Thursday, March 31, 2016


12 Marghab Barmaid Cocktails $ 720.

I have always loved old things. In days gone by, products were made using all the traditional techniques, taking time and care in their construction and using all the best raw materials available. Things were made to be aesthetically pleasing and to last past the time of the original owner. Cars, clothes, jewelry, china, glassware and linens were an investment made to pass down to future generations.

Marghab hand-embroidered Irish linen set $4,200.

Luckily for us, the care afforded these items kept them in pristine condition and lets us continue to enjoy them today.

Jour de Venise Tablecloth and 10 Napkins $2,500.

One particular company we search for is Marghab, Ltd. This company was in business from 1933 to 1984 and was owned and operated by British Emile Marghab and his American born wife Vera Way.

It is told that Vera was such a perfectionist that no improperly placed stitch passed muster......and it shows. These table linens and guest towels are the penultimate in embroidered goods.

Set of 2 Marghab Birdcage Guest Towels $375.

Set of 2 Green or Blue Marghab Fingertips $200.

8 Marghab Appliqued Marganza Placemats and Irish Linen Napkins $3,600.

Our radar is always on the lookout for vintage D. Porthault as well. We have found some fine, unused or lightly used boudoir shams, guest towels, place mats, napkins and even table cloths from the early years of production.

D. Porthault set of 6 cotton Place mats and Napkins $
D. Porthault Strawberry Guest Towels $75.each


D. Porthault Boudoir sham $200.

A couple of years ago, we were very fortunate to come across an Estate Sale, right here in Palm Beach. The family to whom these worldly goods belonged had the finest taste when it came to entertaining and had some of the most beautifully stitched linens we have seen.

Marghab Placemat and Napkin set $2,400.

10 Marghab Bruge Lace Coasters $500.

Set of 6 embroidered napkins with voile insert $285.

Set of 2 Organdy Doilies with Monogram $130.

Set of 3 cross stitch embroidered fingertips $25.
Set of 11 Marghab Linen & Venetian Pillow Lace Napkins $1,000.

Sometimes we come across wonderful china designs or perfect crystal glasses that we know you will love. These, however, are harder to find intact. Usually cups will be missing or a few plates will be chipped, but fortunately we know of a couple of china restorationists that we can put you in touch with. Even chipped glassware can be ground down to repair slight cracks or chips.

Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted China

Cut crystal fingerbowls $60. ea. and cordials $45. ea.

Thaxton China tea set....there is a sugar bowl as well $750.

Faienceware from Apt

Meissen Plate c. early 19th Century $750. each Set of 3

Our store always has new vintage items, so you have to check often. Apparently we are not the only lovers of fine vintage furnishings because all these "rescued" things sell fast. Check our Instagram account for postings of new items so you can snatch them up before anyone else ! We will continue our search for the best of the best vintage in order to help the past come alive.

Vintage hankies.....prices vary

(Sometimes we cheat and have our superb embroidery house copy a vintage piece that we can't stand to let go. These guest towels were just too precious to not copy.....the sincerest form of flattery !)

Our new version of monogrammed guest towel $138. each


Monday, March 21, 2016


For all our friends that will be in town this weekend, we will be hosting two trunk shows. The India Hicks Summer Collection will be showcasing in our shop on Friday, March 25th. Lots of wonderful things to see !

And...we have also invited Hayes Hamilton to show you his collection of beautiful and exotic, magnetic flower pins which are hand-cut from python, cobra and crocodile as well as suede and linen. In addition, his newly designed lacquer boxes and frames adorned with coral or shells in modern graphic designs will be here. 


Hope you will be able to drop on by !!


Thursday, March 17, 2016



Just a reminder ..... three trunk shows start tomorrow at the 64 Via Mizner Boutique.....we hope to see you there.

Susanne from The Printery of Oyster Bay will be in house to show you her extensive collection of bespoke letter papers.  Appointments are encouraged!

 Julian Mejia's exciting new woven placemats and linen napkins will be in abundance just in time for setting your Easter table.

Susan Palladino of Isabel will be tempting you with her gorgeous Cashmere wraps, scarves, ponchos and capes in many Pantone custom colors.


Sunday, March 13, 2016


One of our very favorite writing paper companies is coming to town again ! Susanne from The Printery in Oyster Bay, New York will be in our shop on Friday and Saturday, the 18th and 19th of March, to show you The Printery's  extensive custom stationery collection that is at your disposal and she will help you create a unique letter paper of your own.

 For those of you that have not been there, The Printery is housed in a quaint 18th century clapboarded building which was the original location of the local newspaper "Oyster Bay Guardian" that ran its first printing over 100 years ago.

Most of The Printery's prized work is engraved. Engraving is the process of cutting a design into a flat surface, usually metal, and then applying ink to the inscribed lines. When the surface of the metal plate is cleaned, covered with paper and put through a press, the ink remaining in the lines transfers itself onto the paper thus creating a raised image on the paper.

Gold Pineapple Engraved placecard

Some of their work is letterpress printing which was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century. It is a technique of relief printing using a press to transfer ink from a plate with a raised image or type onto paper . The pressure of the press leaves an impression in the paper as well. Basically it is the reverse of engraving.

Apple green Letterpress image

The owners, William Miller and Mary Abbene, have continued the printing tradition by creating the most beautiful and sought-after engraved and letterpress notecards, calendars, placecards, name it.  In the world of the printed image, they are the top of the line.

We carry a large selection of the boxed notecards in our shop, as well as the placecards, enclosure cards and notepads. It seems, no matter how much we order, it is never enough. Take a look at some of the best selling images and it is easy to tell why.

Although most of what we order for the shop is geared to Florida life, there are many images that are perfect for all climates. Bison for Wyoming, Oak Trees for New York, Lobster for New England...

Please come and meet Susanne and view these amazing images. It is like taking a step back in time to an era when the niceties in life were celebrated and cherished. We who are paper fanatics still hold our printed papers near and dear and love to share them with our correspondents.

Call for an appointment because, although it is not necessary, it is highly recommended. You will be sure to get one-on-one attention from Susanne and learn a lot about the beautiful papers she works with.


Monday, March 7, 2016



Isis Ceramics is a fabulous ceramic company created by a very talented woman, Deborah Sears. In today's world, the connotation of the name Isis is unfortunate, but this company was named many years ago and it was named after the section of the Thames River that runs through Oxford, England, and ultimately after the goddess, Isis.

Deborah and her team of highly-trained and extremely talented artists, hand paint every piece of ceramicware that will hopefully wind up adorning your graciously set dining table. There is a less expensive version being sold by Isis which has a different, less-formidable weight pottery as its base and it is only sold in 2 colors. It is not hand-painted, but rather mechanically transferred as one must do to produce bulk china. While it is a good fix for the Isis lover with a tight purse, I for one would rather slowly collect those that are created using the original, hand-painted process which produces a different result every time. The way the artist mixes the oxides and ground pigments, the way he or she holds their brush, their interpretation of the pattern all combine to give you a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Palladian Pattern

English Garden Pattern

Horton Hunt Pattern

The Monkey Collection

The Landscape Pattern

Currently, the Isis factory offers 9 different patterns, or themes. These include Palladian, English Garden, Horton Hunt, The Monkey Collection (a favorite in Palm Beach), The Landscape, Exotic Animals (we love this too.......I've told you before, we LOVE animals), Nautical, Tulip and Snowscape.

Exotic Animals Pattern

Nautical Pattern

Tulip Pattern

Snowscape Pattern

Each of the 9 different Isis patterns can be painted in any of 10 colours (notice how British I'm being with my spelling) which include Bright Green, Meadow Green, Raspberry Pink, Sepia, Scarlet Black, Ruby Black, Black, Saffron and Blue.

Bright Green

Meadow Green

Raspberry Pink


Scarlet Black

Ruby Black




The range of products is immense. As a rule, my Boutique carries full stock of Sepia Exotic Animals and the Blue Monkey Collection dinnerware and then bits and pieces of Bright Green, Raspberry Pink and Saffron.  However, we can order you any colour of any pattern in any product that your heart desires whether it be plates for you dinner table, vases for your flower arranging or cups and saucers for tea time.

Start your collection with 1 piece and you will find yourself looking forward to planning the next piece to collect and before long Isis Ceramics will fill your shelves !