10 Dec 18
Beverly Reimagined

On the Internet, we sometimes go by Tara and Molly, but we’re all friends here, so you can call us by our IRL names: Bonnie Jean (BJ) and Emily. We met at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where we both work—BJ as a web designer and Emily as a science writer. From the […]

07 Dec 18

I like to think about giving a gift that one would not buy for themselves.  Lovely pieces for the kitchen and home are always a welcoming treat. There are many beautifully crafted possibilities.  Consider your recipient’s hobbies, interests, and aesthetic.  Get creative and make it personal.  Perhaps think about pairing the lovely paper napkins with […]

07 Dec 18

On 7 December, this textile know-how was granted this official mark of quality and origin assigned by the National Institute of Industrial Property. Before them, there are 5 geographical indications such as the granite of Brittany or the porcelain of Limoges. The tapestry of Aubusson (Creuse) joins this Friday, December 7th the headquarters of Liffol […]

05 Dec 18
Expeditions Irresistible

“Words I carry in my pocket, where they breed like white mice.” —Lawrence Durrell to Henry Miller My travel along cart paths of the western coastline of Sardinia passed village of Pedra Longa finally on to Strada Provinciale 71 towards northwest sweeping the seashore. Spend a full day for snorkeling and camping overnight at empty […]

28 Nov 18
Makais Blog

New to our store this year are Laguiole Durand Knives – these fantastic quality “gentleman folders” are made in Laguiole, France. This would make an outstanding gift for any man (or woman) who can appreciate a quality crafted folding knife. We currently have 8 models to choose from.

22 Nov 18
The Melting Pot

One would naturally be forgiven for expecting this medieval town, located in the Puy-de-Dome department of Auvergne to be famous for something related to the Puy-de-Dome volcano (which of course is a must see). You can read more about Puy-de-Dome on the Auvergne tourism site. Thiers however, is famous for its cutlery and is considered to […]

07 Nov 18
The Traveling Vineyard

Seeking advice for a birthday gift. My friend is turning 40 in December. I hope to get him a birth year port and a waiter style corkscrew. Is Forge de Laguiole the way to go? What houses should I look at for the port? We are in US, NYC if a wine shop in Manhattan […]

03 Nov 18

The Expression of Attitude deals with a number of broad but interrelated questions: what are attitudes, how do they relate to behavior, how are they acquired, and in what ways can … Expression | Define Expression at the power of expressing in words: joy beyond expression. indication of feeling, spirit, character, etc., as on […]

28 Oct 18
Robb Report

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite premium products that can serve double duty as pumpkin decorating tools.

27 Oct 18
Lauren Heller Art Consultant

‘Twas the week before Halloween and the table was set! Anyone entertaining this Halloween???  Can we talk about these plates??  I found them at Home Goods and fell in love.  Half spooky…half glam…100% perfect. They became my starting point for decorating EVERYTHING this Halloween.  I know these plates are black and white, but somehow that […]