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Lifestyle Tips from Leslie Lehr

The Mineral Material: Alabaster for Any Aesthetic

The China Gallery: A Legacy of Fine Craftsmanship

Throughout its long history, furniture craft has been an aspect of Chinese life that provides a glimpse into customs and stylistic elements that were heralded during different eras. Discover with us, dear reader, as we explore the past then bring it to life with the latest additions to our Rare Birds Collection – The China Gallery.  

The Mineral Material: Alabaster for Any Aesthetic

Admired for its natural beauty, alabaster has been utilized for centuries to create sculpture art, carvings, and decorative décor. The material’s smooth texture and creamy, snow-white coloring have made it a popular and timeless choice for interior design. The term “alabaster” refers to fine-grained, translucent gypsum or calcite mineral which is commonly compared to highly polished marble.

Murano Glass: An Art Form for the Ages

Whether it be the exceptional cuisine, the rich traditions, or the breathtaking historical art, the creative spirit of Italy knows no bounds. A shining example of this artistic spirit is the island of Murano, nestled in the lagoon of Venice. A hidden gem, the small island of Murano allows visitors to travel through time, exploring the art of glassmaking that has flourished there for more than 1,000 years.  

Scandinavian Design: The Minamalist Movement

Whether referencing the lively cities of Copenhagen and Oslo or the pure beauty of the Stockholm archipelago and Norwegian fjords, both the thoughtfully designed capitals and the pristine scenery of the countries support the association of high-quality living with which the region has become synonymous. 

World of Bazaars: Celebrate and Discover Unique Destinations

One of the best ways to immerse oneself in diverse cultures is to visit the local markets in each place, otherwise known as bazaars. These marketplaces display the unique art and craftsmanship present in regions all over the world. Artisans line the streets in booths displaying vibrant works of art, handmade items, and other objects that showcase the soul of their homeland.

Rare Birds: Discover the Joy of Collecting

In our global travels, we are always thrilled to discover one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and exceptional artists and creations. These designs feature details that tell culturally rich tales about the artisans and the origins behind them. We invite you to explore this fascinating collection with us and enjoy the fruits of this quest.

India Travelogue: A Kaleidoscope of Colors

India has an incredible past and a rich history of culture starting with its earliest civilizations dating back to the 5th century BC. Today India is bustling and full of vibrant cities that make it a wonderful place to experience - as both an Indian as well as a first time traveler to this distant and exotic land.

Italian Fine Dining

There are many expressions and interpretations of what exactly is fine dining – but most agree – it’s usually a terrific gourmet selection spread on a great table-scape, including fine linens and of course the customary libations to make the event sparkle and shine.

The Coming of Spring

Easter is celebrated around the globe – while in the Christian faith, it is a very special time, with this being the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Around the world, it's also tied to rituals related to the coming of spring and other local customs.

Chinoiserie: Elegance in Blue and White

Timeless and elegant, Chinoiserie has influenced art, design, architecture, and fashion since the 17th century. The history behind the iconic style is quite symbolic. Stemming from ancient Chinese culture and design, chinoiserie adds a traditional element to the decor we still see today.

Italy Travelogue: A Place Full of Exploration, History, and Endless Beauty

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Recently, our team of merchants visited Italy on a buying mission and explored the history and culture of Italy.

Find the Perfect Gifts with our Curated Holiday List

The days are counting down to the holidays! Trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list can be difficult. Selecting gifts for loved ones that compliment individual styles is one of my favorite things to plan for leading up to Christmas.

The Origin Story of Advent Calendars

It's that time of year again! Countdowns add tradition and bring enjoyment to special celebrations. When it comes to counting down the days to the holidays, nothing is better than enjoying an entire month's worth of surprises with an Advent calendar!

Santa Claus Traditions Around the World

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The cultural traditions that are passed down from generation to generation are what make this time of year so special to me.

Discover Unique Treasures from Our Travels Around the World

As we travel the world to find artisanal decor and home accessories, we discover items that are exceptionally unique. We are thrilled to offer our Rare Bird Collection, featuring one-of-a-kind pieces.

Ring in the Holidays with Festive Decor

To kick-start your inspiration, I'm introducing some items from our holiday collection to deck the halls. Just know, you can never have too much - the holidays are meant to have extravagant decorations.

Bring Fall into your Home this Holiday Season

Cooler temperatures, fall décor, and the holidays are what make fall my favorite time of the year! One of the many things I look forward to is adding cozy touches to my home with warm colors and patterns of the season.

Africa Travelogue: Land of Adventure, Vistas, and Endless Beauty

Africa – a land of beauty, diversity, and incredible vistas – has a special spot in my heart.

Murano Glass: An Art Form for the Ages

Whether it be the exceptional cuisine, the rich traditions, or the breathtaking historical art, the creative spirit of Italy knows no bounds. A shining example of this artistic spirit is the island of Murano, nestled in the lagoon of Venice. A hidden gem, the small island of Murano allows visitors to travel through time, exploring the art of glassmaking that has flourished there for more than 1,000 years.


Scandinavian Design: The Minamalist Movement

Whether referencing the lively cities of Copenhagen and Oslo or the pure beauty of the Stockholm archipelago and Norwegian fjords, both the thoughtfully designed capitals and the pristine scenery of the countries support the association of high-quality living with which the region has become synonymous. 


World of Bazaars: Celebrate and Discover Unique Destinations

One of the best ways to immerse oneself in diverse cultures is to visit the local markets in each place, otherwise known as bazaars. These marketplaces display the unique art and craftsmanship present in regions all over the world.


Rare Birds: Discover the Joy of Collecting

In our global travels, we are always thrilled to discover one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and exceptional artists and creations. We invite you to explore this fascinating collection with us and enjoy the fruits of this quest.


India Travelogue: A Kaleidoscope of Colors

India has an incredible past and a rich history of culture starting with its earliest civilizations dating back to the 5th century BC. Today India is bustling and full of vibrant cities that make it a wonderful place to experience.


Italian Fine Dining

There are many expressions and interpretations of what exactly is fine dining – but most agree – it’s usually a terrific gourmet selection spread on a great table-scape, including fine linens and of course the customary libations to make the event sparkle and shine.


The Coming of Spring

Easter is celebrated around the globe – while in the Christian faith, it is a very special time, with this being the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Around the world, it's also tied to rituals related to the coming of spring and other local customs.


Chinoiserie: Elegance in Blue and White

Timeless and elegant, Chinoiserie has influenced art, design, architecture, and fashion since the 17th century. Stemming from ancient Chinese culture and design, chinoiserie adds a traditional element to the decor we still see today.

Italy Travelogue: A Place Full of Exploration, History, and Endless Beauty

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Recently, our team of merchants visited Italy on a buying mission and explored the history and culture of Italy.


Find the Perfect Gifts with our Curated Holiday List

The days are counting down to the holidays! Trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list can be difficult. Selecting gifts for loved ones that compliment individual styles is one of my favorite things to plan for leading up to Christmas.


The Origin Story of Advent Calendars

It's that time of year again! Countdowns add tradition and bring enjoyment to special celebrations. When it comes to counting down the days to the holidays, nothing is better than enjoying an entire month's worth of surprises with an Advent calendar!


Santa Claus Traditions Around the World

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The cultural traditions that are passed down from generation to generation are what make this time of year so special to me.


Discover Unique Treasures from Our Travels Around the World

As we travel the world to find artisanal decor and home accessories, we discover items that are exceptionally unique. We are thrilled to offer our Rare Bird Collection, featuring one-of-a-kind pieces.


Ring in the Holidays with Festive Decor

To kick-start your inspiration, I'm introducing some items from our holiday collection to deck the halls. Just know, you can never have too much - the holidays are meant to have extravagant decorations.


Bring Fall into your Home this Holiday Season

Cooler temperatures, fall décor, and the holidays are what make fall my favorite time of the year! One of the many things I look forward to is adding cozy touches to my home with warm colors and patterns of the season.


Africa Travelogue: Land of Adventure, Vistas, and Endless Beauty

Africa – a land of beauty, diversity, and incredible vistas – has a special spot in my heart.





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