Friday, April 05, 2013

People Inspiration, the amazing Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs.

When I visited Martha's Vineyard last year with my friend Joyce, we stopped in a few shops in Vineyard Haven.   I went into the most delightful shop, and there on the shelves were beautiful pieces by Mac Kenzie-Childs.  I loved the checkered teapots and the whimsical designs found on the furniture.

I was enchanted.


Years ago I had read an article about these two creative souls, but I never made the connection.  The article was in the book, Where Woman Create.

I only know that when I walked into that shop on the Vineyard and saw those designs, I was smitten.  The article had been all about Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs.  Their artisans handmake all of these whimsical creations.   It all began with this adorable couple.


They started designing their whimsical style of decoration when they purchased a rundown farmhouse in Aurora, New york.  They had no money to buy furniture and they began painting and decorating rooms with salvaged furniture and decor.



Where Women Create, the book 2005

Now they are a multi-million dollar enterprise.  "In 1983, in an effort to earn money to send their daughter to ballet school the couple decided to make and sell teacups and Mac Kenzie-Childs, Ltd. was born."


I love reading Sarah's blog from Hyacinths for the Soul.   Sarah shares her many treasures from time to time and has an amazing collection of MacKenzie-Childs creations.


Their farm estate is amazing, and now they have decorated this amazing ferry. Yankee Ferry in Hoboken, New Jersey. Here's an amazing video of their Ferry home.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this amazing couple.  You can never have enough inspiration.

P.S.  Joyce, another field trip!



P.S.  The Pioneer Women is giving away a MacKenzie-Childs cake carrier.  Stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win.








10 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I LOVE THESE DESIGNS! I have coveted them for years. My kitchen, butler's pantry and dining room have the black and white checkered pattern, so I get my fix that way! Lovely dearest Karen! Anita

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How interesting! I've seen some of this design but never knew much about it! Thanks for the Raggedy Ann art you sent me! What a nice surprise to find in my inbox when we got home. Enjoy your weekend! HUGS!

Vee said...

Fascinating! I know two people who are over the moon in love with this style of decorating. Must point them here. Off to follow the links and learn more.

Joyce said...

I'm ready whenever you are!

Joyce said...

I'm ready whenever you are! We have the best days.

Sarah said...

Karen, what a fun post! You already know I'm a longtime fan of Victoria and Richard. Love their story! I even have a few pieces that are personally signed by them. Thanks for the shout out to Hyacinths for the Soul. ;-)
Hope you get to visit Aurora sometime. The McK-C property is amazing!

bj said...

What a wonderful blog you have here. Love it.
I am also a MC lover. I only have a very few pieces as my Social Security Budget doesn't allow for such things. I do love the Courtly Check...:)
I am linking up to follow...come by when you can.
xo bj of Sweet nothings

Pondside said...

I first saw some of their pieces in Las Vegas at the Bellagio. I love to see how Sarah uses and shows her collection too!

Beverly said...

I'll dig around to see if I have that article. Thanks for sharing, Karen.

Kathleen Grace said...

I have been a fan of MC for years! Love their style and would gladly own everything they make....as soon as I hit the lottery! Lol. In the meantime I have to just dream, and occasionally try a knockoff project:>)