~“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~Jane Austen
When I walk by the Court of The Golden Bough, I almost always step in to admire the windows of “Jane Austen At Home”.
The shop is a “visual feast” even from the outside. The red Adirondack chairs catch my eye and match the shop’s red trim. I can see much of the shop from its many windows and doors. I always seem to come when it is closed, so I do my window shopping with the camera.
I would like to step into this window and plop down with a cup of tea and a good book.
~“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”~
“Jane” has expanded across the outdoor hallway and now has 3 or 4 rooms to explore.
When I shoot these photos , it is October and Miss Austen is decorating for the occasion with pumpkins mixed in with the outdoor statuary, benches, and planters.
The window inside this little hall
tempts me with silver candle sticks, decorative plates, blue-ware, chandeliers, and oil portraits. The large one is of Cardinal Wolsey.
Today I arrive right after the owner, Edeen Hill, opens the door. She has just received a large shipment and is checking her list.
Although busy, she takes time to answer a few questions and give permission to photograph. Then she is once again, knee-deep in paperwork.
There are a few larger pieces such as the Biedermeier Secretary show here beside Edeen.
Note to self: Try mixing a business suit with Converse sneakers. Not a look that just “anyone” can carry off but looks fab on Edeen.
~”Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.”~
Later, when I go to her website, I find that Edeen lived in London for 24 years, took Christies’ Education for a year and worked at Widor Castle and Christies’ South Kensington for 6 years. She has bought and sold and learned the ropes of English and French flea market shopping.
~“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.” ~ Jane Austen
When she moves to Carmel, she decides to “theme” her shop around all things “Jane Austen”, whose books she loves. Many of the antiques Edeen carries would be found in the same era in which Jane lived.
She and her good friend, Eric Liebou, designer and antique dealer, work together to arrange this shop so wonderfully.
~”An artist cannot do anything slovenly.”~ Jane Austen
Her small rooms work perfectly to show tilt top tables, small side tables, desks, and display pieces. These are so in -scale for a Carmel Cottage.
A black and white checked 18th C Georgian wing-backed Chair.
I wander into the second room on this side of the shop full of more treasure,
I especially love the English Victorian Ottoman peeking out from beneath a table laden with Woodsware Willow.
Now I cross the hall to what I think of as the Red Room.
She and Eric have masterfully arranged this room to make all these pieces work together. Red carpets, lampshades, pillows,
desk top and door unite the room.
Display cases are filled with jewlery , china boxes
The art of “table- scaping” is evident everywhere.
Be warned that this is not an inexpensive place to shop, but would be the perfect spot to pick up a real treasure.
~“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”~ Jane Austen.
My budget allows me to fully indulge in this delightful collection of cards and curiosities.
Most of these can also be purchased on Edeen’s website