Monday, October 29, 2018

Tone on Tone Shop CLOSING!

Hello, friends -

It's been a long time! It wasn't my intention to take such a lengthy blog break. Life just got busy. Since my last post in the spring, I have much to share.

Tom and I were in Maine most of this past summer and, after returning to Maryland, we've been focused on our cottage here. We had a stone wall built, had parts of the garden re-landscaped, had a topiary greenhouse / potting shed constructed, and had the garage converted to a design studio for my interior and garden design business.

Speaking of design work, I've been spending more and more time helping clients with their interiors and landscaping. (I'll share a few projects soon.) But, honestly, finding enough time to do that plus run the shop these last few years has been challenging. Because I am personally involved with every detail at Tone on Tone - from buying each item to styling each vignette - the store really limits my availability to focus on other work. Therefore, I have decided, with a heavy heart, to close Tone on Tone in Bethesda.

The shop has always been like another home; except everything has a price tag :) It's been a treat welcoming each of you through the front doors, and chatting antiques, decorating, topiaries, travels, etc., etc. So many of you have become dear friends, too! I'm grateful for (nearly) 15 years of doing what I love!! I look forward to recapping, in a future blog post, all the fabulous finds plus fun adventures.

Please stop in to say goodbye and have a browse around - the store will close in mid December. If anything catches your eye, let me know now so that I can tempt you with an IRRESISTIBLE deal.

Here's just a sampling of the current inventory:
An early French armoire with sumptuous craftsmanship and carvings - look at the charming birds in their cozy nest 💙
Also shown is a pair of Swedish demi-lune consoles surmounted by botanical prints, a French round side table, and a French blue-gray painted bergere, which has been completely reupholstered with new Belgian linen in a greige color.
There are a few Swedish painted armchairs and settees in stock; all have been reupholstered in linen.
Here is a French silver plated Jansen style coffee table, 34" x 17.25" x 16.5" high - simple, elegant and tres chic!
Several secretary desks are available. This Swedish Gustavian one, with a fall-front writing surface, has ample storage with its four long drawers. I would use it in a living room, study or bedroom - such a versatile piece.

The sculptural beechwood chair, one of a pair, is French from the 1820-30s.  
Below is a view of the shop today - see anything you like?
A closer look at a vignette featuring a French giltwood mirror over a Swedish Gustavian tall chest. The mirror has a fabulous 'rope' frame and original mercury glass.

Lots of other mirrors available in various sizes. 
I really like the tailored lines of this French bench with new Belgian linen upholstery. It would be so smart at the end of a bed.
There are unpainted furniture in pine, walnut, mahogany and cherry wood, as well. Below is a French fruitwood sideboard (80.75" long) that would be great under a TV in a family room.
In addition to the antique furniture and accessories, I'm selling many of the pillows that I had custom made to dress the shop.
Also for sale is my collection of antique books, which I personally brought back from Europe as props. These books are decorative in a soulful way. And some of the vellum ones are quite rare!
If you love smalls and accessories, come in to check out the china, artwork, candlesticks, garden items, etc.

There is so much more! Please come in to see everything.

Thank YOU all for your support and friendship!!

Cheers,
Loi

51 comments:

  1. Loi,

    To everything there is a season. You had 15 wonderful and exciting years at the shop and now you are going to focus your time and energy on something new. I am so excited for your and your design work. I hope that you share more of it here and on Instagram. I am sure that so many wonderful opportunities await you and that your time with Tom and the pups in Maine is what is most important.

    Sending your a big hug as you close Tone on Tone and move forward following your passion. xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I'm looking forward to new adventures ahead. Cheers, L

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  2. Regardless of what you do, it will be FABULOUS!!!

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    1. Meg - Thank you, thank you!! Let's get together soon. xoxo

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  3. Ah, I’m sure your new adventure will be just as wonderful! Love all that you do Loi!

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    1. Thank you, my friend! Having customers and friends popping by to chat....I'll really miss interacting with them. xo

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  4. That’s a long run, and it sounds like other opportunities are calling your name! Enjoy life and keep us in the loop! Xo

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    1. Amy, I've had the shop longer than any of my homes :) A bit nervous but also very excited!! Cheers, L

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  5. Hello Loi, Oh, No! I'll never get to see the Tone-on-Tone shop! I've always looked forward to seeing your latest finds, and how you displayed them. In addition to the vignettes, some photos in this post show more of the shop as a whole.
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, I hope you are well. Need to catch up with you. I'll have more time to blog. Thank you!!

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  6. Hi Loi,

    This is huge but I fully understand how overwhelming it can be trying to do too many different things and do each of them well-- and, stay healthy too. Something has to give. But, I very much look forward to seeing your interior design work. Everything you touch is exquisite. xoxox ~ Laurel

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    1. I miss you, Laurel!! Hope we can chat via phone soon....want to hear your voice :)

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  7. Hello Loi,
    I'm sorry for this breakup, because I will never get to see the store!
    But the choice is yours and I am convinced that you have considered many clauses and implicitly the possibility of trying to be with us.
    Anything you do will be ... superlative!
    I love you warmly, Mia

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    1. Thank you kindly, Mia! I really appreciate your support. Cheers, L

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  8. Awwwwwww, I have never been to the store, and I won't get my chance. I will have to take you up on the offer to have a lil treat shipped instead. Good luck!

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    1. Ron, I'll have to come down and visit you! Thanks so much

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  9. Wishing you continued success with your design business! I am forever wishing for more hours in the day to accomplish all I want to do, so I understand your decision. Hope you will share pictures of your additions to your lovely cottage - they bring joy to us all. Cheers my friend!

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    1. Julie, thank you so much, my friend, for your support and friendship. xoxo

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  10. Gasp....I NEVER expected "that"....Bethesda's loss for certain! Best wishes...don't be a stranger...franki

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    1. Thanks, Franki!! I'll be blogging more so please stay tuned :)

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  11. Oh no Loi!!!....Was going to visit you so that I can shop for the new house!!! You still have that amazing armoire? I will truly miss your store...but I am assuming that you will still be living in your MD house....will have to give you a call!!!

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    1. So fun chatting with you last week. Thank YOU, Shirley!! Luv ya xoxo

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  12. I am so glad I am not close! It would be very tempting! It sounds like you all will have the freedom to spend more time in Maine!

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    1. Cindy, we hope to sneak away to Maine more ;-) Cheers

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  13. Loi, your shop has always inspired me. Wish I could have visited. Your talents are amazing, and your clients are fortunate to have your creative eye and skills to design for them. If I ever get up to Maine again, I hope our paths will cross. Happy Fall and best of luck with the changes.

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much! I'm grateful and fortunate to do what I love :)

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  14. Oh Loi--how I wish I could stop by--to hug your neck, congratulate you and SHOP! Wishing all the very best of the best. You deserve it! Fondly--Amanda PS That tiny haystack painting!!!!!

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    1. Amanda, you are the best! Thank you for all of your support over the years.
      Hugs to you and your little ones :)

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  15. I HUNG on for 12 year to my shop............SO you made it longer than ME!
    I know that HEAVY HEART........BUT BELIEVE ME it will be A OKAY!
    XX

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    1. Thank YOU!! Hard to walk away from my beautiful shop....but very excited to do other things. xoxo

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  16. that is a difficult decision Loi, one I too am thinking about. your focus on the design elements will make for happy clients. keep us up to date, you have been missed
    debra

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    1. Debra, thank YOU very much. It's been such a fabulous adventure....going to Europe to buy beautiful things. I'll miss that. XO

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  17. I wish I could make the drive up there to see your store -- and more importantly, to meet you -- before you close up shop. I'm sure your decision is the right one for you, but certainly a tough one to make.
    Claudia

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    1. Claudia, you'll still come up and we can have coffee at my cottage :)

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  18. Oh, Loi, this makes me so sad, but I know you are making the right decision. Anna so appreciated your advice on her "new-to-them" home. She took so many of your recommendations. You must come by and see it! I wonder about the gilded chandelier. Is ti still for sale? And I am interested in the blue/green pillows in this post. Would you message me about the price for these items? Your landscaping sounds heavenly. Take care of yourself!

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    1. Hello my friend! So wonderful to see you and Anna. I hope she is settled in her beautiful new home. The pillows have sold, many apologies. I do have a few chandys left. Will email you. Cheers

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  19. My dear, dear Loi, I am SO happy that you and Tom are able to make this decision and still have things intact...your home, your other business. I WILL MISS seeing your furnishings and if I would have been able, I would have gone straight to Maryland to shop in your gorgeous store. You will always be the signature for this style that I learned to love from YOU. YOU are the one who introduced the Swedish style to me, and now I have a few pieces in my home. Good luck on your new adventure; you are greatly loved.

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    1. Many thanks, Anita!! It makes me happy to know that you discovered the Swedish style here - yay :)
      Thank you for being a friend!

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  20. Loi,
    I'm sure parting with your incredible store will be sad, but you'll have more time to share your talents with appreciative clients and I'm sure you'll spread love and good taste wherever you work.
    Best to you.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Hi, Karen - Yes, I'm looking forward to working with my clients on their homes and gardens. And look forward to sharing some of these projects soon. Thank you!!

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  21. Congratulations to moving on to a new chapter in your life! You are so talented and your clients are very lucky to have you work your design magic for them! xoxo, Kelly

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! Really excited to focus full time on my design work. Many hugs, L

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  22. Dear Loi,

    Will you still be blogging? (I hope so.) Life moves forward, and we must move forward too. If not, you will be sorely missed. Best of luck to you!

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    1. Yes, absolutely!! Thank you for asking, Lisa. Cheers

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  23. I live in Bethesda and have been in your store. Very nice. But I would imagine that the rent for that location would be phenomenally high. And with the tall apartment buikdings going up the nature of Bethesda is changing.

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    1. Thank you for your visits. Yes, Bethesda is growing and growing. Lots of changes here.

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  24. Well that’s a bummer but now you wont be tied to that responsibility and have more time to tend to those topiaries��. Someday we will meet I just know it❤️

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    1. When we meet, I'll give you a big hug :) Miss ya xoxo

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Many thanks for your visit! If you have a question, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Loi