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Archive for February, 2013

Storm’s A-Comin’

Ahhh the life of a decorator.

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Me + Home Depot parking lot + 4 palm trees + gale force winds = just another day.

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It’s the season of love and romance and with Valentine’s Day only 8 days away, we’ve got you covered at Penney & Company!

Penney & Co secret heart box $5, paperweight $8

Penney & Co secret heart box $5, paperweight $8

If you’re looking for a special little gift, card or just something pretty to mark the occasion, Penney & Co is the spot for you.  With a handful of gorgeous artisanal cupid-approved cards, heart shaped dishes for candy or baubles and special ceramic heart-shaped boxes, there are plenty of ways to say I love you.  We’ve even got hand-made chocolates to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth for only $1 -$2!

Penney & Co Chevron Cushions $30

Penney & Co Chevron Cushions $30

Handmade Chocolates $1-$2

Handmade Chocolates $1-$2

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Penney & Co Card $5.95

Penney & Co Card $5.95

 

 

 

 

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Sunny Morning At My Place

I did a little accessorizing around our house on Monday and added some touches of green for a spot of springy brightness.  Thought you might want to see…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m often skeptical of the mass-market versions of designs by companies like Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.  Kitchen cabinets for example the are inspired by Martha’s own homes can come off looking kind of plastic and like a Disneyland version of the original.

Well I was pleasantly surprised to see this affordable Home Depot kitchen by Martha Stewart as it was installed at Martha’s Maine home called Skylands.  No it’s not Martha’s own kitchen – it’s in some guest quarters (above a garage I think!) so don’t start imagining the billionaire is decorating her mansion with Home Depot!  Still, it’s a helpful illustration of strong democratized design that the rest of us can afford and customize to our own homes.  I think it’s the paint colours, the trim moulding and the beautiful windows that really make this space sing.

Here’s the front door of Skylands in Maine.

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And the new Home Depot kitchen!  Looks pretty good huh?  The cabinets are in her signature Sharkey Gray which you can buy at home depot in straight paint so maybe this will inspire you to paint your own cabinets?  I really like the island having one side left open for shelves – really makes it less of a mammoth box in the middle of the room.

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The corbels are modelled on antique examples from Martha’s house.  I like the shaker pegs in-between too.

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This affordable kitchen seems to have lots of high quality details like corian counters that look like stone and bells and whistles like this pot cupboard that swings out.  Oooh and notice the nice old wooden floors – this helps keep the kitchen from looking to shiny and new too.

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The drawers have wooden construction with hidden glides.  Looks pretty good to me!

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Here’s Martha demonstrating the pull out spice drawer that’s tucked into a little space near the sink.  The backsplash is stainless steel subway tile which I think helps the stainless appliances not looks so choppy right?

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A nice view of the shaker style cabinets and the school house pendant which was also a big box Home Depot find.  Again I like how the walls are gray and blend in with the stainless backsplash to reduce contrast and the window frame is painted out too.  Note the crown moulding atop the cabinets for a finished traditional look.

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Well this’ll make me look twice next time I’m at Home Depot!

 

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Lots of people  have a dream of one day converting an old barn into a living space.  The lofty ceilings and rustic details, not to mention the bucolic setting seems to paint the perfect picture don’t you think?  Well many dream, but Steven Gambrel (one of my fav designers) has accomplished it for a client in Virginia.  Designed to repurpose old dairy barns on part of the clients equestrian estate (note the equestrian details in the decor), the barn now provides entertaining space.  I can just imagine the parties here!  Get ready to drool…

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Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel  srgambrel.com

Design by Steven Gambrel srgambrel.com

1.  I love the mix of fresh punchy colour (like red/blue doors) with the muted muddy tones (walls, trim).  Just such a dynamic combo!

2.  The equestrian art as a gallery of black and white photos covering some walls – genius!

3.  The repeated beaded board in a chevron design in the cabinet doors to echo the ceilings and barn-feel.

4.  Chunky furnishings with just the right scale, pulled into intimate groupings and the balance of rustic, raw materials with fine.

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NEW! At Penney & Company

It’s been an exciting week here at Penney & Company but there’s no rest for the wicked and I’ve got new items to show you!  A mix of old and new, large and small, these stylish staples will transform your house into a lived-in home.  Take a look and feel free to call or email for information or to purchase over the phone.

First up, these graphic and gorgeous plastic placemats that can handle and spill and still look great!  The glasses are wonderful for drinks, but even better as a bud vase or toothbrush holder!

Penney & Co Plastic Placemats $ and Raffia-Encased Glasses or Vases $

Penney & Co Plastic Placemats $7.50 each and Raffia-Encased Glasses or Vases $9 each

Check out these stunning throws!  I always go for a simple throw like these with texture so that they’re a fresh colour block on a sofa or bed and don’t compete with the cushions.  Well these oh-so-soft examples are just that and come in a beautiful selection of colours from soft coral, to peacock blue, cream, greige and spring green!

Penney & Co Faux Mohair Throws $49.50

Penney & Co Faux Mohair Throws $49.50

If you’re looking for a way to bring some natural texture into a room that has too much wood and hard angles, consider a woven console like this.  It would be perfect as a sofa table or for extra serving area in a dining room too and the grey wash is so elegant.

Penney & Co Woven Console/Sofa Table $, Vintage Botanical $

Penney & Co Woven Console/Sofa Table $225 40W x 30H x 16.5D, Vintage Botanical $189

I am in LOVE with these chalky stoneware picture frames!  They come in three different shapes and sizes and cost next to nothing.  Totally chic and totally cheap!  You need some of these.

Penney & Co Stoneware Frames $

Penney & Co Stoneware Frames $14 round and square, $15 rectangular

If you’re like me, you’re longing for a punch of colour at this time of year.  These moroccan stools are the perfect hit of fresh colour that would work well with neutrals or mixed with other colours like burnt orange and chocolate brown.  Great as a small perch for your drink near a sofa or even beside a bath tub for your glass of wine or a soothing candle.

Penney & Co Moroccan Side Tables $159 each

Penney & Co Moroccan Side Tables $159 each 18″ H x 14″ Across

For more texture and natural warmth, you can’t beat chunky woven baskets.  These ones come in lots of sizes and oval or round and would look great filled with blankets, firewood or a big potted plant!

Penney & Co Washed Willow Baskets $

Penney & Co Washed Willow Baskets $59-$89

This restored antique buffet is a stunner.  It’s been completely rebuilt from it’s wobbly beginnings and the drawers and cupboards glide perfectly.  It’s been refinished with layers of pale blue paint and distressed, then sanded to the smoothest finish I’ve ever come across!  The cupboard doors feature reversible panels so you can choose either a decorative or more simple look.  Clips on the inside of the doors make the switch easy!

Penney & Co Antique Buffet with Oval Mirror and Reversible Panels $775

Penney & Co Antique Buffet with Oval Mirror and Reversible Panels $775 4’Wx 5’H x 18″D

Penney & Co Antique Buffet with Oval Mirror and Reversible Panels $775

Penney & Co Antique Buffet with Oval Mirror and Reversible Panels $775

This sweet little table could work as a bench at the front door (just tuck shoes beneath) or as a small coffee table.

Penney & Co Bench/Coffee Table $

Penney & Co Bench/Coffee Table $165 16″D x 43″W x 20″H

And finally for a shot of coral or fresh blue, try these graphic chevron printed cushions!  They’re a steal at $30 and come with zippers for easy maintenance.  Pop a couple into the mix on your sofa or try some on your bed for a fresh uplift.

Penney & Co Chevron Cushions in Coral and Blue $30 each

Penney & Co Chevron Cushions in Coral and Blue $30 each 20″x 20″, poly insert with zipper

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A huge thank you to Cobi Ladner who came out to Penney & Company last night and another huge thank you to each of you who attended the event at my little shop!

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It was a gigantic success – there were over 100 of you here! – and lots of fun chatting with Cobi and fellow decor-enthusiasts.  Cobi told me it was a wonderful turnout and a lot of fun and I know she enjoyed meeting all of my Whitby friends at Penney & Company.  Plus it was fun getting to hang out and catch up with my old boss for an evening!

Stay tuned for future events at Penney & Company (there are a few in the works!) and if you missed this one, be sure to come next time for more fun and festivities.  Here are some snap shots of the party and also the shop just before the storm of shoppers hit!

Once again, thank you Cobi and thank you Penney & Company friends!

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Cobi Ladner Visits Penney & Co

Cobi Ladner Visits Penney & Co

Cobi Ladner Visits Penney & Co

Cobi Ladner Visits Penney & Co

Cobi Ladner Visits Penney & Co

Cobi Ladner Visits Penney & Co

Cobi answering decor dilemmas!

Cobi answering decor dilemmas!

I of course forgot to get some shots with me and Cobi (arg!) but there were two newspapers present and I know they got some good shots, so I’ll wait for those!

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