Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hen House



I must warn you about eye candy overload upon entering...


... this tiny little shop filled to the brim with the most dazzling array of treasures!


It's appropriately named the "Hen House."


I think it's because only women, women of a certain breed, can handle such a place!


I once brought my treasure hunting friends Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar here
and they lasted all of about 5 minutes... 


... before heading for the door!


I, on the other hand,


 can spend countless hours poking around,


making sure I see everything


there is to see!


What's not to love about a shop,


whose treasures have been lovingly sourced


by someone who is smitten by beauty.


I could go on and on...


waxing poetic  


about the power 


of a treasure 


that makes you dizzy


with desire


and delight


that you absolutely


cannot leave 


without it!


There is such an eclectic mix,


 but it's all so wonderfully


thrown together.

Somehow, it all works!


My friend who works here on Thursdays...

tells me that some people step inside the door

and then exit as quickly as they entered.


They obviously don't get it!


It's not their cup of tea.


What about you?


Can you handle the Hen House?


Somehow, the fact that you are reading this post

and have gotten this far...


makes me think the answer is, YES!


It very well could be your cup of tea!


I could not live with this "beautiful mess"


as my friends Eddie and Jaithan would call it,


but I certainly am inspired by it.


And after all, 


isn't that what we're all looking for...


beautiful inspiration?


Enjoy the rest of the photos...


I took quite a few


as you can see.




I adore the patina on this vintage bistro chair.




  Lovely old ironstone...


and a stash of copper molds.




I thought of Janet of French Blue when I came across this delicate and worn french box,


and Kellie of Cashon & Co. when I saw this!



I thought of Sande of A Gift Wrapped Life when I spied these
wonderful zinc gift tags!


I hope you enjoyed spending some time at the Hen House!
I'd love to know what, if anything, you couldn't have left without!


Kathysue said...

Terri, I must be a hen because I love all of this eye candy. It reminds me of the Garden Seed in Danville. I am with you on this one, I could spend hours in here. I loved the color of the spine on the books,such a pretty blue, Great post!! Kathysue
PS I recommended you blog to another shell lover in blogland, she might be coming by, right now I can not remember who it was, Oh my another golden moment.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Wow, now that was fun. Therese I get it , got it and want it! Plus, throw in that band uniform too will you?!

Gee that was fun xx

Kitty said...

Totally fun! I would secret myself away under something till the shop was closed so I could spend all night poking through it all. Great stuff! Thanks!

Beach House Living said...

Patrons exit immediately? Looks like an open to close day plus a cot for an overnight stay for me just to be sure nothing was missed.

cjsullivan133 said...

Hen House is owned by a very talented Ms. Elizabeth. She has a great sense of intuition when placing pieces next to one another. I bought my niece a faux Chanel pearl and chain-link belt aka 1980's this week for her birthday. You can find cool pieces of vintage clothing here too! It's the kind of place where you are not afraid to touch. Very tactile and friendly. Everything feels special because it isn't duplicated.
Therese- I love the way you wrote this with all the images following your train of thought.

Cashon&Co said...

this was really fun! I feel like I am shopping with you!! The crowns are killing me. I want one. Always wanted to be a princess!

Tuuli - Lumo Lifestyle said...

What a fun store! Thanks for sharing.

Holly said...

I'll have the entire tray of Gold Bits + garden chair to start...

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Great post! I love Hen House. Elizabeth has such a great eye! I haven't been there in awhile, so loved seeing these photos!! And love how you thought of the bloggers with the certain items. FAB post!!!

Anonymous said...

You must read Maira Kalman. Your beautiful Hen House post sounded exactly like her. Great description, you captured the essence of the inspirational Contessa Elizabeth!

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A Casa da Vá said...

it is SO my cup of tea!! Too bad is too far from me...