Monday, February 13, 2012

More New York International Gift Show

I was lured to alicia adams alpaca, as we were both guests in the Take Fun Seriously House. We were ships crossing in the night, so I went over to introduce myself.  We were amazed to learn about alpaca fiber, in contrast to Llama and cashmere, not to mention charmed by an effervescent Alicia!

Alpaca is one of the rarest fibers in the world, is softer than cashmere and comes in over 24 natural colors. The wool is fabricated and formed into Alicia's designs by traditional Peruvian artisans. The prices are reasonable, relative to cashmere, so naturally we were excited. 

Alicia and her family raise a herd of 200 Alpaca on their 80 acre farm. Her stylish designs executed by the indigenous people of Peru, combine quality and style, while supporting communities whose craft would be lost without the support of well traveled designers and consumers. 

While Alicia's soft designs entranced me, I embrace the opposite end of the spectrum with equal delight. 

One of a kind Uzbekistan quilts still rock my world. 

Dovecote Decor carries these traditional rag rugs HERE.  Using upholstery grade fabrics in varying color combinations, Patricia Lukas will customize your rug to blend seamlessly with your wall paper and fabric schemes. Sister Parish used them in numerous projects to achieve the understated American Country House look. They are still fresh, sensible and work in a multiple settings. 

In this Maine cotttage, Sister Parish layered bold stripes, quilt patterns and fabrics to achieve her signature of comfortable eleganceW. 

Note how the hooked rug beneath the coffee table makes the graphics pop, when layered over sisal. 

A few examples of hooked rug patterns that we use at Dovecote Decor to layer a room can be seen HERE.  We have many different patterns, so call if you are looking for something not on the website.   

John Robshaw's quilts are another fresh traditional way to punch up a traditional room. 

Annie Selke's Pine Cone Hill has a glorious selection of linens and pajamas, a leading cause of increased bedhead.  Down the aisle there were some more irresistible bed time options. 

On a more formal note, I was searching for some table top items, inspired by House Beautiful's October 2011 issue. It is hands down, my favorite dining room of the year. 

I love the soft green and lavender glassware in this stunning Pat Healing dining room. Lately, clear glass is looking tired to me, so in search of chic table setting ideas, we found some great inspiration. 

Laurent Trade and Designs had nicely scaled hand blown Italian glasses that I am longing for. 

Kiss that Frog (above) has delightfully French themed accessories. These glasses say bienvenue!

All of these glasses are on my wishlist, but our big purchase is my favorite new invention EVER!

We purchased three of these, as shown. This rolling English hamper of suede and leather from Gourmet Trotters and co. U.K. has exquisite details such as, salt and pepper grinders, French cutlery, cutting boards, linen napkins. Both the Queen and Prince Andrew own several! They are very clever in design, as the modular nature of the sections, makes it easy for loading. The lids and bases are magnetized to increase their stability while rolling across a bumpy lawn. I have sold two already, so if you must have one, give us a call. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The New York International Gift Show

We went to the NYIGF show last week at the Chelsea Piers and Javitt's Center. Natural forms, materials, surfaces and finishes, while traditional are a resurgent motif the Dovecote coterie applauds. We went for four straight days, and with 6 pairs of eyes scouring the stalls, we have plenty to share. The macro concept behind this year's offerings is authenticity and the continuing return to traditional scale and color. Imported Middle Eastern patterns and colors are still popular, nudging out the cold edgy recession griege that has dominated. Remaining neutrals persist as enduring classics. Urban chic,  rat pack, mid-century glamour and exuberant color continue to evolve and morph.

Stone, agate, marble and geodes were everywhere at Scott's and the Atlanta market and New York was no exception. This classic footed bowl, worthy of a Keatsian ode, literally glows.

Design trends reflect social, economic and political leanings and reactions. The emphasis on natural forms and semi-precious materials is a reaction to the mass market global manufacturing over the last three decades. Character, and the completely unique infuse current design direction. 

Solid jade, and rough hewn, this table evokes permanence, and ancient traditions. It is the perfect antidote to the volatile portfolio and sinking dollar.  Designers are integrating intrinsic value into functional and decorative pieces. Smoke and mirrors are out. Buyers want real things these days.

Crystals and minerals go vertical, and are mounted as Nature's work of art. 

Fabulous Finials

Ancient and patient, crystals can take thousands of years to grow, bestowing an eternal and serene quality to the surrounding space. 

Flowers are perpetual in decoration, and I have purchased these artisan crafted tole florals for years. Tommy Mitchell's are the best. More is more in my book. 

Antique prints take a modern twist on decoupage lamps and look completely fresh on Susan Carson's punchy new fabric line. 

Christopher Marley sums up the thread of current design with this statement: "My chief objective in working with obscure organisms is to foster a deeper appreciation of the masterful design found everywhere in the natural world." Indigenous tribes are able to preserve their lands and ecosystems, through the collection and selling of their abundant insect populations. We think they are glorious!

Mrs. R. and I snatched up these water buffalo horn frames, in a NY minute. Iridescent and completely unique, horn has been a traditional material for utensils and decor and is re-emerging on the scene with a vengeance. 

Beautiful things are happening in metal craft, as ingenious combinations of ceramic, horn and wood are revived. Hunting lodge comfort and appeal is evoked by these beautiful, informal yet very handsome table top accessories. 

Formerly clunky pewter is worked into delicate natural designs. 

Octopus candelabras ate truly original, and easy to clean.

Shell motifs and designs,  a fixed staple of beach decor, assume new expressions every market. 

More Later!! 
We have plenty of new product to be added to our online store, so feel free to call us if you see anything you would like to purchase!