Thursday, September 22, 2011

Check out our webpage.....

As we work out the kinks in our store website, please visit our shutterfly webpage which is currently being updated with our current, in-stock merchandise. If you are interested in purchasing an item you see on the webpage - contact us at the shop and we will hold or ship the item to you. (301)304-0105

Follow the link below:

 Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Truth About Beans and Buttons...

Who the heck are you?
We are Wendy and Lindsay of Beans and Buttons. We are sisters, three years apart. We are both married with two beautiful girls each. Samantha, 6, Sydney, 4, Madison, 3, and Rylie, 1. We are moms, wives and inventors with an overzealous drive to find and create cool stuff.

How did you come up with Beans and Buttons?
The name “Beans & Buttons” comes from our children, who are the constant source of our inspiration and creativity. Psychologists say that people are at the peak of creativity at five years old. It is that simple, uncluttered knowledge that allows the mind to wander and the imagination to soar. Our young children show us the beauty of simplicity and the fun in sometimes stepping out of the box. We strive to find that creativity that’s buried in all of us. At Beans and Buttons we can to re-create!

What are your backgrounds?
Wendy is an interior-designer by trade with a background in marketing. Lindsay has a background in public relations and social trends. Both attended the University of Maryland-College Park.

How do you come up with your ideas?
It's a team effort. One of us will see something, start an idea and that idea with spark another idea. Our brains are somehow always in sync! We strive to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces.

How is it working together as sisters?
We grew up the typical hair-pulling, clothes-stealing, always duelling sisters. Somewhere along the way, we became best friends and business partners. While we still fight, usually about who has to walk backward when carrying a 300-pound piece of furniture, we work together beautifully. Our dynamic allows us to create an image that we are proud of.  You'll never find a day when Wendy and I are out "hunting" that we aren't laughing. We seem to find comedy everywhere which makes what we do even more fun.

Why do you do what you do?
It's for the rush, the rush of seeing that piece that no one saw life left in just shine. The fun is seeing past the rough spots of a piece to the hidden potential. Being a Junk Girl is a passion. It's a remarkable outlet for creativity. It changes the way you think. Your mind is constantly looking at things going "What can I do with that?" Being a Junk Girl is a thrill ride. Why do we do this? Because we love it.

Visit our Website or the Beans and Buttons Blog for as peak at some of our new items and so great how-tos!
And make sure to like us on Facebook!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sally, Ry,  & LaLa     
Farm Tables, Unique and Vintage Finds for Nesting and Gifting

I am Christine of Sally, Ry, & LaLa, one of the vendors here at Wild Rose & Company.   I carry a little bit of old and a little bit of new.....handcrafted farm tables, refurbished antique and vintage furniture, organic soaps and body cream, wire baskets, and vintage style holiday decor, all alongside a variety of found vintage items.   Old kitchen scales, wooden soda crates, blue canning jars, seltzer bottles, and white ironstone are the sorts of things I am drawn to while out picking for the shop.  I am also attracted to pale blues and grays, old pine, and bleached wood.  

My husband is one of my greatest resources.  He takes my vision for a piece and makes it a reality. (In other words, I put in an order, and he builds it!)
We like to incorporate salvaged wood into many of our projects.

Tell us a little bit about your background...
 I am a proud Army wife and a busy mom to three little ones.  I have a B.A. in English Literature, and an M.S. in Education.  In high school and college,  I ran cross country and track competitively.  I was a teacher for almost 8 years, and I also spent some time coaching at the high school level.
As newlyweds, my husband and I began building and finishing our own furniture as a way to furnish our home on a limited budget.   
We spent a few years living overseas in South Korea. We took advantage of the opportunity to travel and see parts of the world we otherwise may have never seen.    Many of our weekends were spent perusing the markets and the antique shops of Insadong and Itaewon.  

How did you come up with the name for your business?
Before Sally, Ry, & LaLa the business, there was Sally, Ry, & LaLa, the blog.   My intent was to have a sort of "mommy blog" which would include musings about my children, life as an Army wife, antiquing, DIY stuff, etc.   A little bit of everything.  The name for my blog derived from the names of my children since they were a large part of why I started to blog in the first place.    At times I wish I would have gone in another direction with the name for my business, but it's original, and I like that.

What goals do you have for your business? 
In the coming months I would like to put more time into developing my brand, specifically putting more effort and energy into my blog.  I am constantly working on finding that balance among work and life and children and home.

What is your dream project?
I have to admit, my dream project is more of a personal project.  To work hand in hand with my husband in creating our dream home and property.  We would love to have a home that we played a role in designing, complete with a workshop and a big old barn for family gatherings. 

Where do you get your inspiration?
I have a weakness for magazines.  I hang onto them forever.  I can pick up a magazine from a year ago, and find something that inspires me to build or create today.   
Sometimes all it takes is finding something unique, then working everything around that one piece. 
I spend way too much time reading blogs. 
And lately I gain inspiration from a whole lot of Pinterest.

I am truly blessed to have an incredibly supportive family.  My husband is my sounding board, my helping hand, and my in-house carpenter.
My children are my fellow treasure hunters.  They keep me company when picking, and they know exactly what I like.  Just last week, my oldest found some awesome old kitchen scales!   
I have to look out though, because they are beginning to want some of our finds as theirs to keep!

Check out Sally, Ry, & LaLa the blog, or follow us on facebook!
Stay tuned as each of the vendors here at Wild Rose and Company Marketplace will be introducing themselves in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tip Time!

Do you ever wonder 
where we come up with 
some of the great
pieces we stock the shop with?

In addition to just hitting the road, scouring the
the country for the coolest
antiques, architectural salvage, accessories
and unique vintage home decor
we can find, one of our
favorite sources is 
at an auction!

If you've never been to one and
are thinking of checking 
one out, click on over
to our friend Cassie's blog,
to read the post our 
own Gail Kramer
wrote on the very subject!

And then, make plans
to shop Wild Rose and Co. Marketplace
for an up close look at 
some of our auction finds!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Freckled Laundry is visiting today!

I am so excited about today's post - Jami from Freckled Laundry is my guest blogger!

(I will be featuring each of the amazingly talented ladies at Wild Rose in future posts, and Jami has so kindly agreed to kick-start these vendor introductions. If you aren't already hooked on Jami's blog and products - read on, and soon you will!)

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your line.
I'm Jami, a blog author, designer, {leisurely} interior stylist, and a work-from-home mother of toddler twins and a third-grader.

My line, freckled laundry, includes handmade wares for you and your home that often have signature touches of re-purposed or vintage and antique laundry (textiles). My line reflects the vintage chic style that I look to create in my own home.

Here are some of my wares that I'm so honored to be selling at Wild Rose & Co.!

Handmade, natural clay tags.
Handmade baby shoes.

I recently created a lavender and laundry collection that includes lavender dipped letters, lavender garland, lavender pillows, lavender and ruffled clothespins, wall flowers, and French "lavande" tags
and magnets.

I also have a small collection of chalkboard place mats and runners.

Do you have plan to introduce other things to the shop?
Sure. I'm always inspired to grow and create something new. I'll be selling petite and large number tags very soon, as well as laundry rose hair pins and rings. I am also working on homemade, organic lavender laundry soap and linen spray, ruffled shower curtains, and cotton jersey throws and chair hugs. I will also be combining laundry and rabbit wire to create shabby & vintage-inspired wall pockets, storage baskets, photo displays, etc.

How did you come up with the name of your line?
I adore simple, natural textiles like hemp linen and cotton. If you look closely at them, you will usually find little specks and spots of natural imperfections; like little freckles woven throughout. That's the freckled thought behind freckled laundry. (I also have freckles.) My use of re-purposed, vintage, and antique textiles is the laundry inspiration behind freckled laundry.

What’s your background?
I've always had an artful, creative heart and graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts. I taught middle school Art for one year in Florida. I returned to New York and spent some time as a graphic designer at a marketing communications firm before transitioning to a more involved role as an Account Executive. I eventually left the world of marketing and advertising and entered pharmaceutical sales before realizing that although successful, I was never truly meant to do any of those things. I made the decision to stay home to raise my children, live frugally, and pursue my dream for freckled laundry.

If you had to use only one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

What inspires you to create?
I find inspiration everywhere...blogs, websites, magazines, nature, my children, within; you name it. I'm often inspired by simplicity, shabby chic and French decor, and textiles. Sometimes I'll create something to fit the laundry that I've found. Lavender is a staple in my home so lately, I've been inspired to create unique designs to incorporate lavender into decor besides sachets and bundles.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
My ultimate goal is create a well-loved brand and a signature line of textiles and home decor.

What is your dream project?
Designing my own fabric line.

Fun question: What type of music to listen to when you're creating?
I could listen to David Gray's "Please Forgive Me" on repeat play for hours. I also love Edith Piaf, Zepplin, Peter Tosh, Johnny Cash, Coldplay...Clearly, all very different from one another!

Thank you so much for including me in the Wild Rose & Co. family, Lynette! I'm surrounded by such talented designers and beautiful people. I appreciate you having me over at the new blog and I wish you all the best with it. ~ Jami

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kicking myself.....

I'm kicking myself right now -
I need to start thinking like a blogger-
and take pictures!!

just left the shop.
(I love those girls!!)

After they left - I wanted to scream!
 Why didn't I bring my camera to the shop today?!

They are the cutest pair - so stylish and talented - with awesome personalities to boot.
(of course, I have no pic to show them off, but go check out their blogs and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about - fabulous gals!)
We chatted, and laughed, and chatted, and I tried convincing them to open up a shop next door.....

I was fortunate to be their neighbor at Lucketts -
imagine how lucky I would be to have them as permanent neighbors!
(I know, Cassie & Emily - it is a trek for you....
but, think of how much fun we could have -
 wine & design Thursdays, mimosas and muffins Saturdays,
the kids can play while we chatted worked......)

Bleaders, I need your help and support....
convince Cassie & Emily that they need to open a shop -
right here, next to me!

- Lynette

P.S. - Cassie & Emily - thank you for making my day and stopping in to see me - please send me a pic of you both in your new dresses! And get ready - I'm headed your way next for wine & design! Yeah!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Welcome to Wild Rose & Co.!

A new blog - a fresh beginning!!

I have been meaning to start a blog dedicated to Wild Rose & Co. - and what do you know,
8 months later -
the day is finally here!

I'm not sure if I can compare to the amazing blogs out there - but, I'll try to keep you entertained.
I have to admit - I have a little help.....

These lovely ladies are the "and company" to Wild Rose - they are the cheese to my macaroni, the icing to my cupcake, the milk to my cookie - without them Wild Rose wouldn't exist.

Here's a little peak at what they bring to the table:
Sally, Ry, and LaLa

Beans and Buttons

The Kramer Angle

Freckled Laundry

Belle Fleur Vintage Creations


Molly Susan Strong

So now you get it.
I have some pretty fabulous vendors, who I can thankfully all call friends - our little Wild Rose & Co. family.
Keep coming back- the next series of posts will touch in detail on each vendor.