Monday, October 15, 2012

Village Shoppes Christmas Open House - GORGEOUS!

I received a post card in the mail the other day and I am sure you could hear me squeal with delight if you were listening very intently.  In the Midwest part of the country, our Autumnal season is all about apples, leaves, Harvest Festivals, the arrival of chilly temperatures and The Village Shoppes!

The Village Shoppes is a most magical place full of everything from gorgeous and oh so comfy sofas and chairs, unique home furnishings and their incomparable collections of holiday decor.  I mean we aren't just talking Christmas and Halloween, we are talking about Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Easter, 4th of July, etc.  It is the most amazing place for everything for the perfectly appointed home!

It is located in the very small yet very quaint city of New Carlisle, Indiana.  The two stores are actually located directly across the street from one another!  My system is that I go in the smaller store first, peruse very carefully and make mental notes of possibilities.  Then I go across to the larger store which winds through rooms of holiday splendour with color palates to match every decor imaginable.

Since we were already in town for the Notre Dame football game and the Chicago Bears had a BYE week, Sunday was the perfect blustery day to attend.  Please come along with me and bask in the gorgeousness of The Village Shoppes...

This space was SO cozy and inviting.  The sofa is Paula Deen and is a textured tan material and the accent pillow are done in a spa blue and tan colors.  Just lovely.  Love the owl prints too!

This boho chest was adorable!

Their garlands, sprays and ribbons are the best I have ever seen throughout the years!

This clock reminded me of It's A Wonderful Life because it has 67 Bailey Street on the face!  :-)

I have been debating whether to paint my entry table black and this vignette sealed it!  

This was one of my favorite spaces - the wooden accent piece behind the couch is always done SO well from year to year.  This brown sectional is awesome and the woodland winter touches add so much cozy to the space!  Just lovely.

Winter's Splendour - hmmm this sounds familiar! (wink wink)

Isn't this stunning?  This is simply silk striped fabric tied to frame out a mirror as a backdrop for a display of warm colors which could easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas!  

 Material attached to a curved rod adds holiday drama to a plain mirror. And then they added a picture light over the mirror.  Genius!  Gorgeous!

ICY splendour created by this crystal laden upside down tree!  

I am in love with these bird prints - there are four companion pictures!

I wonder if they would let me have Thanksgiving in their store.  Can you imagine having a night time holiday soiree here?  With all the twinkle lights and candles?  It would be AMAZING!

My favorite room - the laurel garland hanging from the ceiling medallion is always my favorite thing in the whole store!  It has been there for years done in every season from tartan to pastel.  Love it!

 I can hear Sam the snowman singing "Silver and Gold" as I walk through this room!  I so want this sleigh ride picture - they sold out last year.

Traditional red and green - you can never go wrong!

The kitchen and dining room section.  If you cannot find a set of placemats for your table HERE then I am thinking you will never be able to find them.  So many choices I can never decide!

One of the outside windows - how adorable is this?  

This is Bill - the incredibly gifted owner always primping and rearranging his store so it is the best version of itself.  I can only imagine what his house is like!  :-)

Topiairies galore in this green, black and red traditional scene. L*O*V*E!

If you live in the Midwest, it is SO worth the drive.  Grab a few of your girlfriends, your sisters, your Mom and make a day out of it - trust me you can browse for hours and still notice new things you missed the first or even second time through!  Here is their website:    

It's totally beginning to look a lot like Christmas ..... ENJOY!


  1. The Village Shoppes are so grateful for your absolutely astounding post of our stores on your delightful blog. Through your keen eye, exquisite photographs, and flawless prose, you were able to elegantly capture and portray the wonder of the holiday season that has been artistically displayed in our stores. It's folks like you that give us the inspiration to create sublime seasonal vignettes that will weave their way into family traditions during the holidays...and always. Thank you for beautifully recognizing our efforts. Most importantly, we wish you continued good health.

  2. I found the Village Shoppes website about a year ago and signed up for their email. I receive all of their notices and all the beautiful pictures of the store. I live in Yorktown Indiana and look forward to making a trip to see this store sometime soon. I also am enjoying your website and would love to keep up with your projects. I feel that with all that you have shared that we have been friends for a long time. I will keep you in my prayers.

  3. Hello Debby - The best thing about blogging are the friends we never get to actually meet! Thank you so much for your prayers and kind comments. Yes - the Village Shoppes are definintely worth the trip and the little German restaurant next door is also worth a look. Please report back when you have made your trip - I would love to hear all about it! :-)