The love affair with Matthews House and Garden continues! If you read this blog you know that one of my favorite things to do is visit design stores and this is absolutely one of my favorites! All the furniture, artwork and accessories are more than equal to the charming and inspiring architecture of this renovated 175 year old church.
Even on a gray, rainy day the quality of the light is beautiful. One of my favorite pieces of furniture was the high backed sofa with the nail head trim - very stylish and comfortable.
The store is full of interesting tablescapes and vignettes. This one is a reminder of the powerful effect of grouping similar objects together. Love the mix of squash and pears in the compote.

A simple, beatiful vase serves as an adornment to this marble topped table.
Ablsolutely loved this wooden urn with lid. Off to the left is the former alter of the church, now a stunning alcove with peaked ceilings.
Visit Matthews and you might be tempted to spend an afternoon "testing" these chairs while you read a book from the beautiful cabinet.

What I love about this random display of letters is that there are "almost" words in it. Everytime I look at it I think of the words - yes- and -dance-!

My photo of this green tray doesn't do it justice. There was a raised texture to the design and the combination of colors is beautiful. In the peak of the building there is a carved wooden medallion painted in soft colors.
The door to this former church is off to the right of this picture. As you enter the light flooded space, you can look straight ahead out to the gardens. Passing through the archway to the left, you enter the main store with it's soaring ceilings. While we were there I heard a number of visitors exclaim, "wow" as they walked in.

An antique Swedish rain barrel is repurposed as a coffee table.
More of Kevin Chadwick's horse themed trays. I purchased the calligraphy inspired horse but I love these colorful, graffic designs too!

Wanda, Sharon and Kevin were the most wonderful hosts as evidenced by this gorgeous luncheon table. The beautiful, moody painting above is by Kevin.
Two different quiches, two delicious salads and two wonderful desserts (yes, we tried both!)
Here is Wanda Crossley, the creative talent behind Matthews House and Garden. It was such a pleasure to meet Wanda and learn more about her career as both an interior designer and landscape designer. The D.C. area is so lucky now to have Matthews House and Garden on the scene. Can't wait to visit at Christmas time!
9160 John Mosby Hwy in Upperville, VA (540.592.7147) Tue- Sat 10 to 5