Wedding Season is approaching and we are so busy at the studio hand-gilding beautiful pieces for our-brides-to-be. We're often asked "what are your top sellers?" for this important gift-giving occasion. We curated a guide which includes our most popular items for registries, bridal party favors and wedding gifts.
The Champagne Flute in Gold is hands-down our biggest seller. It's elegant, classic and gold is hotter than ever in styling. Shown here on our 16" Zig Zag tray. Tamara hand-gilds every stem and we demonstrate the careful process below - hover over the photo to read each step.
Bridal Party Favors
These sweet mini vases are so popular for both party and bridal shower favors and come with their own gift bag (the vases can be filled with candy). Shown here in patterns Wabi Sabi, Slash and Zig Zag, all in Gold.
Some guests don't want to choose their gift from the wedding registry but want to give something unique and special. The Glass Candlesticks are so popular because they are artful, elegant and fall right in that wedding gift price-point. Shown here in Wabi Sabi pattern in Gold.
Decorative Glass Bowls are another great wedding gift idea because they serve as a beautiful stand-alone home accent piece but can also be used in home entertaining - everything is hand washable! Shown here is our Bubble Glass Bowl in a Solid Starburst pattern/color and our Glass Pedestal Bowl in a Solid Sunset pattern/color.
Our third top-selling wedding gift is a Decorative Art Glass Vase, shown here in Roadz pattern in color Starburst. There are so many sizes and design choices for this, leaning both classic and contemporary, depending on your couple's home style.
We hope this guide was helpful when selecting your custom-designed, hand-gilded Tamara Childs' piece. Since every piece is designed to order, please allow plenty of time for our studio to create your special gift. Please feel free to contact us for consultation on items and their design for the happy couple!
February is one of our favorite months because it highlights love, romance and beautiful gifts - something we focus on all year! To spread love you must live it and that means making your home a soothing, inviting and comforting place. Here are some of our favorite home accents that make us feel warm & fuzzy!
1. Fresh flowers and plants.
Fresh flowers in the home bring energy, color and vibrance to your space. Green plants actually can increase oxygen levels and purify the air. Plants also release moisture vapor, which increases the humidity in the air around them, helping decrease dry skin & throats.
2. Surround yourself with art.
Home is where the art is! You don't have to spend a lot of money on art, just pick pieces that are important to you. What's the piece you see when you walk in the front door? Does it make you feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable? Choose artisan pieces that you're connected to in some way. Collecting art pieces from your travels will always remind you of these journeys that you loved.
3. Add color.
We all have a color that makes us feel good. Each color brings a different energy to a space. Yellows usually add radiance, greens spur growth and flexibility, reds welcome prosperity, and oranges bring warmth and cheer. There are so many meanings to color but start with your own favorite colors.
4. Add soft materials.
We love the modern world and it's hard edges but don't be afraid to add blankets, soft pillows or a plush throw rug. Touching soft objects increases our sense of comfort and security - studies show ;-)
5. Light candles.
Candles are romantic, add ambient light and are just plain sexy. Light scented candles in the bathrooms, bedrooms and in living spaces where food is not being served. Use unscented candles in your dining areas.
6. Use mirrors.
Decorators use mirrors to magnify natural light and add room to a space. If you have flowers or a plant in front of a mirror that image is enhanced. Put a favorite vase or bowl in front of a mirror to enhance so you see even more of something you love!
7. Get creative.
Make things yourself. It can be a serious or fun hobby. Pottery, watercolors, amateur photography. Surrounding yourself with things you made elicits pride and self-love. Find your inner artist!
Enjoy this month of love! Here are some of our favorite things to bring it year round in small ways to our home:
Hearts dishes or vases
Tealights - lots of them!
Mini vase - small enough for just a couple blooms
Here's hoping you're having a very good start to the New Year and you haven't been too hard on yourself with those resolutions. Often we push ourselves to do things we may not like (because we know it's good for us) or deprive ourselves of favorites things (because we know it's good for us!). Isn't it exhausting? And it sure makes it tough for January to win anyone's favorite month award!
Because we have a passion for designing beautiful pieces for the home, it's easy for us to shift the focus towards what we call more "pleasant" self-improvement, Let's make a resolution to create better daily rituals and appreciate simple moments so that we may "Live Beautifully" more often.
Here are resolutions we like for 2018:
1. More fresh flowers in our home and office.
They look good, they smell good, and it's a bright spot on these dreary winter days.
2. Use your fabulous dishes for even the simplest gatherings.
There is no time like today to break out that beautiful platter to serve up casual food for an informal gathering. It makes everything taste better.
3. Give thoughtful gifts to your favorite hosts.
Entertaining's hard work and if you have that certain friend that always goes all-out for their guests, show them they're appreciated with a small token for their home.
4. Set the table. We mean, really set the table.
Nothing says you care like a beautifully curated table. It sets the tone for a wonderful gathering since you've already claimed it special, and the conversation will follow...
5. Celebrate more often.
The weekend, the beach, your sports team win—find your reason. And celebrate.
How about you? Tell us in the comments how you plan to be kinder to yourself and Live Beautifully in 2018!