Monday, May 23, 2016

Wall art & Mirrors

Sale...30% off... spruce up those walls on the cheap!

Friday, May 20, 2016


Yes, it is true,  I am relocating the shop to Chester. It has been a tough decision and one that took a long time to make. I knew it was time for a new space and I looked around for quite a while...even considering Glastonbury. But as a resident and huge fan of Chester...the choice was made. I hope my "regulars" will make the trip to shop in's only about 8 minutes away. Meanwhile everything in the store is discounted...some more than others. I"m just lightening the load for the big move. At the end of June some of the larger fixtures will be offered for sale.

I will miss the village of Essex and all of the wonderful people that live and work there. But, like I've always said, to me Tri-town is actually one town...and a small one at that! I love Chester, Deep River and Essex.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The best gift I ever received

What's the best gift you've ever gotten? I can tell you mine. It was from my husband. It was the Christmas right before I opened The French Hen and I think in Rob's mind it was a "stocking stuffer" level gift. It was a book titled "A Shop of One's Own". It meant so much to me. The expensive sapphire earrings were meant to be the star,  but in my heart it was all about that little book. I cried when I opened it and just typing this got a little misty thinking back . I felt understood and acknowledged and that meant everything.

As you can imagine, I think about gifts a lot. Not so much about receiving them, but giving them and what makes a great gift great. I help people pick out presents for their loved ones everyday and have witnessed some very interesting gift-buying styles over the years. While there are the confident and decisive gift givers,  I would say that the indecisive and uncertain ones make up the majority of shoppers. When someone comes in with that obvious, "on a mission" posture, I jump in to assist. A good starting point is price because everyone knows how much they can afford to spend and I respect that. And price is just the first filter. And then- what are the recipient's interests? Gardening, yoga, preppy stuff, cooking, TV, nature, music, dragonflies, big earrings, apple pie, pink, entertaining, family? Just a little nugget, anything at all. What is their age? I could never suggest the fabulous peony-scented candle in mercury glass for an elderly lady or a teenager for that matter (danger Will Robinson). I would never suggest a figurine for someone that is described as a "hoarder" (actually happened today-no lie!) but instead a "consumable" like organic french soap or shea butter hand cream. My advice, whether you are shopping at The French Hen or any other gift boutique, is to allow the shop keepers to help you...we have the intel on every product on the shelves. We know the trends and can make great is after all, what we do.  It's very satisfying to hear about a gift that hits the mark from my store.

So anyway...its graduation time and we have some really nice selections for those who are about to launch into the future. Come on in and I will help you find something wonderful.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

give her what she wants, what she really really wants

Mother's day is Sunday people. It's the day Mom gets her performance appraisal...from you. This is a cumulative review from the moment you were born (or delivered by stork) to now. Consider the sleepless nights, countless bedtime stories, the fevers, parent teacher conferences, rides to swim lessons and all the LOVE. It's the day to say thanks for it all, the day to lay it on thick. Sappy, sweet and sentimental. She deserves it, but you already know that.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Nothing beats navy

When it comes to beach house interiors my vote will always be for navy and white.

It's crisp, clean and just right for water side living. Curtains, floor coverings, linens, dishes, accessories...all navy, white or both. Just an occasional pop of yellow or red...that's what makes me happy.

Here are a few (very few) of those items, in stock now that will help you achieve that casual, sunny look. We have so many more great coastal items in house and are excited to begin welcoming back our summer people.
great little metal pails, true throw backs, fill with a little sand to use as ash cans, use as compost bins, organize small toys, magazines
rectangular dishes with a deep edge, for serving snacks or controlling your jewelry on the bathroom counter
soft hampers to keep the laundry nicely contained

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Class of 2016

My "baby" is about to graduate from high school with a ceremony over Memorial Day weekend. As my youngest prepares for this milestone in life, my husband and I have been doing some reminiscing and the usual marveling at how fast time flies. We are so proud and happy for him, for everything that he has accomplished, the wonderful young man that he has become and for all of the wonderful things that lie ahead. Do you have any graduates in your family this year? Good Luck to them all! Class of 2016!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

giving a little is cool

Introducing a new line at the shop: The Giving Keys. Each real key is stamped with an empowering word. Wear it around your neck and when you are ready pass it on to someone who needs some inspiration. Give the key. The best part of the whole thing, the keys are cleaned, stamped and packaged by people transitioning out of homelessness. The keys are a literal and figurative key to having a roof over their heads and a bed of their own to sleep in every night, The Giving Keys.