Monday, July 22, 2013

Shopping Local….Tancredi & Morgen Carmel Valley


Tancredi & Morgen in my mind is in a class by itself.  I have been in shops in the Napa and Sonoma Valley, Italy, Santa Barbara, and Maine.  Quite honestly I have never been in a shop that compares to Tancredi & Morgen.  The best part is it is in my own backyard .   I have known Marsha and Roger Aldis for over twenty years and I appreciate the incredible amount of effort it takes to maintain the level of excellence that they have managed to achieve year after year.
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  I don’t always get by as often as I like but every single time I walk through the door I am awestruck.  Marsha Aldis is quite honestly one of the most creative creatures on earth.  Occasionally I will be patting myself on the back ( so to speak) for something I am particularly happy with and then I walk in her shop and am completely humbled.
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Let’s see…she designs her own clothes (she was a apparel designer at one point by the way). I have several of her shirts hanging in my own closet. She also stocks a few bohemian boutique brands that strike her fancy from time to time.
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She designs the most incredible pillows.  I still have some of her earlier creations in my own home.  I have had this pillow for probably 15 years and I still love it. It resides in my newly updated guest room at the moment.
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She combines vintage fabrics with new to create one of a kind pillows that are in a class by themselves. Her latest creations are a mix of vintage suzani’s , crazy quilt pieces, and whatever else she finds interesting.  I came looking for pillows for a client and left craving several for my own home.
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While Marsha creates magic with her textiles Roger scours the globe for one of a kind treasures for the home and garden.
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If you visit the Monterey Peninsula a trip to their shop is a must.  You can keep up with what is happening and find directions here http://www.tancredimorgen.com/tancredimorgen.com/HOME.html. The Christmas season is a particularly delightful time to visit as Marsha creates one of a kind ornaments that can be treasured year after year. My tree is filled with them.
Christmas Time at Tancredi & Morgen







Tancredi & Morgen
above images via the art of nothing

13 comments:

  1. I could definitely spend some time and money in this gorgeous boutique if only I lived near there. So much creativity and I love the combination of the vintage fabrics on the cushions.
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  2. What a cool and eclectic shop! Thanks for sourcing Tancredi & Morgen. I'm saving this for a future trip. It's been too long since I've visited your area, Cindy. Tom's niece is spending her honeymoon there now.
    Take care,
    Loi

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  3. What a great looking shop. You can tell they really love what they do. I wish it was a little closer so I could visit! Thanks for letting us know about it!

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  4. I would love to visit the Monterey area...her shop looks wonderful and she is so talented...

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  5. Perfection. Our first stop on a trip planned in January. And just a block or two from Valley Hills Nursery!

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  6. Lovely. Wish I could see it in person.

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  7. Cindy I would love to visit!! What extraordinary talent! Thank you!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designers Series

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  8. Very talented indeed! Lots of temptation here and your pictures are wonderful. I will be bookmarking this post! We've spent lots of time in the Monterey and Carmel area ( beautiful countryside!) and I will make sure to stop by the next time we are there.

    xxleslie

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  9. Hi Cindy, I have been a fan of Tancredi and Morgen since they were featured in Victoria magazine years ago...always fashion forward, and ahead of their time...as a former shop owner,I know the demands of shop keeping and the need to always re-invent yourself to keep your customers coming back...they are pros at what they do...how lucky you can drop in any time...I am envious! N.xo

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  11. i really must check out the shop in maine.
    i am off to find it!

    xx

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  12. Cindy I love this shop! So nice to see you feature it! I always try to stop here on my way to Carmel. I also have bought some things I treasure here. I bought my boys the most darling wool blankets with maps on them (from Austria I think) they carried. We still have them and I'm sure they will be heirlooms one day. I just wish there were more stores and folks who have such a great eye for the unique items as they do! Those kind of shops are getting ever fewer and far between!

    Great post!

    xxKim

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  13. Oh my gosh, i was hoping to find that this shop was in Paso...! fabulous! I notice that they carry the Votivo rustic candles, those are the best!

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