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December 9, 2013

Save on Fringe Studio Now!

 Posted By: asmith  In: On Trend

Fringe Trays, Vases, Soap

Fringe Studio products have been hot sellers this holiday season, and that does not come as a shock to us.

The variety of products manufactured by Fringe make it easy for anyone to be able to find the perfect holiday hostess gift, stocking stuffer, holiday home decor, and Christmas gift for a loved one! The art pieces, which happen to appeal to all ages, are each inspired by vintage, Victorian-era wallpapers, and many of the hand blown glass pieces feature images of botanicals, birds, bees, and butterflies. After these images have been transferred to the glass through a kiln-fire procedure, pieces are layered with different textures, patterns and in some cases, even dusted with gold. This unique procedure allows each glass piece to remain translucent, providing a unique view that creates a different look from every angle. Additionally, their brilliantly contrasting patterns make the timeless images on them “pop,” on both the piece on display, and in the room it’s being displayed in.

Other products, including mugs, journals and dainty trays, display inspirational quotes and words, deeming them the perfect pick-me-up pieces. And while their items are obviously decorative, many of the brand’s products are equally as functional. For example, the colorful, versatile Fringe trays can be used to display perfumes, collect change, showcase potpourri, and hold jewelry, among other things.

 

 

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November 25, 2013

DayNa Decker Sale!


Designer DayNa Decker

You can’t have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to DayNa Decker’s home and body collections. Her world-famous fragrances come in a variety of appearances, including candles, room diffusers, hand wash and lotions, moisturizing crèmes, and body cleansers, to name only a few. These products, derived from the highest quality of natural ingredients, are like no product you’ve experienced before.

You can smell the intoxicating blend of pure essential oils and the tantalizing combination of fragrances like mandarin, citrus, jasmine, tuberose, and sandalwood, that linger around 1,000 square feet of a diffuser. You can hear the soothing crackle of a teardrop flame on an EcoWood wick from one of the DayNa Decker “chandels” (a candle containing pure, botanical wax, burning clean, and for longer hours with less post soot dispersion and carbon build up.) You can feel the essence crème’s moisturizing formula as it works to strengthen elasticity, while toning skin to a perfected natural glow.

The packaging and overall presentation of this brand’s eco-couture collections make them one of the most aesthetically pleasing product lines here at Rain Collection. In addition to the sleek and sophisticated look of each product, we applaud this designer’s company for their Eco-friendly efforts. Not only  do they use natural formulas for their products, but their gorgeous primary and secondary packaging is composed of recyclable post-consumer waste.

We are proud to feature all three irresistible fragrance lines, and are happy to be able to share them with you at a fraction of the cost this holiday season. Indulge yourself, or give this gift of the senses to a loved one, with the Eco-luxury that is the DayNa Decker collection.

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November 11, 2013

Pyrrha Jewelry Sale

 Posted By: asmith  In: Designer Jewelry Sale

 

 

They’ve been featured in TV shows, magazines and even on the red carpet. They are always on trend and can be worn with any outfit, due to their subtle and simple design.

“They” are the Pyrrha Talisman Collection, and chances are, you’ve seen them on the necks of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Katie Holmes (among many others) before.

After stumbling upon a box of delicate 19th century wax seals, jewelry designers Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin, of Vancouver, decided to reinvent them by casting the seals into a permanent state of recycled gold and sterling silver. The result is an imperfect stamp, complete with the original cracks of the maker’s hand. (This is quite an original idea as most jewelers strive to perfect their pieces, while Wilmore and Papin choose emphasize each wax seal’s deformities.) Not only is this collection  original and historically significant, but it is also eco-friendly. The Vancouver company takes their environmental and social responsibility very seriously and reuses everything they can during the production process, which we find amazing!

So, this holiday season, why not spoil your loved ones with jewelry that features precious authentic meanings that still manage to hold relevance today. Sayings like “Carpe Diem,” meaning “Seize the day,” and “L’espoire me reste dans l’orage,” meaning “Hope remains with me even in the storm,” make these talismans a permanent source of inspiration within any jewelry box.

Pyrrha jewelry, now on sale.

 

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October 28, 2013

Cote Bastide: Top Product Designer


Cote Bastide Products on Sale

 

 

I remember visiting my grandmother in Arizona, where she lived in a home with a beautiful backyard full of citrus trees. The smell of fresh lemons and grapefruit lingering in the hot, dry air was intoxicating to me. I wished I could bottle up that fragrance.

Have you ever wished you could capture a specific scent?

Nicole Houques, a native of southern France and the founder of Côté Bastide, has managed to do just that. She is able to bottle up certain smells, and colors, inspired by many moments from her childhood, that reflect her vivid memories. Her Fig Coarse Sea Salts, for example, smell of an afternoon spent in the shade of a blossoming fig tree. Her Amber Candle reflects basking in the golden light of a warm sunset during her travels as a child.

Today, Houques continues to draw inspiration from the beauty around her in the south of France. She does such an amazing job of capturing scents true to nature, by using the finest scents available in nature. Her potpourri, for example, is made from the resin of the Acacia Tree, which is found only in the South of France and Morocco. When the resin crystallizes, its essential oils are infused into the crystals, creating a scent that is not only invigorating, but is also sure to last you a long time.

Her collection contains many scents, from Milk (reminiscent of sweet cream) to Orange Blossom – each distinct and traditional.  Houques also provides products for your home, such as luxury candles, potpourriroom sprays, and even linens. Bath salts, bath oils, shower gel, soaps, eau de toilettes, body lotions and exfoliants make up one of the most luxurious groups of body products we carry online.

Browse through our newly marked down Côté Bastide products; you may even find a scent from Houques that evokes a happy memory.

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October 14, 2013

Kisim Bags Sale!

 Posted By: asmith  In: Luxury Handbags Sale

Kisim Bag

Tote bags have been a staple in the closets of women since the early 1900s. Known for their ability to carry practically anything, the tote is truly an all-purpose bag. Today, they range in size, shape, style and color, allowing them to be as fashionable as they are practical. Kisim, one of our favorite brands carried at RainCo., has designed the ultimate tote, in our opinion. And this week, they are on SALE!

Inspired by the Furoshiki bag, a traditional Japanese folded bag made from a single rectangular piece of cloth, the Kisim tote bag is far from being simply constructed. Yael Rosen’s collection is handcrafted in Israel where she has been using the finest materials since the Kisim Collection’s inception in 1999. The texture and feel of each buttery-soft leather bag is unreal. The craftsmanship on each bag alone distinguishes the Kisim tote from others. Additionally, this higher quality is reflected through the perfect symmetry of each bag, with great detail all the way down to the stitching. The Kisim tote is built to last each bag owner for years, which deems it a worthwhile purchase. Plus, what other tote is so stunning that you can use it in your transition from day to night? Take it to work, run errands, enjoy happy hour and even travel, using the same gorgeous bag for each occasion. Plus, each tote comes in the richest of colors, all available in Matte or Shine. Kisim bags come in variety of styles, suiting even the most unique tastes, with each bag as durable as the one before. In addition, each tote is beautifully lined on the inside with a soft, luxurious fabric.

Kisim bags are truly the best of the best. They are classic, they are striking, they are detailed. Invest in one while they are at such an outstanding price, trust us – it will last you.

Extra Bonus: Carrie Bradshaw, the ultimate fashionista, carried her very own Kisim bag in the ‘Sex and the City’ movie!

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October 1, 2013

Weekly Feature: Marcia Moran Jewelry

 Posted By: asmith  In: Designer Jewelry Sale

Have we told you we loved you lately?

This month, we are going to be blogging about the brands we LOVE. But we can’t just stop there. We have to share the love with our loyal customers, right?!

Check back weekly for some seriously amazing markdowns!!

 

 

THIS WEEK:

As if the prices aren’t already reasonable enough for such stunning pieces, we are marking down all of our Marcia Moran jewelry! Take advantage now on the savings of this amazing brand.

 

We love Marcia Moran. Our customers LOVE Marcia Moran (specifically her gorgeous Gold Druzy Stud Earrings!) But we bet you did not know that she is a dentist turned designer! It’s true. Marcia Moran was born, raised and attended school in Brazil where she also began her career as a dentist in the 1990s. Only in 2003 did she begin to create her own jewelry, after moving to LA. As a talented artist, working alongside other Brazilian designers and incorporating gorgeous resources from her homeland into her unique pieces, the public’s hunger for her jewelry line grew. Finally, she was able to create her own special collection.

Today, she continues to design fabulous pieces of jewelry that glisten naturally, as she uses shimmering crystals in their most organic form. Additionally, she commonly uses 18kt gold, rhodium-plated metals, and semi-precious stones when designing. You would think that all of the natural materials, their premium quality, and her talent alone, would make each piece cost a fortune, yet Marcia Moran’s pieces are shockingly affordable! (Not to mention, they are on sale now!)

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September 18, 2013

Gearing up for Autumn: Photography Tips!

 Posted By: asmith  In: Unique Wall Decoration

River in Fall Artistic Photograph

The first day of autumn is officially Sunday (September 22). We are especially excited about this change in season because, as you know, we love nature, and fall brings so much beauty. There are so many vibrant colors on display, for one. The warm glow of leaves on trees, the richest reds, yellows and greens on plump apples waiting to be picked, and the fiery orange pumpkins that overflow patches decorated with festive corn stalks and bales of hay… If you are like us, you might be overwhelmed by each attraction and you might try to capture fall in full bloom, but find that your pictures just don’t do each spectacular view any justice.

Here are some tips to help you take an amazing set of photos this season:

  • Pick an interesting location. We’ve named a few. Other locations you may consider are forest preserves, parks, lakes, woods, open roads (be careful!) and urban areas.

Fall Photographic Art

 

  • Photograph during The Golden Hour. This might be a photographer’s best kept secret, as the photos shot during this time of day come out seriously stunning. Photos can be soft or sharp depending on which way you are facing the sun. Get a Golden Hour calculation for your location.

DIY Artistic River Photograph

 

  • Play around with angles, points of view and lighting. Do not be afraid to get close to your subject and photograph objects in motion. You can get some really interesting shots experimenting with your camera.

Artistic Landscape Photograph of Barn and Plants

  • Experiment with contrast. Your subject is more likely to stand out against contrasting colors, than if it were to be photographed on its own. For example, photographing the warm tones of leaves against the cool tones of water, tree bark, pavement, etc., will really make your photo pop!

Colorful Autumn Leaves Photography

We would love to see how your pictures turn out!

 

 

 

*Photos Courtesy of Martha Layton Smith

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September 10, 2013

Decorating Dilemma: Light, Privacy and the Pursuit of Happiness

 Posted By: asmith  In: Decorating Dilemmas

Choosing between natural light, privacy and a window treatment that works well in a room can prove to be a major decorating dilemma. While natural light illuminates living spaces beautifully, not everybody has the option to keep their windows bare. Some may suffer from less than flattering views of the surrounding area while others might desire more privacy in general. So how do you cover up without jeopardizing the ultimate source of light, while maintaining a personalized living space at the same time?

Here are four solutions to those who may be facing this decorating dilemma.

Affordable Window Treatment Ideas

 

Option 1. Sheer curtains are a simple and elegant way to provide a room with a lot of light, if you don’t require very much privacy. While you would still be able to see through them to some extent, they allow the most light to filter into the living space. They can easily be pulled to the side to expose a surrounding view and the most amount of light. Plus, they compliment most decor.

Option 2. Layering curtains, a fairly new trend, appears to be a step up from sheer curtains. Combining two sets of curtains, one sheer and one slightly more opaque, allows additional privacy. What is nice about this option is that you have the choice to open them completely for maximum exposure, or you can keep them closed entirely for the most privacy. Plus, this soft, textured look can highlight any living space beautifully, as you can choose nearly any pattern, texture and style for the overlapping curtain in order to better match a room.

Option 3. Bottom to top blinds, are a more opaque option, but still allow the sun to peek through a portion of the window. What is nice about this window installation is that they are also adjustable, like the first two options. This allows you to still have a view of the surrounding area. To let the most light in, consider choosing a neutral color or a woven blind.

Option 4. Adhesive rice paper is the perfect choice for someone who does not care to preserve their view. This window installment still manages to let a lot of light in, while appearing soft and less noticeable in a room. This is also a great choice for someone with beautiful window frames, who may not want to cover them up with blinds or curtains. The nice thing about adhesive rice paper is that you can choose the level of transparency, so that the colors from outside would still be able to shine through if you so desired.

 

*Photos courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens, Timber Blind & Shutter, Menards

 

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September 4, 2013

Featured Artist of the Month: Jan Barboglio

 Posted By: asmith  In: Top Product Designers: Artist of the Month

 

 

Jan Barboglio

Photo Courtesy of Jan Barboglio

About Jan Barboglio:

Heritage, tradition, history and fond memories of her childhood spent on a cattle ranch in Coahuila, Mexico serve as the inspiration behind Jan Barboglio designs. Although she originally began her artistry in the field of fashion, Jan Barboglio’s home decor has taken off to new levels. Many of her high quality pieces are irregular, imperfect, and come in limited quantities, making them rare and unique to each buyer. Each work of art is stamped with her signature mark after it has been cast, wrought, hammered, sanded and sometimes painted. Barboglio’s pieces are commonly made combining iron, glass, silver, wood and leather to reflect the rugged, Mexican style she has immersed herself in since she was a child.

Today, she is a highly skilled artisan and her pieces are recognized all over the world. Our customers specifically clamor to collect her latest pieces, which are constantly being updated. From romantic champagne flutes to rustic chargers, western wastebaskets to formal napkin rings, Jan Barboglio’s themes are always changing while managing to remain timeless at the same time. We love this aspect. Actually, we love Jan for several reasons, one major reason being the fact that each stunning piece somehow manages to trump the next. Honestly, we want to take all of her work home with us each time we receive a new shipment.

 

Jan in your home:

Each work of art is an investment piece that will never go out of style. Pair her Primitive Bird Bowl with fruit on the kitchen island. Update your workspace with her Corazon Pisapapel. Her Cross House Blessing makes a lovely coffee table decoration, and her Candelabras make the most amazing centerpieces. Wherever you decide to put them, Jan Barboglio’s pieces stand out.

 

  1. Jan Barboglio Designs for 2013Jan Barboglio Corazon Pisapapel (paperweight)
  2. Jan Barboglio Cross House Blessing
  3. Jan Barboglio Paloma Votive Holder
  4. Jan Barboglio Round Blanched Platter
  5. Jan Barboglio Arco d’ Mesa Candelabra
  6. Jan Barboglio Corazon Quesera Heartblessing Cover with Platter
  7. Jan Barboglio Cuatro Foille Decanter
  8. Jan Barboglio Jarron Glass Bottle with Crown Stopper
  9. Jan Barboglio Adelita Candlestick
  10. Jan Barboglio Primitive Bird Bowl

 

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August 30, 2013

On-Trend Home Decor: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

 Posted By: asmith  In: Ideas on Interior Decorating

Nature-inspired Home Decor Ideas by Better Homes & Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

 

Fall is on its way, and with it comes a change in trends. Better Homes and Gardens wrote a feature on using natural elements when decorating in the home this season, and we could not be more thrilled, seeing as we love everything about nature here at Rain Collection. We were drawn to this living space in particular because it really seems to capture simple aspects of both summer and autumn, making it perfect transitional room decor. The bare branches and birch wood contrast the live greenery and cheerful pictures of birds and butterflies, reminding us that fall is on its way. Yet, this balance between both seasons provides a happy medium for those of us who are not yet ready to say goodbye to summer, but love the fall season in general.

We were so inspired by this living space that we put together our very own “Get the Look” cheat sheet, making it easier for you to transition your home from summer to fall.

Happy decorating!

Transitional Room Decor for Summer to Fall

  1. Stone Coasters: Butterfly Coaster Set
  2. Driftwood Candelabra
  3. Painted Tree Pot
  4. Fringe Studio Walnut Bird Tray-Large
  5. West Third Brand L’Orangerie Candle
  6. Bunting Birds Tapestry Wall Art
  7. Tapered Glass Dome

 

What is your favorite transition between seasons? Winter to spring? Fall to winter?

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