Vietri: From Italy with Love

A celebration of all that is irresistibly Italian, Vietri embodies a love of life, family, and tradition through handcrafted, Italian artisan tableware. Preserving the history and craft of Italian artisans, Vietri brings a world of casual sophistication to your table. Made from the soil of the Italian countryside by artisans who know and love their craft…Vietri is designed to savor those moments that bring joy to our lives.

Their story starts in 1983, when sisters, Susan and Frances Gravely, traveled with their mother, Lee, to the Amalfi coast of Italy. The three women found themselves captivated by their hotel’s colorful, handcrafted dinnerware and, after meetings with the artisans who created it, returned home with suitcases full of ‘mix and match’ pieces. Stateside, friends and family fell in love with these unique designs and the Gravely’s recognized the treasures they had found and decided to import this iconic Italian dinnerware to the US.

Truly a handcrafted product, the authentic and imperfect charm is felt in every unique piece. Today, Vietri has become the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware and home décor products and has been an essential component of Homefest’s dinnerware offering since 1994.

We are thrilled to celebrate this tradition of Italian craftsmanship and beauty with our annual artisan signing event. Please join us Saturday, November 3rd from noon until 4:00 PM when we welcome Italian ceramic artisan Stefano Barbieri, creator of Vietri’s Lastra Holiday collection. Stefano will be available to meet with customers and inscribe (in English or Italian) your purchases*. An inscribed Vietri piece makes a wonderful wedding, anniversary or holiday gift.

We’ll be celebrating in true Italian style with food, beverage, and friends. The Vietri Pre-Sale begins October 15th and runs through November 5th.  Please take 15% off of all of your Vietri dinnerware purchases during the two-week pre-sale** leading up to our signing event.

*Signed merchandise available in-store only

**Vietri pre-sale available in-store and online

Jan Barboglio Visits Homefest

Wrapped in the mysticism, history, romance and the spirituality of old Mexico, the Jan Barboglio collection has been a cornerstone of the decorative accessories and table-top offering at Homefest from the day Jan released her first collection.  To say we are big fans of her beautiful designs goes beyond understatement.

Jan’s artisanry found its roots in north-central Mexico where she spent her childhood.  After many years designing clothes with her sister Christina, Jan turned to sculpting decorative accessories, furniture and serving pieces for entertaining at home.  Embellished with crosses and crowns, scrolls, guardian angels and symbolic bleeding hearts, Jan’s collection is well-known for bringing the spirituality of old Mexico and the casual sophistication of Western living to home décor.

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Black and White Kitchen Design Project

Over the course of Homefest’s 20+ years, several customers have asked us for help designing the interior of their home. It wasn’t a service that we originally had planned to offer, but it made sense with our mix of lighting, furniture, artwork, bedding, decorative accessories and area rugs. Since the first request a dozen years ago, we’ve been involved with projects that range from a one-room kitchen re-model to several top-to-bottom total makeovers.

We recently finished a kitchen remodel for a couple of empty-nesters who wanted to open up a small, awkward kitchen and create a more functional space that would become the heart of the home for their large, extended family. We love the way Black and White Kitchen Design Project turned out.  The simplicity of the black and white color scheme is classic and modern at the same time.

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