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Architectural Digest article brings flurry of interest!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Article: Discoveries by DesignersCheck out the June 2010 Architectural Digest for an article entitled “Architectural Digest, June 2010Discoveries by Designers”, on page 99, our bamboo desk decoupaged with shells is featured. This has caused a flurry of interest with calls every day from decorators across the country wanting to find out more about this piece and the rest of our decoupaged bamboo collection.

These pieces are fun and versatile – which is why we love them and why this article has created such a buzz!

We take period bamboo pieces, mostly dating from the 3rd-4th quarters of the 19th century, and have the damaged original surfaces rehabilitated to create this wonderful decoupaged finish. These pieces originally had woven rattan, embossed paper or lacquer surfaces, which are often heavily damaged over time. After we preserve the original structure and decoupage the surfaces, the end result is a unique and decorative piece to be used in a multitude of settings.

Paltrow, Silver and Wine

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

It always seems that the world gets smaller and smaller–so a fun story.  At the Nashville Antiques and Garden Show in February Gwyneth Paltrow and her children Apple and Moses dropped by the booth and Apple fell in love with some sterling iced beverage spoons.  She thought they were for ice cream sundaes/parfaits–a great use (I always use them for root beer floats).  They bought the entire flatware service for their upstairs family kitchen and some elegant serving pieces as well.  I then started following Ms. Paltrow’s fun blog/commentary/whatever called Goop and in April she did a lengthy wine segment.  Turns out their favorite pinot noir is Au Bon Climat by Jim Clendennon and he is a friend of ours and the business partner of our cousin Bob Lindquist famous for his Qupe syrahs and chardonays.  They serve the wines to all their English friends to introduce them to great California Central Coast wines–Jim and Bob are two of the original and justly famous “Rhone Rangers” who introduced the Rhone varietals to that region.  Now if you only needed silver to drink wine ! (and yes,  sterling goblets are fun if you use them with the correct wines at the correct temperatures–but not a necessity!)  Harvey Nichols and Whole Foods are convenient spots to buy their wines in London–all good wine stores in America.