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It was a last minute realization that the week before Christmas might be a great time to grab a week away with my family. With my eldest daughter graduating from college and starting a job in NYC in early July, I started to panic. How many more opportunities will we have to travel as a family. It didn't take me long to convince my family that Christmas in Europe would be special experience. I selected Copenhagen, Denmark as our destination for two reasons: 1) Denmark's Christmas markets are ranked among the best in the world and I could manage to do some buying for the shop, and 2) my husband, the "foodie", was excited about trying many of Denmark's Michelin Star restaurants, including SOMA, ranked number one in the world.
Denmark, in December, has reasonably mild weather but, is relatively dark and sunless. Sunset starts at 3:30 every day which I found interesting! That being said, there is a sense of coziness that this weather seems to bring. In fact, the Danes called it "Hygee". You see the word being used everywhere. Candles are even labeled with the scent called Hygee!
There are five major Christmas markets in Copenhagen, all with the same festive atmosphere. Each one opens around November 19th and goes until December 23rd. Only Tivoli is open until the 31st. Christmas is celebrated on the 23rd in Denmark so most markets are closed on that day. Each Christmas market is a series of small stalls located in a city district selling Christmas crafts and holiday food. The food is amazing! Two things they all have in common. First, is Glogg and the second is Aebleskiver. Glogg is a red wine, port wine, with whole cloves, orange peel, rum and brandy all simmered over a low heat. The Danish add raisins and slivered almonds to the mix ,and eat it with a spoon. I didn't think I would like it because it smelled so strong. It reminded me of cough syrup. Much to my surprise it was delicious and kept me warm on those cold winter nights. Aebleskiver is the Danish version of a donut but it's not deep fried. It's served with a homemade raspberry sauce for dipping. Amazing!
For those of you that have shopped in my store during the Christmas holidays, you know that I commonly have some European decorations. I have always loved the Swedish Santa figure called the Tomte and the Danish version called the Nisse. They are mythological creatures that have morphed into a modern day "Santa" figurine. I couldn't get enough of these adorable creatures and brought home a suitcase full for the store.
Other things to buy are boiled wool slippers, woolen items and chocolate. The chocolatiers display their pieces of dark and milk chocolate in every imaginable shape and form. It's all dusted in cocoa powder and piled high in an amazing presentation that is hard to resist.
On to SOMA, the number #1 ranked restaurant in the world. I have no idea how my husband managed a reservation but he did. I'm almost afraid to ask. It's not uncommon for customers to fly to Denmark just for a dinner reservation that they may have made years in advance. If you have never heard about this restaurant, there is a famous documentary about the restaurant and its founder. It's worth watching. It will put it all in perspective. We arrived by taxi and were greeted by a staff member as we opened the door to the car. You are immediately escorted into the restaurant and warmly welcomed by the entire staff. That's right...the entire staff. This culinary journey consisted of 17 courses which included 3 desserts. The entire experience was part theater, part art and part culinary. I would say that many of the dishes were unrecognizable to me. Raw sea urchin was one of the dishes which I was only able to consume one bite. Their mission is to create dishes that are only sourced locally and are seasonal. For instance, they have one man who scours the forests in Northern Denmark in search of certain mushroom species. Another purveyor dives off the Northern coast for sea urchins. All of this comes together in the most unusual and somewhat outlandish presentation. It was certainly an experience.
One thing I should mention, should anyone decide to go, is that the entire city closes down Christmas Eve, including most restaurants. There are a few restaurants open but be sure to make your reservation early. As our holiday adventure was coming to a close we settled into a comfy section in the hotel lobby for some exciting rounds of Gin Rummy. It was a perfect way to spend Christmas Eve with my family enjoying some Danish Hygee.
Next day...back home to the U.S/!
Christmas Markets of Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens' Christmas Market November 19-December 31Nyhavn Canal Christmas Market November 15-December 22The German Christmas Market at Hojbro plads November 18-December 24Kegs. Nytorv's Christmas Market November 18-December 22H.C. Andersen Christmas Market at Axeltorv November18-December 23
This is the first year that Northshore Magazine has broken out the Best of Northshore - BONS HOME Awards. Savoir Faire Home is pleased and proud to announce that we have won Readers' and Editors' Choice for FURNITURE and HOME ACCESSORIES. Thank You to our wonderful clients for making this possible. AND a thank you to Northshore Magazine for the wonderful write-up in the FALL HOME issue. Be sure to pick up a copy!
"As soon as you walk into Savoir Faire Home's gorgeous Andover shop
and take a look around, you'll know that this
isn't your run-of-the-mill home accessories store.
Instead, you'll feel at home, inspired and excited to
incorporate the outstanding pieces on offer into your own decor.
Owner Lisa Duffy's incredible style and design sense
informs the elegant and beautiful curated,
hand-picked selections from around the world,
from European linens, to furniture, lighting, rugs, wall accents, and so much more.
Plus, Savoir faire Home offers a range of interior design services,
so you will have all the help you need
choosing the perfect items to enhance your own space."
Thank you North Shore Home Magazine!
What a lovely write up in your HOME Issue!
Savoir Faire Home is pleased and proud
to be offering clients a broad spectrum of interior design support
for projects of all sizes.
How special is Cambodia to me?
It becomes readily apparent when I approach the passport control desk in Siem Reap. The officer turns the pages of my passport and responds “welcome home Mrs. Duffy”.
It’s my 10th visit in 6 years and I’m excited to see the
28 Cambodian girls who affectionately call me “Mom”.
It’s late at night when I arrive with my daughter and husband but, it’s clear word has gotten out amongst the girls about my pending arrival. My IM account starts beeping upon arrival in Siem Reap and I know the girls are anxious to see us. They know it will be a fun and exciting week and a welcome break from their daily routine of chores and studying. I come bearing goodies of all kinds including Trader Joe’s chocolate cookie dough spread. 10 jars and many bags of pretzels later and it’s gone in minutes. They don’t get chocolate often if ever. The heat and the expense make it prohibitive.
Arts and crafts are always on our agenda. This is something most Cambodians have never experienced at home or at school. What teenage girl doesn’t love arts and crafts? T-shirt decorating, mirror painting and collage making kick off the start of the week. To watch the smiles and laughter when the girls start to paint is just such a great feeling. So little brings so much joy!
For the first time ever we attempt an ice cream party. To watch us transporting ice cream and toppings, in plastic wash tubs filled with ice, in an open air Tuc Tuc, in 100 degree heat, was hysterical. But we pulled it off!
Each afternoon, when we would leave the girls' house, we would start planning our nightly activities for another group of girls. These are the girls who once resided at the PAGE house but have since graduated and are now working and going to school. Many of these graduates still live in the area and they are also anxious to see us. Years ago, I started taking some of the recent graduates to dinner every evening. That has now transformed into a nightly reservation for 18-20. We seemed to have expanded beyond just the girls to boyfriends, husbands, friends and family. Other than the PAGE graduates most of the other attendees don’t even speak English! It's funny to look around the table and see Uncle Sarem staring back at you smiling and not knowing one word of Khmer. All kidding aside,It is so much fun to see how these girls are transforming into young women before my eyes. For the most part they are managing through some of the most difficult situations and trying to stay focused on completing their education but, it clearly is no easy task. Working full time and going to school ,while still having to send money to their families, is a lot of pressure for someone just entering adulthood. My visit always culminates with a party and a couple of pinatas. It’s so much fun but, always so bittersweet to know it will be some time before we see each other again. “It’s not goodbye but see you later” I say to the girls.
Before I depart I manage to visit my favorite village for ceramics. Each piece is handmade and unique to each artist. The owner recognizes me immediately and says he will now offer me a discount he only saves for his best customers. I also know that it is low season and he is anxious for some sales.
I also stop in another village to check in with my some weavers who are working on more placemats and napkins for the store. Handmade products, small artisianal workshops and and age old craftsmanship are something I can’t get enough of.
Before I leave Cambodia I make one last stop at Ta Prohmn
Temple. In all the times I have been to Cambodia,I have never visited this site.
This is the temple made famous by Angelina Jolie in the Tomb Raiders. It’s in much of the same condition in which it was found: a combination of trees growing out of the ruins deep in the jungle. It’s quite a site and I would recommend going early in the morning because it is unbearably hot and was crowded, even in the off season.
Next stop, Myanmar, formerly Burma.
Myanmar has always fascinated me. Twenty five years ago my husband and I visited the border between Myanmar and Thailand. I remember watching the droves of people crossing over the border into Thailand each morning looking for work. It was, and still is, a desperately poor country and at that time,most Burmese had never seen a foreigner. Clearly no one with fair skin, light hair and blue eyes. I remember standing at the border crossing admiring their traditional dress. Little did I know that I was more interesting to them. They wanted to touch my face and hair. It was just a little unsettling. Each evening they would have to make the trek across the border back home. Getting out of this country was almost as difficult as getting in. Myanmar has suffered for years under a brutal military regime until the countries heroine, Aung San Suu Kyi, won in a landslide in the country’s first democratic election. Aung San Suu Kyi was held captive in her own home for almost 15 years by the military rulers. Recently opened to tourism, Myanmar was always on my bucket list and I was eager to start this part of my adventure.
We landed in Ragon, Myanmar which is the country’s largest city. It’s much more developed than Siem Reap. It’s also a much more conservative country than Cambodia. Most women still wear the traditional ankle length silk skirt,called a longyi, that is adorned with some intricate embroidery. There are far fewer westerners on th streets of Ragon. Strangers came up to us asking to take our pictures. I was told it was a sense of pride to have a picture hanging in your house with a foreigner, even if you don’t know the person. You’ll also quickly notice that most Burmese men and women wear a chalky mask on their faces. It’s made from a natural tree pulp and it’s supposed to be a sign of beauty while offering sunscreen and other benefits. Even babies have their faces adorned with this mask.
On our first day we took the ferry from Ragon over to Bagan. It's a short ride to Bagan and well worth the visit. There are no cars in Bagan and I wanted to visit some of the local artisans. My transportation around Bagan was a Burmese version of a rickshaw.
Of we went to my first stop. I was told there was a candle maker there who has been making candles the same way for the past 100 years. It was an amazing site to see. Big cauldrons of boiling wax being hand poured into tiny birthday candle sized molds. It must have been 120 degree in "rustic" barn.
My favorite part of traveling is seeking out local artisans. This was well worth the visit.
My second day in Ragon included a visit to Scotts market. It's a large sprawling market that sells everything from jewelry and silk to jade. I am in my glory searching for new and exciting pieces to bring back to the shop. Mother of pearl, silk and embroidered bags were just a few of favorite purchases.
If you come,there are few ATM's so make sure you exchange money at your hotel. Credit cards are not excepted and neither are US dollars.
I've been to Bangkok at least 4 times. It's a big,busy and congested city. My main reason in visiting Bangkok is to go to the world famous Chatuchak Market. It's only open Friday evening through Sunday evening. It contains everything from rare and exotic animals to cutting edge clothing designers and housewares. I love this market and it continues to fascinate me. The Thai vendors love to bargain and it becomes silly when you realize your fighting over pennies. You can get lost in this market and it's advisable to take a map. We spent 8 hours there one day and only covered 1/3 of the market. I think I like it so much because, many of the Asian markets I visit, I see the same items over and over again. This market is unique and contains many local designers selling one of a kind items.
My next stop in Bangkok is to Siam Discovery. I have been very fortunate in my business to experience double digit growth. I'd like to think it's because I seek out the unique and unusual and create a shopping experience that is not the norm in the US. I am always on the look out for cutting edge lifestyle retailers that I can learn from. I hit the jackpot with Siam Discovery.
Normally ,when I hear the word mall I think of cookie cutter stores selling mass produced items. This mall was the exception. It's hard to describe why it was so special. I headed straight up to the home accessories section and it didn't disappoint me. Row after row of long tables divided into small sections. Each section displayed a very small sampling of one-of-a kind artist and home ware designers. Each designer had their web site prominently displayed and a bar code to scan if you wanted to view,or purchase, more items from the vendor. It just made shopping such a adventure. Siam Discovery was all about discovery and it didn't disappoint. It even had an interactive exhibit where you type in your Instagram account and 100's of small monitors create a visual collage of you account. I would call the whole experience part shopping and part museum.
Until my next trip....thanks for following!
The last leg of my trip took me to Toulouse for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. If you've never been, it's definitely worth the trip. Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France and it's located in the mid Pyrenees. It's a very young city due to its high concentration of universities. I would describe it as a mix of Harvard Square with a twist of Spanish influence. It is an amazing city to walk in and has a great central square.
No taxis or metros are necessary here. Narrow cobblestone pedestrian streets, friendly people and fewer tourists. It's got a world famous opera house and it was fun to watch people all dressed for the performances.
I am by no means a food critic but this place had amazing food. It's a combination of French and Spanish influences. I had a Spanish style " bouillabaisse " at Emile's one night and it was out of this world. Another Toulouse speciality is violets and they have managed to use violet flavor in just about everything. Violet marshmallows, violet liqueur, violet chocolate and many many more items. I'm not so found of the flavor but it looks pretty.
I also stop in at La Compagnie Du Chocolate. This place was to die for if you love chocolate. The owner was eager to let me take pictures and describe her process for French fudge. It doesn't include butter!
Heading home tomorrow...
can't wait to see my family.
I love France BUT
there's no place like home!
Savoir Faire Home was mentioned in The February 3rd Boston Globe! We've carried Swedish Dishcloths for a year now. We have a hard time keeping them in stock. They ARE great on countertops and any kitchen or bath surface...so cute too!
THEY ARE BACK IN STOCK IN MANY DIFFERENT PATTERNS AND COLORS!!
It is time to say goodbye to Paris but not before I mention my new favorite hotel. Located in the Latin Quarter near St. Germaine and Notre Dame is this beautiful quaint hotel called Relais Christine.
Located on 3 Rue Christine, it is a little slice of heaven and a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nestled in a small alley, it's quintessential French at its best.
Each room is decorated differently. My room was covered in Pierre Frey fabric with soft lavender toile on the walls and accents of grey. It really made a beautiful combination.
Every time another room opened its doors, I tried to sneak a peek! The lobby was small, cozy and inviting…made you want to hang out and people watch.
The breakfast was included in the price of the room and served in the stone cellar. It was just an incredible space and seemed untouched through the years.
Two great restaurants worth mentioning are Chez Fernand and Restaurant AG. Chez Fernand seemed to be favored by the locals while Restaraunt AG, though more touristy, presented their dishes like works of art…almost too pretty to eat!
Off to Toulouse!
It seems the recent tragic events in Paris have impacted the design community. Every year there seems to be one bright luscious color that takes hold of this great design event. In years past, I've seen bright orange, deep purple and turquoise in everything from bedding to lighting and furniture. This year, the colors are very dark, muted and a little somber. Deep blues, subdued grays and taupes are everywhere. The contrast of black juxtaposed with white is the only real attempt at color. But luckily, like fashion, color will return!
Today, as I was walking through the show, I came to a "booth" decorated in traditional French Haussmann style architecture. I was truly amazed when I got close enough to realize it was all done in wallpaper. The trompe l'oeil effect was so authentic and beautiful. This French designer has created a line of wallpaper, wall coverings,vinyl rugs and pillows in a wide variety of trompe l'oeil effects. Wall coverings that mimic a birds eye view into some of Paris' most elegant apartments. The vinyl floor coverings mimic perfectly aged French hard wood floors and antique tin tiles. I can already envision so many applications for this sophisticated and stylish French product.
Where do you go when you're looking for inspiration and design trends?
You go to Paris and, in particular,
you go to Maison Objet, one of the largest and most innovative home design shows in the world. Here you'll see everything from designer textiles,handcrafted furniture and the finest in home accessories.
I arrived on a very cold morning and quickly warmed up after my first cup of French cafe au lait. There's nothing like French coffee! Within 10 minutes of my arrival, I stumbled on a Portuguese glassmaker. The company, run by a mother and son duo, makes the most beautiful colored glasses, dishes and table top items. The jewel tones of the glass candlesticks would be perfect in almost any room in your home. I can't wait for these to arrive in time for Spring.
Next up on my list is a favorite for many Savoir Faire Home clients. Arte Pura from Italy creates some of the most elegant and sophisticated table, bed and bath linens that are like nothing else I've ever seen.
I've ordered them in a variety of muted tones and each one is adorned with hand applied crochet and lace. These are so special. This year I added some of Arte Pura's candles. Each candle is decorated with wax lace.
As the long day was coming to an end, I was happy to see a familiar face. Sergio from Bella fabrics greeted me with a big Italian hug. Bella fabrics produces fine Italian wool and cashmere blankets and they were a big hit at Savoir Faire Home. His new introductions include hand embroidered wool in the most incredible designs. The quality of their workmanship is incredible.
A trip to Maison Objet will always include a sighting or two of the most bizarre. This year didn't disappoint me. Here is just a few of the craziest things I saw. A refrigerator covered in blue fur!
Pillows and benches made from hay. Yes, real hay!
Finally, florescent colored Turkish olive jars.
1-1½ lbs of cubed butternut squash (1” cubes)
5 cups of chicken stock
4 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
¾ Cup ½ and ½ - or milk
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
Place sqash in heavy 4 quart pot with chicken stock. Cook over medium heat until tender – about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer squash to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Stir stock into squash puree. Set aside. In same pot, melt butter, stir in flour and curry. Cook, stirring over medium heat until smooth. Add pureed squash mixture to pot. Increase heat to medium-high heat and stir until soup thickens slightly. Reduce heat and add ½ and ½. DO NOT ALLOW SOUP TO BOIL AFTER THIS POINT. Add lime juice, salt and pepper. Ladle soup in to tureen. When ready, serve in bowls and serve immediately.
Start your Thanksgiving feast with Harvest Bisque soup.
Served in this beautiful soup tureen from Savoir Faire Home...
wonderful on your own table or to take to your host's home.
Just back from FALL High Point, NC Market!
We spent last week at the High Point Designer Fall Market. Found some great things for the shop.....
Fell in LOVE with this little sled!
Found some great new
furniture, rug, lighting and accessory options
for our interior design clients.
Trends at High Point confirmed Savoir Faire Home's
relaxed sophisticated decorating style using natural colors
textured fabrics and rugs
...with a pop of something unexpected.
We are excited to share some of our finds with our customers!
The bathroom was handicapped accessible and outdated. Moving the shower and expanding it with a seamless glass door made it the focal point of the bathroom. The shower subway tiles are honed marble. Flooring is natural stone. The layout allowed for double pedestal sinks to complete the look.
Savoir Faire Home recently completed a total renovation of this lovely 1950's Garrison Colonial in downtown Andover. Our goal OUTSIDE was to update the look without changing the structure of the house. This home has good "bones"! Replacing the red clapboard with cedar shingles, putting in new black windows and floor to ceiling ones on the first floor and updating the front door went a long way in changing the look of this home. New landscaping, granite steps and walkway and black shutters completed the look.
The front of the house – the dining room, kitchen and living room – were all separate rooms and very dark. My goal was to open up the space to allow more light in and make the space more useable. We pulled the wall back in the dining room and took out the built in china cabinet. This opened the space into the kitchen. The floors are stained in 50% Jacobean and 50% Ebony.
Removing the wall between the kitchen and family room further opened up the space! An open floor plan immediately updated the first floor. The counter top accommodates 5 counter stools. Cabinets are all custom in "Grandma's China"- a wonderful soft grey. Countertops are honed marble.
Next up, is the bathroom update!
When my husband and I found out that our daughters would be away for most of the summer, we decided to hit the road as well. Our first stop was Vienna, Austria. The last time I was in Vienna was almost 30 years ago. I had remembered little about Vienna except a Saturday morning flea market filled with great finds and delicious food. At the time, my sister and then brother-in-law owned a large antique import business. They traveled extensively all around the world and filled entire containers with some of the most amazing pieces. I managed to find the same market on this recent trip. Every Saturday morning at the end of Naschmarkt is an "antique" market. Wow, how times have changed. Instead, It appeared that people had cleaned out their closets, rolled all their belongs into a bed sheet and dumped it on the ground. So much for merchandising! I did manage to see some amazing crystal chandeliers and glassware for sale. And keep your eyes out for an old woman selling antique table linens and grain sacks. Her prices were reasonable and she was willing to bargain!
My favorite find of the day....sweet poppyseed bread just like my grandmother used to make. My grandmother was born in Czechoslovakia and wasn't much of a baker except for her poppyseed and nut breads. She would make this sweet paste out of the poppy seeds and then roll it into a bread and bake it. I actually managed to put one in my luggage to take back to my 89 year old Mom. I'm looking forward to seeing the smile on her face once my mom takes a bite out of the poppyseed bread!
Also on my list of favorite things is an ice cream shop called EIS. I love ice cream and can't resist a good cone every now and then. This shop makes the most amazing ice cream from farm fresh ingredients. Try the pumpkin seed oil ice cream.
I know it doesn't sound the best but the flavor was just like eating sweet pumpkin seeds. If you are traveling to Vienna and looking for an excursion you must also go to MELK. This town sits high above the Danube and is just exquisite. With it's cobblestoned streets and romantic architecture it is a welcome respite from the heat of the city. Try any of the apricot made products from this area. The glazed apricot seeds were my favorite.
Next stop Budapest!
This has to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It's certainly my favorite. Most of the city was bombed to pieces during WWII and the following Soviet "liberation" but much was rebuilt to replicate the original designs. Budapest has a certain pre-war charm and it's easily manageable on foot. First stop on my list was the central market. The central market is an old railway station converted into food and craft stalls. I have never seen so many kinds of salami and sausage in my life.
Many of the sausage and dried meats are seasoned with Hungary's world famous paprika.
The stall owners are all willing to give you a sample. The local handicraft at the market is also quite extensive. Some of the specialties include embroidery and cut work pieces, hand-painted household items and decorations, hand-painted eggs, unique handmade Christmas ornaments and much much more.
The prices are a little steep here but you can still find some great bargains. If you can appreciate that many of the pieces are handmade, then they are worth the price. We also took a day trip to a local artist colony and found much of the same but for less money.
My favorite was a sister and brother team selling some of the most amazing hand-embroidered items. I bought tons of hand embroidered placemats and napkins for the store. The owner was so sweet and gave me a hand embroidered wall hanging with a Hungarian "home blessing" as a token of her appreciation.
I would also suggest the Saturday morning flea market in Budapest called Petofi Csarnok. Many of the craftsmen and women come from the countryside to sell their wares. I met a young man selling antique embroidered linens. He told me that his grandfather had traveled the countryside for many years during the war and would buy hand embroideries from local villages. He is now in his 80's and wants to sell many of his pieces in order to have a comfortable retirement. He was so proud to be doing this in memory of his grandfather. I left his stall with two giant bags and a big smile. I love these kinds of finds! I am looking forward to selling some of these amazing pieces in my shop and you can expect some very special holiday items.
If you should ever come to Budapest don't miss the Terror Museum. It's one of the best museums I have ever been in my travels all over the world. This museum covers the Nazi occupation and the Soviet rule over Hungary. Though the subject matter is sad, it's a sobering reminder of the atrocities of war. You could easily spend a day here so leave yourself plenty of time. On a lighter note....I would skip the mineral bath houses that Budapest is famous for. My husband was dying to go so I reluctantly joined him. Imagine taking a bath with the Hungarian Army? That's what it felt like as I stepped into a warm crowded pool with 100's of the city largest and hairiest men. I counted down the minutes and than got out in search of another pool that was a bit cooler and less crowded. I found one indoors that was much less crowded and much cooler that was mostly filled with older women doing water aerobics. Little did I know that hygiene was such in such high regard when I was ordered out of this pool because I didn't have the required bathing cap. I couldn't believe they were concerned about my hair in the pool when most of the men swimming were covered in it.
Well so much for that!
Savoir Faire Home now has Farmhouse Pottery from Woodstock, Vermont. This beautiful pottery is handmade, microwavable, oven and dishwasher safe. The clay and glazes are lead-free and from 100% American mined materials. Each piece is made to withstand the most demanding everyday use. Beauty and function in one!
Stop in for a visit.
On the Road....Again!
I returned from Asia and had just enough time to unpack, wash my clothes and pack again. I am in Atlanta on a buying trip for both the shop and some exciting new design projects. Today, I focused my attention on a lovely home on Goose Rocks Beach, ME. My client and her family have just finished a light and airy addition to the family room. The goal of this space was a larger place for her family to gather and additional sleeping space for frequent overnight guests. The room is filled with luscious stone washed linens in taupe, oyster and a soft sea foam green. We covered the daybed cushion in Linara from Romo fabric. This linen comes in 337 color ways and is washable. The color is Mineral. We paired it with three custom 28X28 Euro pillows in a striped Romo fabric from the IZORA collection. The pattern name is Melia and the color is Celeste.
My challenge was finding some great accent pillows that were textured, "beachy" and pulled the whole project together. I was so excited when I found these great pillows from V Rugs and Home. V Rugs and Home sources the finest Belgian linens and custom makes each pillow to your size and color specifications. Knotted fringe reminiscent of nautical rope, two dimensional geometric and braided appliqués make these pillows perfect for the project.
The finishing touch was this washed linen throw blanket!
North Shore Magazine write up!!
"While Savoir Faire Home specializes in sophisticated home styling, the shop is certainly not limited to furniture. Mer Sea Soaps, a variety of French candles, dishes and other housewares, and even handmade pottery and linens all adorn the shelves of Savoir Faire, which feels more like a cozy and impeccably designed home than a gift shop. Experienced staff are always on hand to give design advice or recommend the coolest new pieces to spruce up a room."
Every time I come to Asia I am always amazed at the quality of the craftsmanship of the local artisans. The weavers are no exception. The weaving village near Bakong employs illiterate women and gives them ability to rise above the poverty that surrounds them. It's amazing that I am able to communicate just enough with the manager, a women in her early 40's, and end up with a finished product that is both unique and of the highest quality. I just reviewed samples of some placemats I am having made for the shop. They are being made in a luxurious heavy cotton in beautiful grey,taupe,brown and blue. I can't wait to decorate a table with these beautiful linens.