For Mother's Day this year I've gone back to the classics - Mom's like that, right? Bunches of dried lavender from France, I brought back the Hanging Door Baskets from last year, a new size of Willow Serving Trays and a collection of Classic Trays that are my new favorite thing (made of recycled materials!). I hope you find something that you (and your Mother) love.
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These dried French Lavender Bundles come straight from the fields in Provence. They are the perfect little something for a hostess gift, can transform a bedside table into something special, or go into a Hanging Basket (here) on your front door. I used three of these bundles in this photo of the hanging basket, but even two would do the job. They come wrapped in kraft paper and tied with natural twine, just like you would find at a French market.
A favorite from last year is back! This year I've filled ours with dried bunches of French Lavender, but you might remember last year when it was filled with hydrangeas and flags for the 4th of July. It looks great with branches of Cherry Blossoms, big bunches of leaves or wheat in the Fall, branches of berries for the Holidays... endless.
The secret to using fresh branches and blooms in the basket is using floral tubes to keep them fresh. I've included 10 large clear tubes with each basket. Please note, it was a little too large to hang on our old front door, as we had a storm door in front of it, but looks great hanging off of a door knob inside, too.
I love simple ideas - easy ideas that are incredibly chic. By adding dried sprigs of lavender to water you can transform your linen spray into something really special. Spray on linens before ironing, or spray on a freshly made bed... or wipe down your countertop with it! It will make you feel like an incredibly chic French woman in the Provence countryside : )For this collection, I've included two spray bottles that come with three sprigs of dried lavender. The set also comes with multiple labels for the bottles - both "Lavender Linen Spray" and "Lavender Counter Spray". All you need to do is affix the label and fill with water. In just a couple of hours, the dried lavender will lightly scent the water. It is simple and chic - no chemicals to cloud the pureness, just an easy way to freshen your daily routine.
For me, Summer Entertaining is all about ease and bounty. These serving baskets are exactly what I envision when I think about a breezy, easy summer party. They make anything from appetizers to stacks of plates and linen napkins look inviting and lovely.
Last year I carried a set of 3 Willow Serving Baskets that were smaller than these - they were very popular, so many of you have them from last year! I loved the smaller collection, but this year looked for larger ones that would hold a bigger spread of appetizers. This set of 2, (and 18" round and a 20" round) are a great size for a summer party - I'm thinking a bowl of tomatoes with basil and mozzarella surrounded by crostini, or chips surrounding fresh guacamole. I love lining the basket with a nice linen tea towel.
The Tea Towels used with the baskets, can be seen here.
With our new kitchen on the near horizon, I've been thinking about some new accessories (necessities?) that I've had my eye on. A set of aged Bread Boards is at the top of the list. We've all seen them in our favorite kitchens, namely the Tessa's (Nine & Sixteen) and the Barefoot Contessa's, leaning on their counters. Not only are they great for building a big cheese board or appetizer spread, but they will add some aged character to my very new kitchen.
These Aged Bread Boards are a special order item and will take two weeks to ship.
Classic Tray Collection
For a while I've been looking for serving pieces that have the softly polished, rustic look of Italian handmade pewter, but would be suitable for more everyday and casual parties. When I stumbled upon this Classic Collection it was like an incredible twist of fate - a New England company (in Manchester by the Sea, Ma.) making pewter-looking serving pieces out of 100% recycled aluminum. All of my favorite things in one!
Baking Collection >
Provencal Blue Striped Classic Towels and Table Linens just in time.
For Mother's Day I mixed some of my favorite soft and lovely scents - Gardenia, Lilac and Lily Of The Valley. The result is a clean, soft and fresh floral scent that feels like the doors open on an early morning. As always, my candles are poured in a Mini Latte Bowl that can be reused after the candle is gone. Limited supply available.
I hope you enjoyed browsing the Mother's Day Collection. See everything here >