After years of flower arrangements stocking our cabinets with boring glass vases, Rose and Radish has come up with a more sensible approach to valentines. They've paired some of their favorite design objects — not vases — with stunning arrangements of fresh flowers, so that after those blossoms wilt, your loved one will have something to hold on to. They'll work with you to find a style and price range that works for you. This vessel, Sweet Nest ($389), which is made of Nymphenburg porcelain, has a higher price point than most of the other options. Unfortunately, delivery is only available in San Francisco, but you can easily recreate this Valentine's Day gift yourself. To see how this nest can be used when the flowers are long gone, read more
I just came across the Lisa Stickley Custard Cream Tablecloth ($287 and up) and Duck Plates Tablecloth ($287 and up) at Rose & Radish, and I'm completely smitten. Stickley has incorporated a trompe-l'œil effect onto her printed textiles, giving the illusion that her tablecloths are topped with traditional British tea plates. The Custard Cream Tablecloth is printed with floral china patterns with painted rims, and the Duck Plates Tablecloth is based on her own grandfather's duck-themed tea service. I love this twist on vintage British style, and think it's the perfect fit for a tea party among modern girls.
If raising a green baby is your goal, feast your eyes on the Green Lullaby Cradle. Constructed from cardboard, this sweet sleeper doesn't require a hammer, nail or a screwdriver — just a few bends and folds.
Priced at $69, the white rocker comes with a clean surface — perfect for your own decorative ideas. When your wee one outgrows the simple frame, you can flatten and stow it away.
What do you think of the Eco-friendly cradle?
I don't know what it is about butterflies lately, but they've had my heart all aflutter. The cutout butterflies on the Mixko Delight Belle Light ($49, reduced from $83) are quite dainty and appeal to the side of me that secretly loves pink, unicorns, and party dresses. And I love how the light just seems to peek through its skirted edge. I also don't think I've ever seen a felt lamp shade before . . . people seem to use whatever they can get their hands on these days (kitchen canisters, Tupperware, vellum). No, I don't think my husband would be a fan of this Lepidopteran light, but it would be quite cute in a girl's bedroom or a feminine powder room.
Ages ago I wrote a Trend Alert on Yummy Candles, which began with a Point à la Ligne Macaroon Candle Set that was tragically out of stock at Rose and Radish. Like Sofia Coppola, I love all things macaroon: the colors, the taste, the packaging, the hard-to-come-by quality, and their fancy French origins. And, obviously it's in my nature to treasure home décor. So when a macaroon comes my way that will light up my home with girl-y scrumptiousness, how can I resist? Rose and Radish has restocked and is now selling this amazing Point à la Ligne Macaroon Pyramid Candle ($79) that stands nearly a foot tall, and has come all the way to San Francisco from Paris. I've died and gone to confection heaven.
The folks at Rose and Radish recently took a trip to Munich to visit the Royal Bavarian Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg, which has been one of the world's finest producers of porcelain for 250 years. In the shop's journal, they wrote, "One of the greatest parts of the Munich trip was being able to use the porcelain during the entire visit. Our favorite snack was gummi bears on the Ted Muehling Bird's Wing Dish." While the thought of them eating candy off of such a delicate dish is a nice one, it doesn't do me much good! That's why I'm delighted to see that Rose and Radish has brought the German porcelain back to the shop for us to enjoy stateside. Although the prices on this porcelain tend to run high (one coffee cup is $519), they're truly magnificent sights, and definitely what I'd consider to be works of art. Take a look at the images below to see a few, and check out the shop's site to see more.
Rose and Radish put it precisely when they wrote, "Sometimes you need a lamp shade that is both understated and extremely eye-catching." The Nicolette Brunklaus Large Delight Shade ($797) is both of those things, and oh so much more. It's also evidence of the growing flocking trend, as well as playful, modern, and elegant. I'd love to see one hanging over a large, tufted leather restaurant booth or a kitchen island, or even suspended in a stark, white bathroom. It's available in black, red, or blue, but I suggest going for several of them if you can afford it! What do you think? Do you crave it as much as I do?
As further evidence of the omnipresence of nonsouvenir matryoshka dolls, the jm2 Matriochka Blackboard ($113) has come all the way from Lyon, France to the shelves of Rose and Radish here in San Francisco. Much like the DIY Nesting Doll I wrote about, this blackboard inspires creativity. Although it'd be funny to read Bart Simpson's infamous blackboard comments here, I'd much rather see how one could interpret the traditional doll with some colored chalk, perhaps draw some embroidery, and arms with bling bangles sticking out from under her cape. Are you a fan?
CocoAngel recently posted in the CasaSugar group with a decorating quandary, and I thought that you might be able to help her out. She writes, "I'm just finishing up redecorating my daughter's room and having trouble finding accessories, specifically a bird cage. She changed her bed spread to this birds and bird cages design (see left), so a black-wire bird cage would be a fantastic item to add to the room. Anyone seen bird cages in the major chains or online somewhere?"
To see my ideas, as well as to leave your own, just read more