Hello, Vixens!!! While I was patiently waiting for the summer to pass, I discovered a gem of a store in Woodbury, CT. While the town is known as the “The Antiques Capital” of Connecticut, I have not had the time to check out too many of them yet because I have been distracted by junking, estate sales and my new favorite, barn sales. But that is for another post. Maison St. Germain is so beautiful I cannot help but share it!!! (I am still without my SLR camera, so please forgive me if the quality of some of the shots is not the best).
Owned, run and designed by the extremely talented mother-daughter team of Debra Germain and Nicole Germain-Perez (below, left to right), their store is 3,300 square feet of sheer loveliness.
Both designers, these ladies are bursting with creativity, and it shows in every part of their store which they describe as “vintage style with eclectic flair”. I think of them as the east coast version of the Junk Gypsies.
Their philosophy? “If you like it, buy it. It will work”. Just look at the adorable table I snagged. Debra said it was made from old cheese boxes.
The women decided to open a store after doing various antiques shows for years. “It just wasn’t fun anymore,” Deborah said. “So we wrote a business plan on a napkin in a restaurant after a show & we opened a store.”
They still attend shows like Bouckville and Stormfield, but they admit they do not have time for too many estate sales. “There just isn’t time because this is a seven day a week job. If we are not in the store, we are out buying or home painting what we buy” said Nicole. This dining room set is a perfect example of their painting skills.
The painted furniture pieces most prominent items throughout the store but there is so much more, like one of my favorites, White Ironstone. I love the look of the pristine white platters against the chippy old door. The perfect combo, in my humble opinion. And that pumpkin sign is perfect for fall, right?
They have a big collection of punch bowls which they use for so many things, including floral displays & centerpieces for Christmas with ornaments & lights. .
And so many adorable items like this sink or the doll’s chair/stool. Too cute!!!
There is even a spot to enchant the men.
The women love being inventive with their displays and designs which includes their own line of clothing with the best name I ever heard: The Vintage Vixen 🙂
Their clothes line features hand-dyed & hand-painted clothes. “I saw something on TV about Ralph Lauren is doing hand painted clothes now, too,” said Debra. This pair of shorts reminded me of a Jackson Pollock painting.
They also carry accessories like these “Vogue” inspired purses & an array of footwear including cowboy boots.
And as a Rock & Roll chick myself, I appreciated all the music posters throughout the clothing section!!!
The store does not just look good, it smells good, too, thanks to a line of beautiful soaps displayed just in front of the check out counter.
So, for a treat for your eyes and nose, check out Maison St. Germain!!!