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About citychateau

Welcome to City Chateau! And greetings from my city chateau, which is a tiny apartment in a quiet Amsterdam neighborhood where I live with my husband and our darling baby boy, Teddy. I moved here from Connecticut almost five years ago when I met my now husband. When we were expecting Teddy, I gave up my job as an tour guide. Although I don't miss living out of a suitcase and having to remind myself what state I'm in every morning, it has been more than a little jarring to become a stay-at-home mom. I'm trying to get back to writing and art-- two of the things I've always been most passionate about but had trouble devoting myself to, on the road. In our little Chateau, we've created a very old-fashioned world filled with flea market loot, successful art projects, and walls of books. The City Chateau blog about seasons, shopping, stories, crafts, cocktails... everything to make life richer, for those of us who aren't rich! I've always loved the expression 'Don't be a beggar sitting on a bag of gold'. I think it's always worth reminding yourself of what you're good at and racing full-tilt toward your own rainbow.

HATTIE BOOT _ PART IV

The Main Street dips and makes a dramatic right turn down toward the water. If a person weren’t paying attention, you think, they might take a terrible tumble. What looks like an old sea captain’s home has an eye-catching plaque … Continue reading

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Hattie Boot Part III

HATTIE BOOT – PART III The town is crawling with cyclists.  Belfry is a hub stop with all of the clubs. The small seaside town is fairly bursting with people in pants. Almost every passerby is sporting a pin or … Continue reading

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Hattie Boot – Part II

Hattie Boot – Part II Even to you, there is something strangely goose-like in the sudden, sweeping arrival of a flock of white-clad women.  The shaded village green, starred with a rustic steepled church, provides the perfect picnic setting. The … Continue reading

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READ BY NUMBER – Hattie Boot and the Westcote Wheelwomen PART ONE

PART ONE IN A NEW READ-BY-NUMBER story in which YOU choose the destiny of the narrator… “It can’t be much further to Belfry,” you tell yourself. Singled cottages look like grey breadcrumbs as you make your peddling progress along the … Continue reading

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Artist’s Boxes…

New adjunct to the shop: Artist’s Boxes. You ‘ll find them under their own tab!  

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The Future of Old?

Nothing that I can say on the subject can be novel.. but lately I really worry about the future of antiques. It used to be that everybody collected SOMETHING– hence all the unwanted collections of parents and grandparents that pop … Continue reading

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Palettes Now for SALE in the Shop!

Contact me through this site or email: scatteredpalette@gmail.com

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Through the Thumbhole… Alice Beware!

…have you fallen?

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Here Comes Inspiration

To All of You Who Keep Meaning to Pick up a Paintbrush… Here Comes Inspiration What is a masterpiece? And how do you start? You may find that, after you’ve moved your paints around a bit on your palette, you’ve … Continue reading

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Keeping Autumn Rummy and Warm

Just as a major storm is about to hit my old home, I’m sitting at my window in Amsterdam looking out on a gentle morning filled with seabirds, bicycles, and yellow leaves. A little titmouse has made her nest on … Continue reading

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