Decking the Halls With Vieuxtemps

Are you having a hard time finding something for everyone on your Christmas list?  Vieuxtemps at 180 King Street has such a fun selection of gifts for him, her, and even the pups.  What’s even better is that they also have a great price range for everyone.  Natalie the owner has a keen eye for what’s chic and timeless. They are ramping up for a busy December including a pop up tonight at The Charleston Library Society’s Holiday Bazaar from 5:30-7:30pm.   Then this Sunday Dec 9th from 12-5pm they’re hosting a Makers Holiday Market for Second Sunday on King.  As always in the spirit of giving they are accepting donated toys for Toys for Tots and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase too.

Now onto the presents.  I grew up playing backgammon and this one is something you’ll want to show off when guests come over.

Laquer Backgammon Board $280

Always hosting Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner?  Why not invest in China that you’ll keep in you family for years to come?  I love these Bernardaud Grenadier Christmas China plates.
Dinner – $75, Salad – $60

Want your pup to feel fancy too?  Santa loves spoiling pets!

Vietri Old St Nick Dog Bowl $52

If your a candle hoarder like me then you need one of these refillable match lighters.  Nest Candles makes heavenly scents that will get you in the holiday mood like this one in Birchwood.  Fake tree?  No problem, this Christmas tree candle will keep them guessing.   Want to serve ice cream like a boss?   This Nina Oberoi Ice Cream Pint Holder is for that special someone who loves to get fancy when entertaining.
Refillable Match Lighter $18, Nest Votive in Birchwood $18, Nina Oberoi Ice Cream Pint Holder $65

This Likha Handmade Clutch with Mother of Pearl Closure is made in the Philippines so of course I love it.  It also comes in black, navy, ivory, and cafe.
Likha Clutch  – $200

Louis Sherry Chocolates are the perfect stocking stuffers and the tins they come in are so chic and reusable. Vieuxtemps is hosting a Paige Hathaway Thorn Trunk Show on December 12th from 4-7, she will have her throws, scarves, and other beautiful silk items and everything is made locally in Charleston.

Louis Sherry Chocolate Tin $35, Lollipop Ornament $16, Paige Hathaway Thorn locally made Silk Throw $300

If your a last minute shopper like me then swing by their Lower King Sip & Shop on December 14th from 3-6pm.  Can’t make it in the store?  You can always DM them on Instagram or call them directly at 843-577-6811 and they’ll make it easy to get the present to the destination.  And don’t forget to mention this blog post for 10% off your purchase through the end of the year at Vieuxtemps.  Happy Shopping!

Dress by Gianni Bini
Photography by Nicole Mickle, on location at Hotel Bella Grace

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Candle Making at Palmetto Scent Studio

This past weekend I got all my Mother’s Day quality time in with the kiddos starting with the newly opened Palmetto Scent Studio at Freshfields Village.  This place is not your standard candle shop, they host candle making classes that are perfect for kids, a girls night out, date night, birthday parties or a bachelorette party.  Another great thing about their classes is that drop-ins are welcome so you can swing by anytime they’re open to make your custom candle.

They have so many yummy scents to choose from and it was hard to narrow it down to just 3 for our candle.  You can sniff scents from their pre-made candles in everything from basil to bubble gum.

Then you get to choose from any glass or tin container you want your candle poured into.  The beauty of the glass containers is that you can re-purpose it after you burn the candle down.

It’s no surprise my boys chose the sweet smelling scents that make you hungry. Mateo chose cake, whipped cream, and maple syrup.  Sebastian chose bubble gum, maple syrup, and cake.  My hubby Gus made the “munchies” candle which consisted of cannabis, bacon, and cake.  I chose an herbal selection of basil, rosemary, and mint to break up all the desserts we’ll be inhaling.

Palmetto Scent Studio uses a soy wax and cotton wicks for a clean burn.

It probably took us longer to decide what scents we were going to mix than it did to actually make the candle.

The owners Glenda and Jeff were so helpful with the whole process and so passionate about their business.  I love promoting local businesses, especially when it’s run by a husband and wife team.  In a world where retail has been moving towards more online shopping it’s so nice to experience something like this at Palmetto Scent Studio and actually hang out with the owners.  So give them a visit and tell them that the Curator sent you!

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Room with a Vieux

Whether your hosting a Galentine’s/Valentine’s dinner, shopping for last minute Valentine’s gifts,  or looking for a wedding registry that’s a little more local and personal, Vieuxtemps is the ultimate gift boutique to shop at.  Their fine china and glassware is some of the chicest I’ve ever seen.  Offering the largest selection of china, crystal and silver in Charleston, you can’t help but to swoon over the gorgeous place setting options.

This green combination is perfect for a an outdoor garden party.

Deshoulieres Blue Arcades Dinner Plate with Annie Glass Edgey Charger from Vieuxtemps // Gold flatware from West Elm Charleston // Flowers by Petaloso

William Yeoward Juliet Waisted Vase from Vieuxtemps // Flowers by Petaloso // Jewelry by Temple St. Clair from Croghan’s Jewel Box

This art deco inspired fine china is decadent and you can have your initials engraved on this silverware.

Waterford Crystal with Crystal Cube Salt and Pepper Set, Mepra Silverware, and Haviland Hollywood Place Setting  from Vieuxtemps

White cold shoulder jumpsuit $68 from Mulberry & King // Jewelry from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Razzle Champange Flute from Vieuxtemps

This hinge vase makes a statement and you can surprise your loved one with a note in the hand painted Italian “Love Bird”.   If you want to dazzle your guests and be the hostess with the mostess, you must make a trip to Vieuxtemps to pick up those special details.

Hinged Flower Vase by Pickard, Trousdale Dinner Plate and Herend Golden Laurel Dessert Plate, with the exquisite William Yeoward Crystal Flavia with the square base  from Vieuxtemps// Rose gold flatware from West Elm Charleston

How pretty is this Clara Williams necklace from Croghan’s Jewel Box on this fine China from Vieuxtemps?  Swing by Croghan’s Jewel Box for their Clara Williams trunk show today and their Temple St. Clair trunk show Friday and Saturday at 308 King Street.

Photography by Nicole Mickle, on location at The Parsonage

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Merry & Bright on Upper King

With all of the holiday parties this season it might seem hard to navigate.  Well I have an easy solution – why not shop for your Christmas gifts while you attend the party?  There’s a few events happening over the next couple of weeks in the Upper King Street area that are worth popping in for.   This dress which is only $58 is from Dandy Boutique on 43 John Street.    Their annual Christmas party is on December 15th from 4-8pm and they’re celebrating with sweets from Lu Lu’s Bakery, store wide sales, and a GIVEAWAY worth $350!  The vintage earrings are from Candy Shop Vintage on 9 Cannon Street.  They’re having their Holiday Sip ‘N Shop this Friday from 5-8pm with cocktails, treats from Sugar Bakeshop, free hair braiding from Olivia Banks, and so much more!

Mitchell Hill is having their annual Popcorn Garland party at 438 King Street this Thursday from 5-9pm.    The group show featuring the work of Mitchell Hill resident + guest artists are under $500, unique gifts that are one of a kind.  This lifestyle boutique showcases the most beautiful and eye-catching art you can find in Charleston.  The gallery space is the perfect backdrop to highlight all of the gorgeous furniture, lighting, and home accessories.   I love this painting by Lisa Shimko who is a local artist that has been supported by the gallery from the beginning.  Here are some of my favorite finds at Mitchell Hill that are the perfect gifts.

BEACHES by Gray Malin $40, Artist: Sara Pittman

Artist: Kerry Steele, Ballon dog banks inspired by Jeff Koons $70

Art of the Bar Cart” book $22.95, Black + Gold Malachite Patterned Tumblers $12 each, Splatter Egg Box $58, “Full dose” Coaster Sets $68, Brass Bar Tools, set of 5 $157

Animal artist: David Ryden, Naughty Housewives + Domesticated Super Hero’s by Pop Artist Nicole Heere, Found object fish on stand: Michigan artist, Steve Palmer $325 , Leather Aprons from the Netherlands $98-$196

Marble + Brass tic tac toe set $195

This is also the season to think about those who are less fortunate.   Stop by Dandy Boutique from now until December 20th with canned goods for the Lowcountry Food Bank.  When you donate, you can select an item from their SALE section for FREE!

Photography by Kim Graham

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Curated Gifts at Vieuxtemps

When your shopping for the person that seems to have it all,  Vieuxtemps is your place to find that special gift like this Champagne Saber.  Why pop the bottle the traditional way when you can slay it and look super cool?  Yes, this the lower King boutique stocks up on unique gifts for everyone on your list, even the kiddos.  Owned by Natalie Taylor this local shop is known for their generous offerings of china and crystal, popular among bridal registries.  Her diverse selection of gifty items might have you overwhelmed at first, but take your time to take it all in.  Here are some of my favorite finds at every price range.

Bracelet Flask $58

Gingerbread Advent Calendar, pre-filled with toys and candy $98

Made in Denmark Mice, toothfairy $36 and hero in a suitcase $32

Louis Sherry Chocolate Boxes, 12 piece $35 and 2 piece $8.50

Gold and Black bar set $162 and hand etched glasses (Charleston Map or Christmas Sweater) $14 each

Hollywood Dogs leather bound book $100, Choupette – the story of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat $9.98, Modern Aristocrats $60, The Gospel According to Chanel Leather Bound Book $85

So when your ready to knock out people on your Christmas list or need a hostess gift, swing by Vieuxtemps at 180 King Street.  Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated with all of the great product they have coming in.  Also, from now until December 12th they’re collecting toys for Toys for Tots and offering 10% off when you bring something in.

View more for a little Q & A with Natalie and more gift ideas!

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at The Spectator Hotel

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Freshfields Finds

Shopping can be a daunting task around the holidays, but it doesn’t always have to be.  Why not knock out everyone on your list at Freshfields Village with over 25 shops to choose from and more than a few restaurants to refuel at?  The newly renovated J. McLaughlin store has lots of cute clothes to keep you cozy like this one I’m wearing.  I’m obsessed with this leopard print coat, it’s my new go to!

Pella Faux Fur Coat in Leopard $348 ,Virgo Sweater $198 ,Watson Jeans $178.00 from J. McLaughlin // Mo Eyewear Geek $175 from Village Optical in Freshfields Village // Jewelry by Julie Vos from GDC  Home // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom

  Indigo Books always has a great selection of books for the avid reader, collector, and loads of fun activity books for both kids and adults.

AIain Miki eyeglasses $434 Village Optical, books from Indigo Books in Freshfields Village 

 GDC  Home is also known for it’s posh home furnishings, but they also carry a great selection of jewelry from brands like Julie Voss, seasonal decor, and books.

Elizabeth Stuart Design is another great resource for eclectic home goods and hostess gifts.  This jewelry by Tai jewelry which is handmade in Thailand and employs and supports some of the finest artisans in the country.  The designer is involved with multiple charities both in her native Thailand and the United States. 

These Zodax Modern Morocco Glass Perfume Bottles from Elizabeth Stuart Design are what else you can find in the chic boutique.

Sugar Snap Pea newly opened outpost in Kiawah has all the freshest goods for babies to kids.

Freshly Picked Moccasin Honey Bee $60, Appaman Patience Hat in Violet $34.99, Freshly Picked Moccasin Heirloom in Blush $60 from Sugar Snap Pea

Jelly Cat Solange Swan Rose Medium $32.50 from Sugar Snap Pea

Stay tuned for the rest of my gift ideas next month and check out Freshfields Village’s official gift guide here.

Get your shopping done this Saturday while you enjoy the Freshfields Village Holiday Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Free children’s activities include face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, balloon twisting by Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games and rides on the Mechanical Reindeer with Charleston Fun Factory. There will also be a variety of complimentary holiday crafts with Teacups and Trucks, LLC and activity booths. Enjoy live music throughout the afternoon along with delicious treats available for purchase from local food vendors.
Plus, Santa will be in the Village from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm!

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Dress to Room Pairings at the CSOL Designer Showhouse

The annual Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse kicked off a couple of weeks ago during Charleston Fashion Week.  Over 18 interior designers each styled a room in this gorgeous renovated house that was originally built circa 1840.  Located at 36 Society Street, the grand house was the perfect canvas for the designers to style from floor to ceiling.

In honor of Charleston’s most fashionable week design genius and co-chair of the event, Julianne Taylor of Taylor Burke Home orchestrated a Dress to Room Pairings.  Each room was paired with a local boutique or designer that styled an outfit that reflected the essence of the room.  I was happy to help scout the fashion pairings that went perfectly with each room.  This project was a labor of love for everyone involved.  Don’t miss out on this beautiful house that will be on display until April 15th, tickets are $25 and it benefits the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSOL® Music Scholarships.

I have to start with this room because it was one of my favorites.  Designed by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room this dining room is the epitomy of fabulousness.  With wallpaper by Taylor Burke Home and Iris Apfel bottlecap art made by Molly Bright, I wanted to move in right away!

The master bedroom designed by Lauren Messina and bathroom designed by Terri Baldwin was beautifully paired with this wedding gown from Bridal House of Charleston.

The upstairs teen hangout designed by Meg Caswell was my other favorite room.  Retro influences with lots of color, pattern and texture went great with this outfit that Venita is wearing from Maris DeHart.

The second floor piazza was designed by design duo Gordon Dunning.  Black and white was clearly the theme and this romper from Escapada Living is the ultimate outdoor loungey outfit to go with it.

The music room designed by Bobbi Jo Engelby of Domain Interiors & Design was paired with this custom jacket on the dress form by Gramercy Atelier. The designer of Gramercy incorporated the room by using the same fabric of the pillow on the couch.  A match made in design heaven!

The man and lady’s study was designed by Alexandre Fleuren and the earthy tones and textures was perfectly paired with this look from Ibu.

The garden veranda designed by Catherine M. Austin was styled like a Palm Beach getaway.  The kelly green with pops of pink and palm prints were a big dose of sunshine.  I especially love the silk pillows by The Blush Label, a local accessory company that designs all of their prints.

View more to take a peek inside all of the rooms.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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