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

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

piece.

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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

cups…..

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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.

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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!

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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

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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 …..

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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 …..

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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 …..

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In May, the book was launched:

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

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

202 Allen Street store …..

 

 

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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!

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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!

Oh, Happy Day!

The Hudson Mercantile’s newest 8,000 square foot store is open!

Here are some photos of my space. More photos of other dealer’s

booths to come.

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Please come in to see us at both of The Hudson Mercantile’s locations:

202 Allen Street (corner of 2nd Street)

and

318 Warren Street

Both stores are open daily.

Finally!

After many delays, The Hudson Mercantile’s newly-renovated 8,000 square

foot warehouse is almost ready to open. We’ll start moving in the big stuff on

May 30, 2014 and be ready to roll out the red carpet sometime the first week

of June. Please stay tuned for the exact date.

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And, to further add to the excitement, we will be hosting a signing party for

Mary Randolph Carter’s new book, “Never Stop To Think…Do I Have A

Place For This?” on June 21, 2014.  So please save the date! It is a wonderful

book, chock full of fabulous, intriguing  houses of collectors from around the

country. We’d love to see you there.

 

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The Hudson Mercantile (2 fabulous locations):

318 Warren Street…..518-828-6318

202 Allen Street (corner of 2nd Street)–The Warehouse…..518-828-3432

Hudson, New York  12534

info@TheHudsonMercantile.com

 

 

It’s Coming

It’s coming…..

 

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Any time now in April-May…..

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Meanwhile, we’re gathering it all, the stuff in our barns…..

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And our storage spaces…..

 

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We’re loading it up…..

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We’re moving it to the workshop…..

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Where Ken is working night and day to get it all ready…..

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Then, we’ll box it…..

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Wrap it…..

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And, tie it up tight. With wire…..

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With string…..

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And, giant thread…..

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To be delivered to:

The Hudson Mercantile…the 8,000 sq ft warehouse store

202 Allen Street (corner of 2nd Street)

Hudson, New York  12534

518-828-3432

info@TheHudsonMercantile.com

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So, put it in your date book:  Opening April-May, as soon as renovations are complete.

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We will also be in our current store:

The Hudson Mercantile

318 Warren Street

Hudson, New York  12534

518-828-6318

info@TheHudsonMercantile.com

Two stores…same cool stuff… just lots more of it.

 

More Crazy Wonderful

This handmade, rough-cut steel table is a folk art treasure. I don’t know if its

creator meant for it to be so quirky or if he just wanted to make something nice.

Either way, he succeeded. And, it’s a keeper…

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A cupboard full of stuff, collected over time in England, Belgium and, of course,

here in America. These won’t be going to The Hudson Mercantile any time soon…

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A painted crate, a model house and an old golf marker, one of a set of six, from Scotland…

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Two little gifts from Jennifer Lanne: a tiny ca. 1930s painting of sheep on a

papier mache plate, probably the work of a member of  a women’s group, and

a fabulous log cabin in the woods, painted by Jennifer, herself. I love them…

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Him…

 

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Birds and cards in an old wooden sorting tray. A giant depression-era ball of string…

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Lots of drawer units in an old warehouse (now in my barns and in

The Hudson Mercantile)

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Mugsie, with his big mutton chops, smiling like a loonie tune, just ’cause that’s

the way he was…

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I guess I might have to just keep posting more and more of the crazy wonderful

things that make my heart sing.

Crazy Wonderful

Beyond fabulous, this ziggedy-zaggedy house in the Catskills…

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A silo, pretty in pink polka dots…

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An iron step, declaring that a good time should be had by all who climb…

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Wooly sheep, grazing in lush, tall green grass…

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And, one more, snoozing in front of a nicely-carved gravestone…

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An artist-friend’s back porch…

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A collection of re-purposed industrial washtubs-turned benches, dressed in grain sacks and down, waiting to go to

The Hudson Mercantile

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A pile of cool stuff from a picker’s yard…

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Sleeping Willie, looking like a little bat-cat…

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The world is just chock full of wonderful things.  Sometimes they are disguised, mixed among the ridiculous

and weird.  Sometimes they actually ARE the ridiculous and weird. It is just a matter of perspective and

expectation and the willingness to see.

 

Drawers! What are they good for?

Drawers, huh, yeah!

What are they good for?

Absolutely everything!

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I have had a life-long love affair with drawers. For me, they are never too

big, too small or too useless.

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It has never mattered to me if they don’t have a particular function.

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It is how they look that counts.

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My house is full of pieces with empty drawers. But that just makes me feel abundant!

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I like them in all kinds of finishes…

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But I love the painted ones best.

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Below, is a favorite workbench of mine, long gone but not forgotten.

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And another favorite, a map case…

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This baker’s table, from a monastery, has drawers all the way around…

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Drawers were built with function in mind, of course, and, even now, most people

want them to serve a purpose.

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Their purpose for me, though, is to please my eye. That’s what they’re good for! Huh!

IMG_7135These pieces either have been or will be in The Hudson Mercantile.