The idea of using bookcases for something besides shelving books is a great concept. It is always good to be reminded of the countless possibilities that come with empty shelf space. There are several steps you can take to create a new and innovative look for your bedroom, office space or parlor room. First, it is important to focus on the theme or purpose for your bookcase. Consider whether or not the bookcase will be utilized for storage or as a decorative piece. After dusting and polishing your shelves (don’t forget the corners and crevices) then you are ready to fill them with your favorite books, china, or neatly folded clothing. The English Building Market has a number of shelving options as well as examples of how to intricately place your keepsakes on your bookshelf. Stop by our store for the latest finds and treasures.
Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens; bask in their beauty, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh.
There is something splendid about the change of seasons. For every season there is an opportunity for you to transform your dining area into a fresh exciting space. One of the best seasons that signifies transformation is autumn. Motivated by the changing leaves you an mix an array of earth tone colors with your favorite set of china which is almost indicative of the type of change that occurs during the autumn season. One could even opt out of a traditional center piece until the Thanksgiving holiday and settle for just the right bowl full of fresh apples from the orchard. The possibilities are endless and the English Building Market has just the right amount of choices for your table setting. Stop by and check out our new window display as well as our creative table settings.
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. ~ Emily Bronte
Who knew there could be such a diversity of seating styles…we see it all at our shop and you can never judge a book by it’s cover. The most unlikely suspects will choose the drippy victorian pink velvet and the bookish old lady will choose the flaming pink 60′s redo…here is a small selection of our seating options, definitely something for everyone.
Colorful Thermos’s are a great way to cheer up a picnic or lunch at the office. These were all found at local yard sales or local thrift shops. All sizes, shapes and colors amazingly in tact and usable. They also make a great display in the kitchen
What Better than to put that thermos into a Plaid Picnic Bag. Brings back memories of Baloney sandwiches and koolaid at the beach
I love that the size of these bags begs you to keep it simple. Having just witnessed a fabulous YOYOMA concert on the New Haven Green last Sat., I was reminded how complicated simple things like a picnics have gotten. Coolers on wheels, fold out chairs and tables, 5 course meals and the like….We opted for a blanket, a bottle of wine (served in paper cups) and some great cheese and bread from Liuzzi Cheese Grocery in North Haven, CT. Easy to carry and clean up was a snap.
Many of you ask, Where do you get all this stuff???? Well thats the best part of the business, hunting and aquisission. Estate sales, Flea Markets, and even my own basement. Every week I make a list local sales (I try not to go more than 10 miles from New Haven), collect invitations to sale previews, and plan on Sunday morning flea markets. While most of the collection in the store I bring in, there is a large percentage of Employee finds and lots of goodies from folks downsizing, moving etc.
My latest finds came from the Todds Farm Flea Market in Rowley MA. We got there a little on the late side so I had to race through in the scanning mode, no lingering at any one table. Here is what I came home with:
You’ve asked for it now you’ve got it. We will be offering a variety of Project Oriented Sewing Lessons. You’ll learn technique and have a project to take home with you. If you are a newbee or novice we will be having ‘From the Beginning lessons at least twice a month. Check the calendar soon to see what we have to offer and when.
Private lessons also available upon request.
Project Classes – 1.5 hours $30 (please refer to individual class for materials list), some sewing experience required
Newbee Classes- 1.5 hour $30 we will provide a machine for you to use
Our facility is available for photo shoots and our merchandise is available on a rental basis for off site styling. We offer a studio space in the back of our store for shooting sessions. Please inquire about scheduling and pricing.
We carry a wide assortment of furniture styles, from primitive country to mid century modern to the groovy 70′s and everything in between. Inventory changes quickly and there’s no predicting what will show up when, so keep checking in to … Continue reading →
I’m always astonished at the detail of time and effort that went into making doilies and laces. But what does one do with these vintage beauties? We’ve found a new reuse for some of our favorites. Just tack them down to a pillow that could use more life
or bunch them up and attach them to some painted branches, instant bouquet
Study how people become successful at managing their time.
Attend this workshop to uncover techniques that will increase your productivity and performance. When you manage your time and stop letting your time manage you, you will begin to achieve the results you desire.
There is only one thing better than getting paid – And that’s getting paid on time!
Figuring out how to send quotes, invoice, track time, and handle expenses is one of the most overlooked steps in the entrepreneurial journey.
Bootcamp Events with Free Admission
Monday, February 14th
Moxie Monday is your opportunity to “pick the brains” of local entrepreneurs. Come find out how they made their “one day” a reality. Meet, connect, and network with others who have been were you are and let us move onward and upward together!
Jaki Valensi-Lauper, ChaChanna Simpson, Carolyn Phillips, Edwin Bartlett
LEMONADE SCREENING AND POST-MOVIE CHAT WITH FILMMAKER
Thursday, February 17th
Lemonade is an inspirational film about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and found their calling, encouraging people to listen to that little voice inside their head that asks, “What if?” Screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Eric Proulx.
At the English Building Markets we are cleaning (always) and creating….so many ideas so little time. Some of the things we’re working on are: Decoupaging the mannequins, turning all of our misc broken jewelry into mosaics, draping the walls with fabric, dreaming of doily lampshades, the list goes on. We are also coming up with a class schedule to share these talents with you..We’ll keep you posted.