Thursday, April 29, 2010

More New Furniture Arrivals

Believe it or not we are already receiving furniture from our recent trip to High Point and we are thrilled. This week some pieces from a new exclusive Gatewood Hall line arrived. We chose this company because of the depth of their lines they have everything from cottage, traditional, to some wonderful industrial pieces (which will be here in mid-summer!). Their case goods are well priced and offer great features. For example night stands offer a hidden area where you can hide the cords to lamps and cell phone chargers, buffets offer tall areas for serving trays and drawers with pins to arrange your other serving pieces.

We love the table and chairs in the photo above. The chairs are sort of a modern take on a classic Windsor chair and the table comes with two 18" leaves that will take it to 108", perfect for seating 10-12 for dinner!

A more traditional table shown with a interesting take on a Parsons chair (great nail head feature!). We love the curved dining bench!

It seems that we are always looking for a desk for our home offices, this secretary desk is a stunning yet practical option that would work well anywhere in your home! Come by and take a look at some of our new items!

Monday, April 26, 2010

We're Having A Block Party!!!

We are having our very first ever West Side Block Party this Saturday night, May 1st, 2010 from 6-9 PM! West Side shops and restaurants will stay open late, there will be evening shopping, art, refreshments, entertainment and prizes (you could even win $100 cash!!) Come enjoy a lovely spring evening in beautiful downtown Blue Ridge. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, April 23, 2010

3rd Annual Taste Of Blue Ridge

Don't forget one of our favorite events for one of our favorite causes- The 3rd Annual Taste Of Blue Ridge to benefit the Humane Society of Blue Ridge Saturday April 24th, 2010 6-9 PM at Riverstone Medical Campus. Tickets are $30 advance and $40 at the door. There will be tastings of beer, wine and lots of great food along with live music, live and silent auctions with some great offerings! You will have a wonderful time we promise. See you there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Back From The High Point Market!!!!!

Yes, we are back from the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point and we brought some great finds with us!! Most of our new merchandise has been ordered and set to arrive over the next few weeks (or months in the case of one vendor!!). But as purveyors of wonderful things we shop for "FINDS" some vintage, some "one-offs" some reproductions and some new! You have told us that you love some of the industrial finds that we have had in the store and we couldn't agree more! I love the juxtaposition of putting a clean edge industrial piece with something a little more soft and refined. The adjustable draftsman stools above are obviously great for sitting but they make great end tables too.

Everyone has raved about our industrial coffee table with drawers so we were are excited to bring in the console. The drawers offer useful storage and the reclaimed wood on top make it very easy to live with!

This adjustable table with the distressed, worn patina would look great in any urban setting or cabin. While it isn't really old, you can have fun making up stories about where you found it!!

This lamp is the sister to the copper lamp that we have had in the store before. We love it because it is small enough to use on a desk, but because it is metal it would work well outside on a covered porch too.

Everyone always wants to buy our potpourri displays so we were excited to stumble across some more of these vintage Hungarian wash basins on the stand and the baby bath tubs. As shown above they make great beverage holders but they are also great as unique planters. We love storage baskets and thought these vintage industrial baskets were wonderful. We also found some fabulous "very large" French-looking market baskets (sorry my picture didn't turn out). And just wait until you see the antique hotel keys that I found...from an old Italian hotel in Venice. I did some research and found a postcard at an online auction that had been sent to someone in the US in 1918 from the actual of course I bought that too. Not sure what I'll do with them but we'll come up with something.
Shawn and I will be in the store this weekend so do come in and see us!

Friday, April 16, 2010

It's Market Time Again!

It's that time again! Shawn and I are in High Point, North Carolina for the Spring International Furniture Market. Market actually starts tomorrow however a couple of our vendors invited us to come in early for a preview of some of their items. WOW, we have already found some cool stuff. I love the finds that one vendor in particular has and what I love the most is that we get to take them with us (I love immediate gratification!!) So we loaded up the GH Van and will have them on the floor very soon.

We are so very fortunate, as both of our families live in the area we get to enjoy a nice visit with loved ones also. I was able to spend some time with my very special grandmother, and had dinner with my parents, brother, sister-in-law and my fabulous niece and nephew (who was awarded today with A/B honor roll and perfect attendance for the second quarter in a row...I'm so proud of him! GO HUNTER!!) Shawn went to visit his parents and had dinner with them. We are already worn out!!
Tomorrow we will start early with appointments. We will find some more wonderful, new things for you. While we are away Brenda and our newest team member Becky will be holding the store down. We are thrilled that Becky has joined our team, she has some wonderful experience that be a great addition to Gatewood Hall. Please come in and introduce yourself to Becky this weekend.

The photos are from today at one of our vintage and reproduction pieces. Have a great weekend!

PS- No, I haven't forgotten about the exciting new announcement, we can't announce it just yet, we will soon I promise.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 9, 2010

What An Exciting Week!! THANK YOU!

What a great and exciting week! We have been so overwhelmed by everyone's gracious and kind response to our new store. The support that our families, clients, friends and team have shown to us over the last few months has been appreciated more than you know. The old saying that "it takes a village" has never been more true. Both Shawn and I want to say thanks to some people who helped us to get through the ups and downs of this move.

First to our families, as many of you know Shawn's mom and dad came down a few times and helped us for days. My dad came from North Carolina with one of his good friends and brought a crew of nine that helped get a ton of things done. All along my mom was there to listen and encourage us to push on through some of the drama and obstacles that we faced with the move and build out. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Bunky, Virgina, Larry, and Patti! We love you and appreciate your support

Thanks to our clients, it never ceased to amaze us that just when we had nearly reached our wits end we'd run into one of you who would say something kind, you'd be excited for us, and as they say enthusiasm is contagious and we'd push on!

Thanks to our friends yes "we got by with a little help from our friends!" Especially Layne Prather... YOU ROCK! You were like a guardian angel, from packing, moving, directing, and cleaning you helped us so much that we just can't thank you enough.

To our GH team- Frank (our newest buddy), Carlos, Brenda and Kelli- THANK YOU! We really appreciate your hard work, your patience for putting up with us and helping us with the creative design vision that Shawn and I had for Gatewood Hall.

We have some bittersweet news. You may have heard that Kelli Luaces is no longer with us. We guess it is sort of like being proud parents to be able to say that after 2 1/2 years of our training and working with Kelli she's grown...she has been offered and accepted an exciting position as the creative director of Petaluma Collective, an intresting new concept that will be opening soon here in Blue Ridge. We wish her well and the best of luck in her new role. With that said we are happy to say that we have nearly finalized the hiring of our two new team members that we will tell you more about a little later!

Finally, we are about to go crazy to let you know about the most exciting, happy news that we received this week. But we can't just yet...Stay tuned for our big proud announcement!

Come see us this weekend we have received some great new items...Be sure to check out Lenny and Eva! It's an awesome new jewelry line exclusive to Gatewood Hall. You'll just love it!

See you soon!

Corky & Shawn