Q&A: Christine & Her Pennsylvania Home

For those of you who may be wondering where my addiction to antiquing came from…you will especially enjoy this week’s blog post. I can thank my ever growing need to look for and scour the Earth for rusty junk all to this wonderful woman…my mom. From the time I was a wee little babe, this woman carried me on her hip to flea markets and yard sales. As I grew older and later pursued a career in the arts, many people have asked me where I got my artistic sensibility from…and after you see some of these photos from my parents beautiful home in Pennsylvania, you’ll know the answer. Love you mom!
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests or your hobbies?
Christine: I am a happily married wife and mother who has moved up and down the East Coast many times. I have always loved everything to do with houses, antiquing and gardening, too. I love the thrill of the hunt!!!

A serene scene on the back porch…with terrarium and vintage table…

Q: Describe your style in two or three words:
Christine: English Country, French Country & a little Shabby Chic!

Lots of transferware and english ironstone…

Q: What are your favorite decorating blogs to read?
Christine: The Savvy Seeker, Cote de Texas, Hooked on Houses, Velvet and Linen.

Curl up in a cozy chair in the beautiful living room with a cup a tea and good design book!

Q: What inspires your taste/style in home decorating?
Christine: Magazines, antique shows and many decorating books.

One of my favorite pieces is this old walnut pie safe. I love the rich, chocolate color and the large size.

Q: Do you have a favorite flea market or antique store that you like to visit?
Christine: Metrolina Antiques in Charlotte (1st weekend of the month show), Creekside Antiques in Downingtown, Pa., and Clover Market in Ardmore, PA.

Many many meals have been shared around this old virginia plank top farm table.

Q: What is your most treasured piece of furniture in your home? Is there a story behind it?  
Christine: A large gray painted cabinet that I bought from a dealer in Tenn. I use to attend  the monthly show at Metrolina Antiques while living in Charlotte, NC!

This photo really doesn’t do this piece justice…the old molding and beveled glass is amazing!

Q: Do you have a favorite interior designer or decorator that inspires you?
Christine: Once again, I have adored Charles Faudree for many years! I love Carolyn Westbrook, Brooke Giannetti, Fifi O’Neill and a few others.
Q: What interior design books do you recommend to your friends?
Christine: All of Chas. Faudree’s books, The French Inspired Home, Patina Style, Romantic Prairie Style.

Sally sells sea shells down by the sea shore…lots of shells collected from family vacations.

Q: What do you see or forecast in the future for interior design and collecting?  
Christine: I’m starting to see a little bit more of color being introduced into a room. Although all white rooms and monochromatic are still hot, that’s just not for everyone!  Bringing nature inside will stay in trend, too!  There are so many choices available!

A little ironstone pitcher sits on a window ledge, overlooking the garden…

Has your mom inspired you artistically in some way? If so, tell us about it!

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3 thoughts on “Q&A: Christine & Her Pennsylvania Home

  1. Erin, Thank you, sweetie, for your kind words on your wonderful blog posting!! I am so thrilled to have a daughter who shares my passion for antiques, gardening and love of HOME! There’s nothing more fun than going on a thrill seeking adventure with you -looking for a wonderful piece of ironstone or a great piece of furniture!!!! I am so very proud of you, your many talents and many accomplishments!!! Love, Mom

  2. I tried to leave a comment about going to “rummage sales” with my late mom in the 50’s but somehow your software stopped me … and now I can’t remember what I wrote. Cool house your mom house and now I’ll try again….

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