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STYLE ICON: STYLEBLUEPRINT

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 StyleBlueprint.com, 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.

STYLE ICON: The SoGood

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.

A Visit to the Garden

People June 16th, 2014 — by:

Who doesn’t like flowers?! Margot Shaw, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of flower magazine, has a deep appreciation for beauty and all things floral. The pages of flower inspire a floral lifestyle whether it be in interiors, art, travel, fashion, jewelry or entertaining. There is something for everyone who likes flowers…and even those who don’t.

Since its debut in March of 2007, flower has continued to grow at a steady pace, recently moving from quarterly to bimonthly, and available in all 50 U.S. states and 17 countries. Margot takes a look on Taigan for pieces that are inspired by some of her favorite flowers.


Photo image credit info: Photo by Cary Norton

Nature is such a source of joy and inspiration, and, of course, as Editor-in-Chief of flower I see it everywhere, in everything. I’ve had such fun finding summer picks that evoke—whether in form, color, texture or essence—a visit to the garden.

 

poppy pod + french wine bottle sign
This marvelously patinated 19th-century wine bottle sign reminded me of a big, fat poppy pod the minute I saw it, and would add a dash of provincial whimsy to a garden gate, ivy-covered wall, or even an exposed-brick sun porch.

Flower image credit info: Photo by Julie Soefer, courtesy of flower magazine

croton + wool loafer

My daddy lived in Key West when I was in college, and his courtyard was ablaze with crotons. When I spotted these one-of-a-kind loafers made from fragments of vintage Turkish rugs, I thought immediately of the stripey, orange-and-green tropical mainstay—and Dad.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/sarra22

butterfly bush + raw silk shawl

Though summertime is invariably warmer, if not unbearably hot, where I live, I always take a wrap when going out at night, as air-conditioners rarely adjust to the cool of the evening. Butterfly bushes are blooming right now and so will you in this raw-silk shawl. Maybe even pin a stem on your shoulder.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/Tamara_Kulikova

silver brunia + alexander the great cufflinks

It’s all about repetition in shapes and colors. These rare, antique cufflinks emblazoned with Alexander the Great’s profile recapitulate the same timeless tone and form as silver brunia, and in their own way, feel just as organic.

Flower image credit info: Photo by Natasha Mishano, courtesy of flower magazine

trumpet vine + lucky charm necklace

This graphic necklace, with its bold reddish-orange tassel and elephant charm inscribed with the word “brave,” embodies the same plucky attitude as the trumpet vine. Both are small but not to be ignored, and cause for constant comment.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/PeterEtchells

 

stock + dennis stock

Aside from supplying the double entendre with the name of this book’s author, a whiff of stock may be one of the coolest scents around. So, I paired it with Dennis Stock’s primer American Cool, a must-have for all who relish the best of the best of our culture from the ’50s to the ’70s. Stock’s plainspoken self-assessment alone is enough to sell me: “I think there is a thread to be observed throughout my work. It’s that I am relatively affirmative. I am not inclined to make fools of people and I love beauty.” Pick up a bunch of stock, drop it in an empty Tang jar by your Eames chair, and settle in.

Flower image credit info: Photo by Liesa Cole, courtesy of flower magazine

 

fiddlehead fern + french garden bench

Art almost always imitates life, and in this case, the fanciful curlicues of a fiddlehead fern are repeated in the back of the 19th-century French garden bench by Maison & Co. It makes sittin’ pretty fun.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/pokergecko

 

sweet gumball + kosta large sphere

This naturalistic sphere constructed of oyster shells is every bit as rustic looking and mesmerizing as the beautifully architectural sweet gumball, but won’t prick your hands when you pick it up.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/DianaLynne

dogwood + wall sconce

We always think we’ve invented things… The time-honored quatrefoil, so popular in jewelry today and the decorative arts throughout history, has its origins in, among other natural things, the humble dogwood bloom. Niermann Weeks’ sconce is a wonder of nature even before you turn on the lights.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/wbritten

 

bluebells + swing dress

This swirly bluebell of a dress from Busy Bees is as simple and bright as the flowers next door. Both make me want to go outside and play.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/efired

 

bleeding hearts + heart leather coin purse

Sting sang, “That’s not the shape of my heart.” Maybe not, but this bleeding heart bloom is almost exactly the shape of Copenhagen de Luxe’s red leather heart purse. With the handy clip, you can wear it on your sleeve, or better yet, your belt loop.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/fotoclick

 

chrysanthemum + faux bois table 

Bob Christian, the master of hand-finishes, emulates the spikey pinwheel motif of a chrysanthemum in his faux bois table. Maybe a cluster of mums in a cachepot in the center of the table would be amusing—not to put too fine a point on it…

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/aristotoo

 

anemone + peanut butter and jelly cookie

When I was little, peanut butter and jelly was my favorite combo. What am I saying? It’s still my favorite combo! But part of what I love about these PB&J Big Awesome cookies by Sucré is the round, dark center that brings to mind one of my favorite flowers, anemones. Both the cookie and the flower have that playful vibe I love. But, please don’t eat the anemones.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/Andyd

 

green pea & vine + green and ivory brimmed hat

It’s not everyone that can rock this hat, but it has a precedence in the vegetable garden, as you see in the curves and swirls echoed from the green pea vine. I wager you’ll spot this sassy chapeau this summer at races, tea parties, and even afternoon weddings.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/Nadanka

 

clover + bermuda bag

I’ve never found a four-leaf clover, but the ones on this Bermuda bag by Glamourpuss NYC are bound to bring you good luck, and are as vivid and iconic as the originals.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/enter89

For more of flower magazine and just in time for all your summer entertaining, order your own subscription of the gorgeous publication yourself! flower is offering each Taigan shopper a special price of $16.99 with promo code 1TGN14. Enjoy!

Pecans are in Putt Wetherbee’s blood. His father, a pecan grower since 1959, purchased Schermer Pecans in 1977 and with it became the owner of one of the largest pecan companies in Georgia. Days spent alongside his father atop one of Georgia’s only two mechanized harvestors, a four year-old Putt was fascinated by the pecan business from this tender age.  Shelling gadgets and gizmos were eye-candy and Putt relished the camaraderie that came with harvest time and in the everyday inter-workings of the Schermer Pecan shelling plant. Now at 42 and having taken over the family business, Putt is still inspired by pecans - from watching the buds break in April to harnessing the latest in technology and managing the increased world demand.

Putt resides in Thomasville, GA with his wife and children but can often be found traversing the Georgia orchards with his dogs, calculating the crop set and munching on salted pecans.

Putt put together some of his favorite picks for Father’s Day Gifts.

As a father of three girls, I’m used to getting lots of awesome art projects and colorful ties for Father’s Day.  I wouldn’t trade them for anything but a few suggestions never hurt right?

If they are going to buy me brightly colored knickers – let them represent one of my favorite pastimes

I have a favorite rod but twist my arm.  It wouldn’t hurt to give this one a try.

Father’s day breakfast in bed, if you are serving these bacon biscuits, then yes please.

This is a sharp looking iPhone Case.

The gift that keeps on giving…this boat is fun for me and the whole family.

To heck with father’s day – I want to eat this cheese everyday! Luckily I live in Thomasville so that’s a possibility.

Ahh fatherhood… The love of my daughters and nights at home with them, a good drink and the smell of wild salmon on the grill.

What is not to love about this. Pecans with just about anything is delicious and this bourbon and pecan gelato is a match made in heaven.

The Southerner’s Handbook is guide to living the good life – count me in!

Any dad of girls needs advice…lots of it. Try this book by Tom Limbert for some added wisdom.

Handsome looking briefcase…just like my new truck.

Nothing like a little paddle ball after dinner in the evenings.