Small-batch spirits, artisanal burgers and hand-worked leather goods … they’re all a part of a new trend. One that eschews mass-produced products in favor of those that are artisan crafted. There’s a renewed appreciation for the premium quality of something meticulously made by hand, and for the skills of those who made it.
So this season, we set out in search of authentic, handmade wares. And it was in India where we fell in love with the beautiful block prints and batik-inspired designs of these lightweight Portuguese Tile Quilts.
A celebration of old-world artistry with intricate patterning, globally inspired designs and impeccable craftsmanship, our Portuguese Tile Quilts are a fusion of traditional European style and time-honored Indian techniques.
Lavishly patterned tiles – known as azulejos – are a major part of Portuguese architecture, with churches, palaces and even homes covered inside and out. Such tilework is a centuries-old art form, featuring elaborate arabesque patterns and baroque portraits of historical events.
Our exclusive quilts bring the beauty of their namesake ceramics to your master suite with intricate geometric and floral mosaics. And each is block printed by hand. It’s a meticulous, time-consuming process, with each one taking a craftsperson several days to complete.
Indian artisans use individual wood blocks to create the complex mix of patterns. And each quilt reverses to a complementary batik-inspired design. Batik is the ancient technique that uses wax to prevent dye from permeating specific areas of the fabric, leaving elaborate, undyed patterns in the cloth.
“Block printing seems like a primitive method, but it’s surprisingly complex once intricate detail and color matching are brought into play,” said designer Betsy Burnham, principal at LA-based Burnham Designs.
Read more about her inspiration trip to India.
With the change of seasons, now’s the time to update your top-of-bed decor. Our handmade Portuguese Tile Quilts deliver sophisticated, old-world sensibilities and masterful artisan craftsmanship. And every lightweight piece is woven to a 400 thread count and printed with eco-friendly inks. Shop this collection, along with other handmade quilts, and welcome summer in style.
Plus, find more suite inspiration on Pinterest.
The outdoor season is officially underway, and with months of sunny summer afternoons ahead, it’s the perfect time to update your outdoor furniture.
Of course, there’s always a bit of mystery surrounding any furniture purchase. Because no matter how many times you measure your seating area, it can be difficult to visualize how a piece will look in your space.
But before you break out the tape measure, a pencil and some paper, read on, because we’re taking the guesswork out of your next outdoor furniture purchase.
Picture your ultimate outdoor area. How does it look? Is there seating for several guests, or is it more intimate? And how is it arranged … centered around a single focal point or clustered in groups? Our modular Palermo Collection offers countless configurations for any space. And now, you can try an array of arrangements, right on your computer or tablet.
Design your space with our Modular Seating Planner. You’ll start with a birds-eye view of your area, then you’ll add and move modular pieces to create a seating plan. When you’ve found the perfect layout, you can customize each modular piece with just a few clicks.
Our Seating Planner features one of our most popular modular collections, Palermo Bronze. Generously scaled frames are wrapped in beautiful, metallic-tinged wicker. And every modular piece is topped with substantial cushions, available in your choice of more than 100 weather-resistant fabrics.
It’s never been easier to find the perfect modular seating set. Try our new Modular Seating Planner now and create your custom arrangement just in time for summer.
It’s the unofficial start of summer, and if you’re like us, a cookout is a big part of your long weekend plans. There’s no better way to welcome the warmer weather than with a cold drink and something delicious served hot off the grill.
Of course, every seasoned chef knows that manning the grill is hard work. There’s an art to cooking the perfect steak or getting just the right amount of char on vegetables. And it usually means an afternoon spent in front of flames or white-hot charcoal. Until now.
We’re letting you in on our secret for delicious, succulent grilled foods. The key isn’t an old family recipe or the number of times you flip, it’s all about the grill. And there’s no better tool for consistently creating delicious dishes than the SmartGrill by Lynx.
Equipped with state-of-the-art features and the highest quality components, the SmartGrill is a culinary powerhouse. Variable infrared burners, temperature sensors and electro-mechanical valves constantly monitor and regulate the grilling temperature. And it’s incredibly durable, with stainless-steel construction.
Tender scallops? A medium-rare porterhouse? A side of flamed-kissed veggies? This high-tech grill can cook them all. With a database of more than 200 recipes perfected in the Lynx test kitchen, anyone can grill like a pro. And built-in voice control allows you to tell the grill exactly what you want. It’s as easy as ordering from your favorite restaurant.
This Wi-Fi-equipped grill has all the right connections. It can communicate directly with your smartphone or tablet via the SmartGrill by Lynx app. You can select your recipe right from your device, and the grill will connect to an online database to determine the optimal grilling time, technique and placement for your food.
When it’s time to flip or take items off, the grill can send you a notification via the app or a text message. If you’re wrapped up in conversation or a game of bocce ball, it can automatically lower internal temperatures to keep the food warm without overcooking. Plus, it remembers your favorite settings for the next time.
The Lynx SmartGrill was designed to take the guesswork out of grilling. Its cutting-edge features make it easy to create hundreds of delicious dishes. And, it will always keep you updated with real-time notifications so you can get out from behind the flames to spend more time with family and friends.
Shop now and enjoy delicious alfresco meals all summer long.
Welcome to Frontgate’s new Style Notes series, featuring decorating discussions with the industry’s finest designers, artists and makers.
This guest post comes from Betsy Burnham, the principal designer at LA-based Burnham Design.
We all have a friend who makes Bohemian style seem effortless.
She makes worn-out jeans and a gray sweatshirt look like a million bucks just by adding an unexpected accessory – like a wrist full of turquoise bracelets, some printed tennis shoes, or a rope and bead necklace she bought at a street fair. At home, she mixes print pillows and throws on every sofa and serves dinner on mismatched china.
First, anchor your space with something neutral (remember your friend’s jeans and sweatshirt?). Then add a couple of large, bold pieces or patterns. Smaller items with all-over prints make the perfect finishing touches.
Be sure to stay within a clearly defined color palette – with a lot of white or beige in the mix – and vary your prints from large to small. The difference in scale is what makes everything come together.
To update your outdoor space in this style, try the timeless St. Kitt’s Lounge Chair. Clean, modern lines and a wonderful light finish make it the perfect piece on which to build texture. The Nola Chandelier is also a neutral in a classic shape, but with a little more flourish.
A striped market umbrella or bold tribal print rug adds some flash. And ethnic print pillows and patterned pottery plates and bowls really tie it all together.
See? It’s an easy formula, and all it really takes is an interesting assortment of furnishings, a little courage, and a laid-back attitude.
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