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!



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.



People August 19th, 2014 — by:

When StyleBlueprint‘s Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves recommend something, their readers listen…. period.  These two know what their audience likes and are able to present great finds, restaurant reviews, local happenings and more in a way that works for the busiest of readers. Here, we were lucky enough to have Elizabeth and Liza  shop Taigan and curate a collection around the Football culture of the South.

“We curated a collection based on early fall weekends and the social nature that each entails when you are in the South. The weather is perfect and people love their football from Friday night through Sunday! From what to wear, carry, eat and use for entertaining, Taigan has you covered.”

Elizabeth Fox’s picks:

I adore this shoe by Coclico. The shoes won’t disappoint as they are well made and comfortable. You gotta give it to the Spaniards because they know good leather, and especially this shoe with its rich, tobacco brown tone.

If gray is the new black, then you’ll find this smokey vase from Gervis Design Studio is a perfect gift or one you may just want to keep yourself. Imagine a single oak leaf hydrangea–that’s it.

Truly a must have for fall, the Barbour vintage quilt jacket never dates itself. Great for tailgate parties or a fall rendezvous to the Smoky Mountains.

Not sure why this top makes our list, maybe it’s the pop of grapefruit red and the playful nature. Whimsical, hand painted, what’s not to love?

The fall weather brings cool temperatures and al fresco dining galore. This Nantucket wine carrier is perfect to transport your favorite full bodied Merlot.

Every sandwich is hand scooped with an amazing melding of flavors–meyer lemon ice cream with a housemade cardamom cookie. Yum!

Elegant and classic, this gorgeous, linen Italian towel comes lots of colors. It’s a perfect hostess gift or one to keep for yourself.

Aroc Urtu is committed to using recycled precious metals and diamonds. Every piece is handmade in NYC from start to finish.

Every list needs to have something that is simply extraordinary. This cashmere coat is a piece you’ll have in your wardrobe forever. Worth the investment.


Liza Graves’ Picks:

Soccer sidelines, quick trips to the lake to drink up the last bit of summer, fall picnics … these Turkish Towels fill many needs!


These guest towels are lovely in your powder room, but make a great hostess gift. Consider placing them next to a galvanized bucket filled with iced down beer for Labor Day: perfect for drying each bottle!


When the temperature dips enough for an outdoor fire, my family is happy and immediately sticky from mounds of s’mores! This fire pit is a work of functional art that you will enjoy for years to come.


Have a crowd coming or you just wish to indulge on a lazy Sunday without much effort? Callie’s Biscuits fill that need every time.

When was the last time you sat down to a spread of seriously good cheese? It’s one of my favorite indulgences.


Since we’re mentioning great cheese, having a piece of slate to share it on always makes for the perfect presentation!


Sandy Simonian makes jewelry that is edgy and timeless. She makes pieces you will grab for during the week, the weekend and even a dressier affair.


With three kids, fall for me means tailgates, soccer games, cross country meets and more. I need a bag that holds my laptop and still has room for more. This fills that need nicely and I’m always a fan of a whip stitch!


Fall is tricky as day time temps can soar but easily dip at night. I’m cold natured so a thin cashmere scarf is always a necessity to have on hand. Tying it around the handles of the Gajumbo Tote allows it to provide a fun statement, even when I’m not wearing it.

Copper continues to be an on trend choice for home accents including dishes. I really don’t see it ever going away and keep adding to my own collection.


These glasses are refined and rustic all at the same time. That pretty much defines how I decorate all year round, but especially in the fall.

Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves are the cofounders of, an online publication that connects women to their community. StyleBlueprint has both a hyperlocal focus (cities include Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville, Memphis and Nashville) and regional Southern flair (a “southern edition exists for readers outside of their core cities). Fashion, home decor, travel, food, health and more are all discussed, delivered each day by an early morning email.


People July 15th, 2014 — by:

Hillary Crittendon & Laura Martin are Co-Founders of The SoGood, a premium local discovery network of the best artists, makers, and businesses across the US.

As longtime friends, the duo has relied on each other for advice on everything from boys, brands, and college choices to careers, art, and dermatologists. Recognizing the value of that advice and realizing how frequently women turn to friends for recommendations is what led them to combine forces in 2013 to create The SoGood, a place where women can discover the best local businesses based on trusted recommendations from friends and tastemakers. The SoGood’s mobile app was created with a discerning consumer in mind — it is highly curated, very visual, and discovery is driven by the recommendations of people you trust. This means you can easily discover which interior designer your friend works with or the floral designer that a top wedding planner, like Tara Guérard, recommends.

We recently launched The SoGood in New Orleans and Saint James Cheese Shop, just off of Prytania Street in Uptown, was one of our favorite finds. In fact, it might just be our favorite cheese shop south of the Mason Dixon line. We were almost giddy to discover that we could order their cheese directly to our doorstep. Since we’re traveling so much this summer and acting as guests to so many gracious friends, we also love the idea of sending this as a hostess gift!

Every cake from Caroline’s Cakes is a sinful and delicious treat. While we typically order her classic Seven Layer Caramel Cake, we’re drooling over this perfect-for-summer Seven Layer Lemon Cake.

Who doesn’t love a great summer cocktail? Brooks Reitz’ founder of Jack Rudy crafted a perfectly sweet and tart cocktail for our launch party in Charleston. The recipe is simple and the result is delightful!

The SoTipsy Hamilton Sour

In a large rocks glass combine,
1.5 oz white whiskey
1.5 oz water
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz Jack Rudy Small Batch Grenadine
Stir with one large ice cube and serve.

We’re constantly entertaining in the summer and love making cocktails, iced tea, or lemonade in advance to keep things simple and easy.  This drink dispenser from Absolution in Nashville, TN is refreshingly modern and the perfect addition to any hostess’ tabletop collection.

Shall we continue with this cocktail theme? A rolling bar cart is a chic and easy way to transition your entertaining outdoors. We love this simple and fun lacquered bar cart by Nashville-based Jonathan Savage at SAVAGE Interior Design.

To wrap up summer entertaining, we love these linen hemstitch napkins by the Lettered Olive, a stationery & entertaining company created by one of the country’s top event planners, Tara Guérard. Perfect for a cocktail party or a lovely hostess gift!

Atlanta based A. Barclay makes the most delicious scarves and wraps. In the winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping yourself in one of their oversized light-as-a-feather cashmere scarves. But in the summer it’s all about this silk cotton wrap – beautifully screen-printed in Italy and a luxurious way to cover up at the beach.

These Iris & Co. scented candles by Birmingham based designer Iris Thorpe may just be one of the best kept secrets in the South. The scents of these candles are gorgeous – our favorite summer scent is olive blossom – and they are very reasonably priced to boot. A great hostess gift!

We’re huge fans of Charleston based children’s clothing line Pixie Lily. Hillary welcomed a baby boy into her family in April and has loved outfitting him in these versatile and classic handmade items.

Minerals are having a moment. Seraphine Designs handcrafts gorgeous jewelry from metals and minerals that are both unique and memorable. This pyrite and malachite bracelet is a showstopper!

Can we all pause for a moment to check out this amethyst cuff? We’re not sure we can pull it off – but boy, would we like to try.

Mi Ossa’s hand-crafted, gilded metal cuffs and clutches demonstrate truly superior craftsmanship. And we love the casual yet sophisticated vibe of their work. Who doesn’t love a clutch that works just as well with jeans and boots as it does with cocktail attire?

Hillary spent her undergrad years in Chapel Hill, one of the outposts for Foster’s Market. While she can no longer pop by the original for their to-die-for tarragon chicken salad, she regularly turns to Sara Foster’s cookbooks to recreate their specialties in her own kitchen.

Anyone who knows us (or frankly anyone who follows us on instagram) can tell we both have a strong sweet tooth. We die for Honeysuckle Gelato. A great surprise to mail to friends! All of the flavors rock but we can’t resist something with chocolate and sea salt.


Be sure to check out Taigan CEO, Elizabeth Nichols’ picks on The SoGood!



Photo courtesy of Domaine Home

Writer, editor, television personality, decorator…. there’s not much that Sara Ruffin Costello doesn’t do. And while her name has been sprinkled across mastheads over the years (Domino, Wall Street Journal, Glamour), she’s also pretty recognizable – you may have seen her in Target’s recent print and commercial campaign doling out entertaining tips. Basically, when Costello talks about design, people listen. It’s not only that she has style oozing from her fingertips, she also manages to put it all together in a way that’s completely new and effortless all at once. Whether it’s a prescient knack for forecasting the next big thing, or making a room feel thrown together in just the right way, this lady just knows. But don’t let her relaxed attitude fool you – the Virginia-bred New Orleans resident also has a few things to say on the subject of proper entertaining. Case in point: her favorite hostess gifts from Taigan. Get ready to take some notes.


Berti Knives: Extraordinary house warming gift for someone with a new weekend place.

Maria Evora Soap: Everyone is appreciative of soap. Especially when it’s good looking enough for the powder room.

Brass Box: I love giving a little decorative box to special friends. Especially filled with something meaningful to the recipient like pictures of the great weekend you just had. Or pot.

Tea Towels: Cant go wrong with dish towels. I am keeping a stack of these on hand this summer.

One Man’s Folly: This picture book (photographed by my husband Paul Costello) makes a great hostess gift for the ladies who love to decorate.

Vase: For when you really need to impress. I’d be thrilled if someone gave this to me.

Beach Blanket: This gift is everything. Well…maybe just three things…a tablecloth, a blanket and a beach towel.

Bowl: Attention guests…This is what I would like to receive .

I Married Adventure: Bookshelves belonging to adventurous pals would do well with this classic by Osa Johnson.

Wool Loafers: These are a fun antidote to the usual hostess gift. Just get the size right.

Neriage Bowl: Gorgeousness. I might just “give” this to myself.