Wednesday, July 31, 2013


POM POM AT HOME has moved into
the dining room this season with
some beautiful introductions.
Velvet has been added this season and
it shows off beautifully in this scalloped
Juliet placemat in pewter.
The matching napkins are linen and
they have a very subtle embroidery.
This is also the year to add some
color to the line.  Lilac is a good
choice if you just want a touch of color.

The Hampton is another velvet placemat
for a simpler taste.  Here the walnut is shown
also with the coordinating linen napkins.
I was thrilled to see the Cayenne.  Now
were talking color.  It does have a matching
napkin but pairs with white or taupe for
the less bold.

Chloe is a gorgeous cutwork placemat in
taupe.  It is elegant but not stuffy.

You have seen in all of these picture flatware.
This is Balthazar and it is also a new
introduction and not a prop.  Available
in white 
and grey.  I am very pleased
to have this in the line.  I think it can
work well on most tables from fancy
to everyday.

The Caprice was new last season but I wanted
to showcase it in this blog.  It is available
as a tablecloth as well as bedding and curtains.
It has elaborate cutwork, intricately hand done
and made out of the best quality linen available.
Resulting in a truly one of a kind, sophisticated
and luxurious look.  The color is Pearl.

The Crown dishware ties everything together.
Your entire table can now be set by

"One of the very nice things about life is the way we must
regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our
attention to eating."
                                                Luciano Pavarotti

Thursday, July 25, 2013


I returned from the Atlanta Show with a
new great line to represent.
I walked into the FACE TO FACE showroom
and was completely captivated.

When they first started it was with frames.
They begin with selected repurposed wood,
strengthen, dusted and colored by history.   
Each piece is one of a kind and is sophisticated
with play, a southern root with a Hamptons
style that is a mixture of classic and daring-french
country to altogether urban.

Next came the word boards.
 Simple but noteworthy.

What a great wedding gift this would make or
a baby gift to celebrate those important dates
in our life.

An extension of the word boards are the pillows.
As you see through out the collections words
play an important part in this line.
What they say is things that everyone
can relate to.  

The carts all have wheels and have a
multitude of uses.

I like the idea of that so many of their pieces
can be personalized which adds to the one
of a kind aspect of the collections.
The Thirsty Boy Towels are going to be
a real hit.  They are made from the flour sack
fabric that everyone loves and
the saying are wonderful.

Serving boards

Another favorite, the Mind Your Manners
napkins and place mats
What a fun way to teach your kids
manners or anyone for the matter.

And for your Christmas tree these are  made from
the repurposed wood which gives them
their charm.
Candles in a message bag, which
takes the place of a card. 

It is so much fun to find something new
and fresh made by very nice people.
Contact me for more information on this line.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Customers ask me what trade
show they should go to and Atlanta and
New York are always my first suggestion.
Dallas has never been on my radar until
a year ago when AIDAN GRAY HOME
opened their first permanent showroom

I was told that the Dallas Market Center
was very interested in getting new buyers
to their show that they were offering
incentives for them to come.
Since I wanted my customers to see
the new AIDAN GRAY showroom
this sounded like something I could
get behind.  A win win for everyone.
I could not have been happier with
the Dallas Market Center with
the way they treated my customers
who were interested in taking up the offer.
I also was pleasantly surprised what
a good market it actually was.  Very
different than what I remembered.

And right there in the lobby a Starbucks,
this really made me happy.

So now when customers ask what
show should I go to Dallas is one
I also suggest.
Right across the street from the
be very convenient to the market
it is a beautiful hotel. 

It is big and grand with warm hospitality.
After a long working day nothing better
than dinner with friends.  This is part
of the Aidan Gray gang.  Lucha Bott who
is my counter part in Northern Califnornia.
Dennis Brito, the showroom manager in
Atlanta who does double duty at the
Dallas show.  That handsome guy on the
end is Derrick Ricketts the national
sales manager for Aidan Gray.

This beautiful plate was enjoyed at
Parigi Restaurant
3311 Oak Lawn Ave.
Only about a 10 minutes drive
from the market.  I recommend it
highly.  Good food with good friends
in a nice setting. 

Another place I went was the
Meddlesome Moth
1621 Oak Lawn Ave.

Same neighborhood, a little larger and
noisy but very good food and service.
These are the original stained glass
windows from the original Hard Rock Cafe.

This is the last thing I saw as
I got in the cab heading to the airport to
 come home.  Dallas is one of kind
and worth the trip.