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Pillow Party

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“There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow storm.  We wake from one dream into another dream.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pillows by Color A

2014 D.L. Rhein Pillow Collection

There is no better way to punch up a room than with decorative pillows.  We love to put a spin on classic patterns as well as original designs with bold embroidery and unexpected color combinations on our pillow line.  A recent feature in Lonny magazine shows off one of our favorites, a double snake pillow created from a piece of hand painted antique art from a trip to Paris.  Whether jazzing up a party, or taking your living room from boring to beautiful, take a peek at our newest introductions for 2014 when visiting our stores and through our online shop.

XO,

D.L.

Monogram Me

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“When Charlotte really liked somebody she said their whole name.  It helped her picture their future monogrammed towels.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Say it with a Monogram Pillow | D.L. Rhein

The history of the Monogram can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman rulers who first used monograms on coins to identify the ruler of the region.  In the Middle Ages, artisans began signing their work with their “signature” monogram.  During these times, the monogram was simply two initials.  Rembrandt signed with RH in his early years, then moved on to the more formal triple initial style in the latter years.  From the late 1800’s through the present day, monograms have become a modern, trendy way to identify one’s belongings as opposed to showing their wealth or status.

Modern British Royals are known for using just the first two initials of the wedded couple’s names, the husbands initial always appearing first.  That rule was broken with newlyweds William and Catherine as their initials are “WC,” which in England stands for water closet, their word for bathroom!

Their is no right or wrong way to monogram these days, unless you want something very formal.  I love the modern twist of a single letter as shown above to denote the family’s last name.  The antique font embroidered in kelly green, gives it a fresh and less formal feel when placed between turquoise chevron pillows.

Gifts feel more personalized when they are monogrammed | D.L. Rhein

Monograms make something personal and a little more special when your name is emblazoned upon an object or article of clothing.   Heck, it’s practically a right of passage from the time of birth in The South.   Jess has told me all about her college room mate’s  “luggage tag” jewelry from Canton, Mississippi.   Monograms are a fun gift for an anniversary, birthday,  or wedding. Here are our top favorites, available by custom order at our stores. Make it unique by choosing your color combinations, letters and words.

Silver Embossed Leather Ipad Case | Hand Beaded Clutch | French Knot Embroidered Lavender Sachets

XO,

D.L.

Crown Jewels

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“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.” – William Shakespeare

There is something about the idea of wearing a crown.  At some point we all dreamed of being a princess or a queen, wearing jewels upon our heads.  Traditionally crowns are symbolic forms of head wear worn by a monarch or diety representing power, legitimacy, immortality, righteousness, victory, triumph and honor.  Not something attainable for most of us commoners, so instead we began fashioning crowns  in the form of a wreath made of flowers, leaves and ribbons.

We have found the modern crown, hand encrusted by the fabulous Deepa Gurnani team.   Modeled by some of my dear friends: L.A., H.B., & D.R.  Beads, crystals, boullion, embroidery, and mirrored disks add just the right touch of sparkle and reign to your head.  These aren’t your childhood plastic faux tortoise drugstore headbands.  With sexy beach hair and a flowy tunics, a jeweled headband kicks you up to another level, without even trying.  When do you feel like wearing a crown?

XO,

D.L.

 

 

Tried and True Tunics

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Summer is the time when one sheds its tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
  A few of these days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”

-Ada Louise Huxtable

Summer is: lazy mornings, family afternoons at the beach, backyard barbeque’s and dining alfresco with friends during these endless sunny days.  It is my favorite time of year, and definitely my fave season of fashion.  One of the staples at our stores are tunics.  Quite possibly the most versatile piece of clothing, they require no effort to look good.  Throw them on with tights, leggings, skinny jeans, shorts or over a bathing suit.

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Suzani

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 “There are days when I think there really is some huge plan out there and we’re all woven into it – this fabulous, complex pattern of life and death, full of recurring motifs and waves of color, and we’re each one tiny thread in the weave.” -Jane Johnson

Suzani comes from the Persian word for “needle,” and  refers to embroidered hangings or fabric coverings that are synonymous with the finest old embroideries of Uzbekistan, in Central Asia. The birthplace of suzanis is in what is now Uzbekistan, the area along the Silk Roads that interconnected the cultures of Europe, Turkey and China with the Muslim world. With the establishment of the Silk Road, the Suzani art flourished. In the 19th century, Uzbek women produced excellent embroidered hangings, table covers, bed covers, wrapping cloths, and prayer mats for their households and their daughters’ dowries.

In recent years, there has been a revival of this traditional art form.  One of our favorite finds are these vintage Suzanis that we picked from a vendor with a great eye that travels to Asia several times a year to gather one of a kind pieces.  At first glance I said we have to make pillows out of these!  Part of what makes these so appealing is that no two are alike, and part of the charm is that the patterns aren’t perfect as they are hand embroidered.

We are always gathering interesting textiles when we come across them.  From antique swatches to old feed sacks, that are re-born into pillows or unexpected upholstery, half the fun is the hunt to find them!  Recently a customer brought in an embroidered remnant from a tea towel her mother had made.  She said she wanted to make something out of it, but thought it was too small.  Nonsense!   We put it in the center of one of our embroidered pillows and voila!  Old meets new and the customer was overwhelmed her updated keepsake.   What have you done with your old embroidery?

XO,
D.L.