Gifts for Guys November 23 2018
1. Cross Lambswool Scarf $110 2. Fragrance Reed Oil Diffuser (teakwood + leather is our fav) $26 3. Concrete Table Tiles $36 4. Perf'd Half Wallet $75 5. Large Zig Zag Matchbox $48, 6. Alma Domino Set $69, 7. Topographical Map $25, 8. Campus Backpack $94
Color Trend | aubergine, mint, grey October 09 2016
I do so love the changing of seasons. The weather allows me to unearth my favorite soft layering pieces and suddenly I feel a strong desire to sip a mug of cider while watching the rain, possibly while nestled under this luxurious throw from Twig. Now that we're officially into autumn, we're definitely on our way to cooler weather. To keep this admittedly dark season enjoyable for as long as possible, I like to brighten things up with splashes of fresh color in my home and personal style. Currently I'm obsessed with rich, saturated purples and light, cool greens. These tones, whether called aubergine and mint, plum and sea glass, or eggplant and mist, look fabulous in the fading light of fall and will remain beautiful all year round.
Since statement colors can be powerful, they'll transition easier into an already existing wardrobe and house if paired with a neutral accent color, like saddle brown, to ground them. Pairing this Molly M aubergine pouch with copper, as seen in this modern butterfly hair tie from Caravan Pacific, leads to effortless chic. A plum dress gains a little gravity with a dove gray accent like this Circle Purse from Baggu. Baggu also offers their classic tote in sea glass, the perfect combination of professional and fresh in this hue, and pairing it with the warm grey of this iPad case will keep you looking like the cool professional you are during those important meetings.
On the decor side, mint and aqua tones benefit from the addition of pale woods or cream porcelain. The fir in this boxcar planter provides the ideal base for the accents of color on the sides. Placed on your desk along with Pigeon Toe's abstract coasters featuring hints of greens and purple and their Tripod planter with a neutral exterior and glazed interior, you can transform your office into an oasis. A key piece for brightening up your home, the Sullivan lamp from Caravan Pacific with sleek lines and cool maple detailing, is available in both dove grey and mint, as is the porcelain splatter vase from Bean and Bailey. You can combine these pieces to make either grey or mint the focal point of your room.
Whether choosing accessories or home goods, plums or mints, let's bring in autumn in a fresh and delightful fashion. Find all of these, and more of our favorite accessories and home decor, in this color trend here. Happy harvest, everyone!
Baby is on the way! July 06 2016
So you’ve got a little one on the way. Hooray! Before the sunny baby showers and endless preparations result in that tiny bundle you've been eagerly awaiting, take the time to do this one important thing for yourself... design a nursery to be your personal retreat, filled with soft fabrics and pleasing patterns. We all know how much time you’ll spend there!
With space at a premium these days, it’s possible this room will be pulling double duty, or is a temporary appropriation. Selecting a versatile color scheme will keep you from completely redecorating the room in the future while trying to manage the ever-present inquisitive nature of a toddler. Thankfully no longer limited to the classic blue/pink binary, we’ve hit upon the pleasing aqua/grey palette.
Starting with something appropriately adorable, pick up these organic cotton hat/gown sets and burp cloths by Milkbarn featuring a very happy whale. These use the sweet classic of animal in a pleasing neutral palette. Continuing on with the irresistibly cute, Manny and Simon make fantastic push toys. This aqua bunny will be sitting pretty on a shelf until your little one is on the move. The modern ink blot print on this fabric bin from Pehr hides a sturdy wire frame that can take anything you can throw in it during a lightning-speed cleaning session. For that little something for yourself, Brahms Mount makes the yummiest throws, like this soft all season cotton one, conveniently machine washable. Wrap up in its comfort during a 3am feeding and snuggle session. As your tiny one grows up, this throw can be a sweet reminder of those first steps in one of the most beautiful relationships possible.
NYC August 21 2013
There are many, many things I love about having my own shop, but one of my favorites is that I get to go on buying trips. At least once a year I head to NYC to check out the new collections of thousands of designers showing their work at NY Now, a HUGE trade show for the accessory, home and gift industry. This year I picked up 8 new collections, here's a sneak peek of some pieces that will be available at Red Sail this fall.
Usually my stay in New York is under 48 hours (I know, 6000 miles in a weekend is a bear!), but this trip I actually gave myself half a day off to explore the city. I grew up outside of NYC so I've spent a decent amount of time there, but it's been years since I took the time to play tourist in the Big Apple, and a lot has changed. Here are a few sights that left an impression... and what make NYC such a great city.
How To... Make a Watercolor Window Display August 01 2013
Every few months I switch out the window display here at Red Sail. It’s a fun challenge to come up with new and eye catching designs that will stop folks in their tracks… to create something interesting and enticing that will pull them into the shop. Customers often ask how I come up with the displays, or how I made them, so I figured I’d start a running journal entry sharing just how they all come together.
I had a block of watercolor paper that I had been dragging around since college (I was a fine arts major more than a decade ago!), and I really wanted to use up supplies I already had so I decided that’s where I was going to start.
1. Leave the watercolor paper attached to the block (it helps keep the sheet flat as it dries).
2. Use artist tape to criss cross the paper (this will create the white lines on the final piece).
3. Brush a light coating of water over the whole paper.
4. Choose two colors to work with. Load your paint brushes and apply your watercolors in towards each other so that they blend together.
5. While the paper is still damp, wet your fingers and flick some water onto the paper to create the starburst pattern.
6. When the paper dries completely, gently peel off the tape, remove the paper from the block, then repeat, repeat, repeat! In my case, I repeated that process 54 times to come up with 27 double-sided paintings.
7. I did two colorways, pink/orange and navy/aqua, and they are glued back to back so that the display is reversed outside and in.
8. I then laid out the prints, and attached them using large paperclips, which is also how I hung them in our window.
9. It will take some tweaking, but you’ll get them aligned... eventually!