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Highlight of my Christmas Season- Meeting Matthew Mead and a blog giveaway

When I read on Facebook that Matthew Mead was going to make an appearance at one of my very favorite shops in the area, I was beyond excited. Yes, it was true. Matthew Mead was at Brissonte in North Reading on Saturday. Thank you Colleen Perry, owner of Brissonte for making this happen!

I grabbed a few of my holiday blog cards and headed out. I picked up a sandwich at Swiss Bakers in Reading and ate it in the car. I could not wait to get to Brissonte.

I did meet Matthew and his lovely wife, Jenny. And they are the most fabulous people. They are warm and interesting and easy conversationalists. Sharing tips on photography and great antique stores to visit in Concord, MA. I showed them photos of my tablescapes and my sister's live event paintings. And they were interested! After speaking to me a bit Matthew knew exactly my taste!

Matthew had set up a display in the store of holiday items. Of course, he is a stylist so everything was picture perfect!

A simple branch with dangling crystal can make a simple but sophisticated statement.

After I left the shop, I thought why didn't I buy some of those arrangements in the silver cups? They would have made perfect arrangements for upcoming parties I will attend.

Another example of elegance and simplicity. I can see these at each place setting at the Christmas table. Just lovely!

And yes that is purple transferware!  A nice change to traditional red and green for holiday dining.

I like the purple with the silver. Again, very sophisticated and stately looking. Well, purple is a royal color and also used in the Advent wreath.

Oh I adore acorns. Must be my love affair with Fall. Those platters were even more stunning in person.

Another view of the floral arrangements and a beautiful silver tray. We had a discussion about sterling silver and using your good things every day. Don't save those pretties just for special occasions!

Yes I was enjoying the trunk show. So many nice items from Matthew's collection.

And pretty linens too! Inspiring me to do more with my tablescapes than just the lighted tablerunners
I use at each gathering. Matthew did think the lighted runners were cool.

Ok, last photo of the display. I had to do some shopping at this point. And I did not want to hog all of his time. Actually I did, but that would be selfish.

Jenny took a photo of us and I purchased all of his magazines and he signed them for me. I can't wait to tear through them and immerse myself in Matthew's magical world.

And there's a bonus for my readers too! Matthew gave me an extra copy of his Holiday with Matthew Mead magazine and he signed it!


So I am accepting entries via your comments on this post. Please comment on this post through Wednesday, December 17th. If you are leaving a comment as anonymous please post your email address. There are no rules other than leaving a comment. I will draw a winner on Thursday, December 18th and promptly post to you.  Best of luck!!

To read more about Matthew Mead click here.


Laura Jenkins said…
I have a few of his magazines and love, love his creativity! You are a lucky girl. What a fun and memorable day....I cannot wait to see one of your tablescapes that was inspired by Matthew!
You are one lucky gal!! He really has so much talent. Are his magazines available in stores now? I haven't sen them and I loved the heck out of he one I found a few years ago. Do you mind if I menti0on your giveaway on my next post? I'm hoping to blog tomorrow.

I really appreciated your comment on my friend The memorial was both sad, yet happy to reminisce about the good times with his family and friends.

Love the pic of you and MM. You are so cute and skinny...ha!!

Jane xx
Julia said…

Me ha encantado tu post, tienes cosas muy interesantes, felicidades por tu bloc. Te invito a visitar el mio, esta semana ponemos espíritu navideño en el exterior, espero que te guste. Ah! Si no eres seguidora deseo que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.Te espero en
Lady Courtney said…
Wow, so very envious! I have wanted to meet him forever! Further down here in the south, it's practically impossible to find his magazines! :) donna
redbirdv said…
How fun was this? TY for sharing! I loved meeting Matthew vicariously through you, + I smiled at your dining in the car en route! Glad I found your blog! Happy Christmas!
Cathy said…
Elaine, my favorite is the snow scene in the glass ornament and those white flowers with the greens in a glass were gorgeous! It shows that simplicity can really be a standout!
Anonymous said…
Since Matthew lives in NH, I assume the antique shops are in Concord, NH and not Concord, MA. Please clarify.
dulcey said…
Sounds like a wonderful meet up with Matthew! Thank you for sharing! I saw him at the Vintage Bazaar this fall, but was to shy to introduce myself and of course I had forgotten my camera to top it off.
Peggy M said…
Thank you for sharing! I particularly liked the purple dinnerware and silver acorn! My dining room and kitchen are purple and lavender! I love the magic of Matthew Mead! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
YOU MET HIM? How fabulous!

Greetings to New England! What an exciting time for you to meet up with a very accomplished and talented man. And thank you so much for coming by to visit and yes, inside is where all the magic happens. MUCH LOVE! Anita
Chatelaine said…
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Chatelaine said…
@Anonymous please leave an email address if you want to be included in the drawing. I have no way to contact you if you win.

Matthew and I discussed antique stores in Concord, MA. I live in MA not too far from Concord.
Sharon Hilts said…
I love Matthew Meads work. It is always fresh and simple yet spectacular. Have been a fan for many years.
Mz v said…
Matthew mead feels like my friend, though we've never met. I think he's beyond gifted. Thank you for your blog post and your generosity in sharing your extra copy. The happiest of the holiday season to you!!!!!
Salmagundi said…
I've been a follower of Matthew Mead for years, and would love a signed copy. Lucky you to spend time with him!! Sally
artistswriter said…
Fabulous, Elaine! Thank you for introducing me to a great stylist. At the risk of sounding like I live under a rock (I don't!! :-) ), I had not heard of him, but probably have seen his work in BHG, etc. I signed up to follow him! Just wonderful stuff!! Thanks so much!! Jane xo
Lori Ragalis said…
I didn't know who Matthew Mead was and was waiting for you to put more on your
blog. I loved the filled ornament snow scene. Thanks for sharing so much I always enjoy your adventures you share. Merry Christmas.....Lori Ragalis
Faye Hunt said…
Sounds like a wonderful time. Oh, how I wish I was back in New England.
Teresa Powell said…
I was at the event as well and you might remember you showed me your awesome tablet/camera. It was a pleasure to chat with you, Matthew and Jenny. I feel so blessed that Colleen was able to lure him to Brissonte. I can't wait to check out the antique stores in Concord especially the one you mentioned, Nesting on Main.
Shirley Elliott said…
He is such a creative person. I have not seen the most recent magazine in my area. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (
JoAnne said…
You had such an exciting day and so fun too. The magazine looks wonderful! Thank you, Elaine!
Robin Larkspur said…
I love Matthew Mead. How lucky you were to meet him. His magazines are always so inspiring, and so beautiful. I know I am too late for your giveaway, but just wanted to say how envious I am
Dawn Y. said…
So lovely to read about your visit with Matthew Mead. I have admired his work for so many years! Have fun taking all of his inspiration home with you! ♡

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