There are just certain vintage goods that I find that are always strike a cord in folks. Vintage Baccarat Champagne coupes would be close to the top of the list of those things. They are just so pretty to look at, they are lovely to drink from, and they are ever so special & delicate to hold. I am always tickled to find them, and this go round, I found several styles. They are spiffy-ing up the display at the back of the Home shop until they find a happy home.
I have been finding and have amassed just the prettiest collection of vintage Baccarat coupes of late. The grouping catching my eye yesterday as I walked passed them mixed about with all the hotel silver.
Display is a constant at the shops. Keeping things fresh is key to good retail. The other day was spent freshening up the cases at the Home store. Cases are necessary for several reasons. One, I really like how you can create vignettes on a shelf. It keeps it nice and contained. Secondly, and this is the sad truth, it helps cut down on theft. More expensive items are enclosed and just tougher for those (insert really bad word) folks that come in solely to steal. I try and focus on the first, and the other day was tidying up the assorted cases.
I think grouping ‘like’ items together makes for a strong visual. The assortment of vintage Baccarat drawing your eye up to the top of the 3 tiered glass fronted case. Mix with a little ephemera is always a good thing.
More silver, more John Derian, for the bottom shelf. Too much of a good thing is always a good thing in my retail book. Just by refreshing the cases, it breathes new life into all the goods. I think the same applies for things in your home. A little re-do makes you see your loved possessions in a whole new light. At the shops and at home, bit by bit, rather than an entire re-do makes the whole process much more enjoyable.
I must admit, posting anything today seems a bit frivolous as my heart is so heavy for all the people affected by the storm back East. But I know for myself in times of stress, viewing a little beauty is always good for the human spirit. So a small entry with a beautiful object will be it for today. A champagne glass from our ever-expanding vintage Baccarat section seemed fitting, as we will raise a glass after all this has passed, been cleaned up, and hopefully it will all seem like a distant memory for those of you living through it. Sending much love for a speedy recovery to all our family, friends and readers back East.
It is another early start this morning with a full day & evening on this last day of the Blogfest on Design. I will write a lengthier posts about the events next week, so please excuse the brevity. The day yesterday began at the Hearst building, with meeting the editors of the above 3 publications. It was a lovely event. The peonies are just bursting in the above vase.
Then we were off to a yummy lunch in the Kravet showroom in the D&D Building. It is the Decoration and Design center for New York. We were then treated to a marvelous presentation by the talented Alexa Hampton. She and I chatted before she spoke. What a lovely, lovely gal.
Often times the vintage goods that I decide to bring into the shops stems from a love of a certain type of item or something I personally collect. Usually it is both. My collection of vintage Baccarat decanters began years ago and started as a gift from my sister when she was living in Palm Beach.
I am not limiting it to decanters, as there are so many other glorious goods the company has produced. Since 1764, when King Louis XV of France gave permission to found a glassworks in the village of Baccarat, the company has been creating some of the world’s finest crystal.