Saturday, December 7, 2013

Shop Small :: Westport, CT

I love to check out all of the quaint little towns everywhere we go, but having lived in Connecticut for six-plus years now before we recently moved, the shop-small feature wouldn't be the same without mentioning one of my favorite towns to shop!

Westport is a great town that straddles the Saugatuck River. There are beautiful homes, and fabulous little places to eat, shop and explore.

For me, a trip to Westport wouldn't be the same without a stop at these places:

Fig Linens. Fig is a great shop right in the heart of downtown. Perfect for walking to when you are walking around the other shops. They have specialized in high end luxury linens for over 7 years. Full Disclosure: I worked at fig for a few months at the beginning of this year. Working at Fig made me appreciate quality linens so much more.

Fig carries brands like John Robshaw, Matouk, and Sferra. Here are some of the things currently on display there:

Robshaw bedding
Bold Robshaw Pillows.
 Perfect Gifts from Fig:

Loilla Bath & Body Products.
Brahms Mount Ombre Throw.
And if you aren't sure they'll love the beautiful items your splurging on for them, a gift card from Fig is always a treat!

Next up on the must stop list, for any knitter or gifter of a knitter: Westport Yarns.

Westport Yarns is a beautiful little yarn shop that has beautiful rows of yarn, projects, and accessories that can keep your imagination brewing for days.

Here is a look at the shop:

Lovely yarn is packed into the shelves with projects and patterns everywhere.

Look at these beautiful colors!
 Some great gift ideas for the knitter or crocheter in your life:

For a beautiful project, you can't go wrong with a project bag.

My ball winder & swift were one of the best gifts from P. 

Cozy Sock set, stuff a cute mug with sock yarn & needles for a perfect gift!

Of course a gift card would do here, as well!

Other great shops to check out in Westport: Terrain (right across the street from Westport Yarns), Dovecote (right next store to Fig), and there are so many more. Of course, if you like BBQ check out Bobby Q's for lunch right downtown as well.

Happy shopping and keep it local!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fireplace Season

Welcome to December, and welcome to fireplace season. The official season in which it is ideal to be snuggled up indoors, hunkered down with loved ones by a cozy fire.

This non-working fireplace has been stuffed with logs
and is complete with cozy throws to snuggle up on!

So let's take a look at some beautiful fireplaces. Not only are fireplaces warm physically, but the visual quality of looking at a fire in a fireplace creates a great sense of warmth as well.

In addition to their great warmth, fireplaces make for stunning focal points.

Here are some of my faves:

This mixed mantle of stone and a simple wood hearth are so warm and cozy.
Especially with the open back bench to snuggle into in front! 

A modern minimalist spin keeps cozy with this fireplace.
Fill the space below with some split logs, and it would be perfect!

And of course we can't leave out the stockings and the holiday trim.
This classic white hearth & mantle are a timeless classic no matter the season.

Do you have a fireplace that you like to cozy up by during the colder seasons? How do you transition the decor for the holidays?

Hunker down, and keep cozy!