Shopping on Saturday: Sale at Smythson

Call me old fashioned but the art of letter writing and days of journaling are far from over…at least in my book. And when it comes to luxury paper goods, Smythson is one of the leading purveyors of fine stationery products. Known for their quality craftsmanship, the company originated in 1887 by Frank Smythson with their flagship store on New Bond Street in London. Smythson enthusiasts include royal households, Hollywood icons, and other prominent historical figures.

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The address book of legendary actress Katharine Hepburn.

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Sigmund Freud’s Smythson notebook.

In 1994, Princess Diana commissioned Smythson to create personalized stationery that was inspired by royal stationery from the 1920’s.

The tradition of the handcrafted process continues to this day. Their legendary notebooks are hand assembled and include gilt edging and a grosgrain ribbon page marker.smythson notebook via Reviving Charm

A pop of color is added to envelopes with Smythson’s signature tissue paper.  smythson tissue lining via Reviving Charm 1

Smythson’s signature Nile Blue boxes are often used in decorating. Can you spot them neatly stacked on this bookshelf?smythson nile blue Reviving Charm

What I love about Smythson is that a sense of humor is injected into their products. Their notebooks come embossed in gold with clever titles and quit-witted charm.smythson notebook quotes Reviving Charm

If you want to treat yourself to a little luxury, why not update your stationery wardrobe or purchase some of their leather goods? Smythson is currently having a great Summer sale. At 50% off sale on a wide range of products, it’s a great time to stock up or try something new. Here’s a sampling of just a few things I picked up…

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. I couldn’t resist buying a few packs of these snowflake gift cards to attach to gifts. They are a steal at $10 for a pack of ten. smythson Christmas Reviving Charm

I bought this new travel journal hoping to use it for my annual fall trip this year. Naturally, I purchased it in black but it also comes in five other colors. smythson travel journal Reviving Charm 1

I always have blank correspondence cards on hand so I can compose a personal note to friends and family. “Just Because” is always a perfect occasion. In an age of technology, I hope the recipient feels extra special receiving something via snail mail. I picked up these correspondence cards in several fun, bright colors. Not all colors are on sale so be sure to check carefully.

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My name means “butterfly” and although I usually always shy away from butterfly themed items, I couldn’t resist these pretty correspondence cards.smythson stationery butterflies

 

If you pick up a few items from the sale, be sure to let me know. I’d love to hear about what you bought. Happy shopping!

Entertaining with Casa de Perrin

A lot goes into planning a party or event. Case in point…when newlyweds Josh and Diana started planning their wedding, they began to accumulate mismatched sets of antique silver until they had enough for their five-course wedding dinner. Before you know it, their hunt for their wedding dinnerware would evolve into a business known as Casa de Perrin, named after a set of heirloom plates inherited by Josh. The Los Angeles-based luxury tabletop curation and design brand rents and sells flatware, dinnerware, and tabletop accessories. Their website is also a feast for the eyes (pun intended) with beautiful images to inspire your next fête. I am tempted to host a party just to create a beautiful tabletop incorporating their selection of beautiful pieces. Any event featuring Casa de Perrin is one event guests are sure to enjoy. 
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WORLD FAMOUS NUCCIO’S NURSERIES

In Friday’s post, I mentioned wanting to buy a few new varieties of camellias for our garden this past weekend. I was keeping my fingers crossed that it wouldn’t rain because Mr. B and I planned on paying a visit to Nuccio’s Nurseries located in Altadena, California. We headed out to Nuccio’s yesterday. It was gloomy and wet but we had no rain during our visit. Mother Nature was on our side. We were off to a great start! nuccios-nursery-sign-altadena-california-via-reviving-charm

Since 1935 the Nuccio family has grown their nursery business into a one that has become somewhat of a horticultural niche specializing in camellias and azaleas known across the globe. We traveled over an hour to Nuccio’s and while we were there we encountered another couple from Montecito, California who happened to be repeat customers. That’s easily over a two-hour drive away…on a good day. And while speaking with one of the owner’s he mentioned something about an out of state customer. Even domestic goddess Martha Stewart has paid a visit.

As you walk up to the main entrance of the nursery you are greeted by a sign asking you not to start picking out flowers without the help of a salesperson. I was happy to see this because I came armed with specific questions and the help of a professional is something I already knew I would need. nuccios-nursery-altadena-california-via-reviving-charm

When we walked in, Mr. B and I made a beeline for a display table filled with a wide array of camellia cuttings. We oohed and ahhed over the beautiful flowers; most of which we had never seen before. We were greeted by one of the owners, Jim Nuccio, who was very friendly and so very helpful. We mentioned a few qualities and characteristics that we were looking for in a camellia. Base on our needs, Jim was able to immediately narrow down a few varieties for us that were located on the cutting table. The cutting table is genius as it makes the selection process so much easier with so many varieties in one central location. Jim also brought out a huge photo album full of pictures for additional options. The book is not tabbed nor does it have page numbers but Jim went straight to the pages that would be most helpful for us and highlighted a few additional plant options. He definitely knows his stuff! I was originally concerned that the process might be a bit daunting but Jim made it easy-peasy.  Thanks, Jim! 

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Here is the cutting table showing off the dazzling array of colorful blooms. Each flower is labeled by name. Below are some of the famous Nuccio’s Jewel variety.camellia-varieties-nuccios-altadena-via-reviving-charm-1

We decided to purchase a couple of the Ferris Wheel camellias because of their beautiful show-stopping color and pattern. ferris-wheel-camellia-by-reviving-charm-1a

camellia-varieties-nuccios-nursery-altadena-via-reviving-charmCamellias are slow growing and they tend to grow upward. There is one area in our garden that we were hoping for a smaller variety. With the assistance of Jim, we selected Bonanza that has a smaller flower and grows bushier rather than upright. We debated about purchasing it in white but we selected it in red as shown below. nuccios-nurseries-altadena-california-via-reviving-charmnuccios-nurseries-altadena-california-via-reviving-charm-1a

After we made our purchase, we wandered through the nursery and took a ton of pictures. Everywhere you turn there is something beautiful to look at. nuccios-nurseries-altadena-california-via-reviving-charm-1

I love that I was able to capture a few bees in my pictures. I have read that the bee population is declining so adding flowers to the garden is a great way to do our small part in helping them. Actually, it is something we mutually benefit from. nuccios-nurseries-altadena-california-via-reviving-charm-2

Nuccio’s Nurseries also has a cutting table for many of the azalea’s they offer up for sale.
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I particularly liked the Green Glow for its unusual color and Baker’s Lavender for its feminine frilly petals. bakers-lavendar-azalea-via-reviving-charm

We didn’t come to Nuccio’s expecting to buy azaleas. However, when we saw Duc de Rohan we fell in love with its unusual salmon/pink color and decided to purchase it also.
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We ended up purchasing a total of six plants so if anyone needs me this morning you can find me in the garden planting our new lovelies. camellias-and-azaleas-reviving-charm

If you are unable to visit Nuccio’s they will ship to you. However, if you are in Southern California I strongly urge you to visit Nuccio’s Nurseries for yourself. It’s tucked off a tiny road that we actually missed but once inside you will be rewarded with a beautiful selection and wonderful service. nuccios-nurseries-contact-information-via-reviving-charm

Important note: Nuccio’s only accepts cash or check. If you find yourself short on cash they will allow you to mail in a check. Yes, you read that right! This is truly a family operated business and it is refreshing to know that they operate the good ‘ol fashion way.

To learn more about Nuccio’s check out this video segment by Martha Stewart and visit Nuccio’s website.

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