Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shop Til You Drop - Brambles

Last Friday I drove to northern Virginia to do some scouting shots of two homes for a magazine.  I was also lucky enough to visit a wonderful shop called Brambles located in Occoquan, Virginia.

The historic town of Occoquan is charming and dates back to the 1700s.  Situated along the Occoquan River, this bustling town is rich in history.  But today, instead of tobacco warehouses and cotton mills, you'll find wonderful specialty shops, antique stores, and great places to dine!  It's the perfect place to spend the afternoon browsing the eclectic mix of merchants and enjoying lunch or dinner.

Brambles is owned by Sharon and Dan Prophet.  The store is filled with what Sharon calls "Artful Necessities for the Home and Garden."  I love that phrase, and who doesn't need artful necessities to fill their home and garden?!  And Sharon doesn't just sell some of the items in her store, she also creates them!

The store is full of her wonderful artwork, such as the painted shutter pictured above.

And although Sharon also creates one of a kind pieces of hand painted furniture, she can't seem to keep them in the store!  They are sold just as quickly as she can make them!

Along with Sharon's own personal creations, Brambles has lots of other wonderful wares to offer. I love these fabric hearts made from vintage inspired fabrics and adorned with antique buttons and beautiful ribbon!

The store has a romantic European feel to it with something for everyone. This crystal candle chandelier would be perfect in a dining room, or can't you just picture it hanging from a rose covered arbor providing soft candlelight for dining al fresco?! 

Brambles also carries beautiful upholstered furniture, available in a wide variety of styles and fabric choices.

I fell in love with this beautiful blue and white chair the moment I saw it.  I think it would be a great comfy chair for curling up in to read a book or favorite magazine!

Upholstered pieces aren't all you'll find at Brambles, there is a wonderful assortment of wooden furniture for sale as well, such as the handsome farm table above!  You'll also find plenty of painted furnishings scattered throughout the shop!

And if you're in the market for accessories, you won't be disappointed! I think the label on this apothecary jar says it all!

You'll also find beautiful faux flowers, like these lovely tulips, at Brambles!  And this little trio of hand painted heart shaped boxes are the perfect way to say I love you to someone special!

These Kitras Art Glass ornaments are one of a kind works of art, each with it's own theme.  While I was photographing the shop a woman came in to purchase one as a wedding gift.  She said that she always buys one of these unique glass orbs to represent the season in which the couple marries.  What a great idea!

But Brambles doesn't just sell things to adorn your home and garden! You can also find plenty of beautiful things to adorn yourself with, like these beautiful handcrafted silk scarves and floral pins!  I love how Sharon has the pins displayed on an old wire dress chic!

This cameo brooch would add elegance to any outfit!

As though the jewelry wasn't pretty enough by itself, the way Sharon has it displayed makes it even more special.  I love the way she has some of the pieces tucked inside a vintage piece of luggage!

Everywhere you turn there is something special to look at! From the fragrant Rosy Rings candles, to the beautifully presented accessories!

Sharon and her husband Dan have an eye for exceptional pieces such as this gorgeous mirror.  The frame came from an old building in Belgium and they had mirrors cut to fit the frame!  I love this piece, and think it would make a statement in any style home!

I had a wonderful day meeting Sharon, she even took me out for a delicious lunch and to the home of one of her best customers where I got to see more of her beautiful hand painted pieces of furniture!

And I want to thank both Sharon and Dan for letting me photograph not only their store, but also their home!  *Fingers Crossed* you might just be seeing their lovely home, and the equally lovely home of her customer Lisa, in an upcoming issue of a magazine!  I'll let you know more about the magazine articles in the near future!

So if you're lucky enough to live near Occoquan, Virginia why not pop in to Brambles and have a look for yourself, and please tell Sharon and Dan that Kat from Low Tide High Style says hello?!  Or better yet, why not plan to take a trip to visit this historic town?!  And be sure to head in to nearby Washington D.C. to take in all of the wonderful sights the area has to offer!


  1. Oh, I would be in there for hours....

  2. Kat, thanks for sharing this beautiful shop. I wish I lived close by I would certainly check it out. Maybe one day we will rent a RV and make a trip to Nantucket and go through D.C. and pop over to Virginia. Some day!!

  3. Such wonderful eye candy. What a fabulous shop. Thanks for taking us along for the tour. Hugs, Marty

  4. Kat,
    Thanks for taking us shopping with you...great little shop! I have been trying to find some time to go by some neat shops here at the beach and show all of you...maybe I will get around to it this week.


  5. Kat,
    Such a great place. Thanks for taking us along. Wouldn't you love to own a shop like that? Especially if you really didn't have to worry about sales.
    Dream on...

  6. What a fabulous store! I absolutely LOVE the mirror from Belgium! Wouldn't that look beautiful in my bedroom inspired by the Lady of Shallot? I have not found a really neat store like that in my town here in Florida! I love a store with new and antique items! ♥

  7. A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. What an absolutely wonderful store, thanks so much for sharing. Sharon and Dan must be in heaven - always being surrounded by beauty that they themselves have created. Ciao, bella!

  8. Great photos from this wonderful shop. Thanks for telling us a little about the town. Sounds like somewhere I'd like to visit and would make a good day trip.

  9. Great shop and I see many goodies I would like to take home. I'll check this out next time I head to northern Virginia.

  10. Hi Kat ~ What a FUN day you had poking around and taking FABULOUS shots for LTHS and the magazines. I'll take the chandelier and the mirror with the frame from Belgium! Come and visit me as I've tagged you on my page : ) xx P&H PS: I'm strolling over to Bramble, now....!

  11. I always enjoy store tours but oh my are they tempting. Thanks for that one; wish I were closer! Best, Jane F.

  12. What a fabulous store to spend the better part of a day in...I would love that slip-covered chair and sofa.

  13. I would stay in there for hours just drooling over all the wonderful things inside. I love all the soft colors and the artwork is devine.

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing.


  14. That looks like a beautiful town and I'm completely with you on that blue and white armchair.

  15. What a pretty store - so many lovely things. That mirror made from an old Belgian window was the one that especially caught my eye. You must be so tempted to buy everything in sight going to all the lovely stores you have featured.

  16. What a cute little shop!!
    I love that pink flower bracelet!! So cute:)

  17. Looks like a great store! Wish I could go shop there:) Thanks for the tour.

  18. Oh my...this is one of those stores that needs a DANGER sign out front for me. I would be in such trouble with all these gorgeous choices. Loved the tour!

  19. What a lovely many goodies! The town is so charming!

  20. Kat, can you email me at and explain to me how to use for my giveaway. I have looked at it until I am blue in the face.

  21. Ooh, I have that same fabric as the blue and white chair. What a lovely shop and lucky you for visiting. Thanks for posting such lovely pics.
    K xx

  22. Oh the way she displayed the roses on that dress form and the Belgium framed mirror! So much eye candy there, I would be there for hours! Would love to visit a town with so much history too, wow 1700's that would be a great place to see. ~Lili


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