There probably aren’t any shops that aren’t charming when you walk down the street in Chatham, Massachusetts (where I spent some time this summer) but a new one, Found Home, opened this year that captured my interest every time I walked by it.
And every day as I passed there was something new to behold in front of the grey-shingled little cottage. There have been kilm rugs hung across the picket fence...vintage dining tables on the patio...an old trunk ...a push lawnmower left unmoved, hidden amongst the flowers.
I was intrigued and when I finally had a chance to stop in to explore I knew immediately that this shop was the making of someone with lots of style. There were contemporary couches and antique tables, unique clocks and old trunks, pillows covered in airy patterns, vintage posters and framed old maps. But what really captivated me was how it was all put together.
It all made sense when I met Jen Runnels, the owner. She is a designer, painter, photo stylist, and she capitvates you with her passion to collect unique and special pieces.
Jen features Sal del Mar in her shop and so it seemed the perfect opportunity to do a photo shoot together. She magically stylized several vignettes with Sal de Margarita using her found objects. Surrounded by vintage candlesticks, a sterling tray and martini shaker, Sal del Margarita takes center stage for an invitation for entertaining ideas.
A Bloody Mary rimmed with a mix of Sal del Mar and black pepper is served on a sterling silver tray. One of Jen’s finds of a vintage boat plan by Gifford Jackson provides the perfect setting. The tray is an antique of sterling silver; the bench is reclaimed wood made by a Conneticut craftsman.
A “new martini” made with a Reposado tequila, a twist of lemon, crushed ice, rimmed with Sal de Mar and shaken in a nickel-plated Napier shaker called the Foursome, the tray by Ralph Lauren. The Demi-lune chest is by designer Gibert Rohde for Herman Miller furniture from the 30s.
Jen is always dreaming up new ways daily to group together her "finds" to create different looks. Check out Found Home for a new approach to design!