Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mosaic Reception, Bertoia Window Change, New Inventory--Busy June!

Can you believe it is already June?!? I really don't know where the time went. I am still trying to plant my garden and figure out where the sun hits it the best. Well (always a story)....every year, I always blame the corn stalks for blocking the sun, when it is in fact my black thumb. Thankfully, I have Sharon Cloud helping me with the flowers in the front of the shop, this year. The poor dead little trees in the front.....were sad, so so sad. Sharon did such a fabulous job replacing them and they look and smell amazing; Bronze Fennel, Anise Hyssop, Ivy and Oxalis. Don't let my technical words fool you--Sharon gave me a list. Thanks Sharon! :o)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name Sharon Cloud, pls look around the French/Gustavian section of the shop and you will find her gorgeous linen pillows, lavender sachet packets, picture cards, dish towels (and much more to come--I am addicted to her products!). Sharon envelopes, deeply, the pure French culture. There is a difference between North American French Country and European French Country. Both can be beautiful, however I personally much prefer the European Style of French Country because it truly reflects a realistic life in France. No fuss. Just a nice afternoon in the garden with a toast au tomate listening to Lucienne Boyers' hauntingly beautiful, "Parlez Moi D'amour".

Lizz Van Saun Art Reception:

Well, the new flowers/plants were just in time for Lizz Van Saun's Art Reception. It (Lizz's Reception) was a great turnout, which I am so glad for her. With so many people coming to see her work, I realized how difficult it must have been to give people equal time, answering questions and hosting--especially if there are people you have not seen in a long time. But, Lizz was so gracious and warm. I had difficulty taking pictures during the reception as I was trying to wrap outgoing artwork at the same time. But I did get a few!

(below) Lizz Van Saun with Heather from Kaleidescope Children's Museum (they are moving to Manchester near the See Science Museum!)

Congratulations, Lizz, on a wonderful reception!

Now, lets talk about the windows......

The first window is silly, crazy and colourful.... beyond what a colourful window would look like.
Firstly, the chair(yes!...a vintage Bertoia) is very tongue in cheek and fabulous. For those who are unfamiliar with these chairs, the chair designers name is Harry Bertoia. However, this chair was designed a step further and is called the "Hairy" Bertoia! Our friend Jeremiah (*more info below regarding Jeremiah) was the one to put every strand of colourful foam cord (1500, I believe!)in each square of this Bertoia. This fabulous!

Also in the window we wanted to send Designer Jonathan Adler some love and painted the ornate mirror a high gloss orange. The funky turquoise shelf came from a Chinese Restaurant and is fabulously "Kitschy". On the shelf sits the most beautiful addition to the button head family....."Button Head Bailey Blue"!

What a fun window to design!

Price List:

"Hairy" Bertoia Chair: 600$
Adler Orange Mirror: 45$ (SOLD)
"Kitschy" Turquoise Shelf: 35$ (SOLD)
"Button Head Bailey Blue": 32.50$
Pink Tall Table: 25$

Window II is called "Aurora Borealis". The amazing Mosaic vase is from our featured Mosaic Artist, Lizz Van Saun and is absolutely stunning. When Lizz presented this piece as the focal point for the window display, I was so excited. It was important to not make it a winter scene, which was a bit trickier than I thought. We had tried colourful uplighting, different sheer panels, fans to gently move the sheers (seriously!!), but it looked too contrived and I realized we were trying too hard. We decided on an irridescent beaded sheer panel in a soft turquoise, two creme matelasse parson chairs and seat pillows made from a gorgeous vintage textile with a slight shimmer of gold. The vase truly speaks for itself and needs no fancy lighting to emphasis its fabulouslessness (is that a word?)--it is, truly, a breathtaking piece.

**The Aurora Borealis Vase has been accepted in the Somerville (Massachusettes) Art Museum Exibition sponsored by Mosaics New England**

Congratulations, Lizz!!

Price List:

"Aurora Borealis" Vase, by Lizz Van Saun: 650$
Creme Parson Chairs: (Sold the morning after finishing display--sorry)
Vintage Pillows: 20$ each

Father's Day is coming!
For Father's Day, we decided to add a collection of old camera's (spanning from 1905-Early 1980's!!) to the shop, as a great Father's Day gift idea! Prices range from 17.50$-95$. Also, Sharon Clouds "Vintage Seaside" greeting cards---so fabulous! (4.25$ each). Father's Day is 21 June!

Some fun new additions to the shop:

We loved the Vintage Maine Vacation Dish Towels and decided to make them into fun and campy pillows! (Priced at 20$ each) *Limited Quantity as they have been selling every day!

We brought in more Apothecary bottles (some clear, some irridescent and some amber--we LOVE apothecary bottles!!) Prices range from 5.50$-12.50$

CRANES!! We have had the crane display on our KAZA ceiling since opening the shop, almost 2 years ago. Approx. two weeks after opening the shop, the list of people wanting our crane display was started. Almost 2 years later, we are finally ready to part with it and the first person on the list is ready (and so patient-- Thanks Jessie!). However, Julianne is now making the cranes for KAZA and is selling them for 10$ each. Her cranes are fabulous and MUCH larger than the other ones. She uses sparkly high quality paper (different colours!) and they are hanging on the tree as we speak, ready to buy!

Whew! What a long blog and so many posts lately! I guess we got a lot to say-lol

**oy! I almost forgot!--now this is very important for people who love Mid-Century pieces. The Bertoia chair came from our friend Jeremiah Pasternak in Maine. He has a full warehouse (that seriously puts ours to shame) full of Mid-Century pieces. He graciously let us borrow the Bertoia piece for our window display (which is nice if you dont want to travel to Maine to buy this fabulous piece during the month of June). If ever in Maine, you must stop by his warehouse! Check out his blog: here

Music for the month of June (Thanks again, Vicky!):

To buy this CD, please click here
It is a compilation of French musicians; some old, some new and some funky and oh, so KAZA!

KAZA's Favourite song? "Ta Douleur" by: Camille




Love the vintage camera display...AND Camille's "Ta Douleur"! Wish I could visit in person. :)