Fabulous Finds

Bamboo-zled

Gucci - Spring 2016

Gucci – Spring 2016

While some say that bamboo is back, we’re wondering if it ever went out of style.  Even Gucci has revived it’s iconic curved bamboo handles in the company’s Spring 2016 collection of handbags and totes.

Arme de L'Amour - Ring

Arme de L’Amour – Ring

Juliska - Classic Bamboo Dinnerware

Juliska – Classic Bamboo Dinnerware

This signature handle design first appeared just after World War II in 1947 when the world was still rationing resources.  Bamboo cane could still be imported from Japan so the artisans at Gucci developed a patented method to heat and bend the material and ta-da, the Gucci Bamboo Handbag was born.

Seda France - Malaysian Bamboo Candle

Seda France – Malaysian Bamboo Candle

Wisteria - Bamboo Pagoda Mirror

Wisteria – Bamboo Pagoda Mirror

The bamboo handle was so interesting and innovative that it became an instant hit and was carried through the 1960′ and 70’s as an integral part of the brand.  And now it’s back gracing a range of bags printed with pretty petals.  Bamboo is not only showing up in fashion accessories but also in home decor and here are some of our favorites!

Jonathan Adler - Bamboo Wallpaper

Jonathan Adler – Bamboo Wallpaper

Not that we’re trying to bamboozle you…

bag / ring / plates / candle / mirror / wallpaper

Friday Favorite

Friday Favorite: Pure Joy Paperie

Pure Joy Paperie

Pure Joy Paperie

Our Friday Favorite comes just in time for all your spring party planning!  We’ve known Liz Joy for quite some time and have followed her transformation from newlywed blogger (she was Shorely Chic when we first met) to mother of two and designer of pretty paper goods.  She’s also a neighbor of ours and it seems that the only time we have to catch up with her these days is in the aisles of Trader Joe’s.

California State Print

California State Print

Her Beauty Will Follow Print

Her Beauty Will Follow Print

So we were thrilled to learn through her new blog, Pure Joy Home, that she just launched a new website for her joy-filled paper products, Pure Joy Paperie.  Her collection includes stationery and invitations, art prints, and address stamps; each charming design is filled with color and life.  Liz has also added fabulous lucite trays to her line with custom inserts you can mix and match.  Our favorite is her flamingo print – perfect for summer entertaining.

Birthday Invitation

Birthday Invitation

Peace Love Joy Stamp

Peace Love Joy Stamp

We have a couple of graduation parties to plan, along with a grandparent’s milestone 80th birthday celebration so Liz, you’ll be hearing from us soon!

Lucite Tray

Lucite Tray

Happy joyful Friday to all and let us know what you think of Liz’s designs.  Oh, and her blog is worth a read, too.

state print / art print / invitation / stamp / tray

 

Floral Decor

Spring Blooms in The Pages of BHG

Fall in Love with BHG!

Fall in Love with BHG!

Leave it to Stephen Orr, flower fanatic and garden guru, to brighten our gray February days with a beautiful March issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  It’s easy to fall in love with color and we’re especially fond of springtime hues like pinks, yellows, purples and blues.  And nothing gets our spring fever going than flowering bulbs that we can grow inside while Old Man Winter overstays his welcome.

Hyacinths, Tulips and Pansies

Hyacinths, Tulips and Pansies

Blossoming Bulbs

Blossoming Bulbs

Stores like Terrain and Trader Joe’s are bursting with potted bulbs which you can transplant into pretty vases and vessels.  Line them up on a windowsill or down the middle of your dining room table and dream of spring days to come.

Tulips and Muscari

Tulips and Muscari

And while you’re getting your hands dirty, why not try a craft project?  We think these DIY marbleized terracotta pots are charming when paired with daffodils and would make great Easter presents for family and friends.

Eater Table

Eater Table

DYI Marbleized Pots

DYI Marbleized Pots

How are you counting down the days ’til spring?

Flowers

Before and After: Michael Smith and GMA

George and Michael

George and Michael

What do you do when Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest calls late on a Friday afternoon in December asking for designs for a photo shoot the following Monday?  You say, “Yes, of course!  What can we send you?”  And then, when you hear that the designs are actually for Michael Smith’s makeover of George Stephanopoulos’ office at Good Morning America, you jump up and down and clap!  At least, that’s what we did…

George's Office - Before

George’s Office – Before

George's Office - Before

George’s Office – Before

Last Friday, the office makeover was revealed on GMA (see the video here) and for once, we got to see the show live thanks to a snow day.  The “before” pictures reminded us a college dorm room gone very bad…

George's Office - After

George’s Office – After

George's Office - After

George’s Office – After

Mini Tea Leaf Topiary

Mini Tea Leaf Topiary

With a bit of Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, a patterned Stanton rug and rich mahogany Ralph Lauren furniture, Michael magically transformed the dank 10 by 16 foot hovel into a serene space befitting a news anchor and former White House Communications Director.  We think our lifelike designs add the perfect natural touch and George won’t even need to water them!

P.S.  We’re taking a little break from blogging this week as we spend some quality time with our boys – two of whom will be off to college in no time.

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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