The Whistling Elk – A 2020 Retail Star!

The Whistling Elk – A 2020 Retail Star!

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The Whistling Elk has been named one of the 50 best

home furnishings retailers in the country for 2020!!! 

This is such a wonderful honor especially in the current business environment!

Find a Way to Enjoy The Moment (Staying Home)

Find a Way to Enjoy The Moment (Staying Home)

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.

Plus and Minus

Plus and Minus

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! 😉

Stay safe, my friends.

Barbara Collins, The Whistling Elk

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In Times of Stress It’s Good to Have Something You Enjoy Doing

It’s a stressful world right now.

I am always glad that there are certain activities that

keep me busy when stress is in the air…

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Faux Painted Wall at The Whistling Elk
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Little Black Table at The Whistling Elk

Painting is one such enjoyable and therapeutic activity.

What is Yours?

THE WHISTLING ELK 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

THE WHISTLING ELK 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Throw Blankets

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!!

Sorrelli Jewelry

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.

Club Bags

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!

Michel Designworks

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.

 

Vintage Style Art Joins the Line Up at The Whistling Elk in Chester, NJ

We have a new vintage style art line at The Whistling Elk!

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Vintage prints at the Whistling Elk

A whimsical and fun art line has joined our other great wall decor lines! 

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Vintage prints at The Whistling Elk are fun and whimsical!

The initial shipment has arrived with about 20 pieces of art but there is so much more to come!

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There are many other great quotes all framed beautifully!

  This line has a very vintage flavor and it is great for children and of course adults!

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The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ has a new shipment of artwork.
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Another favorite…
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Love these prints!

Come check it out…it’s definitely worth a giggle 🙂

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The Whistling Elk has great art for Children’s rooms!

And don’t forget, our Artwork is always 20% off…every day!

 

2018 Mark Roberts Fairies

Well, last week the Mark Roberts Fairies arrived on the scene!  As always they are adorable.  We have a selection out now for your viewing pleasure!

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Mark Roberts Collection 2018

This year Mark has introduced some new elves and they are beautiful!  They have weighted feet so they can stand alone anywhere which makes them even more fun.  Lots of great detail!

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Mark Roberts Fairies 2018

There are a couple of girl fairies again this year…this is Joyous Christmas and she has the most amazing skirt!

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Mark Roberts 2018 Fairy Collection

They are out now!  Come and see and choose yours!

 

LAMPE BERGER BECOMES MAISON BERGER

Lampe Berger has a new name!

M A I S O N   B E R G E R

and is going to be introducing a lot of new products!

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Maison Berger celebrating 120 years with a new fragrance Elegant Parisienne!

When I go to the Home Accessories and Gift Show in July

I will be visiting Maison Berger and will see all their new products!

I am excited and actually can’t wait.

Maison Berger is also celebrating it’s

120th birthday! 

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The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ carries a full selection of Maison Berger (Lampe Berger)

 

The Whistling Elk 28th Anniversary

20180209_163641Wow, another year has come and gone at The Whistling Elk.

We have just entered our 29th year in business!!

So very soon now we will be celebrating our 28th Anniversary.   Watch for our posts letting you know what our special plans are…coming soon!

I still love what I do after all these years!

 

 

 

Mondays at The Whistling Elk

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!

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Casual Elegance at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ

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!

2017 is Fast Drawing to a Close!

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….

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Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

 

 

 

 

Sometimes You Just Need a Flying Pig…

I have been awaiting this particular art shipment for over two weeks.  It was on the road for almost a month….which is very scary…But it is all perfect! 

So very happy it’s here!

Right now it is leaning just about everywhere in the shop!

home decorThere is so much beauty here…landscapes, geometrics, bath prints, amazing fleur de lis wall sculptures, florals, still lifes and more.

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florals and damask patterned prints
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gorgeous chandelier print
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stilllife/landscape
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fleur de lis

A Flying Pig even came along with this order….he has an amazing Swarovski crystal crown too!

He is nestled in behind the embellished candlestick below…

so cute!

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Flying Pig

The Whistling Elk is Sponsoring a Lampe Berger Special for Mother’s Day

It’s a perfect time to try a Lampe Berger at The Whistling Elk!

We have lots of beautiful lampes to choose from and when you purchase one you can get a tripack of 3 fragrances for 50% off!

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Lampe Berger Tripack – Warm Scents

There are two different tripacks to choose from … one has fresh scents:  Fresh Linen, Lemonflower and the international best selling fragrance Ocean Breeze!

The other tripack  includes New Orleans (one of our best sellers), Orange Cinnamon and Vanilla Gourmet!

Get yours while supplies last.

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Lampe Berger at The Whistling Elk

 

The Whistling Elk 2017 Another Year Another Fresh Start!

Wow, I guess moving really did affect me!  I just realized that I have not posted to the blog in over 5 months!  Oh My!  But life at The Whistling Elk continues…

The Fall and Christmas season has passed…I made my annual January trip to Atlanta to buy goods for 2017…and have already received several shipments from those orders placed in January…

As always it is so exciting to receive new goods.  Always a fresh start and a new perspective!  And this year will not disappoint.  So, come and visit The Whistling Elk soon because we are already showing new pretty stuff!!

Here’s a little preview:

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Leather Chairs and an ottoman! Really handsome!
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Just plain pretty Mirrors…we have about 4 different styles…all beautifully finished and distressed!
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Lollia for your sweetheart…some new scents too!
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Beautiful spring flowers – just in case you get spring fever!

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 March and woke up in August…sigh…

But I am done with that…The Moving Funk is over NOW!

I love my new home, it’s relatively “put together”…at least as much as I plan to do until I live there a little and see what is what.  Meanwhile the shop waits for no man….and fall is coming!  That means that lots of trucks are rolling in with all kinds of  great merchandise and the shop is brimming with wonderful pieces.

Art arrived yesterday, lots of it!  Here’s a little sneak peak…

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lots of great bath pieces!

Last week my fall clothing line arrived and it is spectacular! Lots of great fabrics and styles and lots more leggings this year!

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Lots of fabrics! Scarves, ponchos, sweaters, vests, tunics, and lots and lots of leggings!

Our Lampe Berger is STOCKED…and there are many new gift sets at great values and some beautiful new lampes!

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Lampe Berger Paris

The Cream of the Crop

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Over the years one tends to “adopt” great pieces…

This pretty antique vanity originated in Denmark and is circa 1910…

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Antique Vanity circa 1910 at The Whistling Elk in Chester NJ

It’s been with me for 10-15 years and now it can be yours!

Yup, it’s in the shop and up for grabs…

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Antique Vanity Denmark circa 1910

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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 a bunch of cute little chandeliers arrived!  They are small so are good for powder rooms or as pendants over a table or island….all sparkly and pretty!

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Just a little bling statement!

A lot of vintage pieces showed up last week….I love the soft colors!

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Pretty Mirrored Chest

There is so much more!  You have to come visit…and of course there is more coming!

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 enjoy the food and the family gathering!

At The Whistling Elk I am ready!  The tree is up and full of Mark Roberts Fairies and beautiful ornaments…

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Beautiful Ornaments at The Whistling Elk
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Mark Roberts Fairies at The Whistling Elk
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Mark Roberts Fairies are just too cute.

and, of course, we are well stocked with our favorite jewelry line, La Vie Parisienne…

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Beautiful jewelry from La Vie Parisienne at The Whistling Elk

A new shipment of Sloane Fine Tea Merchants Teas came last week so we have some favorites in stock like Heavenly Cream and some new ones like Vanilla Bean Rooibos….I tried this one last night and it is delicious and healthy to boot…full of antioxidants and anti-inflammories…yummm!

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Sloane Fine Teas
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Tea Anyone? Pretty Cups and Saucers…fill them with Sloane Fine Teas

Sadly you cannot eat these beautiful cupcake ornaments!

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Cupcake ornaments!

Our famous Throw Blankets always make a great gift…Soft and warm they are also a beautiful addition to your home décor!

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Throw Blankets make a design statement and keep you cozy!

 

Lots of pretty decorations around the shop to help you get into the holiday spirit!

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Bling and Glitter…
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Decorations at the Whistling Elk in Chester NJ

Oh my, our Lampe Berger shelves are packed with amazing fragrances, lots of beautiful Lampes to choose from or Gift Sets at special prices so you can give the gift of scent to friends and family!

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Lampe Berger at The Whistling Elk
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More Lampes…
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Delicious Fragrance from Lampe Berger

You will find the shop is full of beautiful artwork, mirrors, lamps and small accent tables for the home…we are still a wonderful source of home furnishings and accessories!  So come and find out what shopping Small Business is all about…great service, friendly faces and, of course, CHESTER is in itself is a beautiful location for shopping…so full of old world charm!

 

Walls Define a Room – Fill Them with Beautiful Art

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This pretty piece of art makes me smile in its simple beauty – its a giclee so there is no glare of glass and I think that makes it easier to appreciate!

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 the space within it and how decorating the walls brings the room to life and enhances and complements the other furnishings.

I began thinking about how certain pieces of art just make your heart beat…and how the enjoyment of looking at them directly contributes to your feeling of well being and enjoyment in your home!

So on that note I am excited to share a few pictures of some of the art that came in….its a diverse collection this time…mostly smaller pieces but all beautiful.  Maybe one or two will touch your heart and will take its place in your home!

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This pretty print is embedded with jewels that sparkle and add to the beauty of the print – there is a companion print “madame”
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Love the Colorful aspect of these bath prints! There are 4 in the collection – all beautiful
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This chandelier print has a companion print that showcases a different chandelier. Together in a Dining Room they would be spectacular.

We have some elegant crowns right now too…couldn’t resist putting one in the vicinity of this print….they just seem to resonate!  The Chandelier print is studded with little amber crystals.

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This wall has some many pretty pictures on it – all very different and yet all working together to form a lovely picture. The one in the middle is actually a mirror distressed and detailed with reverse painting on glass so it is reflecting the other side of the shop!
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A pair of pictures that work in the kitchen, butlers pantry or breakfast room…they each have a mate (not shown here)
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There are four of these pretty ballerina prints….all different poses studded with jewels.
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I love these – they are so elegant and look very old…I like to think some ancestor of mine lived in one of these castles. There are 3 different castle prints – all beauties.
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There is some diversity on the wall but it works in that all is beautiful!

There are more beautiful pieces in the shop so stop by and see what catches your eye!

Our artwork is always elegant, always beautiful and always 20% off every day.