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Window Shopping For Home And Garden Decor


Terrific sign says it all.  Recently, my husband and I were traveling through beautiful Virginia, and selected the pretty, historic town of Abingdon for the night’s stop.  We checked into our reserved hotel and drove up the quaint streets of the town loving the scenery.  Suddenly, we were in front of the restaurant that the desk clerk had recommended.  To the left of the restaurant and right beside our parking place was a sight that I’ll never forget.  There was this precious “Fine English Garden and Home Decor” shop named Shabby Garden at 226 East Main Street.

I knew then and there, that this jewel had to be shared with everyone, who would love the displays as much as I did at that moment.  And time has not changed my love for this shop.  I will make a point of arriving before closing time the next time I’m in that great town.  What else could I do, but grab my Motorola Droid and start snapping photos of the treasures before me!!  I did have to rush more than I would have liked as it was dinner time next door.

Notice the artistic displays in the two side display areas.  On the right side were straw hats, vases, prints, a trellis, pillows, a wicker chair, a birdbath.

My eyes fell on that black cabinet with the glass paned doors open!  Be still my heart!  Yes, I know y’all know what it is like to miss a beauty like the Shabby Garden.  There were lamps, my favorite items.

Looking to the left side of the display spaces, there was the zebra print fabric chair that really beckoned to go home with me!

It was getting late and we had a terrific reason to have a dinner and go to sleep.  We were on the way to see our son, daughter-in-law, and our grandchildren!  The Tavern proved to be a great selection for dinner.  The street view of it reminded us of Colonial Williamsburg. Streetside view of the "Shabby Garden"

Hope you have the time to check out this special town the next time you’re driving along I-81!

Straw hats and the black cabinet!

33 Responses to Window Shopping For Home And Garden Decor

  1. That looks like a lovely place. I’ll be looking through some of the great shops in my own hometown soon.

  2. Hi Sonny,
    I found your blog via 155 dream lane. Love your post! Hope you have a chance to check out my blog. I’m a newbie as well. It’s always nice to have new followers.

  3. wow I would love to have gone along on this little trip, what a lovely description of the town and the Tavern and I would have wanted to shop in that darling little store for hours!
    Congrats on having a new grand baby, what joy they bring to the world!
    Most sincerely,
    PS I’m now following you too;0)

    • Thanks, Terry! It was a great stopping point. And we were in a hurry to get to see our family. No new baby, but 2 precious young ones. You are so right about the joy they bring to the world. Thanks for following and I’m following you. 😉

  4. Looks like a beautiful shop. Virginia is such a gorgeous lush state.

    • Elaine, I really wanted in that shop! I think the old style buildings add so much charm and those windows helped, too! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Fabulous post….I am such a sucker for window shopping stemming from my mom taking us to Marshall Fields on State street in Chicago for the Christmas windows!! These are drool worthy. Thanks for becoming a follower – am happy to return the favor! Keep checking in in the next week as I will be hosting my first giveaway soon!! :)

  6. Found you blog through 155 Dream Lane. You have a beautiful blog. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at http://www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

  7. Hi, SONNY sent me over and so glad she did. You have a nice blog. Looking forward to reading more.
    This must have been a lovely shop. I have a favorite, too, that I haven’t been to in a long time…going by there today, thanks to your inspiration.:)
    O, and I just signed up to follow. Hope you will come by my place soon.
    xo bj

    • Thanks, BJ! Glad it inspired you. A well displayed shop is so much fun to visit…over and over again! Hope you write about your favorite one! :)

  8. Hi Helen..
    yeaaaaaaaaaaaa ~! I see some friendly faces I know here now.. These folks are the best and I know you’ll love visiting them too…. They come up with some of the bestest ever displays and techniques to try as well as just beautiful posts..
    I was very happy to help introduce them to such a nice lady as you~!!!


  9. What a great shop! I think that would definitely be a reason for a return visit! I love finding little shops like this.

  10. Thanks for stopping by….the paint color in my dining room is from Lowe’s. It’s Valspar, ‘Betsy Ross Moss’.

    This looks like a great store, wicker and iron always catch my eye 😉

  11. Hello Helen,
    Hooray! I have found your lovely blog. Thank you for coming by mine so I could find you. Everything is beautifully done. I’ll be back often sweet friend. Come by and say Hi anytime. You’re always welcome anytime!

    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

  12. Helen, I love those wicker chairs! I’m definitely adding that picture to my “outdoor idea” book for my next project!

  13. Virginia is one of my favorite states. I have always said given the choice this would be where I would live.

  14. Hi Helen,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I’m just loving this store that you have been so kind to show us. Isn’t such fun window shopping. You get so many wonderful ideas from looking at all of the fun vignettes that are displayed.
    Marianne :)

    • Marianne, you’re quite welcome. It was such an unexpected joy to window shop on the way to see our family. Glad you enjoyed the photos, too. Thanks for posting.

  15. Lovely shop.. thanks, I am now your new follower.

  16. Now that’s a place where I would love to go and shop!! Thanks for stopping by Helen, just became your newest follower! Martina

  17. helen, this is beautiful!! i love it.

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