SILVERWOOD SARATOGA

398 Broadway

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

518-583-3600

The Carriage House Chronicles

If these walls could talk… (I think they just did.)

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Found: Cool old Saratoga Race Track sign. Where: In the wall (!!!).

As we were doing a little sheetrock work, we found this cool, old sign buried in the lathe and plaster walls at Carriage House Lane. It’s filthy, but I kind of love it that way. We may tidy it up a bit, but this one’s a keeper! Why would someone stick it in the wall? Oh well…score!

(Sadly, Stewart’s coffee cup not included.)

-Chelsea

Spring has sprung at Silverwood!

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This year, spring has sprung earlier than the calendar dictates. At Silverwood, we are more than happy to embrace this happy coming with open arms. We have tables full of new merchandise to harken in the warmer weather- here’s a little sneak peek of some of our favorite new things!

Also, because we are just so excited for the warm weather, we are offering a sale through Sunday, March 13th:

Spend $20, get 10% off

Spend $50, get 20% off

Spend $150, get 30% off

(Some exclusions apply.)

New Hobnail candles in Lilac (our new fave!), Fern, and Ambergris. We also have the diffusers in Fern, for those that prefer a flawless scent.

New Hobnail candles in Lilac (our new fave!), Fern, and Ambergris ($34). We also have the diffusers in Fern ($49), for those that prefer a flawless scent.

Great new canvas bags in several styles and patterns. The new black and white stripe weekender ($65) is adorbs!

Great new canvas bags in several styles and patterns. The new black and white stripe weekender ($65) is adorbs!

Our perennial bunny and chick pillows are back! ($22-$45)

Our perennial bunny and chick pillows are back in time for Easter! ($22-$45)

These bunny dishes are so sweet for your Easter table and beyond. And the sheep? Don't even get us started. ($12-$24)

These bunny dishes are so sweet for your Easter table and beyond. And the sheep? Don’t even get us started. ($12-$24)

  • Chelsea

CHL-The Kitchen Gets Started

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The kitchen, before today. 

Budget and timing are big factors at this point in the game. Phase one of the Carriage House Lane renovation needs to be “quick and dirty”. Make the place livable and get Char in as soon as possible, so she can get her things out of storage and nest a bit. We don’t have all year to leisurely put additions on and gut the place. Plus, we don’t want to- we love the charm of the old bead-board and cabinets… if she wanted a new house, she would have bought one.

One of the biggest problems with the house is the cramped kitchen. It was more like a butler’s pantry than a kitchen. So, working with the space we’ve got, we are taking one wall out (non- structural) and moving the cabinets back to add another 3-4 feet of space. No major plumbing or electrical moved. The rest is cosmetic. Easy peasy! It won’t be a dream kitchen with immense “openness” and counter space for miles, but it will work. It will be quaint, with it’s original cabinetry, and newly modernized with new appliances and a new island. Plus, if Char ever decides to put her dream addition on the place, this reno won’t be wasted (waste is something we both abhor). It will serve quite well as the new butler’s pantry.

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There used to be a door way here, at the end of the countertop. 

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The old layout. You came in the back door and right into the fridge. (The room to the right was the dining room but will be come the mudroom.)

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The new layout is only slighter bigger but much more functional. The previous kitchen had a nice walk-in pantry (the small space behind the fridge in the old kitchen), but it was more important to have space is the main kitchen, so sadly it went “bye-bye”.

Shout-out to my brother, Reeves, for the quick CAD designs. Good job, bro!

-Chelsea

Carriage House Lane- The Story Begins

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My favorite street in Saratoga has always been Carriage House Lane. When we lived at “Grey Gables” at 14 Clement Avenue and later in the big red barn at 53 Greenfield Avenue, I used to walk my dogs down Carriage House Lane and pine over the adorable white carriage house on the corner. I would even periodically put notes in the mailbox asking the owner that if they ever were to consider selling, to please contact me first (that is how I purchased my last home- sometimes it works!).

One evening this fall, Chelsea, the biggest real estate scout I know (she is always scouring the web, looking at homes and markets all over the country) called me practically screaming. After my initial heart attack, she finally got it out that my favorite house had just been listed on the MLS. I was ecstatic and could not sleep that night over the reality that I was FINALLY going to get an opportunity to see my Dream Cottage.

I made an appointment the next morning and immediately wrote an offer. I closed on the home on Monday, December 14th and I am over the moon with excitement over all the plans I have to restore and renovate this “cutey patooty” home. Also, fun fact, this was the carriage house for Inniscara, the home of Chauncey Olcott, who wrote the beloved Irish ballad, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”. Even more charming!

The street side of my new home.

The street side of my new home.

I always enjoyed the series in House Beautiful titled “The Bee Cottage”. It was the story of the renovation of the author’s CT cottage after the end of a longterm relationship and the re birth of a cottage that she loved. I hope to do a similar series and hope you will enjoy following the progress of my journey in the “C Cottage”.

Happy New Year!

-Charlene

A few of our favorite things: Halloween

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It’s hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner! Since we are just a week away, we’re featuring our favorite Fall items that stretch from Halloween and beyond. Our pumpkins and candles are perfect for your Thanksgiving decor and our little “whimsy” LED lights are great under a cloche almost any time of year- just swap out a festive item to celebrate each new season or holiday. Right now, we’ve chosen some faux fall leaves and a hand-decoupaged faux pumpkin to give it an autumn feel. Stop in to Silverwood in Saratoga and check out our Fall decor while it lasts! (Bonus: mention this post and we’ll give you 15% off any full-priced fall decor item!

-Chelsea

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