twice a year we venture to high point nc to visit the verellen showroom – we use an approach similar to what i imagine we would use for a wine tasting tour…we spend an hour or so just walking + looking…then we methodically go through the entire showroom piece by piece – we sit (kind of like tasting – we take some “sitting notes”), we caress, we note + photograph details…and then we do it all again.
it’s a daunting yet intensely fun 4 days as we scour the artisan workshops + showrooms of high point, nc looking for ‘just the right items’ for our artefact clientele. we will meet with tom + sabine verellen + team, test sit each + every piece on the showroom floor, look at new fabric offerings, visualize how we can best show the best of the best at the shop…
then it’s off to see new artisans, check out the suites at market square (where we are perpetually lost), visit the Carver’s Guild suite (so much glamour in such a small space), our indonesia importers…the list goes on + on. we walk at least 10 miles a day (looking for my fitbit)…and settle in each evening at the best hotel in town, The Proximity.
september + early october – 6 weeks that we have spent opening boxes, rearranging the shop + having more of our lighting suspended….plenty of new items from home furnishings to gifts, great tabletop + serving pieces for the holidays (or everyday)…and more to come this month
be sure to check out our EVENTS page for upcoming Artefact Home|Garden events…we have a few coming up
REMINDER – beginning November 1st we will be open SUNDAYS through the winter + spring!
we see that the in-home lounge is ‘all the rage’ – comfortable sophisticated seating, adult style rooms….what better than the bronze bar? artisan designed + crafted in the usa – super sexy, currently one-of-a-kind
“hello bartender” – if you’re serving shrubs, martinis or cocktails of any sort you deserve this solid brass bar tool set (if you don’t mix, don’t worry – these look cool laying about)
oh – did you catch the stunning shagreen (faux) trays – back in stock, handled trays in faux shagreen – rectangles, squares + rounds
looking for the perfect ottoman for your shagreen tray? well we have had some glorious verellen ottomans in the shop (claudia, marie louise) but the new stella is a true show stopper! 65″ x 30″ standard – custom sizing available – ours is done in a slate grey hair on hide….sumptuous….”lounge-y”….and by the way – ours has a cowlick!
looking to relax, converse, enjoy the view? – we are enamored with all the one-arm chairs + sofas we are seeing – one of our favorites is the andrea chair + 1/2 by verellen. the andrea is one of the most comfortable pieces we have had in the shop (and that’s saying A LOT!) – now showing in 100% cotton porcelain with a wonderful welt detail….but we can picture a pair in charcoal velvet or a 4-some in one of verellen’s many luxurious linens
back in stock – the tempo, wave moderne + new wave mirrors by carver’s guild – designed and made in massachusetts – the molds are hand-carved, each piece is hand poured + hand leafed (gold leaf or silver leaf) – just the right amount of updated glamour
we don’t drink martinis….but these tables are so encouraging (okay, it’s perfect for my ‘bubbly’ glass too) – made by hand in the usa – hammered steel with a unique silver-gold finish – no gloss – very sophisticated! single, paired…we’ve seen 7 set up as a ‘table’ between 2 sofas….ooooh la la!
it’s that time of year – our gardens are getting just ‘the slightest bit out of hand’ – and we love it! just in time we have iron ’embracers’, hose guards (great as hose guards but they make wonderful stakes too) + garden trellises (for those plants that should be growing up, not out)
white bowls! after all the fanfare…the lounge-centric glamour – check out these bowls – matte finish on the exterior, the interior is a high gloss – lovely roundish shape – we will be getting low rounds in later this season.
due in august: chandeliers + pendant lighting from belgium and south america, a piece of art so amazing you will need to visit – here’s a shot of a very small section
summer hours at Artefact Home|Garden !
open: tuesday through saturday, 10am to 6pm closed: sunday through monday
‘out of our minds’ getting client containers designed + planted! lots of variety in location + plant materials this season.
that’s a ribbon bush in the background
this client had her own fabulous containers – we added some ‘color drama’ to her outdoor living room with elderberry black lace, plecanthus, bright begonias with cool pointy leaves + salvia ‘black + blue’.
a pair of our client’s wood planters flank her back deck – fun with cut leaf maples, heuchera ‘autumn bride’, heuchera ‘creme brulee’ (we use it because it’s such a great name), plecantush, salvia
we are still gathering photos for: a new look at 1000 pleasant street – this season’s Artefact pairing: red landscape roses, salvia lyrata ‘purple volcano’, heuchera ‘midnight rose’, gaura ‘passionate rainbow’, hosta ‘august moon’, salvia ‘blue hill’ + astilbe ‘montgomery’ – interspersed with the other plantings that ‘made it through the winter of 2014-2015’ – a rather delightful look….and the 2 blue, white, green + purple garden installs we have completed this season, a classic container grouping in belmont, a wild + vibrant yard, modern plantings in old school planters in arlington
‘white is right’
it’s once again that time of year – Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis + Croquet Club – where ‘white is right‘. we grew up playing tennis at the clubs on the north shore…where proper tennis attire was WHITE! i have always loved the ‘color’ \ – and we have so many wonderful ‘white’ or ‘almost white’ items at Artefact Home|Garden….
if you like white (our montes doggett pieces make the best wedding gifts…) check out our WHITE collection
these are just a few of the pieces we tested out during our visit to the verellen showroom. arriving in july at the shop: andrea one arm chair + 1/2, stella ottoman in slate grey hair on hide (oh ya!), round ottoman in a butterscotch hide…a bit later…the arnaud wing chair in a textural charcoal fabric made to order in the usa.
a reminder – if you order your verellen custom pieces in july you will have them well before the holiday season. fall gets extremely busy with furniture shows + a big rush by clients. things can get slowed down. why not visit us in july (we have air conditioning, free parking – and if you visit at the ‘right time’ – nice cool adult beverages) – select your pieces, place your order and ‘avoid the crazy’!
mid summer – hot new items
great GRATE tables – reclaimed grills, balustrades + grates with artisan made iron bases
custom sizes available- dramatic – as glorious in cotton as it is in hide
we are segueing into a ‘the grey area’ – loving the addition of more grey in the mix with natural, flax, ebony and the bronzy and copper metallics