Saturday, January 26, 2008

There's no place like Barneche

"No place like Barneche"

Through the woods and over the rainbow, a magical spot exits. "Barneche" is literally right off the yellow brick road - a small shop is home to Stephanie Barnes. Her native Kansas hospitality provides warmth and inspiration even on the coldest day. "May I offer you a cup of tea and some fresh baked goodies" - she cheerfully offers, while your eyes feast on a gentler, kinder time. Antiques, hand-made reversible jackets, dolls with soul, glassware, objects found and restored all with tender loving care displayed in wooden items made to set a soulful stage.

step inside Barneche
Ms.Barnes did not need to ask the Oz for a brain, courage or a heart as she has what all artists covet and that is finding one's own strength. She and her husband David Seche are the creative spark beind this shop as well as running a business in vintage electrical lighting. The name Barnes and Seche wired to create "Barneche Design" and the light is a sparkling bright spot in the town of Chichester, NY in the Catskills.

Harvest Table, dressed for a simple supper

There is an arranged order to the tiny, tidy shop, colorful spools of thread, fabrics folded as if they were origami. Vintage cigar boxes stacked like books. A certain "feng shui" of finding health and happiness at home and work is in the air. Stop by and you will appreciate all the goodness and the natural setting is one of which dreams are made of. One cannot help but skip out of the shop with a smile and something to brag about to Auntie. I found satisfaction in knowing that Ms.Barnes had found her place creating a simply artful life.

A lovely jacket for you!


Cakespy said...

What a happy and cozy spot!

Kwana said...

What a wonderful spot. You've made me want to go!

maison21 said...

hi pve design, and the doggie of the house!

this is mona- guest blogger over at maison21. i was recently tagged to reveal 7 unknown facts about myself by felicity over at all things bright and beautiful:

in turn, i had to tag 7 other doggies and kitties to do guest blogs too, revealing those 7 unknown facts about themselves, and then of course they have to do the same. since i don't know a lot of other doggies and kitties that might have blog access, i picked you! my dad apologizes profusely as he thinks this is nothing but a blog version of a chain letter, but i think it's fun. and they asked ME, not him, so i'm asking you! but of course i understand if you are too busy napping to participate...



ps- my dad suspects that there is already a drawing or two of you laying around, and it would be a great idea to include it in your post. there is money to be made in pet portraiture!

bmaas said...

What a lovely store and a beautiful painting of it. You captured the spirit of it beautifully.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I can't wait to show my mom this post! This post was "before my time" (blogging, that is :-) so what fun to find it!!