December 4, 2013
We all have that family member or friend who we know as the world traveler. They bring out your envious side when they start talking about their latest trip, and their picture slideshows are somehow actually exciting. You have to treasure the time you spend together because you never know where they’ll be running off to next. This year, why not give them a gift that will let them know you’re thinking of them even when they’re in far off lands?
Sterling Place is stocked with gifts for the traveler, so much so that I’ll restrain myself and just point out a few. The first is our selection of globes by Replogle, a company who’s been in the globe game for almost 100 years. They have a range of classic to contemporary styles, but my favorite is the Orion Globe. It has black oceans and a nightlight inside that softly illuminates the brightly colored countries.
One thing the traveler needs is a place to chronicle their exploits. That way they can regale you with all sorts of stories upon their return! Why not give one of our many different leather, hand-sewn journals? In a variety of sizes and styles, you’ll find one that’s easy for them to pack.
If that doesn’t strike your fancy, how about something to help guide them home? We have a range of (fully functional!) compasses inspired by designs from the past, like the same kind soldiers would have used in WWII. Pocket-sized and ranging in price from $19.95-$38, they won’t weigh down your traveler.
Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find something to spark that travel bug. Let Sterling Place help you encourage an adventure!
November 14, 2013
As commercials on TV will attest, it is that time of year. “Again?” you may bemoan, or perhaps exclaim with a sense of excitement befitting a small child. Yes, the holidays are upon us, and in particular force this year. Thanks to a kink in the lunisolar Hebrew calendar, Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day creating a portmanteau of epic proportions: Thanksgivukkah. With that and Christmas around the corner, you may find yourself wondering how ready you are to entertain. Whether it’s just immediate family or the whole neighborhood, we have an array of items that could help make it easier on you.
First off, let’s talk drink options. Have you considered making a large-batch cocktail the day before so that your guests can help themselves and not waste time mixing individual drinks? We have a bunch of great recipe books like Cocktails for a Crowd and Winter Cocktails that will show you how. Or have you checked your wine glasses lately? (Last I checked, a few of mine probably needed to be tossed.) We carry a line of German-made glassware, Schott Zwiesel, that is infused with a bit of titanium—that means that when it gets knocked over by Uncle Larry, it’s a little less likely to shatter. And at $16 a glass, you can afford to have a matching set. Or perhaps you’re looking for that vintage serving piece to spice up the table—how about a vintage silver plate tray with handles? All three of our stores have a variety!
While we can’t keep an eye on the kid’s table or bring the apple, sausage, and fennel stuffing, Sterling Place can still help you for the holidays. Come in to any of our three stores or shop online to see how!
April 11, 2013
Last month, I heard style scion Bobbi Brown declare over the radio that the 2013 Spring trends in fashion will be florals, lilacs, roses and the color of the moment – GREEN. Sounds terribly original but am wondering how this will translate into fashion for the home.
I’m not a celebrity and I don’t “do” Fashion Week in NYC or anywhere for that matter, but I am a data geek and a shop owner and I have definitely seen a trend building momentum over the past decade for Danish Modern.
But what the heck is Danish Modern and why is it so popular now?
Danish Modern sums up a loose but definable category of furniture that is part of the larger mid-century modern aesthetic. Originally from Scandinavia, but popularized by the Danish, this style had its heyday from 1925-1975, but truly took off during the post-war years, when scarcity of materials made the simple, function-over-form aesthetic hugely popular.
Danish Modern pieces are most often made from light-colored wood or plywood, typically Teak, Birch, Ash or Oak. Many times, contrasting wood colors is a notable design feature. As functional as these pieces were intended, the wood itself lent a warmth in opposition to the glass and steel pieces that were emerging during this time. Informed closely by architecture and cabinet making, the pieces are extremely light and generally easy to move. Ray and Charles Eames are referred to as influencers to the Danish Modern aesthetic, and it should be noted that American manufacturers licensed and began production of Danish Modern designs in the 50′s. Lane is a well-known American manufacturer of the style, as is Plan B from England.
For our brownstone-loving customers, this furniture trend makes perfect sense. Afterall, Danish Modern is the perfect way to modernize, yet complement, a wood-heavy Victorian decor. The continuity of the wood and its warmth allows for the stark departure in style. These pieces seem to magically fit in and make it all “work.” If you’re feeling tired of your Victorian details, why not try changing it up with a little Danish Modern? Check out our Danish Modern section online or come into our stores to see for yourself what makes Danish Modern so appealing.
March 5, 2013
Every so often we are blessed by a windfall of good fortune that brings something simply irresistible to our stores. This happened last Fall when a veritable archaeological find unearthed hundreds of Frozen Charlottes.
Frozen Charlottes, made of bisque, are charming little naked figurines that were manufactured starting around 1850. The stash we bought was discovered in Limbach, Germany, dug up from the remains of a destroyed doll factory. These delightful dolls were produced in a range of sizes, the smallest of which were used as charms in Christmas pudding! The male version is known as a Frozen Charlie, and yes, you can distinguish between the two anatomically . Beyond their nakedness, their chipped and/or broken limbs are considered part of the appeal. We had a customer in last month who realized she was the owner of three Frozen Charlottes, about a foot high each. She was told that they were created as bath toys.
As for the name, legend has it that they were named after a poem written by Seba Smith in 1840 titled, “Young Charlotte.” Apparently, the inspiration for his poem was an article in the NY Observer that stated: “A young woman was frozen to death while riding to a ball on Jan. 1, 1840.” How’s that for die-hard party-goer?
Whatever their former function, these dolls have recently gained some mainstream attention. One of our staff spotted a display of Frozen Charlotte reproductions at Restoration Hardware. We are happy to report that we have the real deal in our stores, available for purchase (not just display) and ready for your imaginative use.
So come on in before the big Spring melt to see our limited supply of Frozen Charlottes.