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J U L I E   P I A Z Z A

Owner and Co-founder, Dreamer

What would be your ideal event?
My dream event would be a big backyard party (perhaps in my own backyard!) with all our favorite friends and family. I would love the theme to be colorful, fun and whimsical. Think a fairy garden party come to life. Lots of twinkling lights, lounge areas, and tons of plants! People just hanging out, eating tacos, drinking sweet summertime sips, and dancing to the tunes. Full moon would make the party epic.  I think I basically just described my wedding. Hah!

Where do you find inspiration?
One hundred percent nature! I try to start every morning with at least 30 minutes spent outside (running, in the garden, or walking with Mom)  Not only do all the colors of nature inspire me (so different all times of year!) but also the calmness that nature brings me. In a fast paced lifestyle, I am constantly reminded that “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” (Lao Tzu) And in those quiet calm moments spent outdoors with nature I usually have my best and most creative ideas!

I also feel inspired when I am working with Karyn and Mom, and vibing off both their input on how to make an idea come to life! We all inspire each other, and push each other to always do our best work!

When do you feel the most at peace?
I feel the most at peace during my morning runs. During my time running on the local roads of Tunkhannock, I often reach a point of clarity with issues or problems I’d been struggling with. Running gives me quiet time alone to be in tune with my inner self and I often reflect on how grateful I am for living my best life!

How did CWT come into your life? 
After my wedding was over, I caught Stella setting up the used wedding decor in a very cute appealing way in an old apartment space above my Grandmother's furniture store. My Gram was there too, digging around in her old collection of “treasures” to find things to bring to life again. When I asked what they were doing, Stella replied - “lets start a vintage rental company!” Next thing I know we were putting my Grams wedding dress on my great Aunt Hazel’s sewing bust form, and the rest is history.

If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite anyone from the past or present, who would it be?Stevie Nicks! She has always been an inspiration to me. Her music, her style, her confidence…. She is the original queen of boho! (My favorite style) I would love to sit down at a table with her (decked out with candlesticks, velvet, lace and feathers) and talk about how “not to be a lady, be a legend.”  Just love Stevie!

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S T E L L A   N O V A C K

Owner and Co-founder, Boss Mom

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in God’s creation. It especially amazes me how many shades or hues of each color are found in nature. For example, look out at your yard after a summer rain when the sun comes back out and you’ll see so many kinds of the color green that you won’t be able to count them all! God could have made everything black and white, but he gave us colors to enjoy. It makes me think of the book The Giver where there is no color until they get out of their society and then seeing it for the first time is a glorious experience. I also find inspiration on Pinterest.  :)

When do you feel the most at peace?
I feel the most at peace in my home. I love waking up in the morning and walking out into the kitchen to greet my husband and to see the things that make our house a home, such as plants, books, art, and a cupboard lined with  jars filled with grains, nuts and seeds. The best thing this time of year is the huge flower and vegetable garden in the backyard, which I can see out the kitchen window. Life is good at our house.

What is your favorite CWT piece?
Even though I love all our furniture, I would have to say the favorite “pieces”  are our dishes. They are so beautiful and some tell a story.

If you could live in a fictional home from a movie/television show, where would it be?
The Brady Bunch!  Total mid-century mod. I would make a few tweaks, though, by changing the orange and gold to blue and green.

What is your favorite family tradition?
Our kids are all grown and out of the house, so I’ll have to pull from the past. One thing I thought was nice was that we always set the dinner table in a fancy way for special occasions such as birthdays or holidays. I’m sure this is why we enjoy setting the tables for Chippy events.

Where would you choose for a dream shopping spree?
Well, believe it or not, even though I did most of the buying for CWT in the beginning, I’m not a big shopper. So this is a hard question for me.  For the shop I would have to say Final Cut in NJ, which is an Anthropologie outlet where they sell the items that don’t sell in the main store. The furniture they sell  would go well with our Chippy vibe. Personally, because I’m not a big clothes shopper. I would have to say a Whole Foods store. My husband and I are big into eating healthily, so we would make a date night out of exploring all the varied food options there.
 


K A R Y N   P A S C H U K

Handy Chick + Stylist

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What would be your ideal event?
Put me in a little spot in the woods with a horse, maybe a dog or two, and tons of florals and greenery. Surround it all with texture and dimension made from natural materials and paint small splashes of color, that's heaven.

Where do you find inspiration?
Who doesn't find a little inspiration in a well-stocked TJMaxx?

On a serious note, though, I probably see the most inspiration staring out the window of my car. Houses, architectural features, gardens and greenery, the way things fit naturally and unnaturally. I love seeing the way things, chipped and beautiful and it makes your heart swell. I'm a sucker for a good abandoned building. 

And let's not forget about Pinterest and all of the stunning artists displayed there. Some of it takes your breath away!

When do you feel the most at peace?
Aside from being in Chippy creating things with the ladies, I love a quiet day in the backyard with the dogs milling about. Hearing the sound of birds and the cars passing by is a soundtrack all of its own.

How did CWT come into your life? 
I met Julie and Stella after my sister-in-law kept telling me about a place in Tunkhannock that I would love. The first time I though she was talking about a store, but by the time she told me again, I was about to be out of work and needed a serious change of scenery. Throwing insecurities aside, I gave Julie a call on one thing led to another, resulting the dream every day with the sweetest, most supportive group of people you'll ever come across in your lifetime. 

What do you love most about design?
When your designing a space, you have certain parameters spatially, but when it comes to putting a design in place, the sky's the limit creatively. Each of us has certain tendencies toward different elements of design too. I love when all three of us are working in a space and it actually takes each of our personalities to complete something perfectly. While we could individually execute the project, it really gets the excitement flowing when the other personalities are able to add in things that we would never come to on our own. 

But really, the best part about design in the mental exhilaration it brings to have things click into place. It's like a million little colorful peg lights just bursting with energy inside your brain!


A S H L E Y   H U E G

Webmaster + Blog

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What would be your ideal event?
An event can be anything depending on what you wear. When I tell  Julie of somewhere new I'm traveling or a celebration I'm anticipating her first question is, "What are you going to wear?" and conversely I always ask the same. My ideal event, and likewise my ideal outfit depend on the season and time of day. So, #1: black sunglasses, red lipstick (my favorite color is Cruella by Nars), simple dress, sitting outside a cafe on a cobblestone street and maybe it's a Sunday with light rain. I'm with an intimate group of friends and new faces, and we're enjoying brunch and conversation that lasts for hours with refills of coffee and mimosas and warm pain au chocolat. #2 Wearing a kaftan and a floppy hat and sunglasses that cover half my face laying beside a pool in the shadow of a hotel painted with bright pastels somewhere in the desert. In this scenario, I'm on a girls trip, and we're drinking frosé, and I'm underlining quotes in a paperback. #3 In a backyard with a large group of friends and family. The Dead is on the radio and I'm wearing my most comfortable pair of jean shorts with a white tee and platform sandals. My husband is making his delicious tacos al pastor for everyone, and cilantro and lime are sticking to my fingers. #4 I'm wearing something that sparkles under concert lights, and I'm dancing without worrying anyone will notice I am a terrible dancer because the band on stage is amazing and the crowd is having the best time.

Where do you find inspiration?
There's a lot of references in my writing and movies help when I need to adopt a certain mood. My go-to's are adaptations of Jane Austen novels, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Picnic at Hanging Rock—anything with an air of romanticism but not necessarily literal. I also collect art books by impressionist painters and photographers. Right now I have Olivia Bee's Kids In Love and Ryan McGinley's Way Far on my coffee table. I see something new every time I look through their pages that's conducive when I dream up colorful prose. 

Now, where do I found inspiration for decor? I'm quite the opposite of how I like to write and create. I'm very minimal. I just bought a book about Marfa, Texas. That's what I'm into right now. Recently I had this conversation with my hairstylist and explained my taste in decor as someone who moved from Helsinki to a haunted house in the South West. So if you can picture that, whatever that is. She said, like Ikea? And I said, sure.

When do you feel the most at peace?
I often imagine standing in front of Monet's Water Lilies in Musée de l'Orangerie. I have an affinity for water; rain, oceans, lakes, rivers; they all offer certain aplomb to my life. It's beautiful to stand on a beach and look out over the ocean's horizon. It's like standing at the edge of the world. The sound of waves is comforting but also a reminder of the ocean's significance. 

How did CWT come into your life? 
Almost a decade ago, before Chippy's inception,  I had a sort-of pop wedding in a tree house. Julie made my bouquet and arrived on site before close family and friends to decorate the space with handmade bunting and fresh-cut flowers. At the time when my husband and I planned our vows they were a step-up from a courthouse elopement, and I was thankful to have a friend who has the care and forethought to do something like that without ask. 

And at Julie's wedding where I was a birdsmaid, Stella directed us during set-up the morning of the ceremony, and that's when I first heard of their idea for CWT. In the weeks prior, Julie and Stella had collected gorgeous vintage pieces for the reception like the peacock chairs and the very first chippy white table. The final effect was quite stunning, and everyone was very complimentary. All of those added details later became signature earmarks of early Chippy. Afterward, there was a resolve between them where they saw a possible future based on their concept. It's magical to look back on having known them for such a long time and witness what they've built solely on their passion for others and creativity. As CWT grew, there was a need for more website content. It was a natural progression to fill that role, and I've been on a ride with the Chippy Chicks ever since.