Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blue and White Chinoiserie Jars for Cheap!

Every year around this time I start getting asked the same question I'm sure you all do too: "What do you want for Christmas?" I typically say "don't buy me anything" and end up with wine, but this year when I asked myself the same question, I had three answers:

1. More Blue and White Porcelain
2. An Hermes Avalon Throw Blanket
3. A 50" Smart TV For the Chinese Wedding Cabinet

It's a good list, right? I've been good, and since I'm my own Santa, I figured I'd spoil myself a little. However, when I started shopping for pieces online, I was scratching my head wondering what the hell happened.

You see, a short 4-years ago, I ordered the three piece Happiness Pot set from Wisteria for a client:

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The set of three was just $239, plus tax and shipping. I get that it was 4-years ago, and prices rise, but the same set of jars is a whopping $469 plus tax and shipping today! What made the price double? You can buy the jars individually, as well. Months after I ordered the set of 3 for one client, I ordered two of the tall jars for another client. They were a reasonable $99/each. The very same jar is now a headscratching $249. They used to sell the set of three for less than that! 

So I started looking for another source, when I came across the very same pots from a major online retailer for SUBSTANTIALLY less money.

A $90 difference in price? For the SAME jar? And these aren't special prices from Frontgate, this is their everyday price! In fact, you can get the jar for cheaper than $159 right now, because they're offering 25% off the entire site! What gives?

If you're lucky enough to be able to shop wholesale for yourself with designer discounts, you could score the jar from Legend of Asia. But with the Frontgate promotion, it's even less - $119.25, and shipping is more reasonable!

A $70 difference in price for the small jars? This one looks to be slightly different in pattern and the lid Foo Dog is less shapely, but still - $70?

With the Frontgate promotion, you're saving more than $25 on the wholesale price! Frontgate has some interesting pieces in their blue and white collection, too. Including this vase:

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Love this, and just $159! A lot of these patterns are pretty recognizable, and if you have a collection like I do, finding new pieces with different patterns isn't always easy! However, I did find some really pretty and very interesting pieces on Amazon, which are larger, more unique, and cheaper than the Wisteria options, too!

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I love this one with the unique leaf pattern at the bottom of the jar! 19" tall and just $199!

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Look at how cool this one is! With foo dogs painted on it ,and a beautiful wood stand! 19" tall on this one, too and a SUPER reasonable $169!

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I think that a pair of these would be great to fill in a collection of smaller scenic oriental jars. They're a STEAL too! Just $46.78 each, and nearly 19" tall! 

So there are a few options for you, if you're looking for blue and white Chinese jars that won't break the bank! I've already ordered a couple for myself! Don't pay more when you don't have to! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Picture is Worth ...

Remember when I used to do these little posts? They were a TOTAL RIPOFF of  inspired by Joan's Snapshot posts on her beautiful blog, fortheloveofahouse. She posted lovely photos, true snapshots of her home in New Hampshire, which is every bit as beautiful in person as it appears. Joan invited me to her lovely home to meet her and husband Dan, and at the time their one dog, Ella. We had a lovely dinner at their dining room table, and Joan allowed me the freedom to tour her home without guidance, holding a flute of champagne. I'm not kidding, people! That's exactly how it happened!

Anyway, I'm sure that instagram was around back then, but I didn't have an account. I don't think Joan did either. She does now though, which you can follow here. Those little snapshot posts keep blog readers excited about the house and decor, the same way that many instagram users are excited by the one photo posts from Joan, and others. Joan has 8,719 followers by the way. A number that will change by this evening I'm sure. I have 49. FORTY NINE! If I didn't love her so much, I would be jealous, but I know she deserves the love and adoration. She's insanely talented, and her home is a stunning reflection of her style, and her years and years of collecting.

I've linked my instagram to the blog, so you can see photos on the sidebar, if you actually log on to read. So many of you get this feed directly in your email.

By the way, if you do get it in your email, and I love that you do, my book review links don't work. The HTML isn't recognized in the email feed, so if there's a book review you love, come log on to the blog, and you can click the link that way! 

If you follow along with me on instagram, you'll see that I'm not a prolific poster. Not yet, anyway. I just started the account a couple of weeks ago, and I've not made many posts. Most of them have been either fabric, or flowers - which seems to be what my life is consumed with at this point:

I felt like posting pictures like that here would be unnecessary, but I figure why not pick back up with the 'A Picture is Worth ...' posts and that way you can see things that may or may not be on instagram, with or without an account.

Sound good? 


Besides, it gives me a reason to blog when I'm feeling like I have absolutely nothing to say between book reviews. So, without further ado ... 

afternoon light on the new chair and brass wrapped and riveted trunk

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Review: Life Unstyled

 Life Unstyled by Emily Henson, Photography by Debi Treloar
Published by Ryland Peters and Small

Emily Henson is a London-based interior stylist and author with three books under her belt. Emily has a passion for color and pattern, and believes in embracing the beauty in life's imperfections, creating a home that is always evolving and never, ever done. She believes that perfection, is overrated.

Life Unstyled is all about beautifully imperfect interiors, homes that are photographed (by talented photographer Debi Treloar) to show what living really looks like, with all the unfinished edges, unmade beds, lumps, bumps, and anything in between. Henson says that Life Unstyled came about as a form of rebellion against the impossibly high standards set in magazines and in social media, where very often when are only shown a moment in time when a room has been styled to look it's very best.

Isn't it the truth! Those rooms we covet are filled with furniture and objects, art, etc., all on loan or purchased for the shoot, with flowers, and plants, and vignettes that take hours to style while the other side of the room is often a mound of pillows and mess. The real life, but beautiful homes featured in Life Unstyled are inspiring, but inspiring without the impending shame of having a house that is anything less than perfect.

Take a peek: 

Indeed, the book is inspiring. With houses that are filled with creativity and energized by the real life we all live. Many of the homes featured are in Europe, so there's a definite European flare to the interiors throughout the book. Some of the houses are large, some are small, some are filled to the brim, and others are quite minimal. What they all have in common however, is the personality and flare of their owner, and a comfort with letting a space evolve. It's a wonderful book to keep it all in perspective, and get inspired at the same time! Take a longer look, and purchase your copy via the Amazon link below: 

And, if you're interested in taking a look at the first two books by Emily, you can view them here:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Life of a Pattern

Life of a Pattern by Neisha Crosland
Published by Merrell Publishers 

You may or may not be familiar with the name Neisha Crosland, but you are definitely familiar with her work. Neisha is a surface pattern designer, based in the UK, recognized internationally for her sophisticated, yet unusual color combinations, and her impeccable attention to balance and proportion. Her body of work has propelled her to the forefront of UK design, and in 2006 she was honored with the title Royal Designer for Industry, an incredibly high accolade for designers in the UK as only 200 designers can hold this title. 

Neisha started her own textile company designing scarves and accessories nearly 23-years ago, and has since gone on to design fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, tiles, fine china, and even stationary! Turnell & Gigon carries her wallpaper, Harris & Jones her stationary, and her pillow covers and curtain panels can be found at Crate & Barrel. 

Without a doubt, Neisha's unerring eye has an extraordinary ability for seeking out symmetry, order, and beauty and then taking that inspiration and funneling it into her beautiful work, is unsurpassed. In her first book, Life of a Pattern luxuriously published by Merrell Publishers, specially commissioned photography focuses on the detail, color, techniques, and patterns Crosland has mastered. She shares fascinating technical detail in current and early work, including weaving and printing methods that have now vanished because of commercial pressures on mills and manufacturers. Life of a Pattern takes you from the inception of the idea to the finished product, exploring all of the wonderful resources and inspirations along the way. 

Brilliant and massive, the book is filled with inspirational drawings, and photography. Let's take a look: 

360 pages in a large format, results in a book perfect imbibing inspiration. Page after page, you are introduced to brilliant textiles, patterns, and more from pattern visionary, Neisha Crosland. Take a closer look, and pick up your copy via the Amazon link below: 

Book Review: Hasselblad Masters: Volume 5: Inspire

Sometimes collections of books are really the way to go! I have a few books that have been published in volumes, either on interior design, or architecture, or photography. They make for wonderful coffee table presentation, and they allow you to have a catalog of inspiration page by page, book by book! That is certainly the case with the Hasselblad Masters volumes, including the newest, Hasselblad Masters: Vol. 5: Inspire published by teNeues.

For those of you who don't know, Hasselblad is the leading medium format camera manufacturer. Their lenses are handmade in Sweden, but it was a Hasselblad lense that captured the first US moon landing. Having always stood for technical excellence, creative vision, and a love for photography they have created the world's most prestigious professional photography competition: Hasselblad Masters.

The winners of the contest (10 of the more than 4,000 applicants) then are given the task of shooting photos for the book, in line with the theme, Inspire. The books have photos of all sorts of categories: architecture, fashion, portraits, street photography, and macro. 

The photos are always beautiful, of great quality, and showcase the remarkable visions of both brilliant amateur photographers and those master photographers with a life of photos behind them. Truly a remarkable art book, perfect for the avid photographer in your life, or someone who just appreciates lovely imagery. Take a closer look, and pick up your copy via the amazon link below: 

And if you're interested in taking a look at the earlier volumes of Hasselblad Masters, here they are: 

Book Review: Dreamscapes

Keeping with the coffee table book theme, I'm excited to share with you Dreamscapes, published by teNeues. The book is the fourth from Canadian born photographer and artist, David Drebin. Now based in New York City, David focuses on the landscapes of awe-inspiring destinations around the globe. David is known for his breathtaking cityscape shots and landscapes, and this book is a beautifully curated collection of some of his most stunning.

From the Manhattan skyline and Central Park, to the magical beaches of the Amalfi Coast, David takes us on a mini world tour, with remarkable photos guided by his inimitable sense of reflections, light, and playful timing. Take a look:

They are truly lovely, aren't they? And this is just a sample of the 100's of brilliant images in the 200-pages of Dreamscapes. Books like this one are lovely reminders of the beauty in our every day world, and they are far less expensive than booking a flight. Take a vicarious vacation and a closer look at this gorgeous book via the amazon link below:

If you're interested in any of David's other books, you can see them here: