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Living Neutral

Living Neutral
Although we love a pop of color, neutrals always have a special place in our hearts.  There's something simply breathtaking about a completely neutral space.  When you are able to curate a collection of pieces that both stand out and work cohesively not simply because of their color but because of something else entirely, magic happens. Continue reading

Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition
The Floating Farmhouse post got me thinking.  Some of my favorite buildings are those that marry old and new without trying to create a contrived transition.   Continue reading

City Guide: Amsterdam

City Guide: Amsterdam
With our team heading to Europe this month, travel is on our mind. But then again, when is travel not on our minds?  We thought it was about time to do another city guide.  Here's a round up of our favorites from Amsterdam. Continue reading

Floating Farmhouse

Floating Farmhouse
I use the word "obsessed" very rarely.  So consider that when reading my next statement. I have become obsessed with an 1820 Catskills house dubbed Floating Farmhouse for its covered porch that extends out over the river's edge.   Continue reading

Our Obsession with Art

Our Obsession with Art
If you have been to either of the Elsie Green shops, you know about our extravagant collection of vintage oil paintings.  From florals, to landscapes, to portraits and more, we have a soft spot for all beautiful art.  Continue reading

Why We Built The Barlow

Why We Built The Barlow

JP & I have lived in the world of retail for more than half our lives now.  We have worked mostly for large companies with large inventories, large checkbooks, and sometimes we've sold things we wouldn't necessarily want to own.  

As we were crafting our vision for Elsie Green, we were looking for something we felt was missing:  a collection of pretty, sustainable things for your home that was neither too modern, nor too rustic.  Just pretty things lovingly chosen by hand, and sold with an extraordinarily personal level of service.  Things we would have in our own home.  Simple.

When the opportunity to open a new shop at The Barlow presented itself, again, we thought we could offer something that we felt was missing:  A shop that demonstrates the value of a little drama. A shop where you can find ideas and inspiration that you haven't seen before.   A shop where the shop girls (or boys) are as enamored with the merchandise as we are.  A shop where every piece has a story.  A shop that feels like walking into someone's living room.  A shop you can visit and feel satisfied, even if you don't buy a thing.  

Essentially, we wanted to build the shop that we would like to shop in.  Or visit when we go to a new city and take a million photos.  Or be excited to tell our friends about.  

We're pretty happy to say:  mission accomplished.  At the new shop, you don't have to spend big bucks to come away with something.  There are chic ideas for styling your coffee table, deep and dramatic paint colors, lovely dining tables ready to inspire your dinner party, a 200 year old antique French wine press bolted to the wall to form a king-size headboard that is quite photogenic, and pretty treasures tucked here and there to create the feeling of your own European treasure hunt. And the team can talk to you for 20 minutes about their favorite thing in the shop, if you have the time.  They'll definitely pet your dog and give her a treat.  

Come on down.  You might even find one of us chilling on the vintage black leather chesterfield with a cup of coffee from down the way.   As we imagined, The Barlow is one of our favorite places to be.  

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