STYLE ICON: Margot Shaw

People September 11th, 2014 — by:

flower magazine’s Margot Shaw has a knack for curating beautiful collections. Shop Margot’s picks for fall below!

 

Not to be served under glass, this fabulous pheasant bow tie is already on order for my bird-hunting husband.

Birmingham, my hometown, is always slow to cool off in the fall, so A.Barclay’s lightweight, chevron-patterned wrap is just right. Plus, I wear so much black, it’s a perfect match.

Worth its weight in copper, this antique African currency on a stand is a cool conversation piece with a modern vibe.

My brother has an October birthday and a penchant for Alabama football games, so I think I’ll monogram this Northbrook copper flask for him, and… score. Roll Tide, Roll.

As soon as the frost is on the pumpkin, I’ll be wrapping myself in this dreamy grey cashmere sweater. The ruffle detail makes it a little flirty and I like that.

Fall in my neck the woods is about football and the farm, so I always keep some quick and delicious go-to hors d’oeuvres on hand. As a lover of the Southern staple pimento cheese, as well as all things French, imagine my delight upon discovering this pimento chevre spread! And it’s made right up the road in Elkmont, Alabama.

“Simple neutrals and lots of ‘em” is my dressing mantra, so Melissa Braniff’s oxidized silver and white topaz necklace has my name written all over it. I can see it with a winter-white suit, or my steely grey chemise dress, just for starters.

As on the go as I am this time of year, Mau’s topper coat looks to be just the right travel companion, and I love the reclaimed and recycled fabrics.

These all-natural cheese bits are going with me to the farm, and will be devoured by everyone after a hayride or a walk in the woods. I may just pair them with pecans for a real Southern one-two punch.

The book that turns up in all kinds of chic homes and photo shoots, with its eye-catching zebra motif and intriguing title, I Married Adventure is an exotic treasure for your bookshelf, coffee table, or nightstand.

Brown suede boots. Need I say more? Combine that with a round toe, stacked heel, and, my favorite element, a hidden zipper (perfect for this high-arched gal), and it all adds up to my new favorite boots.

Princess Kate would look fetching in this “veddy” British-looking bucket hat, but I’ve got my eyes on it for town and country right where I live.

For those of us who work and travel a lot, or if you just want a smart bag for around town, this sleek taupe tote carries the day.

Aren’t we always looking for that perfect white shirt? Well, in the immortal words of Kenny Loggins, “This is it!” It’s cotton, so cool, but a heavier broadcloth that will weather cooler fall temps, and, most importantly, it is extremely flattering—I’m in.

I am always on the hunt for clothes for my grandson that don’t scream “little version of what a college-age hipster would wear.” I just recently bagged this crisp lilac-colored check shirt from Peter Elliot and think it meets my criteria perfectly.

I’m lusting after this pair of beautifully patinated antique florist displays. They’re a versatile investment that will yield big dividends, whether filled with blooms, greenery, or just as is. I’m thinking on a rustic farm table, or flanking a front door, these unique containers will hold everything including people’s attention.

At my house, we like to curl up and be cozy, so I’m eyeing these Turkish-T Weave Ecru blankets with their lighter weight 100% Turkish cotton and neutral chevron patterns. Bring on the cool.

This elegant, smoky grey pitcher by Orbix Hot Glass is a functional work of art that plays well with the rustic tones of the season, and doubles as a great-looking vase.

Evoking the orangeries of Versailles, French floral icon Christian Tortu’s orange blossom room spray is a voyage in a bottle, and as a die-hard Francophile, I can’t wait to take that trip.

And George’s square decorative pillow has two of my favorite design elements: the color orange and a trellis pattern. I see it on a blue-grey linen velvet sofa. …What about you?

 

 

 

 

 

STYLE ICON: Phillip Nappi

People September 8th, 2014 — by:

Phillip Nappi, co-founder of the Peter Nappi brand, never had the opportunity of knowing his grandfather, Peter Nappi.  In fact, losing both his parents by the age of 12, he had very little knowledge of his ancestry at all.  It was only after he and his wife and business partner, Dana moved to Italy to learn the shoemaking craft that they found out his grandfather was a shoemaker from Italy.  After realizing this, they were compelled to build a shoe business based on the qualities from generations past:  Authenticity, timelessness and character. Today the brand has grown to offer boots, shoes, bags, accessories and for the first season ever, leather jackets. Here, Phillip has searched Taigan for his favorite fall finds…

“Fall brings to mind football, cooking out and the upcoming Holidays.  From the indispensable seasonings and cocktail mixes, to one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones, this collection has it covered.  Found of course, only through the creative tastemakers at Taigan”. -Phillip Nappi

Organic Whole Peppercorns, St. Helena Olive Oil

I cook a lot and fresh ground pepper is a great thing to have in the kitchen.  St Helen’s whole peppercorns stay fresh until you grind them – they also have great Himalayan & Hawaiian salts I use almost daily.

 

 Berti Knives

These knives are on my Christmas list; fantastic knives made in Tuscany by a family company founded in 1895.  Wonder if they knew my Grandfather?

Bold & Spicy 32oz CaseCharleston Bloody Mary Mix

Football seasons warming up and there’s nothing better that a spicy Bloody Mary to get the game going.  Buy a case so you dont run out – and it makes a great gift.

 

Bella Vita Fire Pit,  Fire Pit Art

Everybody loves a fire pit – and these guys know how to make the best.  I was lucky enough to meet the designer Rick Wittrig a while back – really a great guy. Plus they’re right here in TN!

 Raw Pyrite Triangle Ring,  Seraphine Designs

Seraphine Designs is a local favorite and my wife’s an especially big fan.  This ring is on her Chisrtmas list.

Filson Tote Bag without Zipper, Oyster Fly Rods

I’ve had this bag for over 15 years.  Like leather bags, it just gets better with age.

 

Professor Portrait of a Man,  Revival

I love vintage portraits – especially Swedish ones.  There’s always something eccentric about them.

Whiskey Shaving Kit, Heritage Handcrafted

This would almost make me look forward to shaving.  Almost.

 

Poker Set with Chips, William Wayne Co.

Perfect Grooms gift – and a way to ensure you still see your friends after the wedding.

 

Barbour Fingerless Gloves, Oyster Fly Rods

The perfect gloves – they keep your hands warm but are still functional.

Cognac Leather Footstool, Iris & Co.

Beautiful leather & handcrafted details.  Great price too.

 

Sitting Monkey Tray, William Wayne Co.

I cant resist this guy.  Maybe with him I’ll finally be able to keep up with my keys…

 

Shop Peter Nappi’s New Fall Collection HERE!

 

 

Hide and Seek

Shops September 8th, 2014 — by:

Few things are as rich as hide from a texture perspective. We love it on the ground in the form of a killer rug or slung over a shoulder in the form of a fabulous bag. Get the look with some of our favorites below.

Mulero Hobo Bag

Leopard Pillow on Cowhide

Winston Hair on Hide Football

Brindle Hair on Hide Cufflinks

Custom Patchwork Rug

Epoque Ponyhair Satchel

Extra Large Cowhide Rug

We are happy to announce Taigan’s second pop up shop this year in Birmingham, AL, co-hosted with flower magazine! It will be a fun and exciting week for all who attend! Not only will you get to meet our amazingly talented designers yourself and learn all about their refined skills and creativity, but we will also be gifting all attendees with 20% off all purchases. Bring your friends for a glass of wine and we are sure you’ll enjoy your time with us. Mark your calendars!

Read below for a sneak peek of who all we will be presenting:

Brackish Bow Ties, from Charleston, presents handcrafted, gorgeous ties 100% made of feathers – perfect for this upcoming wedding and gala season.

From Hawaii, Letarte resort wear presents a bohemian island aesthetic with signature prints, intricate adornments and lavish details. These are the stylish pieces all ages can enjoy during winter vacations with their well made cashmere toppers and ponchos.

Traveling from Houston, Melissa Braniff brings her fine jewelry designs that incorporate rare and ancient coins. These pieces don’t simply make a statement but they connect history as well. These are gorgeous holiday gifts and certainly conversation starters for anyone who wears these pieces.

Anatomie, traveling from Miami, is one of the absolute best women’s active and travel wear lines. They use all French and Italian fabrics and craft their pieces into sophisticated and flattering lines. The next time you have to run out of the house without getting all dolled up, you can certainly throw their pieces on and still be stylish.

Molly Jane Designs is a jewelry line based in Atlanta. Each piece demonstrates natural minerals and gemstones while also mingling feminine flair with an unexpected edge. Each offer an elegant, timeless and dramatic lasting presentation.

Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass hand blows all his beautiful glass creations. His studio is based right outside of Huntsville, AL, where he creates these beautiful works of art for the table, desk, kitchen, etc. by hand. Whether you put flowers in your stunning pitcher or serve drinks out of it, his pieces will certainly spark conversation at your next entertaining affair.

The tremendously talented Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design not only has his successful interior design business but he has also opened up his own retail shop on Taigan with many hard to find home goods like Christian Tortu candles and Antica Farmacista and his own private label of linens. At this show he will be presenting a plethora of fine home goods that will add that extra bit of charm to your kitchen and powder rooms.

Lexie Armstrong from Franklin, TN, is a wonderful watercolorist. She has not yet been launched on Taigan but she is coming soon. This will be her first presentation with us in Birmingham and we can’t wait to share her whimsical pieces depicting sweet plants and animals. We will be presenting several original works of hers at this show.

Notti Toffee‘s delicious cheese wafers will be served throughout the entire event. These delicious, bite size goodies will be exactly what you’ll need, along with your glass of wine, to make for a great shopping experience! Thank you, Notti Toffee, for sending some of these our way!

We are thrilled to be hosting this pop up shop with our close friends from flower magazine. Birmingham is flower‘s home base and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them on this show. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with this fantastic publication, be sure to check them out online and come visit us next week to learn more!

Gallery 1930 is so graciously hosting us and our designers next week in the heart of Mountain Brook in English Village. This quaint, local gallery is full of charm and the perfect home for our event. Not only will you get to enjoy our designers presenting their craft at the pop up shop but the walls will be filled with beautiful paintings for you to view as well!

We hope to see you all there!

TREND WATCH: PERFORATED

Shops September 2nd, 2014 — by:

One of our favorite trends for fall is full of holes. We’re loving the perforated look, both in fashion and in the home. Shop the look below…

 

 

The Shoreditch Perforated Clutch

 

 

Toledo Flats

 

Ceramic Votives

 

Abbe Leather Jacket

 

Jarrod Small Pendant Light

 

Lynna Ballet Flat

STYLE ICON: Sarah Bartholomew

People September 2nd, 2014 — by:

Sarah Bartholomew is a girl on the go. As a mother of four with a growing interior design business in Nashville, we were just lucky to get on her schedule! Sarah’s aesthetic is both effortless and classic and remains true to her traditional Virginia roots. Shop some of Sarah’s elegant essentials below…

I have a weakness for anything wicker or woven and a Nantucket ice bucket would be prefect for summer entertaining.

 

I use these for our everyday flatware.  They are chic but not too precious which is perfect for a family of 6.

 

I have an obsession blue and white and I adore the block print on these napkins.

My love for blue and white is only rivaled by my adoration for stripes.  This tote would be great for lugging all my stuff for work.

The obsession continues…  I collect blue and white porcelain.

Yum!  What is better than fine cheese?

I have a thing for saddle brown leather, it’s timeless and understated.

My boys are into sports and I love the idea of giving them a finely crafted version of this American classic.

Christopher Spitzmiller makes the most elegant and refined lamps that embody an all American aesthetic.   His lamps manage to work with any style interior.   He started out in Georgetown in Washington D.C. which makes his work all the more endearing to me.

This stool would be the perfect accessory in a traditional living room.  It would serve as sculpture amidst its classical counterparts.

Simple but interesting.  Just how I like my accessories.

Yes please!

Chic tote!  Perfect for a girl on the go.

My mom serves this cake during the holidays.  It’s a slice of heaven.

Stripes again!  A dress that both a mother and daughter can approve.

Navy + Stripes = Darling rain boots for the boys.

I collect interior design, fashion and art books.  This Billy Baldwin Decorates book with an inscription to 70’s fashion designer Halston would be a dreamy addition to the collection.

 

The ultimate coffee table book. An insaley chic cover, filled with great art from Christopher Wool inside.

This is the best interior design book of the year, hands down.  Beautifully written by Juila Reed, the book is a visual fairy tale with a hero (Furlow Gatewood) who is a true original and a design genius. I have read it over and over again.

Structured and understated, this is a great bag for fall.

Versailles planters are the most perfect garden accessories.  I love that you can customize the color.

Sarah Bartholomew was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Northern Virginia.  The region’s classical architecture runs deep in her blood.  Sarah attended the University of Virginia, a school that was founded by the man she considers to be America’s first interior designer and her ultimate mentor, Thomas Jefferson.  After trying her hand at business, she turned her attention back to her first love—interior design—and launched a new career in that field.  Sarah has an approachable design aesthetic can be described as timeless, simple, classic, and all-American.  She enjoys making her clients happy in their homes, and her projects are invariably a reflection of each individual client’s tastes and desires.  She works primarily in and around Nashville, but she also takes on projects throughout the country as her time permits.  While she enjoys her design work thoroughly, she considers her most important work to be that of mother to her four children, Sam, Lilly, Charlotte, and Tommy.