Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Have nothing in your house

that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~
William Morris
William Morris lived in England in the late 1800s and designed textiles.  Morris taught himself embroidery, working with wool on a frame custom-built from an old example, and once he had mastered the technique he trained his wife Jane and her sister Bessie Burden and others to execute designs to his specifications.  Also known  for wallpaper, his first repeating pattern for wallpaper is dated 1862, but was not manufactured until 1864.
He was also preoccupied with printing, bookmaking and romance writing.  All of this leads me to today's post...the younger shopper in the antique/vintage world is looking for things that are useful or beautiful.  So many of  baby boomer parents will comment, "My kids don't want this stuff".  It is not that they do not want it, but they need to have a reason for its being in the home.  I respect that...the mantra of "the last person with the most [fill in the blank] wins" is not what the younger generation believes.  The dusty musty shop of years ago does not resonate with the new generation.  They do not have excess cash, and so when they buy, they want useful and beautiful not to mention having the Pinterest atmosphere!

And with that in mind, our shop still has antique/vintage, but we are adding touches to bring the 19th century into the 21st century...and made in America.  We have a new charming personal care line...called "Live Beautifully" made in Colorado...not in some unknown their own words..."We are a husband & wife team of artists and artisans residing in most beautiful place on earth. Live Beautifully is not just a brand, it’s a notion, an idea that we try to live by every day. Feeling good about yourself, inside and out."

I brought in their lip butters and lip balms.  Living at the shore can play havoc with keeping lips moist when you are dealing with wind, sand, and sun.  And, now that the latest news talks about heavy metals in lipstick, why not give your lips a break?   And, they are delicious...not your mother's chapstick!

I also brought in a line called Shabby London Rose...that line comes in solid perfume and lotion...easy to tuck in a purse or pocket...not to mention a deodorant in the Shabby London Rose scent!  The deodorant has some interesting information.  From the package...Antiperspirants impede our body’s natural defenses against moisture and the bacteria that can grow there. All antiperspirants contain aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex. This possible cancer causing agent stops sweat by filling your pores with aluminum salts and essentially blocking sweat from exiting your body.
So, remember ...“In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day - or to celebrate each special day.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

1 comment:

Nicole & Aaron Wildasin - Creators said...

Love the post! Thank you so much, the products look amazing! You've captured the essence of Live Beautifully perfectly and we feel right at home at The Dutch Rose :)