Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This Week's Store Hours at Dunhaven Place

For those who might have missed it, this week is the last week our store front will be open.  Our Moving On Sale--50% off most everything and 75% off holiday--continues through Saturday at 6 PM.  Our hours this week are Weds 10-4, Thurs 10-5 and 10-6 Friday and Saturday. 

We have had a fabulous experience with Dunhaven Place! The best part was getting to meet so many wonderful people!  We love our customers!  We look forward to continued interaction through our website, FB page, blog and emails.  We hope to continue bringing you beautiful and unique items for your Shabby Chic/Country English/Country French home decor as well as inspiring ideas for how to make the most of what you already have.

For those who are not aware, I am a published novelist through Avalon Books.  Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind and Miss Delacourt Has Her Day are Jane Austen-era romantic comedies/Traditional Regency Romances.  A while back my publisher was bought out by Amazon Publishing and my books will be coming out as paperbacks and ebooks in the very near future! 

This is one of the reasons we have chosen to close our store front---I intend to put more time into my writing.  I will also have a short story, a holiday Regency Romance, as part of a historical romance anthology coming out October 15th as an ebook.  (Now I just have to finish writing it!)

Please note that we have some new furniture items including this vintage shield back chair.  The seat is covered with a remnant from a Victorian era drapery--very special!  We will continue to list our items on Craigslist so be sure to use the search term "Dunhaven Place" when looking for our items!

We hope to see you in the store this week--and in the meatime, enjoy your summer!  Thanks so much for your patronage!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Hodge-Podge Sale at Dunhaven Place

Announcing the Hodge-Podge sale at Dunhaven Place!  As we are closing our store front by the end of the month, we have pulled out most of the items from various storage locations and brought them into the store.  Everything in the store is 50% off and holiday items are 75% off of the original ticketed price!  The late 1800's Victorian side by side drop leaf desk is adorable and at 50% off is only $200!!  It has tons of scrolly detail and storage!  View details on Craigslist by searching "Dunhaven Place".

There are two exceptions to the sale--the beautiful buffet and shelf unit (the price of which has been lowered to $1200) and the round pedestal table and chairs.  Be sure to come in and check out all the sale items including 75% off of Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day and 4th of July!  New furniture items have been added as well. 

See you soon!



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Creating A Signature Vintage Look Dunhaven Place Style

For quite some time I have been having a yen for a place to snooze outside.  Since I don't like the look of a traditional chaise lounge, I had to come up with something a bit more creative.  Now that we are moving on to some new opportunities and closing our store front (yes, we are closing our store front by the end of July--sob!) and going straight online, (meaning we will still be offering goodies via our website and Craigslist--yay!) I will have a little more time to snuggle up with the kiddies on my new outdoor bed. 

When pulling together a vintage look, don't be afraid to use things that aren't exactly perfect.  For example, this headboard is queen sized while the mattress (a double high air mattress, perfect for protection against puddles that collect from watering) is a mere twin.  Does anyone care?  (Really, I'm asking . . . if you do, let me know.)  One trick you can use to fool the eye is to take up some of the extra space with a little table to one side.  This one was put together from an old wrought iron plant stand and a plate from the kitchen.  Sure, it might break but when it gets dirty but it can go right into the dishwasher.   

It's more than okay to mix faux rose bushes with the real ones to add some color as long as they are in a place where they won't be too damaged by the sun.  The head of this bed will be in shade most of the day but it would be safer to put the throw away until ready for use to protect it from fading.  Most of these pillows are white or light so fading won't be such a tragedy.

This same strategy was used for this garden bench as well--pure white linens love some sun!  It helps to fade spots and graying. 

Don't be afraid to use what you have.  This corner offers a bough from a rose bush for additional shade and a stair post (behind the headboard in the corner) that used to live in the house. 

The table displays a doily, a pretty vase full of flowers, a teacup and a depression glass pitcher in the Adam pattern.  Are they more likely to break here than in the house?  Sure, but it's worth the risk to create a space you love. 

Between now and when we close the doors on our store front, all items at Dunhaven Place will be half off (with one or two exceptions) the original price.  We hope to see you stop by so we can say hello and thank you in person for helping to make our store a success.  We also hope that you will continue to welcome occassional emails or choose to "like" us on Facebook or follow our blog (all emails contain the same information and photos) as we plan to continue posting inspirational ideas and products.  (click on the highlighted links to follow us on FB or via our blog)  Be sure to invite your friends to do the same!

Thank you all for your support!