Thursday, September 16, 2010

"SIMPLY ECLECTIC" My friend Dee's new store!

Today was a rainy and cool day here in eastern Ontario.  I decided that I would drive to Stirling and check out my friend, Dee's new Store.
Yesterday was the  first day she was open.
Her store is called "Simply Eclectic" and is located at
26 Front Street in downtown Stirling, Ontario.

Phone 613-395-4152

The store is right across the street from the Stirling Theatre.
The front window presently features a simple display of an antique wicker chair and some shabby rusty iron figures. Dee has hung a huge vintage window as a feature in this big window.
I love absolutely everything in this store!!!
There is an eclectic collection of Claire Burke home fragrances, locally made artisan soaps, new and old furniture, new and vintage prints and oil paintings, and vintage china, pottery and crocks.
AND....vintage teacups!!!!

This is a picture of Dee with her seven month old granddaughter, Lily.

I loved this iron bust of a maiden.
Her merchandise is very reasonably priced.
I had to talk myself out of buying many things, because I didn't want to empty her store!!!
This is an exquisite set of glass pitcher and eight matching highball glasses.
A basket of rag balls.
This says it all!!!
I have one of her willow wreaths!

Right now this large kitchen cupboard is not for sale. Dee and her father repaired it and refinished it and she now uses it to display some reproduction Fiesta Ware and other vintage finds.
Check these out!!
I love the vibrant colours.
This gorgeous harvest table holds an everchanging display of lovely items. Beneath it Dee has placed some vintage baskets that she has for sale.
This is a fabulous vintage Coke cooler!

Another vintage display cabinet.
These are birdhouses that Dee has made using vintage teapots and coffee pots. I have two of these!!
Her rag dolls are gorgeous! She makes them using new and vintage fabrics.
This glass lemonade set is exquisite!!
These soaps were homemade by a company in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Here is an antique parlor table and a new iron loveseat and folding iron occasional table.
Dee has collected crocks for years. Do you see the dash churn in the back?

I love this antique ash kitchen cupboard unit. It is on casters so it could be used as an island.
It sports two wooden cutting boards which slide into the unit like a drawer, a deep drawer, a flour bin on the lower right and a deep cabinet on the left. It would look perfect in my kitchen!!
My favorite piece in the whole store is this antique walnut gramophone cabinet!
The side panel cupboards keep eight vintage binders of records safe and sound!!
Here it is with the doors closed.

And open....I think this would work nicely as a bar cabinet. I envison a collection of crystal decanters, glasses of various sizes and your selection of liquid libation!
Dee sure is clever at using vintage wares in silk and dried flower arrangements!!
 I hope you have enjoyed this visit to Dee's new store, "Simply Eclectic".
She will be having an open house soon to celebrate the store opening. I'll let you know when that is happening.
Tell her that Laura sent you!!!
Love and warm hugs, Laura.


  1. Hi Laura
    What a lovely and neat shop! Oh thats the kind of shop I'd love to have too..and I'd serve tea and sweets with it..*s*. Its lovely. I'm loving what she has for sale...the rag doll and those birdhouses and the white birdhouse .... and the soaps...and those pitchers. I wish her all the best success with her store!!

    I will be sure to pop in to see her shop if I'm in the have such neat stores around there. I do have to make it there one time....

    Thank you for sharing...
    We had a rainy kind of day drizzled and yesterday it rained quite hard here and there...but tomorrow's Friday woot wooot!!
    It has been very busy at work.

    have a great weekend...

  2. Hi Laura: Dee's store is chock full of fabulous treasures! What a delight it would be to visit. I only wish I lived closer so I could go on a 'spree'. Take good care.

  3. Dee's store is wonderful! Thank you so much for the tour.
    Those vintage tea cups are beautiful!
    Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

  4. Hi:) So funny, I was googling Simply Eclectic to see if her store was listed and here it is:) Dee is a good friend of mine and I am so excited she has opened a store..she is so creative!! Nice Blog:)

  5. If only I lived closer. That store looks like my kind of place. I have to say I'm loving that gramophone cabinet also! Take care, Connie

  6. I would love to browse through that store. Where in Ontario are you??? I am here in Port Huron, just across the river from Sarnia, Ontario.

  7. Thank you, Laura. We drive by Belleville on the way to Cornwall where we cross back into the states. Our daughter is in Chazy, NY. which is only about 45 minutes from Montreal. She is at the far NE edge of NY, right on Lake Champlain.

    We will try to make an early enough start at one end or the other, so we can try to find the antique store. I am excited!

  8. What a delightful shop your friend Dee has. I especially love the teapot plant stakes. They are very clever and different from what others are doing. I wish her lots of good luck........Pauline

  9. Hi Laura. You should stop by my blog soon
    :-} Connie

  10. What a fabulous looking store she has. One could spend hours browsing all those goodies!! I would definitely be visiting there if I lived nearby.

    By the way, thanks for the suggestion of what I could do with the vintage images I have discovered. Only thing is...I dont' have a color printer. I guess I put them on a disc and take them to an office store, right? They would look great as framed prints in my parlor/tearoom.

    Hope you had a nice weekend away.


  11. Hello Miss Laura!
    Oh goodness that is my kind of antique shoppe!
    I see so many treasures I would snap up in the wink of an eye :-))) Can you just imagine that parlor table painted white!
    Congratulations on winning that fabulous giveaway you lucky ducky you!! Isn't blogging fun!!!
    Take good care my friend!!

  12. Oh my gosh~ Love this Shoppe Miss Laura! Your friend, Dee, looks like so much fun! I loved seeing her picture with her grandbaby!

    Congrats on winning the giveaway. Blogging has taken on a whole new life of it's own, huh?

    Thanks for sharing the tips about drinking the water for a headache. Mine is now GONE and I'm so thankful.

    Also...the hose on your dishwasher cracked me up! You are my kinda girl for sure!


  13. Laura,
    Thank you for stopping by and following me in my new adventure with blogging! I appreciate the support!
    Thanks for taking us on a tour of your friend, Dee's new shop! Fantastic! I feel like I actually went inside with all of the details and pictures. (It's right up my alley! LOVE it! She did a great job with it!)
    Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Best Regards,

  14. Hi Laura, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Love your post looks like a fun shop!
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage