Spring is the perfect time to branch out, shed the old, try something new. Faux bois (from the French for false wood) is a fun decorating trend, and we adore it when done with the perfect mix of sass, class and tongue in cheek style. We bring you some of our favorite finds – and a preview of Oly – a new line we’ll soon be “branching out” to carry here at Layla Grayce!
Archive for April, 2010
At Layla Grayce, Mother’s Day holds a special place in our hearts, and in anticipation of the celebration to come we’d like to introduce you to Olive & Cocoa – one of our “go to” places to shop for our own corporate gift giving. Lisa Berglund, co-founder of Olive & Cocoa, is an expert gift-giver in all senses of the word. Olive & Cocoa has infused its offerings with consistent, beautiful photography, and a unique product selection all wrapped up with a personal touch. Here are Lisa’s own thoughts as to her own gift-giving philosophy:
Oilo crib bedding bestows soothing vibes to nurseries with their cool colors and mellow, clean, modern graphics. With its name having roots in the Hawaiian language – Oilo is destined to make worries float out to sea. In addition to the fabulous gender-neutral color palate, this line has tremendous mix n’ match abilities – including throw pillow and snappy pendant lighting options. Oilo’s done the work, now it’s time to chill.
All multi-tasking mom’s know, sometimes our little darlings need a bit of a lift… and what better way for them to see the world than in a stylish Petunia Pickle Bottom baby carrier. Three snazzy options – Scout Walkabout, Sightseer, and Tourguide – let you pick your flavor, from rough and rugged to pretty and patterned. Petunia knows their stuff, and eco-friendly is the name of the game. Never has “baby wearing” been so fashionably easy.
The High Point furniture show is a grand retailer’s shopping event in North Carolina that consists of long high-energy days strolling through multiple buildings and showrooms, searching for the standout products that hit trends spot-on. It’s an LG treasure hunt of sorts that we gladly embrace! One of the highlights was meeting Rachel Ashwell, former proprietor of Shabby Chic, a line we sold to our customers. We discussed the re-birth of the company, took a seat in her new upholstered pieces, felt textiles and pre-viewed her new case good line. All live up to standard we have come to know and love from her.
Here’s what we can look forward to throughout 2010 by way of trends and upcoming additions to the Layla Grayce family:
- An abundance of linen and texture. Upholstery, pleated lamp shades, even linen wrapped case goods such as a chest which was then sealed with a matte finish.
- The pantone color of the year: turquoise. Popular in fashion, it’s already seeping over into home furnishings and accessories… chairs, lamps, chests, rugs, pillows and an actual turquoise stone-draped chandelier.
- Purple. Following in the footsteps of fashion once again, we loved the use of violets and purple in a few upholstered pieces and pillow accents.
- Heavy metal rocked on. Interesting silver and gold leaf metal shapes and more texture seen again. Dainty metal floral designs adorned pendant lights. A personal favorite – a rectangular geometric shaped dining fixture.
- Reclaimed wood. A trend that’s here to stay for a while. This is typically stronger wood that has been taken for use from one place and used in another (such as in furnishings), feeding our appetite.
- Nailheads. Featured on chairs, beds, and mirrors – from antique reproduction styles to more modern pieces.
- Bold, colorful accessories. While the general tone trend is natural and earthy, this look was accentuated with the use of bright, punchy accent colors in mirrors, rugs, pillows and lighting.
- Price points. We observed that vendors have become sensitive to the economic climate and are making alterations in their lines accordingly – introducing price-conscious items still stacked with style. With our customers always in mind, this kept our market smiles beaming bright!
With Earth Day only a few short days away, we’d like to highlight our noteworthy vendors that pay it forward by doing their part to keep it green saving the world, one eco-friendly product at a time. We applaud their efforts to craft environmentally friendly products that never sacrifice style.
Your mom deserves a gift every bit as special and unique as she is. Show your love this Mother’s Day with a gift chosen to suit her style to perfection. Our new mother’s day gift boutique makes shopping a breeze – which one describes your mom?
Long admired for their nursery design blog, Project Nursery has blossomed into somewhat of an authority on the subject. We are happy to have co-creators Melisa Fluhr & Pamela Ginocchio share their savvy sense of style and inspirations for a spring nursery in today’s featured post. Welcome ladies!
Spring is in the air, pep is in our step, it’s time to break out the linen. At Project Nursery, we look to none other than Pom Pom at Home – a lovely bedding line created by Belgium designers passionate about the casual elegance of quality linens.
No longer is the look limited to your clothing or exclusive to celebrity nurseries (umm… JLO). We can’t tell you how often we suggest white bedding to our Little Apple Design clients as a spring board for nursery inspiration. It usually catches them off guard however what’s more beautiful than delicate textures or breathable linen to add a little luxury to the room, year round.
If you’re looking for a practical baby shower gift, this new line of bibs and burp cloths are born to impress with their retro chic patterns that are as eco friendly as they are inventive. Behold the Bucket of Burpies – smart, witty packaging with 3 delightful signature burpies inside. Quite possibly the “go to” gift of the year. Save the planet, one stylish baby shower gift at a time.