Monthly Archives: April 2015

we’ll even climb trees for you…

Our always committed design team will do what it takes to make your home and yard look beautiful.  Even if it means climbing trees at the nursery to get fresh clippings from the trees!  We came back with some great plants to design a unique planter for our clients front entry.  Let us help you spruce up your home this holiday season!  Call the shop for more details!

black friday with the willows

This Black Friday come shop at the Willows!
The first 50 customers will get a FREE AG Jean tote (doors open at 9:30) and ALL DAY we will be offering 20% off all Michael Star – sweaters, tees, jackets, velvet – ooh la la!
So, this year shop local and shop small in Phoenix.
See you then!
And don’t forget our 8 foot garlands on sale now at the store for the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece!

chestnut lane pop-up!

We couldn’t be more excited!
Pop-Up Event to Celebrate the Return of 
Chestnut Lane
Thursday, June 14
from 11am – 1pm
Right here at the Willows!
Can’t wait to see you there!

Check out the pop-up menu here!
This is an event you won’t want to miss!

What do you do when your favorite restaurant closes?  You do what sisters Marissa Hochman and Kirsten Steele did…you reopen it! 
Arcadia residents Hochman and Steele  are relaunching foodie favorite Chestnut Lane with a Pop-Up Event at the Willows on June 14th.   Thereafter, Chestnut Lane will be available for catering until the duo secures a new location.  “We just wanted to bring back the homestyle goodness and charm that we loved so much at Chestnut Lane,” commented Hochman , “and by the response that we have received so far, we weren’t the only ones who missed Chestnut!”   

Hochman and Steele share a vision of relocating Chestnut Lane near the previous location at 44th Street and Camelback. “ We really want to find a space that is a bit larger and that will have room for a wine bar and a dedicated area for children,” said Steele.  Both women are busy young Moms, but they have always had a dream of opening a restaurant together.  Hochman came up with the idea of approaching Polly Levine, the original owner of Chestnut Lane, to try and persuade her to reopen. But with time, the idea was fostered that Hochman and Steele would reopen Chestnut with Levine’s guidance.  “Working with Polly has been nothing short of pleasure.  She is hands on and committed to teaching us how to continue forward with all the Chestnut Lane favorites,” noted Hochman.  “In fact, just yesterday, we spent the afternoon in her kitchen mastering the chocolate chip cookie recipe and we all had so much fun.”  
More pop-ups are coming, but in the meantime, remember Chestnut Lane for all your party needs or to fill your refrigerator this summer when it is too hot to cook!  Stop by the Willows on June 14th and get a taste of the original Chestnut Lane goodness.  For more information visit

all in the wrap

 I love gorgeously wrapped packages.  Few things make me as happy as unique and creatively wrapped packages and decoration for all the special ones in my life.
Please join us Wednesday, December 18th, 2-6 pm for our Gift Wrap Party.  
Pick out some last minute gifts and we’ll supply the unique wrapping.  
We’ll have wine, cheese, and in store specials… ‘Tis the Season.

back at market!

We were in LA this week buying all sorts of clothes for the shop!  You are going to want to buy them all!  We fell absolutely head-over-heels in love with a new line called Frank and Eileen!  Their “tea shirts” are the absolute best!  And the packaging?  To die for.  Keep an eye on the blog for when they arrive in the store!  They are sure to go quick!
One of the showrooms even spoiled us with goodies from Bottega Louie…
And the perfect way to end the day?
With a drink at Pattern Bar in downtown LA…

weekend reading

A couple weeks ago I was browsing through the books at Anthropologie and came across this one.  As soon as I saw the words NYC and Sibella Court I grabbed it and headed to the register.  Sibella Court wrote one of my all time favorite design books, Etc.  Her photos are always perfection and her writing style is a dream.  One of my favorite lines from Etc. is, “My mother called me Silver.  Part precious metal, part pirate.”  The Stylist’s Guide to NYC is her own personal record of all her favorites throughout the city.  They are divided into areas of interest and laid out in a day to day itinerary.  It may be a travel book of sorts, but, if you are anything like me, you will gobble it up like it is a novel.  And I may have immediately gone to my computer to check airline prices, as the book will have you dreaming of walking the streets of New York City.  If you are planning a trip to New York, you absolutely must get this book.  And if you are simply a lover of design and beautiful things, then this book needs a home on your book shelf, as well.  It is full of amazing photos, collages, snippets of wisdom and humor and so much more.  Like this…

and this…

I promise it is so fantastic.  If you haven’t already discovered it, go treat yourself.

what i’ve been up to…

Although it may have seemed like I spent the last month knitting…  (hehe).  I have actually just been super busy running here and there, coast to coast, spending time with family and shopping for the store.  In April, I took a little trip to the beach with just some of the girls.  Some of my little girls, that is.  I loaded up three granddaughters and headed for California.  Two of their moms and one more tiny person met us there and we had a great couple of days eating, shopping and relaxing at the beach.  
We decided to spend one day of our trip exploring, shopping and eating in LA, since we usually don’t venture far from the beach and we were feeling a little adventurous.  First stop, donuts…
We came across this lovely and super helpful map on Design Sponge…
and decided to follow along to some of the recommendations.
First stop, Proof Bakery.  Ya, know, because it had been an hour since we had donuts…
Almond croissants and Croque Madames to die for.  It definitely did not disappoint.  We will certainly be planning a trip back.  Then we headed down a few doors and came across what was probably our favorite store of the entire day, Individual Medley.  We all wanted every single thing they had (and we bought a few, too).  And the owner was charming.  We spent so much time pouring over every little thing in this lovely shop.  Another plus on the list!

Next we headed over to the Broome Street General Store where, naturally, we bought more food.  We also bought gifts and baby clothes and other treasures.  Another lovely spot we were so pleased to discover.  

three generations :)
Then it was back in the car.  At this point we realized that hiring a driver would be the ideal way to see LA.  All the driving and parking was not our favorite…  oh, well.  We hit up Mohawk General Store, Bucks and Does, Reform School and quite a few other little shops we found along the way (after spending a bit too much time looking for a parking space…).  
The girls favorite was Clementine Floral Works.  A little florist that sells individual mini bouquets.  All one of a kind and absolutely darling.  They carried them with them for the rest of the day.  So sweet. 
Stopped in for some lunch at the Sunset Junction Coffee Shop…
A perfect crowd pleaser…

We found a record store for our record-loving little ladies…
Then we were back on the road to check out Poketo (which we loved)…
And our last stop, the Pie Hole.  Pie for dinner?  Yes, please.  I still have dreams about this place.  Take me back…
So, after an action-packed Los Angeles day, we spent the next day laying around at the beach…
In honor of Frozen, the girls built a sand/snow man :)
rinsing off after the beach.

That night we ate like we were on a boys’ trip with the hugest order you can imagine from Crocker’s, a new hot dog stand on the island.  It was amazing.  They will be getting lots of Burch orders this summer, I’m sure…
And, what do you do when you have leftover pie and you’re on vacation?
Why, have it for breakfast, of course…
Come on, it’s the same as eating a donut or a cinnamon roll, right?
And then our last lunch at Haute Cakes before getting back on the road to head home…

only in California – dogs out for coffee :)
The trip was too short, as always.  Until next time California!

a little party. (or pictures of food).

Last week we had a little cocktail party for my husband’s birthday.  Nothing special, we just threw together some snacks and drinks and all hung out and had some good laughs.  Of course, I only got pictures of the food…  oh, well.  My current favorite appetizer is the absolute simplest.  Figs, sliced in half with some goat cheese and balsamic, bake and done.  Give it a try sometime.

Oh, and I grabbed a bunch of desserts from Urban Cookie.  Mmmm, doesn’t get much more delicious than that…

Do you have any go-to appetizers, drinks or desserts for parties?  Do share!

a few reminders

Flip Flop Fridays will continue thru July with 20% off all flip flops!
We are continuing T-shirt Tuesdays with 20% off all Michael Stars!
And don’t forget…
We are closed July 2nd through the 7th and will reopen Monday, June 9th
with our summer hours – 10-4pm Monday thru Saturday.
If you ever need anything outside those hours, however, please don’t hesitate to call!
We hope you all are enjoying your summer!
Come see us!

happy friday!

I have been asked from time to time to share some tips and tricks I have picked up over the years in arranging my own floral displays using flowers I have picked up from Trader Joe’s, a few trimmings from my own yard and an array of containers.  I will put together a few fun floral arrangements to share, that you will hopefully enjoy using in your own home or as a gift for someone you love.  (Did you see our mother’s day flowers?)  So, check back here next week for some fun with flowers :)
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend!