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Picking Prints: The Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2014 Collection is here!

Finally, what just about every mommy-to-be has been waiting for… Petunia Pickle Bottom’s new collection has arrived! We are thrilled to offer these beautiful new bags and hope you love them as much as we do.

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Picking your perfect Petunia print can be quite the challenge. With all the different materials, patterns, and color schemes, it may be hard to narrow it down to your number one choice. One thing to decide is whether you want a trendy bright print to stand out perfectly during Spring and Summer or if a classy neutral print is best to pair with every outfit and stand the test of time. You really can’t go wrong with any style of Petunia prints.

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Petunia Bright Spring Prints from PoshTots

{Prints} – Minted MeadowsCitron BloomsLights of LisbonCaptivating Corinth

Yellow, mint, and floral are sure to catch eyes if you decide to go bright with your diaper bag. There’s no denying these prints are beautiful and fashion forward for the Spring!

Neat Neutrals

Petunia Neutral Prints from PoshTots

{Prints} – RegentsCasbah NightsWandering in WestbrookEvening in Islington

There’s nothing bland or boring about these neutral prints! Elegant designs with a trendy twist will be a hit year round.

Shop the entire Petunia Pickle Bottom 2014 Collection here.

Entertain the Verrine Way

According  to the Larousse Gastronomique a “verrine is a thick glass with no stem, used for serving individual portions of food rather than drinks.” Do you have old fashion glasses? They are your verrine when you are not using them for scotch. The very fashionable stemless wine glasses also make great verrines. And what about the forgotten shot glasses? They can be mini verrines perfect for cocktail parties. We also love them for small portion desserts.

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I love to entertain and with time I am becoming smarter about it. I have my repertoire of key dishes that do not require time in the kitchen when guests arrive and verrines are on the top of my list. They make the perfect start for a meal and the perfect ending. Pair it with a dish that comes out of the oven to the table and you have an elegant yet easy dinner menu.

Invite your friends for a night of cheese and wine and sprinkle the table with shot glasses of mini desserts and you will have a fun and carefree party.

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For a bridal or baby shower, an assortment of savory and sweet verrines can be made into a beautiful tablescape.  For Oscar or Soccer night (the World Cup is almost here) try an assortment of delectable verrines and your guests will love not having to leave the TV to dine.

One of my easy favorites is listed below, but that does not mean that you should not search the web for other creative ideas to entertain the Verrine way:

smoked salmon verrines

For 4 vodka shot glasses ( you can increase the quantities for a larger glass)

2 (or 3) large slices of smoked salmon

2 tablespoons of crème fraiche

3 tablespoons of ricotta

About 20 stems of chives

1 teaspoon of lime or lemon juice

Add dill if you like

Chop the salmon into small pieces, chop the chives and the dill. In a bowl mix the lemon juice, the ricotta, the crème fraiche and the herbes. Black pepper to taste. Add half of the chopped salmon.

Layer the bottom of a verrine with the smoked salmon, make the ricotta mixture to be the middle layer and finish it off with the smoked salmon and a sprig of dill. Keep it refrigerated until serving time.

salad verrines

Verrines are all about layering.  Do you have a great crab salad recipe? Layer it with guacamole and decorate it with fresh cilantro. Do you make a delicious potato salad? Layer it with hard boiled eggs for a sophisticated approach to that all American favorite. Do you make a mean pudding? Layer it with whipped cream and some fruit . That wonderful brownie that you are so proud of can be crumbled and layered with crème fraiche for a yummy treat. Endless possibilities…

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When we chose to add old fashion glasses to our selection, we had in mind that they would double as verrines. We are particularly fond of the Quaddro Old Fashion for traditional style and the Savana for the modern home.

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

A Colorful Case of the Blues!

To my amazement, this summer my hydrangeas bloomed with full force. I wasn’t feeling very confident since I had just planted them at the end of last fall, but they looked healthy and the flowers had the most intense blue.

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There is something to be said about Hydrangea blue: it is not uniform but it runs the gamut from the pale to the almost purple. I love the medium blue and find it very inviting. Apparently, Designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz is also a fan. The Mondrian Hotel in NYC, which he designed, makes use of that beautiful blue to create a magic atmosphere.

If you happen to be planning a trip to the Big Apple, make sure you sneak in for a drink and soak in this magic blue that does wonders for the hotel’s ambiance.  Not only you will be surrounded by this sophisticated shade of blue; you will marvel at every small detail of its décor.

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I especially thought the bookcase display at the café was quite clever with its books grouped by the color of their jackets. This is something one can do at home and reap the rewards of a carefully staged bookcase.

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Another unusual feature was the use of many chandeliers to make a gigantic light fixture that sparkles above the bar area.

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At Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar, their main eatery, suspended glass shelves make the perfect display venue for glasses and jars. This is another wonderful idea that we can translate to home décor.

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A great way to make your home a step above the ordinary: Be bold and infuse unusual touches in your spaces. The world around us is a great laboratory of ideas. Make sure you take advantage of it by letting yourself be inspired wherever you go.  I will be on the look out for tips and ideas to share with you.

Here are some of our “blues” to enjoy:

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If interested in the above wallcovering, fabrics, or our other blue options, please contact a design consultant: 866-767-4868 or [email protected].

– Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane

Not Your Average Ottoman

The ottomans in this new collection are the products of an innovative artisan’s quest to re-imagine a classic piece of furniture. In other words, these are not your average ottomans. They are chic, high-fashion accent pieces with amazing functionality!

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What once was merely a footrest now has three additional functions:

1. The inside has been hollowed out to create storage space.

2. It can serve as a tabletop with the lid flipped to the smooth wood side.

3. It can serve as a comfortable seat with the lid flipped to the upholstered side.

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The additional functions of these ottomans will come in handy no matter where they are being used. Store blankets when used in the family room, books or magazines in the living room, toys in the playroom, school or art supplies in the kids’ rooms, and so much more. The possibilities are endless!

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Each piece in the collection is just as remarkable for its aesthetics as it is for its utility. With high quality eye-catching fabrics, these ottomans will make for gorgeous centerpieces in any room!

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Which one of these fabulous new designs speak to you?

The Fall in Love with Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway!

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Fall in love with the latest Petunia Pickle Bottom Collection.

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There is sure to be a perfect Petunia pattern in this collection to fit your style! Whether you like fun vibrant colors or a more neutral hue, Petunia has it all. How do the new patterns stack up for you?

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We each have our Fall favorite, so what’s yours? Share your pick with us for a chance to win a $50 PoshTots gift certificate to use towards a new Petunia or anything else Posh!

How to enter:

  1. Follow PoshTots on Pinterest
  2. Pin your favorite Petunia Pickle Bottom product from the Fall 2013 Collection
  3. Tag @PoshTots on your pin
  4. Comment on this blog post with a link to your pin & email address

A winner will randomly be chosen at 12pm EST on 8/15/2013 and emailed their $50 PoshTots gift certificate! Thanks for pinning!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to our winner Rebecca Gibson!

Meet Patricia: The Brains Behind PoshLiving

Two years ago, I was transplanted from the Westport town of Connecticut to the southern city of Richmond, Virginia.  It all happened quite quickly: one day I was driving on the winding roads of New England and days later I was in a flat with rented furniture facing the exhaust system of the Kona Grill (which happens to be a great restaurant I later found out!). I landed in a new area of Richmond called Short Pump, referred to by many of the old timers as the “wrong zip code” because it’s mostly new development.

Now, after all the hurdles of a new life, I have grown to love this town. People are friendly, polite and hold the door for you and there are huge expanses of fields. On my way to work I have to stop for geese! And the Short Pump area, although not populated by the beautiful buildings of old Richmond, is a marvelous place to live. All this and it’s just one hour and a half from Washington, DC!

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A few months later, with a new townhouse to furnish and a puppy to drive me crazy, I landed a great position at PoshLiving.  Although I still feel like Vince Vaughn at Google in the film “The Internship”, I love the idea of working with all these youngsters, full of cool ideas and with a great outlook on life.

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(Patricia and her puppy, Maxie, outside of the Posh office)

There is nothing that I love more than design. From early on I knew that I wanted to be an Interior Designer. I am embracing this opportunity to share with you all things design and help make your lives stylish and pleasant. After all, it is in our homes that we seek refuge and comfort so special attention should be paid to our surroundings.

We are revamping our PoshLiving site to the same standards of our uber great PoshTots.  Our goal is to help you all have beautiful homes and we will shower you with ideas and tips.  There are great plans for a unique, new great gift registry especially for newlyweds. From tabletop and gifts, to the living room and even the nursery, we want to help you live a design-inspired life. Let’s make it a great ride!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane

Patricia's Picks

1. Gibraltar Chandelier

2. Delano Recliner

3. White Peony Bouquet

4. Rondra Square Cocktail Table

5. Brindle Stripe Mountain Hand Knotted Rug

6. Sumner Sofa

 

PoshPeople Picks: Diaper Bags!

With so many amazing diaper bags to chose from, it’s hard to pick just one favorite that will work best for you and baby. Our personal styles at Posh have a wide range, so we wanted to share a few of our top picks with you!

Let us know if you find your style match among ours. If not, what’s your fave diaper bag?

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Andrea – CEO/President: Central Park North Stop Boxy Backpack

Kathryn – Design Consultant: Daydreaming in Dax Wistful Weekender

Cathy – Design Consultant: Flowering Firenze City Carryall

Patty – PoshTots Lead Designer: Quilted Diaper Bag in Black

Anne – Design Consultant: Gardens in Glasgow Touring Tote

Lesley – Marketing Manager: Preppy Canvas Diaper Bag

Maya – Marketing Coordinator: Waterloo Stop City Carryall

Mia – Merchandiser: Collins Diaper Bag in Dark Blue

Jessica – Shipping Coordinator: Jungle Leather Satchel

Patricia – PoshLiving Lead Designer: Exclusively Posh Mosaic Roll Boxy Backpack

Erika – Marketing Intern: Elizabeth Shoulder Sak in Camel

Sue Ellen – Office Manager: Marigold Medallions Sashay Satchel

View all diaper bags!

As Seen in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine: June 2013

Have plans to layout by the pool with a good magazine this summer? Be sure to pick up the June 2013 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

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Our Aqua Medallion Crib Sheet was featured as a “sweet sheet” in the Good Mom section of the magazine! How adorable are these sets??

A big thanks to everyone at Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

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Click here for a digital copy of the magazine!

Accessories with a Statement

Some furnishings may be labeled as accessories, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make a statement! The right lighting in a room should be like eye-catching jewelry that completes an outfit. It artistically draws everything together and a look is too plain without it.

Make the lighting in your home stand out as the focal point of a room with these fabulous new designs offered by PoshLiving.

Vibrant Cool

This blue hue adds vibrancy and life while giving you a calming sense of the ocean or sky. The beauty is in simplicity with this look.

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Bubbly Bright

Give your look a little extra personality with a fun popping color all over. Beading adds a sense of playfulness!

raspberry chandelier

bubble necklace

Classic Luster

A sleek gold is just enough to spice up a space, without over doing it. You can pair an array of colors with it, but a classic look will always catch an eye.

olympia chandelier

tiffanys drop earrings

Ocean Luxury

Take the wondrous beauty of the ocean to create a luxurious look filled with serenity. The blush pinks and off whites go perfectly with a set of pearls, transforming neutrals into elegance.

Cockle Shell Chandelier

Carolee Pearl Cluster Necklace

Neutral Pop

You may think that neutral and pop are contradictory when referring to color, but orange is an exception! Keep an earthy palette while adding orange as your neutral pop. It isn’t gender or age specific and fits beautifully with warm browns.

Belinda Chandelier

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Rugged Art

The look of a brightly colored stone gives an artistic feel to any piece. A natural looking finish or stone has its own elegance and vibrancy that you can’t find anywhere else.

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avalonia road bracelet

Industrial Chic

Metallic finishes and clean cuts take a neutral modern look to a whole new level. Spruce up your industrial style pieces to stand out from the simplicity.

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anthro crescent bib

Helping to Deliver Deserving Design: RSA Spring 2013 Project

Once we were a sponsor for Room Service Atlanta’s spectacular Fall 2012 project, we knew we had to be even more involved for the next one. As a company full of employees who love design and inspiration, PoshTots immediately connected with this organization.

Room Service Atlanta is a non-profit that was developed in 2010 by talented designers, Erika Ward and Dayka Robinson, as a way to combine their love for design with their commitment to serve others. They work with shelters in Atlanta to create comfortable interiors for homeless families and youth that will inspire them as they work to get back on their feet.

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PoshTots was fortunate enough to be able to work directly with Erika in redesigning Suite 7 for the Independent Living Program of the United Methodist Children’s Home. Her wish was our command as we worked with our amazing vendors to make her beautiful design come to life!

Here’s a look at the donations made by PoshTots:

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Trapezium Fields Canvas Reproduction

Love Pillow

Jacqui Desk in Green (Coming Soon)

Chloe Side Chair in White (Coming Soon)

 

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Springtime Coverlet in White

Lime Green Embroidered White Sheet Set

India Ombre Cotton Rug in Taupe

2 Berkeley Small Side Tables (Coming Soon)

2 Hutton Lamps in Purple (Coming Soon)

 

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For all of the before and after pictures, check out Erika’s blog!

 

Thank you to our vendors who participated in the charity project!

Peking Handicraft, Inc.

Oopsy Daisy Art for Kids

Pine Cone Hill

 

Photo Credit : Christina Wedge Photography