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Kenya red pet food bowl by Jayes Studio

Even more gift giving suggestions for the holidays.

I’ve only made a small dent in my list, how about you?  If you’re still looking, these one-of-a-kind kilim coaster sets are created from handwoven rug remnants.  The wool absorbs while the leather backing protects furniture.

This Scandinavian Folk Stripe tray is a kaleidoscope of color.  Each hand crafted beauty is made from a single sheet of birch wood, and they are dishwasher safe.  It makes me want to hunt down my Spirograph drawing toy from the 70’s.

Last, but not least, our furry family will enjoying dining from this Kenya red dog bowl. … Continue Reading

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Gift Ideas 2

set of three lined tin storage baskets by Creative Co-op

More gift-giving suggestions for the holidays.

My quest to get a head start on holiday shopping began last week with Sustainable Gift Ideas.  Like many, I’m on the look out year round for items I think my family and friends will enjoy receiving.  My youngest daughter recently purchased the larger two of these lined metal baskets to use for children’s toy storage.  Her older sister immediately snapped a picture to send to a friend who was looking for something to hold dog toys.  Baskets are generously sized and are perfect to keep toys, kindling, firewood, throws and more close by. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Gift Ideas

handmade blue and white glaze dinnerware from Canvas Home Store

A collection of gift giving ideas to start the season.

One of my goals over the next few weeks is to inspire those who wait until the last minute (you know who you are!) to start shopping early this year.  Why not be finished before Thanksgiving?!  Okay, so maybe that’s pushing it… but at least make a dent in the list before the rush.  Soapstone has been a popular surface material in the kitchen for awhile, and these soapstone picture frames are just as elegant.  Each piece is hand carved by an Indian artisan cooperative using traditional hand tools. Elegant yet masculine, old world or modern, they’ll look great anywhere.… Continue Reading

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Scandinavian Home Decor

porcelian light catcher bowl by Hanne Bertelsen

Original woven and ceramic treasures for your home.

When we were about to be married, Mr. Shops and I visited my parents who were living near the Pennsylvania Amish.  Never one to pass up a good shop-while-traveling opportunity, our purchases included hand sewn quilts, delicious hard pretzels and colorful rag rugs.  Mother-daughter duo designer Susan Serra and Kelly Serra Donovan travel much farther — to Scandinavian countries — seeking beautiful and original works of art for others to enjoy in their homes.  Among the select artisanal wares are handwoven rugs and distinctive ceramics.  These heavy duty rugs are made by tightly weaving strips of cloth recycled from clothes, bedding, curtains and whatever else is no longer in good original shape, but too good to trash. … Continue Reading

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Zulu Wire Art Decor

Zulu telephone wire baskets from Hillary Thomas Design

Handcrafted accessories present the opportunity to personalize our homes.

Colorful plastic-coated copper telephone wire is hand-woven by South African Zulu artists into beautiful lamp shade finials and baskets.  They adapted traditional grass weaving techniques to create the intricate, swirling designs and their attention to detail is evident in the bold patterns.  Purchasing these products enables the many telephone wire artisans in rural Africa to support themselves and their families.  More Zulu wire baskets can be found in Museum Store Christmas and Displaying Large Collections. Baskets of Africa provides more information about African Fair Trade Baskets.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

eco-friendly gift ideas for children from Company Kids

Gift suggestions for every age on your list.

Hard to believe it is holiday time already!  I made an effort to start shopping earlier this year, but still have a few family members to check off.  For the decorating obsessed person on your list, be sure to read a few of our book reviews. Southern Living magazine fans will want to see Southern Living Style, while Shabby Chic fans will enjoy the 7th book by the queen herself, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces.  Jane has been a Michael S Smith fan for awhile, and his latest book centers on two of her favorite subjects – Kitchen and Baths. … Continue Reading

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