Blogging offers the opportunity to easily connect with people around the world but nothing is more fun than finding local bloggers. One of those local bloggers is Amy Chalmers of Maison Decor. Amy is a designer who loves french country, cottage and vintage styles. We've often mentioned how our styles are so different but we can appreciate what the other does. We even joked about how we should open a store with a line down the middle. Her side would be light, feminine and romantic; my side would be dark, masculine, rustic and industrial. It would have something that would appeal to every shopper.
Amy not only opened a store without me, she's opened two stores this year...and, although a little envious, I couldn't be happier for her.
Amy's Malden store sells vintage furniture, chandeliers, reproduction mora wall clocks, window treatments and new and vintage home accessories.
Many of the furniture pieces have been given a new life with various decorative paint finishes.
In fact, both shops sell Annie Sloan chalk paint, Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint and a variety of brushes, waxes and other painting accessories.
Amy also offer Annie Sloan painting workshops. This is a recent class in her Malden shop.
The South End, Boston location has a much more masculine feel. Note the 1798 Swedish Mora clock and the heavily carved antiqued French armoire mixed with new London tube roll signs and Parisian apartment clocks mixed with a vintage globe...
...and other "mantiques" as she calls them.
I walked away with a cool vintage Kodak camera on a great old wooden tripod.
The tripod needs a little refinishing but I thought it would make...
...and awesome lamp.
Amy's shop can be found online but if you find yourself in Malden or Boston,
stop my Amy's shops at the following locations:
50 Summer Street
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524 Harrison Avenue
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