The Red Chair

The Red Chair
Wow, my head is still spinning just a little bit from all of the funny internet business about An Apple a Day. Luckily, it's back to business as usual round here and I'm sitting in a freeeezing coffee shop, deciding whether I should eat another cookie. I vote yes.

The Red Chair
For a fun treat to celebrate all of this blog love, i thought i'd drag you to my favorite antique store of all time (other than Moon River, duh). The Red Chair in Peterborough, NH.

The Red Chair
This store does pretty and sweet better than anywhere else I've ever been. Better than anywhere in any big city and no, it's not just because her prices totally do-able by comparison. Jocie's taste is just stellar and her merchandising is brilliant.

The mohair stuffings are dedicated to Francesca, whom I had the pleasure of dragging here in real life (along with dear GBS).

The Red Chair

The Red Chair

The Red Chair

The Red Chair

The Red Chair
I bought more than my fair share of blue and white bits (see first photo) and have decided that when I die and go to heaven, I want an 18th century delft tile fireplace. or backsplash. or entryway. oh heck, tile the whole house.

Side note- When my mom was in town a few weeks back, I bored her to bits looking at delft tiles on ebay. Eventually she pointed out that if I spent a little less time on the internet hunting for antique tiles I might have a boyfriend. I guess with age comes wisdom. That being said, I still want the darn tiles.

46 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! After seeing "The Girl With the Pearl Earring" I searched for Delft tiles too. I love the blue and white and the little characters or scenes delicately painted on them.

    These pictures are just beautiful. I especially love the seahorse bottle toppers. Adorable!

    Natalie xx

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  2. Have your delft and the rest will follow... and have another cookie too. I am thankful for the Blog of Note for pointing the way to your blog. I am enchanted by the freedom of exploration and expression that infuses your writing, your photos and seemingly, your life.

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  3. Eat your cookie. Savor the cookie. Enjoy the cookie and your new found fame. Loved your blog and enjoyed your pictures. God bless and have a wonderful evening.

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  4. OMG!! those are not real!! they are so lovely indeed... pretty cute :)

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  5. What a great store! I LOVE antiquing!!

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  6. That place looks amazing! I want some tiles two!

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    Congrat you have on top
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  8. If I'm ever in the area, that's definitely a place I'd love to check out. I'm stunned by the tiles; they're gorgeous.

    And your mother sounds like mine. I think its a bit low when they pull the whole, "You'd have a boyfriend if you spent less time on the internet." Even if they're just kidding. Ah, well. What are you going to do?

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  9. Nice blog! I like it. Eye candy for a junker like me. Congrats on the Blog Of Note. Visit me sometime at http://kayranft.blogspot.com

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  10. I should have mentioned yesterday, come visit our local antiques store...
    http://ksborntalent.blogspot.com/2008/07/ye-olde-state-bank-treasures-antiques.html

    This video was shot there also...
    http://ksborntalent.blogspot.com/2009/02/tickling-ivories-at-ye-olde-state-bank.html

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  11. good god, there's a set of 17th century tiles on ebay right now with little blue fishermen right in the middle and the rest of the tile is practically bare. oh they are my favorites ever. evereverever.

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  12. the seahorses! the seahorses!

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  13. this store is no joke! i could have hidden in there,mixed up files of mrs basil e frankweiler style. it is so feminine and delightful. so well edited and styled. swoon!

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  14. and i think your blog is one that boys actually read and enjoy...

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  15. Or you'll end up in a furious bidding war over some dreamy Delftware on eBay, winning at the last second. Your rival bidder will contact you, frantically explaining that he needs those tiles to complete his house, which is completely tiled except for one spot in the foyer. You will reluctantly agree to hand off the tiles, and a hilarious comedy of errors will ensue. In the end, your rival will turn out to be the man of your dreams. And you will also get your tiled house.

    That floral folding screen is making me weak-kneed.

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  16. I like the way you think, JC, i like the way you think.

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  17. I'm dismayed by your capitalist leanings. Antiques are fine in theory, but most likely they were all made by people with racist leanings, and that's the kind of thing that doesn't wash away. I am very disappointed in you.

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  18. There looks to be many treasures at The Red chair. I only wish I ould explore the place in real life.

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  19. Hi there! I always feel like such a faker when I'm late-comer to popular blog, but I had to leave a comment - I love the antiques and the fruit and all the beautiful pictures! Your blog has such a wonderful tone to it! I especially loved the picture of your great grandparents - adorable. Congrats on being a Blog of Note - that's what got me here!

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  20. So lovely! I think I see a roadtrip there in my future!

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  21. Not roadtrip, pilgrimage. it is that good.

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  22. Red Chair is a pilgrimage that i make once a year. While the handmade linens and laces call to me, I always end up with their shells and eggs. This year's purchase was a remarkable blue emu egg and simple goose egg. Next year i long for the ostrich egg. (Can i wait a year?)

    The Red Chair is a sweet little shop centered in an idealic New England town. It's honorable history assured with Abolishionists and Liberals. The New Hampshire motto is "Live Free or Die"!

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  23. I adored the book: Girl with a Pearl Earring.
    Please tell me... is there a movie of it?

    As talented as you are, we can imagine you hand painting your own tiles!

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  24. I absolutely LOVE your blog. such an inspiration. thanks for this post - this place looks and sounds dreamy.

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  25. I am wondering how you find such adorable antique shops! It seems like all the ones I find are filled with creepy mannequins modeling fashions from 1974 and boxes full of old books with no covers.

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  26. Beautiful pictures! Wow! May I ask what kind of camera you have?http://momentsjacquelinegrace.blogspot.com/

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  27. You gotta love antiques. Did you pick up anything else good?

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  28. Your photography is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I'm an amateaur, myself, but you seem to have a fantastic handle on things...you're inspiring!

    The antiques look great as well! I love your blog. :)

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  29. Anonymous, The Girl with a pearl earring is a movie too. With Scarlett J. and Colin Firth. I think the book is better, but I always say that!

    I love the tiles. I really want some in our home - in THE NETHERLANDS - but my fiance - A DUTCH MAN FROM DELFT says NO!!!! In Amsterdam recently quite a few places had really cool tiles up. I took so many photos. They are truly beautiful, I think.

    Ok, I'm going to stop spamming your blog with comments now!

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  30. Good Layout.
    If you love movies, whynot hav a look at www.nobinkurian.blogspot.com

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  31. EM-- love your blog! Loyal reader. I'm taking a day trip over to NH tomorrow and want to go to The Red Chair BAD. But don't want to make the trip and miss out on other possible great things... Any tips for places to hit around the area? lunch? your favorites? driving thru VT and back again. thx! or maybe you can do a quick blog with your ideal trip itinerary, but this might be too short of notice ;)

    Carey

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  32. Hmmm... going to Peterborough...
    LUCKY YOU!

    Favorite places to eat are "12 Pine" and Aqua Bistro, which has the very best salmon i've ever tasted. (but you pay for it dearly)

    Hike Mt. Monadnock if you have the time and energy to work off the ice cream you ate at Ave Maria's.

    Want a view without sweat?
    Drive up Pack Monadnock and bring your picnic from 12 Pine.

    If you want to Sweat and Swim, a casual hike up Bald Mountain then on the desent...ahhh savor the crystal clear water of Willard Pond in Hancock.

    If furry creatures are what delight you, then check out Friendly Farm in Dublin.

    Knitting or Weaving?
    Harrisville Looms in Harrisville.

    Enjoy your day.
    Wish i could go with you!!!!!

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  33. What a divine place. When are we going to be able to fax ourselves to other countries, at whim??? Thanks for sharing.

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  34. What a nice items! Love all of them, those toys are so adorable <3! ^^

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  35. I love this post! I'm a secret blue and white collector myself, well... I use the term collector rather loosely as I have one piece of Spode but hey-ho!

    Awesome blog!

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  36. such a lovely blog, goodness! btw come visit www.lagelledailydose.blogspot.com

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  37. Breezed through your blog. Lovely images, can't wait to see more of it. cheers

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  38. tiles last longer and you don't have to fold their socks.

    i've been thinking about heading back to NH for a while now...these pictures are adding urgency to the mix...very much wanting those gorgeous old garments

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  39. Unique, I like the teapot, thanks for share.

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  40. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
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  41. I love blue and white, I bore my husband to death with blue and white, is there a shop with blue and white anything on china... I am in... glad to meet a fellow blue and white addict!

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  42. Amazing stuff. I really love your design and passion for doing it. They toys looks so cute.
    Keep up the good work, cheap flats Barcelona

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