We’re thrilled to see our very own CEO, Elizabeth Nichols, featured in the December 2014 issue of Veranda Magazine! The well known shelter publication is cover to cover stunning and we are simply honored to be mentioned. This month, the glossy highlights two of well-traveled Elizabeth’s very favorite places in the world – her hometown, Nashville, TN, and her second home base, Vail Valley, CO. Get the down-low below of her must-see spots when you’re in these areas:

 

 

For more of Elizabeth’s favorite places in Nashville and Vail Valley, read below. PLUS, get more on the great places featured in the magazine too- Enjoy!

Nashville:

“I could suggest the obvious Nashville activities like going to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Frist Museum, Loveless Café, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Pancake Pantry or the Bluebird but someone else will tell you about these Nashville institutions.

Since I shop on Taigan and love to entertain at home, a number of my suggestions are experiential as I take you from the hills in Belle Meade to lower broad with a little twist across the river to East Nashville!”

1. “No matter what time of year, you must take a walk/hike on the trails in the Warner Parks at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard. And while you are in the “hood” stop by Cheekwood. As a former Swan Ball (benefitting Cheekwood) Chairman and member of the BOD of Cheekwood, I would be remiss not to send people to Cheekwood, but my reasons are totally unbiased. A walk through the sculpture trail is a must-do until winter sets in. During holiday season, Holiday at Cheekwood is a six-week festival for all ages that includes professionally decorated Christmas trees in the mansion, live reindeer and Santa, and music in the mansion every Saturday and Sunday.”

2. “While The Bluebird Café is on everyone’s “must do” list, go in the winter and save “Bluebird on the Mountain” for pretty weather. “Bluebird on the Mountain” is a collaboration of The Bluebird and Vanderbilt, is held once a month from May-October at Vandy’s Dyer Observatory, which is located on one of the tallest hilltops in Nashville. It’s a BYOE (bring your own everything) evening of sunset, music and stars (both kinds). After the performance the telescope is opened for a view of celestial wonders.”

3. “By appointment only, you can visit the Belle Meade home of one of Taigan’s founders for a personal on-line shopping experience and southern hospitality at its finest!”

4. “A concert, any concert, at the Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grande Ole Opry and noted for its acoustics is not to be missed. Originally a tabernacle, the pews, while down-home are not padded.”

5. “Not number 5, but number 1 on my list is to go to Robert’s Western World. Don’t stand in the line at the front door but rather sneak in the back door and sit upstairs on the rail.  Best time for music is 6-10 for the Don Kelly Band. ”

6. “Jill Scissom will give you the best blow-out in town. Hairdresser to the stars and to me, you can get an appointment with her at Parlour 3 or if you put on “the big hat,” she might just come to your room!”

7. “Have dinner with Hal Holden–Bache, executive chef and co-owner of Lockeland Table. If you sit at the pizza bar, only on Thursday night, Hal himself is cooking and entertaining. You will love every minute of talking food.”

8. “Patterson House for a cocktail – four times a year the cocktail “artists” fka (formerly known as) bartenders submit innovative cocktails that are curated by a jury to build the drink menu seasonally. You simply can’t go wrong engaging any one of the bartenders at this speakeasy style bar close to Vandy!”

9. “Marche for brunch – blood orange mimosas and French toast or whatever is on the menu, you simply cannot miss here.”

10. “Josephine on 12th Avenue South is a place to go for two reasons. They have a good vibe and the very best roast chicken (for two) that I have ever eaten – the chicken has been sous-vide and then roasted for a crispy skin and is just to die for. They only do six chickens a night so you must put in your order when you call them – the presentation is in a copper roast pan on a bed of kale in the summer and Brussel leaves in the winter (just barely cooked). After dinner step next door into Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for a scoop or three!”

11. “For an upscale dinner go to Giovanni Ristorante – Italian, of course. I personally like to sit in the bar but a white cloth experience is offered in the dining room. Never know who you will run into here, but for sure, music industry EXECS. If “it’s” not on the menu, just ask and they will try to make it happen!!! Another option is to cozy up to an “old Nashville” type for an invitation to dinner at “the Club” aka Belle Meade Country Club!”

12. “Get a reservation for Buttermilk Road Sunday Supper* or try to get  into one of their cooking classes. *ABRSS is a POP-UP that may be held in a public location or in a beautiful home and is intended to celebrate the tradition of family Sunday feasts.”

13. “For a no-frills experience go to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and cool off  with an ice-cream at Bobby’s Dairy Dip.”

14. “Jamie – I send all the Vandy mom’s with daughters to Jamie, a Nashville institution and “sure fire” place to find a little black dress, jeans for honkey tonkin’ or a dress for The Swan Ball! You will find everything from Lela Rose to The Row to Brunello Cucinelli. Ask for Rita or Terri and tell them I sent you!!!! Great jewelry boutique in the middle of the store as well!”

15. “If you wanna be a hipster, go by Hero on 12th Avenue South – if you are super lucky you an will catch Claudia Fowler in store rather than in her Franklin outpost, Haven (which has a bigger selection).  Claudia is a stylist to a variety of music stars…..the really, really chic ones.  My daughter Mamie and I can both find wardrobe solutions from their selection of Gary Graham, Haute Hippie, Free People and Rachel Zoe.”

16. “And while you are on 12 South, stop by imogene + willie for a pair of their jeans which will be tailored just for you.”

17. “For a great hostess gift, I would go to Absolution even though it is in the Green Hills Mall. They have amazing coffee table books, great stuff for stocking the bar and their very own and most fragrant “Nashville” Candle.”

18. “For paper, Dotted Line, without question – this place is just magical and fluffy and fun.  Dotted Line is like the icing on the cake. You may find a paper and glitter crown for your New Year’s Eve party or a calendar for 2015!”

19. “For design, set an appointment and stop by the studio of Jonathan Savage (Savage Interior Design). I love Jonathan’s line of kitchen towels, aprons and table top, but you might get a peek at one of the projects he is working on or leave with a jar of his mother’s strawberry jam!”

20. “If you want the latest in cosmetics, Woo is THE place to go.  Woo is a Texas transplant to Tennessee and you will wish your skin could look only 1/2 as good as hers. If you want a makeup application ask for Diana – I never leave without the latest colors from Chantecaille! GREAT SPOT for stocking stuffers.”

21. “Estate Jewelry – Richter’s for sure is best of class…..an art deco stud set or fabulous ring for Christmas???? Dudley Richter is one of a bunch of brothers who have been in the biz for a long time…they have other stores in Palm Beach, Atlanta and so forth.”

 

Vail Valley:

1. “Axel’s – Definitely the most beautiful clothes made by and sold by the most beautiful people in the Vail Valley (no maybe in the U.S.) When I go into Axels I first track down Todd Donelson whom I have known for years……but my most favorite things here for me are hand made cowboy boots from Stallion Boot Co. (designed by Axel and Janie) .

I also love their PRIVATE LABEL white blouses (but I am a white blouse junkie…they are so feminine and also work well under a tailored jacket.

Axel’s Private Label Shearlings are probably the finest in the world; designed again by Axel and Janie and made in Italy they are the warmest piece of outwear in the store, yet very light in weight. Also look in the photo….Axel’s crocodile hand bag made in Italy, as well as, Axel’s sequin high heels….cha-ching cha-ching!!!

As for the guys, my picks at Axel’s would be a Boglioli sport coat, Finamore Shirt, Fedeli cashmere sweater and KITON JEANS (wish they made jeans for girls). All of these are, of course, selected by Alex in Italy…shoes, would be Edward Green. The passion behind the owners of this store is second to none.”

2. “A cocktail made by ‘mixologist’ Donovan at Mountain Standard (Old Fashioned is my preference) or have a drink at the bar in Matsuhisa, and enjoy the dramatic view of Vail Mountain in the distance.”

3. “Gorsuch – The place to outfit yourself for dinner, fishing or skiing…and your home too! This year I am going to get a new ski jacket by Frauenschuh and I always recommend a fur funnel by Glamourpuss. I also make a quick run to re-stock my bathrooms with their Lafco, Feu de Bois Soap.”

4. “I always step into my great friend Beth Slifer’s store, Slifer Designs, to buy hostess gifts to take to dinner parties during my stay. I also love to add to my collection of serving pieces from Annie Glass’ Shell Series. It’s such fun to serve cold stone crab in a big translucent shell-shaped bowl from Annie Glass on a cold snowy night!”

5. “Eat Drink for lunch or to pick up cheeses and charcuterie for my house party. They have a great little boutique wine store next door! Let Polly or Chris help you with your selections.”

6. “LARKBURGER –  Just ‘do it’ – sink your teeth into a Larkburger and you will see! I particularly love the Amy Burger, made of a portobello mushroom. “

7. “At lunchtime, ski down Golden Peak run for a Lobster Club Sandwich and Bloody Mary at Larkspur.”

8. “Liberty Ski’s – Not only MADE IN THE USA, but made in the Vail Valley. I have owned a number of pairs of Liberty skis over the past 10 years – they are environmentally ‘respectful,’ nimble, light and ‘playful.’ You can get them at the Vista Bahn Ski Rental in Vail.”

9. “SureFoot – without question, the place to get a ski boots that fit like a glove.”

10. “As to music, I love Apres Ski at the Red Lion to hear Brendan McKinney from 4-6. Additionally I always check the Vilar Center calendar for the performance schedule, but a must do is to find Helmut Fricker in some outdoor space yodeling, playing the accordion, cowbells or an Alpenhorn in his lederhosen – and bring a stein full of beer along!”

11. “The Bookworm – not only do you get the smell of a ‘REAL’ and charming bookstore, but the café is equally charming.”

12. “Spa services – Allegria at the Hyatt, hands down!”

13. “A snow-shoe picnic. Get a picnic packed by Allana at her new catering company called FOODsmith, rent snow-shoes and take the Strawberry Park lift up to the most spectacular alpine skiing/snow-shoeing course in the world! VIEWS FOR DAYS!!!”

Mark your calendars for Taigan’s Holiday Party!!

Dec. 3rd, 9am-8pm 

416 Jackson Blvd. Nashville, TN – Home of Taigan CEO, Elizabeth Nichols

We are excited to announce Taigan’s third pop up shop this year in Nashville, the week after Thanksgiving on Dec. 3rd from 9am-8pm! There’s no better way to kick off holiday shopping than with our special, small business designers who are coming in town to present their goods just for you. Not only will you meet all 13 designers and learn about their refined skills and creativity, but this will give you the chance to give gifts that truly are special and unique.

So save the date for this festive, holiday affair- you’ll be able to shop for your mom, dad, sister, brother, friends, etc! Bring your friends for a glass of wine and we are sure you’ll enjoy your time with us.

See below the list of designers participating-

 Glamourpuss, based in New York City, is a fashion line of chic, easy accessories and apparel that any woman can wear throughout the day for all occasions, from the morning errand run to business meetings to drinks with friends at night. Founder of this fashion line, Courtney Moss, will be here herself showing their fabulous fur vests, funnels, scarfs and more!

Sarah and Sally Hovis, designers and owners of S. Carter Designs, have an eye for making nature and organic lines stunning with their jewelry creations. This mom and daughter duo can turn snake vertebrae into a fabulous accent accessory by simply adding gold and diamonds. These pieces are those you can collect and continue adding and layering as you go on. You won’t want to miss these Atlanta natives!

Goshwara is a fine jewelry designer out of New York City. Their pieces are stunning and colorful! Any piece from this line is a great gift to yourself or a close family member as these pieces are timeless and elegant.

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.

In 1887 Peter Nappi was born in Italy where he learned the craft of boot making. Eventually, he settled in the United States at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Phillip Nappi and his wife, Dana, carried on his legacy, carefully crafting leather goods made of the finest raw materials. They fabricate in small, limited-edition batches from the highest quality leather, ensuring each pair of leather boots, each leather bag, and all Peter Nappi products have their own unique character.

 Res Ispa – Latin for “the things speak for themselves” – is a men’s line based in Atlanta of shoes and dop kits cut from ancient Turkish rugs; therefore, each pair or bag are one-of-a-kind. They are comfortable, stylish and are perfect gifts for upcoming graduation and Father’s Day.

 LEN Belts, based in Franklin, TN, presents the most extensive variety of luxury belts made of animal skins and leathers in today’s marketplace of menswear. Their belts are stunning and each are handcrafted one by one through a twenty-five, individual step process. These are fantastic Father’s Day, groomsmen or wedding gifts for that special guy.

Hailing all the way from Kansas, Sharyn Blond Linens features exquisite, hand embroidered Madeira linens for the table, bed and bath. Her designs are always a talking point for any party as each of her pieces are beautiful and of the best quality. Come add to your collection by viewing her festive napkins at our show!

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. We can’t wait to share her whimsical pieces depicting painted plants and sweet animals in so many forms – original works of are as well as holiday themed place cards!

Mau Conceptual Clothing is sure to be a brand you’ve never experienced before. Mau produces a collection of contemporary street wear that is nomadic in nature: 4 season adaptable, water and wind resistant, imminently packable and featherweight. These jackets are so cool and definitely will catch people’s eye as you walk down the street.

Brooke Seraphine, designer and founder of Seraphine Designs, is innately inspired by the raw stone and its beauty. “I’ve always been so impressed by what Mother Nature can do on her own. I love to find a rock or mineral that’s a true natural beauty- that doesn’t need any help to look exquisite,” says Brooke. She melds raw stone and wire into elegant pieces that are at once strikingly modern and simply classic that you will definitely want to add to your wardrobe.

 Blessings in Disguise, jewelry designs from Santa Rosa Beach, FL, represents a passion for objects of history that are symbols of culture and tell a story. Melissa Rovner, the creator, gathers old medals, crosses, symbols and stones to turn them into fashion pieces for everyone to enjoy.

 

STYLE ICON: Bunny Williams

People November 17th, 2014 — by:

Bunny Williams’ genius as a designer is to create comfortable, welcoming spaces that invite you to relax and enjoy the good life. Her superbly trained eye makes the eclectic mix of furnishings and accessories she places in each room seem effortless. The same holds true for the collection Bunny has curated from Taigan. Bunny’s imaginative style allows you to discover how easy it is to live with beautiful things that are classic, but never predictable.

Cheese Crisps 2 Pack: For cocktail parties, John and I like to place food around the house so guests can pick up something wherever they are. Bowls of nuts and olives, platters of crudités and cheese crisps, like these, can be on small tables. I like to keep cheese crisps in the pantry so I’m ready for guests at all times.

Handkerchief Planter: A large scale object, like this planter, immediately catches the eye and adds stature and excitement to a room. I’d fill it with ferns, succulents or fruit.

Calais Bedding Collection: My favorite sheets are made of four-hundred-to-six-hundred-thread-count cotton percale. I mostly use white sheets, sometime with embroidered detail coordinating with the color of the bedroom. I love the whimsical scalloped edge on this set by Julia B.

Pillow Cambodian Silk Ikat Caramel Amethyst: I believe in investing in quality upholstery in basic solid fabrics you will not get tired of quickly. Then have some fun with colorful throw pillows like this beautiful ikat.

One Man’s Folly: I think everyone can learn so much from Furlow Gatewood – a man of great style – I know I have.

The Bella Café Au Lait Necklace: I love this necklace because it makes a statement, but it lies flat, so it’s comfortable to wear.

Earrings of Faceted Green Amethyst and Clear Quartz: These earrings are my favorite colors – green and gold – they go with everything! And, I love that they can come with a clip backing.

Oblong Scarf: I’m always looking for a great scarf like this to take an outfit from day to night.

The Shoreditch Clutch in Aegean Blue & Python: I’m so sick of carrying bags! When I go out at night, I love that this clutch would be able to hold all I need – my cell phone and lipstick.

Woven Leather Standard Architect Slate/Cognac: The perfect bag to keep my iPad, measuring tape and fabrics samples – and much more chic than the standard canvas tote.

Lafco Soap: Fresh Cut Gardenia: I stock every bathroom with special scented, natural and mild soaps. My preference is for scents flower based scents like gardenia.

Ladies Wool Loafer 8 10: From site visits, to the upholsterer, to the auction house, etc. – I’m constantly on the go – it is essential that my shoes be comfortable. These loafers covered in Turkish rugs could be worn all day and have such character. And, they can dress up black pants and a sweater for dinners in the country.

The Best of Men’s Accessories

Fashion November 10th, 2014 — by:

Calling all guys: we’ve got the best accessories that you cant live without… You just don’t know it yet!

La Matera’s Mendoza Polo Belt is ideal for a day on the farm or a preppy night on the town. How can you go wrong with a look that Prince William is constantly seen sporting?

They say home is where the heart is, but we think it looks just as good on your shirt cuffs. Karen Hemphill’s States Pride Cufflinks make a great gift for the man in your life!

Classic Boots are an absolute wardrobe necessity. We’re smitten with Peter Nappi’s Rocco Boots in Cognac.

Show some love for your sport with Harding Lane’s Golf on the Green Cap.

The Bobby Duffel is about as sharp as it gets. Go ahead and toss your beat up college duffel and opt for this clean lined, grown up version instead.

Navy socks are boring. Spice up your sock game this year with some of Bird Dog Bay’s new collection.

 

Holiday Correspondence

Shops November 10th, 2014 — by:


Tis the season… for writing lots of thank you notes and sending holiday cards to dear friends. Order your notes from one of our lovely stationery companies today and stay on top of holiday correspondence!

Karen Adams: Beauty, style and whimsical sophistication are descriptive adjectives used by Karen Adams’ discerning  customers who appreciate good humor, unique design and delicate details. Everything that Karen touches has a fairy tale quality that is perfect for the holiday season.

Petal Press: Paper with a punch. Petal Press combines a passion for thoughtful correspondence, the finest 100% cotton paper, the luxury of letterpress, and one-of-a-kind hand-drawn designs to bring you quirky paper products fit for a queen (or king)! From stationery and correspondence cards to sweet hostess gifts and artful greeting cards, Petal Press answers your every fine paper need, all while making you smile.

The Dotted Line: The Dotted Line is serving up a scrumptious buffet of paper goods and decadent delights for all your needs and wants! They can help you select the perfect invitation for your next party of any flavor. Whether it’s savvy stationery, engraved notecards, or lush letterpress notes, The Dotted Line has your next correspondence covered.

The Lettered Olive: Founded by Tara Guérard, one of the nation’s leading event designers and tastemakers, Lettered Olive provides the finest in luxury letterpress. After fifteen years of designing extraordinary events and producing custom pieces for her clients, Tara launched Lettered Olive as a way to provide the highest quality paper and stationery designs to discerning clients.

 

 

 

 

We’re thrilled to introduce souchi on Taigan! 

The talented Suzi Johnson personally designs and hand-looms souchi’s luxurious line of knits made from cashmere, Italian merino wool, organic cotton, silk, and bamboo. If you love beautiful, original knits, you’ll love souchi!

Why we chose souchi:

Suzi’s sophisticated eye, keen fashion sense, and attention to detail has created throngs of loyal clients. Coveted souchi favorites include gorgeous cashmere sweaters, sexy dresses, cozy hoodies, and accessories like the signature Clinton head wrap, knit leggings, and an extravagant cashmere blanket. Because souchi is made from the finest fibers in the world, you can expect impeccable quality and detail. Dress your souchi up for dinner, or lounge in it at home. It’s a beautiful, distinctive, and sophisticated wardrobe to treasure and love.