When I was living in Florence I loved having Ortigia candles in my apartment. I adore their packaging which caught my eye while in Lungarno Details (and later found Ortigia’s own charming boutique across the Arno). All of their ingredients are native to Sicily, where the company is based, and include blood oranges, cactus, eucalyptus, lemon and grapefruit trees, almonds, pistachios, saffron and olives. Read more about their history here. Ortigia has only a few locations worldwide but luckily there is an on-line shop!
I came across Dransfield & Ross by visiting the Michael C. Fina site which I found in the resources section of the Domino book. I’m so happy I stumbled upon this because I found the most amazing selection of napkin rings with gorgeous detailing. Take a look at my favorites below!
I want to spread the word about an amazing company with a cause: The Bootstrap Project. I was introduced to it by City Sage and loved everything about their mission. I really admire how The Boostrap Project helps artisans around the world by supporting their living and keeping their craft alive with “one purchase, one artisan, one village at a time”. They have added more items since I last visited and wanted to share them with you. Please take a moment to visit their site to read more about the artisans and their beautiful work. I would really love to see more initiatives like this!
Have you checked out the new decor line at BHLDN? It is definitely a great resource for entertaining. I love how it’s bridal appropriate but can easily be used for any special type of party. Here are some ideas for a charming, rustic garden party.
I attended a webinar the other day hosted by Pantone which discussed color trends for the home for 2012 and found it quite informative. I normally don’t like using the word “trends” when it comes to interior design because it just seems so flimsy and I don’t think a person’s home should be based on a fad that will pass by. Luckily, styles are staying around longer due to economic sensibilities and consumers who are following their own unique tastes. I learned that some of the design trends we’ve seen the past couple of years will stick around. But a few quirky things to be on the lookout for are mushrooms (the color and in home accessories), Pop Art of food, and comic book colors (think bright and primary). On a veryyy side note, I came across these accessories from the Italian company Seletti and the UK Whitebread + Wilkinson based on Pantone’s official color chart and thought they were a lot of fun! I even saw a Pantone bike somewhere…
Lungarno Hotels is owned by the Ferragamo family and includes several hotels in Florence and Rome. They have done a magnificent job creating elegant yet inviting hotels and are located in perfect locations for taking leisurely strolls around town. Lungarno Details is the hotel group’s store located on the Arno River. I remember passing by many times on my way to Ponte Vecchio and almost always had to stop in because their window displays were so enticing. The store has a wonderful collection of home accessories and interesting gifts and I saw that they now have an online shop. Of course the selection at the store is much more vast and varied but these limited edition photographs really caught my eye. I love how fabulous and classy these women look sauntering around in one of my favorites cities.
Clutter is definitely one of my pet peeves… Honestly it makes me go a lil wacky to have a bunch of “stuff” hanging around so it’s time for spring cleaning mode. Project number one is to go through all my inspiration files and put them in nice, organized containers. Not only does it cut down on space but it’s a great way to re-inspire yourself. I thought I’d look for some nifty office supplies to give me motivation!
Such a cute idea…
I have to say this is my favorite! Monkeys never fail to get a chuckle…
As a chronic to-do lister this is absolutely necessary!
Welcome to Plucky Finds! This is my very first post, I hope you enjoy!
I find it especially therapeutic to turn to bright white and crisp green as the winter seems to drag and drag in New England. I’m not quite ready for the bright colors fit for spring, but I do like a fresh pop of green!
I found inspiration at the lovely florist shop Roses and Thistle in Beverly, MA. You can never go wrong with tons of white orchids.
Really like the ceramic barnacle centerpiece here…
I have always loved the natural scent of Diptyque candles and the fact that they seem to last forever…
A fringy take on this Bottega Veneta clutch.