Laurie’s Collection

Laurie's-Hand-Selected-Logo-FINAL Recently I made yet another pilgrimage to High Point, North Carolina, one of my favorite furniture places on the planet.  I was in search of the newest, coolest, best fabrics to cover this year’s sofas and chairs. I was overwhelmed with the milieu of choices.  After many exhausting hours of hunting I believe I have come up with some winners!

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I have been attending major furniture, antique shows and  accessory markets here and abroad for years (since 1985 for those with inquiring minds).  But this was the first time to be invited to see all that was “new” with the fabric mills.  What an exciting experience! I waded through truck loads of new fabrics deciding what could (should) cover sofas and chairs on retail floors in the coming year. 

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In addition, I met with one of the leading Belgian linen manufacturers. He had lots to teach me. Belgian linen made from flax, the most green product in the fabric business. Flax requires no irrigation and every part of the plant has value, eliminating any waste. True Belgian linen comes with an official seal from that countries’ authentication office.  Expect to see some of this durable, non-allergenic  product in the coming months.

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Rich hues. Surprising splashes. Intricate threading. Textures that massage the hand. Patterns that delight the eye. Blues, greens, golds. Sweet swirls of red and orange. Stripes. Checks. Diamonds. A few squiggled lines for good measure. A sophisticated floral in teal.

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With an alarming amount of selection, I thought I would never be able to make a choice- but I did. My personal favorites will be applied to sofa and chair frames in time for this Spring! And in the fall get ready for the sweet waves of orange and red. And yup… you savvy shoppers have already figured it out…. Laurie’s will have all the new, fabulous fabrics… months… if not years… before anyone else!

Don’t you just love it.

Virtual Make and Take – Easter Crafts!

Looking for a last minute gift to take to Grandma’s?
Or a fun Easter craft to do this weekend?
Look no further!
How adorable is this egg shell planter?!
Pick your herbs and get to it!
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Give the gift of spring with these little bags of bulbs.

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Set these at each place on your Easter brunch table. A beautiful glass with mini eggs. Make ours chocolate!!

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And last, an adorable center piece idea: a chicken feeder turned planter.
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Happy Easter and happy crafting!  Do you follow Laurie on Pinterest? Now is a great time to hop over and check it out!

 

Laurie Visits Vietnam and Singapore!

photo-1 I was pleasantly surprised on my recent trip to Viet Nam. The hospitality was grand and the people more than friendly. Viet Nam is similiar to China of ten years ago. Plenty of street merchants and plenty of odd carcasses hanging from hooks. I of course was looking forward to finding new suppliers of furniture for Tomball. I was slightly disappointed with no new furniture suppliers but amazed by the wide variety of water buffalo jewlery and horn pieces for table top. One of my pals, Babbie Syslinger, from At Home in Birmingham, Alabama jumped all over that category. She found an amazing supplier. After hours of exchanges with the one person who spoke English in the entire building I am slightly confident we have acquired rights to some exciting new product. Not confirmed or shipped yet…but coming soon.

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Moving from Viet Nam to Singapore was more productive. We ran into the Four Hands boys on the way. They seemed none to excited to see us…geez! But we pushed on. Also, I didn’t get to hop aboard the Hello Kitty! jet, but isn’t she adorable!!?

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photo-3 Upon arriving in beautiful Singapore we were greeted with some juicy lime drink that made us all “happy” to start shopping again. I think you will be pleased with the mirrors, lamps, large furniture pieces, vanity sinks, chairs, jars and water buffalo leather. I was happily able to negotiate many, many containers of new product. Of course we will not see much of that for many months. My favorite supplier is still Stephen from Romania. He is an expert at producing leather chairs and barstools. I am working on some direct rug containers out of Turkey. More tidbits as I progress.

I did come home with huge legs and blood clots. So after seeing a vascular specialist and my best Doc friend Christine Lee (my oncologist)….I am still scheduled to journey to North Carolina.

It is always exciting to see all the new goods. I expect to run into Jim VanAntwerp (Simple things, Forth Worth) and many boyfriends repping various lines. Will keep you posted at what I find.

IMG_20140306_104242_599 Additionally. Some glad tidings in my furniture family. Glyn and Jill Styles (HaloStyles) have been my best friends for years. Their son Nathan had a bad bought with lymphoma several years ago. He happily married and now has adopted a lovely baby boy from Florida. Oliver Michael. Can’t wait to meet him! Congratulations Nathan, Danielle and of course Grand dad and Nanny Jill.

Love,

Aunt Laurie

 

Laurie’s Spring Fling a Supreme Success

Spring sprung. We danced. We sung.
We baked. We laughed. We had a blast.

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OK, we really didn’t dance and sing, but we did have a blast at Laurie’s Inaugural Spring Fling. Last weekend’s three-day event came complete with many vendors, 10 baking contest winners and one big and happy Easter Bunny.

First, a thanks to the vendors:

Arbonne
Bristol’s Boutique
Brookwood
Gallery Auction
Stella & Dot
The Sweet Tooth Advisor
Turquoise Door
The Vintage Birdhouse
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Now, a thank you to the Easter Bunny:

He was big. He was happy. He took loads of pix with kids (and adults and babies and puppies).

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And finally, a round of delicious applause to the baking contest winners:

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It was a tough and scrumptious race, but someone (or 10) had to win it. Top three prizes in each category netted $100, $5 and $25, respectively, while the Grand Prize winner was awarded a delectable $250.

Yummiest Cookie awards went to:

  • Jon Gooding
  • Shirley Shirley
  • Laura Watson

Most Delightfully Decorated was a super-tough call as all were too cute!

  • Becky Havill
  • Kathy Ehrie
  • Pam Humphrey

Fabulous Fruit Filled goodie awards were gobbled up by:

  • Catie Seal, our youngest baker at 7 years old. We expect big things from her!
  • Marilyn Watkins
  • Joyce Pound

Grand Prize Winner

Jon Gooding was a smash on about a million levels. The only guy to enter the contest. An avid baker who sends cookies to the troops. Baking for nearly 20 years. Son of world-famous auctioneer Vickie Vines, who vows to team up with sister Lou to out-bake Jon in the next contest.

Oh yes, and his cookies were a treat for the tongue and delight for the eyes, decorated as Easter eggs.

Thank you to all who helped make Laurie’s Inaugural Spring Fling a supreme success.

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Laurie’s Plant Stand

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Last June, Laurie and the girls made a quick trip out to San Fransisco to work with one of the major suppliers in the floral business.  Due to the volume of greenery the store and the design teams were running through, it was time to “get going” with 40 containers direct from factory.  Laurie does not like cheap/box store looking plants and therefore felt the need to explain to our floral friends what works best in Tomball.

After arduous, even at times annoying, follow through (nothing is easy in the world wide importing business) we have finally received our first foray into the plant business.

Come see the enormous tent-full at
Laurie’s inaugural
Spring Fling
April 11-13 on the east lawn.   

Well-priced.  Direct to us. Nowhere else.
It is our own special plant stand.

And for those inquiring minds:  Yes. Laurie and the girls made a quick trip through the Sonoma wine area.  Laurie was disappointed.  She wanted to see the original William Sonoma store and a barn full of Ralph Lauren finds.  No such luck.  Good eats.  Good wine. Great scenery.  Uninspiring retail.  When the team returns we plan to explore more remote locations.  We will keep you posted.