Fabulous Finds

UncommonGoods… How Do We Love Thee?

Faux Bois Vase

Faux Bois Vase

Let us count the ways!  One – you provide a platform for artists and designers and half of what you sell is made by hand.  Two – you believe that it’s your responsibility to use your business to impact the world in a positive way.  Three – best of all, you offer unique and artisanal gifts that are created in harmony with the environment and without harm to living beings (people and animals alike!)  This Valentine’s Day, show your love by finding the perfect something for your perfect someone at UncommonGoods and better yet, make it personal with an initial or monogram.

We Have Chemistry Terrarium

We Have Chemistry Terrarium

Along with the faux bois vase and “we have chemistry” terrarium above, here are some of our favorites, guaranteed to make your loved ones smile…  A cutting board for the foodie who cooks up a storm…

Personalized Cutting Board

Personalized Cutting Board

and a molecular mixology kit for the life of every party…

Molecular Mixology Kit _ Mojito

Molecular Mixology Kit _ Mojito

Chakra bath salts for the pampered diva…

Chakra Bath Salts

Chakra Bath Salts

and a four season necklace for the stylish fashionista – these gifts will let your Valentine know they’re special!

Four Seasons Necklace

Four Seasons Necklace

Head on over to this wonderful site and let us know what you think!

P.S.  This post was written in partnership with UncommonGoods.

vase / terrarium / cutting board / mixology kit / bath salts / necklace

Floral Decor

The Fantastic Faux Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Celerie Kemble - The Kips Bay Designer Show House

Celerie Kemble – The Kips Bay Designer Show House

We were surprised to hear during the Atlanta gift show that the fiddle-leaf fig is the “it” tree for 2016… especially since we’ve been selling our faux version of ficus lyrata since 2010.  First seen in Celerie Kemble’s beautiful “lady’s study” at the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, our faux figs have graced many rooms, as well as the pages of top shelter magazines.

Deborah Martin Designs

Deborah Martin Designs

Sam Allen Interiors

Sam Allen Interiors

A native to western Africa, this versatile tree has a fresh, modern look that complements every style of decor and environment.  And while fresh fiddle-leaf figs can be quite finicky (note that they are members of the ficus family and we have yet to meet a real ficus that can survive our black thumbs!), ours have the added advantage of never dying.

Celerie Kemble Interiors

Kemble Interiors

Kemble Interiors

Kemble Interiors

Jane Beiles

Jane Beiles

Designers love our trees, not only for their realism (they’re made with natural wood trunks and branches – only the leaves are faux) but also for their ease of maintenance.  If kept out of direct sunlight and dusted often, no one will know the truth!  Sometimes faux is the way to go…

study / hall / living room / living room / bedroom / porch

Fabulous Finds

Have A Heart…

Heart Cocktail Ring

Heart Cocktail Ring

As January comes to a close, we’re reminded that Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away.  Time to think about some gifts for our loved ones (and ourselves!)  Since we just launched several designs on AHAlife, an online source for unique lifestyle products from around the world, we thought we’d head over there first.  After giving our fingers some love with the ring above, how about a pretty mandala pillow for the bed?

Mandala Petal Pillow

Mandala Petal Pillow

A bare wall seems so lonely without the perfect piece of art so we’re hoping to add this beauty to our collection – a painterly abstraction of a photographed bouquet by Robin Resch.

Floral Abstraction 3

Floral Abstraction 3

The men in our lives would appreciate something other than red boxers, so we think this dapper one of a kind origami bow tie will do the trick (made of paper, they’re also eco-friendly) and they can wear it while they mix us a botanically infused G & T!

Origami Heaven Beaux-Tie

Origami Heaven Beaux-Tie

Botanicals for Gin and Tonics

Botanicals for Gin and Tonics

And finally, to keep that New Year’s resolution of yoga once a week going, we’ll definitely be gifting ourselves this beautiful Sunset yoga mat – sun salutations never looked so go.

Sunset Yoga Mat

Sunset Yoga Mat

We hope you’ll take a look at all that AHAlife has to offer and while you’re there, please have a heart and vote for one of our designs by clicking this link – if we get 100 votes we may be featured in an upcoming gift guide!

ring / pillow / art / bow tie / mixers / mat

Inspirations

Take a Peak at Spring 2016

A Twist on Tradition

A Twist on Tradition

We’re thanking our lucky stars that the International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is actually a week later this year since we’re heading down today…  There’s no way we would have gotten our act together to sell our Spring/Summer 2016 collections without the extra time!  We’ve been told by our key accounts who saw the new designs at Tabletop last fall that they are some of the prettiest they’ve seen so we’re hoping they’ll be well received down south.

Pink Peonies in Marbleized Ceramic Vase

Pink Peonies in Marbleized Ceramic Vase

The Twist Bouquet

The Twist Bouquet

Drawing inspiration from one of our favorite new books, Modern Mix by our friend Eddie Ross, A Twist on Tradition is a collection of bouquets that are both traditional and contemporary at the same time.  Instead of arranging pink peonies in a classic blue and white Chinese porcelain container, why not use a marbleized ceramic vase?  Or tie up white and green tulips in bunches with natural raffia to create a more modern bouquet?  Even adding cut orchid blossoms to a composition can make it look fresh and current.

Lakeside Luxe

Lakeside Luxe

Casual yet chic, our new Lakeside Luxe collection strikes the perfect balance between the feeling of a summer’s day on the water and the elegance of a lakeside home.  The blue, green and white hued palette, combined with unique containers made of wood, sea grass and etched glass, helps capture the quiet essence of lakeside living.  Though designed with a lakeshore cottage in mind, these beautiful summer blooms are truly versatile and will complement many styles of décor.

Lakeside Luxe Bouquet

Lakeside Luxe Bouquet

Moth Orchid in Robe Ball Vase

Moth Orchid in Robe Ball Vase

We’d love to see if you you’re shopping the show so please stop by our booth #308 in High Design (Building 2, Floor 1) – we’ll be there through Monday!

dining room / peonies / twist / living room / bouquet / orchid

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Channeling Downton Abbey

Lady Edith, Countess Cora and Lady Mary

Lady Edith, Countess Cora and Lady Mary

Like many of you last Sunday night, we were glued to our televisions watching the first episode of the last season of Downton Abbey.  Having valiantly resisted the urge to download Season 6 illegally on our computers for a year, we stayed up beyond our usual weeknight bedtime (we do get up very early to get teenage boys off to school so please don’t judge!)  While we found the first episode a bit slow (they needed to wrap up lose ends with Anna and Mr. Bates and remind us of Mary’s wild week of romance), we so loved the Dowager’s one liners (“Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?) and the fashions.  Even Mary showed up wearing last year’s Marsala (Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year) looking lovely.

Jennifer Ouellette - Madonna Hat

Jennifer Ouellette – Madonna Hat

Kate Spade - New York Hat

Kate Spade – New York Hat

Given this week brutal change in temperature, we’re dedicating this fashion post to hats and pins – and hope that the ladies of Downton Abbey would approve.

Lanvin - Flower Brooch

Lanvin – Flower Brooch

Theo Fennel - Dragonfly Pin

Theo Fennel – Dragonfly Pin

Stazia Loren - Floral Brooch

Stazia Loren – Floral Brooch

Are you a fan?  Let’s us know what you thought of the fashions…

Happy “Flapper” Friday!

blue cloche / cream cloche / flower brooch / dragonfly pin / floral brooch

Inspirations

Sweet 2016!

Balloon Bash

Balloon Bash

Even though we’re swearing off all temptations and forgoing desserts and wine this month, we’d still like to raise our glass to a very sweet 2016!

Cheers!

Cheers!

So here’s to a year filled with beauty, blessings…

Perfect Petit Four

Perfect Petit Four

Gilded Donuts

Gilded Donuts

and of course, blooms.

Pretty Petals

Pretty Petals

Beautiful Blooms

Beautiful Blooms

Wishing you all the very best this year!

balloon arch / cocktails / petit four / donuts / peonies / blooms