Tuesday, August 18, 2015

KENNETH TURNER IS BACK !!

Good news for all you Kenneth Turner fans.......the collection is back in stock !! The company had terrible problems with their export affiliates for several years, but now everything is hunky-dory and they now stock their line in the United States.



We have stocked up ourselves on the original fragrance which is now called Signature. This Signature fragrance is a blend of Orange Blossom, Honeysuckle, Citrus, Woods and Spices and for those of you who love it, there is nothing like it.




They make 3 sizes of candles now and each comes in a glass vase that can be used for flowers when your candle is all used up. The largest Bouquet Vase has a 180 hour burn time, the medium Stem Vase will burn for 95 hours and the smallest Posy Vase for 50 hours.




We also are stocking the Room Spray, Reed Diffusers (which are very delicate and ethereal looking), hinged-neck silver candle snuffers and stainless steel wick trimmers. These make terrific presents with or without a favourite candle. We all have a friend or relative that lights candles daily and does not own a Snuffer. They will thank you ad nauseam for giving them one of these and will prattle on about how they are sorry they went so long without.




Long neck matches are on their way from London, but in the meantime we have the most marvelous lighters, which by the way, your candle-loving friends will love as well.  They are long enough to light a candle without burning your digits, but are elegant enough to leave out on the table (unlike those tacky, bulky lighters used to light the bar-b-que ).

Please call the Boutique 561.655.7367 if you would like us to mail you your Kenneth Turner fix.......it IS legal, I promise.

XOXOXOXOX
LETA

Sunday, August 9, 2015

SPECIAL SWEATERS

A FEW YEARS AGO WHILE TROLLING THE INTERNET, I CAME ACROSS THESE ADORABLE CHILDREN'S SWEATERS. THEY ARE HAND-KNIT IN LONDON BY A GROUP OF WOMEN WHO ARE ADDICTED TO KNITTING. THEY HAVE KNIT SO MANY SWEATERS, SCARVES, MITTENS ETC. FOR EVERY PERSON THEY KNOW THAT THEY NOW KNIT FOR THIS CHARMING YARN SHOP OWNED BY PATRICIA ROBERTS AND LOCATED JUST OFF KNIGHTSBRIDGE.


THEY SELL NATURAL FIBER YARNS (ANGORA, CASHMERE. COTTON AND LAMBSWOOL) IN A PLETHORA OF COLORS, KNITTING NEEDLES, PATTERN BOOKS AND PROJECT KITS FOR THISE OF YOU THAT ARE BRAVE ENOUGH AND HAVE THE TIME AND PATIENCE TO MAKE YOUR OWN.



HOWEVER, WE ARE TOO IMPATIENT FOR THAT, SO WE OPTED FOR THE CUSTOM-MADE ONES BY THESE VERY TALENTED KNITTING ADDICTS ! ALTHOUGH THEY KNIT WONDERFUL SWEATERS FOR WOMEN AS WELL, IT IS THE CHILDREN'S LINE THAT CAUGHT MY FANCY.




I AM ESPECIALLY ENAMOURED BY THE CHESIL-STYLE SWEATERS WHICH SPORT A COMBINATION OF STITCHES AND A CUTE-AS-A-BUTTON PATCH WITH AN ANGORA BUNNY, OR DOG, OR SAILBOAT ETC.






THE SWEATERS CAN BE CUSTOM ORDERED IN MANY COLORS AND SIZES AND WE SHOULD HAVE THE NEWEST COLLECTION ARRIVING NEXT MONTH.




SOME ARE CARDIGANS...





SOME ARE PULLOVERS....





SOME ARE PERFECT FOR GIRLS.....




AND SOME FOR BOYS.....




OTHERS FOR BOYS OR GIRLS......





IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THESE ARRIVE AT THE SHOP, JUST CALL (561.655.7367) OR EMAIL (BETTY@LAFINPB.COM) BETTY AND SHE WILL BE HAPPY TO LET YOU KNOW. I THINK I WILL EMAIL BETTY MYSELF AND HAVE HER ORDER ME AN ADULT SIZE CHESIL SWEATER (SANS ANIMAL MOTIF) AS MAINE IS A BIT NIPPY AT NIGHT.

XOXOXOXO,
LETA




Wednesday, July 29, 2015


      
OUTDOOR FURNITURE—MORE IDEAS

I LOVE  TO SIT OUT OF DOORS.  EVERY MORNING, I GET UP AND TAKE MY COFFEE OUT TO WHAT I CALL MY “BRONX TERRACE.”  ( A WORD OF EXPLANATION HERE—WHEN WE BOUGHT OUR WONDERFUL OLD ADDISON MIZNER BUILDING—WHICH, BY THE WAY IS NOT ONLY LANDMARKED BUT ALSO ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER.  I AM A BIG BELIEVER IN LANDMARKING---THE TOWN’S BUILDING DEPARTMENT MADE US REPLACE ALL OF THE FIRE ESCAPES.  I WAS A LITTLE PEEVED ABOUT THIS, SINCE NOWHERE ELSE IN THE VIAS HAD THEY HAD TO DO THIS, BUT IT WORKED OUT IN MY FAVOUR, SINCE THE ARCHITECT WHO HELPED US MIGHTILY WITH THE DESIGN (JOSEPH E. DIXON, III OF NEW YORK CITY) MADE THE TOP LANDING LIKE A LITTLE TERRACE WITH LOVELY PLAIN RAILINGS AND BIG FRENCH DOORS LEADING OUT TO IT.  BUT…..IT’S STILL A FIRE ESCAPE AND THUS ITS NAME, MY BRONX TERRACE). 

 I SIT OUT THERE AND READ THE NEWS AND DRINK MY COFFEE AND EVERYDAY BUT SATURDAY, FINISH THE CROSSWORD IN THE TIMES—I ADMIT IT, SATURDAY IS BEYOND ME !   I WATCH THE DOVES COME OUT OF THEIR ROOSTS AND STRUT AROUND ON THE TILE ROOF OPPOSITE ME, AND IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER, THERE IS A WONDERFUL, FEISTY LITTLE MOCKINGBIRD WHO TRIES TO BOSS ME AROUND (IE. LEAVE THE TERRACE!).  IN THE WINTER, I HAVE TO HAVE THE BEAUTIFUL LAMPS WHICH PHOENIX DAY MADE FOR ME TURNED ON, BUT NOW, IT’S JUST STARTING TO GET LIGHT WHEN I GO OUT THERE, SO, WITH MY READING GLASSES, I’M OKAY.  THIS LITTLE TIME OUTSIDE BEFORE I GO DOWN TO THE OFFICE IS TERRIBLY IMPORTANT TO ME.






SO OBVIOUSLY, I LOVE OUTDOOR FURNITURE.  I LOVE OLD PIECES SUCH AS THE SALTERINI OR FLORENTINE CRAFTSMEN PIECES I SOMETIMES FIND ON THE WEB, BUT I ALSO LOVE NEW.  I HAVE ALREADY POSTED ABOUT MC KINNON AND HARRIS AND JANUS ET CIE, TWO COMPANIES I ADORE, BUT SOMETIMES I WANT A MORE MODERN LOOK, AND THEN, THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME IS RICHARD SCHULTZ.  THEY MAKE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STUFF YOU CAN IMAGINE—BEAUTIFUL, SLEEK, WELL-PROPORTIONED, EASY TO CARE FOR, AND, MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, COMFORTABLE.

THEIR MOST FAMOUS LINE IS “1966” WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR FLOPRENCE KNOLL FOR HER HOUSE IN FLORIDA.  IT WAS FORMULATED TO GO WITH HER LOVE OF MODERN FURNITURE (SEE KNOLL FURNITURE UNDER GOOGLE) AND WAS IN WHITE WITH BROWN LEATHERN TRIMMING.  IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT IT HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PERMANENT FURNITURE COLLECTIONS OF MUSEUMS SUCH AS THE MOMA, AND I STILL SPECIFY IT TODAY.  WE JUST PUT CHAISES FROM THIS COLLECTION IN A BEAUTIFUL ENCLOSED GARDEN BY ALAN STOPEK WHERE WE HAVE A MEDITERRANEAN FEEL WITH VINE COVERED BUILDINGS AND ANTIQUE TILE PANELS ON THE WALLS.  THE VERY MODERN FURNITURE LOOKS PERFECT IN THE GARDEN.


1966 Adjustable Chaise


                                                   
BUT LIKE ANY GOOD COMPANY, RICHARD SCHULTZ HAS NOT STAYED MIRED IN THE PAST.  THEY HAVE ADDED CONTOUR CHAISES TO THE COLLECTION…



1966 Contour Chaise



AND ROLLING SERVING CARTS…..



1966 Serving Cart



AND WOODEN TOPPED TABLES…..


Antenna® Table - Racetrack
Coffee Table


AND REALLY COMFORTABLE SEATING, NONE OF WHICH NEEDS CUSHIONS

Pollock Arm Chair



Sprite Stacking Chair


Chadwick®



1966 IS THEIR LARGEST COLLECTION, AND THE PIECES READILY GO WITH MUCH OF THE OTHER FURNITURE SUCH AS “PAVILLION” AND “WING”.

BEFORE THEY EVER MADE THE 1966 COLLECTION, THEY MADE A PETAL TABLE TO GO WITH THE BERTOIA CHAIRS WHICH HARRY BERTOIA DESIGNED FOR KNOLL, AND THESE, TOO, HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE MOMA.  THEY ARE AMAZINGLY ENGINEERED AND CAN COME IN SMALL SIZES TO GO BY CHAIRS AS WAS ORIGINALLY ENVISIONED OR LARGER COFFEE TABLE SIZE.


Knoll Petal Dining Table by Richard Schultz



TODAY, THEY HAVE A TOPIARY COLLECTION WHICH LOOKS BEAUTIFUL SITTING OUT IN A GREEN AND LEAFY GARDEN.


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AND A CAFÉ COLLECTION.  ALL OF THEIR PIECES, ESPECIALLY THE DINING PIECES, WOULD LOOK EQUALLY WONDERFUL OUT ON A SLEEK WOODEN DECK AROUND A VERY MODERN POOL OR OCEAN SIDE AND ALSO WITHIN A WONDERFUL OLD SHADED LOGGIA ON A MEDITERRANEAN HOUSE.

ALTHOUGH THEIR FURNITURE WAS DESIGNED FOR EASY CARE (POWDER COATED ALUMINUM FRAMES AND TEFLON MESH FOR PLACES WHERE SOFT SEATING WAS REQUIRED), THEY ALSO REPRESENT A TRULY WONDERFUL OUTDOOR FABRIC LINE FROM ITALY, MARIA FLORA  ( HYPERLINK "http://WWW.MARIAFLORA.COM" WWW.MARIAFLORA.COM).  THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE SOFTEST OF ANY OUTDOOR FABRIC I HAVE EVER FELT, MAKING IT PERFECT FOR USE BOTH INDOORS AND OUT.

TYPICAL OF THE ITALIANS, THE DESIGNS ARE CHIC AND SIMPLE.  THE STRIPES ARE INCREDIBLE.





THE COLOUR RANGE IS VERY LARGE AND THE COLOURS, THEMSELVES, DEEPAND RICH.







SINCE THEY BEGAN AT KNOLL, THEY HAVE ADDED SOME GREAT GO-TOGETHERS TO THE LINE: ERICE, SEGESTA, SALEMI, AND MARSALA—PRINTS AND HOUNDSTOOTHS AND PLAINER WEAVES IN DEEP APPLE GREEN, ACID LIME, LAVENDER IN ADDITION TO THE MORE TRADITIONAL COLOURS







THEY ARE TOTALLY MADE IN ITALY.







TO GO ALONG WITH THIS WONDERFUL FURNITURE AND EQUALLY WONDERFUL FABRICS ARE UMBRELLAS AND CABANAS MADE BY TUCCI.  THESE ARE WONDERFUL ADDITIONS TO (OR REPLACEMENTS FOR) CANVAS UMBRELLA WHICH THEY ALSO MAKE.







THESE WONDERFUL CABANAS CAN BE LARGE...







OR SMALL...







AND THEY GO ANYWHERE, ON A TERRACE OR ON THE BEACH.






WHERE EVER THEY GO, THEY ADD TO THE WONDERFUL OUTDOOR SPACES WE HAVE PLANNED TODAY.

GO ON OUT AND HAVE FUN IN THE SUN (BUT SHADED FROM IT).

XOXOXOXOXO   LETA

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

FLOOR MOVE

While the cat's away the mice will play !!! You, my dear readers, are the cat. We have been busy little mice here at the Boutique rearranging the furniture.




I wanted to highlight our wonderful china department this season, so what better way than to feature it in our main window !  We have an adorable tête-à-tête table set with Palio china from Italy (you know, the one that they always sold in the Mediterranean Shop in NYC) and the citron-linen tablecloth it is set on, has one of the Palio's designs embroidered in each corner. If you prefer, we can have a smaller version embroidered on each napkin....or go all out and do both !!






The shelves behind the set are chock-full of antique napkins, placemats, runners, tablecloths and china pieces purchased at an Estate Sale right here in PB to which we were lucky enough to be privy.






Our beautifully made bed is not visible from this window any longer, but it is still in shop. I think you will like its new spot in the bed linen department which affords us easy access to change patterns more frequently .




Another change we made was to move the Custom Stationery books upstairs. It is now easy for you to sit and look at them, as we relegated a large white Jonathan Adler desk to hold them. All the ink color choices and font styles are here as well, so we can help you to create your own very special stationery from Pineider, The Printery or Picketts Press.




We've moved a lot of our custom embroidery samples upstairs as well, along with our back-stock of towels from D. Porthault, Baroni, Riva D'Arno, Noël of Paris and others.




When you are back in town, stop by and tell us what you think. We love a good critique !


XOXOX
LETA

Thursday, June 25, 2015

LE BOUDOIR SHAM

According to the Dictionary, the French word boudoir translates to mean  "sulking place" or "pouting room".  It is a lady's inner sanctum, her girl-cave, if you will.  Most often it is a space of soft colors, soothing fabrics and millions of pillows (which their significant others complain about profusely).  However, for those of us who love pillows, there are pillows of every size and shape to fulfill our pillow addiction.

The Boudoir Pillow is a small, usually 12" x 16" pillow filled with feathers, down or polyester fibers.




It is small enough to prop under that crook in your neck, or elevate your knees every so slightly. You can place it between your knees to alleviate hip pain or just squish it in your arms like a cherished pet.  Of course you will need to clothe your fluffy friend in a beautiful sham so it will compliment all the other linens adorning your bed.

There are so many styles of  Boudoir Sham to choose from that you may need to invest in a couple of different ones. You may want it to match your linens or you may want it to be an accent piece.

Some of the plethora of boudoir shams we carry in the Boutique are printed like these 
by D. Porthault of Paris.




Some shams are embroidered by machine,




and some are hand-embroidered.




They can be appliquéd,




or monogrammed.





Whatever your style, we can find a Boudoir sham (or two) for you in our cabinets which are stuffed with sham-filled baskets or we can help you to design your own unique cover and a sheet set to keep it company, naturalment !!


XOXOXOX
LETA