Everything that’s old is new again: jewelry designers who do it the old-fashioned way

Garnet Hill Jewelry Designers

Before there was Etsy, before there was Pinterest, before there were celebrities sporting jewels so valuable the designs themselves had to be accompanied on the red carpet by security guards, ancient peoples were crafting necklaces, bracelets, and earrings (and in Cleopatra’s case, headdresses) to adorn and express themselves. Each of the jewelry designers spotlighted here takes these traditions seriously, and incorporates old-world techniques and artistry into their collections.

Dana Kellin

Dana Kellin Beaded Teardrop EarringsWire-wrapped jewelry is an age-old style reminiscent of Victorian filigree. But where others dabble, Dana Kellin excels, with artistry and attention to detail. She developed an original method of wire wrapping. Time-consuming and painstakingly precise, it’s truly a labor of love. This technique produces pieces that are textural with an earthy glamour. There’s nothing quite like it.

Kristen Mara

Kristen Mara Elements NecklaceDedicated to using sustainable metals and ecologically responsible materials, Kristen Mara is drawn to the metalworking method of pre-mechanized jewelry making — a skill requiring patience and dedication. Her commitment pays off. Her work has the same timeless artistry of the ancient artifacts she is inspired by.


Satya Engraved BanglesSatya, the spiritual word for “truth,” began with the dream of making  jewelry of all truths and spiritualties. Influenced by ancient cultures and religions, Satya jewelry is meaningful and powerful, each piece incorporating semi-precious stones and sacred symbols to honor the infinite potential of the woman who wears it.

Hygge-Inspired Design Tips

With everyone scrambling to soak up as much of the Hygge influence as possible and incorporate the style into their homes, we’ve asked bloggers Kristy and Beth of Design Chic to share their thoughts on this popular trend. Below are five ways that you can instill some more soothing elements to make your home a more tranquil space.

You’ve heard of it around the web, seen it photographed in your favorite magazines and if you are like us, you couldn’t love the Hygge trend any more! Pronounced “hue-guh” – in case, like us, you were wondering – the Danish term applies to anything that is gentle, soothing, and, in a word, cozy.
Hygge-Inspired Home Decor
From candles to cashmere, sheepskin to a crackling fireplace, “hygge” is all about creating a feeling of tranquility and peace. At its core, the trend is centered around embracing life’s little moments and taking pleasure in the simplicity. But Hygge isn’t just for winter. Here are some of our favorite ways to create a more tranquil home all year long.

Make your bed everyday

Classic Stripe Jersey-Knit Bedding
Simply making your bed is a great first step toward a less cluttered, more peaceful existence. Small habits like this often clear the mess and pave the way for serenity and tranquility. And when your bed is beautifully-made with bedding that is a reflection of you, all the better!

Surround yourself with calming colors

Hygge-Inspired Bedding: Tori Wrinkle-Resistant Sateen Bedding
Surrounding yourself with colors that promote calm, restful feelings instead of those that stimulate the nervous system can provide an instant feeling of serenity. In general, colors that emulate those found in nature are perfect for relaxing our often over-worked minds.

Create a dedicated happy space

Garnet Hill Blue Moon Quilt Picnic
From that chaise in the corner of your bedroom to that perfect spot underneath the tree in the front yard, having a happy place is essential. We love this beautiful dock for resting and relaxing – and it’s the perfect spot for a picnic! This charming Garnet Hill quilt is a comfortable and super cute addition that makes for a fabulous outdoor experience.

Invest in a pair of comfy pajamas

Easy Knit Pajama Collection
Nothing is better than coming home after a long day at work and getting in your comfy clothes! The best thing about a great pair of pajamas is that not only will they help you sleep better but you can feel comfortable and cute while lounging at home.

Look for home pieces that are curl-uppable

Hygge-Inspired Home Decor: Colorful Sheepskin Pillows
You know that oversized chair that everyone in your family fights over? There’s a reason for that! Curling up in a comfortable chair can help promote feelings of relaxation and calm. It can even help your mind fall into a restful state before going to bed. A soft, luxurious throw is a must. From the couch to the boat and everywhere in between we can’t get enough of this stunning mohair throw.

Check out a few of our favorite picks from Garnet Hill to add Hygge-inspired charm to your home in droves.

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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?

Small Space, Big Inspiration with California Closets

Garnet Hill Mobile Boutique
As you know, we recently designed and launched our mobile boutique, an artfully crafted shoppable boutique on wheels. We couldn’t have made this upcycled shipping container into a tiny home without some help from our esteemed partner, California Closets.


California Closets used their organization savvy to transform our space, adding smart, customized storage solutions for both shopping and transit.

Read on to see how our friends designed innovative organizational and space-saving pieces for our mobile boutique.

Remodelista Reimagines the Eileen Fisher Bed

It excites us when someone styles our bedding in a fresh, new way. Remodelista recently did just that (not once, but twice), using luxurious all-season layers from the exclusive Eileen Fisher Home Collection for a sponsored post featuring two seasonal beds. We’re so taken by the final looks, we want to share them with you.

For a little inspiration, please take a peek.
Remodelista + Garnet Hill

Ode to “Rumpled” Sheets: Reading My Tea Leaves on Eileen Fisher Washed Linen

“I love a good sheet wrinkle. No, let’s use the word rumple. Rumpled sheets, smoothed as best as possible and tucked neatly around the mattress, are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.”

— Blogger Erin Boyle, Reading My Tea Leaves
Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Bedding - Reading My Tea Leaves
Recently, Reading My Tea Leaves highlighted our Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Bedding. We’re so pleased with the finished piece, we would like to share it with you.


Turn a Summer Rental into Your Personal Retreat

Decorating a Beach House

There’s nothing like a summer getaway to your family’s favorite cottage or rental home. With a few personal touches, convert any rental into a summer retreat by adding simple, small comforts every vacation home should have.

Garnet Hill Mini-Print Percale Sheets in Navy Anchors - Nautical Bedding for your Beach House
Bring in nautical bedding for a chic ocean vibe in the bedrooms. When shopping, check for ‘Long-staple’ cotton sheets. These are softer and more durable for a good night’s sleep summer after summer.Garnet Hill Mini-Print Percale Sheets in Navy Anchors - Nautical Bedding for your Beach House
Fresh flowers around the cottage are a must if you want to create a resort feel without the crowds. And don’t forget to bring a couple of your favorite beach reads for rain or shine.Plush Towels for your Beach House
If you’re relaxing poolside large, plush towels can make all the difference.
Higher quality terry cloth is worth the investment when you consider how much use these towels get. Whether you’re in the Hamptons, on Nantucket or the shores of Lake Michigan, adding a few personal touches to your environment will make you want to extend your summer stay!