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Our Favorite Things… Denim Upholstery

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I’m a denim fan through and through… from a great pair of jeans to denim dresses, skirts and shirts… I’ve got them.  So when I saw this great little vintage-style arm chair upholstered in denim, it was love at first site!

Used alone, this chair is perfect for a side chair in a bedroom, office, or living area.   This could also be a great way to freshen up a dining room – consider ordering a set to replace current dining room chairs for a more casual and updated look.

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These chairs can be ordered and are available with or without arms.  For more information, contact Michele at 315-440-6637.

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Our Favorite Things… Hydrangeas & Fall Foliage

What’s more beautiful on a sunny autumn day than colorful fall leaves scattered among hydrangeas?   Why not bring that look inside?  This beautiful hydrangea pottery can adorn your table from spring to fall by just changing the greenery and flowers.
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Paired with rich colored fall foliage and hydrangea stems, the pottery’s terracotta accents just seem to pop.  Add burlap linens for a great casual look for entertaining.
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Perfect for living or giving… beautifully!
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Our Favorite Things… Southern Jubilee Glassware

I am in love with this new glassware!

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A new addition to our store is this stunning glassware by Southern Jubilee.  Southern Jubilee is designed and created by two creative women… who truly have a great sense of style.

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This seeded style glassware is adorned with pewter pressed designs and initials and all products are made and handcrafted in the U.S.A.

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With a range of styles including stemless wine, wine glasses, iced tea glasses, bourbon glasses, carafes, and ice buckets – you are sure to find this line perfect for home entertaining or a unique and stylist wedding or housewarming gift.

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Find Southern Jubilee glassware at à la Maison in Baldwinsville, NY or call to place an 315-440-6637 to order.

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Our Favorite Things… Lilacs

Nothing says summer is here like lilacs!  Their beautiful purple and white blooms are wonderfully fragrant and something I look forward to each year.    When in season, I like to cut them in bunches and bring them inside.  The sad part… they only last a short time.

To extend the season, we’ve added some beautiful faux lilac branches to a grouping of wired bottles – a lovely and rustic welcome to summer.

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Quick Tip – Creative Use for an Ice Bucket

When was the last time you used your ice bucket? Is it hidden away until company comes?   It’s time to dig out your beautiful bucket and put it on display.  You’ll quick discover that it makes a lovely vessel for potted flowers and plants.

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Our Beatriz Ball metal ice buckets loves great with faux potted white agapanthus.

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This faux potted plant is so realistic – even the dirt look real.

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When company comes, just pop out your faux plant, give your ice bucket a quick wash and you are ready for guests!

 

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Our Home Studio Remodel is Complete!

This was a great weekend for the Graham’s as we have finally finished our home studio remodel!  This project took us a while as it kept getting put on the back burner due to other commitments and projects, but this weekend we were able to put the finishing touch on this remodel… hanging the beautiful reclaimed freight elevators doors we found in Ithaca, New York.

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The doors needed some TLC, but they were just what I had envisioned for the entrance to my home studio and workroom.

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They are made of chestnut and once we cleaned them up with mineral spirits, the color was truly stunning.

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Structurally, they needed a bit of work, but my husband did a great job tightening them up and repairing some of the damaged boards.  The visible dents and dings are just part of the charm and character of these unique vintage doors.

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Now they make a grand entrance to my home design studio and workroom – the perfect space to spark my creativity!

 

 

 

 

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Living Beautifully… La Cadeaux Tableware

I have a weakness for pottery… all kids of pottery and dinnerware.  Although, I carry a variety of patterns in my store,  I always find a pattern or piece that catches my eye on vacation.  I have been known to carry large pottery platters and bowls  through the airport and in my carry-on bags to protect my new found purchases.

The challenge with pottery is that it’s fragile, and as a mother of three boys, I’ve lost my pieces of pottery due to breakage.  However, I am a very firm believer of using your dinnerware and glassware – everyday and any day!

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There is a solution to fretting over and guarding your dinnerware… La Cadeaux fine melamine china.  This gorgeous dinnerware is made of a heavier melamine, and truly looks like real ceramic Italian pottery – with designs inspired by the French and Italian countryside.

Beautiful enough for a special gathering, but kid-friendly, unbreakable and dishwasher safe.  Perfect for dining by the pool, patio or any of your outdoor entertaining needs.

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There may be lake effect snow in New York today, but Spring and al fresco dining season is just around the corner.  I can already picture that beautiful La Cadeaux Allegra Red dinnerware on my patio… come on Spring!

Bon Appétit!

For more information on La Cadeaux, please call a la Maison at 315-440-6637.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Favorite Things… Permanent Succulents

Succulents are quite popular right now, and it’s no surprise as they are one of the most versatile plant options for decorating both inside and outside the home.

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Today’s permanent succulents are so close to the real thing that you truly cannot tell them apart. Although real succulents are one of the easier plants to care for, you cannot beat good quality faux succulents for a no fuss, no worry greenery option.

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They are  really easy to work with, and bring a fun, casual look to floral and plant designs.  We use them regularly both in the store and in custom arrangements for customers.   Whether you want something formal, casual, rustic or contemporary; the container you choose will set the stage.

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They also pair beautifully with other plants and flowers, including roses, hydrangea, ranunculus… endless beautiful options await!  I’ve been a fan of preserved roses with succulents lately, and used them for several arrangements for our most recent Parade of Homes decor for a local builder.

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succulent-and-roses-trioThese zinc planters are great in both rustic and contemporary spaces – adding dimension and natural beauty to a blank wall.

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Easy to arrange, just take your pointers from nature – arrange them as they naturally grow.   Many craft stores even have a good selection of succulents, so pick a few of your favorites, choose a pot, dish or planter… and have some fun!

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Living Beautifully… Your Home’s Signature Scent

When decorating our homes, we always have our sense of sight and touch in mind.  We create a room that is visually beautiful, and fill it with a variety of textures in our furnishings, accessories and textiles.

One other important element to considering when designing your home is your home’s scent.  A beautiful room layered with the right home fragrance will create a welcoming environment for all who enter.  Your home’s fragrance will also leave a lasting impression as our sense of smell has a strong link to our memory.

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Scent can also set the mood for a special event.  Depending on the scent you choose, it has the power to relax, energize and uplift the mood of family and guests.

When choosing a home fragrance, whether using candles or a fragrance diffuser, natural is best.  Choose candles made of soy or beeswax with all-natural cotton wicks.

To find your home’s signature scent, let your home’s style & décor by your guide:

Farmhouse Chic:  Typically are homes featuring natural woods, light colors, organic & vinatge accents – look to scents that are herbal & green such as grasses, herbs and woods.

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Paddywax Thyme & Olive Leaf is one of our new favorites!

Modern Rustic & Industrial:  Think open floor plan, natural architectural elements, stone, wood, modern & eclectic furnishings.  Consider woody fragrances with notes of sandalwood, amber, bamboo or balsam.

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Transitional/Eclectic:  For homes that blend the warmth of traditional design with and the homeowner’s own style – there is lots of room for creativity.  Choose from an array scents that are earthy such as scents with herbs, sea salt, eucalyptus, fruits or bordeaux.

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Contemporary/Minimalist: For homes with open spaces, clean lines, light colors, simply designed furnishings & minimal décor.  Choose clean scents such as citrus, cotton & linen.

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French Country/Romantic/Floral: Homes filled with vintage and reclaimed furnishings, floral fabrics and layered décor.  Turn to home fragrance with floral and sweet notes of rose, lavender, gardenia and vanilla.

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Find your home’s signature scent and Paddywax candles at `a la Maison, Baldwinsville, New York.

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Easy and Natural Holiday Decor… Wreaths that keep it simple

I find that I’m favoring wreaths filled with simple greenery and natural accents this season.

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Angel vine and simple ribbon make a lovely accent on this wood slant tray.

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You can’t go wrong with evergreen, pine cones and magnolia leaves for relaxed, classic style.

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Silver ornaments and bits of hydrangea dress up an evergreen wreath.

Simple and beautiful!