Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday Spotlight: Mary Alice from Chateau Chic

Kris from Junk Chic Cottage, and myself wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.
Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog.

Many of you already know her, but if you don't, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Mary Alice from Chateau Chic.  Kris and I both enjoy her blog-she is SO talented, and one of the sweetest people, too!  You're in for a real treat...
I was delighted when Susan asked me to be a guest
on her new Saturday Spotlight series. 

However, that means stepping out of my comfort zone for a bit...Yikes!!

So...let me tell you a little about myself.

My name is Mary Alice from Chateau Chic.
I met my husband, Bob, when I was out of college and teaching school.

Our first date was at the Shore in the beginning of June.
He proposed to me in July...and in August I was sporting a diamond ring.
Yup...he was smitten!!

We married "for better or worse, for richer or poorer,"
and I think we've experienced that whole spectrum in our 34 years.
Thankfully, our ups and downs drew us together instead of tearing us apart.

If you believe that opposites attract, then Bob and I are a perfect match.

I would describe myself as quieter, not liking to be the center of attention,
would prefer to spend an evening at home 
than go to a party with a lot of people I don't know.

 We seem to have a lot of those kinds of occasions
in my husband's line of work as a public policy consultant
One of those occasions a couple of years ago.

And Bob is just the opposite.

He is energized by people, whether or not he knows them.
He can converse on almost any subject...and likes to do just that.

I am definitely a nester.

I loved being a stay-at-home mom until our children left the nest.
Our middle son lives in Arlington, Virginia, and works in D.C.

Our oldest son and our daughter live and work in Manhattan.
My maternal grandmother introduced me to the world of antiques.
She frequented auctions back in the day
 when most people considered antiques junk.

She was also a collector...hmmm, I guess I come by that naturally.
My love for ironstone began when she passed on
some of her pretty pieces to me.
When it comes to decorating my home...

I am definitely not a minimalist.
 And I like favorite being blue.
Somewhere along the way I got sidetracked and
 ended up with two green bedrooms.
For the last several years, I've dabbled in selling
vintage furniture and accessories.

I love the hunt and setting up my booth.
One of the best side benefits of being a dealer is making friends
with so many kindred spirits along the way...
 kind of like blogging does for so many of us.
 I sell out of Rust & Feathers,
less than a mile south of the Lucketts Store.
Please stop by if you're in the area!

Thank you so much, Susan, for inviting me to share a bit about myself today.
Now if you enjoyed reading about Mary Alice, hop over to Kris's blog to read about Carol from Art and Sand!


  1. LOVED this post - such a great idea Susan ( I think I'm scheduled for 2 weeks - OMG I'm going to be sadly lacking after reading this!!!
    Loved getting to know more about you Alice - what gorgeous photos!
    I'm going to be sadly lacking in that department to LMHO.......
    Have a wonderful wknd - both of you!

  2. Very sweet post... Lots of neat finds in these photos.

  3. What a sweet photo of you and your husband! I enjoyed reading all about you MaryAlice.Yes I am a homebody too.I guess that is why I love changing things around my home so much LOL.

  4. It was fun learning more about the nice woman behind her very beautiful house. And nice that it led me to this blog that was new to me!

  5. How fun this was to learn more about Mary Alice! I already follow her blog and think she has such great style. I never knew she was the "quiet type". Her husband sure is handsome in his tux!! Sounds like a great lady and a lucky one too with her beautiful home and family.

  6. Great post. If I am ever in the area mar Luckett's again, I will definitely visit.

  7. Mary Alice was one of the first people who wrote a comment on my blog. I love to read her blog and enjoy exchanging comments with her.

    Thanks to both you and Kris for this new feature. I can't wait to see who you showcase next week.

  8. I love this new feature Susan, and love seeing Mary Alice's sweet face! There are so many things about our blogging friends that we just don't glean from blog posts. Didn't realize you had a space, Mary Alice. LOVE it!

  9. I loved learning a little bit more about Mary Alice and I'm glad she stepped out of her comfort zone to share some of her private live. What a handsome family you are all around! You can be sure I'll be heading to her booth the next time I'm in her area!

  10. It was great to find out more about Mary Alice. I do love her blog and she always find sweet ways to encourage me with mine. I love your blog too. It is one of my favorites. I am a lover of ironstone. That we share in common as well as our passions for junkin', I prefer to call it pickin'.

  11. So nice to meet the bloggers this way, Susan - I'm really enjoying this theme you & Kris have started. And for anyone who will be featured (like Suzan Sweatman, who commented first)'s not about comparing, or fear for's about friendship and seeing how different, yet so similar, we all are. :) Just like all the house tours that are/were blogged's about the individual. Loved Mary Alice's interview.

  12. Susan...this is going to be such a great feature (And I can't believe my big moment is coming soon!). I've always enjoyed Mary Alice's blog and this was just like meeting someone you've only heard about and never met! What a warm and sweet lady behind the beautiful decor! I just loved this!


  13. lovely write up, mary alice:) your booth looks fabulous--awesome finds! (and your daughter is darling)

  14. I really enjoyed this post, it's great to learn a little more about people, who's blogs you like reading. I loved seeing her booth too, I'd love to own just about everything in it !

  15. This is a great idea...enjoyed getting to know her a bit more!

  16. Mary Alice
    Thank you so much for sharing some of the personal side of you. It is so sweet to see pictures of you and your family. It was so nice to get to know more about you

  17. Maria Alice, foi um prazer conhece-la melhor! Fiquei encantada! O meu inglês é muito fraco, por isso hoje deixo esta mensagem em português! Abraços para si directamente de Portugal!, Manuela.

  18. Oh, she is just wonderful!

    Great featured blogger, thanks!

  19. Mary Alice has a beautiful home and booth!! One of my favorites I love to follow~~Sweet Gal! Blessings~~~Roxie

  20. Susan, Mary Alice is one of those bloggers that every time I visit I am oohing and ahhing the entire time. I love how talented she is! Really a sweet gal too. Her and her husband sound just like me and mine, only the opposite. I love crowds, the more the merrier! He loves avoiding crowds. lol! I'm out going and he is quiet and shy. Yet he has a whacky sense of humor. I have taken him out of his comfort zone so many times that he's not quite so shy after 41 years of marriage. Tomorrow is our anniversary. Thanks for sharing more about Mary Alice!

  21. I loved reading about Mary Alice and seeing her lovely face and home!

  22. Mary Alice is such a sweet blogger, and her style is so charming and pretty. Seeing her with her handsome husband warms my heart! Glad you featured such a wonderful woman.


  23. Hi Susan,

    Your Saturday Spotlight is such a welcoming surprise to our weekend!

    Mary Alice, your beautiful blog was one of the very first to catch my eye with your talent for pretty vignettes and charming touches! Love your use of colour and texture and I never grow tired of seeing that gorgeous blue and red hutch! Thanks for the chat!


  24. Mary Alice...what a sweetheart! What amazing collections! I love how Mary Alice can decorate with a lot,.....but it fits the space just right! I adore that farm table in your booth Mary Alice, and would grab it if you lived closer!Came here via Carol at Art and Sand, a good pal of mine!

    Love this new series!

  25. It was wonderful reading about one of our favorite blog authors, Mary Alice. I love visiting her blog to see how she is able to incorporate all her vintage finds into her beautiful home. I only wish I was close enough to visit her space in Rust & Feathers!

  26. I just loved learning more about Mary Alice. Her blog is one of my favorites and she is so very kind all the time to me. What a lovely post about her family and it was a real treat! Thanks.


  27. Wow! I can't believe I haven't found Mary Alice's blog before. I want to KNOW her. What wonderful eye candy! Thanks for sharing her story. Patti@OldThingsNew

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  29. Lovely and interesting post! I love Mary Alice blog, and find her house gorgeous.
    It's been a pleasure reading about her story and watching the photos.

  30. I loved reading about Kris today...she has impeccable taste and it shows through her decor and her shop...I must have passed by her shop when I was in the area this past May! time I will be sure to stop by!..Thanks Susan for presenting Kris' story today...I so enjoyed reading it!

  31. What a fun post full of gorgeous treasures in Mary Alice's home and shop.

  32. I love Mary Alice! She has one of the loveliest homes in blogland! And she is the queen of vignettes.


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