Brandywine Valley: Weekend Getaway

Spend the weekend in the Brandywine Valley

Just a few hours from Manhattan and close to Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is known for illustrator N. C. Wyeth and son Andrew, who drew inspiration from the rolling green hills. Spend the weekend strolling more than 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, museums, restaurants, wineries and local shops.

The 12 mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, may seem brief, but it takes a few days to truly enjoy. The continued allure is evident with the announcement of of the hugely successful Clover Market coming to Kennett Square {mushroom farming capital of the U.S.} on Sunday June 18th {Father’s Day}. Voted best market to shop by Philadelphia Magazine, the open-air market will feature dozens of food and beer vendors, plus local handmade goods and antiques {see complete list of vendors}. Clover Market has been pleasing shoppers in Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill and Collingswood for years with its spring and summer schedule of outdoor markets. The one-of-a-kind market will be located at 600 S. Broad Street.

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With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood Gardens is regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens of the region. The Main Fountain Gardens return May 27th after a two year renovation. Inspired by the great fountains of Europe, this 5-acre masterpiece was created by Pierre S. du Pont, in the early 20th century.

Visit the Brandywine River Museum often called the “Wyeth Museum” for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine.

Enjoy touring eight wineries that make up the Brandywine Wine Trail, including Penns Woods Winery, where owner Gino Razzi create wines made 100% with Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Extend your stay and enjoy Winterthur and Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware just 15 minutes down the road. Where to stay? The Inn at Montchanin Village was once home to the workers of the du Pont powder mills.


Creativity abounds at WorKS in Kennett Square (432 S. Walnut Street), open Friday – Sunday the concept store offers 10 new artisans vendors, in addition to vintage finds. Founded by vintage maven Tara Dugan as a curated group of high-end purveyors of artisan, designer, and one-of-a-kind goods. “The creative offerings that Clover Market brings to Kennett Square fits perfectly within our efforts to create an attractive and eclectic retail pop-up experience alongside worKS and the Creamery.” said Tara Behan. For several years, Clover Market founder Janet Long and manager Pat Norton, had been looking at Kennett Square as a potential future destination.

WorKS Kennett Square - Social Stylate

The Creamery pop-up beer garden is located at 401 Birch Street in Kennett Square and will be debuting their second season starting Memorial Day through October, 2017. Built in 1902 and re-imagined in 2016, The Creamery is a community gathering space and pop-up beer garden for the whole family in the heart of Kennett Square. A setting that’s rooted in Kennett Square history, The Creamery is committed to re-purposing and re-vitalizing a once-industrial space into a unique environment for the whole family. Nestled on historic Birch Street, The Creamery offers a variety of food options through rotating food trucks, craft beer, lawn games and live music, making it a destination for both Kennett Square residents and visitors alike. With a distinct focus on highlighting the many local talents of Kennett Square’s active art and music scene, the Creamery truly has something for everyone to enjoy.


A few of our favorite shops include: houppette, No 109, Scout & Annie, Ashley Austin, Terrain at Styers, and Talula’s Table {owned by Aimee Olexy, one of the most recognized personalities in the Philadelphia dining scene}.


photo: Little Nest Photo Glen Mills, PA


Country Estate Luxury | Vintage Finds

Francesca Rudin, owner of +Details in Kennett Square, gives life to her vintage collections in her home once owned by the Dupont family.  An interior designer for over 15 years, Francesca effortlessly updates vintage items with a keen eye and knowledge of contemporary trends and style. Her store is located in historic Kennett Square, PA and is a fulcrum for her vintage design obsession.

Each room of the estate is designed – with sumptuous fabrics and beautiful antiques that are placed harmoniously alongside vintage treasures.  Every piece tells a story from Francesca’s travels from around the globe over the last twenty years. Colorful artwork, mirrors and natural curiosities strike a cool composition, along side a vintage BMW motorcycle in the formal dining room.

Once a property belonging to the famous Du Pont family, Rudin says she and her husband found it terribly dreary, with little light or notable architectural details to speak of when they bought it nearly fifteen years ago. They wanted it regardless, however. “Our goal was to bring it into the 21st century and to let in a lot of light because it was a dark house. Architect Peter Zimmerman really had a vision of how to do that, so now it’s a very bright and airy house,” she recalls.

The biggest surprise, though? Finding out that prior to the Du Ponts, the property had at one point been owned by an Irish farmer. And prior to him? Rudin almost didn’t want to share the deets, but: “My husband got the documentation on the property and it turned out that we’re the fifth owners since the King of England.”

A few of her favorite finds: Francesca first fell in love with British artist Peter Clark’s artwork at the Crosby Hotel in New York City.  Clarks collages and similar works by Denise Fiedler are created from an array of found papers, from maps to manuscripts are found dotted around Francesca’s home and shop.

The Living Room includes collectables of 19th Century maritime paintings, Empoli Glass, and Royal Copenhagen from the 1970’s. Hidden gems include an original scale built into the master bathroom found in the attic during renovations.


Francesca has teamed with Tara Dugan of Scout & Annie in Kennett Square to create an exciting retail experience combining new and old (often mid century) in an artful and seamless fashion.





Q&A: Other People’s Trash

Today we chat with Bridget from Other People’s Trash Vintage Clothing, which offers unique pieces at reasonable prices both online and in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.


1. What vintage shops do you frequent? Any online?
Some of my favorites are Narnia (the one in Brooklyn, the one in Manhattan is too cramped), Loves Saves the Day (New Hope, PA), 10 ft. Single by Stella Dallas (Brooklyn), and Scout Vintage (LA). I also like to visit the Rose Bowl Flea in Pasadena. I can’t say that I do too much online shopping for vintage, I really enjoy the hunt in person.

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2. Tell us about your business.
I started my business, Other People’s Trash Vintage Clothing, a few years ago as a hobby. It has been an on again, off again project that I am hoping to pursue full-time in the future. The name came directly from my blog, also Other People’s Trash. I was inspired by the old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I currently sell online (my website is a work in progress) and through Facebook and Instagram.
For those who would prefer a more personal experience I offer private shopping appointments at my apartment in Kennett Square. I was inspired to do this by Kitten Jensen of Secret Shop Vintage, who started a private shopping studio at her apartment in LA. If you can’t come to me, I will come to you for a vintage clothing party. It is a lot of fun and can be a great idea for a bachelorette party or girl’s night in. You can also catch me at various local flea markets from spring to fall.
I offer clothing and accessories for women, men, and children from the 50s to the early 90s. I believe that vintage should be affordable, most of my pieces are under $100.


3. Why do you love vintage fashion? Is there a particular decade you love the most?
As cliche as it sounds, I love vintage because the clothes tell a story. If only these clothes could talk! To some people a shirt is a shirt but I look at it and wonder, “Who, what, when, where, and why?”
I really adore the 20s from an aesthetic point of view. Unfortunately vintage from that time period is not very wearable or affordable. The 60s really draw me in, I love the fabrics and colors of a decade that changed so much in fashion.


other people's trash vintage clothing


4. Can you share your tips for vintage/thrift store shopping?
Think about how a piece will fit into your wardrobe. I always recommend that vintage is mixed with modern day clothing for a unique look that will set you apart and start a conversation. If there are specific items you are looking to add to your wardrobe, consider if you would rather buy it new or vintage. I really love vintage denim, especially Levis. Once you own a pair, modern jeans just don’t come close to the level of quality found in vintage pairs.
Be mindful of stains and/or holes in clothing when shopping. Also, try everything on! Vintage sizing is much different from modern day sizing. A good rule of thumb is subtract 6 from a vintage size. So for example, a vintage 10 is a modern day 4.


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Boss Lady: Meredith Piccin

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Indie jewelry designer Meredith Piccin, who started Honey Rose & K, which combines and repurposes vintage finds with modern elements to create unique, hand-made jewelry designs.

Meredith Piccin

1. Tell us a little about yourself, your career and your history with jewelry-making.
I began my career out of college with Target where I was workign in visual merchandising. When I moved to Columbus, OH I started working for Limited Brands HQ where I was on the visual team for Express. After several years in the corporate world I started to want my own creative outlets. I stumbled upon jewelry design when I was playing with my Grandmother’s costume jewelry pieces. I had so much fun repurposing and soon friends began to inquire on purchasing. Ladybird Boutique in the Short North was the first shop to carry our line and from there, Honey Rose & K began. I named the company after my Grandmother, Honey Rosenkranz.

I’m self-taught and I’ve learned many techniques from other jewelry designers.

2. What prompted you to create Honey Rose and K?
At first it was just a fun, creative outlet for me but I loved it so much that it quickly became a business. If I have a passion and a vision for something I just go for it! There’s a need for more eco-friendly fashion and I feel very passionate about what we stand for as a company. That’s been with me from the beginning.

3. What is your most successful form of marketing?
Social media is the most amazing form of marketing for any business. It allows you to get in front of people all around the world and has connected me with stylists, makeup artists, photographers and amazing customers. It’s also a great way for boutiques around the world to see our work and what we stand for.

4. How do you make your jewelry stand out among competitors?
Our pieces have a story which makes them unique. We can tell you every component and where it came from and how we repurposed it into its design. We make every piece with our hands and people love knowing that each piece is special and has a story.

5. How did you and your co-designer, Sarah Trueman, begin working together?
I met Sarah long ago in North Canton, OH and we both ended up at Express many years ago! We became fast friends and never lost touch. Sarah asked me if I needed help a few years ago and I was looking to hire. Sarah has a background in Art and Marketing and can create anything! She’s a born designer.

Sarah’s husband relocated to Philadelphia for work and we decided it was the perfect opportunity to share the brand on the East coast as well.

6. Sarah lives in Philadelphia and you live in Ohio. How do you make the distance work?
We have clear roles and responsibilities and we easily work well in different cities. We are in constant touch and communicate everything that’s going on daily.  Having Sarah in Philadelphia has grown our business and reach.

honey and Meredith piccin

7. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
I’m inspired by pieces of yesterday with a modern point of view.  Like many designers, I find inspiration in travels, nature, and color. I love every aspect of the design process from finding the perfect pieces to the very end of shooting them for the website layout.  Every season and collection brings a new inspiration.

8. Where do you hope to see the business in 5 years?
I hope we continue to grown our boutique locations in the US and expand outside of the US. We’ve started to do more trunk shows and we will be traveling more to bring the line to other cities. We are launching our Honey Girl line shortly and I’m excited to see how that grows over the years.

Our team will continue to grow as well.

9. What is your favorite vintage item you own?
My Grandmother Honey’s diamond ring and my vintage Chanel bag.

10. What advice do you have for those looking to go from employee to entrepreneur?
Be prepared to work hard and KEEP GOING.  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard no or had huge disappointments but get back up, improve and keep going. You have to have the mentality that you’ll never give up. I think my background in gymnastics and my parents always telling me I could achieve anything I set my mind to, has prepared me for being an entrepreneur.  At the end of the day, stay focused on your dreams, be kind to everyone you meet and give it your all.

Just for fun…

behind the boss with meredith piccin of honey rose & k

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