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Artisan Spotlight: Chrissie Desormeau

Posted on March 17, 2012 - 0 Comments

Categories: Around The Shop, Kitchen Island, Beds, Linens

Chrissie Desormeau, one of our artisans, with some of the chalkboards she loves to create out of a variety of materials that come into our warehouse.


At Victoria's Antique Warehouse, everything we do is a team effort. From the helpful and knowledgeable sales staff on the floor, to the artisans, painters, carpenters and craftsmen in the back, our goal is to provide a unique, accessible and comprehensive shopping experience to our customer.

With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce our talented and dedicated crew with a monthly profile.

This month we're spotlighting Chrissie Desormeau. Chrissie has been working at Victoria's for almost as long as the shop's been open. Hired for her skills in painting, distressing and creating beautifully finished furniture and accent pieces, Chrissie's scope and expertise have grown over the years.

Starting as a child, Chrissie's fascination with creating something from discarded or mismatched parts paved the way to working in jobs that allowed her to utilize her hands and creativity.

Citing her grandparents and dad as inspirations, Chrissie remembers watching her father, who owned a machine shop, repair transistors and TV's. "I was fascinated with how all the different pieces came together to produce the final result,” she says. “I would take the unwanted transistor parts and turn them into earrings and jewelry."

Her grandparents were also a huge influence. Chrissie's grandfather was an accomplished craftsman and inventor (with many patents to his name) and her grandmother was an expert seamstress, quiltmaker and floral arranger.

With all this talent in the gene-pool, it was only natural that Chrissie would work in an artisan field and we feel fortunate to have her on our team. Since our craftsmen have a hand in almost every piece sold, we thought it would be interesting to include their current favorites.

With that in mind, here are Chrissie's Top Three Picks:




Charming, useful and even a little quirky, these chalkboards have been extremely popular. Created in all shapes and sizes (and made-to-order), Chrissie loves them because, she says, "I can take pieces and parts and re-invent them into something entirely different. Vicky gives me free rein to come up with a variety of colors and styles. It's also fun to work with the customer in developing the right design for their specific needs."




"This bed screams romance," says Chrissie. "It's so inviting and beautiful, you just want to climb in and stay."

Antique and French, this bed evokes the Henry II design style with its classic lines and beautifully carved accents. Our craftsmen painted it a gorgeous old white and Chrissie gave it a lovely distress and wax finish to complete the look. Although it's full size, a queen mattress could fit with slight modifications.


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This is one of Victoria's Antique Warehouse's signature pieces.

Made entirely from scratch, our kitchen islands have been a huge hit with our customers. We work closely with our clients so the design meets their specific needs. The doors and drawers (or "guts") are made by a cabinet company, and the top, surrounding exterior and accent touches are done by us.

Again, Chrissie loves it because, "We get the ‘shell’ from the cabinet company and we transform it into this stunning piece through our heart pine top, bead board, antique ceiling tin and vintage corbels."

The desired paint color and distressing is the "icing on the cake," and the final result is not only beautiful but extremely functional.

Chrissie's favorites are just a sampling of what we offer at Victoria's Antique Warehouse. Stop in sometime and browse through our extensive selection of antique and custom-made pieces. Our staff would be happy to help you with all your decorating needs.


Victoria's at Renninger's Final Extravaganza this Weekend

Posted on February 12, 2012 - 0 Comments

Categories: Booth at Renniger's

More than 1,000 dealers will be selling their wares this weekend.

Renninger's Antiques & Collectors final Extravaganza of the season is this weekend, Friday-Sunday, February 17-19, and Victoria’s Antique Warehouse will be there with more unusual, wonderfully crafted items. space Vicky's booth will be located in spaces 527 and 528 in the covered "New Pavillion."  (See photo below). Moderate temperatures are in store for the weekend, and 1,000 dealers will be spread over 117 acres of countryside. General admission is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and $4 on Sunday. A three-day pass is $15. Parking is free. For driving directions to the Extravaganza, click here. Be sure to stop by our booth!

An aerial photo of Renninger's Antique Extravaganza, looking north with US-441 to the left of the picture. The approximate location of Vicky's booths are indicated with the arrow.



French Primitives

Posted on January 15, 2012 - 0 Comments

Categories: New Arrivals, Around The Shop, Work Table, French Finds, Industrial Cart, Primitive Furniture, Urban Rustic, Urban Primitive, Seating

Our last container from France brought in an abundance of antiques from all walks of life.  From the rustic to the refined, Vicky chose an eclectic blend of "something for everyone." FRENCH PRIMITIVES is our featured post this week. space space It doesn't get more primitive than this.  An authentic, LARGE feed trough.  All hand hewn wood and very, very unique, this trough is actually multi-functional.  One customer used it as a sideboard.  During the holidays she filled the trough with greenery and pinecones and topped it with a piece of glass.  You could line it with zinc, fill it with ice and use as a beverage station.  Great on the porch or lanai.  Great as a planter.  In short, it's just pretty great! space space How about some wagon wheels.  As you can see we have all shapes and sizes.  Some are wood, some are iron.  Some are painted, some are natural.  We have them suspended in our window and nestled in our trough.  Wonderful for architectural interest on walls, windows, or even turned into small tables. space space Speaking of tables, this beauty combines casual with elegant.  The table and matching chairs have a simple, solid design accented with a dry-brush paint application on table legs and chair frame.  Belgian linen in a deep, rich grey was used to cover the back and seat.  A natural wood top creates a nice contrast and completes the look. space space Another example of casual elegance.  Beautiful antique French chairs are covered in a muted taupe linen.  We sanded the arms and legs just enough to give it that "exposed wood" look.  The animal hide stool adds some interest and fun and the antique barrel "vase" continues the theme of rustically refined. space space More animal print?  Absolutely.  This antique arm chair combines primitive with POW!  Vicky selected a gorgeous animal print to cover the arms and seat.  The original leather back has aged to a soft, worn patina.  Incredibly compatible with many decors, this one needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate. space space A study in simple beauty.  This rustic workbench is a rare find.  Handmade with original vises, peg holes and tool tray, these benches are now being used as buffets, media centers, bars and kitchen islands.  We've used ours as a display piece and topped it with an exquisite antique French cross, large handmade twig basket and vintage wood bottle carrier.  If you're looking for primitive, it doesn't get any more authentic than this. As always, this is just a small sample of the vast selection we have in our shop and warehouse.  You can view more items on our PURCHASE NOW page or simply stop by and browse through our store.  We'd be happy to help you make your house your home.

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