Today’s SB FINDS quest was to share some of Memphis’ best ideas for the multifaceted month of February. It is 28 days of fickle weather and romance, home fluffing and pre-spring shopping. Here is a list of items that made our hearts skip a beat when we spotted them!
HOME & GARDEN
Gemstone coasters and Dewey cups found at Blu D’or Interiors stand alone or serve as an elegant container. The coasters can also be used as candleholders, and the cups would be stunning with a simple nosegay of flowers. Coasters, $224; cups, $273
Daydream while swinging your afternoon away. Made of reclaimed pine, this Peg and Awl tree swing is ready for the perfect branch; available at Social. $200
Greeting card organizer
This black lacquer box with cards and dividers is a smart idea. The dividers are labeled with names such as Merci, Life, Love and Congrats. Your new organizer comes with a starter set of couture cards. Find your Haute Papier greeting card box at Ménage Fine Stationery & Gifts. $90
We are fluffing up in February with Blue Moon Bedding pillows that have classic lines and modern style. Crisp cotton fabrics and fresh patterns will add an immediate pre-spring upgrade to your bedroom. Queen duvet, $440; Euro shams, $115; extra-large lumbar pillow, $165
Reflect your style with custom-framed mirrors. Consider updating a bath by changing the mirrors, or add a bit of drama to your master suite with an oversized mirror that sits on the floor. T Clifton Art provides complete design and installation services and more than 2,000 molding options from which to choose.
The first mirror has an aged silver finish wood molding. The big ball mirror has a hand-rubbed burnished gold ball wood molding and an inner molding of blue burl wood. The oversized mirror sitting on the floor has a distressed Tuscan sand silver leaf wood molding. Keep in mind that the mirrors pictured use high-end moldings, but T Clifton has custom mirror options for all budgets. $500 to $1,700
Gild the Lily never disappoints. There is always a novelty waiting for you in this fun boutique. Recently, we discovered these golden berry glass champagne flutes that would be a fresh addition to your bar. $20 each
The Lisa Mallory Interior Design shop in Chickasaw Oaks Village has classic, heart-shaped soaps for your Valentine’s Day friends. $13
If you are fixing up a child’s room, Mrs. Post has a grouping of oversized animal wall hangings that would be perfect! $150 each
Is there a formal event on your calendar that calls for a higher-dollar dress? This flared party dress is from the Carol Peretz collection at Kittie Kyle — simply exquisite. $958
Elie Tahari coat
Be ready for the first signs of spring with this long, loose-fitting, lightweight coat by Elie Tahari, found at Heather. Drawstrings allow you to create a defined waistline and the islet mesh on its broad collar, front and back shoulder panel and down the front placket adds modern flair. $348
Wear these Ciao Milano anorak jackets from Joseph every day for any kind of weather. Layer if it’s cold outside or wear over a T-shirt for a lightweight, polished look. We tried them on and loved the fit! Both are a flattering length in the back and pair well with slim-cut pants. The black Savina topper has a swing-coat shape. The red Tess-style coat is slightly longer. Both jackets have an optional hood and are waterproof. Hurry in … we think these will be gone quickly! Black, $195; red, $145
We are willing to bet that your sleepwear could use a lift! We learned that cotton pjs from Needham Lane just arrived at Gild the Lily. $88
JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES
For a truly luxe Valentine gift, consider the Amor bracelet at Peter D Poole Fine Jewelers. Peter Poole’s version of the popular Cartier Love bracelet comes in rose, pink, yellow or white gold. Also pictured: pink gold and diamond dangle earrings and a pink gold and colorless, faceted, white topaz necklace. Bracelet, $3,190; earrings, $7,995; necklace $1,795
Handmade in Santa Fe
This jewelry, spotted at Blu D’or, is a collection of Bittersweet Designs by Laurie Lenfestey. The pieces are all unique and handmade in Santa Fe, NM. The long aqua necklace with the cross is $330; the layered charcoal necklace is $390; and the 36-inch, matte gold necklace with aqua beads is $370. Each of the beaded bracelets is $136.
Make a statement at an approachable price point with this standout necklace by Virtue Jewelry at Bella Vita. The line of necklaces ranges from $63 to $100. Necklace pictured, $93
Brighten your look with an ETRO Official scarf from Oak Hall. They are just in for spring 2015 and come in such rich colors and patterns, refreshing to wear after several weeks of wintertime neutrals. Starting at $218
Bypass the drugstore readers … instead, look stylish and studious! The Stovall Collection has lots of new, funky and fabulous frames by Scojo New York. $40 to $80
HEALTH & BEAUTY
These soaps, lotions, bath products and perfumes from LOLLI are luxurious and fragrant, but what we couldn’t get over was how beautiful the packaging and containers are. Need a Valentine gift or simple happy for a friend or yourself? These would be a treat for anyone, and they are available at Mrs. Post. $12 to $49
Elwood’s Shack, one of Memphis’ favorite secrets on Summer Avenue, just came out with a signature collection of spice rubs! $5 each
Project Green Fork (PGF) is a small organization making a big difference in the Mid-South. Executive Director Margot McNeeley and the restaurants on board with PGF are cultivating a “green” dining landscape in Memphis. In turn, Margot always knows breaking news and notable fun facts about Memphis’ local restaurants. For example, did you know that Café Eclectic makes their own granola, and they serve uber-tasty, handmade, vegan-friendly granola bars? How good are they? Well, Margot told us that they run out of them by 5 p.m. most days. Granola, $5.95; bars, $1.75
“The Power of Habit”
Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Buy your copy at the Booksellers at Laurelwood. $16
We hope you found what you were looking for and perhaps a few surprises in our February 2015 FINDS.
We have another surprise: The SB app is coming to Memphis. Stay tuned for exciting details!!!