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Crown Jewels

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“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.” – William Shakespeare

There is something about the idea of wearing a crown.  At some point we all dreamed of being a princess or a queen, wearing jewels upon our heads.  Traditionally crowns are symbolic forms of head wear worn by a monarch or diety representing power, legitimacy, immortality, righteousness, victory, triumph and honor.  Not something attainable for most of us commoners, so instead we began fashioning crowns  in the form of a wreath made of flowers, leaves and ribbons.

We have found the modern crown, hand encrusted by the fabulous Deepa Gurnani team.   Modeled by some of my dear friends: L.A., H.B., & D.R.  Beads, crystals, boullion, embroidery, and mirrored disks add just the right touch of sparkle and reign to your head.  These aren’t your childhood plastic faux tortoise drugstore headbands.  With sexy beach hair and a flowy tunics, a jeweled headband kicks you up to another level, without even trying.  When do you feel like wearing a crown?

XO,

D.L.

 

 

This Little Light Of Mine

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An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.”
– Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Lighting is key to setting the mood in a room.  Form and function are equally important and the right light can make all the difference.  Ancient cultures used rods of amber which they rubbed on cat hair to create illumination.  It wasn’t until 1870 that the first incandescent  light bulb was invented!  We haven’t lived with modern electricity for very long when you think about it.  I love the way we can control light at the touch of a switch.

We are always on the hunt for vintage items we can re-purpose and re-invent.  I flipped when I stumbled across these brass beauties.  The sizes were perfect and the shapes interesting.  I knew with a little love and creativity, we could transform these into something amazing.   The lamps were re-wired, (very important with vintage and antique lamps) and we got to work.

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Tried and True Tunics

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Summer is the time when one sheds its tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
  A few of these days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”

-Ada Louise Huxtable

Summer is: lazy mornings, family afternoons at the beach, backyard barbeque’s and dining alfresco with friends during these endless sunny days.  It is my favorite time of year, and definitely my fave season of fashion.  One of the staples at our stores are tunics.  Quite possibly the most versatile piece of clothing, they require no effort to look good.  Throw them on with tights, leggings, skinny jeans, shorts or over a bathing suit.

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Give to me your leather…

Give to me your leather… 150 150 admin

In Hollywood, we acquire the finest novels in order to smell the leather bindings.” – Ernst Lubitsch

Two of my favorite things: leather and a fabulous blank book waiting to be filled.  Sketching, new design ideas, or just to get the million thoughts that fill my head on to paper…the possibilities are endless.  While walking through the convention hall at Maison et Objet, we stumbled across a true treasure.  This never would have happened if we didn’t walk the outskirts of the aisles as I always insist on doing, which always drives Jess (my general manager and merchandiser) crazy.  “You never know what we may find,” I said.

What we found was Francesco Lionetti, a third generation leather atelier from Florence, Italy.  The booth was nondescript at first glance.  Then we noticed the colors of leather, and the beautiful workmanship.  There was even someone embossing the books as we watched in amazement.  Then Francesco appeared, and we were overwhelmed by his demeanor, charm and fabulous accent.

“BonGiorno belle signore.  Hello, beautiful ladies.  Would you like some cheese, or perhaps some wine?”  When an Italian man offers you either of those things it’s hard to resist, even at 9:30 in the morning.  We spent an hour with him and had to pry ourselves away.  We listened to the story of his great grandfather starting their custom leather business which includes the likes of  Zegna and Hermes.  Old School manufacturing, everything is hand cut and sewn with precision.

After selecting piece types, colors, and embossing (you know I love croc), we couldn’t stop commenting on the cheese.  “Oh, you like?” he said.  Like?!  We LOVE it.  “Ok, I will send you some Grana Padano with your shipment.”  We laughed, thanked him for a lovely morning and headed back to the bustling aisles.  Our shipment came last week, and Jess called me screaming, “CHEESE!!! He sent the cheese!”

We didn’t just get beautiful leather journals, but also photo albums, notepads,  and passport covers. The colors alone are making me dream of my next adventure to hunt for treasures.  India perhaps….?

XO, D.L.

Dig – Yellow!

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“There are painters who transform the sun to a
yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transfer a yellow spot into the sun.” -Pablo Picasso 

1. KitchenAid Mixer | 2. Wood Chair | 3. Nailpolish 

4. Laquer Boxes | 5. Pillow | 6. Elephant Candle

7. Ceramic Bowls | 8. Poof | 9. Chandelier

Mellow Yellow…I don’t think so!  Yellow is anything but subdued.  Whether its hue comes from the sun, fields of goldenrods, or spring flowers, it is one of my favorites to punch up a neutral room.  I recently reupholstered the bar stools and dining chairs in my house with yellow patent leather.  What a fun pop against my black and white kitchen and dining room!  My favorite color combo right now is grey and yellow, stay tuned for our upcoming pillow designs in this palette.  What do you have in your home that is yellow?