Friday, February 5, 2016

gift show wrap up

Well, that's a wrap on gift show season. I had a productive trip to the Gift Mart in Atlanta in early January and just recently returned from a fun stint in NYC and the show at Javits. Some might think attending both shows excessive but I think it's imperative in order to bring my customers the best.
Here's a little summary of a few trends I observed at market.

Jewelry is small and delicate, light chains, small stud earrings. Lots of semi precious stones in natural shapes ( roughly cut and just lightly polished). These designs are really young and beautiful and somehow remind me of summer.
It's written in the stars....the constellation necklace with herkimer diamonds, now in stock.

Purses are big and slouchy...some with laser cut patterns, lots of vegan (non-leather) materials. Hobo is still the shape to have, I only wish everything didn't get so lost in the bottom of this silhouette. Try as I might to utilize numerous zippered pouches- I still end up scrounging around the bottom of the bag in search of something. Colors are toned down and soft. Sadly, fringe remains.

Interiors are BLUE again. There was a distinct absence of blue for the last few years and I am so happy to report that there was a ton of, sky, aqua and my favorite gray-blue on upholstery, walls, pillows and tabletop in all of the showrooms. Let's face it, Connecticut likes blue and always will with or without "designer" approval. It's just nice to be able to access lots of what we like. Green was well represented in these categories too. Embossed green drinking glasses will be arriving in Essex shortly.

Animals....cows, goats, chickens, dogs are represented in whimsically collaged fabrics on pillows, hand towels and wall art. Super cute for casual spaces inspired by the "prairie style" that HGTV's, Fixer Upper, has popularized. 

Metallics are everywhere. I found this most interesting when put with raw woods and rustic materials. I like the adjacency of refined formality with rustic. Think delicate champagne flutes decorated with gold flowers (now in stock) on a rough-hewn wooden tray. I love pops of the metallic in the form of candles, rims on trays and glasses and in holiday decor. Next Christmas you will see some warm gold garlands and ornaments at The French Hen...a more formal look for the holidays. 
fabulous flutes festooned with gold. kir royale? (now in stock and ready to put into to action for your valentine festivities)

Nautical was plentiful and I sourced the good stuff for Essex...think easy breezy entertaining at the cottage or on the boat where sandy feet and wet bathing suits are a sign of a summer day lived right. Machine washable, unbreakable, relax. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

one of my favorite excuse to get sweet and sentimental

I love Valentines Day! But I am not a fan of the red roses. I prefer expressions that are more unique, less expected and longer lasting. Of course it's hard to argue with chocolates. lol.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

coming soon to The french Hen

Hi y'all (that southern twang is contagious),
Just returned home from 4 days at the Atlanta gift show.  And let me just say that I think you are going to be really pleased! I power shopped with more focus than ever before and found things that are really wonderful for you, your home, and your garden. So many great things to give as gifts or even better to keep for yourself.

New items will be coming in and we will be re-merchandising in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello. Our winter hours are Wed - Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday 12-5.

I hope everyone's 2016 has started with good things. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015


It's been busy at the shop :). We're here to help you select the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Today it was all about the tassel necklaces, purses, candles and scarves. Holiday decor is going quickly and we are already having to get creative with our displays as some of the bigger foundation pieces fly out the door. Good thing we are stocked to the rafters.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

happy thanksgiving

as you make everything lovely for your guests today take a few seconds to enjoy with all of your senses... be in the moment. and then....tomorrow, let's go SHOPPING!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

I have been busy transforming the shop into a Christmas wonderland. We have great ornaments, decorations, candles and gifts.

This chalkboard paper runner is great for any table or are a couple of ways to use it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pow, pow, pow...Take that winter!

I'm so done with snow! Every year my tolerance for winter seems to weaken a little more. For me, the worst part is feeling unmotivated and less social during the dreary months of January & February. Valentine's day is as good a reason as any to kick winter's sorry butt and jazz up the gray landscape with red, pink and more red. I've thrown Valentine brunches...created Valentine feasts for my guys... I'm  thinking heart-shaped chocolate cake with butter cream frosting this year...
what will you do for your Valentines this year?