How tempting is the name Tweedle Dee antiques and such?
How about the name Muddy Puddles? I know this sign had my attention and my imagination working full blast. In an antique house turned store on River Road (the main street in Fair Haven, NJ) the Kent-Hower family has opened a new shop full of old...antique and vintage furnishings for you home, your wardrobe, your collections, and your imagination.
At their grand opening last week I took a few photos (many, many photos) so that you too can see some of the wonderfulness that is this new store.
Because I am a Magpie, I will start off with a montage of silver...so much silver. Looking for antique napkin holders? How about asparagus servers? A stunning silver urn? Maybe just a lovely antique filigree frame for a favorite photo?
Then there is the beautiful dishware...Limoge porcelain, vintage china, lovely little nut dishes, and even some beautifully hand painted tea tiles.
Oh, but there is so much more! A mixture of vintage, collectible, and serious jewelry and so many heart stoppingly beautiful purses. The black patent leather hand-bags just speak to me on an Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelley, classic beauty level.
This store has so much for everyone...
The entire house is dedicated to and stocked with everything and anything that you can imagine you might want in your own home. There is a lovely parlor with a beautiful fireplace, a kitchen full of vintage collectibles, a fully stocked library with antique bookcases full of books and then there is a little surprise of a closet, fitted with every kind of finding, fabric, or sewing item that time has not forgotten here.
Where else can you find a lovely vintage glass bowl filled with mother of pearl buttons...
And, this is where that sense of whimsy really comes in...the mother of pearl buttons can be scooped up with a pair of silver scallop shells. Walking through this store slowly to pick up on these little nods to the past is what it is all about.
It is pretty much impossible to not find a treasure in Tweedle Dee.
Whether you imagine yourself in turn of the century surroundings, or conjure a picture of your life as a 1950's housewife who vacuums the floors in her high heels and pearls, you can find a vignette to feed that fantasy here.
If you like to take your time looking through antique books or vintage postcards, the library will be your cozier nook.
And of course, if you know Laura Kent-Hower's business history, then you know that you will always find the best antique linens for your dining room and your bedroom.
If all of this isn't enough to entice you to plan a trip to this new shop, I hear that the back room of Muddy Puddles has some special plans of it's own. Maybe a little lecture about vintage hammered aluminum might be in the works...I will keep you posted.