22 May, 2019

"SMW Home's Spring Cleaning Sale . . . "



Greetings,

As in most households, Spring weather brings on a flurry of Spring cleaning.  Here at SMW Home . . . we're of the same mood.  Beginning this morning, we have a vast collection of our custom pieces - from furniture to floor coverings to lighting and pillows - marked on sale - and ready to find a new home and make room for our new product.  I have a few examples posted here - but, head over to SMW Home and see what might be perfect for your own wee castle.


Abbotsgrove Luggage Rack - in Yellow Lacquer
Retail Price - $625.00 / Sale Price - $395.00

Retail Price - $2,500.00 / Sale Price - $1495.00

8ft X 10ft Henry Plaid Rug
Retail Price $4200.00 / Sale Price $2500.00 

Pullman Ottoman - in MacLeod Tartan
Retail Price - $2975.00 / Sale Price - $1350.00 

Our St. James Armchair - in Wool Twill/Sky
Retail Price - $5625.00 / Sale Price - $1950.00 

Have a look at the entire selection - marked up to 60% off - starting today at SMW Home

Cheers,
Scot
 

17 May, 2019

"Chinoiserie Starts at Home . . . "


Greetings,

As many of you might know, my father passed away early last year and thus my brother and I inherited the family home where we had spent a good portion of our lives growing up.  He and I spoke regularly about the need to meet back home to sift through the decades of belongings and treasures - and likely some trash - and prepare the house to be sold. 



On one of my trips to Mississippi - I discovered a cache of vintage textiles that my mother had purchased when we lived in the Far East . . . and I knew I wanted to honor her by creating a few new textiles for my own collection based on the things that she had bought.



So honestly - in possibly the 'lowest-tech version' of how this is done - I ended up making copies of a few dozen motifs and then cutting and taping them on butcher paper at the studio.  Endlessly toying with pattern density and negative space - working to find the perfect balance of both.  Once the basic pattern was laid out - off it all went to my artist to create the final design for the pattern . . .


Thus, I'm pleased to introduce you to SMW Home's first chinoiserie toile, Cordelia Park Toile.  Available in 4 colourways (as well as decorative pillows) and boldly printed on a hearty cotton canvas for an amazing sturdy hand.

Mother would love these.

Cheers,
Scot 


Yes.  There's a story behind the name . . . but, it's kind of a long one - lol - so we'll cover that next time! 

08 May, 2019

"Royal Family Ties - Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor . . . "


Greetings,

It's been an exciting couple of days for my fellow royal family watchers this week.  The Duchess of Sussex went into labour earlier in the week - and seemed to have her first child almost immediately.  And then things started turning ugly.  (well, they've been ugly for quite some time . . . )

Folks complained about the grammar used on the official announcement placed in front of Buckingham Palace.  As though the palace needed feedback from the comment section of FB on how to do their jobs.  When would we see the child?  Why had we not ALREADY seen the child?  What would it be named?  There's also a swarm of nonsense about the couple - and the most nonsensical was the theory that she's never been pregnant - and has been faking these last nine months - and was using a surrogate.  Well . . . that's actually NOT the most ridiculous, but so much of what I have read about HRH Prince Harry's family doesn't bear repeating.

But - I actually want to touch on another topic.  We Americans export such an enormous amount of pop-culture to the rest of the world - we often make the mistake of assuming that other cultures don't have their own points of reference.  So, no.  The newest member of the royal family is not named after either a 1970's cartoon character or noted bigoted television show.   "Archie" is a fine, historic Scottish name . . . and is well-used in the UK these days.  It means 'bold' or 'brave' - and might actually be derived from being one of 'the archers' - who would be the last line of defense for a castle before the enemy breached the walls.  "Harrison" literally means 'son of Harry' - so how much more perfect could that be.  "Mountbatten-Windsor" is the surname of the family for those members who do not have an "HRH" designation.  (It's a bit more complicated than that - but, those are the highlights.)

It will be exciting to see how wee Archie interacts with his famous cousins George, Charlotte, and Louis.  But for the moment - I'm delighted that the birth was uneventful and that the entire family seems well.  The delight I see in his great-grandparent's eyes is a clear signs that he will be surrounded with love.

Cheers,
Scot  

PS.  Unkind remarks about any member of the Royal Family are not likely to be tolerated here.  That's just the way things are in my little corner of the internet.  


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