High Street Market shop co-owner, Interior Designer, wife to Dave, and (most recently) "mommy" to William. Living in Philadelphia, born and raised in Southern California. Renovating a fabulous historic home (with no end in sight) and trying to enjoy all the beautiful things in life. :)
Spring is here (tomorrow, officially) and that means revisiting my love of landscape renovation. Do you feel like that too? March gets here and we are blessed with a handful of warm days, and all I can think about is gardening. I wish I could get out there and start digging up plants and putting down brick pavers, like I've done in years past... but, my enormously growing belly is telling me that strenuous gardening ain't gonna happen this year. With a baby due in May, I think the majority of my "gardening" may be regulated to Pinterest. We've done SO MUCH over the years, and our yard is still a disaster and nowhere near finished. I'm okay with that though. You can't do everything, I realize this. But, I would love to finish it someday before I die.
For now, here are some gardening ideas that are totally inspiring me this year-- and maybe they will inspire you too. Please indulge me...
This precious picket fence has my heart a flutter. A few years ago, I'm not sure I would have swayed this way. But, time has changed me. Our backyard is pretty big, so I would love to enclose half of it between the carriage house and the backdoor. Not for privacy, but something to contain the children and maybe a dog someday (did I just say "dog"? These days, I can hardly keep my head on straight and I'm thinking about a dog? Yes, let's get a dog.). This simple yet classic picket fence is my inspiration.
To go with my new picket fence, I'll take this lovely gate and arbor, thanks. :) Is this not idyllic? I can imagine parking my car in the carriage house, and then walking through this gate to the backdoor. That would be lovely.
I would also settle for something like this. :)
If I get my fence and my gate (and my arbor), I'll need a new walkway from the carriage house to the back door. So, I think we'll need some brick. You might remember a few years back, we repaved our front walk with reclaimed brick. I still adore the look of it and I want MORE. I spotted this chic pattern awhile back and have saved it as inspiration for future hardscaping. Isn't this great? Thank you, Ruthie Sommers.
And, while we're at it, let's throw in a swimming pool. This picture has been my go-to for years now. I'm obsessed with it and would die to have anything that remotely resembles this someday. Love the complete privacy with those thick evergreens (I think that might be my favorite part)... and the rectangular pool, modern furniture, and potted plants. Wrapped it up and ship it to me.
This is also fabulous.
And, this. I mean. Hello, gorgeous. Pea gravel, black planters, stacked rock, perfectly green lawn, potted boxwood. Perfection.
Our new candles have arrived and they are divine! I only wish you could smell them through this blog because they really do smell fantastic. And, the packaging is awesome-- we've brought in polished copper tumblers, and mercury glass vessels... not to mention the classic blue candle pots and faceted glass. Over the last week, we've been testing out a few lines in the studio and the fragrances are so calming. I didn't expect that. So now, I like to have a candle burning whenever I'm at work. The smell just makes me happy. Isn't it funny how such a simple thing can affect your mood in that way?
This past weekend, I photographed each new candle for the website and was so impressed by the quality. I know you will be too. And, to celebrate the new line, we're offering everyone 20% off the entire collection now through March 17th! Just use the discount code SPRING20.
Happy Friday! I hope you have lovely plans for this weekend. It's finally warming up here and it feels heavenly. :)
We did a photoshoot in the store this week, promoting our new Moscow Mule Mugs(which are really fun to use), and I've attached the pictures from the newsletter below. We also shared our favorite Moscow Mule recipe with our email list. I thought I would share it here on the blog, too. Just in case any of you are interested in making one, try this recipe first-- it's my favorite. If you ask me, the Moscow Mule is a perfect springtime cocktail (and it's easy to make into a "mocktail" for the non-drinkers or pregnant mamas, like me-- just substitute non-alcoholic ginger beer and add soda water).
Have you ever had a Moscow Mule? I recommend chilling the mugs in the freezer for awhile before mixing up a batch. That will help you get the ultimate frosty glass. :) Cheers!
Now, in the 7th month of my second pregnancy, I can surely no longer wear regular pants (believe me, I've tried-- that elastic hair band can only stretch so far). And, when my trusty GAP maternity jeans ripped in a place that only reinforced my growing size, I reluctantly went on the hunt for a new pair. After ordering--and returning--a whopping seven pairs online, I finally found these.
In case you are pregnant, or know someone who is pregnant, I thought I would pass this revelation along to you. I LOVE these "Jimmy Jimmy" jeans from Paige Denim. Stretchy and cute. I actually like the distressed look here. The best part is the expanding waistband and NO belly band. So, after the baby is born, I can throw on a belt and wear these like regular jeans (this is the plan, and thoughtful justification for the price point).
I've got a couple of new design projects on the horizon that are beachy and coastal-inspired. And, THANK GOD for that because, outside my office, my car is covered in ice. And, we're getting more snow tomorrow. So, dreaming and scheming about summertime is just what the doctor ordered over here.
Here are the images that are covering my desktop this week. And, to me, they scream WARM WEATHER. I am so drawn to using mercury glass this year. But, in tiny doses (think bud vases, a chic table lamp, and mercury glass candles). Also, copper. The rosey cousin to brass. Are you guys liking this new trend? Again, I love copper in small doses-- perhaps a tiny table lamp, a collection of bowls, or hit of copper hardware. Both of these fresh metallics are coming to the store this month-- I've been really jazzed about it. :)
Also on my radar: anything that feels like it's been faded in the sun. Think heavy woven textures (like rope), sun faded colors (like misty blue, minty green, and washed out denim) and crisp whites. Always crisp whites.
I know we're still in the middle of February, but my mind is focused on springtime. And, most importantly, stocking our store with really great spring items. Sourcing and designing new products for High Street Market is honestly the best part of having a retail store. It's not easy, but when everything comes together, it's so rewarding and really fun. :) When selecting new pieces for our retail business, we are constantly thinking about our customer-- What does our customer want or need for spring/summer? What is the price point? What inspires us and what can we create that's new and unique? For spring and summer, we're thinking of classic woven textures, lightweight sun-faded fabrics, new metallics (like copper and mercury glass), and pieces that feel unfussy and lived in. That being said, we've got a lot of new goodies coming down the pipeline (including some new candles that I'm fixated on)... and today, we launched two new product lines.
The first is a new woven line of trays and baskets (I'm obsessed). The quality is top notch and the price point is great. Every single piece in the collection is hand woven. We went with two finishes-- a classic antique brown and a fresh, almost sun-faded white wash. We hope you like it as much as we do.
I love everything, but those extra large fruit bowls with the pedestal base are pretty rad.
We've also launched a new line of springtime throw blankets. The price point is very affordable-- most blankets start at $46.00 each! They're handmade of 100% cotton, and very lightweight-- perfect for those cool springtime temperatures. Think porch lounging and sunset watching with a cozy blanket (and maybe a glass of wine). We have a Diamond pattern and a Herringbone weave...
PS. with the fringe, these throws also make chic tablecloths-- perfect for alfresco dining this summer.
We've added many new vintage pieces to the store this week (including a fabulous vintage table lamp, a 1928 silver tray from the Hotel Piccadilly in New York, and a fun set of 1950s Fred Press cocktail glasses in sunny yellow-- perfect for springtime cocktails!). Here is a peek at the new lot:
Hey all! Happy Friday to you. I hope you have lovely plans for this weekend (will you be watching the Super Bowl?). I will be spending some much needed time with family, and then Dave and I are headed to New York for the gift show. This mama is pretty excited about that.
We had a really busy week at work, and I thought I would share some recent Instagram pics of the showroom-- we've changed up some of the display, and we've received some new vintage pieces that are pretty awesome...
a little corner of the showroom
(vintage chair is pick up only)
this vintage chair just came back from the upholsterer -- it's beautiful.
(pick up only)
absolutely love this vintage runner, new in the store and coming to the website soon.
amazing new menswear-inspired pillows coming to the shop in a couple of weeks!!!
We added this gorgeous piece to the store this week-- made of solid walnut and available in brass or silver (designed by us, and made just for us)
And, here are a few recent pictures of little Willie B. (my nickname for him, William Bernard). He's growing really fast and loves to run! We played in the snow, took naps together on the couch and ran around town together. I can't get enough of this guy.
Attention lottery winners!! If you're looking for an amazing fabric (that looks like a treasured antique print- really), please take a look at Schumacher's Lampas Chinois (in "vert" especially). When an email with this fabric popped into my inbox last week, I immediately requested samples for my library. It's described as "sumptuous yet soothing" and I couldn't agree more. They suggest upholstering your walls with it! Or, buying yards and yards for glorious drapery. Okay, okay, I love it! And, I have to have it! Give it to me. What's the retail price you say? Over $600 per yard? That's when I deflated into sad puddle on my desk. Boo.
It must be made with the finest threads in all the land. The most treasured pigments available. Because it really is awesome.
And, a close up...
Seriously, if you are considering dropping some serious cash on fabric, let me know. :)
Images from Tom Scheerer's (genius) portfolio are covering my desktop this week... So much inspiration here. I love how he mixes color and pattern, and traditional silhouettes with really unexpected modern pieces. The finished product is a layered look that appears to evolve over time (my personal favorite kind of room). Anyway, enjoy.
This weekend, treat yourself and buy his book-- you won't be sorry.