The Children's Menagerie Furniture Collection by Paloma's Nest

Posted on September 23, 2011 | 0 comments

It's with great pride that we present you this week with our newest work: the Menagerie Furniture Collection for Children.

First, a  little background: since José and I first met many (many!)  years ago, from the earliest days of our relationship, we have been designing together. Furniture, home interiors, artwork, tile- anything we could wrap our little brains around. We learned from each other.  I, from his background in woodworking and building, and he, from my work as an artist and designer. Aesthetically, we complimented each other well, and our relationship blossomed well beyond our mutual love of design! We dreamed of one day starting a house ware and gift company, and, (Jose's biggest wish) a furniture company.

We continue to design together almost daily, and continue to inspire and learn from each other. This weekend we celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary, so it is a pretty neat coincidence that this same week we bring you our first foray in the world of furniture for the Paloma's Nest collection. In essence,  these new pieces are the embodiment of our dream,  realized.

The Menagerie Furniture Collection starts with these darling animal-shaped chairs, and a tree-trunk table. Sturdy and functional, and entirely handmade of smooth birch plywood, we created these pieces with the little ones in mind: no screws or tiny parts to come loose; sized right, with room to grow; and crafted with care so that they will be passed on for generations to come. Take a peek, and while you're there, be sure to look at the other decorative accessories we have recently added to our Baby & Child line.

Happy Anniversary José, Mi Amor, and thanks to all of you who have continued to encourage our dreams!

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Father's Day Gift Ideas from Paloma's Nest

Posted on May 24, 2011 | 0 comments

With Father’s Day right around the corner (Sunday, June 19, here in the States), I wanted to offer up a few suggestions for a special keepsake for Dad! Our designs are elegant, yet timeless- making them the perfect choice for your own dad, grandfather, or husband.

Remind him that you admire,  and love him, and all that he does, with a beautifully simple You're The Best Tiny Text Bowl. He can keep it on his bureau or on his desk at the office- either way will remind him of how much he is appreciated.

Surprise Dad with a custom Heirloom Picture Frame from our new collection, handcrafted of ceramic and wood. We can personalize the frame with your names,  or a special message or quote. He can show off how darling you all are to his co-workers, or see your smiling faces each morning when he wakes. Don't forget to put your own photos inside before you gift him this special frame!

Or maybe your special guy is into the tiny dapper details. In that case, check out our handcrafted Custom Cufflinks from our For the Gentlemen Collection. Handmade of ceramic with a wooden bezel, these cuff links work anywhere from a casual office to a tuxedo-required gala. So handsome.

What special keepsake or experience are you planning to give Dad for Father's Day this year?

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Our Newest Collection: Heirloom Picture Frames by Paloma's Nest

Posted on March 21, 2011 | 0 comments

We are excited to share with you our newest designs: our collection of Picture Frames, entirely handcrafted of wood and ceramic. The collection features both standing frames and hanging frames, which double as charming ornaments or holiday decorations. As always, these pieces can be personalized with the names, dates, or phrases of your choice. We think a custom frame would make the perfect heirloom gift. The simple, timeless designs complement so many homes and styles of decor.

Would you like to see more of the home furnishings Paloma's Nest will debut soon? What sorts of things would you like to see us create in the future?

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For the Gentlemen! Our New Collection is here!

Posted on February 16, 2011 | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce the debut of our newest collection, For the Gentlemen! As I may have mentioned, my husband Jose has joined Paloma's Nest in a more active role, bringing his design talents and woodworking skills with him. A true marriage of "wood and clay," (our two favorite materials!) we are so excited to bring our concept of Modern Heirloom Pieces to the groom and of the gentlemen! The collection includes cuff links, lapel pins, and other accessories for the wedding day and special occasions- pieces designed to be treasured for years to come.

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Choosing the Text for Your Custom Heirloom: some tips, revisited

Posted on January 27, 2011 | 0 comments

One of the questions I am most often asked is "What do you think I should I have stamped on my custom piece?" My answer is always a very honest one. The most special thing about having a Custom Ring Bearer Bowl™ or other custom piece made just for you is just that- it is made just for you.  Sure, I have stamped many wonderful words on pieces for other brides and other clients. Some of them have become favorites, some even added to our permanent collection. But what makes a custom piece wonderful is the meaning behind the words you choose - not someone else's clever idea, no matter how cute.  Perhaps your text is a few lines from a love note you have saved. A snippet of your wedding vows. A nickname, or an inside joke. When selecting your custom text, dig deep. Think with your heart. The most beautiful, most memorable, and most cherished words come from you and from those you love.  I look forward to making a beautiful custom piece for you soon. What will your custom text be?

This was originally posted on this blog on February 26, 2010.

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