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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ABCD Books Of Camden Maine

This is a special OUT OF PRINT Bookstore.  
And just like Camden, it is charming. Let's have a look.

This is the owner. She is very sweet and super helpful. 
If you can't find a book, contact ABCD BOOKS.

After you walk in and pass the owner, this is what you see.

I have found that most of Maine is filled with well read intellectuals. In most of these charming little towns, you will have a difficult time finding a lot of different items to purchase. 
But you will never have to go very far for something to read. In these tiny towns it is not unusual to find 2 or 3 book stores. 
The libraries are loaded, better than the library in Boca Raton, Florida. 
Perhaps because Boca Raton-ians shop, they don't read much.

Isn't this cozy and funky ??
That's my funky daughter, she is a reader and loved the store.

BTW, this is a very large shop. I have not posted all the really great reading corners . The owner has done a fabulous job with her place. ABCD BOOKS has an inviting and warm atmosphere.
She had interesting things on the bookshelves that were for sale as well.

My daughter Andi & me at the end of the days adventures.

ABCD Books
Your Maine source for out of print books
Camden Maine
207.236.3903 or Toll Free : 888.236.3903

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Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her blog of her Adventures in Design

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Cozy Camden And A Good Cup Of Coffee

It was rainy and cold in Camden.

There is a river that runs right under main street, and this is it. There are always beautiful ducks on it.

So, I decide on a yummy mocha to warm up and people watch, when I see the cutest Boxer dog sitting in the drivers seat of the car in front of me. I also decide to go over to 'Surroundings' across the street. This place is jammed packed with housewares and other pick-up items.

Here is a closer look at the Boxer if you can see through the glare of the window.

This is the coffee shop looking back as I cross to head over to ' Surroundings'.

Inside the shop.

Remember , this is Maine. These dishes  and linens are BLUEBERRY designs.

I am crazy about these linens, very sexy colors. And no, I really couldn't get a better shot. They were jammed between a few things.  But they were great.

I love black & white. The egg cups are way too adorable. !!!

Durable goods for the Home and Garden
Camden Maine

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Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her blog of her Adventures in Design

Lazy Downtown Rockland Day

I just wanted to give you a better idea of what the area looks like, and how many islands there are. This is just a tiny portion of Mid-Coast Maine, but it is filled with these little fingers of land surrounded by water.

There is so much water here. It is everywhere. It might be a river running into the ocean, or a spring, or a huge lake ( or small one ) that narrows and runs into the ocean.

There are mountains, and dramatic cliffs with beautiful harbors in every direction.

The Rockland Christmas tree covered in Lobster Buoys.
This is actually a pretty ugly shot of main street in Rockland.

There is a Fabulous sort of style store that carries quite a few high end items.

It is a lovely shop , jammed packed with great clothes, home-wares ( only the latest and most stylish ) shoes, scarves, ties, get the idea.
It is on Main St. and called the
Black Parrot
Rockland, Maine (& Portland , Maine)
Ask for Barbara, she was so sweet, friendly & darling to look at.
I do not know how she keeps it looking so organized.
This place is filled , and I do mean filled !
I am sure you are wondering why I have these ties.... when I am stale I turn to scarves, ties, and patterned fabrics on clothing for a fresh color scheme. This has always worked for me when stuck in the design mud. Even if I only use 2 or 3 of the colors, it's usually a good start. And it is good, because I wouldn't have come up with those 2 or 3 colors, remember, I am stuck in the mud.

G.F. MacGregor
Home Decor And Design
Rockland, Maine
The owner and designer is Ariana S Fischer Gregg.

This is Ariana, and she wouldn't turn around for me, I think it really was a "powdering her nose kinda' thing". She was nice, and very pretty . I don't blame her in the least, she had been dealing with the day after Xmas crowd, of which I was the last one of her day. ( yucko !)
This is her shop window, and the town movie theatre across the street.

Some of her things on the cocktail table. I thought the throw was great. And probably made by a local artist.
This is the back of the store and where I decided to whip out my camera and ask if I could take pictures.
I started taking pictures today because of this horse pillow. I love it !
I am a woman who loves horses deeply. And that my dear, is another story for another time.
So, anything 'HORSIE' makes my heart smile.
Notice the Tony Duquette book ???
Now this is a little antique shop down the street called :
Hall's Antiques
Rockland , Maine
These are the boats etc. from inside the shop.
This is Green Depression glass - love it .
This is Pink Depression glass. I have a girlfriend with a humongous collection. When she has you over for lunch and sets the table, and serves with only this pink depression is a
Oh look !!! There is a pair of opera glasses, and I have already had an Adventure in Design on that subject.
But these opera glasses seem to be everywhere, I myself own 2 or 3.
But what I love and collect myself in this picture is the 'Mulberry'.
The plate on the stand that looks out of focus but is not. That is just the way Mulberry looks. It is transferware, there are several colors including Mulberry. The Mulberry color actually is a purple, that is so dark that it appears to the eye as black. Dolly Hall is one of the owners. This ' Redneck Wind Chime' made me crack up when I was leaving, but Dolly hates it. Apparently her partner put it in the store.
The people of Maine, I find are pretty funny given the chance.
I have been coming to Maine most of my life, and I love , love , love it !!
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Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her blog of her Adventures in Design
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

You Can Ski In Camden Maine Too !!

How is this for a Christmas card ?
Camden Maine in the winter season, IS A CHRISTMAS CARD !!

Do you like to ski ?
This is at the top of the mountain that you can see from downtown Camden.

This is skiing down while looking at the Atlantic ocean. Camden is the only place in the U.S. that you can ski and see the Atlantic ocean at the same time. I think that is pretty cool.

The Camden Harbor in winter.

This is a summer shot of Camden, but it gives you an idea of the town being right on the harbor.

I will be home soon, I have been snowed in, and I do apologize for not posting more
design related post.
It has been difficult getting anywhere.
Love to all my bloggie pals XXX

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Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her blog of her Adventures in Design

About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

Private Paradise



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