Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Christmas Shop at Maynard Greenhouse

Step into Carole's Christmas shop at Maynard Greenhouse
 and you will be delighted with her visual displays,
 her choice of beautiful gifts, ribbons, ornaments, jewelry,
 decorative accessories, antiques and paper goods.

The selection of ribbons alone made my heart beat fast!

 There was an abundance of silver and glitter...
...crowns and French inspired gifts and accessories.
 There were also many touches of nature...
...birds and nests were a decided theme.

I had not seen Carole in a long time and she and Paula and I 
were chatting away a mile a minute. 
It was fortunate that there was a short lull in business
 and we had a chance to catch up.
 George, Carole's husband is such a good sport...
...he was busy with folks buying their Christmas trees.

Maynard Greenhouse is truly in an idyllic setting and Carole and George work so hard to make it look this beautiful!

I'll be quiet now and let you indulge in this visual feast!!
For a closer look at all the details you can click on the picture and then zoom in!

Carole had a special Christmas gift for me and of course, it was wrapped beautifully and tied with gorgeous blue ribbon.

A beautiful and very personal collaged banner...
Such a sweet friend!

I hope you are enjoying coming along with me
 on my day of visiting and Christmas shopping.

I took 300 pictures and it is so hard to decide which ones to post!
Over the next few days I will take you to the other charming Connecticut towns and shops we visited.

I think you will love it!


Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~**~Beautiful and inspiring shop!! Love the gift she made you too!! Hugs~Rachel~*~*

*French Farmhouse 425*

The French Bear said...

Laura, I just love the sheep and the little bears...oh my how wonderful it all looks, what a glorious place to feel the magic of Christmas!!!
Her gift is beautiful and wrapped so gals are all so creative!!!
Carole and her husband have definitely captured the essence of the season, If I could I would shop there for all my Christmas needs....and wants!
Margaret B

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Laura...what a dreamland Carole has created!!!! Oh I would SO love to visit her and see her place....and look at all of the wonderful treasures!!!! I love that you both are friends and can visit one another...
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas sweet Laura,
hugs and love, Dawn

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This shop looks magical, Laura...and such a sweet gift!

Andy's Attic said...

Carole's shop is luscious!! So many beautiful things to look at. The gift she gave you is delightful, so personal, and you can tell it was made with love. As I said before---friends are precious.

Concrete Jungle said...

Gorgeous shop helps one get into the spirit!

blossoms vintage chic said...

Hi Laura, a new follower to your beautiful blog!
Can't believe how absolutely amazing this wonderful shop is...thank you for sharing all the wonderful treasures and can't wait to see the rest of your photos.
Wishes for a Merry Christmas,

Anji Johnston said...

What an absolutely amazing store! You are so lucky to have her as a friend! She can be mine any time if she likes!! Thatnk you so much for the visual treat - I needed it!

Fishtail Cottage said...

oooh, i adore the birdie and nest that is hanging! so wishing i too could visit this store...but i love seeing it all through your posts - thank you!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Carole's shop is gorgeous, if only I'd live closer, I spotted so many things I'd want to purchase, but oh well there is this ocean between us *sigh*

And what a beautiful gift she made for you!
Lucky friend!

xoxo~ Carola

manon 21 said...

Tu me fais rêver Laura,j'ai acheté cette boule avec la couronne heureusement....
Plein d'autres choses me font envie.
Ton amie t'a beaucoup gâtée c'est une belle réalisation personnelle.

Joyeuses fêtes


Margaret said...

Amazing photos, lots of inspiration for minis too.

Andi's English Attic said...

Oh yes indeed, I enjoyed the trip around the store. Loved the ribbon stand and all those gorgeous ribbons.
Fourth pic down. The long tall vase with a lid. If it's old, I wonder what it was used for?
Regarding the beautifully handwritten envelope: I know Basinghall Street. My husband's office is very nearby. I googled the company Rosing Brothers and there is some info about them. Seemed they had some trouble during WW1. Just though you might be interested. xx

KKvinneblogger said...

So many charming christmas things and pictures :) Thank you!

It's me said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwww !! wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...............this is so great shop !!....lovely day Ria....

Unknown said...

Oh My! I would love to spend some time in that shop. Charmaine

Greet Lefèvre said...

Hi dear Laura,
What a wonderful store! And indeed a lot of beautiful items which make your heart beat fast!
Thank you so much for stopping by today Laura!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Vintage Gal said...

A wonderful feast for the eyes! I would love to spend hours in that shop. Thanks for sharing with us.
Have a Merry Christmas

erin's art and gardens said...

carole's shop is just filled with treasures galore! i see SEVERAL things i wish i could buy, if only i lived closer!! she is such a sweetheart to make that gift for are lucky to have such a wonderful friend!! said...

WOW!!!! What an awesome job she did. I could pick out a ton of things to come home with. It is so beautiful. Carole is just so talented and a great person too. Wishing you a fabulous Christmas to you and your family:) Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see more:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

time worn interiors said...

What a wonderful store! She really does have a greenhouse! You have a new look on your blog! Love it! Did you do it, or have someone do it for you! I had to get someone to do it for me, not computer sense! I see you even have a blog button! Merry Christmas!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What a treat to visit Carole and her wonderful shop. I adore what she made for you, Laura - SO beautiful!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Carole is amazing! Thanks Laura for sharing these beautiful images so we can all swoon over them. There is not a shop that can hold a candle to theirs!

I know the three of you gals had a wonderful time, and I just love the present from Carole...what a talent!

Have a wonderful week.


{oc cottage} said...

All of that amazingness is in ONE place? Oh so dangerous! Thx for sharing {and giving my heart an early morning jump start!}

m ^..^

Rozmeen said...

Hi Susie,

What a lovely shop!
I had missed your previeus post...just beautiful how you decorated your house!

Wishing you a lovely and blessed week.

gail said...

Hi Laura-I am eagerly awaiting it all-just post all 300 then you don't have to choose!
Love to see more of Paula's house, too-I loved it so much, as well as Carole's shop. Do you have earlier posts with Paula's house? (Sorry I am addicted)!
Hope your mom is doing okay, and thanks for taking the time to share these wonderful pictures.

Carole said...

Hi Laura,
Thank you for the kind words. I had so much fun with you and Paula that day and back at the house. So much to catch up little time!
So sad that Evi couldn't be here too.
Thank you so much for my thoughtful present. May try to do a post today.

Looking forward to seeing the other shops!!!


Carol said...

Oh Laura, thanks so much for sharing your trip to Carole's beautiful shop. I ordered the reprinted Christmas book from Jeane d'Arc Living from Carole a few weeks ago and when it arrived, it was dressed in the sweetest wrappings and ribbons. She was so thoughtful to take the time to make it special. I can hardly wait to see the rest of your adventures.



MJ Ornaments said...

Carole is such a sweetie, and everything in her shop is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! ~Martha

Jamie said...

What a beautiful shop!

Maison Beldecor said...

Hi Laura,
ohhh I missed you last posts.... woah I'm overwhelmed from Carols wonderful shop, the vintage bear and Paulas home... now I have to take a closer look at the pictures...
Big hugs, Bine

Ruter & Hjerter said...

Dream store! thank god its x-mas time! You have a great blog!

rêve de lune said...

Your blog is wonderfull !! I discovered your blog by Manon 21 - I like the atmosphere of your universe - Merry Christmas - Catherine ♥

Sussi / Sussinghurst said...

Oh dear, all these wonders, can we see more pictures please!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oooh! Laura,
What a place of garden shop beauty all dressed up for our holiday pickings. I wish I could visit and take it all in.

what did you take home with you? how could you not resist one of everything :)

Thank you LAURA, for your sweet holiday visit to my holiday art and beautiful comment:)

Joyeux Noel

mary pernula said...

Thank you for sharing Carole's shop, I would love to be able to visit there some day. HUGS MARY

Anne Lorys said...

Truly gorgeous!!!

Beatnheart said...

Fantastic! loved so many things in this shop!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I just love ALL of it! I wish shops around here were so gorgeously decorated.

leslie said...

I had the opportunity to stop at this amazing shop a couple of weeks ago. I was really pressed for time so I had to leave and had every intention of stopping the next day on my way home. Such disappointment..... I couldn't stop. Anyway it was amazing and I encourage anyone who is in driving distance to go.

Emma Burgess said...

Hi Laura, hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Love and hugs, Emma. PS. Love the store- gorgeous.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Laura
Carole's shop is as beautiful and charming as I imagined it would be... She's such a clever girl and wonderful friend to all of us... That banner she made is simply fantastic.. Leonardo's Leda is perhaps my favourite of his works..

thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of Carole's special world!!! ciao ciao xxx Julie

Vicki Boster said...

Be still my heart - these photos take the absolutel prize! Carole is the most amazing designer - her shop is absolutely out of this world. I want to be there~~


Vicki Boster said...

where exactly is this shop - what town? I need to plan a girl trip!!


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Unknown said...

What a beautiful shop!