Anali Embroidered Bath Towels 25% Off Sale

As we get ready for the holidays and the end of the year, we’ve put a few of Anali’s bath and guest towels on sale at 25% off.
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Setting the Table with Kelly Wearstler

When Bergdorf Goodman announced in 2005 that they had hired interior designer Kelly Wearstler to redo their BG Restaurant on the 7th floor, many in the design world were shocked.  She was, after all, from California, and how would her penchant for exuberant designs and fearless use of color translate in New York?  Thankfully, the folks at the venerable department store knew what they were doing, and BG is now one of the most visited spaces in the whole store.
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Gracious Style Featured in the Elements of Style Blog!

We love Erin’s musings in her Elements of Style blog.  For those who don’t know her, Erin Gates is an interior designer and stylist based in Boston.  She’s young and has a great eye for style and color, but what we really appreciate about her is how down-to-earth she is.
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Sferra Bed Linens, Throws, and Pillows on Sale at 25% Off

We got a really good response from Sferra’s table linen sale last week, so I wanted to make sure you knew about their sale on bed linens, coverlets, throws, and pillows.  These are also 25% off now.  If you’ve been eyeing any of these beautiful linens for yourself or if you are expecting guests this holiday season, now’s the time to stock up.  To take a look at the entire line of bedding on sale, click here.
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Decorating with Botanicals: Anna Weatherley Handpainted Dinnerware

Flowers, butterflies and insects can all have a place in the home.  Maybe not necessarily real ones, but the ones that have been recreated in such detail they’re practically dancing before your eyes.  Anna Weatherley’s dinnerware is the perfect way to add a touch of botanicals to your home.  Once you are finished dining, you can do what many designers do and hang them on the wall.

Every piece of Anna Weatherley dinnerware is hand painted in Hungary by a group of master artisans, each of whom specialize in a particular design.  The flowers and fruits are painted mostly by men, while women tend to be the experts in painting the charming bugs and butterflies with miniature detailed wings and legs and gold-dipped eyes. The grasshopper is a favorite and each one is given a different personality. To finish, softly brushed golden borders on the porcelain are painted by a single painter with special mastery in this special application technique.

Anna Weatherley Handpainted Dinnerware

Ms. Weatherley was inspired by the work of botanical illustrators of the 18th Century.  You can clearly see the same attention to detail and appreciation for natural beauty in all of her pieces.  Eighteenth-century European illustrators such as Pierre Joseph Redoute, William Hooker, and Georg Dionysius Ehret are considered the masters of botanicals.  For instance, pictured below are two pieces by Redoute.  It’s easy to see the inspiration that Ms. Weatherley has drawn from these historical pieces. Each work of art is simple, beautiful and in vivid detail.  While Anna Weatherley’s designs are refreshingly rooted in history, they are equally at home in contemporary or traditional settings.  Prints of these botanicals have long been a staple in many decorators’ repertoires.  Framed and hung in groupings on a wall, they offer maximum style to a home.

"Redoute's Roses" by Pierre J Redoute (image courtesy Autumn Glass)

"Redoute's Roses" by Pierre J Redoute (image courtesy Autumn Glass)

The same can be said for dinnerware by Anna Weatherley, which has just as much impact on a wall as it does on the table.  I love the idea of a table filled with her plates and saucers, alongside tiny finger sandwiches and a few pots of delicious tea.  Guests will certainly smile when they discover a butterfly, ready to spread its wings, or a tulip that’s as wonderful as the real thing.  If you are like me, and are just starting to add botanicals to your home, you might simply tuck one of Ms. Weatherley’s plates next to your bed on your nightstand, or in the entryway to catch your keys and daily trappings.  What a beautiful way to add a bit of whimsy to your home!

Anna Weatherley Midsummer Dinnerware

To see our whole collection of Anna Weatherley dinnerware, visit us here.

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