Garnet Hill Sponsors Local WREN Art Show

Garnet Hill Sponsors Local WREN Art Show - The Gallery at WREN

The gallery at WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network), located on Main Street in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, kicked off its 2017 season with a gala event to preview art from shows scheduled over the next year. Garnet Hill is proud to sponsor one of these shows and be among other community businesses and local patrons supporting shows in 2017.

The show we are sponsoring is entitled INTERWINED ROOTS: ART OF THE FOREST. It is scheduled for October, and features the sculpture of Daniela Snow, the artwork of Michele Motuzas, and the photography Ruth Ann Hacking.

WREN Art Show - The Gallery at WREN
The WREN gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show celebrating the gala event will be up through January 30, and was sponsored by the White Mountain School.

Our web and blog designer, Jason Tors, will have paintings in the September show, together with the artwork of Larry Golden and Ann Steuernagel. On the first Friday of every month, the Gallery at WREN hosts an open house to kick off the new monthly show and featured artists.

About WREN
WREN is a nationally recognized non-profit that provides and supports strategies for entrepreneurial development, access to markets, Main Street revitalization, and rural economic development. WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities, and builds connection through community and is dedicated to bringing rural people together to realize better lives and livelihoods by providing resources, education, and opportunity. For further information, visit www.wrenworks.org

How to Feng Shui Your Wardrobe

As we began the new year, we asked our friend Adri, blogger of Adri Lately, to share her advice on simplifying your wardrobe and learning to value the basics.

There’s something about a new year that makes me focus on simplifying for the better. Enter my closet – the source of a daily task that can either be overwhelming or effortless.

There’s nothing more reassuring than beginning your day with a happy closet. And that means it’s time to find balance. Here are some insights to help you get there…

LEARN TO LET GO

This is an art which, for this one-time trend-lover and emotional hoarder, was tough. Look at the things you constantly reach for, and set those aside. Ask yourself, why do I wear them so often? Now look at the items you haven’t worn in 6 months to a year. Ask yourself, why don’t I wear them? You could be holding onto unworn pieces of clothing for emotional reasons. Sometimes you have to dig deep and let it go.

GO BACK TO THE BASICS

Basics are staples that will make or break your wardrobe. Be sure you have enough of them to support it. Identify the items you love to wear – the cardigans, the t-shirts – and consider investing in similar styles with superior quality.
Adri, Blogger of Adri Lately, in the Garnet Hill Silk-Trimmed Knit Cardigan
Adri, Blogger of Adri Lately, in the Garnet Hill Silk-Trimmed Knit Cardigan
I’m a huge believer in owning jacket and cardigan styles as wardrobe staples. I found this Silk Trimmed Knit Cardigan to be an upgrade to my collection. The trim detail is that special touch that I look for before an item makes it into my closet. Remember, basics do not have to be boring.

Adri, Blogger of Adri Lately, in the Garnet Hill Silk-Trimmed Tunic
Adri, Blogger of Adri Lately, in the Garnet Hill Silk-Trimmed Tunic

HANG WITH LOVE

One of the quickest ways to give your closet a refresh is to change the hangers. It’s not only visually appealing, but your clothes will be better for it. Nobody likes those hanger bumps your shirts and sweaters get on the shoulders from cheap hangers.

With these three tips, you can make getting dressed easy again. Do you know of other ways to Feng Shui your closet?

ON LOCATION: Shooting Spring ‘17 with Garnet Hill, PART 2: TUSCANY

In September of 2016, our photography team spent three weeks shooting Spring ‘17 swimwear and clothing collections in two unforgettable settings: the Greek island of Naxos, and Tuscany.

You can work 12-hour days with nowhere to sit. You can endure steamy heat and bounce for hours along cobblestone roads in a rented van crammed with photography equipment. And still, friends and coworkers will not countenance your complaints …  because, after all, you are in Tuscany.

One of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.

Castello Di Argiano in Tuscany, one of two vineyards where the Spring ’17 Garnet Hill catalog was photographed.

Castello Di Argiano in Tuscany, one of two vineyards where the Spring ’17 Garnet Hill catalog was photographed.

Better still, you are a guest, as we were, at Castello Di Argiano, the estate of Giuseppe Maria Sesti – astronomer, author, winemaker – his daughter Elisa, co-director of the vineyard, and his wife Sarah, a fine gardener and cook.

Guiseppe takes us on tour.

Guiseppe takes us on tour.

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Sesti is among a small but growing number of biodynamic wineries in Italy where constellations and the celestial calendar are factored into strategies for planting, growing, and harvesting grapes.

PHENOMENA commemorates a significant astronomical event that occurred on September 6, 2005 during harvest. After sunset, the conjunction of the planets venus and jupiter, the star spica (the ear of cohn) together with the sickle of the new moon. The event took place over the constellation Virgo.during the year of harvest.

PHENOMENA commemorates a significant astronomical event that occurred on September 6, 2005 during harvest. After sunset, the conjunction of the planets venus and jupiter, the star spica (the ear of cohn) together with the sickle of the new moon. The event took place over the constellation Virgo.during the year of harvest.

The elements of a Tuscany wine cellar: stone, glass, grapes, oak, time.

The elements of a Tuscany wine cellar: stone, glass, grapes, oak, time.

Giuseppe has written five books on ancient calendar systems. He analyzes the influence of the moon on vines and the making of wine, minimizing sulphites along the way. His tables of small and large moon cycles are employed in agriculture to reduce the use of chemicals on the land.

Good morning!

Good morning!

Cypress trees and border hedges at Castello Di Argiano

Cypress trees and border hedges at Castello Di Argiano

Serenity now.

Serenity now.

The Sesti estate is 254 acres, encompassing vineyards, olive groves and woodland. The vineyards are situated on the southern slopes of Montalcino, where some of the most notable Brunello wines originate.

An offering at harvest time.

An offering at harvest time.

The Glorious Constellations: History and Mythology by Giuseppe Maria Sesti

The Glorious Constellations: History and Mythology by Giuseppe Maria Sesti

The Tuscan countryside in September.

The Tuscan countryside in September.

After a long day, a fine dinner in a former chapel at the estate.

After a long day, a fine dinner in a former chapel at the estate.

Long legs in a tiny Italian car. The car is an Autobianchini.

Long legs in a tiny Italian car. The car is an Autobianchini.

The photo crew, on location.

The photo crew, on location.

Ancient stonework is everywhere, delighting photographers. In places, historic artifacts were long ago subsumed by homes built around them.

Ancient stonework is everywhere, delighting photographers. In places, historic artifacts were long ago subsumed by homes built around them.

While driving home one night, our crew caught sight of a herd of 20 wild boar in the headlights. They disappeared into the vineyards before we could get a photo.

While driving home one night, our crew caught sight of a herd of 20 wild boar in the headlights. They disappeared into the vineyards before we could get a photo.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” said composer Giuseppe Verdi. We’ll take Tuscany, the embodiment of our mantra: Beautiful, Naturally.™ Watch for the photography in our spring ’17 catalog.

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Epilogue

Returning from balmy Tuscany to New Hampshire in late September, we walked across the street from the parking lot to the Garnet Hill office and heard a clack-clack-clacking as cars drove past. It couldn’t be, yet there it was …

People had begun switching over to studded snow tires.

GREEN IN EVERY COLOR: 5 ways to add sustainability to your shopping list for clothing and décor

Green in Every Color - Living SustainablyYou’d like to minimize your ecological footprint when choosing a new piece for the wardrobe, or new furnishings for the home. But what do you look for?

Here are five places to start. (We could offer 10, but in the spirit of the thing, we’re conserving…)

  1. Consider owning fewer, better things. When they’re made better, they last longer. Ask anyone who drives a classic Volvo or Mercedes, cooks with a cast iron pan handed down through the generations, or reads in a vintage leather chair inherited from a grandparent. A generation or two back, closets were smaller, too.
  2. Choose seasonless style. When a top is versatile enough to be worn through multiple seasons, the closet need not be refreshed quite so often. Layer a polo in spring, wear it solo in summer, layer it again in fall.
  3. Shop for timeless design. Timeless design is the antithesis of short-trend, disposable, “fast fashion.” It’s the classics. The jacquard jacket, the merino sweater, the versatile cashmere wrap. Around the house, forgo the “color of the year” in favor of neutrals accented with black, navy, and dark green. Your goal for the long term is understatement, simplicity, elegance.
  4. Consider sustainable fibers from animal sources. Alpacas grazing the highlands of Peru are sheared just once annually, year after year; farming them helps to preserve open land, as well. Kashmir goats and Merino sheep, herded responsibly, produce wool each year with less impact on the environment than traditional petroleum-based, manmade fibers.
  5. … and seek sustainable fibers from plant sources. Tencel, also called lyocell, has an especially smooth hand – similar to that of rayon – yet is a product of trees that’s called wood cellulose. Look for it in blouses, comforters, and rugs. Organic cotton is grown with fewer synthetic fertilizers and pesticides than conventional crops, and is found in better clothing and home goods. Its quality is as good as or better than non-organic cottons, yet it supports biodiversity, and healthier ecosystems.

Reclaimed materials are ever more prevalent today, too.
A recent favorite of ours is an EILEEN FISHER basket made in part from recycled prayer rugs. Amen to that!

This is but a primer. We’ll continue to explore sustainability in all its forms, and hope you’ll join us.
The approach seems only natural.

ON LOCATION: Shooting Spring ‘17 with Garnet Hill, PART 1: NAXOS

In September of 2016, our photography team spent three weeks shooting Spring ‘17 swimwear and clothing collections in two unforgettable settings: the Greek island of Naxos, and Tuscany.

Situated in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Naxos is the largest of the Cycladic islands, and the stage upon which many events in Greek mythology are set.

Zeus – king of the Greek gods, and not one to be trifled with – was said to have been raised on Naxos; Zas, its tallest mountain, is named for him.

The wedding of Dionysus and Ariadne is said to have blessed the island with the fertility in its earth and the wine in its inhabitants.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Morning energy, all smiles.

Morning energy, all smiles.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. In the Aegean Sea.

In the Aegean Sea

The island boasts mountains, fertile valleys, gorges, traditional villages, monasteries, castles, and, of particular interest to us for a swim shoot, seascapes.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. We constructed this set on the beach, to add dimension. You’ll see it in our catalog and online.

We constructed this set on the beach, to add dimension. You’ll see it in our catalog and online.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Crew and model at work.

Crew and model at work.

Did you catch the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown http://youtu.be/eLu3dUvHVvk episode on the Greek Islands? It was part of the reason we chose Naxos. Many Greek islands have been our backdrop over the years, including Crete, Paros, Mykonos, and Corfu.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Filtering the light. Shoots typically pause for 90 minutes at noon, when the sun is directly overhead and less favorable.

Filtering the light. Shoots typically pause for 90 minutes at noon, when the sun is directly overhead and less favorable.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Guess which one is the model.

Guess which one is the model.

The crew members we convened for this trip hail from Los Angeles, New York, Argentina, New Zealand, England, France, Greece, and Brazil. Two had birthdays during the shoot and were sung a birthday song in English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. A memorable celebration, though one gets hungry for cake by the end.

We were always made to feel welcome on Naxos by the local folks, many of whom spoke English. But their hospitality came as no surprise. Zeus has always been a protector of strangers and guests.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. A long day done.

A long day done.

The Artist’s Bed: Hable’s Inspiration for Spring Collection

New Hable Bedding at Garnet Hill - Hable Watercolor Duvet and ShamInspired by the beauty of nature and Susan Hable’s paintings, we have collaborated with Hable Construction® once again to launch a fresh, new collection of exclusive home designs. We caught up with Susan Hable to get her design insight and inspiration for our latest crop of Hable creations.

Q: How would you describe the new collection?
A: Our spring collection marks a rebirth of sorts. It’s still classically Hable, but with a nostalgic nod to our upbringing, capturing the artisanal spirit of such things as inviting colors, handmade crafts, vintage fabrics — all the things we love, updated with a sophisticated touch. This collection captures that spirit with pretty, muted colors and varying scales of patterning. It’s easy to live (and decorate) with, lending itself as the perfect foundation for a cozy and colorful home.
New Hable Bedding at Garnet Hill - Hable Printed Percale Bedding and Hable Dot Coverlet and Sham
Q: How does it differ from your past collections with Garnet Hill?
A: Many past collections were driven by specific motifs. A cactus, a colorful fish, quirky beach huts… all things we love to do, but they were seasonally specific. The new collection is designed to span seasons and work in many decors. They are wonderful to layer, and mix and match. Each design is timeless, destined to become a favorite pieces to dress the bed.

Q: What do you love most about the collection?
A: We love the collection’s playfulness with varying scales. From tiny, intricate patterns on sheets to the duvet cover’s painterly brushstrokes and the larger woven dots of the coverlet and shams, the pieces, though eclectic, all work together. We encourage you to mix them with solids and other patterns — even layer them with beloved pieces that you’ve collected over the years.

Q: What was the inspiration behind these fresh designs?
A: We dug deep into our family history, specifically our mother’s Norwegian and Scottish heritage. We remember the pretty hues from our family home. They lent themselves to beautiful, layered bedding. As always, we also take our color cues from the outdoors — the glimmer of light on water, the texture and symmetry found in nature. It all comes together in this collection. We also enjoyed being more artistic with these designs, without it being too serious. That stays true the Hable aesthetic!

Discover the new collection and tell us what you think.
What are your favorite designs?
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Get Inspired with this Alpine-Chic Décor

Are we the only ones who associate the snowy season with hunkering down next to a crackling fireplace in a cozy mountain lodge? Whether it’s the prospect of daily skiing on the slopes or warming up with a mug of hot chocolate, there’s just something about that rustic winter setting that warms our hearts.

This time of year, we find ourselves inspired by Alpine-style rustic décor. Here are a few shots from a prior photo shoot that might inspire some new décor ideas for your home or your chalet in the mountains.

Alpine Decor

An ode to a traditional country cabin, we love the playful elements and bright pops of color that contrast against the dark wood grain. Don’t be afraid to play with vibrant pinks, purples, and oranges.

Alpine Decor

How much do you want to snuggle under the covers of this cozy bed and watch as it snows? The mix of nostalgic ski prints and classic flannels are the perfect match.

Alpine Decor

And finally, rustic chic meets a touch of big-city glam in this more polished arrangement. A simple, calm color palette allows the rustic architecture to shine through. Plus, we love the idea of adding that personal touch with beautiful monogrammed pillowcases. Who says an alpine getaway can’t be elegant?

Whether you’re looking to deck out your winter vacation home or create that rustic lodge ambiance year-round, these three looks may be just what you need to get that first spark of inspiration! Which style would you choose?

Ideas for When You’re Snowed In with Kids


There’s nothing quite like a snow day to get kids up and out of bed earlier than almost any other day of the year. Even the sleepiest of sleepyheads can’t seem to resist the promise of an unexpected, school-free day.

But once the initial thrill wears off, how do you keep your kids entertained during all that free time (and divert their attention from the television)? With no chance to prep activities, snow days can mean a whole lot of extra stress for busy parents.

Fortunately, we’re no strangers to snow days here in New Hampshire so we’ve collected tons of ideas from Pinterest for creative crafts and activities. Here are some of our favorites:

Kids Get Crafty: Ice Ornaments

Snowball Target Practice from Parents.com

Snowball Target Practice

How to Build an Igloo from Instructables.com

Igloo
Find more ideas for winter activities in our Fun Kids’ Projects board on Pinterest.

Holidays with the Hables

This season, we are taking the time to celebrate new and old traditions. One of our longest-running traditions is our holiday collaboration with Hable Construction® to design our festive felt stockings. The Hable sisters, Susan and Katharine, are serious about the holidays in their home, so we sat down with them to chat about their traditions in hopes of inspiring some new ones with our family and yours. Here are their thoughts.

Get Creative with Stocking Stuffers

Homemade stocking stuffers are really thoughtful – and many don’t take a lot of time! We love the idea of using found shells as salt cellars. You could also drill holes and string them to make a necklace or a decorative garland. Tiny paintings make a sweet gift, and don’t forget chocolate!

Hable Christmas Stocking in Elf Blowing Stars

New Pajamas on Christmas Eve

We have a family tradition of always getting a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. These genie pajamas were our favorites! Traditions like this one build lasting memories and give you and your family something to look forward to for years to come.
Hable Sisters - Genie Pajamas

Making a Game of Trimming the Tree

The holidays are a HUGE deal for us at Hable Construction, so we always travel home to Texas to spend these special times with extended family and friends. Here’s a little peek of the tree at our mom and dad’s house. Every year, our mom hides a golden pickle somewhere on the tree and whoever finds it gets a special gift!

Christmas Tree

Start a New Tradition with New Designs

Sometimes a beautiful personalized stocking can make the gift inside feel a little more special. Our favorite additions to our holiday collection at Garnet Hill are these printed botanical stockings in berries, floral, and greenery. We are proud to expand the selection beyond our forever-festive wool felt friends and add some beautiful painterly designs from Susan’s artwork.
Hable Botanical Stockings
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