Our shop is pretty much made for picking out gifts for the people you love. So, shop locally this holiday season with D. Luxe Home and our neighbors in Nashville's Marathon Village. Here are 25 of our best ideas for spreading holiday cheer in 2014:
Day 1: A divine, richly scented holiday candle from NEST Fragrances.
Day 2: A "What Would Johnny Cash Do?" pillow, for the old-school country fan in your life.
Day 3: Goat milk soap from Little Seed Farm. Gentle, nourishing, and free of artificial perfumes, dyes, and preservatives, this sustainably crafted Farmstead Milk Soap is perfect for everyday use and safe for those with sensitive skin - little ones included. Each bar is proudly handcrafted and cured at Little Seed Farm in small batches using only the finest and most gentle ingredients: our Raw Goat's Milk + Certified Organic Olive and Coconut oils.
Day 4: An Ox Bow Decor pillow, made of linen and filled with down.
Day 5: Ceramic Berry Boxes, $8.50 each
Day 6: Italian Marble Coasters from Studio Vertu. If there's such a thing as a love affair with coasters, we're having one.
Day 7: Merlot Decanter, $65. For the red wine lover in your life. Also available in Pinot Noir and Cabernet.
Day 8: Mixture Candles, $8 each. Have you experienced these candles yet? They have been bestsellers for us since day one. Though they be but little, they are fiercely delicious. And will make your entire house smell amazing.
Day 9: Iron Soap Holder with Faucet, $24
Day 10: A Cow Painting! We have lots of cows to choose from. Here is but one.
Day 11: A Tennessee dish towel, $22
Day 12: Iron Triangle Dinner Bell (13"), $48
Day 13: Hourglass, $35
Day 14: A soy Archipelago Botanicals candle from its Excursion Collection, inspired by favorite destinations around the globe. $25
Day 15: Saddlemans Cowhide Rug, from $490
Day 16: Inquisitive Goat on Canvas with Burlap Edge, $100
Day 17: Jute Wine Bottle Bag, $8
Day 18: Hand-carved bird on perch, $18-$26
Day 19: Hunk of agate, $12.50 - $15
Day 20: Blue Rose Vases, $175 & $185 each
Day 21: Antique books, from $20
Day 22: Box of vintage-style ornaments, $18
Day 23: A cheeky holiday tea towel, $18
Day 24: A holiday pillow, $22 - $52
Day 25: Hand-made, locally made jewelry by Larry Wilkes Jewelry Nashville
That's a wrap on our 2014 gift ideas, so get to wrapping! We encourage you to visit D.Luxe Home to find any special gifts you still need for loved ones.
Is it possible to dislike cows and still like D.Luxe Home?
To be honest, we're not sure.
We've gotten fully on board with the cow hide rug trend; we're thinking of it as the chevron rug of a couple years ago but with more staying power. And we've taken it a few steps further, also embracing--and stocking our shop at Marathon Village with--cow hide furniture, farm animal paintings and signs, and all kinds of accessories emblazoned with bovines and their great big, soulful eyes. In fact, I had such an insane number of requests for cow paintings that I asked my painter friend Johnny Bone (once my go-to tile setter at Bynum Design before he up and moved to Oklahoma) to scare up some originals cows to complement the cow prints I already had in store.
As for cow hide rugs, we carry a really great and ethical line from Saddleman's of Santa Fe. The biggest thing about this type of rug is you don't need to go buy one at the flea market or from any cheap source. You have to get really well-tanned hides or they'll deteriorate over time and all you're left with is the backing. A cowhide that's been tanned properly really should not shed at all and will have a clean, bright luster to the coat, whereas a cheap hide will have a chemical smell and a stiffer, duller coat.
Bottom line: For a cow hide rug that looks great for the long haul, you have to spend some money. You want it to last for 20 to 30 years, not unlike the way you expect an oriental rug to last. The Saddleman's rugs aren't terribly expensive, though they certainly cost you more than the ones you'll find at, say, Ikea. The Saddleman's floor model we have in the store is constantly trampled and still looks great.
There are lots of things to love about a cow hide rug. They, however, are not subtle, so they have to be well-intentioned. I'm a fan of splaying one across a sisal rug (as in the lead photo in this post) and of using them to coax a really dressy space into taking itself less seriously. They also look great on hardwoods. The Saddleman's rugs come in almost any color and pattern you can dream up, but I'm not a fan of hot pink and am instead hung up on the classics--spots especially.
Feeling intimidated about using cow hide in your home? Remember it goes with anything--working well in a traditional space, a modern space, a young space, or an old space. It's just a very versatile, cool, fun, and affordable accessory.
What do you think? Would you put cowhide in your home? If not, can we still be friends?
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