Dealer Spotlight: W Road Collection

We love when our dealers open up and are willing to share a bit about themselves with our customers!  We are excited to introduce Susan Shaw from W Road Collection

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*TRH: What is your name?  
SS: Susan Shaw of W Road Collection

*TRH: What type of antiques do you specialize in?                                                                                            

SS: I Specilaize in mostly 18th and 19th c. French and other European antiques with a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces to blend for a curated, update look.                                                                      


*TRH: How long have you been in the antique business and what made you get started in it?                      

SS: I've been in business since 2014. My designer sister and I went to France for three weeks and had fantastic antiques guides in both Paris and in the South of France. Next thing we knew we had a designated container being shipped home with wonderful finds!  We have continued to secure European period pieces directly from France, Italy and England, as well as sourcing in the states for both antiques, as well as vintage and new contemporary items. We love the look of mixing both old and new, and from various styles and periods to create a curated look that tells the story of the pieces. Each room tells the owner's story as well as the historical story of the original craftsmanship and  time period it was made. Timeless pieces, regardless of origin and period are what we look for in sourcing for our collection. We also love mixing original contemporary art with our antique pieces and hope to do so at The Rock House soon.


*TRH: What is the one piece you have purchased that you treasure the most (that you sold or kept)?                                                                                                                                              

SS: Two pieces, one sold and one kept. I loved the Swedish tall clock we found in Paris and anticipated keeping it, but it went to a lovely home with a designer friend who incorporated it beautifully into her Chattanooga home. I still treasure my red and gold ewer from mid 19th c. France that was one of my first purchases in 2014 from Monique at " Les Puces" in Paris. It holds a spot atop my china cabinet in my dining room.

*TRH: If you could have any antique piece, from anywhere in the world, despite cost, what would it be?  

SS:An 18th century tall clock from Sweden with all the workings and original patina, similar to the one I sold.

*TRH:What are your social media handles (if you have them)?

SS: www.wroadcollection.com is website  @wroadcollection on both Instagram and Facebook, you can also find us on Pinterest

*TRH: Do you work in any other industry, or have other jobs?

SS:I practiced law in SC, GA and TN for over 20 years, but am currently enjoying being a newbie empty nester and dappling with antiques. 

*TRH: Anything else you would like readers to know?

SS: We love to travel extensively and enjoy discovering new styles and old antiques wherever we go and sharing not only the pieces, but also the stories of the people and places as well. We have spaces in Atlanta as well as online. We love searching for specific pieces for customers who are having trouble finding just the right thing.

Dealer Spotlight: Watts & Company

Get to know the ladies behind Watts & Co:  Becca Gregory & Melanie Pleta


TRH: What is your inspiration? 

M: A lot of my inspiration comes to me when I am out antiquing. I love going to the dirtiest, most junked up places and digging for the perfect piece. The Diamond in the ruff I guess you could say! Seeing the piece in the far corner with an inch of dust that most would just walk right by. It always seems to tell a story to me. My favorite so far is an old green chest we got. On the inside, there are several WWII Army stickers that say the original owner's branch and locations he was stationed. If the chest could only talk! The stories I find with the pieces are what give me inspiration. 

B: I’ve always been inspired by anything with chippy paint. Primitive pieces make me swoon. The chippier  the better! I always joke with Melanie too that I’m like a man when it comes to a lot of my antique choices. Give me some taxidermy or vintage signage and I melt! 

TRH: How did you get your start? How did you learn?

M: I started loving antiques when my sister started a farm wedding venue in Pittsburgh PA. I was there to help renovate and transform a working farm into the perfect outdoor venue. We have all the original farm tools refurbished and hanging on the walls of the carriage house. Antique sideboards are used for different stations. Old wood tables, chairs, and buckets are used to accent the bride's vision. Going out searching and learning to refurbish furniture with my sister was some of the best times. After that, I was hooked!

B: Honestly Melanie and I were just talking one day about how we should try to mix houseplants and antiques in a shop setting. We both love antiquing and have slight heart palpitations when we pass by an antique shop, and both of our garages were starting to look like an episode from hoarders, so we decided that we should find an outlet for our collecting tendencies. With me being a horticulture major and Melanie an awesome floral designer, we figured why not mix our two passions? So, we created Watts & Co.  As far as how I learned I guess you could say it comes a little naturally? I wing it really! I’ve just always found pieces that I like and go from there. That’s what I love about antiques. There are so many unique pieces you can incorporate into your space that no one else has, so you end up with a one of a kind space. 

TRH: What do you call your style?  

M: I don't think that I necessarily have a particular style. I like to mix and match whatever I fall in love with. Whatever inspires me and speaks to me in that moment always can find a spot in my space. If I had to choose a style though I normally go for the bohemian, modern look! I love bright fun patterns with a more calm and clean background.

B: Boho cozy maybe?! I just strive to make any space as cozy and homey as possible. I love to incorporate kilim rugs and pillows, houseplants, and lots of old books. I’m definitely more focused on darker tones, but Melanie loves lighter tones so it really works when we mix our two styles together. 

TRH: How can people contact you for custom work?

Feel free to contact us through Instagram (@wattsandcogvl)! 

Christopher D. Bassett

         If you have been to The Rock House, there is no doubt you were moved to pause by two colorful and captivating booths within the shop. You may have seen the man behind these jewel boxes, in his element, slowly and methodically arranging and staging his offerings... creating a space that transports those that enter into a shimmering and radiant room of all things beautiful. Christopher Bassett is a master at his craft (which are many), a skilled curator, merchandiser, floral designer and creator. He is an artist whose pallete is broad, but refined; whose medium is open-ended, yet fixed in beauty. Each piece, when standing alone, is alluring enough; but when he groups these treasures together, they are sublime. His shops within The Rock House are, within themselves, a work of art. That is what causes us to pause before entering, like viewing a painting, we take in the broad composition, let it soak in, and then dig deeper into it to admire the details that make up the cohesive work.

       We are not the only ones to take notice of Christopher. He has a thick resume of work, that spans the globe and has even landed him credits on the big screen. His talent, combined with his work ethic, allow him to succeed at about any task put before him. I would be hard pressed to find something he is not versed in. His career in flowers spans more than 25 years. He has worked on well over a dozen sets, doing floral and garden design and interior staging. He has worked on magazine photo shoots, on tv and film. Each project has it's own set of creative challenges.

      His latest work can currently be viewed in movie theaters... I'm sure you've heard of it, (or, like me, have every song memorized): "The Greatest Showman". Christopher was the lead floral designer on the movie and when you sit in awe after the movie, which most people do, you'll see his name in lights. His talent can be seen throughout the movie.

I asked Christopher to walk me through the creative process and implementation of his work:

"As floral designer for 'The Greatest Showman', I was responsible for executing flowers for selected sets. Flowers ranging from a simple vase of garden roses with fern for Chastity Barnum's vanity, to a lavish Dressing Room reception glowing with large arrangements of all white flowers for the "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind. A collaboration between the production designer, set decorator and myself (floral designer) are essential to create the end results. Historical reference, colors, fabric and furniture styles were all considered for the choice of flowers and plants used on set. For this particular film, my crew and I created our floral designs using a combination of artificial and fresh flowers, foliage and plants. Choices are made depending on length of shoot days on each set. On set work hours can vary greatly. The flowers are usually the last thing to be placed or built on set and flexibility is a must. At the end of it all I am creating beautiful flowers reflecting light onto the actors and into the camera. A very different approach to doing flowers."  - Christopher D. Bassett

We are so proud to have Christopher's talent and offerings available to Greenville at The Rock House. We feel lucky to have him in the shop when he's in town from New York. We all feel a bit more motivated, enthused and inspired when he's around. He is proof that creativity inspires creativity.

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How Dealers live: Different Design Styles

One of the great things about The Rock House is that we have something for all tastes.  With around 80 dealers, each whom bring a different aesthetic, we are bound to have a vast offering.  The same is true with their homes.  They each have a different style and we are thrilled to give our readers a peek in.   Some are designers, some are avid collectors of a specific style/period.  All are unique and one of a kind!  

 

Parker Kennedy Living:   

Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living are well known Interior Designers, who have been featured multiple times in print, and have a recognizable and growing brand.  They are known for their "preppy on the edge" look where they mix Palm Beach regency, chinoiserie, bright preppy colors and never shy away from taking a risk.  Lance and David live with this look as well and immerse themselves in it.  They recently purchased a turn of the century home in Commerce, GA and we are excited to see if the aesthetic will change as well.  Follow @parkerkennedyliving and www.parkerkennedyliving.com


Marci Cairns:

Marci's aesthetic is very New-England Americana with a touch of the primitive, simpler life.  She loves to mix found pieces with classic style.  Her design work is clean and warm and it's apparent that she has quite the eye for pulling together a look.  Follow her on Instagram @thecollaborateur 


Jenny Kramer Decor:  

Jenny's design aesthetic is a mix of many styles.   It's all about the mix of old and new and collected unusual pieces- which can be seen in her personal home.  She doesn't want her home to look like her neighbors, and she sets her style one piece at a time.  It's ever evolving.  Collecting never stops.  "If it speaks to me, it lives with me.  People should surround themselves with art and pieces that evoke feelings, thought and simply make them happy."  Her booth in the shop has quite a different feel, and is her oasis away from everyday reality.  Follow @jennykramerdecor and www.jennykramerdecor.com


Eliza Gray: 

Eliza's home is collected and full of pieces that carry memories...  Inherited, loved and cherished.  Her home tells a story through her personal touches.  Her warm and sincere personality is evident.  It's a cheery and collected home, perfect for her children to grow and live in.  


Dan Dupler: 

Dan is a collector and dealer of American antiques.  His collection is lovingly displayed throughout his home.  His wife is a quilter and they both display their pieces with careful consideration.  Dan restores and refinished pieces if needed, but respects the integrity of the pieces and works carefully to keep that in tact.  They are pure American collectors and they hold a wealth of knowledge on American primitives.  On Instagram @yellowdogantiques


Brooke Kellett: 

Brooke got her degree in design and is an artist as well as a dealer.  Her home is an eclectic mix of styles and it brims with beautiful vintage, antiques and art.  She uses bright bold color ways to set off her collection. She is great at mixing things up with fun pops of the unexpected.  She is not afraid to try something and live with it for a while... if it gets along well with her current pieces, it stays, if not, it goes to the booth.  It's a creative endeavor and it's ever changing!  Check out Brook's booth @kandkcollective


The Glenns: 

Joy and her husband, Clyde, own The Little Lamp shop.  It is a full service lamp shop, with repairs, restoration and shade fittings.  They have been in the antique business for many years and collect traditional pieces.  Joy loves antique rugs so much, she has 6 layered in her living room.  Beautiful art and furnishings line their 1930s home in the downtown Greenville area.  Find out more about this beautiful home on The Little Lamp Shops Instagram:  (it just happens to be for sale!) @thelittlelampshop 

We look forward to bringing you more dealer homes soon!  Just so you know... if you are visiting a dealer's home, it is always okay to ask if you can buy their dining room table ;).  Likely, the answer will be yes! 

Kim Hassold Opening Reception

We had a great time at Kim Hassold's Opening Reception party.  She will be showing for another week at The Rock House, so stop by to grab her pieces before she's gone.  She has great 6x6's for $50 that make PERFECT gifts.  She generously gave away a 36 x 36 original and pledged to give the value to The Rose Ball.  Thank you Kim for the fun event, sharing your work, and your kind and giving heart.   The lovely food was catered by Carol Smeaton.  Scroll down to see the winner of the painting giveaway!  You'll be surprised...

Look who won... the only child that attended the opening!  Exciting times!  What a great beginning to a collection! 

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 She has 6x6's for $50!  

She has 6x6's for $50!  

Visit Kim at her studio in the Village of West Greenville, and on Instagram.  

Lots of things happening at The Rock House Antiques

Fall brings abut lots of great events and excitement at The Rock House.  Kicking it off, we will host India Hicks sales reps Wednesday Sept. 6th (3-6pm) and 7th (10-3).  Join us for wine and shopping!  

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The evening of Sept 7th, we will have an opening for Kim Hassold's art show.  Festivities begin at 5:30, and Kim will be GIVING AWAY a 36 x 36 original piece, with the proceeds benefiting The Rose Ball.  (Must be present to win).  

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The Bi-Annual Parking Lot Sale is coming again this October 21st and 22nd.  We will have dealers from near and far that fill the parking lot while markdowns fill the shop.  Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12- 5.  You do NOT want to miss.  

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We are open 7 days a week: 

Mon - Sat 10-6, Sunday 1-5

415 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC 29605 

864-199-8981 

instagram.com/therockhouseantiques

Some of our current favorite things!

It's amazing how quickly things come and go at The Rock House.  We have customers who make a weekly stop by The Rock House and they always comment on how great it is to come in each time and see so many fresh pieces.  Things sure don't sit long here! 

 These are show stoppers!  Find them in Bill & Barry's booth, and hurry, before they are gone! 

These are show stoppers!  Find them in Bill & Barry's booth, and hurry, before they are gone! 

 Wheaton & Whaley is always bringing in new fresh pillows.  The prices are fantastic. 

Wheaton & Whaley is always bringing in new fresh pillows.  The prices are fantastic. 

 It's always easy to find a great rug here!

It's always easy to find a great rug here!

 This concrete obelisk is one of a kind and could make any gardener a master on it's own.

This concrete obelisk is one of a kind and could make any gardener a master on it's own.

 Shells are easier to find this time of year as we have our toes in the sand, but it's always hard to find a good old shell box.  Griffin & Smith has two at the moment.  

Shells are easier to find this time of year as we have our toes in the sand, but it's always hard to find a good old shell box.  Griffin & Smith has two at the moment.  

 We use mirrors throughout our homes, and this one is a beauty.  Tom Edwards found this one and was able to resist the urge to keep it for himself.  Get this one while it's here. 

We use mirrors throughout our homes, and this one is a beauty.  Tom Edwards found this one and was able to resist the urge to keep it for himself.  Get this one while it's here. 

 Another great mirror in Tim Cox booth.  

Another great mirror in Tim Cox booth.  

 David Watkins Designs always brings in beautiful artwork at super prices.  

David Watkins Designs always brings in beautiful artwork at super prices.  

 This old crystal French chandelier is a show stopper and has just been marked down.  

This old crystal French chandelier is a show stopper and has just been marked down.  

 These French chairs are beautifully upholstered and just in at the shop.  

These French chairs are beautifully upholstered and just in at the shop.  

We are here 7 days a week at The Rock House Antiques, so hurry in!  

415 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC 29605

864-299-8981

instagram.com/therockhouseantiques

How Dealers Live: Porcelain and Rug Collector

Dealers are antique lovers.  The reason we all get into the business is because the love of antiques flows freely in our blood.  Many of us grew up with collectors or dealers and inherited the trade.  Many of us stumbled into the industry because after years of buying antiques, we had to start selling to support our habit.  I know, it sounds like a sickness, and it is... a stunningly beautiful sickness.  The dealers at The Rock House are a lovely group.  We are all a bit quirky (I can say that, because I am one) and some even eccentric... therefore, our homes are quite interesting by default.  We decided spotlighting dealer's homes would be a fun trip into how collectors live.  

For the Dealer's privacy, we do not give the name.  The following dealer is a collector of fine antique furniture, but also exquisite rugs, books, art and porcelain. They keep things neat and tidy... not the kind of collector with narrow paths through rooms due to stacks of treasures.  Everything is lovingly and meticulously cared for, polished and dusted.  The collection is edited and not overdone or overpowering.  Each piece is special and stands alone.  Each piece has it's own story.  Below are a collection of pictures of this lovely, beautifully appointed home.  

Another thing this home is full of is love... there are family photos throughout, highlighting special moments and those closest to them.  It was a pleasure to visit a home so warm! 

Dealer Spotlight - Dan Dupler

Today's Dealer Spotlight is about Dan Dupler, who is not only a dealer, but an employee at The Rock House.  He deals in American Antiques under the name Yellow Dog Antiques.  

He loves to tinker in his shop and build things out of recycled wood or antique pieces.  Some of the pieces you find in his booth are pieces he has repurposed out of things he has found out and about. His wife is a quilter and you can find some of her hand sewn quilts in the booth as well.  

An interview with Dan: 

RH: What type of Antiques do you specialize in? 

D: Primitive Antiques

RH: how long have you been in the antique business and what made you get started in it? 

D: I've been collecting for 36 years and needed something to do after retirement.  

RH: What is the one piece you have purchased that you treasure the most (that you sold or kept)? 

D: A reversed painted glass F.W. Woolworth entrance transom sign.  

RH: If you could have any antique piece, from anywhere in the world, despite cost, what would it be? 

D: I would buy an original Wyeth oil.  

RH: Do you work in any other industry, or have any further jobs? 

D: Build part tables, cabinets, and book cases.  

We love having Dan as a part of The Rock House Family!  We would be lost without his humor, knowledge and willingness to always lend a helping hand.  

 

 

Inspiring Instagrams

What We love Wednesdays:  

We are LOVING the following Instagram Feeds.  If you don't follow these, check them out!

Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville:    

They cover their annual show, but also repost a collection of inspiring posts by other antique dealers, designers, landscape architects and more!  It's great eye candy!

https://www.instagram.com/antiquesandgardenshow/

@antiquesandgardenshow

Antiquites Curiosites et Reves: 

This is the feed from an antiques, curiosities and prop shop on rue de Furstemberg in Paris.  We love the way they curate their feed and how the pictures provoke curiosity. 

https://www.instagram.com/yvelineantiques/

@yvelineantiques

Eclectic Vignette:  

A curated collection of photographs arranged to marry both color and visual textures.  

https://www.instagram.com/eclecticvignette/ 

@eclecticvignette

Architecture of Charleston: 

A collection of Charleston, Savannah and surrounding area's historic buildings. 

https://www.instagram.com/architectureofcharleston/ 

@architectureofcharleston

 

 

Dealer Spotlight: Marci Cairns

Dealer Spotlight:  Marci Cairns, The Collaborateur 

An Interview

RH: What type of Antiques do you specialize in? 

M: I'm very eclectic.  I'm always interested in anything I'd use to decorate in my home.  

RH: How long have you been in the Antique business? 

M: I've been a dealer for two years, but a collector my adult life.  Even as a teenager, I subscribed to Victoria magazine and have been drawn to the old things with a story.  

RH: What is the one piece you have purchased that you treasure the most (that you sold or kept)? 

M:  I buy, keep for a period and sell most things.  I wear my grandmother's tiny engagement ring and use my white English Ironstone dishes daily.

RH: If you could have any antique piece, from anywhere in the world, despite cost, what would it be? 

M: Since my "claim to fame" is collaborative that's a really hard answer.  Below is a piece that marries my love of English furniture and nautical oil paintings.

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 It's the kind of piece I'd hang onto for life opposed to the pieces that come and go frequently.  I'm simple, but anything English makes my heart skip a couple of beats.  

RH:  Do you have any other jobs or work in any other industry

M: I've been a homeschool mom for 12 years.  I have plans...

       Below are pictures from Marci's booth: 

find more at @thecollaborateur

What We love Wednesdays

We are beginning a new series on the blog called WHAT WE LOVE WEDNESDAYS....  "WWLW".  Tune in for updates about great new pieces or things we are just really loving around the shop.  

This week, we are focusing on that special love we have for DAD, as Father's Day approaches this Sunday.  

Here are some great finds we think he will treasure! 

 We have great prints and original works that he would love. 

We have great prints and original works that he would love. 

 A wooden box is always a great option.

A wooden box is always a great option.

 We have a great selection to stock the bar.

We have a great selection to stock the bar.

 We have a book room full of historical literature that will interest the history buff. 

We have a book room full of historical literature that will interest the history buff. 

 Collectible sports memoribilia for the sports buff!  

Collectible sports memoribilia for the sports buff!  

Just a little taste of the things that we offer that dad is sure to love!  

See you next Wednesday for another WWLW!

Best of The Upstate!

What an extreme honor to be nominated as The Best Antique Store of the Upstate! THANK YOU to anyone and everyone that took part in getting us on the ballot.  We strive to offer excellent customer service, along with a wide mix of styles and price points.  We would be ever so thankful and humbled if you now voted for us to take home the prize!  

VOTE HERE

From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate you!  

The Rock House Team!

Dealer Spotlight: Addie Schweigert with Pinnacle Antiques

Let's get to know another one of our dealers better! 

An Interview with Addie Schweigert dba Pinnacle Antiques and Appraisals LLC

1)   What type of antiques do you specialize in?

Architecture elements,  European and 19th century Americana furniture. We have a unique collection of antique & vintage doors along with heavy wrought iron gates and panels.  At Christmastime we feature a sterling and silverplate bonanza.

2)   How long have you been in the antique business and what made you get started in it? 

I have discovered, traded or sold antiques since I was in college. Every unique find has a story to tell that illustrates its time in history and I love seeing that story unfold.

3)   What is the one piece you have purchased that you treasure the most (that you sold or kept)?

We purchased and still use a RJ Horner partner’s desk with extensive carvings and statued gargoyle legs.  This “find” holds a treasured story. . . .

4)   If you could have any antique piece, from anywhere in the world, despite cost, what would it be? 

The original Magna Cartamanuscript, 1512.  It is about the most valuable document in existence and is the basis for much of our democratic liberties and personal property rights today.

5)   What are your social media handles (if you have them)?

Instagram: pinnacleantiquesllc

6)   Anything else you would like readers to know?

We are always looking for the unique, must-have object that will be a conversational focal point in any discriminating home. Keep coming and you will continue to find something different and exciting!

Thank you Addie for allowing us to get to know more about you! 

Ch- Ch- Ch Changes...

Lots happening at The Rock House Antiques lately! When you step in, you are likely to see a hammer, spot some ladders and see someone working away to make improvements on The Rock House.  If you have not been in recently, we are not the shop of old.  We have many new dealers, there is always new merchandise coming in and a really, there is a new look for the shop as a whole!  

We are open 7 days a week:  Mon- Sat 10-6pm, Sunday 1-5, 415 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC

 

News, Events and Sales

Recent scenes from around the shop...

Parking Lot Sale April 29 & 30th: 

Saturday:  10-6pm,  (Food Resident Dog and Adams Mobile Market)

Sunday: 12-5, (Resident Dog and Coastal Crust)  

     

Sales and Markdowns throughout the shop! 

(all sales are temporary, once signs are down in the booth, the sale is over) 

Booth: 1122: 50% unless marked firm

B&B booth: 25% unless firm or in case

Booth 8910: Buy one get one half off 

Booth: 0616:  15% of lowest price

Booth 0530C: 20% off regular prices, 15% off jewelry case

Booth 0015: Pink Dot Sale

Booth 3639: 20% everything 

Booth 0614: 20% milkglass

Booth 0433: 15% green dots

Booth 0306: 10% off original price over $100

Booth 0002: 20% unless otherwise marked