This is your year!
Every year at this time, I like to sit back and reflect on the past 12 months--Business-wise and personally. There are mistakes we've made, high-5's we've given, some heartaches, stresses and moments of being so starnkin' thankful that we were speechless.
As some of you know, 2011 was my "Yes" year. I have no regrets. The opportunities that were given to me, the incredibly talented people I've had a chance to work with this year & the crazy traveling, has been a wacky beautiful whirlwind. Stressful? Oh yeah! But worth it.
This year KAZA has:
-Designed a Moroccan Room for Red River Theatre
-Designed some windows for a shop in Manchester
-Made inventory for other shops
-Had our Eiffel Towers included in a photo shoot for a bridal magazine
-Helped several artisans in creating their brand
...and so much more...so much more.
On a personal note, the list is a bit more painful, even more traveling & much wackier (including a very recent verbal disagreement, about design, with a member of the Kennedy family-lol--don't ask)
I could never recommend a "yes" year without first trying it out for myself. Did I love the "yes" year? Not always. But, the experiences I've had in this one year outweigh any negative feelings. Life does not give us 2nd chances nor does it slow down for us to be ready. Opportunities that you don't feel ready for. You are more ready than you think.
Look at 2012 as the year you just go for it--no matter what. And, well... if the world ends, as the Mayans predict, then you only have 11 months of "yeses" to do! :o)
In all seriousness, Happy New Years, Bella's & Bello's
Here is to a year of good health, loads of love & making 2012 count *clink*
We are nothing without you and thank you with all our hearts for another amazing year at KAZA. Looking forward to 2012 (we've got something boiling behind the scenes we are uber-excited about!).
Thursday, December 29, 2011
This is your year!
Posted by Kaza Blog at 12:07 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Baked French Toast
This recipe can quickly be made Christmas Eve, while the kids are asleep and when you wake you wake up Christmas morning, pop it in the oven and enjoy a cozy Christmas breakfast!
When I was a little girl, my belle Maman would surprise us occasionally with a delicious breakfast of baked french toast. We always knew it was coming because we would see the bread "marinating" the night before. I would dream about having a corner piece. You know the one I'm talking about--the one with the crispy bits. I swear I would fall asleep with a crazy smile on my face. Now it's my turn to make it and wanted to share it with you, Bella's-- so you can make your own memories with it. Your kids will remember and think how fabulous you are.
FYI: Wear an apron. It adds to the ooey-gooey visual memory. ;o) xox
picture taken from renewsing.com
1 loaf French bread / Baguette
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
a tiny bit of salt
*3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Slice French bread into, 1-inch slices. Arrange slices in a buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish, overlapping slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture.
*Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Good Morning, Bella's!
(The next day)preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Scatter some chopped pecans over French Toast (optional)
Bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.
Posted by Kaza Blog at 9:59 AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
KAZA's 12 Sales Of Christmas Is ON!
Shhhhhh.....As a faithful KAZA subscriber, you have access to the FULL list first!
Here it is, Bella's!
Tuesday, 13 December: 20% Off All (Fabulous) Cutting Boards!
Wednesday, 14 December: 20% Off ALL new Jewelry:
Thursday, 15 December: 20% off ALL Turkish Shawls
Friday, 16 December: 20% off ALL Vintage Purses & Vintage Jewelry
Saturday, 17 December: 20% off ALL Soaps
Sunday, 18 December: 20% Off Turkish Bathrobes (only 3 left!! 2 XS, 1 S)
Monday, 19 December: 20% Off All Christmas Ornaments!
Tuesday, 20 December: 20% Off All Woven Ribbon (going fast!)
Wednesday, 21 December: 20% Off ALL Pillows
Thursday, 22 December: 20% Off ALL Candles
Friday, 23 December: 20% Off KAZA Gift Certificates
Saturday, 24 December: 20% Off Buyers Pick!!
There it is, Bella's! Guard this information as y'all are the only ones in the know! Facebook is updated daily--but you have the inside knowledge to plan, strategize & scoop!
Posted by Kaza Blog at 8:25 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Come One, Come All...
KAZA's Soiree De Noel Is Here!!
When: Thursday, 8 December 2011
20% OFF Storewide!
Wine & Cheese!
Loads 'o goodies!
Here's a TINY glimpse of what is here!
Don't miss this event, Bella's!!
Posted by Kaza Blog at 9:44 AM
Friday, November 4, 2011
Heads up, Bella's and some sad news--
Sad Part: The local company that made all of KAZA's gorgeous woven ribbon will now be outsourcing overseas and will no longer be available. This news makes me so incredibly sad. :'(
Heads Up Part: That means what we have here now, is the last of it, kids. Scoop up on this gorgeous ribbon, while you can. (1$ per meter)
Posted by Kaza Blog at 8:34 AM
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Autumn is here, Bella's!!
But what is with all this rain?? 'Tis crampin my style (not to mention suddenly giving me very curly french poodle bangs!). It's hard to run with furniture in the rain, but we managed to get two windows changed, an Autumn shop reconfiguration & new products into the door--Yipppeee!
Ok...so here goes:
French Harvest. Linen pillows, wicker bowls & baskets,dried magnolia leaves, vintage industrial lightbulbs, old spool of soft baling twine, cotton bud garland, antique piece of sheer lace. I love this window. Something about it triggers something in my soul and makes me calm. The bench is made from a headboard/footboard set and is painted a gorgeous grey-green. Now this colour is my new obsession. I found an old french dresser that had only one drawer and was unusable, but the colour was insane! So, I took it to the paint store and had them match it with their handy-dandy matching machine to create the exact recipe to recreate the colour and voila! I want to paint everything this colour, these days-but I need to pace myself. The one positive thing is that everything I paint in this colour flies out the door, so no one gets a chance to really tire of it anyway!-lol
Headboard Bench: 175$
Small French Pillow: 15$
Traversin Bolster: 65$
Large wicker basket: 75$
Haute Harvest. Funky. Whimsical. Playful. Eclectic. The palette of creme, black & yellow is perfect for Autumn. The danish modern chair is a vintage piece that has been reupholstered in a fabulous vintage-y floral pattern. The old crate on the side brings it back down to earth. Pillows, pillows, pillows!, The backdrop of embroidery hoops painted black with black crows randomly resting throughout is as spooky as we go this year. The vintage black phone (remember those?!) is a must have! AND....the chalkboard dressform-- FABULOUUUSS! (in my best Oprah voice). Always fun to the Autumn windows! :o)
Danish Modern Chair: 125$
Pillows: 10$-25$ each
Vintage Black Phone: 35$
Old Crate: 20$
Mary from Earthway came in with a bunch of goodies (which have been literally flying off the shelves, since she came in!):
Soaps (6,99 each):
Fig & Vine
Sugar Scrubs (15$)
Rosemary Apothecary (has a slight hint of patchouli)
Now Earthway Soap Co (made right here in Concord) has just been featured in Country Living Magazine (Oct 2011 issue!). We are super...ginormously proud of Mary's successes and feel so honoured to have had the opportunity to work with Mary and carry her product line at KAZA. Congratulations, Mary! Wooohooo!!!
Speaking of some Press--KAZA got some of their own!!
A super-huge article was written about us in the Citizen of Laconia Newspaper! It was a FULL page PLUS a little more on a second page! Thanks to Kathi Hopper, for asking really good questions and making it fun for me to remember the beginnings of KAZA. Read it HERE
Did y'all know that Matthew Meads' AUTUMN book is now available at KAZA?? Flying out like hotcakes, we'll have to tell him to bring MORE, you bunch of crazy shoppers!!
Also! KAZA is back open on Saturdays!
**Don't forget the "Go Spa Yourself!" Giveaway---spend 20$ and be entered to win!
Winner will be announced 13 October at 5:02pm!**
Other than that, the behind-the-scenes of KAZA is making me a very very busy woman! If you see me pop into the shop looking a bit crazed, just know alot of groovy stuff is happening! :o) xox
Hugs to you all!
Posted by Kaza Blog at 10:06 AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"Go Spa Yourself!" - A KAZA Giveaway, starts tomorrow (Thurs)!
What is it?: A basket of things to pamper the living daylights out of yourself!
Can you be more specific?: Ok...A gorgeous layered candle, a Turkish embroidered shawl, Lavender stems, Earthway Kyoto Mondo Grass Soap, Spray & Parfum, KAZA steam, Tarpon Spring Sponge all cradled in a beautiful fleur de lis wire basket!
What's the catch?: Spend 20$+ at KAZA and be entered to win! Thas'all! :o)
Ends 13 October 2011
What goodies are to be found at KAZA to spend such dough?
Oh Bella's, Bella's, Bella's--we've got some goodies (and alot of it under 10$!!)
Jennifer Gordon Necklaces! 5$ each
"Poison" Pendent Necklaces! 5$ each
"Wuthering Heights" inspired tiles! 5$ each
"Dead Fairies" 5$ each! (this is our second batch--1st batch sold out within the 3rd day)
"Dead Clowns" 3$ each
Bus Roll Magnets (Paris, Boston, NY & Chicago) 3$ each
Pillows, Pillows, Pillows!! 20$-35$ each
AND! Earthway Soap Co is working on some products for us, as we speak!
And of course, we had a little fun with some furniture!
How fun are these?!
And there are lots of other goodies that I have not mentioned because they are one of a kind and will probably be gone if you don't get here soon. I just didn't want to make y'all sad, when you realized someone else bought that thing you saw here on the blog.
***Pssttt! Another secret: Stylist, Matthew Mead is dropping off his new book, "AUTUMN" at any moment! So, get ready to scoop up your copy before we sell out!***
Posted by Kaza Blog at 1:16 PM
Saturday, August 20, 2011
A little insight into Matthew Meads' World
As most of you know, when I came to Concord, NH I didn't know one person in this town. Opening a shop without a core of supporters was probably one of the wackiest things I have ever done (but am so glad I did--you guys are awesome!).
Four years ago, during my first month, a popular Stylist walked into KAZA. He did not introduce himself but spoke to me a little bit about the shop then left (living under a very comfortable rock, I didn't know who he was at that time). The following weeks, the shop had all new faces--and each one said, "Matthew Mead sent me here. He said I should check it out and that he wants you to make it".
Mr. Mead is known for supporting local businesses. For me, he was like a little angel, bringing people to KAZA based on his highly established recommendation. That level of recommendation would have taken me years to build and I am so thankful.
So it is with great honour to do this interview with him - Enjoy!
KAZA's Interview with Matthew Mead:
Matthew, what a gorgeous book! I especially love how each page eases into the next; there is nothing jarring and the colour palettes are very soothing to the eye. How long does it typically take you to produce a book, as this, from start to finish?
Matthew Mead: Usually two to three months of pretty intense producing and photographing. I love color and creating color stories and collecting props in degrees of one color...I love that you are atune to the colors and progressions because it is all very intentional.
Tell me how you came to decide on the cover:
Matthew Mead: Covers to me should be that thing that evokes the feeling of the season. And I also like the item to be something not typically seen on a cover. It should also be the magazine that you want displayed on your coffee table or on the top of the stack of what you are reading...
We spoke a bit at KAZA and you had mentioned that you had already completed your Autumn 2011 book and are already almost completed with your Christmas 2011 book, which is so exciting (and also means you have been incredibly busy!). What other projects are you working on?
Matthew Mead: I have those two magazines ready to hit in the next two months....and a beautiful product line and e-commerce site ready in the next months. There will be videos, DIY info and lots of glimpses into my prop room and collections...real behind the scenes.
A while back, we talked about the realities of the business; a lot of smoke 'n mirrors,tons of hard work, schlepping furniture in the rain (and snow!), paint stains, all of the planning ahead for each design & running around, etc. --What side of the business just makes it all worth it, for you?
Matthew Mead: I wake up everyday and life has a clean palette, so that I can mix up something new just for that day...I certainly have long term products but have now been able to steer my own ship which is so gratifying. But there s nothing so great as relating with others about design, decor, collecting, entertaining...I am ripe to learn all the time, so I guess being out in the community and experiencing new ideas and perspectives is at the top of the list.
Matthew Mead Productions Inc in 5 years will be....:
Matthew Mead: My goal is for the magazine to be a rich and diverse seasonal magazine with lots of voices. Also, I hope to really grow my product line, which is inspired by my favorite collectibles, to be something that is ever changing and evolving. I don't need to be a mega corporation. I would like my efforts to be healthy & successful, but come from a place of happiness and nature...to unfold, organically.
One of the most asked about questions, is about your decision to leave Flea Market Style Magazine. Could we touch on this subject, a bit?
Matthew Mead: Sure...my goal is always to do something that is creative and interesting, inspiring and beautiful and to break a lot of the rules that go with main stream publishing. While enjoyed my work with FMS (Flea Market Style), I was retrained from spreading my wings and bringing readers exactly what I love and know they want. I am not interested in rehashing the past, but moving forward with many, many different styles of decorating and bringing the reader many different voices from around the world. Doing my own thing really allows me to soar. And worry not...my Spring issue is titles "Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead" and will sate the appetite for all of my Flea Market Followers!
How exciting is that?! Thanks, Matthew for taking the time to answer the KAZA questions!
Summer with Matthew Mead is available at KAZA--Pick up your copy today for fabulous recipes, design inspiration or give as a thoughtful hostess gift at all those End O'Summer BBQ's (aren't you sick of bringin' that potato salad, anyway?!)
Friday, August 12, 2011
Bella's & Bello's, It's Here!!!
Last night, Matthew Mead stopped by with a stack of his gorgeous SUMMER books, ready to come to KAZA! (These also make a wonderful gift, btw!!)
We chatted for a while and realized that an interview was in order! Keep your earballs open, kids--My interview with Mr Mead will be coming up very soon, right here on the KAZA blog!
Pick up your copy of SUMMER for 18$ at KAZA! (and chock chock chock full of delicious recipes & timeless unique ideas).
Posted by Kaza Blog at 8:37 AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Whats up at KAZA, you ask?
A whole lotta lotta!
We received a batch of Earthway's "Summer Home" line. As many of you know, Mary & I worked together for a long time, trying to find the "right" beach scent (actually, Mary worked hard, I just sniffed her concoctions and said, "mmmm...not quite. More coconut!"-lol). But she has captured it perfectly! Close your eyes when smelling it and you'll reopen your eyes with sand in your shoes! (Ok, not really...but you will definitely feel you went to the beach for the day sans sunburn) :o)
Sugar Scrub: 13,95
Purse Spray: 10,00
We also brought in some fabulous embroidered Turkish shawls for those nights at the beach, watching fireworks!
Y'all wanted vintage purses...and bella's, did we deliver! Who needs a mass-produced purse when the vintage ones are just oh,so fabulous?
We also brought in a few pieces of vintage jewelry, for those who are kooky like me (you know who you are!) xox
Windows, Windows, Windows....
Well, they will be short-lived, unfortunately--everything just sold within 3 hours of opening today! But I wanted to show you before they emptied out (thanks to all the awesome customers that allowed me 1 1/2 weeks to design for the next windows!) *PHEWWW!*
Queen Bee was the theme for Window I
Sweet Dining set upholstered with sweet golden bees
Window II was definitely seaside inspired!
The cedar chest was handstamped with the John Masefield Poem "Sea Fever":
I MUST go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll catch up in a few weeks! xox
Posted by Kaza Blog at 7:51 AM
Thursday, July 14, 2011
How about a Croque Monsieur for lunch?
(*photo taken in Paris cafe last August --it was delicious!*)
Croque Monsieur recipe from: The Barefoot Contessa
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.
To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.
C'est si bon!
Ciao Bella's! (or would that be "chow"?) ;o)
Posted by Kaza Blog at 8:22 AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Can you believe it's been 4 years, already?!
I have met such amazing people since being here 4 years ago. Not know 1 single person in Concord, you all have been such an incredible & loving support system.
Looking forward to what opportunities & fun stuff lie ahead for KAZA!
This day would never have been possible without y'all!
Avec beaucoup d'amour, MERCI! xox
Posted by Kaza Blog at 10:10 AM