bawled out at the Met…

I fell in love at first sight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Nope…not a man. Well…okay….a man. A man’s painting, rather.  I’ve never been a Van Gogh fan, but all that changed the day I rounded a corner and came face-to-face with his painting, Roses!!!

I stood there gazing at this painting for quite some time, probably to the ire of the people behind me. I paint with acrylics, and I’m so interested in how other artists, famous or not, apply their medium and use paint strokes, so without knowing it, I got closer and closer to the painting.

I was fascinated with the lush, luminescent colors, the seemingly sloppy, but 0h-so-thought-out brush strokes. So I got even closer…

BUSTED…I got yelled at for being far too close to Vincent’s painting!!!!!!! I slinked away in shame, only to be followed by the same guard that bawled me out. Youch!

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trinkets and treasures…

As promised, here are some more sneak peaks from the NYIGF last week.

One of the absolute standouts for me was Roost’s recycled paper dog. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just drawn to that mutt. I think I might bring them in to Nicole Jane Home and see if anyone else loves them as much as I do (if I can bare to actually sell them and not keep them all for myself).

Blue and amethyst are still strong design color, and I just loved this display. The lamp was gorgeous, even though my crummy photography doesn’t really show it off properly. Give me a break…I had to take pictures rather quickly and discreetly, if you know what I mean…

I fell in love with these pillows. They’re Australian lambs wool. Hmmm…I just realized I had a bad case of “missing my babies” while we were in NYC (let’s be absolutely clear about this…I meant my dogs, not the kids!!!!). Pious Mark, is accusing me of being an unfit mother for saying that. What a hypocrite…he didn’t miss them either.

Besides…my dear wise blog followers know me, and know what kind of selfless, generous, caring, loving mother I really am. In other words, you know I’m a smart-ass, wise-cracking, sarcastic, tongue-in-ample-cheek, doesn’t-mean-a-word-of-it mother.

I have a thing about glassware, and these glasses were gorgeous. They had a great weight and little air bubbles throughout the glass.

I always have to be mindful about choosing the right products for shipping throughout North America (read: packages involved in epic postal football games). Last Christmas we experienced disastrous results shipping glass ornaments, so this year, I’m looking for stylish but sturdy!

So there you have it. A few of my favorite things…now it’s just a matter of matching my desires with my budget. Ugh!!!

market sneak peak…

The NYIGF (New York International Gift Fair) is probably the largest gift show anywhere in the world. It’s a massive accumulation of home accessory/gifts/decor suppliers all under one roof (actually three huge roofs).

Mark and I travelled to NYC last week (in case you hadn’t heard a million times already) to see the show. It was really interesting, but I have to say, that there were only a handful of suppliers that really stood out to me. To be fair, though, I was focused on specific types of products and really didn’t pay attention to all the others.

I did, however, pay attention to trends and colors, and I’m happy to report that silver still appears to be the strongest design color/finish. Blue and amethyst are both quite popular and gold is certainly showing up more and more.

Here are some of the standout things I spotted:


You might recognize these little pretties from the survey I blogged about some time ago. They’re lovely, but their price point is too high, in my (and yours if you filled out the survey) opinion.

These were absolutely gorgeous flatware sets. They’re heavy, good quality and the patterns were fabulous. I still don’t know the price point, but I suspect they aren’t INEXPENSIVE. Check out the giraffe print below–it was gorgeous in real life (PLEASE EXCUSE THE CRUMMY PHOTOGRAPHY–if you read my blog faithfully–you better be–you know that I’m one heck of a lousy photographer).

I saw lots of balls. All sorts of decor balls–wicker, branches, porcelain, etc. These ones stood out for me.

Here’s a look at some of the silver accessories I spotted.

That’s all for today. I’m saving some more tidbits for another post later this week. That’s some powerful cliffhanger, eh? It’s like waiting for the next episode of Mad Men!!!! Stay tuned.

sore tootsies…

If you’ve ever been to New York City, you know it’s a city of walkers! It’s the end of a long day and my feet feel like two bricks that I have to drag along with each step!

So much for the Manolo Blahniks that mythical women wear all over the uneven pavement in this lovely city. Seems to me, I’ve seen Carrie actually run and jump puddles in said heels on various episodes. I’ll believe it when I see it. Okay….I’ll believe it when I see it in bigger numbers, ’cause I did actually see some insane women wearing ridiculously impossible heals today. I’ll stick to my flip flops, thank you!

We hit the big gift show today and I was really impressed with how big it is. We walked for what seemed like miles (even though Mark assures me that it was 6 blocks at best…hmph). I spotted lots of beautiful products.

I’m a big fan of Cath Kidston fabrics, so I loved these fine china mugs!

This display was presented by a Belgian supplier, and I could have just rolled around in the girliness of it all! Wish you could be here with me to ooh and ah as much as I did.

I loved this lamb’s wool and stainless steel bench! If only I could ship it–I’d definitely carry it on my website!

These were exquisite mini vases with moss. The entire display was fetching!!!

That’s it for now! It’s 10:15 p.m. and I’ve got a piece of White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake calling my name–it is New York, afterall!!!

New York, baby…

I’m here. I’m in Manhattan, and I’ve got a permanent smile on my face! It’s time for the New York International Gift Fair, which means I get to walk through aisle after aisle of product displays–like a kid in a candy store!!!

The trip started last night with an aptly named “red-eye” flight out of Vancouver. I thought you might like to see one of the weirdest snack foods I have EVER seen in an airport…er…ANYWHERE!!!

That’s one sassy pickle I WON’T be eating EVER!!! Can you imagine sitting crammed up against someone eating that on a plane?

And speaking of planes, I just want to put it out there to the universe that I can’t help but despise the smug business-class chumps, who get to load first and then recline in individual sleeping cubicles, while the rest of us economy-class saps shuffle past to the back of the plane. As much as I despise them, I wanted to be one of them sooooo bad!

After arriving at the gorgeous London Hotel in Manhattan, Mark and I promptly fell into sumptuous bed for an hours-long nap. Then it was time for some serious New York noshing. This is HALF of the pastrami sandwich I ordered at the Carnegie Deli on 7th Ave. Awe-inspiring! I barely finished half, but the three men at the table beside us actually told Mark he was their hero ’cause he wolfed down an entire pastrami sandwich.

We’re off to the show tomorrow, and I’ll keep you posted–whether you like it or not–with lots of product shots!

and speaking of lunch bags…

It’s time for another GIVEAWAY!!! This time, I’m giving away one of our Elle insulated lunch bag purses. I’ll draw for it on August 18.

You can enter as many times as you like by:

A) Leaving a comment below

AND/OR

B) Twittering this message: I just entered @nicolejane’s draw for an Elle lunch purse http://blog.nicolejane.com/

Good luck everybody!! (Must be a resident of Canada or U.S.A. 18 years or older)

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