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Vintage Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I thought it would be fun to compile a Vintage wish list!  I am not one for chocolates and fancy dinners, any of these vintage goodies would make my Valentine’s day just perfect.  Hint, hint!

Salt CellarIndividual salt cellars are a new found love of mine! Can’t you just see the table set and these gleaming in the candlelight?  Only $15 from By The Wayside


As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of goblets.  They are the perfect glass for water or wine.  These amethyst stunners would bring a little romance to any table!  Just $24 from Sue Sue Gonzalas

Seltzer Bottle

I’ve been searching for a vintage seltzer bottle to catch the sunlight on the windowsill.  This one is aqua perfection for $56 from Cute Old Things.

Milk Glass Necklace

Last but not least, a little necklace would surely make me smile!  This simple and sweet milk glass strand would look super cute for Spring!  Only $18 from Mean Glean.

 Wishing you all lots of Vintage Love this Valentine’s Day!

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New York International Gift Fair

A few weekends ago in the midst of moving and planning my wedding I took a break to walk the breezy aisles of the Javits Center for the New York International Gift Fair.  It was my first time at NYIGF and the amount of booths were overwhelming.   I gravitated toward well designed booths and innovative products which I am happy to share below!  It was a fun day exploring the immense talent hidden in the booths.

Above: The Bodega Bag.  Being a native New Yorker, I think the idea of a hip accessory for a plastic bag (quite often from a bodega) is brilliant.  Not only is the chain easily toted along in your purse, but it prompts folks to re-use the plastic bag.  Simple, chic and green.

Below: Some of you may have already seen my tweet about Hand in Hand, which is super stylish line of soaps and bath crystals with a mission.  For every bar of soap sold a bar is donated to communities that are affected by poor water quality which in term cause disease.   Love them, love their mission.  Anthropologie agrees.

Above:  Another company on a mission, Material Good – whose Little Shirley vases stole my heart before the show, did not disappoint in person.  The fact that 10% of their profit goes to organizations which support cancer research, just makes each vase a little piece of perfection.

Below: While I strolled the Handmade Global Design area of the show, Mushmina‘s accessories struck a cord.  Their bags, jewelry, pillows and scarves were beautifully designed and unique.  Mushmina notably creates employment opportunities for women and men in developing countries with their product line.

Above: Geografia is making globes hip again with their line of paper globes.  Packaged flat they allow the recipient to literally put the world together.  Many of the products boast cute ‘core’ graphics and I especially like the globes you can personalize with white board pens.  Genius!

Below: Perhaps it’s my love for wine or the fact that my wedding will be in wine country, but whatever the reason I fell in love with Rewined.  This Charleston area company re-purposes wine bottles from local restaurants and creates soy based “wine scented” candles.  Simply smart on the recycling side and super stylish on the design side with packaging that would make anyone fall in love!  I might just need these for my wedding favors!All images (c) Little Maison.  Please do not use without permission.


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As you all know, I am a HUGE Etsy supporter, but there is always room in my heart for a new handmade online wonderland. ENTER: Lilyshop.

Lilyshop is in the beginning stages of forming but all the more reason to sign up, search, shop and perhaps list your own lovely goods for sale. Did I mention that listing items is free on Lilyshop? Sounds good to me! My favorite feature is the Yard Sale where shop keepers can feature discounted merchandise at 25%, 30% and 50% off.

Above, is a weathered beauty from Restoration Harbor which can be found HERE. Below are more of my favorite finds. Enjoy!

Collage art globe garland: worldly perfection. HERE from Palimpsestic.

Vintage Clutch a la sequins HERE from La Biblioteca

Witty gift for a vegetarian (like me) from Sunday Drive Designs HERE

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Brooklyn Bunnies

After massacring an EMVI chocolate bunny one day, I became intrigued with the company.   I discovered EMVI was a family owned and operated business in Brooklyn, just minutes from my apartment.  I fell in love with their delicious creations and I just had to share a selection of their Easter favorites! These sweet treats are modern day Easter candy for both adults and children alike.  With pristine clear packaging and a gold stamped logo, it’s a almost too pretty to open.   I can’t wait to order some of their “everyday chocolate” for my friend’s children.  The elephant and the girl mouse are my personal favorites.

Be sure to shop for your favorites HERE and visit their facebook page HERE

Now that’s one cool Brooklyn Bunny! 

Stop by and check out EMVI HERE.

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Etsy Find: Hideminy

During my daily visit to Etsy I came across a new favorite shop, Hideminy Each precious ceramic piece is made by Hidemi originally from Tokyo, now a resident New Yorker.  This shop had me at the set of lace bowls above, in 3 shades of pink.  Hedemi’s work is sheer perfection and would add a soft touch to any home.   Be sure to check out the full selection HERE and click on her lovely images for individual product information.

The ceramic macaroons below are scented to freshen your home!  They also come in a variety of words or can be personalized with your initials HERE.

One of my favorites below for is for candles!  They create such a soft glow.

Please stop in to see the full selection of lovely items HERE or stop in on facebook HERE.

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Doilies in Design

I am a sucker for doilies.  I gravitate toward their vintage chic appeal and would collect them if my linen closet were a tad larger.  The motif of the doily is so delicate and light it’s hard not to fall in love with it’s lacey appeal.  These cake embellishments above by Andie’s Specialty Sweets are perfection.  I almost wouldn’t want to cut the cake!  Check them out HERE for $90.

Below, I’d love to show off these delicate hand screenprinted notebooks at a meeting by CozyBlue.  Only $9.50 per book HERE.  Also, available in a black doily print.  Just lovely!

Above, these hand crocheted coasters by Henna’s Boutique would cozy up any space.  A set of four available HERE for $11 would make the perfect house warming gift!  Below, I love the delicate nature of the doilies sewn into a basic black t-shirt.  Amy Wild constructed this shirt from recycled fabric and an antique doily piece from the 1900s.   It’s available HERE for $32.

Last but not least below, this clutch is a cute wardrobe addition for any lover of vintage.  Finch crafted this piece from upcycled leather and lined it with a fun floral fabric.  Available for $69 HERE.

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Paper Source Spring Favorites

I discovered Paper Source a few years ago and fell in love with their printed catalog. Several times a year I soak in their beautifully designed pages and plot gift purchases for friends.

Their catalog arrived last week and it did not disappoint! Aside from their elegant selection of invitations and stationary, I found quite a few items that might just make it into my Little Maison. Be sure to visit their online shop HERE and click on the photos to see more information on the individual products. Enjoy!

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Offensive + Delightful Greetings

I  still love sending cards by mail even today with e-cards, facebook and texting.  There is something special about beautifully printed paper and a signature from a loved one.  Call me old fashioned but it’s still worth the effort.

These greeting cards from Offensive + Delightful are a breathe of fresh air and just plain amusing.  Some of the designs are absolutely offensive and will have your friends and family rolling with laughter.  Check out their full line HERE and be sure to take a look at their business cards and posters as well!

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