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The Old Lucketts Store would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest addition, Ms. Marian Parsons, from Mustard Seed Interiors! Marian has endless talent and we are so very proud to welcome her into our family.
Marian’s history with our shop goes all the way back to when she was in middle school (yikes! are we dating ourselves?). She later became an avid shopper about twelve years ago when she first discovered her love for antiques. Marian drove by the Old Lucketts Store several times and the lure of all of the amazing pieces visible from Route 15 was finally too great to resist.
Marian is truly an artist. She is a self-proclaimed Jill-of-all-trades, but specializes in painted furniture, hand painted signs (made to look antique), and slipcovers/reupholstery. She likes to put her stamp on almost everything she sells, so when people see a piece, they know it’s hers. I asked Marian what she thought she brings to the shop that is unique and fresh. She felt that her signs were the clear stand out —- she custom designs and hand paints each one on antique doors and wood and adds antique hardware for an authentic look.
Marian loves thrifting, antiquing, going to auctions, and all things DIY and home décor. Marian said that she loves her job because “with this business, I don’t have to worry about having the right place for something I find. I enjoy the freedom in creating pieces to sell. It doesn’t have to match anything in my home. I can just create whatever is in my head.” She also enjoys reminding her husband to stop at yard sales, because after all, it’s her job!
Of all her pieces, Marian is most proud of her Union Jack Dresser and upholstered French chair. I can attest firsthand to the splash her dresser made back in February. We took a picture of the dresser, posted it on our Fresh off the Wagon page, and within a few hours it was sold. We received so many compliments and questions about it the entire Groundhog Day sale weekend.
Marian is “over-the-moon excited” about having her new space at Lucketts. She said that she’s loved the shop for so long and it’s an honor to be among the ranks of such talented and creative designers, antique dealers, and artists. This year, she is also looking forward to the continued growth of her blog, and any opportunities that may come out of that.
We are truly excited to have Marian at the shop, and wish her continued success. Welcome to Lucketts, Marian, we are honored to have you!
About Marian: Marian lives with her husband, who is a youth pastor, and her two preschool-age sons in a 1940’s era home near Gettysburg, PA. She is a freelance tutorial writer for HGTV.com and Cottages & Bungalows magazine, and the author of Miss Mustard Seed blog.
I sat down with Suzanne this past week and asked her to share some of her favorite design secrets. I wanted to know what are some of the most common mistakes she sees, and more importantly, how can we fix them. Here are a few tips:
1. Bring color in with accessories or things can easily change. It’s great to follow the trends, and a lot of people love to use color and pattern to do just that. But you have to ask yourself if the color will be relevant next season or if it will quickly date the room. It’s much easier to switch out drapes, a painting, or some throw pillows than risk purchasing a sofa in a color that may go out of style in a few seasons.
2. Keep expensive pieces neutral. At The Lucketts Store, we tend to keep our furniture and big items neutral. Most pieces are in shades of white, black, grey, or natural wood tones. This creates a nice backdrop for accessories which can be toned up and down according to the season and switched out according to trends.
3. Don’t do dinky! If you have a small room, it is okay (repeat after me —- it is okay) to have a big piece of furniture. There is nothing worse than walking into a room with ten pieces of furniture that are on the wrong scale and serve no real purpose. Suzanne mentioned a client’s office that had a little desk that could barely fit a laptop, next to an itty bitty bookcase which held only a fraction of owner’s books, next to a tiny side table. None of the pieces were functional, but the homeowner felt because she had a small space, everything should be on a small scale. Remember that large pieces provide a lot of storage and make a statement.
4. Remember to maintain balance. A lot of clients have huge flat screen televisions hung on the wall surrounded by furniture. While grouping furniture around the t.v. seems natural and functional, Suzanne said it often looks like everyone is staring at a black hole. Suzanne likes to balance the “black hole” with another large piece or dark item on the other side of the room. This way, one side of the room isn’t heavy and concentrated while the other side of the room seems like it’s floating away.
5. Yes, anything CAN go together. Suzanne mentioned the importance of buying pieces you love and colors that you’re attracted to. Everything doesn’t need to be matchy-matchy. You also don’t need to limit yourself to a strict number of colors in a room. The trick is to find a piece of art (the larger, the better) or fabric you love that ties everything together and has all of the colors you are using in the room. You can easily pull together a room full of seemingly mismatched accessories and make it look like everything was meant to go together in the first place.
Throughout the store and in the April Design House, you’ll see these principles put into practice. We’re using a lot of blue accessories to provide fresh pop for spring, and as a bonus, these colors will nicely carry through the summer too. We hope to see you this weekend!
Well spring arrived, and then it….well, left. It’s been so cold outside lately, but thankfully the shop is in full bloom. You’ll see touches of green throughout, rabbits and Easter-themed goodies, bird nests, flower accents, and boxwood topiaries. The air is fresh, the green is out, and the shop seems altogether lighter and brighter!
I know we like to keep the Design House a suprise and wow you each month. I heard a rumor that the words used to describe this month’s Design House are: uncomplicated, elegant, and spring. We will try to sneak back into the Design House tomorrow and get you some pictures of all the goodies available at this month’s event. Be on the lookout for updates tomorrow on the Design House.
If you haven’t been to the Design House before, you’re in for a treat. The Design House is a monthly designer showcase where an entire home is redecorated every month with current trends and fresh ideas. All of the unique furnishings are available for purchase and you can take them with you the same day. Photos of prior Design House events can be viewed here. Check back for new photos posted monthly, and be sure to visit us for the April Design House, located on the same property as The Lucketts Store. The Lucketts Store and the Design House are located at 42350 Lucketts Road in Leesburg, VA. We are at the only stoplight in Lucketts. Our main building is the large green building on the corner; the Design House is at the end of the parking lot, right past the iron yard and the barn.
We look forward to seeing you, April 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, and please think SPRING!
Since February is almost over, we thought we’d take a quick look at everything accomplished this past month. Here are few of the highlights.
We executed an amazing Groundhog Day sale on February 4th, 5th, and 6th, with record sales each day! A big thank you to our staff, the Mover Dudes, our loyal customers, and all of the new friends we made!
Speaking of new friends, in February, we added 125 new friends on our Facebook page. If you know someone who would make a good friend, be sure to send them to our Facebook page and friend us.
After taking January off, we reopened our Design House. The Design House is a once a month showcase full of inspiration and interesting finds. The next Design House will be March 4, 5 & 6.
We started posting new items for our Fresh off the Wagon page each week. Now you can get the scoop about some of the unique items that arrive at the store each week. While we’re on the topic of arrivals at the store, in February, Heather brought in a 40 foot trailer load of springtime goodies for her portion of the shop. Anne had her own unique find – “Nelly the zebra” has made quite a stir lately.
Since we are never short on ambition, we cleared the main room out and sanded the floors for a new weathered look. The day after our biggest sale of the year, Groundhog’s Day, no less.
In February, we continued preparations for our 12th annual Spring Market. The market will take place on our property this year and we’re expecting more than 120 vendors. Be sure to mark your calendar and save-the-date for May 21st & 22nd. This is gonna be good!
Reproductions of the Keep Calm and Carry On posters have been on the market and quite popular for the last year or two. Here is my own version for the shop!
The original poster was produced by the British government in 1939 to help raise morale under the threat of invasion at the start of World War II. The Keep Calm message was one image in a series, all with similar messages; the posters were never used. In 2000, the poster was rediscovered and since this government image is now copyright free, it’s been re-issued by a number of private companies. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives.
Maybe it’s because there is a royal wedding around the corner, but my interest in icons from across the pond has recently been rekindled. We still see a lot of customers looking for Parisian accents and items with a British flair for their homes. When I was at the shop today, I decided to snap a few photos of two of my favorite icons — crowns and the fleur de lis. Enjoy!
Items and pictures featured (l to r): 1) crown pillow (vnk), 2) crown & fleur de lis hooks (jdh), 3) mini tea set (sm), 4) concrete remnant with fleur de lis (cns), 5) Union Jack dresser (msi), 6) British phone booth photo (poster revolution), 7) iron crown (vnk), 8) crown sconce (vnk), 9) Norton cycling sign (poster revolution), 10) fleur de lis bird bath (cns).
Keep Calm poster history information courtesy of BBC News.