Inspired by a love and passion for all things vintage, Chalk Farm, named for the London tube stop, is the creation of its owner, Jennifer Rae Beck. A longtime resident of
Manhattan, and a stage and television actress, Jennifer moved 12 miles west to Montclair, NJ in 2006, after falling in love with the historic town’s old homes and mid-western feel.
A self-professed lover of tag sales and flea markets, Jennifer accumulated boxes of vintage objects and notebooks full of magazine clippings before she decided to take the plunge and open her own shop. Inspired by her distinct sense of style and the antique and vintage treasures she’s acquired on her many travels, Jennifer opened Chalk Farm’s doors in September 2007, and the store became a much-loved treasure trove for residents of Montclair and beyond.
The ever-changing collection of merchandise included farmhouse benches, bedding by Elizabeth Allen Atelier, slipcovered furniture, French and Swedish antiques, apothecary jars, vintage garden urns, and coffee table books. Chalk Farm also featured a sublime children’s section filled with vintage baby items, as well as children’s toys, bedding and gifts.
In August of 2011, Chalk Farm marked a huge change when Jennifer and her family crossed the country to put down roots in Southern California. Her new online shop has a following of customers from all over the world, including many of Hollywood’s celebrity clientele. Her styling and photography work has been featured in Inspiration Vintage magazine, Homebound magazine and Souvenir magazine.
She reside in Westlake Village, California where she lives with one husband, 3 children, and two welsh corgis.