Friday, July 27, 2012

Market Musings

We recently returned from Market in Atlanta and as always it was a whirlwind trip.  However, we feel rejuvenated and inspired by all of the incredible products we saw.  The Home Accent and Gift Industry is once again thriving.  Below is a round up of some of our favorite things that we saw.

Tempaper is temporary wallpaper that is super stylish, affordable and easy to apply and remove.  You simply peel and stick.  Developed by two NYC set decorators, this was one of our best finds.  We will be getting the sample ring in, but here is a sneak preview of some of the designs:

Of course we are always drawn to color, and just because Fall and Winter are right around the corner it doesn't mean you have to "beige" out.  Worlds Away updated a best selling mirror and lamp styles by introducing this hot new color way:

We were on the hunt for accessories that would turn up the style factor in any home.  Here are some of our picks:

Note the flecks of gold in this cowhide - how glam is this?!
It's always so much fun to see the brand new lines that have come out.  The one we were oohing and ahhing over the most was Dunes & Duchess.  We had the privilege of meeting one of the designers, Stacy Kunstel, and she showed all of their wonderful designs to us.  High gloss lacquer, bright colors, an over scale size and made in the USA are what makes Dunes & Duchess stand apart:

The fun of buying for 4th Quarter lies in uncovering unique items that are not only fun to receive, but also give.  We were quite pleased with our findings but will share only a few with you - we want to tantalize your senses come November when it's time for your full fledged holiday shopping!

Tons of new products including jewelry, gifts and home décor will be arriving beginning in September.  Make sure to keep up with us on our facebook page to see all the latest goods.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet the Designer: Jane Pope from BALBOA Jewelry

Jewelry Designer Jane Pope Cooper is known for the vintage yet classic combinations she puts together in her BALBOA line.  Simple and stylish, Jane's designs can transform an everyday outfit into a "WOW" ensemble.  Her timeless pieces can be worn for years to come.  We recently caught up with the busy soon to be mother of two:

Name: Jane Pope Cooper

Occupation & Company:  designer BALBOA Jewelry and Jane Pope Collection

Years in business: 11

We just relocated to Spartanburg, SC…
I have taken this business from Charlotte, NC to Los Angeles to Charleston, SC to NYC to DC and now landed back in SC. 

Tell us a little about your work: 
I have two collections.  Balboa jewelry is my costume line and contains vintage elements reworked for a more modern feel. 
My Jane Pope Collection is fine jewelry.  I use mostly 14 kt yellow, rose and white gold, but I have recently introduced Silver.  I love mixing metals and textures to give simple pieces more interest.

What makes your products stand out:
Since the Balboa line contains vintage elements, each piece is limited to re-production and are often one-of-a-kind.  This keeps things fresh and new!  Although I can make a version of something again, there may never be an exact replica.  Everyone likes to feel special and unique. Having a one-of a-a-kind piece certainly helps make you feel confident that you will not run into someone in the same look.

Describe your style in 3 words:
Can’t Be Described - ha!
I don’t know if I can classify my own style.  I love patterns and neutrals, modern and classic, bold and simple, feminine and tailored.... mixed together of course!  Eclectic is such an overused word, but it fits I guess. 
What inspires you:
I find inspiration in everything around me.  It can be something simple and at first glance mundane that sparks a creative energy… a texture of something, a fabric, a color combination, photography, travel. 

What is your current favorite trend:
I am bad about following trends in my own style. I feel that mixing more trend strong pieces with classic ones creates a more authentic picture of your style.  Right now, I am 38 weeks pregnant, so my favorite trend is anything that makes me look less gargantuan… I am wearing a lot of fitted dresses.  Showing off the bump works better for my body than draping too much fabric over it.   I look forward to working texture and volume back into my wardrobe this Fall!  I have been working with less is more for the past 9 months.  I am anxious to mix things up a bit post baby!

BALBOA Jewelry can be found exclusively in Lexington at Adelé.  Thanks to Jane for her time!