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Gingham -A lightweight plain-woven cotton cloth, typically checked in white and a bold color.  This season gingham graced many of the runways, from Bottega Veneta to Michael Kors.  More importantly gingham has crossed over from runway to “realway” and is available to the average joe in many different forms.  Check out some of our favorite gingham goodies that span the gamut from clothing to couches…



Erika Cavallini Dress available at

gingham ties

Gingham Ties available from Hobo Ties at

gingham washcloths

Washcloths available at


Gingham Pillows in fabrics from Thibaut Fabric

Iconic Chuck Taylor’s in Gingham Check

gingham trays

Fog Linen Coated Trays coming soon to Design Works

Gingham picks

Gingham picks from



Gingham Vest available at the Pink Pineapple

Clutch available from Tokyo Manhattan on

Gingham Wallpaper via style edition blog

dvf gingham

Gingham Galore at

Sofas from American Country Home Store

Sugar Spoons by Sabre France


Trend: Plentiful Pleats

pleat plēt/noun pleat; plural noun: pleats
a double or multiple fold in a garment or other item made of cloth, held by stitching the top or side.

Tis’ the season for plentiful pleats.  The spring runways were packed with pleasingly pleated packages…from skirts to dresses and pretty much everything in between.  I know what your thinking, and you don’t need to worry. We aren’t talking about the pleated khakis you had in 1985..the ones that made you look 3 sizes bigger and way dorkier than necessary. We are talking about luxurious fabrics, metallic prints, and elegantly appointed pin tucked perfection!  Now I’ll be the first to admit, pleats can be hard to wear, and even harder to wear well.  So if you are hesitant, but still want to try pleats on for size, why not try them on your sofa, in your window, or maybe even on your bed. Check out some of our favorite pleated, pintucked, and smocked goods.

pleats skirt

Pintuck Bedding via West Elm

pleated ottomanNate Berkus pleated ottoman

pleated tablecloth

Pleated tablecloth via Etsy

oka pleated lamp shadeOKA pleated sulu lampshade

pleated drape

Smocked Drapes via Pottery Barn

pleated lamp shade

DIY Pleated lampshades via katy elliott

diy pleats

DIY Smocked honeycomb skirt via Victory Patterns

Trend: Bold Florals

When most people think of America in the 1960s; great music, liberal idealism, and Flower Power come to mind. While 1969 has come and gone, Flower Power is back.  Since fashion like other things is cyclical, the return of bold florals does not come as a big surprise… however the new way in which they are presented is suprisingly delightful! No longer kitchy, childish, or blinding in color/texture, the floral prints of 2014 are modern, refined, and sophisticated.  For this reason, bold florals should most definitely be on your radar this spring.  Not only will you see them all over the runways, but also on the tables, sofas, and walls of kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms across the country.  So, whether you choose to wear your flowers or eat off of them, here are some of our favorite spring florals!


Dolce & Gabbana Floral-jacquard top available at

bold florals

Stella McCartney Fiona Dress available at Neiman Marcus

floral chair

Grafton Chair by Flora Dora available at

floral wall art

Floral wall art available at West Elm $149.

floral backpack

Marc by Marc Jacobs Domo Arigoto floral-print twill backpack available at

Florescentine and Juniper Keepsake Notes by Lulu DK $18.


floral plates

Handmade Ceramics by Juliska available at Design Works

floral dress

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Collection

floral bag

Alexander McQueen Skull Padlock Floral-Print Zip-Around Tote Bag at Neiman Marcus







Oysters: The story of how one mollusk shucked it’s way to the top

Oyster – The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs that live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified.  Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, generally not eaten by humans, are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle.

While oysters have always been a delicacy…. their increase in popularity over the past 5 years on both a local and national level has solidified their status as one of the best bivalves around.  This new found celebrity status can be attributed to many factors, not the least of which include the recent release of the wonderful book “Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm” and a renewed interest in eating sustainable & local cuisine.  That said, it should come as no surprise that these beautiful bivalves are now adorning everything from dish towels to plates, clothing, jewelry, accessories and more!

Stop by the shop this spring/summer for a closer look, or to purchase some of these wonderful goodies.  Where are your favorite oysters from? Duxbury, Cape Cod, The West Coast, Japan…. Comment on our post and let us know where you get your oysters and what differentiates your mollusks…are they salty, briny…do you like them raw, smoked, boiled, baked????? We love to hear from you!!!

Happy Oystering!

Coming Soon…Oyster dish towels, napkins, and placemats!

Oyster painting by Amy Fogg Art on Etsy

French Market Designs Tote

Shuck Kit available on Etsy

Moon Shoal Oysters from Cape Cod

Shuck Me Tee by Island Creek Oysters

Dress by Alexander McQueen – reminiscent of a lovely mollusk


Ombre: The new black

OMBRÉ: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark — ombré noun

If you accidentally (or purposefully) missed out on the Ombré hair trend, you need not worry. Ombré, also known as “dip-dyed” isn’t just for hair anymore, and this spring it’s a trend that can be seen everywhere… food, home accessories, and all over the runway!

We were so taken by this delightfully refreshing color palette that you will see a great selection of Ombré accessories and home goods in the shop over the coming months. Check out some of our favorite Ombré examples below.
Have a favorite… be sure to leave a comment… we always love a good conversation!!! Happy January!

Ombre cashmere shawls available at Design Works, Cape Cod – March 2014

Ombre cashmere poncho available at Design Works, Cape Cod – March 2014

Ombre necklace available at Etsy


Ombre kitchen utensils available on Etsy

Ombre mason jars available on Etsy

Ombre garland available on Etsy

Ombre stairs via pinterest

Ombre bedding by DENY Designs


Trend Spotting: Je T’aime Burlap

Hessian /ˈhɛsi.ən/, or burlap in the US and Canada, is a woven fabric usually made from skin of the jute plant or sisal fibres, or may be combined with other vegetable fibres to make rope, nets, and similar products.

Hessian, a dense woven fabric, has been historically produced as a coarse fabric, but more recently it is being used in a refined state known simply as jute as an eco-friendly material for bags, rugs, and other products.

The name “burlap” appears to be of unknown origin, although the word could mean “coarse piece of cloth”.   The name “hessian” is attributed to the use of the fabric, initially, as part of the uniform of soldiers from the German state of Hessewho were called “Hessians”.

This season Burlap is not just for rugs and potato sacks anymore…today burlap adorns our tables, decorates our trees, covers our feet, and even drapes effortlessly over our bodies! What a long way this natural coarse fibre has come! Check out some of our favorite burlap products this season…and be sure to share your favorites with us by posting in our comment section or on our Facebook page! We’d LOVE to hear from you!

#1 Clothing & Accessories

Burlap Classics say you’re a little rugged, but civilized enough to wear shoes. Walk the line between refined and rustic. The ultimate feel good purchase: ultra-light, comfortable TOMS Natural Burlap Classics

available @


#2 Tabletop

Whether it’s formal or casual, Christmas or 4th of July, Burlap table runners and cloths are the perfect start to setting a fabulous table!  Once thought of as rustic or country casual, these inexpensive and often environmentally friendly table toppers are actually perfect for any theme or occasion!  One of the best features of Burlap is that it can be left completely unadulterated or it can be personalized, to suit a specific event or holiday gathering.

Available at Ollko Ltd.


#3 Burlap Banners, Pendants, and Flags

Celebrate a specific ocassion with a customizable banner.  Do it yourself or check out Etsy for pre-made seasonal selections.

Banners for All – Etsy

Sweet Thymes – Etsy



Upon entering someone’s home you might find burlap hiding in plane sight.  Perhaps used for curtains, pillows, or even …

Burlap Curtains by West Elm

Sugarboo Designs




cardTrend Spotting at the Atlanta Gift Show: Vintage Circus

Fresh off the Atlanta Gift Show, we saw tons of wonderful new products from some of our favorite designers as well as from some up and coming artists! Overall we were very pleased with all of the stories we created, each a conglomerate of unique items sure to delight.  However, I will say that after 20+ years attending the NY Gift Show, Atlanta was definitely an eye opening / exhausting experience!  A completely different set up with the majority of vendors showing in permanent showrooms, we found it challenging to keep up the same pace that we have grown accustomed to at the NY Show.  Regardless…we had a great time in Atlanta and look forward to sharing some of our favorite trends from the show as well as some of our favorite local shops and events.  Check back over the coming weeks for updates!

It seemed like everywhere we looked there were vintage inspired circus themed items…from cards to toys, gifts, paper goods, and even kid’s clothing.  Here are some of our favorite pieces…