Wednesday, April 23, 2008

And George, Charlottesville VA

You may have noticed that one of my favorite things to do is to visit home design stores while I'm on business travel. Well, this time a business trip to Norfolk found me going home via(*or out of the way 175 miles as my husband pointed out) to Farmville (no luck with my table quest at Green Front) and then to Charlottesville, VA - the home of And George. This store has been featured in many magazines - here's a photo of the inspiration board in the store highlighting just a few.

And George carries wonderful furnishings and some of the most unique accessories. I purchased a beautiful vintage Italian compote bowl with a blue/gray transferware pattern featuring one of my favorite things - birds! I'll post more about that in the next week or so.

Love this carved Crowned Crane - the wood is very interesting - a velvety, soft texture. Notice the vintage books - they are covered in reproduction 18th century documents.
This idea could be replicated at home - cover old books in photocopies of copyright free vintage documents you can print off the internet. Or pen a favorite poem in cursive and photocopy it onto interesting paper - Emily Dickinson anyone? "A bird came down the walk, He did not know I saw -" (click on the line if you'd like to read the rest of this poem)

Another great bird.

Vintage dominos in a silver footed bowl. They happen to be next to a terrific book - Comfortable & Joyous Homes by Cris Briger and Paul Briger.

And if you're wondering who George is - here is is, all fine and daper. (image via And George)

Green Front - Farmville, VA

I also stopped in Green Front. Since Green Front is comprised of 12 old brick warehouses converted into a mini-home furnishings empire, I needed to make a pact with myself before exiting the car.

You see, I am beginning to recognize the signs of my addiction. Considering I have a master's degree in Counseling and in a former life I worked in the field of short-term therapy, I am late to this diagnosis. Before exiting the car I vowed - only 2 photos! Otherwise, I could have spent the entire day there, as opposed to half the day. Because of course, setting limits on an addiction is the first step to...This couch, with its colored stripes, caught my eye.


pve design said...

Oh, it is amazing how we design driven people are all alike and moved by certain things! Love that poem and that we both are posting on our love for birds.
Gorgeous shop!

Claudia said...

Oh my! What a great pair of stores. Can I come shopping with you?! :-)

LondonCalling said...

What a wonderful striped daybed.

Carolina Eclectic said...

I want that daybed!! I love the fabrics.

Katherine said...

so super cool! i LOVE your blog. i work at domino mag and have just started my own design blog, i linked to your site, and would be forever indebted to you if you did the same for mine! in the meantime, keep up the awesome work and cheers!
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea

annechovie said...

Love that sofa, Michelle! You have the best finds - I would love to visit that shop sometime.

corey said...

Thanks for the link...and though design isn't really my thing I like the blog.

In the pic of the crested crane does one of the eggs in the bowl in the background have text written inside of it?

mia said...

Answer: No? I really like her. Click on her name and it'll take you to her website where there's more great pics. She was also portrayed in House Beautiful not long ago.

Hope you'll have a great weekend!
Love Mia

My Notting Hill said...

thanks for all the comments. Corey - I looked at the photo close-up and there's a slip of paper in it w/writing. Hard to read but something about the egg.

Kwana said...

What beautiful stores. I love all the birds!

Mélanie said...

I'm sure I would love this store! I already see things I want : Birds and the black lamps

Homer's Odd Isn't He. said...

Great pics. I've heard of these stores and now need to make a road trip. I especially liked your thoughts on what our home printers can produce. I've been working on just that thought and have printed out some old copy (copyright free mind you) to use in a number of applications. Its a whole new design tool to achieve some remarkable items. Did I say wallpaper?? Congrats Notting!

beth said...

Love that couch - and the vintage books :)

MARIA said...

Love that couch and George and the dominopieces. I have to go on a severe hunt.

Megan said...

Thanks for sharing your travels.
I don't know how you limited yourself to only two photos!

simply seleta said...

Oh my gosh, eye candy overload. Love it. I really love the bird pics over the mantle. That's one of my favorite framing techniques. What a great post, it's all so delicious.


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