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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide:  If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a special someone, check out these great ideas.  From under $5. to over $1,000., you can spend a little or a lot.  Whether you personalize it, pluck it straight from a shelf, or create it with your own two hands, these ideas are sure to please!  Stop by the shop to see our own collection of great gifts for your special Valentine.

Alphabet Bags Coin Purse $23.

A super sweet coin purse featuring a heart design printed big and bold in red on natural cotton. A thoughtful gift for a loved one or an equally nice treat for yourself!

Lulu Organics $11.

We are crazy about this….and don’t leave home without it!  Great gift for a sister, friend, or even for yourself.  A purse-size version of organic and Talc-FREE hair powder for hair on days of unwash. Ingredients: organic corn starch, white clay, baking soda, organic rice powder, organic horsetail powder, essential oils.

Paperweight by Mark & Graham $35.

With its crystal clear message of gratitude, this substantial and inviting handmade glass paperweight feels amazing in the hand and looks even better in your workspace. A perfect way to say “thank you” when words alone seem insufficient.

SMEG Refrigerator from West Elm $1999.

Keep your cool. An icon of Italian design, the 50’s style Smeg Refrigerator is retro cool on the outside, state-of-the-art on the inside. Featuring thoughtful storage spaces, adjustable shelving and an energy-efficient design, this fridge is both fun to use and easy on the eyes.

Decoupage Tray by John Derian $165.

This decoupage tray is handmade in John Derian’s New York studio using reproduced imagery from his vast collection of antique and vintage prints. Trained artisans cut and collage the designs onto handblown glass.

Needlepoint pillow by Jonathan Adler $165.

Spread the love with Jonathan Adler’s J’adorable Heart Pillow.  Handmade 100% wool needlepoint pillow measures 16×16″ and is velvet backed with a hidden zipper.

Carole King the Legendary Demos $18.

Scrolling through an extensive mp3 list is an entirely different experience than flipping through a perfectly curated vinyl collection. From reading liner notes to dropping the needle onto the well-worn groove of a favorite track, many audiophiles agree nothing quite beats the sound of vinyl. Whether he organizes records by artist or genre, he’ll love the addition of another classic.

Custom dip-dyed Tretorns $65.

The Tretorn Nylite women’s canvas tennis shoe, born in 1964, is regarded as the first luxury sports shoe. A tournament favorite in the era when tennis stars made rock stars blush, and immortalized by 1980’s The Official Preppy Handbook, the Nylite epitomizes Swedish minimalism, making it a favorite for nearly 50 years. Try this fun project to customize these gems for your special someone.  Tretorns available at us.tretorn.com & RIT dye available at your local craft store.

Thomas Paul glasses case $22.

This sunglass cases is constructed of 100% cotton canvas and hand silk-screened with signature Thomaspaul designs.  Keep your sunglasses safe and chic with this unique carry case!

Susy Jack Tattoos $6.50

A new way to decorate for Valentine’s Day, these love-themed temporary tattoo sets are perfect for wearing, sharing…or tucking into a traditional card. True love is forever…but these are not!

Je T’aime Pendant Necklace $44.

As true as love gets: Yellow Owl Workshop’s pendant necklace comes in a reusable corked glass jar that’s as cute as the necklace itself.

 

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 @ toms.com

 

#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

 

#4 HOME GOODS

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