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How To: Make Your Home Feel Warmer This Fall and Winter

How To Make Your Home Feel Warmer This Fall and Winter
As you know by now, we are all about color, texture, warmth and style. Some say, this is our season! We recently came across an article in "Home & Garden" magazine that gave six steps to making your interior space cozier and fall-proof, and wanted to show you examples of how to accomplish these stylish tips. As shown in the list, an easy solution to beating the cold is making your home and space just a little bit warmer with colors, textures, and materials. So bundle up and read below!

Six tips from Home and Garden:

1. Dress up an already popular interior color, gray, with lighter gray tones, charcoals, and metallic. Our gold metallic cowhide rug and gray block patch pattern hide are good options to add more texture and color variation to your floor. For the bed, a leather textile pillow or a metallic leather square pattern pillow adds a fun and unique touch more so than your everyday pillow.
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2. Change out current textiles for warmer colors and textures such as wool and colors of earthy tones like clay red, sandy brown, and moss green. Try out our vintage textiles from Northern Argentina, each has different patterns and vibrant colors. They look amazing used as a throw, blanket or rug. Our gold plush shearling rug, is another way to warm up a cold room.

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3. Place throws or blankets in your room rich in fall colors, such as burnt orange, wine burgundy, or chocolate brown. Our alpaca wool herringbone weave throws come in great colors. You can use them on a sofa, chair, or at the foot of a bed. For a warmer throw, our nutria fur throw in rich deep brown comes trimmed in leather and our shearling throw , made of sheared sheep fur cannot be beat for warmth and texture.

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4. Sw
itch up textures and materials and try ones such as fur or suede. Our popular Patagonia sheepskin stools are a great, comfortable option for seating and our alpaca fur or suede pillow add a cozy warm feeling to any environment.

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5. The glow of a lit candle adds a taste of winter sensation, they can add fall scents and a warm lifting mood. According to the article "Metallic candles can add a sense of luxury." We recommend taking it a step further and checking out our silver candlesticks adorned with natural horn, bone and even ostrich eggs. They are all one-of-a-kind, and besides adding some warmth, they are always noticed and good conversation pieces. Below are our alpaca silver candlesticks with horn and ostrich egg accents.


6. For those of you who have a fireplace, make a statement using buckets or pots to hold the firewood. If you don't have one, you can always place Birchwood inside for decoration. Our colorful ceramic glazed pots are a great complement to the more rustic looking wood.




How's that for color, texture, warmth and style! Guaranteed to take the edge off winter! You my never want to leave your home!

Cheers,
Frank Campanale


updated: 4 years ago

Home Tour: Inside a Connecticut Farmhouse With Vintage Soul

Home Tour Inside a Connecticut Farmhouse With Vintage Soul


Settled into a career as the author of her lifestyle site, as well as being an interior stylist and floral designer, Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo and her husband decided to leave the city life. They sold their SoHo loft and purchased a property in the hills of Litchfield, Connecticut, for weekend getaways and rented a small postage stamp-sized apartment in New York City for the workweek.




Amy adapted to country living; she had plenty of space, was able to enojy sunrises and sunsets, and quickly learned to take design cues from Mother Nature. “I was inspired by the colors you see during winter in northwest Connecticut,” she says. “Black, gray, brown, pale blue, and stark white. By the time I added art, rugs, and scatter pillows, the vibe changed a bit, but if you stripped all of my furniture out of here, you’d see only neutrals.”



“I refer to my husband as Mr. Design Within Reach”




Amy, who has been collecting anything vintage since college, styles each room for their purpose. The kitchen has a focus on contrast, the living room is elegant, and the bedroom is dark and gloomy. We Love how Amy styles pieces of different scales and shapes them together, creating unmatched personally in this beautiful Connecticut home.



Check out the original Article here!


Cheers,
Frank Campanale

updated: 4 years ago

How To: Mix Styles with Confidence

How To Mix Styles with Confidence

Unless you are starting from scratch and can afford to buy every last thing for your home at one time, it's completely normal for your aesthetic to develop. This developing aesthetic may still include inherited items, hand-me-downs, "ok for now" pieces, and ones you simply change your mind on.


“Do you do much mixing at home, with the style, age or materials of your furniture? What are your best tips for an eclectic interior that feels effortless?”




The confident mixing of different color, texture, warmth, and style is a skill, so how do you go about acquiring it?


Check out the article here.

updated: 4 years ago

Product of the Week: Handmade Organic Cotton Scarves made in Guatemala

Product of the Week Handmade Organic Cotton Scarves made in Guatemala

Help support a fair trade business whose mission is to provide social and economic opportunities to indigenous artisans in Guatemala.

Since we’ve been traveling to South America, the transformation of reality is evident in their social, economic, and cultural changes. We want to help establish a more sustainable world by building trust and working together with indigenous people’s cooperatives that produce high quality handmade textiles. We saw clearly devoted ability, reliability, and fairness attributed to the high quality production in Guatemala, so we are sure with your help these artisans can have a secure income and make a dignified living.


During our last stay at Casa Santo Domingo, Guatemala we visited some of the local textile artists. We were offered an irresistible  opportunity to watch them dye cotton and wool and they set up a gas stove and pot to give us a live demonstration of the process. The natural dyes are created for the fabric from Logwood chips that are steeped and drained for about 20 minutes. Then the large pieces of raw fabric are soaked in the natural dye and after just a few minutes, it turns to a very deep purple/black color. The raw fabrics were then left to hang for a number of hours. Once dry, it can be woven into a beautiful scarf, blanket, throw, or other textiles.


It is amazing to see the dying process in person since many Americans are far detached from the processes of production. They would be astonished, seeing the way society used to accomplish the task of fabrication before people were replaced with machinery. The quality of handmade goods remains unsurpassed and these beautiful 100% cotton scarves are surly no exception.

updated: 4 years ago

Product of the Week: Our Hand Loomed Wool Carpets from Guatemala

Product of the Week Our Hand Loomed Wool Carpets from Guatemala
On our recent trip to Antigua, Guatemala, we attended the New World Crafts Fair, an annual event showcasing home decor products with a focus on incorporating traditional techniques with modern design. To us, the hit of the show were these strikingly beautiful wool carpets that we couldn't resist, incorporating aspiring color, amazing warmth, delicate texture, and striking style.


Crafted by artisans using a traditional pedal loom, these carpets are a great combination of wool and cotton that create Mayan and Hispanic inspired shapes and designs. These local weavers are committed to honoring the traditional techniques of craftsmanship that have been passed down through generations. As a result, the products preserve the Mayan culture, promote environmental and social awareness by using recycled materials, and develop sustainable trade opportunities for developing nations.


By purchasing these wool carpets, we help create sustainable communities & employment for the future of Guatemala! Help us help them, Promoting effective value chains and generating better jobs, thus reducing poverty. Help support over 500 Guatemalan artists! Carpets are currently in stock with sizes of 3x5' and 4x6' with the colors and designs shown Here. Hope you enjoy these beautiful pieces of art as much as we do!



Cheers,
Frank Campanale



updated: 4 years ago

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