When it comes to choosing a fragrance, quality is everything. It takes the perfect balance of precise ingredients to create a scent that is unique, flattering and lasting. Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the world's oldest pharmacies. All of their products including their Acqua Di Colonia have been around for centuries, which undoubtedly speaks to the perfection of their craft.
First founded in 1221 in Florence by the Dominican Friars who started making herbal remedies and potions to use in the monastery. Their reputation became world renowned and the pharmacy, sponsored by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, opened to the public in 1612. The first “Eau de Cologne” has been attributed to the pharmacy’s creation in the 1500’s of Catherine de Medeci’s “Water of the Queen.” It’s popularity in France lasted into the 18th century whereupon a certain Italian, Giovanni Feminis, took it with him to Cologne and began to make it there, renaming it Acqua di Cologne or Eau de Cologne as a tribute to the city where it was produced. Today this refreshing mix uses the same original formula from the time of Catherine de Medeci and is simply called Santa Maria Novella.
Now, the Pharmacy is run under the direction of Eugenio Alfandery, a gentleman who has kept the tradition and legacy of Santa Maria Novella intact while at the same time updating the centuries old methods and procedures that are the mainstay of the reputation of this great brand. Santa Maria Novella products are made on site at their own factory in Florence using local ingredients. Each batch is hand made and supervised according to age old recipes and artisanal methods. With a cologne like Santa Maria Novella, quality speaks for itself. Sample any one of their fragrances and you'll never want another brand again.
The weather has been unusually dreary lately. Spring showers are one thing, but the past week has been overwhelmingly rainy, especially for us southerners! Every now and then it takes a little pop of color to lift our spirits and today we definitely need to see some vibrance! With the forthcoming celebration of St. Patrick's Day and the lush greenery we typically associate with spring, we can't think of any color that feels more right today than the color green. Pulled together into a micro collection, we've curated some of our favorite green colored objects that continue to inspire and invigorate us. From vintage hotel dishes to bundles of sage, refreshing soaps to curiosities from the sea, each item in this collection brings a freshness to the table that excites us for warmer days of the spring season ahead.
There are times when you're searching for one thing that you invariably happen upon something else unexpected that immediately demands your attention. It may not be the most shiny, extravagant or rare item, but something about it captivates you immensely. Our infatuation over typography has grown throughout the years. From the age-old tradition of sign painting, to the discovery of modern typefaces, we've slowly developed a deep rooted obsession with letter forms. Whether it be letter pressed, computer generated or hand drawn calligraphy, the endless nuances of typefaces have continued to fascinate and inspire us throughout the years. Fewer things brings us as much joy as finding vintage goods with vintage typography and our most recent discovery is the perfect marriage of both. Each brass tile has been carefully etched with a beautiful vintage letter and needless to say, we want them all! Whether you're spelling out your name or picking out your first initial, these brass tiles are the perfect way to adorn your house with beautiful vintage typography!
Available at the Paris Market.
There's nothing we love more than the beauty found in the nature. Bugs, brambles, trees with nests, mushrooms, birds, if you can name it, you better believe we'll love it! We've begun freshening up the store for the spring season, which means we've been keeping busy setting up lots of beautiful new displays! And one that we're most excited about is of course, our nature themed display! A curious collection of flora and fauna on all accounts, it's impossible for us not to feel inspired displaying such beautiful wildlife. When you become accustomed to working indoors on a daily basis, it's easy to forget the importance of the natural world that surrounds us, which is why displaying nature's curiosities is what keeps us feeling rejuvenated and ready for a new season!
Spring is in the air, which means it's time to roll up your sleeves and start tackling that dreaded list of spring cleaning to-do's! Nothing makes a job worse than being ill-equipped with lackluster tools, which is why we've prepared ourselves with all of our favorite household products. Even the toughest of jobs don't stand a chance against our strong brushes, thick towels, and household sprays! And when your hands have had enough scrubbing, our myriad of revitalizing lotions will make your skin feel as fresh as your home! It's time to get those cobwebs out of the corners and that stale winter smell out of the house, because spring is here and cleaning can wait no longer! Stop by soon and shop our entry display for all of your spring cleaning essentials!
Today is the last day of February and hopefully the end of what seems to be an eternity of cold days and cold nights. Maybe it's just our spring fever acting up but we are anxious as ever to open our windows and let the fresh spring air in. We never like to feel cooped up inside for too long, which is why when the weather is nice, dining outdoors is easily one of our favorite activities. Our latest tablescape embraces the transitions of seasons. Trees still appear bare, but as we look up close it's clear that buds are sprouting and blossoming and spring is right around the corner. Keeping the table light with a few accents of nature, our table represents change on the horizon. A fresh start for a fresh season, as we say goodbye to February and hello to March. Soon the days will be longer and the nights warmer and you better believe we'll be soaking up the warm sun as we can once again dine al fresco. Bon appetit!