Men are notoriously the hardest to buy for. They don’t easily ooh and ahh over the pretty things that make women swoon and they’re often more impressed by tools and gadgets than new clothes or decor items. That being said, every man dreams about the perfect man cave: a male sanctuary (whether it be a spare room, basement, attic or garage) where guys can do as they please without fear of upsetting female sensibilities.
Today’s guide is all about decking out your man’s cave with the coolest decor, because let’s face it, it may be their space, but it could still benefit from your stylish touch
1. Vintage Pewter Clocks (16-0924-1, 16-0924-2)
2. Desktop Clock (90-0024)
3. New York Street Map (10-5693-2)
4. Antelope and Buffalo Skull and Horns (01-6126, 01-6127)
5. Vintage Replica Telescope (90-0023)
6. 3 in 1 Binocular
7. Chevron Throw (17-7818)
8. Man Cave Sign (01-7362)
With only 20 days left, the countdown to Christmas is on! Finding the perfect gifts to stock your store can be tough, especially when your customers have so many different types of people to cross off their lists. To give you ideas for even the hardest to buy for, we’re putting together five holiday gift guides that together should cover everyone.
To kick it all off, we’re starting with the perfect prezzies for all those who love FOOD!
1. Silver Teapot Measuring Spoons (09-6920)
2. Stacking Teapot & Cups in Gift Box (16-6616)
3. Owl, Stag and Stallion Bottle Stoppers (03-6124-1, 03-6125-1, 03-6126-1)
4. Olive Oil & Balsamic Bottle (03-5029)
5. Golden Bird Cup & Saucer (16-4636)
6. Owl Mug with Lid (16-4642)
7. EAT Tea Towel (17-9533)
8. Bon Appetit Tea Towel (17-9536)
10. Regal Ice Cream Bowl (03-3904)
11. 1,2,3 Mugs (16-4682-1, 16-4682-2, 16-4682-3)
12. Red Fiesta Dinnerware
Often when we learn that a product has been imported, we immediately jump to the conclusion that it’s been made by a machine. We see a “Made in China” or “Made in India” sticker and images of big factories with few people come to mind as we imagine products being spit out by the dozen on an automated assembly line. In reality, however, this is rarely the case, and many of the imported items, especially those sourced by Indaba, are made completely by hand and can be considered works of art in their own right.
The beautiful block printed fabrics that we source in Jaipur, India are a wonderful example of the careful hand work and unbelievable human precision that go into many products that we often take for granted. The last time we visited the studio, I snapped a few photographs to share with our customers what goes into producing one of our block printed products.
Trained from a young age in the Indian block printing tradition, each man in the studio is responsible for one block that he carefully stamps onto the fabric in perfect position. The prints are layered upon each other until all the individual blocks and colours come together to form the beautiful print. What is incredible and truly blew me away is their precise ability to stamp the block exactly where it should go without any rulers or guides. I asked how they could possibly avoid making mistakes left and right and they assured me that after so many years in the trade, their eyes were trained, and it was second nature.
Check out the photos below of the block print artists absorbed in their trade. We currently carry cushions, napkins and placemats in block printed fabrics and will be adding many more styles for our Fall 2014 collection. Are there any other linens you would like to see? How about block printed tea towels or aprons?
It’s holiday season! Why not dress your Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s tables with Indaba’s Verona dinnerware? The fleur-de-lys and scalloped edging add a vintage touch, and in creamy white, they are easy to style for any occasion.
We like to get creative and mix and match with other pieces from our Italiano dinnerware collection. All pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe and can either be dressed up for dinner parties or used daily as your primary dish collection.
Need merchandising tips? We love the way The Cross in Vancouver displays numerous styles stacked together on their shelves.
Indaba’s Italiano Dinnerware on display at The Cross in Vancouver
Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving, and while it’s primarily a time to give thanks, it also marks the official kick off to the holiday season! In the spirit of the holiday feasting, celebration, and parties to come, we thought we’d highlight some of our must have products for holiday entertaining.
1. Our Tuscan grey dinnerware (16-0600 – 16-0603) looks beautiful atop any table. Shown here are the plates and bowls, but they are part of a full range including serving platters and mugs. What’s more? You can mix and match them with our similar style white Italiano dinnerware to create an elegant and versatile look.
2. Our Pine Clips with Bells (02-0218-1) are perfect for adding a festive touch to your table setting. Clip them onto your napkins or lay them on top of plate settings to add an extra Christmassy touch.
3. Gravy is probably one of the best parts of the holidays, and our favourite vessel for the occasion is our Vintage Footed Gravy Boat (16-0902).
4. Celebrations call for champagne, and that’s a fact. Keep yours cool and stylish with our Marseille Vintage Ice Bucket (16-0923).
5. Table runners are an easy way to bring colour to your table setting. Our Snowflake Burlap Runners (17-7537) look great draped across the table width ways acting as double placemats.
6. Hand block printed in India, our Red Block Print Napkin (17-7945-1) adds a handcrafted and elegant touch to your table. Pair it with solid red placemats and your table will set itself.
7. Our Regal Glassware (03-3901-03-3904) has the look of vintage pressed glass. We especially love the idea of serving up individual desserts for guests in the footed parfait bowls.
8. Pitchers are essential for any host or hostess. Whether you’re serving water, spiced cider, or holiday cocktails, our Antique Ceramic Pitcher (16-5707) is fit for the job.
9. Add light and charm to your table with our Crown Tealight Holders (04-4307-1 – 04-4307-3). They’re a cheap and easy way to up the ante of your table decor.
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” – Coco Chanel
Indaba was recently featured in Canadian Living’s trendsetting feature on decorating in black and white by Brett Walther. This got us to thinking…we often hear about how we should celebrate colour, how it adds life and warmth and transforms rooms from drab to fab, but how about toasting to the absence of colour? Black and white accents are extremely versatile. By subtracting the colour from your home you immediately up the drama. Colour may bring energy and life, but when not used carefully, can create feelings of chaos and clutter. Today we’ve chosen to celebrate beautiful interiors that have achieved a sense of serene simplicity through the crisp contrast of black and white.
A) Black and White Umbrella Stand: 14-1110
B) Swirling Cherub Mirror: 10-4595-2
C) Ikat Napkin (not currently in stock)
Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow used India ink to stain their hallway floors a true black. (Source: Design Sponge)
A Catskill Home with a Scandinavian vibe (Source: Design Sponge)
White and black done right by interior designer Suzanne Kasler at Toad Hall, a 32-acre property composed of five log cabins located in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. (Source: Architectural Digest)
A bathroom perfectly void of colour. (Source: igetakickoutofyou)
Black and white bedroom bliss (Source: igetakickoutofyou)
We’re always searching for inspirations from the world around us to interpret and translate into beautiful décor and accessories for the home. Whether it be from art, nature, history, culture, or architecture, trends in fashion and interior design repeatedly stem from our fascination with an ever changing world.
Jimmy Nelson’s stunning series of photographs “Before They Pass Away” leaves us awestruck in the beauty and cultural richness of some of the world’s most ancient tribes. Spending two weeks with each tribe, Jimmy was absorbed in their time-honored traditions and his photographs reveal the unique cultural elements of each tribe, including exquisite jewelry, hairstyles, and clothing.
Jimmy Nelson’s photography “forces us to see, to understand and to remember before they pass away.” Through his lens, we have the unique opportunity to discover more than thirty secluded tribes from around the world and as style seekers, we can’t help but to jump on this opportunity. Blown away by the beauty of traditional dress, adornments, jewelry, hairstyles and unbelievable natural surroundings, we immediately begin drawing parallels to trends in fashion and home décor. The rich furs, feathers, colorful beadwork, antlers, painted stones, and natural fabrics and fibers are just some of the elements that we’ve incorporated into our next year’s fall collection. This fascination with beautiful ethnic and tribal elements and a return to handcrafts is trending in home decor and fashion, and we are excited to have included it into our upcoming collection.
Learn more about Jimmy Nelson’s project at www.beforethey.com
This week Indaba Inspirations is straying slightly from the usual home decor/accessories, focusing this time on some exemplary designs exhibited within the home itself. Olson Kundig Architects, located just across the border in Seattle, Washington – was founded by Jim Olson in the late 1960s, driven by a desire to explore the relationship between dwelling and landscape, which is incredibly prevalent in their work. While Olson’s firm was built upon some relatively simple ideas – that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives – their products are far from being simply well… simple. Whether it’s a Hawaiian Residence, a modern Lutheran Church or even a contemporary Urn, the architects of Olson Kundig perform an amazing feat, producing goods that are both aesthetically pleasing as well as brilliantly functional. While it is probably true (at least for most of us) that these gorgeous buildings will only ever be present in our dreams, there is no shame in exposure and exploration. Here are a few of the brilliant designs that get us buzzing!
It has been almost a week since Thanksgiving, marking a much needed break from the seemingly endless wave of turkey sandwiches. While one grand meal has passed us by, it won’t be long (just two short months) before the excitement and stress of Christmas wakes from another year of slumber. The Christmas season is notoriously associated with festive gatherings, dinner parties and mingling, mingling, mingling. Whether its an eclectic group of co-workers, a collection of close friends or estranged family – make sure that you are prepared to host a fantastic meal. If you’re planning on throwing a bit more of a formal affair, you will probably pull out your ‘special occasion’ plates – the one’s that have been hiding away, strategically avoiding routine grilled cheese sandwiches and late night plate-spinning acts. While most houses do have a reserve of dinnerware, special occasion flatware is probably a little less common. While you might be thinking, ‘Hey, it’s just a fork, who is really going to notice?’ take a moment to consider this, beautiful plates deserve to be poked and scratched by beautiful forks and knives. Now I’m not encouraging that you take out a second mortgage to invest in 24k designer gold spoons, there are better and more sensible options. Here are five fantastic flatware options that will be the perfect companions for your special plates.
This week Indaba has been spotted in the September/October issue of Retail News Magazine! While the leaves are slowly turning to a reddish brown, our friends at Retail News are basking in the vibrant hues of spring. Spotlighting the hottest resort wear trends, a guide to boosting business through effective e-mails, smells = sales and maximizing the effectiveness of your employees – this months issue is jam packed with tips to boost your business. In addition to hosting a number of great tips, this months issue is full of Indaba! Measuring cups, table runners, hand-painted bowls and lamps are just a few of the fantastic Indaba products nestled within the pages of this issue. Curl up beneath one of our fantastic throws and get lost in Retail News Magazine. Don’t know where to pick up your own copy? Subscribe to Retail News Magazine here.