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June 2015

Shopping in the hills

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on June 28, 2015


“Small village, big shopping”

That’s how New Preston, CT describes itself. It’s a place I love to visit when I want to find something out of the ordinary. It’s small size is packed with big charm. It includes, not only wonderful shops, but beautiful Lake Waramaug and tons of good eats!

First on the must-check-out list is Privet House.

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They specialize in home goods. Furniture, accessories, vintage finds, kitchen tools, etc.
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The store is chock-ful of inspiration! Their mix of lux and handmade goods is just perfection.


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On a recent trip, I picked up this woven basket, which is the perfect soft neutral to use anywhere. I picture it lined with a cloth napkin and fresh bread at dinner parties or holding produce in the kitchen. It’s surprisingly thick and cushy which is why I really loved it.



As well as these vintage sewing scissors!IMG_4089

Next up, J. Seitz & Company

They have fabulous selections of any from clothing and jewelry to bedding and furniture. Like The Privet House, it’s a real treat to visit.

I wasn’t in the market for accessories or clothing, just took advantage of their sale downstairs and ended up with this little desk tray. It’s made of all recycled materials and is actually washable. The perfect little piece to hide away things that tend to clutter my desk.IMG_3754

If you’re already up that way… head a little further into Bantam.

There’s a real gem of an antique store there called, Emporium. The owner is so charming and his prices are completely reasonable. He has an eye for unique pieces and a real sense of humor. Here, I found two beautiful items. This handsome crystal decanter for my work-in-progress bar:


Yes, it’s already full of gin, what can I say? It’s such a substantial piece and it reflects light so beautifully! I was so happy to find it and bring it home and I plan on hunting for a couple more. (Am I alone in appreciating how much entertaining has come back into fashion? It’s fabulous!) Also, I found this silver potpourri tin:

I’ve already filled it with a subtle potpurri and it lives in the upstairs bathroom. It’s perfect.
Also in Bantam is are a couple of thrift stores which I scored some camping eatery–this sunny yellow tin mug and a stack of pale green enamel camping plates. I loved the colors!

The whole lot only cost me $8.50!

This day becomes the perfect treasure-hunting adventure and if you’re in the mood to hunt, you can really score some great, unique pieces!

If you’re local, let me know of any spots I should add to my list!

Love, Brittany

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