Mark Roberts has been designing Christmas collectibles for 30 years, creating charming accents, ornaments and stocking holders that are prized worldwide.
The company’s signature fairies each have a unique story, expressing the wonders and joys of the holidays with playful and mischievous flair. Mark and his team achieve this by creatively marrying classic elements with unexpected touches.
Over the next few weeks, Mark will share with us how some of the exclusive 2014 collection for Frontgate came to life.
Each year, my unique collection of Mark Roberts Fairies, Elves and Santas comes to life, detail by detail. From facial expressions to exquisite fabrics, my designers and I carefully plan each design. We know exactly what materials we need to procure to make each one spectacular.
So it was with our 2014 collection. Off to market we went – my esteemed designer Jong, our magnificent assistant Gina and me – armed with a budget and ready to find specific trimmings for our dolls, notably our “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Santa.”
We were meandering in the subterranean depths of the market center when what to our wondering eyes should appear but an area brimming and glittering with every type of jewel imaginable.
Like a pirate discovering treasure, I grabbed every gorgeous bauble I could hold. Arms overflowing, I turned to ask my more reserved (yet still dazzled) colleagues which they thought we could use. Jong’s simple reply said it all. “Well … all of them, of course!”
So I promptly – and enthusiastically – burst my budget and bought as much as we could carry.
With our bounty in hand, we headed to a casual Chinese dinner, where the ever-sensible Gina reminded me that we now needed to use all these jewels. So … with more than 25 pounds of jewels mounded on the table before us, we started playing.
Rough ideas became enchanting visions. I literally was laying out design ideas and jewelry combinations on the table while Jong was making rough drawings on the back of the paper placemat!
And thus were born our exquisitely decorated, handblown designer ornaments. As things often happen, these jeweled ornaments were never even on the drawing board … but from our serendipitous find and dinner table brimming with jewels came these gorgeous Christmas ornaments!
Next post, I will share with you how we got back on track and designed the most exquisite “Diamond’s are a Girl’s Best Friend Santa.”
Shop Frontgate’s full selection of Mark Roberts Christmas Collectibles.
Red & green. Steeped in nostalgia, they’re the colors of Christmas. Yet just because they’re traditional doesn’t mean they have to be tired.
Enter our vibrant Glad Tidings Collection. Exuberant reds and lime greens look fresh, warm and full of vitality. Especially when they’re played out in a medley of spectacular sequins, playful plaids and dazzling gemstones on handmade glass.
A bright color palette with this much presence lets you update your tree without starting over. A little can go a long way. And the 60-piece Glad Tidings Ornament Kit makes this possible at less than $5 per ornament – an amazing value, we think, for designer-inspired, European-quality glass ornaments. […]
Arguably the biggest food fest of the year, Thanksgiving is a major undertaking for a hostess. From dressing the table to stuffing the turkey, there are a lot of moving parts. The good news is that some of the work – including setting the table – can be done well in advance.
Serving up an impressive holiday table doesn’t have to be a time-consuming endeavor … unless you want it to be. Subdued or sparkling, humble or haute, it’s largely about piecing together the right components.
First, assess that you have enough items to accommodate all your guests: seating, dinnerware, silverware, glasses, napkins. Take inventory, then either borrow from family or splurge on the new dinnerware you’ve been admiring. […]
Christmas is one of those holidays so steeped in tradition that proposing any changes can cause ripple effects through the family. From when you put up the tree to what you eat on Christmas Eve, the whole family may want a say.
Yet, often the tree needs a refresh. After years of use, ornaments break or just look tired. Plus, your tastes evolve. It’s exciting to see how small changes can completely transform the look while still incorporating the beloved ornaments you’ve collected over time.
As you’ll see in the video, one of the simplest ways to refresh your tree is to choose a theme. Playful or elegant … whatever strikes your fancy. (If you need some inspiration, over the coming weeks we’ll show you some great ideas.) This is where gorgeous holiday ribbon, faux florals and decorative tree picks make a smashing designer statement.
A bevy of new ornaments also makes an impact. Frontgate’s 60-piece ornament kits include a dazzling array of glass ornaments … and won’t break the bank.
Now that you know how easy it is to update your tree, put on a festive tune, pour a little eggnog and start decorating! Or, if you feel more ambitious, check out our our “5 Steps to a Dazzling Designer Tree”.