Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Seven Barks

We are going barking mad for our new product line by Seven Barks. 

Gift cards & tags

Mouse pad & writing pad

Wraping paper

File folders
One of the photos sent to us by 7Barks. Too cute not to share with you. 
P.S. Doggy not for sale. :)

HAUTE to trot

Rebecca Yuhasz Smith of Rebecca Ray Design started her unique equestrian inspired handbag, accessory business in her home in the picturesque Midwestern town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She has become the source for the hottest products for Spring 2012 with her retro-trendy bags, bracelets, belts. Here are her hot-to-trot new products now available at Rousseaus:

Rebecca Ray's Tote is hot hot hot! The bags feature vintage feedsack images with a twist... on a pop of rich color, equestrian orange or neutral! This roomy bag can be worn across the body or carried by its leather trimmed handles. All hardware is equestrian-grade nickle and it features nifty interior pockets, zipper top and fun lining.  Dimensions: 17" x 20" x 6.5"
Here is a closeup:

Below are her leather products.

The Bit Bracelet is a hand-made, chunky cuff, highlighted by the classic symbol of the equestrian lifestyle. Harness-grade leather is the platform for a polished nickel snaffle bit, with a peg closure and two holes for adjustability. Available in trendy colors... wear them stacked!

Complete your sporting life style with the Leather Key Fob.
 Reproduction glass bridle rosettes are custom-made by hand, using vintage images.
The key fobs feature harness-quality hardware and leather.
wrap bracelet
This cool Wrap Bracelet features a 1/2 length of leather that wraps approximately 4 times around the wrist. An elegant Glass Rosette is adorned with choice of vintage graphic.

Interview with Rebecca:
Q: I can see by your designs that you love animals. Did you grow up with horses and dogs?
 Yes, I grew up showing horses and my husband and daughter ride as well. Primarily Hunters. I also actively breed and compete with some of the finest English Setters in the nation. My mother is actually an AKC judge!

Q: When did you decide to turn your passion into a business?
I have a collection of sporting art and was inspired to start designing and sewing my first collection of bags for friends and family in 1998. But I've taken serious steps to build Rebecca Ray Designs as a lifestyle brand and collection over the past 5 years.

Q: I've read that you employ Amish women to help make these bags. I'd love to hear how that started.
Growing up in Ohio, I always respected the hard work and craftsmanship that the Amish are known for in this part of the country. That's why I reached out to work with a select (and growing!) group of Amish artisans. This aspect continues to be very rewarding part of our growth as we're able to contribute to ever growing skill sets -- as well as generating fair wages and contributing to a better life for these families. Many of our bags are still sewn in homes with no electricity using treadle sewing machines and fire heated irons. Our relationships with the Amish community are fostered to be long term -- which we're proud to say has been the case!

Q: What are future plans for the business?
To further build and curate our very authentic US brand and collection of goods, which remains inspired by an American Sporting Lifestyle. We'll be expanding our line of bags, as well as our smaller accessories, jewelry, tabletop - as well as growing our men's collection of goods. Also watch for our lovely new line of stationery called Seven Barks Fine Goods!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Spring accessories

The gift show in Toronto and in New York is our seasonal shopping trip to pick out the best, the latest and the greatest for you, our customers.
Here is all the hot stuff that arrived from our orders this week.

Bevelled 36"D round mirror $219.

Distressed scroll mirror $230.

Orange branches $15 each

Orange urn $49

Green glossy mirror 36"D $239.

Assorted glass vases $14-$20.

White glass globe vases $20-$25.

Waverly & Irving assorted depression era glass with handpoured soywax candle.
With matches $39.

What are you going to be springing for?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

New Treasures

Shaped by English Heritage, Theodore Alexander handcrafts furniture and accessories for your home with uncompromising quality. They use the most interesting materials for both function and beauty. This allows their craftspeople to create products that will not only be forever, but also give distinction to your favourite spaces. All surfaces of T.A.'s furniture are prepared, sanded and finished, even those areas that are not always visible. This includes the undersides, the backs and the inside of the drawer boxes among others. Every process and every detail, from a carved chair leg to a table finish or inlay, is executed by hand. T. A.'s craftsmen employ time-honoured techniques to craft truly beautiful furniture you’ll treasure forever.

Woodbridge Furniture Company develops their own line of occasional furniture using classic design forms adapted to the casual lifestyles of today's world. Their furniture line is produced by highly skilled craftsmen using techniques that will provide lifetime satisfaction. Dovetail construction, routed corner blocks, solid drawer glides are all techniques that are representative of their for-ever furniture. All their pieces are crafted of hand selected hardwood solids and highly-figured veneers. Their rich wood finishes are hand-waxed to insure a deep luster, which completes their process of creating unique, distinctive pieces for your home.

What would you like to take home with you today?

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Monday at Kravet

Kravet Canada invited our team for a private visit to the Toronto showroom. Our host Brenda Bradley was an inspiring host of the Kravet world of fabrics. Here is what got us excited:

Bold jewel tones and timeless paisley made our heart jump.

For the traveler, or the wannabe traveler.

We love Ikat fabrics, but this one is extraordinary for its gorgeous colours.

A raised velvet is the ultimate in luxurious feel.

Thom Filica fabrics.

Alexa Hampton's collection.

Barclay Butera fabrics.

More Barclay in his signature blues.

Indochine by Barbara Barry

 More Barbara in shades of golds.

Do you wish you were there with us?

Thank you Brenda for a wonderful experience!

Save 20% on Kravet fabrics untill March 31.