Right now I m sitting in the sun which is streaming in through my slider…I have never done this before shockingly !!
The Corona Virus, horrible and beastly as it is, has forced me to stop working 24/7 and slow down and take a little downtime.
I have worked my whole life. Even when switching jobs I didn’t take time in between. Since opening my own shop 30 years ago I have worked the whole time between 6 and 7 days a week. Sure, I took some amazing ski vacations over the years (at Vail my favorite) but even then I fretted about being away from my business.
Now don’t get me wrong, this virus is a terrible, terrible, terrible thing and I am distressed that people are sick and dying. They are in my thoughts and prayers every day.
But this “stay at home” order is in some ways a gift that I never asked for and never would ask for. However, now that I’ve got it I am wholeheartedly enjoying it for the gift that it is and for what it is worth. I would never have taken time for myself.
For the first time in my life I have no income stream…none in the forseeable future and can’t even imagine how this will all end…but right now the sun is warm, I have nowhere to go, nothing pressing me, and I feel as though God has given me time to rejuvenate, to plan, to rest, to rethink everything, to enjoy the moment! I will trust that he has plan and meanwhile I will not allow this gift to go to waste.
I put together a list this morning of projects that need doing.
I filled an entire sheet.
I posted it and every time I walk by it I think of something else to add. There are some plusses to being stuck at home.
Some of the things on the list have been on the back burner for months and perhaps years!
I have decided to make sure that I pick something on that list to complete every day…with that in mind I literally could stay home for a quite a while.
Well, that will take care of some of the time I have on my hands…
I have already discovered this morning that my mind is still creative and fertile…teeming with ideas…mostly how to improve and take my business to the next level…new things I want to do, plans I want to put into action.
It’s almost scary. Maybe, just maybe, that is why when this is over our economy is going to go nuts….we will all have this pent up creativity and desire to go full steam ahead.
Some things with regard to my business I have already implemented in this new free time I have found myself blessed with.
Minuses, of course, we all know. We miss each other, we’re a little scared and we can’t wait for it to be behind us. And, it’s hard stop from eating! 😉
Beautiful, soft, cozy, colorful, elegant and a fashion statement for your home. You must have at least one! Ours come in almost every color imaginable. Wrap yourself up in one! And give one to all your friends and family! You will be a hero.
Maison Berger (Lampe Berger)
A big favorite. An air purifier that perfumes the air you live in! Beautiful and a real workhorse too! You will love it…no open flame…and scent all thru your home.
Made in France with that special oohlala elegant scents that only the French can do! There are also candles, reed diffusers and mist diffusers–you can have it all!!
A family owned company that is all about sparkle! An extensive collection is available at the shop and we constantly run specials…come see what the latest deal is! And a hint to all you men out there…this is a winner!
La Vie Parisenne Jewelry
Gorgeous jewelry by French Designer Catherine Popesco. Antique molds are used to create this line of 14k gold plated and swarovski studded collection! A must have or a must give!
Mark Roberts 2019 Christmas Fairies and Elves
If you don’t have one you will want one. The 2019 Collection is beautiful as usual and well appointed as ever. They will make you smile (or else). For 26 years a special Christmas offering from The Whistling Elk.
Sloane Fine Tea Merchants
Did you know there was something known as a Tea Sommelier? Well there is and this line of fine teas was created in Toronto by a Tea Sommelier who is also a trained Perfumist (is that a word?) Delicious and amazing to both your scent and taste! You need to try the Heavenly Cream…it’s divine!!! (hahaha really)
A Girl With A Pearl
These are the real thing. Need a really special Gift…this is it. Baroque Cultured Freshwater Pearls…beautiful. Different styles and price points. A must have for the woman in your life! Hint, Hint.
The best little bags ever. They hold your phone (quite comfortably) and have a zippered pocket for your valuable stuff….like lipstick, money $$$, etc. And did i mention that they are good looking? Well they are quite fashionable!
Going Somewhere? This company makes Great Hostess Gifts…beautiful, festive and beautifully packaged. Great price points. Foaming handsoaps are the best! But there is more…so much more.
The Whistling Elk is loaded with great gift ideas and decorations for your home. Your Go-To shopping place…Stop and See for Yourself! This little list is just the tip of the iceberg 😉 Trust Me.
I need to squeeze every bit of summer left out of August!!!
It’s been a good summer though with lots of things happening at The Whistling Elk.
We have brought in a lot of new products and there are more coming this Fall.
New and in stock right now…
MICHEL DESIGN WORKS
A beautifully packaged line of everyday fragranced products that are fabulous for hostessgifts! The Foaming Hand Soaps are probably my favorite but there are quite a few other items to choose from.
The bar soaps are large and the packaging tempts you want to keep them wrapped. The Soy Candles come in beautiful boxes that you will want to save for keepsakes and everything smells amazing...there are many many scents!
The Hand and Body Lotion contains, of course, Shea Butter and there is also luxurious Shower Gel.
These products are all priced from $11 to $17 so they are perfect for small token gifts or dare i say…stocking stuffers.
But that is not where Design Works stops….they also have gorgeous kitchen aprons, potholders and tea towels…pillows and scatter rugs! And, a complete line of melamine platters, plates, bowls and other serving pieces that are colorful, lightweight and,of course, unbreakable!
You will love this line and we are stocked now with more coming for the holidays!
Maison Berger is introducing about 80 new products this Fall. They are expanding the AROMA Collection and introducing new Diffusers and Soy Candles.
I LOVE the Aroma Collection…
the scents are complex yet pure – so nice!
There are New Scents and New Lampes and Gift Sets just in time for the holidays. We are the largest retailer of Maison Berger in New Jersey so you will always find a huge selection of fragrances and lampes every day. Maison Berger makes such a great gift for everyone, the gift sets are so reasonably priced and now Maison Berger has included a new larger free sample of scent with each gift set….We love Maison Berger!
We are so excited to bring Young Living to you! Everyone knows Young Living for Essential Oils but they have quite a diverse line of products, all chemical free, pesticide free and pure. If you are interested in a healthy lifestyle and products that can help you toward that goal then Young Living is for you. Come in and learn more about these wonderful products.
On some Sunday afternoons we will have Cheryl Bock here to talk about and demonstrate Young Living Products….Cheryl is local and some of you will know her from Spin Class. She also raises money for Cancer Research. She is knowledgeable and enthusiastic – you will love her!
Young Living has just introduced CBD products. Watch these take over the market…you can trust Young Living to bring you the purest CBD – it is 99% CBD and 1% Young Living Essential Oils.
Of course we still have all the beautiful, classic home furnishings and accessories that you expect from us! Come see us soon!
There is really nothing like a beautiful Traditional
Warm. Cozy. Timeless.
I can’t imagine anything better than that.
Designers who create rooms incorporating Traditional looks with a few clean modern accents or maybe some wonderful vintage or antique pieces take my breath away and make my heart beat. Beautiful design can always do that to me.
Obviously color is a major factor in the design of the warm, cozy Traditional room. Although I enjoyed the greys and accompanying pale palette that has been trending...it is cold…Brrrh! So I am not so sad to see it trending down and away.
What do you think? Are you ready to move on to some great color and tradition? or will you be trying to hold on to the cooler palettes?
Once change starts on the wholesale level you will start finding less and less of the outgoing trends and colors. It takes a little time to transition and longer still for the retail customer to embrace the next trend.
Often customers will look for decorative accessories and accents in colors that have recently passed out of favor and they become extremely hard to find…sadly I’m sure that on occasion you have experienced this.
When the market starts to transition it is always wise to finish a room before accents become more scarce.
Personally, I am wholeheartedly embracing the return of color!
One of our favorite products at The Whistling Elk is Maison Berger. Did you know that we have been selling this fabulous line for almost 20 years and that we have the largest selection of Maison Berger products in New Jersey?
Maison Berger is an air purifier and it works! It will eliminate bacteria in the air and perfume your home like no other product. It’s easy to use and the results will impress you!
Maison Berger has many new lampes this year and many new scents. One of my favorites is the new Pure White Tea. It’s delicious!
The new “Eclipse” lampe comes in 2 colors and both are packed as gift sets so you get a 180 ml of free scent with the lampe!
Maison Berger has also introduced Car Diffusers! They are sleek and attractive, fit to the vents in your car and purify the air!
Yup, it’s the doldrums of winter yet again. Everything feels slower in January but that is really not true. During and just after Christmas in the shop you are already planning like crazy for the coming year.
In January I always make the trek to Atlanta to shop for Christmas 2019….and for Spring goods that I may have missed when buying in the Summer/Fall for the Spring….confusing but you must do things ahead if you want the best for your customers! Market is always an amazing whirlwind.
This year my take away from the Market is that COLOR IS BACK! and Vibrant Color at that! This is wonderful from a design standpoint. It will, however, take some time for this to transfer in a big way to the retail market. Design trends always occur on a curve….slowly up – then strong for awhile – then slowly down and out…..so expect the grey hues to start drying up.
My other reaction to Market this January is that the manufacturers are feeling positive about the economy so they are stepping out of the comfort zone and bringing in more exciting designs…this has been missing from Market for the last several years – and the change is more than welcome!!! You will love the new fresh variety!
Color in the market was strong in tabletop goods, paintings and artwork, and fabrics! It made my heart beat!
So now that I have made buying decisions for Spring, some Summer/Fall and Winter 2019 I am eagerly awaiting orders to ship in…this is the exiting part. Selling off the old merchandise (translating to some great deals for my customers), taking in the new purchases and reorganizing the shop to showcase the new looks.
So, long story short, the Winter is really a busy and fun time in the shop!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!…and reminding you that The Whistling Elk is
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK…for your shopping convenience.
Mondays from 10:00 am til 4 pm
Tuesday thru Sunday from 10:00 am til 5:30 pm
Mondays are especially good days to shop us – you can beat the weekend crowd and jazz up a dreary Monday by coming in for casually elegant home furnishings and accessories!
At the Whistling Elk you will find all the finishing touches that make a house Your Home at affordable prices…accent furniture, lighting, artwork and mirrors!
You will also find thoughtful gifts! In addition to Lampe Berger Paris there is Bedford Cottage Throws, exquisite French Jewelry, Sloane Fine Teas and much more! And don’t forget we sell Paint Couture…a fantastic choice for creating amazing furniture and cabinet finishes.
I have just returned from shopping for 2018…
There are lots of great new gift items, accent furniture, artwork, rugs and more! It was so much fun finding great pieces for you!
So if you love a European style that is casually elegant you will love the shop.
So come by any day….and don’t forget MONDAYS! Start your week off right with a visit to THE WHISTLING ELK.
We are in our 28th Year in Chester of bringing your style, beauty and affordability!
As 2017 draws to a close, I would just like to say how grateful I am for all the wonderful customers who frequent my shop!
It has been another wonderful year! And I am enthusiastically awaiting the beginning of my 28th year here in beautiful Chester NJ…in another couple of weeks I will be heading to Atlanta to shop for merchandise for 2018!
I will be forever grateful that I chose Chester to be the home for my collection of casually elegant home furnishings and accessories….
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!