A Favorite Place: Round Top

Posted on February 17, 2010 | 2 comments

I recently had the thrill of walking the aisles and booths of the Round Top Antique Show for the first time- a massive festival that takes place twice a year, quietly overwhelming a tiny Texas town. In Round Top, some booths are neatly displayed, as if arranged by an interior designer;  others are a mish-mash of  “stuff" overflowing from every surface. Regardless of the presentation, I hear history speak to me everywhere I look.

Stories of work, home, invention- every item has been somewhere, and at some point meant something, to someone. Its not so much about purchasing items at these shows- (though it is a lovely thing to give them “new life”)- but more about learning and gathering inspiration from the piles of history sitting in front of me.

These places are museums. While they may lack the research and titles and labels you would find in the Decorative Arts section of a world-renowned museum, they also lack the pretense and the selectivity, the exclusiveness. Nothing is more telling of a time period or era than the items that graced our daily lives- the dishes we used everyday, or our favorite worn-in easy chair. My mind races to learn and interpret those stories.

Items that seem common-place to us now, were at one time invented by someone, were brand new to someone, were hopefully loved by someone. Nothing breaks my heart more than to see piles of family photo albums and photographs- real documentation of a generation, separated from those who are most connected to them, for reasons unknown to us today.

In Austin, we are just a short drive to this twice-yearly Round Top Antique Festival, where I shot the image above. The next festival begins on March 30, and I am surprising the Paloma's Nest Studio Manager, Danielle, with an overnight trip to the show, in celebration of our shared March birthdays. (Surprise, Dani!!)  She shares my love of items from the past, so I hope this is an adventure we can enjoy together!

In New England, there is the Brimfield show. Where are your favorite places to absorb history? What types of items do you collect?

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Home is Where your Heart Is.

Posted on February 15, 2010 | 4 comments

It didn’t seem right to just jump on in talking about my “inspiration” for creating Modern Heirlooms, or why I have dedicated my work as an artist to Paloma’s Nest, without some background- perhaps a little about me.

So we’ll start small. I’d like to introduce you to my hometown.

Mystic, Connecticut is a tiny New England town situated on the Atlantic Ocean, bursting with architecture, history, and old things. Mystic was founded in 1654. Quite a long time ago.

Growing up, it really seemed normal to me to live in a house built in 1863. And, like in most old towns, every home there has a personality, with its own quirks and charms. Many houses are given “names,” based on who built the house or who lived in it. In Mystic, if you were a prominent Sea Captain, your house was painted white and situated right at the mouth of the river- so your family could watch for your ship to come in from your voyage. If you were a merchant, you lived in one of the little cottages close to the downtown area, often adjacent to your shop.

History fascinates and inspires me; I see architecture and antiques as relics that have so much to teach us about who we are, and why we live the way we do today. When homes and heirlooms are preserved for future generations, that link to the past is carried forward. I dedicate my own work to creating art pieces that will carry stories forward.

In beginning this new blog, I had no idea what to write first. Since HOME is where your heart is, this seemed like a good place to start.

How has your hometown influenced who you are  or where you live today?

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Handcrafted Modern Heirlooms: A Definition

Posted on February 13, 2010 | 1 comment

Image by Bonnie Tsang

The mission statement of Paloma’s Nest is to create Handcrafted Modern Heirlooms- for the home and for the heart. We commemorate life’s events and occasions with pieces made of the highest-quality materials, intended to be passed on for generations to come.

In today’s society, we have become so accustomed to quick, convenient, disposable items. Things to simplify our life and hurry us along.

At Paloma’s Nest, our approach is different. We take inspiration from the past in terms of craftsmanship and quality, and create items of longevity. Items that your great-great-grandchildren will proudly treasure.

Every item in our collection is handcrafted in our studio. Every tiny letter of text is hand stamped one-at-a-time. (If anyone has ever wondered: NO, there are no computers or laser cutters or jigs or big stamps printed with each phrase.) Even our Heirloom Packaging™  has been specially designed as a place to record the story of where your piece has been.

The signature Paloma’s Nest style is intended to be timeless. We don’t design around trends, as we want your piece to look as elegant and beautiful in 100 years as it does today. It is our sincere hope, and joy to know, that your Paloma’s Nest piece- whether created for a wedding, birth or other life event- will be enjoyed long into the future.

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Moving All of our Eggs to One Nest!

Posted on February 11, 2010 | 3 comments

Welcome, welcome! The day has finally arrived! This blog has been a long time coming, and marks the beginning of another chapter for Paloma’s Nest. Today we are launching our new site and shop to make your shopping experience a more personal one.

This blog, lovingly named “Stories to Tell, ” is where I’ll  explore life behind the scenes at Paloma’s Nest... my life as a designer and businesswoman in the studio, my passions and inspiration as an artist, and snippets of history that inspire me to create Heirloom-Quality pieces for the future.

While this is my first post and I am brand new as a “blogger,” here at Paloma's Nest we are really quite used to being in the blogsphere! When I started Paloma’s Nest in October 2007, I didn’t even know what a “blog” was. Wow! Little did I know at the time, the buzz created by blogs and the new forms of emerging social media would contribute so much to the growth of my company. I’d like to take this opportunity to  sincerely thank just a few of the bloggers in both the wedding and design world who saw the potential in what I was creating with my work, from very early on... here are some of our very first mentions:

Design * Sponge .  Apartment Therapy .  Brooklyn Bride .  Decor 8

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