10 October 2007

Where the Wild Things Are

For fall, we invite you to come with us to a place that's a bit out of the ordinary. As you begin to nest and cozy up your home in preparation for holiday gatherings and get-togethers with family and friends, we suggest you do one thing differently than you usually do. For instance, let your old standard fall wreath rest in the attic for another year and try a more unexpected adornment, such as a bushel basket filled with gourds and fall foliage. Same thing with getting dressed for this (gloriously, if I do say so) cooler weather: try a new apparel item you might not have dared to don before, such as our fingerless gloves, made of the softest and most breathable bamboo. These are available in black and bark (shown below).


One of the consequences of being a retailer is that the continual search for great new items makes you a bit impervious to the charms of many things you could buy. When I go to market, there's a lot I like, a little less I love, and even less that I actually find so irresistible I just have to take home for myself (or, in other words, snatch up the last one before it sells). One of these items is our luxe quilted velvet throw in hollyberry, shown below in the bedscape. Neutrals upon tonal neutrals are wonderfully soothing in a room, but we still love an unexpected pop of color. It's hard to resist this rich lipstick hue. Not to mention the feel of velvet and silk against your skin on a cool Autumn night while you're curled up on the sofa watching a movie. La Vie en Rose, anyone?


With the big meal just several weeks off, now's the time to pick up those props you'll want to have in place the morning of. Don't forget to add to your list: the perfect after dinner candle (something warm and spicy, please), an adorable hostess apron (for wearing or gifting), and one of our copper glitter glass Thanks garlands.


Our favorite pooch, anticipating a season of holiday soirées, sports a tulle bow on her ear. Somebody please buy this little lady tickets to The Nutcracker!


Let this interesting charm necklace be the conversation piece at the next cocktail party you attend.


It doesn't feel like fall until you first wrap that new scarf around your neck and head out the door, ready to face the wind. We've got stretchy printed cottons, crimped velvets, ruffles in satin and silk, and even some silks from Lake Como, Italy. Try on one!

Our curious mushroom candles, straight from France.


Give a gift that evokes travel and the mysteries of the ages, like our handsome and inscrutable Jaipur Journals, perfect for both guys and girls.


Anonymous said...

Hi Abby: I see that you'll soon be carrying the really cool hand made books by Secret Leaves? I live in St Louis (where Secret Leaves is located) and there's a store up the street from me in Clifton Heights that's really cool called Ecletica. I visit this shop way too often. I asked the owner if she had ever heard of Secret Leaves and she hadnt about a month or so ago. I was especially sad that no one was carrying Secret Leaves items since Elizabeth House (another cool store about five minutes from my house)had closed.

I went to visit store again last night and she's now carrying Secret Leaves!
The creativity and imagination that go into developing these little one of a kind pieces of artis worth the small price of ownership!

I hope they do well for you.


The Blissful said...

Hi, Renee--

We *love* Secret Leaves and the wonderfully talented ladies behind it. They are some of our favorite business partners. And I completely agree--well worth the price of ownership!

(I should mention that the Jaipur Journals featured in this blog post are not by Secret Leaves.)


McMaster & Storm said...

Enjoy the weather Abby! I think "shop owners" should be heading to the library for a good read. (before our holiday open houses! Perfect reading weather.

Alicia said...

I found your blog through another and love reading all the stories of you ventures as a shop owner!

I love this charm necklace that is featured.