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Behind the Scenes: Launching the Autumn/Winter Collection

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for the summer show season to begin! We can’t wait for you to see our new product launch this summer!

Our product development team has been dreaming, planning, creating, and diligently sourcing each of our products to create a breadth of styles and trends. Traveling to and working with different countries allows us to bring a wide array of materials and styles into our different collections. We really love the idea of having a diverse product range that allows our customers to mix and match products to meet their needs.

The development cycle is lengthy, but when items are finally selected to become part of the line, the photography samples begin to arrive!!! Unpacking the boxes feels like Christmas as the office here in Portland finally starts to see final products! The whole vision starts to become apparent as each sample arrives. Samples are organized by collection on metal rolling carts (or boxes when we run out of carts) and wait for their turn to be photographed.

Working around so much product during photography time can be a challenge. Our office is quite small and when it fills up before photography it becomes…  well, interesting… but we love the excitement the new product brings and welcome the space challenges.

Photos of new products, fresh images of favorite existing items, catalog covers, section titles, as well as social media and industry ads are all created in our studio! Our product styling team carefully selects props, fresh florals, and plants that are used as accents for the new products throughout the weeks of photography to set the mood of the upcoming collections and catalogs.

It can be a challenge deciding what collection to place some of our items into, as so many can go in multiple groupings. We work hard to develop items that are diverse and able to fit into most any setting. Sometimes the choices seem endless! But at some point, we have to decide on what our looks will be for the upcoming season’s style and direction.

We are so excited for you to see the new product line and we hope to see you all at the summer markets. Our style team is already hard at work setting up the showrooms for the season!

Market time is always an exciting time as we see all our hard work come to fruition; watching our customer’s responses is the very best part! We take our customers’ success seriously and love meeting and talking to each of you.

You can find the summer market schedule here and find your local sales representative here.

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Inspired Spring Décor and Tips

Indoor plants are proven to not only improve air quality, but also help reduce stress, improve health, sharpen focus, and create an overall feeling of well-being. We think those benefits are too good to pass up, which is why you can find homes for plants in nearly all of our collections with enough style variety to match any décor!

Decorative trays may not be the first item you think of when it comes to indoor plants, but they can be perfect to mix things up from a standard pot or cachepot. Choose a ceramic, terra-cotta, or metal tray, filled with sand and rocks to make a shallow succulent garden or use a tray to hold a few different coordinating or matching pots to keep all of your plants together.

Looking for a clean, modern plant display? Terrariums are a chic way to display air plants, moss, or African violets.

A pot or planter is your plant’s best accessory! Having a variety of options for the littlest of plants to homes for large indoor plants is great for ensuring that anyone who visits your store can find a pot that suits their space. Sets of pots with varying sizes can be broken up to sell individually, but also look great in the home all living together.

Shop All Pots

Hanging planters and wall vases are a popular home décor item and can be a fun item to display in your stores without taking up room on the shelves. We hear your window displays calling to have a few of these added!

Speaking of displays, how do you display items like these? Tiered shelves, carts, and tables are fantastic pieces for displaying pots and planters! If you have a green thumb, add a few of your favorite plants to reap the benefits of indoor plants in your store or add a few faux plants for an approach that requires less maintenance

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Mother’s Day Favorites: Ideas for all Moms

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we celebrate not only our Moms, but also the “Mothers” who took us in and loved us like their own: our Grandmothers, our Aunts, and our Mentors: all of the women who have shaped us into who we are today.

Today, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas to show a little appreciation to the wonderful “Moms” who raised us!

Creative Co-Op Cement Blue and White Frames

Framed family pictures are a wonderful gift for Mom! When you’re setting the frames up in your shop, it’s helpful to have a selection of frames together so that customers can choose one that fits their Mother’s style perfectly or possibly pick more than one!

*Tip: Frames aren’t just for pictures! Write a letter to your Mom, a thank you note, a favorite memory such as items like ticket stubs, pressed flowers, a key, or a scrap of fabric and frame it to display in your store. Set up a small station for customers to write their own notes of appreciation to their Mothers. This is an easy way to help your customers create a thoughtful gift.

Flowers are a traditional gift for Mother’s Day but can become a more personalized and long-lasting gift when paired with a vase picked out just for her, or a planter with a plant that will last for the years to come.

For the Mother who loves a relaxing day at home, a teapot or cup and saucer is a small way to recognize years of hard work! We can’t forget the coffee women; excellent selection coffee mugs are always a hit! If you sell tea or treats as well, this is a perfect opportunity to cross-merchandise!


Meals and memories are made in the kitchen! Darling aprons, measuring spoons, serving dishes, and useful kitchen mixing bowls are thoughtful gifts for the Moms who love to cook and entertain!


Trinket dishes, jewelry stands, and decorative trays are excellent gifts that can be used in so many ways! Perfectly fit to be displayed on a dresser, nightstand, or bathroom counter, these items quickly become ones that we can’t live without.


Our Flaire items are some of our favorite things to add to a gift basket. Soaps, lotions, and candles are wonderful gifts that help remind Moms to take a bit of time for themselves.


A new tote is fun and creative way to replace a basket or a gift bag. Fill one to display in your stores to give your customers a new way to wrap their gifts! Our variety of tunics offer a style and fit for everyone! Made of custom woven fabrics, they make a perfect gift for the Moms who want something a little special.

Do you have a favorite gift for mom? Let us know!

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Take It Inside: Fall and Winter Gardening

 

You may miss the sun’s warmth on your face when Fall’s cool weather arrives, but there’s no reason you’ve got to put your gardening gloves away as the seasons change. Put your hands to use and take your gardening activities indoors.

planters

Have you tried your hand at forcing bulbs? An easy process, winter and spring flowering bulbs like amaryllis, paperwhite narcissus, and hyacinths can brighten living spaces when the view outdoors is dreary and brown.

Shallow pots work very well, but pots of varying depths can be used; you’ll simply need a little more filler. Add enough pebbles or gravel to hold the bulbs in place. (If it’s a deeper pot, you can even fill it in with bubble wrap and then place your stones on top!) You don’t want to cover them, but do load up your vessel with bulbs – think about the payoff of a myriad of blooms!

ruffled planter

 

 

Once your bulbs are in place, add enough water to reach the base of the bulbs, just shy of touching them. Put your planter in a sunny spot, and watch how quickly roots will take – that will usually happen in just a day or two. In another month’s time, you’ll have gorgeous blooms bursting forth!

 

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate where tropicals thrive, but need to bring your plants inside once the temperature dips, you can show off larger specimens in statement planters. And we’ve got some great ones! These vessels look as great with twigs and branches in them as they do with live plants.

Corrugated Metal PlantersMagnesia Pot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget some other basic necessities if you’re going to keep the dirt off you and off your floors, and things that help keep your planting area organized.

aproncoir doormats

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Recipe File: Height of Summer BLTs with Roasted Poblano Aioli

The best parties always leave the host time to mingle with their guests and RELAX. If you’re the host, all the more reason to try to stick to that rule!

set the table for your Summer Party

For your next summer shindig, come up with a menu that lets your guests build their own dinner. Setting up stations where your friends and family can tailor their meal to their tastes is key. Pretty glasses and lemonade with some sliced strawberries and a few spirits mean the grownups can make a cocktail that’s theirs alone. Kids (let’s be honest, not only the kids) will love scooping their own ice cream for dessert, adding some sprinkles and syrups on top.

But the star of your meal – especially if you have at the ready these summery plates– will be the BLTs. Not just any BLTs, mind you. These have an added oomph that will bring smiles all around. This easy to make Roasted Poblano Aioli might just make the best BLT you’ve ever had.

BLT prep

It all takes just a little prep work, nothing too arduous. It is summer, after all. Roast the poblanos, cook the bacon, slice and toast the bread. Slice up those delicious tomatoes – sort of medium thickness – and wash the lettuce. You’re practically done! The aioli comes together quickly in a food processor.

After the party, if there’s any left, the poblano aioli can be served alongside grilled pork chops, stirred into corn and tortilla soup, dolloped over your morning sunny-side up eggs. IF there’s any left.

Happy summer!

Roasted Poblano BLT

Height of Summer BLTs with Roasted Poblano Aioli

Good crusty bread
Best tomatoes you can find, either heirloom or even better, home-grown
Bibb or romaine lettuce
Thick cut bacon
Salt and pepper

for the aioli:
2 egg yolks
1 clove garlic
¼ bunch parsley
1 TB lime juice
3 poblano peppers, roasted on the grill or under the broiler, then peeled, seeded, and chopped
Salt
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine and purée the egg yolks, garlic, and parsley in a food processor. Add the lime juice, roasted poblanos, and salt to taste. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, gradually adding more until it’s the consistency of mayonnaise. Check and adjust seasoning.

 

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Home Décor, 2017 Vol. 2

Shooting photos for our catalogs takes many, many hours – weeks, even – but the best days are the ones where the shoot involves a road trip. For the Havana and Waterside collections this season, our “studio” was on the coast near Gearhart, Oregon.

garland

Setup for the each of the shots actually takes a bit of time. What might look like a scene you’ve just happened upon while strolling on the beach more often than not has been arranged and rearranged, with the art director stepping back to peruse and consider, which then means more rearranging…

Behind the Scenes 2     Behind the Scenes 1    Behind the Scenes 3

But along the way, amidst all the hard work and long hours, there’s always a little play time.

quilts

We think our catalogs look better than ever! With more than 800 new items in this season’s Home Decor and Flaire catalogs, we hope you enjoy thumbing through them and shopping for new items as much as we did sourcing and shooting our new products.

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Notes From the Road / Flora and Fauna

The product development team is ready to head into fall! We finished up our summer with a long tour in Asia that included China and the Philippines. The Portland office is filling up fast with samples awaiting catalog photography. We are truly excited for you all to see the new release in January! There are still many details to finish up but soon, very soon, you will see what we’ve been working on the last 6 months.

take off!

 

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Creative Recipes / Watermelon Mint Salad

We like our salads filled with honey and fruit!  Not to mention yummy feta cheese. Don’t worry, we added fresh mint for to keep things green. These seasonal ingredients come together so wonderfully that there is hardly a dressing, just a simple drizzle of honey. You can pick up all of these ingredients at your local farmers market. All four of them! This recipe is about quality over quantity.  Smell and knock on watermelons (or whatever your system is) until you find the perfect one, get fresh local honey, spend a little more on the good feta, and find the mintiest mint. After that, the rest is easy!

honey watermelon mint feta salad

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3 Design Ideas – Vintage Tribal Sack

Our found vintage tribal sacks are undeniably stunning. That said, not everyone out there is in the market for a new sack 😉 We have had many requests from customers to share our ideas for creative uses of these bags. Since they are currently marked down as a show special at the moment, we thought this would be a great time to show off some great uses.

design inspiration with kilim bags

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Creative Recipes / Blood Orange and Grapefruit Spritzer

Summer is in full swing and the weather is heating up all around! ‘Tis the season of backyard barbecues, ice cream socials, and porch sitting with good friends. Next time you are looking for a fun refreshing beverage for your summer activities, try this insanely simple recipe. It is easy, delicious, and ultra cute (especially in our vintage reproduction pressed glass).

Ingredients for grapefruit blood orange sparkling juice

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