Monday, October 31, 2011

Custom Throw Pillows

Day 5 of the High Street Market HOME sneak peeks.  In addition to offering cozy throw blankets, we'll also be stocking custom throw pillows!  Plaids, herringbones, large florals, and simple linens... graphic ikats, snow leopard, and even zebra.  Each pillow is unique to our store and extremely well-made, with double seams (for extra durability) and invisible zippers!  While many of our pillow styles will be staples in the new shop, others will rotate with the seasons.

One of our favorites is this linen-covered pillow with the phrase "Don't Give Up The Ship"!  This phrase was originally shouted by the dying captain of the USS Chesapeake during The War of 1812.  It soon after become an inspirational rally cry for the entire nation during a time of war.  We thought that this historical phrase was wonderfully inspiring and applicable to today, so we had it made for our store.  Don't Give Up The Ship!   Available in either navy linen (with white writing) or ivory linen (with black writing), each one measures 14" x 18" and includes a down insert. 

Don't Give Up The Ship pillow, only available at High Street Market
14" x 18" with down insert, available in navy or ivory linen.

The High Street Market HOME store will be open in less than 2 weeks! Until then, we're posting exclusive sneak peeks of the new shop on this blog. Check back tomorrow to see another one of our new products.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

High Street Market Vintage

top row, left to right: vintage black highboy dresser, Federalist style convex mirror, Italian wheat sheaf side table, Vintage brass bar cart.  bottom row, left to right: 1877 Antique antlers, 1960s chrome chandelier, modern chrome egg chair, Keep Australia Beautiful linen flag.

Day 4 of the High Street Market HOME sneak peeks!  When we came up with the idea of opening a larger online shop, we wanted to create a shopping experience where customers could shop for new and vintage items in the same spot.  After all, good design includes both!  And as you might imagine, the "vintage" section of our new store is very comprehensive.  We'll be offering vintage furniture, lighting, home accessories, and even hardware (more on that next week!).  We will continue to offer a wide assortment of unique items at affordable price points.  And at the same time, the new shop gives us the opportunity to display some of our BEST vintage finds.  Many of these peices are rare, and historically significant.  They are sophisticated, and some are a little unexpected.  We think that our vintage section will become an excellent resource for people looking for top notch vintage finds (without the astronomical prices).  We're really excited about it.

Here are some of the vintage pieces in our inventory:
1948 Solid Brass Racehorse Doorstop
Designed by Calvin Roy Kinstler, this racehorse doorstop depicts "Citation", the 1948 winner of the Triple Crown.

Original 1965 Lytegem task lamp by Lightolier.
Designed by Michael Lax and produced by Lightolier, this task lamp has been a permanent part of the New York Museum of Modern Art collection.  Famous for creating the most perfect reading light!  This lamp adjusts every which way, and can even be mounted on the wall to be used as a wall sconce.

1960s Paul McCobb Mahogany Credenza with Brass Base
Made of mahogany and standing on a brass base, this credenza was designed by Paul McCobb.  This American born designer studied art in Boston, before going off to serve in WWII.  Upon his return, he began his career as a furniture designer in New York City.  His future works were later licensed with a variety of American furniture manufacturers.  A major influrence on mid-century design, Paul McCobb was known as "Americas Decorator".

The new vintage section of our store will be ever evolving, and we'll update it daily.  It will include a full range of price points (so there's something for everyone!). 

To answer your questions, we will not be closing the Etsy shop!  The High Street Market etsy shop will continue to list vintage housewares on a daily basis.

The High Street Market HOME store will be open in just a couple of weeks! Until then, we're posting exclusive sneak peeks of the new shop on this blog. Check back Monday to see another one of our new products.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Graphic Knit Throw Blankets

Day 3 of our High Street Market HOME sneak peeks!  Today, let's talk about super luxurious, graphic knit throw blankets.  We'll be selling these blankets in two different prints (chevron and Greek key), in three different colorways-- Persimmon, Aqua, and Navy Blue.  I LOVE these blankets.  And, let me tell you why:

First of all, they're made in the USA (this is very important to us).  Second, they are SO wonderfully soft-- you'll love to cuddle under one of these throw blankets this winter!  Third, they are reversible and the quality is top notch!  And finally, they're 100% cotton and machine washable (use cold water on the gentle cycle).   And, what better way to upgrade your drab sofa than with one of these lovely throws?

The High Street Market HOME store will be open in just a couple of weeks! Until then, we're posting exclusive sneak peeks of the new shop on this blog. Check back tomorrow to see another one of our new products.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bone Clad Boxes

Day 2 of the High Street Market HOME sneak peeks.  Today, I want to show you our collection of bone clad storage boxes!  I adore this group-- available in classic white as well as black (which is stunning).  We also have a few versions with an etched design-- in fact, the fluer de lis box was custom made for our store!  Keep them on a bedside table to hold jewelry or cufflinks.  Or, use a collection of boxes at your desk to keep paperclips, notes, and other office supplies at bay.

This little "Mermaid" box is my favorite...

Prices range from $19.00 to $48.00 (depending on size).

The High Street Market HOME store will be open in just a couple of weeks! Until then, we're posting exclusive sneak peeks of the new shop on this blog. Check back tomorrow to see another one of our new products.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Ava Bamboo Table Lamp

The Ava Bamboo Table Lamp is a High Street Market original, completely custom made for our store.  Inspired by a vintage piece, this table lamp is streamlined for modern living, yet greatly influenced by 1940s Hollywood Regency design.  Standing on a solid wood base, the Ava Bamboo Table Lamp has a subtle crackle glaze and it's finished in a color that we call "tusk".  The socket is made of polished brass, and it features an upgraded brass socket and switch.

It makes a marvelous bedside lamp, or use a pair of these Ava lamps to flank a dining room credenza.

Since we designed this lamp and had it manufactured, can I talk about quality for a sec?  We're really proud of the materials that went into creating this piece!  It has a solid wood base, and polished brass fittings-- two upgraded design details that most retailers won't offer.  The ceramic body is extremely well made, and we think that the soft crackle glaze adds a little more interest than a flat finish would.  The price is extremely competitive too (well under $200.00 per lamp).

The Ava Table Lamp is just one of the custom lamps in our collection!  Come back tomorrow for another sneak peek at the new merchandise.

And as a sidenote: I was floored by all of your supportive comments yesterday.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I can't even tell you what your support means to me.  As you can imagine, creating our new shop was a major undertaking.  Years in the making.  Hearing such positive feedback (before we've even launched) was truly moving.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!  If I could reach through the computer and give you a hug, I would.



Monday, October 24, 2011

Introducing: High Street Market HOME

Today, I am proud to announce the upcoming opening of the High Street Market home store-- a comprehensive online shop offering a selection of new and vintage furnishings.  This project has been in the works for years, and it's truly a thrill for me to share the good news with you today.  I've been keeping it a secret for so long!  And boy, have we been busy over here.   A few years ago, my husband and I started High Street Market (the etsy shop) through a mutual adoration of antiques and unique vintage furnishings.  Since then, we've spent thousands of hours (and many early mornings) at estate sales, auctions, and flea markets.  We've driven all over the east coast, cleaned and restored one of a kind finds, connected with like-minded people, and built a system of dependable resources.  We truly love what we do and I think that we make a great team: I have a passion for design, Dave has a love for business.  We both have a drive for finding and creating objects that are beautiful and functional, trend resistant, and made of exceptional quality.  We look for these characteristics in every single item that we buy.

High Street Market HOME will be opening this November!  There will be a large collection of vintage items, including furniture, home accessories, hardware, and textiles.  We'll also be offering a selection of new products, like servingware, barware, pillows, throw blankets, and table linens.  But what I'm most proud of are the products that we've designed ourselves.  That's right!  High Street Market will be offering a collection of custom pieces, exclusive to our shop.  This includes custom lighting, throw pillows, home accessories and even furniture!  Each piece that we've created is completely unique, inspired by history, and relevant to a modern lifestyle.  Most importantly, everything is priced competitively and made of excellent quality.  We're also shipping worldwide, which is new for us.  International customers can now get accurate shipping quotes with every transaction.

Here are some images from our new catalog:

And over the next couple of weeks, I will be giving you guys exclusive sneak peeks at some of the new merchandise!!! I can't wait for you to see it-- I hope you like it as much as we do.

See you tomorrow with our first sneak peek!

all images owned and licensed by High Street Market


Friday, October 21, 2011

Have An Exciting Weekend

Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?  On Saturday morning, I will be going to one of my favorite farmer's markets in Berks County to buy some pumpkins and a some mums!  I went there last year too-- they're the best!  A couple of large potted mums will look nice on the front porch.  There's also an Amish family that sells baked goods there.  So, I might buy an apple pie.  And, a loaf of pumpkin bread, and maybe some moon pies.  :)  I can never resist Amish baked treats.

I hope to see you back here on Monday because I have a big huge giant announcement that I can't wait to share with you!  I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it.

See you on Monday, chickens.



The Alternative Jack O' Lantern

Halloween is a mere 10 days away, and that means it's almost time to carve Jack O' Lanterns!  Here are three little pumpkins that I carved for our porch last Halloween...

I was thinking about doing something different this year. So, I did a little research and found a whole slew of inspiring ideas for "alternative" Jack O' Lanterns.  Here are some of my favorites to help spruce up your own haunted house (or spooky front porch)...

Paint the pumpkin black! Next carve out the face, add whiskers and ears, and you have a Black Cat O' Lantern (or Bat O' Lantern).

With black paint or permanent marker, create the silhouette of a haunted house (it could even be your own house!), and carve out windows and a large looming full moon.

Perfect for tiny pumpkins or gourds-- use red push pins for eyes and vampire teeth!

Maybe you don't have time to carve a pumpkin (or you're not too keen on making a huge mess). These no-carve ideas seem super simple and really fun...

Candy corn pumpkins!

Using a fine-tipped Sharpie pen and a paper doily as a stencil, draw a detailed pattern on the pumpkins. Love this vintage look!

I love this place setting idea-- perfect for a spooky Halloween dinner party. Attach bat wings and you're done.

You don't even need a pumpkin for this adorable display. Just a magic marker and a few ballons!

Last October, I used a carved out pumpkin to create a lovely fall centerpiece:

(and used a vegetable peeler to monogram it!)

By using a similarly carved out pumpkin, you'll have an instant beer cooler!

There are so many ways to get into the Halloween spirit this week. 
I think I'll try to make one of those doily pumpkins this weekend.  :)

What's your favorite style of Jack O' Lantern?  I tend to carve pumpkins with scary faces (boo!) and my husband loves to make a "cannibal pumpkin" (where one big Jack O' Lantern appears to be eating a smaller one).  My parents always carved friendly Jack O' Lanterns with big smiley faces and happy eyes.  They even topped them with straw hats.

all of these pumpkin ideas were found at Martha Stewart and Better Homes & Gardens


Thursday, October 20, 2011

4 Years Today

4 years ago today, we got married.

Happy Anniversary to us.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Boys Club

The new House Beautiful landed in my mailbox this week, and it's full of super inspiring images.  This Hermosa Beach bachelor pad was one of my favorites.  It's pretty awesome.



I love homes that are beautiful and easy to live in.  This one definitely fits that criteria.  You had me at black, six-pane dutch door entryway with glass lanterns!  Love the endless yards of fabric that frame the windows, the cushy velvet sofa, that blue kitchen.  And, I love the giant elk antlers at the base of the stairs (so amazing).   Doesn't it seem like you could move right in?  It's so chic without trying too hard.

The designers had a fun tip in regards to throw pillows on the sofa: three to five pillows is enough-- a few should coordinate, the last one should be totally off.

Designed by Lucas Studio, Inc.


Scandi-Greek Chic

Loving these klismos-inspired red dining chairs from West Elm.  They are cute, aren't they?  West Elm calls them "Scandi-Greek chic", and that nerdy reference to design history makes me fall in love with them even more!  Talk about personality, these chairs would brighten up any drab kitchen.

available in 4 colors

And, they're on sale too.  Only $84.00 each.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Little Girls Room

One of my design clients recently moved her family from Manhattan to San Francisco.  And as you can imagine, the big move came with a huge upgrade in livable space.  This family went from living in a modern 3-bedroom apartment to a stunning 3-story historic home.  They now have a yard, and plenty of windows that let oodles of natural light into every room (the house also has original milk glass fixtures, inlaid hardwood floors, and a butler's pantry with floor to ceiling cabinets!!  To die for.). 

Over the past eight months, we've been furnishing the house together, room by room.  And just this weekend, I worked on the design of her daughter's room!  Inspired by these dreamy inspiration shots, I wanted to create a space that was light and bright, imaginative, and a little bohemian (they're living in San Francisco, after all).  It needed a healthy dose of pink and purple (the 4-year old resident's favorite colors), mixed with simple neutrals like white and grey. 

And, here's what I came up with:

I love the balance between the modern white furniture and the girly tufted side chair.  Adding some eclectic pieces (like the rug, pillow, and pom pom throw) create additional interest, and they kick things up a notch.  I think that this space will easily transition from "4-year old" to "14 year old".

Bedding by Serena & Lily, pom pom throw from Calypso St. Barth, West Elm headboard, Madeline Weinrib rug and throw pillow, West Elm Parsons bookcase, reading chair from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Crate & Barrel nightstand, and woven storage baskets (for toys and blankets!) from West Elm.

all inspiration images via pinterest

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