Category Archives: DIY

Moving Can Put You in a Funk

Well, I sold my home and moved to a new one.  That is a pretty short sentence but it says a lot and the whole process put me in a funk….so much work!  I feel like I fell asleep in … Continue reading

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People are always asking me “Does your Home look like this”

…They ask this when they are standing in my shop amidst the furniture and home accessories that are displayed in The Whistling Elk. I usually just shrug off this question because I have never really thought much about it – … Continue reading

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Those Pretty New Things Are Arriving!

Shopping for the store is a lot of fun but I have to admit it is even more fun when the merchandise actually starts to flow in and you open everything up and feel like you are getting presents! This week … Continue reading

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Shopping for Pretty New Things…

This. Week. I’ll. Be. Shopping. for pretty new things to make your visits to The Whistling Elk exciting! Can’t wait to see what I find….  

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I’m With Miss Piggy…Everyday Should Be A Small Business Shopping Day!

I am still chuckling over the Small Business Saturday video featuring Miss Piggy (it’s posted on chesterstreettalk.com.) Very Cute!  Thanks for sharing Jess! And yes, the Christmas Season is almost here… Thanksgiving is next week!  Wow! I can’t wait to … Continue reading

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I am So Grateful it Wasn’t That Windy Today

I am so grateful that there was not torrential rain and only a little wind today… I received a shipment of mirrors…mostly oversize…and of course had to unpack outside in the cold and drizzle… Carrying mirrors this big in wind is like … Continue reading

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Home Décor and The Whistling Elk

The latest shipment of artwork came yesterday.  There were two boxes (one of them over 6′ high) on a big skid….it was a hot day to contemplate opening that much freight. But as always when I started to take out … Continue reading

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Walls Define a Room – Fill Them with Beautiful Art

A shipment of art just arrived late yesterday afternoon.  After the initial flurry of activity required to take in the shipment, unpack it and examine it then price it….I got to thinking of how the walls of a room define … Continue reading

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Tea, Honey and Home

I love tea! I love not only the taste of a delicious tea but the whole ritual! In this crazy world there is nothing better than to brew some tea, wait while it steeps,  and then pour it from a pretty teapot … Continue reading

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25th Anniversary Sale at The Whistling Elk

May 1st marks the day we first started in business way back in 1990. We plan on celebrating a lot this year and that includes you too! The first Anniversary Event is a sale on Furniture…. 50% off on Saturday and … Continue reading

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25th Anniversary – A Walk Down Memory Lane with The Whistling Elk

It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago just about this time I was collecting merchandise in my garage in preparation to taking possession of my first shop location in Chester  on May 1st, 1990.  It has been a wonderful … Continue reading

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Little Painted Tables Are Versatile and Add a Pop of Color to Any Room

Just finished up another batch of tables…these are light and easy to move around…so you can have a little table almost anywhere on which to place a drink or a cup of tea! Come by and select your favorite…or choose … Continue reading

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Amusing Myself with the Latest Bling

It’s a new year, I have shopped like crazy in Atlanta for new merchandise and now it is just starting to roll into the shop…I  just love it! These magnetic jewels arrived yesterday! I have been walking around the shop and … Continue reading

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Painting Away the Winter Blues

Oh to have some summer warmth! I’m getting to be such a sissy.  I think I used to enjoy the winter….now I only like it if I am skiing… Well, at least it is good for getting those indoor projects … Continue reading

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An Inspiration for Christmas Decorating!

I love decorating for Christmas…its all the little details grouped together that make a pretty vignette! Shake up your decorations this year by grouping them in a different manner… it will all feel new to you!

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Sometimes You Just Have to “Bite the Bullet” and Give It A Try

Or in this case the Acorn….(heehee) You see a customer brought me an old mirror with a top trimmed with lifesize acorns hoping that I could fix it….hmmm!  She brought it all the way from Massachusetts!  There were a couple … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Giclee Artwork Arrives at The Whistling Elk

I love gorgeous artwork…the framed giclee in the background of this picture just arrived at The Whistling Elk. I want to climb into the picture and sit at the table sipping wine… Come see this piece in person – its 48″L … Continue reading

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Pretty Little Accessory Tables

Just painted some pretty little tables…they are great accents for any room where you require a little table to put a glass or book on but don’t have a lot of space. These two will go anywhere! I have always … Continue reading

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I Just Love Gorgeous Patina Finishes on Furniture

You know how you always have a lot of little tiny pieces of gold leaf that are left over from a project…I can just never bear to throw them away… Well I was painting up a finish sample that had … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Paint – Create Unique “Signature Finishes”

I have decided to create “finishes” instead of “paint samples”.  Hmmm, what does that mean you might ask… Well I have a lot of paint samples that I created using paint stirrers…I have posted these at the time that I … Continue reading

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