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    Sneak Peek…Just Back from Atlanta International Gift Show

    What a gorgeous weekend here! Summer here to stay??!!….wishful thinking but it was SO NICE to be able to enjoy the beach in January! And I did head down to King St. for Second Sunday and the weather was AMAZING!

    Well, hopefully you all have been able to settle in to a life back to “normal” Post-Holiday merriment!

    On the buying side of life, a very busy time of year has just kicked-off. Show season has begun! Which I LOVE! We are just back from a quick trip to the Atlanta to check out what’s new at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

    The trade shows really are one of the best parts of the job. It is always nice to say hello to vendors, meet the up & comers on the scene, and for me ..seeing so much artistic talent and creativity come to fruition.

    Themes running through this market we love include the mixing of rustic woods/natural fibers with a little “glamour” if that makes any sense. I say that apprehensively…I don’t like the word “glam” but good words are escaping me…. Think bold paintings with hot pink splashes and pretty distressed gold frames staged with natural, airy washed linen upholstery and reclaimed wood. Ooh, love a mix!

    Block-printed textiles continue their reign as my absolute favorite and have made their way into lots of lines in all sorts of patterns & color ways. I am really excited for some beautiful bright and happy tunic tops, bedding & little girls’ chevron dresses we picked-up. All hand-stamped in India and SO SOFT! Should be here in Feb!

    This show I had a thing for light fixtures as well and some of the best I saw are made & designed right here in Charleston. The Rho Sham Beaux line could not look better! So innovative in a “California meets Lowcountry Style” and are so “Fancy + Casual” that they could literally fit most any space…..and love that they are LOCAL!

    Kanthas (we have a new shipment on the way!!), Cowhides, Moroccan inspired mirrors & rugs, and of course lots of Emerald, the Pantone color of the year, were the stand-outs for me.

    We scooped up some new art, lamps (the coolest sconces!!!), some jewels & wrap bracelets….lots of great stuff! We also found the loveliest lady who had all sorts of Vintage French Trims/Ribbons as well as Gift Tags & Cards handmade on an old antique letterpress. I got a mixed batch of all sorts of colors/textures (and some gold & silver tassels) that are going to be perfect in our growing Paper & Gift Wrap section for Spring!

    Have a look at some sneak-peek phone snaps below. Some are new product, some inspiration, and some things I just thought were cool. The new loot starts shipping this week….and we are headed to NYC & Las Vegas in a couple of weeks to find MORE..MORE…MORE

    Happy Tuesday,


    ps. 30% off all In-Stock Beds Ends tomorrow! Over 50 in-stock. Lots of different styles at the Store and Outlet (opened tomorrow 10am- 1pm)

    Atlanta-Show-Jan-2013-018This was one of my favorite spottings. Designed & Made in Atlanta, GA. Headed here this Spring!

    Atlanta-Show-Jan-2013-024Local Company Rho Sham Beaux Representing Charleston Well! We already have some killer lamps in the store, but the hanging fixtures with the cool hemp wrap did not last long this last shipment….New styles on order 🙂


    Atlanta-Show-Jan-2013-001Moroccan Rugs…enough said…we are working on getting a selection of these soon….. stay tuned!

    Atlanta-Show-Jan-2013-022Inspiration: Cowhide Mixed with Antiqued Metal! These were awesome barstools!

    Atlanta-Show-Jan-2013-021Block-prints get a little preppy here…I like it…Versatile! Really cute in a kids room!


    We sell loads of cards and I am a paper lover. I think this is one of the sweetest! New batch of these mini cards coming soon…and only $1 ea. Every gift needs one?!