Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to be particularly grateful and honor those who have fought for our country, paying the price with their lives. This is what the day means to some of our local veterans and soldiers:
"The first thing you think of is your friends and shipmates that have gone by, that you've lost. What comes to my mind is the Thresher because we had a lot of Albacore shipmates that we knew on there. We even had two shipmates that left our submarine and went to the Thresher just a short time before it went down. One of them I joined the Navy with. That's the first thing you think of. The people that are gone. The heroes that are gone."
— Norman Bower of Kingston, U.S. Navy veteran, served on USS Albacore for nearly 10 years

These dancers are descendants of the Aztecs. They are doing a ceremonial dance at the Taos Pueblos.

They're costumes were fantastic! Love those pheasant feathers and concho belt!

At the end of a Memorial Day weekend and returning home our cherry tree is full of produce. The picking begins...and so does summer.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Juliska Tableware

Juliska is some of the most beautiful tableware around and we are now carrying it at the shop. Elaborate detailing and unusual shapes herald Jardins du Monde – Juliska’s celebration of splendor, artistry and romance of four of the world’s most beautiful gardens. These highly designed and lavishly detailed pieces add depth, exuberance and whimsy to the Berry and Thread collection, and they’re equally beautiful standing alone. The Jardins du Monde Collection pays homage to our favorite gardens in Italy, France, Spain and England. “Landriana” marries the grandeur of the Italian garden with a lush English style. “Villandry” is all about formal patterns, harmony and majesty. “Alcazar” represents an exotic and lavish blend of cultures. And “Heligan” speaks to the romance of a lost, walled garden. All Juliska Ceramics are made of durable, chip-resistant stoneware and are guaranteed dishwasher, microwave, freezer-to-oven safe (up to 500°F).
Here is a collection underneath a wonderul wire mesh dome. We had a discussion the other day what else you could put inside this contraption. Yes Roseanna I think baby chicks or ducks underneath this is a fabulous idea-as a centerpiece!
Juliska Pewter Stoneware has rich, old-world luster that summons up visions of grand European estates. It beautifully showcases our unique “mottling” technique that gives each piece and original, hand-thumbed, hammered design. New for 2009, this ground-breaking metallic glaze is oven (up to 500°F), microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe! Layer it with all of your Juliska stoneware. It has the same restaurant-grade durability – so enjoy it every day!

Juliska designers Capucine Gooding and Elaine McCleary think up unusual shapes and intricate, extravagant detailing overlaid to create a sublime new ceramics collection. The line is extensive with many statement pieces.

Summer Garden Look

These rustic terrariums filled with cherry tomatoes are so interesting. And the tall purple coleus mixed with the purple kale are so pretty. The possibilities of terrariums are endless and the displays you can work up in them can be amazing if you put your head to it!
Love these bright yellow sunflowers, rustic terrariums, french metal buckets, and Vietri wicker pieces mixed together. This just says "summer" to me...

Rocki Gorman's Denim Lapis

Denim Lapis mixed with Kingman turquoise is so fresh for summer this year. These gorgeous new concho drops are hand-stamped and stunning. Lapis is thought to bring the gift of strength.Denim Lapis is an opaque stone ranging in color from a deep blue to pale blue. It is considered a stone and not a mineral, which results in the natural production of a wide variety of shades and striations. Pale blue lapis has become so popular that it has been given its own category: denim lapis.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The charm of a dovecote?

What in the world is a dovecote? A dovecote or dovecot (Scots: Doocot) is a building intended to house pigeons or doves. Dovecotes may be square or circular free-standing structures or built into the end of a house or barn. They generally contain pigeonholes for the birds to nest. Pigeons and doves were an important food source historically in Western Europe and were kept for their eggs and meat. In Scotland the tradition is continued in modern urban areas.
In some cultures, particularly Medieval Europe, the possession of a dovecote was a symbol of status and power and was consequently regulated by law. Only nobles had this special privilege known as droit de colombier. Many ancient manors in France and the United Kingdom have a dovecote (still standing or in ruins) in one section of the manorial enclosure or in nearby fields. Examples include Château de Kerjean in Brittany, France, Houchin, France, Bodysgallen Hall in Wales, and Muchalls Castle and Newark Castle in Scotland.
The oldest dovecotes are thought to have been the fortified dovecotes of Upper Egypt, and the domed dovecotes of Iran.
This is the path that leads to the dovecote and potting shed...the wisteria has gone mad. Can this woman grow vines or what?

Can't think of a more appropriate handle for a potting shed door can you?

Inside the potting shed is basket heaven. This is where all the baskets end up after having a long hard life! They reunite with their loved ones!

And here is Mr. Francis peering out from the snap dragons...perhaps he has blessed this garden!

Friday, May 21, 2010

French Signs

Now hiring! Anyone that's very talented at making pastries? A little bird told us of someone really good! Her turnovers are to die for-love this metal french sign.

Fab French Country Furniture In!!!

This French country pantry/closet would be so great to organize and fold all of your linens and keep your bed sheets in. Or keep supplies and baskets in it for a kitchen or laundry room. This has about 6-7 shelves in it that are adjustable. The sheen and dark walnut color of it with the carving is so beautiful!
Here is one of the black chairs that goes with the ottoman. I can see myself sitting in this with my feet up in the morning drinking coffee. It just needs a big wonderful script linen pillow in it-euro size of course. This is actually sized for papa bear but mama bear likes to sit in it!

This black washed footstool matches the two French cane-bottomed chairs we have got in as well.

This Welsh cupboard is so beautiful and would be perfect to display in your kitchen. Cupboards are not so easy to come by anymore and this one is not a massive piece. Which is nice-solid dovetailed drawers and solid oak this is a fantastic piece as well!

We have a pair of these which would be meant as either two wonderful nights stands on either side of a bed. Or would be great as a single pantry in a kitchen, in a large bathroom for accessories, etc. They are a petite size which makes them very versatile.

Darling lingerie chest-this would be perfect for a jewelry bug. The carving and quality if these pieces are so good!

Oh this pale blue scrubbed finish on this oak French piece is so good. This low shelving unit is fantastic and will arrive in a black distressed finish soon!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Serves: 2
1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Curd, chilled
1 pint light cream, chilled
Whisk together the Lemon Curd and the light cream. Process according to your ice cream maker's instructions. Stop when ice cream is thick and creamy.
For Krups Ice Cream makers:
Pour chilled curd and cream mixture into the frozen cylinder. Process for 30-35 minutes until the ice cream is thick and creamy. Can be kept frozen for one week in the freezer.
Recipe Tips: This ice cream is especially nice served with fresh berries.

Rocki Gorman Purple Kingman Turquoise/Mojave Turquoise

This is part of our Mariposa Collection and features our Dragon fly drop and earrings in Purple Kingman Turquoise and Mojave Turquoise. The concho belt is all Purple Kingman Turquoise and is slab cut stones. All jewelry is hand made and hand crafted and no casting is done. The shawl Carmen is wearing is a hand woven blend of natural fibers and is handmade exclusively for our Santa Fe gallery by fiber artist Susan Carli.

Rocki Gorman Multi-Stones Collection

This collection is the signature collection and is mutli-stones of bright combinations of turquoises, Mojave turquoise, red coral and orange corals. A creation of a patternized bead necklace in long and short strands. As always all pieces in the collection are handmade, handcrafted using sheets of silver and never cast which makes all of her jewelry truly one of a kind.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

French Country Powder Rooms

Never underestimate the beauty that an antique buffet can bring to your bathroom. This Charles Faudree example is so wonderful with the marble top and pewter faucets. Also like the overlapping of the Venetian mirror over the wall mirror...I actually looked for an antique piece for my bathroom after pulling out the old pedestal sink. We found a dark oak mission buffet and dropped two smaller sinks in it. Turned out great! We have access to French buffets similiar to this and have one for sale at the moment.
This cabinet actually looks more built in but the colors and distress on it have made it look like a separate piece of furniture. Love it! Love the greens, creams, and caramels in this french powder room! The lanterns on either sides of the mirror are a great idea! We actually have just got in antiqued cream lanterns in pairs that would work perfectly for this idea!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Creative Is My Name-Decorating Is My Game

What is an English/Texas theme. Do I need a ranch house? No? A Texas cottage....with an English feel. Let's say the style is English Lord meets TX Cowgirl-how romantic...
We had a get together breakfast this morning, and our wonderful host has been working on her new house. Paint colors to decide on-where to hang fantastic deer mounts, brown transferware, and burlap ribbon on everything. We loved it! So inspiring Ms. McClure!
Can French Roast paint be any better-how about Dinner Party mixed with it? This is the master bedroom-love the Hereford hide on the floor with the Spode mixed with the deer mount.

Never underestimate the power of some antlers! And brown china and birds nest!

I must have a cow creamer now-and I love these jars filled with raw sugar and splenda in the kitchen.

Her sea shell collection and jars of sand collected from different oceans-love this too-hope I didn't go overboard on pictures!

English inspired kitchen table...

Table topper is made out of linen grey good with ruffle on edge-fits perfectly and wonderful! Let us help you design one for your table!

Cloche over beautiful peach Bellini short breads in kitchen...delicious!

Jar filled with children's china in little girls bedroom...

Birds egg blue bathroom with touches of brown toile and leopard...loved this!

Collection of brown pitchers hanging from rack above mirror in bathroom...very creative!!!

Close up of baby's clothesline-focus between the two white iron beds.

Little girls room in pale pink-love the clothes line full of baby clothes. One gown was hers when she was a baby.

Where's Ralph? The antiqued American flag draped over the iron headboard-white ruffled sheets mixed with quilts....

So, she compromised by creating an ambiance that combines both English and primitive Texas heritage. English china and cowhides-it's good...A look that goes back to the American West when Englishman would purchase ranches and estates in the 1800's. Texas necessities mixed with the fine goods from England.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Rocki Gorman Silver Collection

Cover photo: Model is wearing large cross with a Hopi Star in the center. All hand stamped and the Navajo buttons are hand made as well.
Large Repose fancy stamped cuff from the Vintage Collection. Navajo-made, this bracelet truly replicates the look of days gone by yet is a perfect accent for any occasion.
Two-Dimensional cuff with the Hopi Star in the center surrounded by Crossed paths.
The beads are antiqued sterling silver, come in a variety of sizes and lengths, and play very nicely with all of their collections.
Hopi Star earrings are a perfect compliment to this vintage collection and are fancy stamped and accented with Navajo buttons and dangle down from a crossed path.
Fancy stamped stackable bangles are perfect for any occasion.
1950's Repose concho belt. Wool blend serape Shawl by Rhonda Stark.

May You Walk In Beauty

Laser-etched purple Kingman turquoise dragonfly and Kingman turquoise vinatge collection Navajo bracelets-new for summer! Rocki Gorman is the daughter of Fran and Peggy Gorman. Although she was born in Bayonne, New Jersey her heart and soul has always been in the West. Rocki’s first trip to the West was in a 1960 VW Bug on Route 66. The 4 year old was simply amazed by the vast, beautiful colors of the wild, wild west.
Fran Gorman, her father, went north to Tonapah and there began mining Turquoise. Traveling back East the trading bug bit her parents and the selling, buying, and trading of Turquoise began. Opening the very first American Indian jewelry store in New Jersey, her Mother had an eye for only the best quality Indian jewelry. Traveling back West twice a year, it became clear to Rocki that the love of color and stones was growing for her. At the age of 7 years old she created her very first piece of jewelry and sold it in her parent’s store for $10.00.
Rocki attended the Toby Colburn School of Design in the Village in New York during the 1980s. It was at that time she sold her wild feather jewelry and crazy designs to Bloomingdales and to the stylist for the Soaps, “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” Rocki was proudly a licensed street vendor who sold in New York’s Greenwich Village and on the campus of Columbia University. She is an award winning artist who also dabbled in the art of creating gourds into creatures and people. Together with her mother Peggy, they designed and sold antiqued blouses reminiscent to the Victorian days to many boutiques. They also designed lamb suede bikinis and wool wraps that adorned many stars who appeared in Atlantic City.
Today Rocki’s true passion shines through her Native American made creations employing Navajo silversmiths and continuing a long standing tradition of quality, hand made, American made jewelry with sterling silver and assorted gem stones. Her designs are contemporary and geographically comfortable from Maine to California. Rocki’s jewelry has been seen on many stars and she most recently designed for Hillary Duff for the magazine “Cowboys & Indians.”
Rocki’s mission is simple, “Quality, hand made, proudly American creations for everyone to enjoy.”
“May you walk in beauty!”

Custom-Made Designer Chairs

How often can you pick out your own fabrics and design and get a custom-made chair for yourself? Where can you get that done? We've have been designing and selling custom chairs and ottomans for many years! And we love helping others put one together or ordering them for the shop! This chenille zebra is so unusual and very comfortable.
Add contrast piping or welts. Add a skirt to any component if there is no skirt. Remove the skirt if you don't want it! Change the feet. This is one of my favorite chairs and it's an oversized Ralph Lauren tweed, suede piping, and red leather mix. It's so scrumptious!

This serape striped fabric is so eye-catching with the leather bomber base and bunt legs. Come in today to check them out-one of a kind chairs made with care and quality! They are beautiful! Email us or call us for pricing.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Have A Wonderful Mother's Day!

A Swedish Look

Love this picture out of Traditional Home-an article over Swedish Style-bork bork! Swedish decorating burst on the scene a few years ago, fueled by a hunger for quiet, simple, grayish-white interiors after a decade of the overindulgence of the earth-toned Tuscany style. Which I think is quite beautiful and simple. The image is so peaceful and inviting-and a great example of a large lit lantern as the focus....

Transferware Addiction

There are a few of us at the shop that would fight for brown transferware. If you do not have this sickness then you are lucky-perhaps you have the blue and white transferware disease! Us collectors search for it and covet it when we find that special piece...Oh my goodness brown and white checked plaid mixed with the brown plates and platters-so dreamy! Love these photos taken from Southern Accents....
Too much is never enough don't you think...what a statement.
Transferware was named for the process by which patterns were imprinted onto china. An engraved copper plate was inked, and a damp tissue forced onto it with a press. The inked design was then pressed, or transferred, onto the china. After glazing and firing, the decoration became permanent.
This china was highly desirable from around 1800 to 1860, (although it was first produced around 1770), and most of it was made in England. Early transferware bore Asian motifs designed to replace broken pieces from costly sets of Chinese porcelain. Later, sailing ships, hunting scenes, mountain views, and vignettes of exotic locales like Turkey, India, and Greece were popular. Patterns manufactured for the market in the United States included patriotic and historical American images, such as Niagara Falls and Mount Vernon.
Blue is the most common color of transferware, because it was the only color produced for the first 50 years transferware was made. Cobalt-blue ink was inexpensive and could survive the high temperatures of the firing process. By 1820, transferware was produced in shades of red, green, black, brown, purple, and yellow. Some rare pieces were even made with more than one color. Blue is the color most in demand today, so it's also generally the most expensive. Red transferware is less expensive but harder to find.
Flat pieces like plates were more common and are more likely to have survived intact, so they're less expensive than sugar bowls, tureens, or large serving platters. When considering a piece, examine its condition thoroughly. Hold it up to a bright light and look for lines and cracks to see if it has been repaired. Some repairs will be obvious, while some are almost invisible. A good test is to tap the piece with your fingernail: If you hear a thud instead of a clear ring, chances are it has been repaired. A repaired piece should always sell for a lower price than a comparable intact piece.
Reference books on transferware are generally organized by pattern, not color. So find a pattern you like, then check to see if it was produced in the color you like to collect. To learn about specific patterns, consult books such as those listed in the recommended reading list below. Comprehensive reference works on the subject are often rather expensive, so you may want to check if they're in your local library before purchasing them.
Some experts say transferware can be placed in the dishwasher occasionally, as long as items are placed far enough apart that they don't touch during the various cycles. You can also hand-wash yours with a gentle detergent. Line your sink with a kitchen towel when washing delicate items so they'll be less likely to crack or chip. Store your transferware with felt rounds between plates, bowls, and platters, to keep the patterns from rubbing off or becoming damaged.