Peacock Alley: Spring/Summer 2014 Introductions

Keeping with their signature style of classic elegance, Peacock Alley has added many new collections for Spring/Summer 2014.

Combining cotton and linen for the perfect summertime weight, the Mary Ella Bedding Collection is the perfect balance of sweet femininity and practicality.

Mary Ella Bedding From $100

 

Embracing modern simplicity, the new Billy Collection has a subtle jacquard ticking stripe in five inviting hues.

Billy Bedding From $100

 

Adding new spice to an already flawless design, the Majorca Cable Knit Cotton Blanket gets a new punch of color in Blue, Aqua, Green and Coral.

Majorca Cable Knit Cotton Blanket $265

 

Now available in the all new Grand Euro pillow size, collections such as the Mandalay Bedding offer the ultimate indulgence for your bedroom: the height of a Euro Sham with the width of a King Sham, 26 x 36 inches.

Mandalay Bedding From $125

 

With just the right touch of pastel, the new Charleston Collection has subtle Southern charm in a delicate floral pattern.

Charleston Bedding From $100

 

On soft, sateen cotton, Emma exhibits a hand-drawn geometric print in colors that will mix and match perfectly with the more subdued styles.

Emma Bedding From $80

 

For more beautiful bed and bath linens by Peacock Alley, click here.

Fresh-Squeezed, Summer Style: Decorating with Citrus Hues

Summer is on the horizon, and we’re captivated by the citrus palettes making a splash on the design scene! From tangerine to grapefruit, pops of punchy colors are perfect for adding a tangy twist to traditional interiors. Combine two or more extroverted hues, like lemon with lime, for a juicy, ‘Happy Chic’ look, a la Jonathan Adler or Trina Turk.

Here are some of our favorite picks this season:

Trina Turk Flora Bedding

Trina Turk Flora Bedding

For al fresco dining, nothing beats the chic but practical acrylic drinkware from Mario Luca Giusti.  We love how artistic the Palla Fluo pitchers look en masse …

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Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Florence … photo courtesy Mario Luca Giusti

… and how easily they can brighten anything up – even an ancient Italian cobblestone courtyard!

Recreating the Italian garden … photo courtesy Lambert + Associates

Sprinkle your interiors with these citrus accents for a bright, modern, and peppy aesthetic.

Trina Turk Tangier Stripe Bedding, $33.00-$168.00

Oomph Greenwich Side Table, $1455.00

Garnier-Thiebaut Citron Zeste Kitchen Towels (S/4), $78.00

Haviland & Parlon Yellow Dinnerware, $125.00-$1825.00

Lance Wovens Nation on Vacation Leather Pillow, $610.00

Kassatex Soho Green Bath Accessories, $20.00-$62.00

Vietri Aladdin Chartreuse Flatware, $41.00-$116.00

Yves Delorme Jali Bath Towels, $50.00-$130.00

Moser Eldor Double Old Fashioned, $190.00

We’re in a happy mood just looking at this trend!

An Introduction to Aristocracy: Herend’s Debut at the First World’s Fair

While it is clear that Herend‘s Queen Victoria Dinnerware pays homage to this famous monarch, it was actually her husband Albert who first introduced her to this once-small Hungarian company.

Herend Queen Victoria Dinnerware

In Herend‘s Fall 2012 Insider, they recount this historical time…

Albert was born as a prince in Germany. But because his family was neither wealthy nor powerful, he was looked down upon as an interloper in British society. Yet the harsh public assessment didn’t curtail his devotion to helping his wife serve as monarch and advising her on political and diplomatic affairs. Prince Albert became viewed as a progressive voice at a crucial time, and he earned respect for his intellect and interest in helping society improve.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Thanks to his penchant for technology and his astute sensibilities on moving Britain forward, he was the pivotal force behind a venue that happened to propel a little-known Hungarian product line named Herend to the fore.  That venue was the first World’s Fair.

The First World’s Fair, 1851

As history goes, it was at this Great Exhibition that Prince Albert’s wife discovered a porcelain pattern she adored and wanted for her own. Queen Victoria’s large purchase of the set led Herend to name the pattern after her. Thus began Herend’s foray into the high ranks of the aristocracy, setting the stage for more of the same worldwide.

Later, at the Paris Exposition of 1867 – recognized as the third World’s Fair – Herend’s Indian Flower Basket pattern was selected for the table settings at an exclusive reception in the Elysee Palace to honor Emperor Franz Joseph. An invited guest, Hungarian Count Albert Apponyi was struck by the pattern and imagined it with the dominant peony motif enlarged and basket removed to create a simpler yet equally elegant design.

Herend Indian Basket Dinnerware

His order of a custom set per his vision resulted in a design that Herend named Apponyi in the Count’s honor. Known in the U.S. as Chinese Bouquet, the pattern remains one of Herend’s most successful collections year after year. Many iterations of the pattern have been successfully introduced since then, the most recent being Chinese Bouquet Garland (introduced in 2013).

Herend Chinese Bouquet Multicolor Dinnerware

While Prince Albert’s contributions to Britain and the world are numerous and well documented, his provision of a key forum for Herend to shine isn’t mentioned among them. As far as Herend is concerned, though, it is high time for a hats off to “the great man behind the great woman”.

For more beautiful dinnerware patterns, visit our Herend Dinnerware Shop.

Introducing Mariposa: Entertaining Pieces Made from Recycled Materials

Mariposa began 1984, when founder Livia Cowan found herself driving through Mexico with her sister in this camper.

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There, they delighted in visiting different artists and learning about their craft.  In particular, they loved how local artisans recycled materials to create beautiful new products.

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At the end of the trip, Livia returned to her home in Massachusetts with her camper full of recycled glassware and set up shop in her parents’ garage.

In the thirty years since then, Mariposa (Spanish for “butterfly”) has become a world of stunning pieces for gifting and entertaining.  And, just as they were in the early days, the majority of their products are still handcrafted from 100% recycled aluminum and glass soft drink bottles.

It’s a collection that’s right for today and tomorrow.

Here are a few of our favorites: String of Pearls (designed by sculptor Michael Updike, who incidentally is author John Updike’s son) …

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… their engraved trays (perfect for weddings and anniversaries) …

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… Bellini drinkware (for when you need something nice, but not too precious) …

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… anything nautical …

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… and their adorable Bunny Porringer set!

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To view our full Mariposa collection, click here.

Hop to It: Elegant, Easy Care Rugs and Pillows from Bunny Williams

“I decorate rooms from the bottom up…I always begin with the floors.”

Iconic interior designer Bunny Williams, known for her classic yet charismatic style, has teamed up with sister companies Dash & Albert and Pine Cone Hill to create a collection of indoor/outdoor rugs that is as fashionable as it is functional.  They are designed to stand the test of time, and the occasional spill of red wine!

Interior designer Bunny Williams treats her feet to her new collection of rugs for Dash & Albert

Williams’s collection is polished and thoughtful, but with a bohemian quality that reflects the designer’s laid-back personality. She says, “What I design are backdrops for living. I want to create rooms to be used, not just showplaces to be admired.” Williams conceived 36 elegant, performance-based designs that would fit in with customers’ busy lifestyles. Marrying comfort and style, the rugs feature sophisticated patterns in soothing color palettes, all on durable, washable materials. The natural jute rugs are made from eco-friendly vegetable dyes while the indoor/outdoor rugs are constructed of a recycled-materials weave.

The Marco jute rug in Oak

Williams continues, “My personal style is all about making my houses comfortable and inviting for my family and friends, and of course, my dogs.” Each piece in the collection is named after Williams’ favorite pets, past or present.

Lucy the dog is a fan of the Cleo Blue Indoor/Outdoor rug

The Elizabeth rug is a big hit amongst Williams’ pack of pets

For her collaboration with Pine Cone Hill, Williams designed throws and pillows that work beautifully with the rugs, making it easy to get a coordinated look with minimal effort.

Bunny Williams for Pine Cone Hill

For more information on Williams’ collection with Pine Cone Hill, please click here. Click here for additional information on Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert.