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Monday, March 5, 2012

So Much to Fuss About!

We have been working like little worker bees over here at Tesshome. Our workshop has been overflowing with new finds and new projects.

Painting, Sanding, Painting, Sanding, Painting, Sanding! No day is complete without sand in your eyes and paint in your hair. To be honest, we wouldn't have it any other way. Every piece we finish is a complete labor of love.

A little while back we came across a set of beautiful french provincial cabinet doors. We held onto them, and were patiently waiting until they decided, what they wanted to become. What? You didn't know furniture could speak?

Recently they spoke up, and informed us that they wanted to be made into cabinets, and so we did what we were told.

Tall and perky, they are now in the finishing stages and are ready to be accessorized and put out on the store floor. We love how proud they stand and how they create the perfect shabby palate to adorn any room they will reside in. Fill them with books, bits and bobs. We love them to pieces and are thrilled with the end result.

Yet another item that has stolen our heart is this lovely French provincial vanity. Painted with care, we have lovingly restored this little gem back to its full potential. There are so many aspects to his piece that make it special, from her beautifully curved three part mirror, and dainty drawers, to her marble top.

This piece takes us back to the days when we sat at our mother’s vanity and played with all of her make-up and draped every necklace she owned around our necks. ­­We picture this little lady shining in any bedroom, and being used to its full potential and loved for years to come.

With as many pieces of actual furniture that we have coming in on a daily basis, we also find it just as important to have new home accessories for you to drool over from some of our new vendors.

Take a look at this genius idea. It’s a garden… in a bag! Brought to us from the Potting Shed Company, these have been really selling and is it any wonder why? Not only is it adorable, but talk about easy peasy! Simply cut open, water, and watch it grow in the bag itself! We have various different herbs, and flowers a long with a great kid-friendly version, that will make you swoon! It is the absolute perfect gift for any occasion or simply “Just Because.” Earth friendly and affordable and available at TessHome now!

Next up on our accessories tour we have two amazing candle collections from Paddywax. They’re brilliant. Every day we get compliments on how amazing our store smells. Well, these little guys have something to do with that. Our first collection is decked out in scents named after the beautiful cities of Paris, London, Rome and New York; they are the perfect quirky gift for that jet-setting friend you never know what to get, or for yourself!

Our second Paddywax collection, "The Library Collection," will make you melt (Pun-intended). Named after literary greats Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and Leo Tolstoy, each soy candle smells better than the next. They are all packaged to die for, and are ready to be “oooed and ahhhed” over. Stop in and take your sense of smell on a vacation.

Our last stop on the tour brings us to one of our favorite soap and candle makers, "Dreaming Tree Soapworks." Talk about a trip for your nostrils. Lovingly hand made all natural soaps and hand made candles. The company has even started to make TessHome custom made candles, using their fabulous scents and pouring them into antique tins we've collected from our travels. Completely unique. All of the products from this line are made with only the finest ingredients that nature has to offer. Locally made and locally adored!

With our store evolving and while we are continuously looking and coming across new vendors, we will always try to keep you guys, our customers, in the loop. We want you to have first dibs! We also want to take this time to let you all know that we are always scrounging Estate Sales and flea markets for new finds and are constantly on the look-out for pieces that customers have asked us for. In addition to making sure we find you what you’re looking for, we will happily do custom paint jobs.

So if you have had a piece of furniture in your home, and know it needs some TLC and you don’t have the time in your busy schedule, we would gladly take on the project for you and give it the look that you so crave. Give us a ring, or stop on by, our doors always open. Well, till 5 p.m. that is!

Stop in today and check out all of the worker bees here at TessHome and come see what all of the fuss is about!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Road Tripping for the Soul

Meandering about the small towns on the Delaware is something I will never tire of. The history, the country side, food, shops, and its overall feel, is nourishment my soul needs.

We took off to Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County over the last few days. We crossed over narrow bridges of architectural wonder and traveled down winding roads. Some of the paths were older, others we newly discovered.

One of my favorite places to stay is The Logan Inn at New Hope. It is located in the center of town. It’s more than affordable, and it houses a restaurant and bar. The Inn was established in 1727, and is the oldest continuously run inn in Bucks County, and one of the five oldest in the United States. Although an intimate luxury inn, The Logan Inn has sixteen spacious guest rooms, each furnished with colonial period pieces and antiques. And if we don’t have the energy to go further after a long day, it’s more than perfect.

We generally always head to Lambertville’s Boat House for drinks. It’s cozy and private. A real vacation for the eyes. It is a place you don’t want to miss. According to French Tower Travel Guide, “The Boat House" is one of the most wonderfully dark, romantic and quirky places you’ll ever find. The Boat House is filled with an odd and eclectic collection of maritime memorabilia, maps, pond boats, model ships, oars, paddles, sailing prints artifacts and artwork unlike any other I have ever seen. There are strange, marvelous and interesting things hanging at odd angles everywhere you look in this place.

Martine’s and Karla’s Bar and Restaurant are also Lambertville favorites of mine. Another MUST see is the Marsha Brown Restaurant, with its gorgeous stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings, and grand staircase. It was previously a church and it’s has to be over 100 years old.

We will find just about any excuse to head to the Pennsylvania area. Our destination on this trip was the 'Buyers Market of American Craft.'

It is a very well managed fine arts and crafts show.

I wrote a few orders, but found myself rushing a bit. We got there on the very last day with only 3 hours left to the show. I purchased some beautiful items for the store from, Blenko Art Glass and Jaguar Art Glass, a beautiful etched art glass company. I also wrote a few other orders with some new vendors.

Later this week we are bringing in some new vintage picks and there are plenty of pieces in the workshop! So keep in touch, and I will do the same.

Oh! As always my favorite food that I had this trip was...

At “Maria’s Cafe” in Long Valley, NJ. I had the Panini. The main ingredients included, Prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, baby spinach, and blood orange balsamic vinegar on Foccacia. YUM !

P.S. The Prosciutto and Foccacia made the entire meal!

Till Next Time,