Share the Love: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Whether it’s your main squeeze, your gal-entine or a family of loved ones, ’tis the season for love…and we say share that love! We’ve got a great selection of Valentine’s Day gifts from the Kismet personal care collection (clearly it was meant to be) to handsome barware for the man in your life to home decor gifts from the heart.

So, say yes to love and check out our favorite finds for the romantically inclined. Shop our Valentine’s Day Collection

Raise the Bar: Tips from a Sommelier

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I’m a pretty lucky gal, my husband is a sommelier and there is no shortage of great wine in our house but for many people, knowing what to bring to a party or serve to a crowd can be a bit daunting.  So I asked our “resident somm” to share a few tips for selecting wine this holiday season.

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Being Grateful is Always in Season: 10 Great Gifts for Your Support Team

This week’s blog is about celebrating the people that make your life easier.  Right now I’m sure you’re crazed with finding the perfect Christmas gifts for your kids, your spouse and your family.  You probably also have a serious case of  “swiper’s wrist” from all the Pinning you’ve been doing to plan your menus and […]

Fashion with a Cause: ‘Tis the Season for Giving Back

The holiday season finds us all in a frenzy of decorating, entertaining and shopping.  It’s easy to lose sight of the true spirit of the holidays while checking-off our To Do and Must Have lists.  This time of year, we like to celebrate and share the stories of a few of our vendors and the incredible work they do around the world.

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Front and Center(Piece)

You can stop searching, this is the perfect centerpiece!  No matter how you’re celebrating, we’ve put together an effortless centerpiece that can be easily updated by season or holiday with three or four simple elements.

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Say Cheese!

No matter the season, it seems we’re always entertaining. I am a busy working mom and my husband, who is in the hospitality business, seems to always be “surprising” me with winery and restaurant-types at the last minute. That said, I am always looking for an effortless yet elegant way to feed a crowd.
Let me set the scene for you…your toddler is coloring on the walls and you’re counting down to bedtime so you can throw on your yoga pants and binge watch The Crown. Then you get a text from your husband saying, “hey, do you mind if so-and-so pops by for some wine?” A momentary panic rushes over you (and probably a little bit of that “I want to kill my husband” vibe) but you want to maintain your effortlessly cool, collected, Domestic Goddess status. So what can you pull together at the last minute that looks totally gourmet but won’t leave you looking like Melanie Griffith in the dumpling cart scene in Working Girl? An effortless spread of bountiful cheese boards is a fast and impressive way to feed a crowd.

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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.

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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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Take it Outside!

If you saw our first post, All in the Family, then you’ll remember the rambling picture of kids, dogs, and grandkids.  I’m Mike, the old guy in the back row. Together with my wife, Lindy (the pretty lady standing next to me), we do all of the product sourcing and buying for our store Homefest and our website, HomefestDecor.com.  Mine is one of the many voices you’ll be hearing from on this site, mostly to share information about the products we source and the artists and craftspeople who are behind all of them.

You’ve probably noticed that we are in the dog days of summer, I guess the upside here is that with the end of summer comes the beginning of Football season…both good reasons to move the party outside to get the last few weekends of summer entertaining in or possibly plan the first tailgate of the season.  Either way, we’ve got the dinnerware, barware and serving accessories to do both effortlessly and elegantly. Read more