Wednesday, January 27, 2016


This past weekend seemed like the perfect time to head to Nashville, a city that's been on our bucket list. We had planned on attending the big flea market held there once a month and celebrate my husbands birthday eating barbecue, drinking bourbon and listening to great music.

The rare snowfall almost paralyzed Nashville with only 4 inches falling but causing many closures and cancellations including the flea market!! We still had a fantastic time because nothing stopped the music and, as always on our trips, the great people made the difference.

A nice hotel doesn't hurt either and we made the right move booking the beautiful Hermitage Hotel, recently renovated in early 2005.

Italian marble columns and walls anchor the elaborate moldings. During the latter part of the 1900's the hotel fell into disrepair. The ceiling had been painted over many times. A female artist was hired to "Michelangelo style" scrape away the paint on her back and restore all the details to their original paint colors.

The results are spectacular surrounding the magnificent original stained glass window.

The grand ballroom continues to be the coveted venue for the most exclusive weddings and events.  Portraits hang of noted historical Tennesseans including Andrew Jackson. In the early 1900's William Howard Taft held a fundraiser here described as "an elegant and extravagant meal with music accompaniment by the Royal Hungarian orchestra" where the price was $7.00 a plate!! Nowadays $7.00 probably buys you a big meal at McD's !!

It must have been such fun designing the furniture for such a soaring opulent lobby. The chairs looked like something from Beauty and the Beast with those wings!!

We were told the men's bathroom at The Hermitage is "one of the top ten bathrooms in the US" so, of course Denise and I had to sneak in. The architect, JE Carpenter was hired to build this Beaux Art style hotel as a symbol of status. Carpenter, a fan of Art Deco design, felt the only place to feature his favorite style without taking away from The Hermitages grandeur was the men's room. Terrazzo floors anchor green and black glass banded walls, tapered base sinks and a shoe shine platform where, if you pick up the French phone, a porter promptly arrives to give you a shine to this day. The new mirrored door to the left hides the former speakeasy that is said leads to a tunnel connecting the Capitol building across the green. Love this historical and beautiful Art Deco bathroom.

What else could we do when the snow cancelled the flea market...pump iron!

Everything seems to be 4-5 blocks away and it didn't take us long to fall into Tootsie's, a Nashville institution. At 10:30 in the morning bloody Mary's and live music were just what we needed to get in the country mood. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is a world famous honky-tonk bar opened by Hattie Louise "Tootsie" Bess in 1960. She was well known for her generosity towards struggling musicians and the live music plays on on 3 different floors in the rustic bar. It is known that she had a cigar box full of IOU's behind the bar from all the meals and money she handed over to the hungry writers and musicians over the years. Gifted musicians looking to be discovered play with no pay all over town so bring your dollar bills if you go for the tip bucket. Many a country music legend have manned the mike at Tootsie's and you never know who you will see there.
"Coal Miner's Daughter" was filmed inside Tootsie's.

The fun neon signs all over town could fill a book.

Kitsch and the friendly people created the festive mood.

Roger's shirt became the conversation starter cute are these 2?? I mean, three!!

The Johnny Cash museum was great, small with a really nice coffee bar. (Delicious cookies too!)

We got tickets last minute to The Grand Ole Opry . I now know the Opry is a weekly stage concert radio show complete with the smooth voiced announcer reading Cracker Barrel ads. It was GREAT! Each performer does about 3 songs while the crowd has a few beers and enjoys the show. There was even a good comedian who did 5-6 minutes.


The headliner was Vince Gill who, after sharing with us his close friendship with just deceased Eagles founder Glenn Frey, found it very difficult to sing Desperado without getting overwhelmed with emotion. It was a touching and intimate moment.

The next night the band was great at Tootsie's. Within seconds of them announcing Roger's birthday a gift beer arrived from the people at the next sweet. We made new friends and really enjoyed this talented group. Tina, on the violin and vocals was amazing. For a $20.00 tip they play any requests and didn't disappoint Rog when with an excellent rendition of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". She climbed up on the table and had those strings burning!!!

She came over for a hug with the birthday boy!

The best meal I ever had was at Etch MUST GO!
Top right- grilled lamb loin, pomegranate walnut sauce, lemon black olive tapenade, confit pearl onions, Tunisian poached apricots, mint relish and grilled okra.
Bottom left - crispy potato salad, mustard dressing, chimichurri roja and verde
Bottom right-Venison with chili spiced sweet potato, herb goat cheese, ancho plum jam, smoked apple purée, cashew butter, okra.
Top Left wasn't at Etch but was Roger's breakfast at the hotel. Tennessee Jack breakfast sandwich. Jack Daniel's whiskey infused toast, pan fried eggs, jowl bacon and tomato gravy.


The blizzard that hit the east caused our return flight to be cancelled so we had to rent a car and drive 14 plus hours home on Sunday.  Thankfully my brother in law and husband took turns driving while I stuffed popcorn in my mouth and we kept busy in the back seat. John Denver came on the radio around the right time. I called out all the passing antique mall signs but no one paid attention.

Rogeeeee!! Certainly one birthday present my husband didn't expect!  After driving alongside the state trooper for miles Rog had just said "shouldn't this guy stop for donuts about now". Apparently not until he gave his autograph to Rog.

I LOVED Nashville and think if you are looking for a great weekend trip it's a must do! Preferably not in the winter. Thank you Nashville for not disappointing us even with the snowstorm.  I'll be back!

 At GREATHOUSE we are making room for all the continued deliveries and marking down many pieces. The ones, below are 50% and are just some of the sale items we now have. We ship nationwide so please contact me with inquiries.

Great for a girls or guest room is this vintage desk. The hardware is cool.
H 30, w 39 1/2 d 19 1/2. Marked down to $295.00

A statement piece!! Stunning 19th century Swedish Secretary 2 part piece with curved notched shelves and drawers. Beautiful inlays and original hardware in that dreamy oystery white paint that is expected with good Swedish furniture.
H 77 w 44 d 19 originally $8,900.00 on sale $4,450.00

Graceful artisan porcelain vases. The turned neck has such movement and I love the soft texture glazed in soft green over white. These are also carried at ABC carpet and Home for a much different price point. When I purchased these the artist donated a portion of the sales to end childhood hunger in the that!
H 12 w 8. Originally $245 each on sale for $122 each

A vintage industrial metal desk/side table with a big drawer and functional shelf. H 31 1/4, W 27, D 22  originally priced $750.00 on sale $325.00

The aged brass mounted green metal trunk is an automobile trunk that would have been strapped on the back of the car. The hardware is so cool and now can be a side table, cocktail table or great in the mudroom.
H 14, w 30, d 19 originally $475.00, now $240.00

Vintage credenza/by Meier & Pohlman lacquered. 5 ample drawers and 2 cabinets this piece would make a great media cabinet.
H 32, w 52, d 18. Originally $3,200.00, now $1,600.00

Vintage carved occasional chairs, newly covered in a rich tonal herringbone .
H 34 W 23 d 21 originally priced $2300 for the pair , now $ 1150.00 for the pair.

In closing I would like to say I feel badly for those of you who have not signed up to follow on Instagram. We have been running big sales spontaneously (and will continue to) and I would love for all of you to have the opportunity to save big on our great inventory.....your support over the years is the reason we are able to have flash sales. Please take the time to sign up, it's easy and worth it and you can come to our happy hours as well or just be tuned into some of the fun we just have to share. Contact us....we can help!
      XOXO Bonny

Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.

GreatHouse Bonny Neiman   
12 Beechwood Avenue | Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It's our GreatHouse Gift Guide and fun holiday workshop sign up!

We've been busier than elves on Beechwood Road! This past weekend the entire town was full of holiday cheer as visitors enjoyed the great weather and many points of entertainment throughout town. It was hysterical whenever I looked out the window to see a horse and carriage clomping up the much fun! Thank you to Summit Downtown Organization for creating such a festive environment.

We have put together our
GreatHouse Gift Guide
featuring some of our favorite pieces carefully chosen for all the members on your shopping list.....lucky them!

Festive displays are adorned with Christmas ornaments and holiday soy candles, $34.00. Also featured, above, are our lucite coasters in malachite and leopard, $72.00 set of 4. Bone and horn creamy white boxes, $85.00-$175.00

For the hostess!
Artisan gold leaf soap dishes with French milled soaps, $42.00
Artisan gold leaf bowls and vases $48.00-$155.00
Vintage classical plate $65.00

For the special teacher in your life..
Artisan ceramic accessory trays $32.00 arrows, trees and bumblebees
Copper rimmed picture frames $28.00, $34.00

For the special exotic sweetie in your life...
Genuine ostrich leather clutch with hornback crocodile handle and dust jacket, $165.00

For the glamour girl...
Vintage perfume bottles, $65.00-$145.00
Pink lucite accessory box, $145.00
Vintage marble bird bath, $275.00
Vintage silver tray, $75.00
Vintage set of pastel cocktail glasses, $85.00
Vintage Christmas trees with mercury glass balls $235.00-$325.00
Vintage blue art glass bowl $120.00

For the art lover....
Vintage bronze dancers sculpture.  $ 245.00
Vintage metal head vase, $265.00
Upper left -vintage signed pen and ink drawing from France,1 of 3 $425 ea
Far right, framed mixed media(Circles) $695.00
Small oil paintings $95.00-$245.00

For the Foodie...
Vintage mortar and pestle $225.00
Black marble cheeseboard $54.00
White marble and wood cheeseboard $54.00
European linen kitchen/towels $24.00.dinner napkins $44.00 set of 4
Mother of pearl serving spoons $42.00 set of 4
Artisan pewter napkin rings $18.00 ea.

Not only the tree glitters!
Sissys jewelry has new arrivals with pieces totally drool worthy. Earrings start at $40.00 and necklaces shown are handmade with natural stones. Some have gold filled beads and hand carved bone feathers. The necklaces top left are sterling silver made with antique European sterling silver watch fobs! Gorgeous! Necklaces shown range from $95.00-$275.00.

For the mixologist, his bar will standout with unique vintage pieces. Here are just a few, pictured.
Vintage 3 decanter tantalus $295.00
Hotel silver wine/ice bucket $
Antelope horn bottle opener. $155.00
Vintage highball glasses in rack $245.00
Sterling flask $325.00

For the Christmas crazed!
Must have original vintage mugs make for a comical
Christmas morning, $22.00... A few pitchers too!
Vintage Christmas barware many sets varied pricing.
Antique handpainted mercury glass ornaments $18.00 ea.

Is he always cold??
In stock luxurious 60 X 72 faux fur throws, $375.00
And not too late to order in 3 different sizes and a dozen add'l fur choices.

Chunky knit throws, $275.00

For the that will be passed down for generations.
Antique steel mounted oak humidor with porcelain lining $ 325.00
Heirloom 19th century inlaid Turnbridge boxes $425.00-$545.00
Antique crystal finial$175.00
Antique gilded pin tray $75.00
Antique gilded fragments mounted on lucite, $95.00
 Antique round chinoiserie tray $165.00

Here is a bountiful example of one of our antique cutting boards making your cocktail hour look irrestible! About 5 available.

And lucky GreatHouse enthusiasts will enjoy creating their own glittering
winter cloche, Thursday evening December 17th at 6:30. It's always a fun experience to sip and create under the guidance of spirited and inspiring Matt Allegretta ....nicest guy around as he takes time from his busy career as display coordinator for Anthropologie to lead us in this hands on workshop. Space is limited so grab your bestie and call to register, 908-522-8900.
$55.00 covers your cloche cost.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in touch about the latest happenings at GreatHouse and to be in the know about our super special flash sales you will not want to miss!

Talk to you soon,
Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.
GreatHouse Bonny Neiman   
12 Beechwood Avenue | Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Holiday how to and sign up for our cloche workshop !!

Hi Friends,
   I was putting together the planters outside the store on Sunday and was showing passers by and thought you would want a replay of my "how to" blog. I added something different which I show at the end.

A few announcements as there is so many fun things going on I don't want you to miss anything.
Thank you to all for making our Giving Tuesday such a huge hit! It felt good to write a nice check to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital and send it off.
This Friday night kicks off the holidays in Summit! Stores are OPEN LATE with specials and we are hoping you and your date
"get your jingle on" with us for a sip and shop where one of our signature soy candles will be free with your $40.00 purchase. Luminaries will light the street with music and live singing through town with lots planned.
On Saturday starting at 1:30 it's kids day with crafts, stories, free hot chocolate, horse and carriage rides and, of course, Santa.
For more information go to

We are planning a do it yourself holiday container workshop on December 17th with our favorite creative genius, Matt Allegretta. This is a hands on workshop ($55.00) where you will be creating your own masterpiece to take home and be amazed with your own creativity!! LOL!!   Anything Matt is involved in is magical and fun!  Please call 908-522-8900 between 10:30-5:30 to register as space is very limited. our gift to you, we will be running super terrific flash sale specials thoughout the season that you will not want to miss. They will be 24 hours only and pictures and details will be posted exclusively on Facebook and Instagram.


My son came home this past weekend for his annual trip to "get the tree".  He is VERY "tree specific", lets call it, but I have to say he must be evolving because when he placed his find in the family room this year the size didn't warrant removing every piece of furniture from the room. HE LIKES IT BIG!!  He does a masterful job of placing each light and then scoots back to the city and I have 2 ladders around old tannenbaum for a month while I try and make it look less like Rockefeller Center and more like home....I truly LOVE Christmas but, probably like you, feel a little stressed with all the opportunities for fun. 

I showed a picture of the store planters last week on the blog and many of you commented on them so I thought I could give you a how- to with my own, above. Very easily done.

I went to our larger garden center and bought
Red branches
2 red artificial fruits I poked on green sticks from the gardencenter
2 picks of artificial magnolia leaves ( love the copper color)
Some cedar branches with seeds
Some cedar branches without seeds
Some evergreen boughs
3 "bricks " of oasis foam

Take the 3 bricks and place them hole side down in water, below

They absorb the water and also are easy to poke with stuff but so is dirt already in your pots.

Cut with a knife to fit.  The planter above is 12 inches in diameter

First the plain cedar

Then add some cedar with the seeds..

Then add the evergreen for some form

Then add the magnolias in the center...the brown color is a nice contrast...and then add.....

red sticks for height.  I really wanted full red berry sprays but they only had short ones.  When I cut them I noticed the garden center had  sprayed healthy branches....the branches weren't even dried out yet .

The should try and find plastic as in very cold weather the foam ones usually crack and show the white styrofoam underneath.

VOILA!! I must add that everything looks great in an antique real stone beautifully aged planter. EMAIL ME for pictures of planters I have available.

I placed an antler to bring a little lightness to it. Pinecones also look great!

 I added birch poles this year, this pic was a rainy day but I still love them.
For your holiday shopping convenience we are now open  
on Sundays too from 12-4 pm

Our window is sparkling with a winter wonderland display featuring our gorgeous vintage swan I scored years ago from a museum going out of business. The silver foil trees are from the 1960's!

Our gift table is full of treasures at terrific price points for everyone on your list.

Wonderful hostess and teacher gifts. French milled soap resting on an artisan hand gold leafed soap dish. Price $42.00.

Artisan ceramic trays, $32.00. Choose designs of an arrow,
full tree or bumble bee.

We have many sets of our popular vintage glasses and barware. Everyone loves to give and receive these one of a kind gifts.

Exotic ostrich skin bags with hornback crocodile wristlet, $225.00

Lucite coaster sets and decorative boxes and candles ...prices ranging from $34.00-$95.00
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in touch about the latest happenings at GreatHouse and to be in the know about our super special flash sales you will not want to miss!
Talk to you soon,
Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.
GreatHouse Bonny Neiman   
12 Beechwood Avenue | Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30