Friday, 1 August 2014

*Alexandra D Foster Cushions*

 
Have you heard about Alexandra D. Foster & her cushion collection?
I've only just been introduced to the collection & it is very lovely but be warned it is pricey too!!!
 
Alexandra D. Foster believes that luxury, quality and style are paramount.
Each of her cushions are printed and hand sewn at one of the most highly regarded mills in northern Italy’s beautiful town of Lake Como.
 
Alexandra D Foster cushions are all inspired by her travels for example, the Roma is based on Italy and St Barths on her trips to the island!  Alexandra D Foster previously worked in the fabrics section of Liberties London and has travelled the world due to her blog Destinations Perfected.
 
Here is a little Q&A with the lady herself ...
 
How did you get into designing luxury cushions?
  I worked at Liberty London for almost two years and re-launched their furnishing fabrics. The role ignited my own love for interior design. I became entrenched in the interior design world, and even studied interior design at KLC School of Design at Chelsea Harbour in London. The more I spoke to designers, the more I became aware that the hardest part of their job is oftentimes finding cushions for a project, and it was there that the idea was planted for Alexandra D. Foster cushions.

What is the inspiration for each of the cushion designs? 
I have been lucky enough to travel the world due to my travel blog Destinations Perfect.  I’ve honestly lost track of how many cities I’ve visited.  Some of the most inspiring destinations I have been to are the Amalfi Coast in Italy, St. Barth’s, Marrakech, Paris, Cyprus, Rome, London and the Far East (Hong Kong and Tokyo).  Each cushion is inspired and relates to a particular place.

Describe a few ‘destination’ inspired cushions you’ve designed? 
 Each of my cushions is inspired by my travels and tells an individual story. The Paris pillow is a photograph I took of a beautiful wrought iron gate in St. Germain on the Left Bank of the Seine.  The Roma cushion is a photograph of a doorknocker I captured across from the Parliament building in Rome. Both of these designs have a lovely 3D quality. A handmade table with an intricate mother of pearl inlay design I saw on a recent rip to Morocco inspired the Marrakech design.

Can you please describe your at-home style? 
 Understated opulence. I love glamour and attention to detail, so I most closely identify with the Hollywood Regency style of the 1930s where the emphasis at home was on wearing an elegant dress and enjoying cocktail hour, not television.


Describe your personal design aesthetic, mission, and philosophy when it comes to Alexandra D. Foster cushions?  
I believe that luxury, quality, and style are paramount. To this end, the hand-sewn nature of my pillows means that they are truly an artisanal product that takes many hours to create. In such a fast-paced technological and machine driven age, it is nice to know that skilled master seamstresses in an atelier in Lake Como are meticulously hand making each pillow as if it were a work of art. I’m driven by the belief that everyone should be surrounded by beauty on a daily basis, and it is my dream to dress the most glamorous interiors in the world with my creations.

 
What choices have you made with the fabrics of your brand? 
I have chosen to use silk because it is a luxurious fabric with a beautiful hand feel, and the way it takes color is just breathtaking. The colors really do come to life on silk, more so than any other fabric with which I experimented.


What did you do before working at Liberty London?
I started off my career working for PUMA International, scouting trends all over the world and creating cutting-edge footwear. I had an office in both Boston and Germany, our factories were in Asia, and we travelled all over the US/Europe visiting sales teams. I truly toured the world with PUMA.  It was a great experience working for such a large international company, it taught me to have a big vision with my own brand.


How long does it take to craft a single cushion? To what extent are they “handmade?”
The silk is printed in panels at one of the most highly regarded mills in Lake Como. It is a mill that all of the biggest fashion houses and furnishing fabrics brands use as well, so the quality and feel is just stunning. The silk panels are then taken down the road to a small atelier where Italian seamstresses entirely hand sew the pillows adding the cotton lining, zipper, care labels and the hand braided trim from Bologna. Each pillow takes several hours to make and is truly an artisanal product.


Are there any other cities that you hope to venture to and base another collection on in the near (or distant) future? 
I am planning on going to the Middle East in the Fall to visit BLAQ Concept, the store in Kuwait that stocks my pillows, as well as neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. I would love to do a collection based on beautiful Arabic calligraphy.


 What’s next? Do you have any plans to design other home decor items later down the line (such as furniture, or bedding)?  
I certainly plan on expanding my collection and am juggling a few ideas right now. I would love to do silk scarves that you can wear or frame as art in your home. Many customers have used my pillow covers to adorn their walls at home. I am also considering beautiful silk caftans to be worn at the beach, or maybe even blankets/throws.


What should people splurge on for the home? 
A weekly delivery of flowers for every room in the house would be a wonderfully extravagant splurge. 
What pieces can't you live without at home? 
My cushions! They are in every single room of the house, and as each design is inspired by my travels, they serve as constant reminders and fond memories of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of exotic destinations and faraway places that I have visited.

 
 
What should people splurge on for the home? 
A weekly delivery of flowers for every room in the house would be a wonderfully extravagant splurge. 
 
 And last but not least, out of sheer curiosity… why is your logo an octopus? 
 I have always been in love with the sea and marine life; everything from coral to seashells, crashing waves and turquoise waters. While the actual symbolism of the octopus is vast and varied, I chose it because it is a totem of protection and good luck. 



You can find the Alexandra D Foster website

 
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Friday, 18 July 2014

*Birdcage Card Holders - Perfect for Weddings*

 
These pretty Birdcage Card Holders are a new addition to the Vintage Amethyst shop.
They are very similar to the old type I used to have but these ones are a slimmer style.
 
It is a deliciously pretty memo holder in the shape of a birdcage.
The birdcage is cream wirework which is slightly domed & features 6 pegs (but you could add more if needed) so that you can clip your memos, reminders, postcards etc.
It is finished with a sweet little birdy on the top.
Such a pretty way to display postcards, cards, invitations or indeed any memorabilia you wish to keep.
This birdcage would be perfect for a wedding too as a table plan, just place a card with the table numbers on & each guests names & your guests will be able to find their way to their table.

The birdcage has two holes either side so that it can be mounted to the wall but you could hang it from the round hook at the top or thread some ribbon through & hang it from ribbon.

It measures 50cms tall & 26cms wide & 5cms deep.
 
These are £14 & you can find them at the Vintage Amethyst shop

Saturday, 12 July 2014

*Happy Weekend*

 
*Happy Weekend Lovelies*
It's a beautiful sunny & hot day here today, we have been having some beautiful days lately, let's hope it lasts all summer.
 
Hope you enjoy your weekend.
x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

*More stock on it's way!*




Just a quick stock update ... I just wanted to let you all know that I have placed a stock order for the items which are out of stock or very low in stock.

 
Unfortunately the fabulous Tea Pot Hooks are still not available but may be next month.
Fingers crossed everyone!



 Also more bad news the Pink Rose Hearts are not available either so I couldn't get anymore of these at the moment but again perhaps next month.
 

 But lots more of the White Rose Garlands should be on their way very soon, these all sold really quickly so hopefully they will arrive again within the next few days.
 
 
I have also ordered more of these pretty Heart Hooks so hopefully they will be arriving soon too plus some of these pretty Wooden Hearts again also.
 
 
 


Friday, 4 July 2014

*Hot Pink Yoga & Yogi Tea*

 
I love Yoga!
I really love Yoga!
I still remember the first time I did Yoga way back in 1998 & thought 'Wait, What!? How hard is this!!!' I grew to love it though!
 
Anyhoo, I received my newest of orders from yogamatters this morning & what I love about orders from them is that they always pop a couple of Yogi Tea bags in with your order too!!!
Fab!
 
Well I best show you what I got in my order ....
 
 
I got a new yoga bag!!! I went for the Hot Pink one as you can see!!!
I love it as I can fit my mat, my block, my belt, my blanket in too! Plus it has a little pocket so fits my purse, phone & inhaler in there too!
You can find these
 
I thought it would be perfect as I have a Hot Pink yoga block & a hot pink yoga belt!!!
I do calm all this hotness down with an indigo blue yoga mat though!!!
Sometimes a girl can have too much Hot Pink in her life!!!
Although saying that I have just this afternoon bought some new Hot Pink trainers!!!!
I obviously need pink in my life at the moment!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

*How to Buy a Vintage Bike*

 
Mollie Makes has a guide on how to buy a Vintage Bike
if you want to pop on over & take a peek.
Find the article
 
You can find out how to make the pretty crochet wheel guard in issue 41 of Mollie Makes too!
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

*Rose Heart Wreaths*


 
Two of the new products to the Vintage Amethyst shop are these really pretty
Rose Heart Wreaths.
 
They match the ever popular Rose Garlands & come in the same colours, white & pink.

Aren't these so pretty for weddings?
 
They are a super duper bargain at only £3.50 too!
 
Find the Pink one
 
Find the White one
 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

*Happy Weekend*

 
Well it's been a fab few days.
It is actually really great to be back!
 
It is lovely to see the shop so busy again & lovely how many old customers are returning.
It is wonderful to 'see' you all again.
Thank you so much for shopping with Vintage Amethyst.
 
The Vintage Amethyst Facebook page has gone crazy & I've had at this moment nearly 1000 new likes in the last few days!!!!
Cray, Cray!!!!
I have no idea what is going on or why so many people are coming but I'm not going to question it - it is fantastic that so many people are finding the page!
 
Anyhoot, I really hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
The weather is a bit miserable here today & it's the Scouts Garden Fete on the Village Green this afternoon so I do hope the weather picks up a bit.
 
Have a
Happy Weekend.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

*VINTAGE AMETHYST IS OPEN AGAIN!*

 
Hey everyone, just to let you know the Vintage Amethyst shop is open once again!!!!
I think we have done everything that needs to be done but if you come across any naughty bugs or anything do let me know!!!!

I have incorporated both Vintage Amethyst & Number Fifteen into the same Paypal account as it is much easier this way so it will state Vintage Amethyst & Number Fifteen on the Paypal pages just so that you know!
Hope you still love the Vintage Amethyst pretties & pop on by as there are a few new pretties too!!!!
www.vintageamethyst.com

Friday, 6 June 2014

*Big News!!!!*

Hey everyone!
Blimey, it's been a while hasn't it?
Anyhoo BIG NEWS everyone, the Vintage Amethyst shop is opening once again!!!!!!!
 
Since I closed it in September last year I have had so so many emails about items & especially wedding things - emails every week from people asking if I still have 'this' do I still have 'that' as they found my picture online but can't find the item anywhere else & asking 'can you please please help me'! I've been helping people find things & directing them to other shops
so I've thought long & hard about it - like for months really deciding if it will be a good idea or not but I have finally decided to open the doors to Vintage Amethyst once again!!!
 
It will mean I will be busy busy running Vintage Amethyst & Number Fifteen with other things that are going on here at the mo, but the extra money will come in very useful as we have spent lots & lots on our new house & still have things that need doing - like a whole shower room for one!!!
(Thankfully we finished a bathroom last year that we made from the old toilet room & a huge cupboard that joined on to it, so we are clean don't worry about that - we are just making the old bathroom in a shower room!!!)
 
We have been working on the website for a few weeks now, we are both super busy so it has taken us a while but I am sure we are nearly there & the doors should be open again very soon!
Hope to see you on opening day!!!
 
Side note: sorry for all the exclamation points in this post!
 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

New shop NUMBER FIFTEEN is now open!


Hey everyone.
Just to let you all know that the new shop Number Fifteen is now open!
 
I hope you will pop on by & take a peek.
Don't forget you can follow Number Fifteen over on twitter*HERE*

I have also opened a new Facebook page for the new shop
*HERE* 

And you can find the new blog over
 
I hope you will follow & I hope that you will pop on by the new shop too.
*SHOP AT NUMBER FIFTEEN HERE*
 
Stay in touch cutie pies.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

New Shop

Hallo everyone.
Just to let you know (if you haven't heard already) that the new shop is called
Number Fifteen!
You will be able to find the new shop
 
I have also changed the Vintage Amethyst Twitter account to Number Fifteen too!
Find that
 
I have opened a new Facebook page for the new shop as it seems soooooo difficult to change your Facebook page name & even if Facebook allow you too you still have the old address ~ erm what's the point of that!
Anyhoot you can find the new Number Fifteen Facebook page
*HERE*
 
And finally you can find the new blog over
Keep in touch everyone!
x
 
 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

*Closing Tonight!*


Hi cuties!
Just to let you know that the Vintage Amethyst Boutique will be closing it's doors at
6pm tonight!!!!
 
I've had a fantastic last 10 years with Vintage Amethyst & I never ever thought it would be featured in nation & international magazines let alone on TV a couple of times too!
It is sad to let it go but it is definitely time!
10 years ago when I started I didn't know of another business with the name Vintage in & now it seems as if 'Vintage' businesses are all over the place!
*giggle*
Plus my personal tastes have changed & with our new house we have a lovely clean modern Scandinavian feel & so it personally felt strange selling the 'pretty, vintage style' that Vintage Amethyst is & has been over the years, so I decided it was certainly time to change business direction.
 
It was a scary decision to make but it felt so right, so it had to be the right thing to do.
Vintage Amethyst feels like part of me, almost like an alter ego but it is time to let it go & move on.
 
I am so excited about the new shop & this is how it should feel, it should feel good!
 
So without getting a bit soppy & sentimental I would like to thank every single one of you lovelies that have supported Vintage Amethyst & have bought from the boutique.
You have made the last 10 years magical!  
*Thank You*
x♥x
 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Vintage Amethyst Closing This Weekend!


Just to let you all know that the Vintage Amethyst Boutique
will be closing it's doors this Sunday!

I can't believe the time has come to close the Vintage Amethyst doors for the last time, but the day had to come once I had decided to close.

It isn't all tears & sadness though as I am so excited to be opening my new online shop which will (hopefully) be very soon but I will definitely keep you up-to-date on that!!!!

But for now there are still some really cute items to be had in the sale so do pop on by 
but make sure you make your purchase before Sunday cuties!!!!