Archive for February, 2009

A Fresh Take On Damask

a fresh take on damask

We’ve all heard the word, and most of us know what it looks like, but what exactly IS damask? And why do we love it so? Damasks originated in France during the period of Louis XVI (which design buffs know was not a time known for minimalism and restraint). The patterns feature symmetrical designs, often with flowers or leaves and were originally woven from rich, fabulous silks. Sounds super luxe, right? And they were – variations of the original centuries old patterns are still used today. But we love a good twist, and the way damasks are interpreted today is nothing short of inspired. Pine Cone Hill prints their damask patterns on cotton in a wide range of colors sure to please from soft, subtle tints to bold chocolate (peony is one of our favorites, shown above). And if you love chocolate, check out our sand blasted damask table lamp. Got a yen for bold graphics? Decoupaged damask prints brighten up traditional vases, pitchers and desk accessories in a way that is sure to be noticed. A tufted loveseat covered in printed cotton damask combines an air of historical reference with a casual elegance by House Inc. And while it’s not really a damask pattern, we think King Louis XVI would have appreciated the elegant pattern silk screened onto the modern loft coffee table.

Ruffles, Sweet And Sassy


Little girls playing dress up – super adorable, right? If they could wear tutus and princess gowns out and about every day they would, but the quality of most “costumes” leaves a lot to be desired (not to mention that most fall apart after a few weeks use). So for moms of budding little fashionistas everywhere, we’ve introduced a stunning new line of pettiskirts and matching tanks that you MUST check out. Forget about stiff tulle “play” tutus, these pettiskirts are made from soft chiffon – yards and yards of deliciously frilly ruffles and layers that they can dance, prance and strut their stuff in. Paired together, the embellished tanks and pettiskirts are perfect for flower girl outfits, birthday celebrations and special family portraits. Afterwards your sassy cutie can mix each item in with her regular wardrobe of leggings, sneakers and sweaters to showcase her unique style.
Shop the entire range of pettiskirts and fashion tanks for infants, toddlers and kids.

Oh My – But You Are A Pretty Piece Of Furniture

European Classics

And such character too! Is this some treasured antique? A find from recent European travels? For everyone who craves home furnishings inspired by the classics (with a little twist), we are thrilled to introduce our new European Classics collection of furniture, lamps and accessories. The styling? We like to think of it as classic with a few quirks thrown in. You’ll find traditional Swedish, French and Italian design details, but the results are anything but tired and boring. The finishes are richly layered and textured, aged and antiqued in a stunning selection of colors and effects, often accented with painted details. Most pieces are hand built from mahogany, and because this is an eco-sensitive modern line, the artisan is committed to a “1 for 1” replanting program that replaces every tree used to produce each product. How cool and green is that? What we really love is how seamlessly any of these items works with a wide range of decorating styles, from quiet and sophisticated to eclectically colorful. Check out all the European Classics offerings and get inspired!