Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We started a Blog!!

Chartreuse has now decided to catch up with the 21st Century!!! So we have started a Blog and Facebook this week. We have been discussing starting one of these for awhile now, but we finally bit the bullet. We will be giving design ideas along with showing new products as they arrive. Check in often to see whats new and improved at Chartreuse.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Meet Allison, Owner of Chartreuse!

This story begins with Allison working at a law firm while going to design school.  She is 18 and she does not like working at a law firm.  A fellow student in design school tells her about Wendy and her fab store Chartreuse.

The young girl that she is, Allison shows up at Chartreuse to meet Wendy without an appointment and with portfolio in hand, patiently waits three hours to speak to her.

Wendy is hesitant.  The girl is young, with braces, but to this day claims "there was just something about her."  She hires Allison because she knows that one day she is going to be fabulous, and keeps her behind the scenes doing office type duties while she shows her the ropes.

The day finally comes for Allison to work with the wonderful clients of Chartreuse, and with the help of Wendy, her taste in design is polished and refined. Thirteen years later, Allison and her husband, Matt, purchased Chartreuse as Wendy moved on into a life of travel and quality time spent with her husband, sons, family, and friends! Allison appreciates clean lines and monochromatic color schemes mixed with pops of color and interesting artwork.  You can contact her at

Meet Wendy, Founder and Owner of Chartreuse Home Furnishings

Wendy founded Chartreuse on the fundamental principles of offering unique furnishings for your home at great prices, while providing outstanding customer service. Chartreuse was opened in 2001 in a 1500 square foot office space, and within a year grew beyond even Wendy's wildest dreams. She runs the store with the same passion she has for life, seeking out unique and funky pieces that will add charm and style to her client's homes and lives.

Wendy is a self-taught interior designer, graphic designer, sewer, photographer and world traveler. She has lived in fourteen different places and traveled to far off places such as Bangkok, Indonesia and Bangladesh. She has always followed her interests with zest and zeal, and because of that she has a well-rounded outlook on interior design. Wendy's design aesthetic tends to lean towards monochromatic, neutral color schemes that have a calming effect. She adds a touch of whimsy to a room in the unexpected attention to details, be it a re-purposed bird cage or a unique statuette. She likes it fun, funky and functional. Actually, don't we all?

Meet Nickie!

One of our primary goals here at Chartreuse is to provide excellent customer service and that is exactly why we brought Nickie Fox in about 2 years ago! With her background in fashion retail as a manager at Nordstrom, we knew she would be a perfect addition to our team. Everyone loves our little "newbie" and Nickie loves working the floor here in the store! 

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