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Janet Metzger: Creating a whimsical atmosphere with art

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When you first walk into the Empty Nest on Main Street in Old Town Warrenton, you get a warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling from the plethora of laces, pastels and cute kitschy vintage decorations. The woman behind this adorable haven is arguably the Martha Stewart of Warrenton, Janet Metzger. A true artist at heart, Metzger dabbles in painting, repurposing vintage pieces, sewing and refurbishing furniture. Her shop is a showcase of her creativity and knack for modern vintage style. The Empty Nest is a mecca for local crafters and provides a soothing, happy atmosphere for the community. “One of our customers came in one day and she seemed a little down,” said Metzger. “We asked her what was wrong and she said that she just came from the hospital. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She just wanted to come to the shop, because she said that this was her ‘happy place.’” (Look for the rest of the story in this week's Fauquier Friday.)