Archive for March, 2011
It’s all about beautiful old world luxury. I love Sferra linens. Opened in 1891, in Venice, Italy, Sferra has always been known for their quality and elegant design. Kelly Wearstler livens up their traditional design, but always in keeping with their tradition.
Maybe one day she will do baby bedding.
In the shop this week came the Sferra order. Great classics. Hand embroidered quilts from Italy.
Super soft cotton flannel crib blankets..
And of course the cashmere bambino blanket…
I even love the tag on the cashmere blanket.
With another snowfall last night, we still need these warm blankets!
I have been working with a lovely client who subtly shows her refined Texas roots and her flair as a jewelry designer. We have been working on her daughter’s room. The design is a bit in the transitional phase. The toddler is quickly moving into the world of a big girl. We planned for a future bed, nightstand and desk. For now it works for her age. She loves to sit and read with her mom on the double glider. She loves her crib. And she loves her dollhouse.
We wanted a timeless design that the little girl could grow with. The carpet is a delicate pink and green lattice by Schumacher.
There was much discussion about the window treatments. The client wanted very soft formal treatments. We exactly translated her wish. I so love the chandelier that was chosen. When she saw the electrican putting toThe client had to take out her jewelry making tools to put it together. It is perfect.
For the window treatments, we decided on a Hinson & Co. fabric and splurged a bit on the Schumacher trim.
We did a fairly large bulletin board that will eventually hang over a desk.
I love the pushpins the client found. Made from vintage earrings…
The bookshelf was custom Newport Cottages. The metal fairies that flank the venetian mirror are vintage. I am not sure where the fairies came from. Maybe they were a part of a weather vane. I purchased them from an antique mall in Ohio. It is the unexpected element in the room.
On the bookshelf are crystal lamps from the ’50s. We purchased the vanity tray on ebay. It reminded the client of her grandmother. The vintage porcelain southern bell is actually a music box.
For now it is room for a little girl. I will take more pics of this room as it evolves into a room for a big girl.
Yesterday was a busy day in NYC. I had to meet a client at a showroom. Then went off to 2 trade shows and ended the day talking with my embroidery guy about a project.
The highlight was a small international kids trade show in Soho.
Really, really small companies showing their products. It felt a little like an etsy exhibition. The exhibitors’ products were mostly made by themselves. So gentle and soft. Made from the heart.
Soft sculptures from h-luv.
Completely hand embroidered, Coral and Tusk’s pillows make for some interesting bed time stories…
Jess Brown dolls show some real attitude..
I don’t recall who this next vendor was, but love the whimsy and what a great take on the tutu..
The last vendor was a Japanese transplant to Brooklyn, her company Atsuyo et Akiko is less than a year old and is thriving. Decoupage is her main medium. We had a nice little chat.
Have you seen a softer step stool?
A welcome relief to see these handmade products. The show was like a breath of fresh air..
I always think I am missing out, when we pass signs along the road that say Antiques. I would never even think to stop as it would disrupt the family plan to reach our destination. This year for the first time, the kids skiied and Miles and I actually checked out a town that was not connected to the ski resort. We were in Bennington, VT for the afternoon. We checked out the college. We checked out the covered bridges. But the most fun of all was actually making an unplanned stop to an antique mall. What a nice surprise to find some fantastic little things for the shop.
Love this lamp for a dresser in a little girl’s room. How sweet is her face …
These hand colored 19th century French fashion prints are really special. The frame is as lovely as the prints. Completely hand carved..
I couldn’t resist these children’s busts. I am trying to figure out what to do with these. They would look great in a modern kids room. People generally purchase items that serve a purpose for children. I am thinking of making them into bookends..
Doesn’t the little girl look a bit like Hailee Steinfield?
The last items I purchased were these teeny tiny pictures. About 3″x4″. Perfect for Cici Crib..