Archive for the ‘Houseware’ Category

During our trip to Spokane over Labor Day weekend we visited a few antique stores to see what we could find. We weren’t looking for anything in particular, but without much else to do besides eating, drinking, visiting family, and then eating some more, antique store browsing seemed like something fun. The strip of antique stores we visited were on Main Street in an area that had recently been “revitalized” with old-fashioned street lamps and improved sidewalks. Although it appeared to be desolate, this small street outside of downtown Spokane had several antique stores housed in old buildings that gave the appearance of a pioneer western town. We left Main Street with nothing more than a vintage Stanley thermos (similar to one a reader sent in earlier) but had a lot of fun looking through the treasures of times past.

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I’ve been following tweets from the New York International Gift Fair all weekend. Since I can’t be there in person this year, Twitter has been a great way to see what is featured at the show. One of the most beautiful products I’ve discovered via #NYIGF tweets are these candelabras making their debut at NYIGF by Dunes and Duchess. A perfect combination of old-world and modern, the turned wood candelabras are painted in high gloss black, white, or pale blue. Available in 4-arm and 2-arm variations as well as a new lamp version, I can’t wait to place my first order!

Photos courtesy of Dunes and Duchess

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For almost 100 years Oregon based Pendelton Woolen Mills has been making commemorative blankets for our National Parks from 100% pure virgin wool. The stripe design on some of these blankets originate from the pioneer days and were used by traders to note the weight or value of the blanket. National Parks honored by Pendelton include Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Crater Lake.

I couldn’t resist also including some of Pendelton’s Lumberman blanket collection. Although I’m not ready for summer to end yet, I’m already dreaming about nights by the fire with one of these blankets and a mug of hot chocolate!

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We’ve already featured some Fog Linen’s wire baskets in our post below, but this time I thought I’d share more of their linen products. The warm yet rough nature of linen fabric, however its use, inherently has a casual appearance that welcomes the user to feel its softness on their skin. The perfect blend of country and modern style, Fog Linen embraces and enhances the natural beauty of this fabric with its solid, plaid, and checkered prints.

Fog Linen’s line of products include not only the obvious napkins, kitchen towels, and tablecloths, they also produce bath towels, serving trays, bedding, and even house slippers.

Tell us what styles, prints, and colors you like most so we can make sure to have it in stock when the online store launches!

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When the Dundee General Store launches its online shop this fall, we will carry both Fog Linen… linens… and also their line of wire baskets in different sizes and shapes. Perfect for all types of household organization, picking fresh produce in the garden, serving bread at the dinner table, and an endless list of other uses. Fog Linen’s baskets match their versatility and utility with style. From curvy and seductive to boxy and clean, we’ll have a wide variety for you to chose from!

Which one is your favorite?

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