unexpected guests: tamar schechner.
by victoria comment

8/11/10

i haven’t been ‘visiting’ as much as i’d like to be lately, but this week we’re back with unexpected guest Tamar Schechner, of the lovely blog, Nest Pretty Things. Tamar is an Accessory and jewelry designer with a charming, eclectic home in a small vermont village called Shelburne. a wonderful collection of vintage linens and wallpaper gives Tamar’s home a bit of a bohemian, Bazaar style mixed with English cottage coziness. i think you’re going to like it. and, if you like tamar’s style, you should visit her blog, and also drop in her shop here, and on etsy for some of her handmade goodness!

What is your idea of a perfect day in shelburne?
A perfect day with be a cool and crisp Autumn day when the trees have all turned and the views from everywhere are simply breathtaking, My favorite would be spending a Saturday with my husband and usually one of the boys would join us (we have 3 teen sons) we stop at the Shelburne farmer market for some late season veggies, then have some delicious espresso and home made scones at our local cafe, we continue to our local flea market to see what’s new, from there to the Shelburne apple orchard for some apple picking, it’s a family tradition and we do this a few times during the season.

Another perfect day would be to go into Burlington which is ten minutes away — it’s a perfect New England college town right by lake Champlain, we love having breakfast at Mirabelle’s, walking up and down Church street, going down to the waterfront park or catching a movie at the Roxy.

What are some of your favorite local shops?
For home furnishing I love a new little shop right here in Shelburne — Chez Boheme.¬† I could buy everything, including the gorgeous art work on the walls painted by the owner Jennifer Blanchard. For clothing I adore Sweet Lady Jane in Burlington, a beautiful¬† and tasteful mix of clothing and accessories. We also have many many second hand shops in our area which I frequent a lot, and the Charlotte Weekend Flea Market during the warm months.

What’s your favorite bargain find or product?
Last summer I found a gorgeous quilt from the 40’s for $20!!! And, I’ve also found some great linens there over the last few years.

What is your biggest interior design nightmare, or what would never be caught dead in your home?
Wall to wall carpets, brown “country” kitchens, little frilly window dressings, lazyboy couches.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
My mother and sister, both artists. My mom passed away 12 years ago, her art fills our home, she was a diverse painter with an incredible sense of color and composition and I love being surrounded by her work. My sister is also a beautiful and talented painter, her big passion is gardens, you can see her work here.

What’s your favorite feature in your home?
My favorite thing is the beautiful Suzani on our couch, it was a gift from my aunt Susan Meller who is a textile collector and author.

Who would you like to sit down to drinks or coffee with?
Someone from the past — I would have loved to have tea with Jane Austen!

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Magazines! Country Living UK,  Living Etc., Elle Decor. I get them every month.

What is your most treasured belonging?
A beautiful silver cigarette box with a mint green enamel front, it belonged to my great grandfather.

What’s souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
Not a souvenir, but I bought some lovely Liberty of London fabric at Purl Soho a few weeks ago in New York City.

What’s your favorite home decor/style book?
Bazaar Style by Selina Lake.

do you have a Favorite set design from a film?
Marie Antoinette — I loved the colors and over the top style! and on a different note, It’s Complicated I would have loved to live in that house and that coffee shop was to die for!! I am sure that there are many more that I can’t recall.

What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to search for inspiration?
I love these: Decor8, Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Creature Comforts, Poppytalk, Yvestown, Frolic, Oh Joy!, Sunday Suppers, Door Sixteen, Geninne’s Art Blog, Lobster and Swan, T Magazine, Uppercase, and sfgirlbybay of course!!!

31 responses to “unexpected guests: tamar schechner.”

  1. this house is gorgeous! i LOVE all the floral prints, they are so happy and bright! and i really want that necklace in the last picture!

  2. Oh the colors and patterns make my heart soar. Please do tell, where is that beautiful hot pink rose tunic from?

    Diana from San Francisco

  3. love that riot of color and pattern, that manages to still feel orderly (but not too orderly). I wish I could make my living spaces look like that, but my husband is a “modern minimalist” and we have to have a happy medium that we can both like.

  4. I love this house, it’s eye candy to me with all those pretty floral patterns and colours!

    Thanks for sharing, Tamar and Victoria, it’s really a great start of my day! :)

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