Monthly Archives: July 2015

indigo is the new black

Have you heard? Indigo is the new black.  We’ve been saying it for a while now, but it holds true.  
Come in to the shop and see our amazing selection of indigo pillows and fabrics.  
You are going to fall in love with them!

around the shop

Just thought we would let you all in on everything that is new around the store….  Stop by and let us know what you think!  Can’t wait to see you!

garden shop peek!

We finally have pictures of the garden shop to share!  Things were so busy last week with all our events and all the wonderful customers who came by to see the new shop and support us!  Thank you, thank you!  So, for those who are far or those who haven’t made it in just yet, here is a little something to tempt you with…

We would love to hear what you think!

are you getting excited…

…for the Union?  
We sure are!  Here’s a little sneak peek at how things are going over there!
Stay tuned for updates!

busy, busy

Oh, it is that busy time of year!
With work and family and the holidays, this little space continues to be neglected!
It has been one crazy year. 
I think I’ll make it my New Year’s resolution to get back on the blogging train in 2014…  
we will see how that goes!
Hope you are enjoying this time of year with the ones you love!

Friday Madness!

Chase away your winter blues…
By taking adavantage of our Friday Madness deal tomorrow!
25% off everything lovely smelling. Includes candles, soaps, lotions, linen mist, laundry detergernt and much more! 
It’s time to throw open the drapes, fluff up your bed, draw a warm bubble bath and light a few candles. 
Spring is right around the corner!
Friday’s Quote:
“This bright, new day… complete with 24 hours of opportunities, 
choices, and attitudes, a perfectly matched set of 1,440 minutes. 
This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. 
Handle with care. Make the most of it.
There is only one to a customer.”
Have a wonderful weekend! 

grandparents’ day

the sweetest moment.  i love this picture.  ruby and her bop.

For those who don’t know, Brian and I have 19 grandchildren (with two more on the way this summer!).  We are so blessed to have all these wonderful children in our lives who we love so dearly and who so sweetly love us back.  A while back we were invited to Grandparent’s Day at the grade school of one of our grandchildren.  Each child had drawn a picture of one of their grandparents…
…you guessed it.
That is me as seen through the eyes of my 6 year old granddaughter.  
I love this drawing so much.  I can’t decide what my favorite detail is… the collagen lips, the floating eyebrows, the fantastic hair, the purple shirt with a giant flower in the middle…  
Really, I just love all the hearts floating all around.
I certainly am one blessed and very loved Gigi.  

survival kits

Last week all the lovely Willowettes went out for the evening to celebrate some birthdays and all enjoy a girls’ night out.  We hit up NoRTH and absolutely loved the food!  If you haven’t been, definitely give it a try next time you are looking for a new dinner spot.  Our wonderful Meg and Maddy surprised us all with these adorable little “survival kits” all wrapped up to perfection in mason jars with a little personalized note to each of us.  They were filled with mini bottles of wine, lint rollers, lip gloss, lotion and more!  What a great gift!  You could put so many different spins on this fantastic idea, so I couldn’t help but share…

bike shop

One of my favorite places for shopping and dining in California is {The LAB}.  It is this funky little center (known as the anti-mall) with great shops and restaurants (Habana is one of my very favorites!).  In the parking lot at the Lab is this awesome airstream turned bike shop.  I absolutely love the atmosphere this guy has created and will be sure to pick up a bike from him next time I need one.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop by.  And do check out the amazing vintage crates he makes into bike baskets!

I absolutely love his business hours sign.
Do you think we could get away with this at the Willows?

I only have a few days left in beautiful California, any more suggestions on places I absolutely don’t want to miss this trip?  I would love a new shop or restaurant to try out!

guest blogger: mari of design shuffle

Hi all! It’s Mari and I write as guest blogger for Design Shuffle, a fantastic social networking site for interior designers, architects, design professionals and enthusiasts to upload their work and receive lots of exposure. I love my work because I get to explore the beautiful world of interior design every day and then write about it, along with the great decorating ideas I discover along the way.†I’m so excited to be here at The Willows {blog} today. As you know, there’s always something very interesting going at The Willowsóand everyone feels so welcome.

Let’s talk about a subject near and dear to the hearts of many of you–vintage suitcases. We’re already hooked and can’t get enough of these intriguing pieces. They carry with them tales of yesteryear and bygone travel adventures. From our admittedly biased point of view, they add a historical feel, a sense of mystery and simply “belong” in any room. See what you think. We hope you enjoy these beautiful ways to decorate with vintage suitcases.

First Lady of the House (via)

Stacked to the ceiling in the corner of a traditional living room, this is an enviable collection of vintage suitcases. A great conversation starter!

Eclectic Revisited (via)

Vintage suitcases also work well in pale Swedish or French Country rooms. Don’t they look wonderful next to the grouping of hatboxes beneath this antique work bench?

French Larkspur (via)

Small pieces can also be used to great effect with other found objects and a bouquet fresh of flowers like this one casually arranged in a galvanized metal container.

Vintage Junky (via)

Another fabulous stack of vintage suitcases reaching almost to the ceiling looks really stunning in this entry and hallway. Think of all the extra storage they provide. Good looking decorative element and great functionalityóa perfect pairing.

Decorology (via)

A stylish display of luggage is an inspired choice to go with this “world traveler” vignette. Perhaps a bit more modern than many of the rooms we’re looking at today, but definitely one of the living room ideas to remember.

A Beach Cottage (via)

Regardless of which direction your bedroom design is going, vintage suitcases just might fit right in. White painted luggage makes a unique and functional bedside table in this eclectic bedroom.

SF Girl by Bay (via)

This totally personal and unique collection of cases is as eclectic as its surroundings. Think of the fun someone had searching for and finding those vintage treasures.

Design Happens (via)

And one last stack of vintage suitcases reminds us that the bedroom is always a great place to show off such a collection. And yes, they do seem to “belong” in this cozy and inviting room.

This post comes courtesy of Design Shuffle, where you can find top tier interior designs from around the world ñ from New York interior designers, Los Angeles interior designers, and more, check out the latest at Design Shuffle.