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!

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

 

 

What’s New In The Hudson Supermarket?

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MORE SPACE = MORE FUN.
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That’s what I keep telling myself as I gobble up more and more space in the world’s
most super market, the Hudson Supermarket.
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I love it here. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
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And even though I have just added on again, I still look past my now-very-long run
of booths and see how much more stuff I could put in here if I only had just another
30 or 100 feet.
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I could have more factory cart furniture. I’ve been making upholstered seating from
carts for more than 10 years and I never get tired of them. I don’t have one myself
because I  have to replace these faster than I can have the upholstery completed. But,
someday….
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I could have more chickens!

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And, more of the world’s largest flags.
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More French chaises. This one is upholstered in a vintage heavy linen, embroidered
French sheet, natch.
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There would be room for more deconstructed American chaises. This one
started out as a fainting couch…covered in that  fancy-schmancy shiny stuff,
stuffed with uncomfortable horsehair. It had one of those upholstered curved
things (to keep fair maidens from toppling as they fainted dead away, I
suppose) along what is now just an open side. The thick, hand woven linen
and piles of down invite cat naps and other activities that don’t necessarily
require passing out.
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And, another few Frenchy day dream daybeds.
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I designed the pair of fireside benches (the frames are built from the ground
up) and had them upholstered in the most beautiful ca 1900 Swedish drop
cloth material, complete with all the markings and fantastic hand worked
repairs and patches.
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They’ve already been copied by a well-known retailer. Whom I shall not
name.
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Their mass-produced fabric is unusual and really wonderful.
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But not as nice as mine!
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The 1930s steamer chair is upholstered in the last of the drop cloth material.
The grommets, old rope and other parts of the drop cloths are left intact and
look  incredible….so there, big international retailer!
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I really like small stuff, but only if it is old and different from the run of the
mill things that are everywhere. These jars, new-old stock with wonderful
labels, are sure to be reproduced and will show up in a retail store near you
very soon!
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These fabric sample books, ranging from 1887 to 1912, are loaded with
pieces of wool and the most wonderful old hand-written notations and
labels. They are real treasures and are hard for me, a lover of textiles, to
let go. The wavy pages of the book in the middle of the table is like art to
me and, thus, even though it is the newest, is my favorite.
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Other textiles, samples of linen and cotton duck.
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And an old artist’s apron.
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Piles and piles of old bags…
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of all different kinds.
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I have dozens of old Swiss Army bread bags, perfect for slinging
over a shoulder. The leather loops were meant to hang on the handles
of a bicycle.
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Canvas of all kinds gives me a thrill! The thermos cover is full of buckles
and ties and do-dads, including the owner’s initials.
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In a departure from my mostly masculine look, I couldn’t resist a load of pretty
1920s-40s lingerie and jewelry bags from a stone house in Vermont.
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Old advertising, there’s nothing like it anymore. Here, a heavy paper
electric light! I wonder if anyone really believed that the Easy Washer
and the Easy Ironer were  easy?
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 A 1950s paint bucket! I love the embossed numbers and the
happy housewife.
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Even old oil cans looked better back then.
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The window at my post office is nowhere near as good looking as this one
with its gilded lettering, patterned glass and lack of junk mail.
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I have a hundred cultivator parts that make perfect little shelves now that
their farmer has gone modern. The 1937 orange paper “license plates” in
the chrome holders are fillers, merely meant to show how they would look
on a brand new Chevy.
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A see-saw turned bench. Something fun for a front porch.
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A pair of 1800s iron rabbits.
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And a mid century papier mache panda.  Animals. Still the loves of my life.
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But, best of all, paintings by my friend and the greatest living artist,

Jennifer Lanne (JenniferLanne.com). This 6 foot x 6 foot depiction

of country life is the way we would all like it to be.  As much as I would

like to keep it for myself, I have it on 1st Dibs for all the world to see.

(1stdibs.com  >   click “Hudson” in the “Cities” column on the right  >

type “Stephanie Lloyd” in “keyword search” on left.

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I think this one is my favorite with its farm animals, barn, baskets and view.
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But what about this one? The color! The sheep! Is that a Swedish drop cloth
I see on the chair? Picking a favorite is hard for all of us. We really just want
it all. In the end, I guess it comes down to space. We always need just that
extra 30 or 100 extra feet.
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and Stephanie Lloyd At The Hudson Supermarket.  Please do not copy,
reproduce or in any way use without express written permission.

Grand Old Flag

Figuring that I still had two days till the 4th of July and plenty of time to do more

flag things, I asked Ken and our worker, Aiden, to get out the big flag to hang on the

horse barn.

By the time I got outside with my camera, I saw that  the big flag that they had out was the

not the big flag that I meant, but, instead, The Really Big Flag which I knew would be way

too long for the barn.  Or anywhere else around our property.

We tried the barns and the house. In the end, Ken and Aiden, sports that they are,  folded

the flag to go back inside with the others in my huge collection of stars and stripes.

Meanwhile, I came in to look around at some of my other flag stuff, like the light box (below).  

My parents were people from what is now known, rightfully, as the Great Generation. They

were patriotic Americans and, in spite of my hippie years,  I have reverted to character

and am as patriotic as they come.  Family daguerreotypes rest on the flag presented

to one of our fallen heroes (below).

A bunch of vintage parade flags and a trio of  Terry John Wood’s handmade santas.

     

A  50s license plate attachment (below) let the residents of Wooster know exactly where

the driver’s loyalty lay.

Framed flags.

  

And, this one (above, right),  a reminder of some of the crazy coincidences in gift giving

that occurred regularly between my father and me.  Both of us pored over the pages of

Country Living magazine back in the 80s.  One year, we each saw a handmade wooden

flag with lattice stripes and painted stars.  I made one for my father for Christmas with

hand-dyed wood and stars.  My father made the one in the photo for me using stain for

the wood and stars. What a happy surprise on Christmas morning when we each opened

the same gift !  There were other twin gifts made and exchanged over the years and it’s fun

to remember those days.

               

A banner (above, left) that I purchased for Ken ’cause he loves Buddy Holly. And,

Blow Oskar, a painted tin man, the only piece I saved for myself from a collection I

purchased from a folk artist in rural Georgia. He told me that his neighbor, Oskar,

passed his house every day and blew his car horn.  This inspired the little 3′ portrait

of Oskar and the command to Blow!  We made many trips through the back roads

of the south in the 80s and 90s, looking for face jugs and folk art and interesting

folks, as well.

This painting (above), from South Carolina,  is another treasured reminder of  our

southern exposure.  The banner above it says it all for a patriot like me : AMERICA

FOREVER.  And, the flag? Long may she wave.