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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Now that taxes are done...


Photo of  Pascale taken at Soul Food Farm by my friend Ingrid.
One of my favorite photos of her!



















I can now focus on getting prepped for the antique marketplace at Soul Food Farm on May 30th.  Last year was the first time for the event. The turnout was about 1500 people which I think surprised everyone. It shouldn't have as the two people organizing and promoting it worked their little tushes off to make it happen. Thank you so much Jeannie Wilson and Alexis Koefoed for all your hard work in creating such a unique, inviting event.  You two are a class act! I am honored that you asked me to participate and look forward to round two.
Last year was my first time participating in an "antique/vintage" market. I was so impressed with the other vendors who were so warm and welcoming. It really was a good old fashioned country fair.  The weather was beautiful, the farm setting with oak trees and lavender fields and the camaraderie just made the whole affair magical and classic. I can't wait to see everyone again!
In the meantime, it's prep, prep, prep.  A bit of a challenge to refrain from putting my latest creations out on the floor at the store or previewing here because I just want to share them right away. 


Moss covered bee skip by The Pickled Hutch















But I don't want to lose the element of surprise.  So the pile behind the curtains is getting higher and higher! The ceilings are only 12 feet tall so good thing it's coming up soon.
A few pictures from last year.

The Pickled Hutch at Soul Food Farm and Vintage Marketplace

The Pickled Hutch at Soul Food Farm and Vintage Marketplace

The Pickled Hutch at Soul Food Farm and Vintage Marketplace

The Pickled Hutch at Soul Food Farm and Vintage Marketplace

The Pickled Hutch at Soul Food Farm and Vintage Marketplace























Hope you can make it!

Mr Alfie during tax prep. No fun!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Spring at The Pickled Hutch

A little tour of all our goodies in spring colors!

Spring at The Pickled Hutch


Spring at The Pickled Hutch


Spring at The Pickled Hutch


Spring at The Pickled Hutch


Friday, April 03, 2015

New arrivals just listed


Just a quick post before the Easter Holiday to share the latest arrivals this week. Just listed on Etsy.

Victorian chinoiserie jewelry box
Vintage 800 silver Hamsa filigree bracelet

Vintage eyewear
Vintage german miniature perfume bottle
Art Nouveau sterling trinket tray.
Sterling oil & vinegar bottle
Vintage Russian still life oil painting

Victorian lacquered glove box


Mod Lucite 60's purse


Have a safe holiday chickadees!



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Client design work.

Just popping in to share another corner of my design client's home. We are doing so much editing and organizing that it's exciting when we get enough space cleared to decorate. This corner is part  of the living room that will be designated the "library".  It will house my client's huge collection of antique resource and art books.  But it will also showcase her art collected over many, many years of hunting through antique stores, flea markets and estate sales. Love that architects model of the Palace of Fine Arts.

Designing with vintage by The Pickled Hutch

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hudson River School Painting just listed Etsy


I just finished listing this gorgeous Hudson River School oil painting on Etsy.  It had been passed down through the same family since the 1800's.  It was part of a collection that included an Osthaus dog watercolor (rare since only 10% of his body of work was in watercolor) and a beautiful lone tree oil by Ransome Gillet Holdrege, considered to be one of the top northern California artists of the late 19th century.  The painting measures 14" x 21", the frame 20"x 27".   Can you imagine the home of the original owner with these gracing the walls? This is so lovely in  person with it's rich autumnal palette. It has a possible signature on the lower left but I haven't been able to decipher it.


Hudson River School Oil Painting at The Picked Hutch
Hudson River School Oil Painting

Hudson River School Oil Painting at The Picked Hutch

Hudson River School Oil Painting at The Picked Hutch

Hudson River School Oil Painting at The Picked Hutch

Hudson River School Oil Painting at The Picked Hutch
Possible signature

Hudson River School Oil Painting at The Picked Hutch

Hudson River School Oil Painting at The Picked Hutch



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Winged times

It's been an hectic month so far. Mom had knee replacement surgery a couple weeks ago which in itself, isn't necessarily a critical surgery. It's the first of 2 . It's just that it's the third hospitalization within 2 years which just makes me a wee bit nervous to be honest.  I am not my mothers daughter in that respect. I hate hospitals and the vulnerable way they make you feel. She's a retired RN so she is basically in charge when she's there. And my sister has worked in the medical field so takes a more practical view of it all.  I've been going back and forth between Stockton and San Francisco while trying to keep the store going and keeping up with prior client commitments.  And yes, I have dropped the ball on a few things in the process.  I'm still seeking that balance I was supposed to be striving for this year.
It's been interesting being in mom's house without her there.  It's so quiet. I find myself wandering around looking for something to do.  It makes me realize how much of a presence she is and how much of the energy of the house emanates from her.  I found myself looking at old family photos.  These in particular are two of my favorites. 




They were such a great looking young couple and looked so happy in these pictures. 
On the upside, I am so proud of how hard mom is working on her rehabilitation.  She has a great roommate at the care facility who keeps her talking and laughing.  They have become fast friends and cheer each other on.  

I had to close the store down to four days a week this month just to make time for all the outside obligations. And am grateful for the clients who have been so understanding. I rely on their good graces. I can't say everyone has been but you can't please everyone can you?  It's just hard to shake off that feeling that you might have let someone down.

Poor Alfie has been thrown off his routine and wonders why we keep going back to that place that has that black cat (Midnight, mom's fur baby) that scares him so!  Although,  he did get to go inside the care facility with me to see mom and charm the pants off everyone.


Who me?


So this week it's back to focusing on the store, knocking out those paint projects and refocusing on my Etsy once again. I just listed my latest find today. Aren't they fabulous? Victorian Russian Imperial gold earrings in their original custom made case.


Victorian Russian Imperial gold earrings at The Pickled Hutch

Victorian Russian Imperial gold earrings at The Pickled Hutch

Victorian Russian Imperial gold earrings at The Pickled Hutch

Victorian Russian Imperial gold earrings at The Pickled Hutch

I also listed this pair of Art Nouveau brushes with beautiful repousse of a woman and calla lilies.

Art Nouveau silver brushes with repousse at The Pickled Hutch

Art Nouveau silver brushes with repousse at The Picked Hutch

And oh yes, got to add a much needed haircut for the little guy. 


We won't even talk about his mom...



Sunday, March 08, 2015

Layering with color

Just sharing some layering I did with color in my design client's living room.  I am taking my time and being very selective with her decor. Previously, pictures were rather randomly placed and there was very little vacant surface or wall space.  
Phase I

Layering with color by The Pickled Hutch
Phase II

Florals are painted on both sides of their glass canvas. Don't they add a brilliant pop of color? Everything you see here was already in my client's home. We are just putting her collection together in a way that is unique and yet cohesive.