Just in, stacks & stacks of dreamy horn bangles. Each one so different from the other, these really are natural little works of art. I choose jewelry for the shops that I enjoy seeing on women. Horn jewelry seems incredibly sophisticated to me. The earth tones of the work looks great dressed up or down. These bangles just swell as a single or sublime as a clanking stack of many.
A lovely Sunday to each and every one of you,
We had a rather substantial order of horn jewelry arrive the other day. Unpacking it, I was in a bit of a trance. For each piece is truly like a little natural work of art. I wrote of my fondness for horn in my book–how it is a natural byproduct of animals after they have lived a fruitful & long life, so I feel in many ways it is an homage to them. The horn gets heated and becomes quite pliable, allowing artisans to create stupendous cups, bowls, utensils, and in this case, jewelry. This order was made for us in Vietnam. I had the great pleasure of meeting the makers when I was in New York in August. We could hardly wait for the order to arrive…
We are having cookbook author extraordinaire Dorie Greenspan and her husband over for dinner this evening after her book signing at the shop. I really wanted to set a fun, creative table for her. My tip this week is how new placemats & napkin rings can give your table settings a fresh new look. They are also items that are some of the least expensive things to buy in the tabletop arena. Giving your table a refresh that is as easy as 1, 2, 3. And in this case, add a 4.
There are still spots available for Dorie’s book signing this eve. It starts at 5 going until 7 o’clock. We would love to have you join in the fun. Complimentary sparking wine, cider, and Mariage Freres tea will be served. Her new book is all about simple French desserts that you can whip up at home. Perfect as we head into the Holiday season.
It was a full day of display yesterday. I find it interesting how certain color stories take shape when we are fully immersed in moving things around. Natural earth tone shades were the prevailing theme. I love wicker trays and baskets, and we use them often to hold a host of things. The above trays now holding stacks of French napkins.
A new order of horn combs and shoehorns arrived. I could just get lost looking at these and all the natural color variation. Horn is just the coolest natural material. The below rope lamp next to the glasses holding vintage knives from England next to the divine composed artwork by Denise Fiedler. A Watson Kennedy vignette after a creative day of display.
For a shopkeeper the month of October is the time quite a bit of unpacking of goods occurs. Actually, it feels like we are unpacking boxes from the moment we open until the second we lock the door at 6. A spin around the floor yesterday had me grinning from ear to ear as it is so fun to see the pieces of the puzzle come together. Here are a dozen things to excite & delight.
Bone picks/skewers, where do I even begin on this one they are so good. Come presented in a little bone cup. Amazingly beautiful and functional. Any martini would be lucky to hold one of these puppies.
Little horn bowls that would look great holding just about anything. Jewelry or salt are the 2 things that first come to mind.
Fatwood has been a go-to gift for us to give for many years. Just 2 of these little sticks need to be used as kindling to start a fire. We always have a bucket of these around.
Faux bamboo handled spreaders make a nice little tie-on to a gift of a bottle of olive oil or balsamic or a piece of cheese.
Found these lovely colorful cotton blankets at the show in August. So good.
A new Paris book is always a welcome addition to our French section.
New Molton Brown from London packaging.
Don’t ask me why we have not carried this classic sooner. I think every kitchen could benefit from this beyond amazing cookbook.
We carry very few mugs, as they have to be just right. This one is.
A graphic new Sid Dickens tile. His last release of new images was one of his best.
French tapers in muted tones. Ooh la la.
This new Kinfolk cookbook is destined to become a classic. It is extraordinary.