We have just returned from a short visit to Maine, where we bought some great vintage stuff for the shop. We also had a chance to stop by the Brahms Mount textile mill, where they make some of our very favorite and most luxurious items: linen towels and linen day blankets.
Here is a short video of the 1930s shuttle looms:
Pictures of new vintage items to follow soon. Meanwhile, here are some more photos of our trip:
Working on our little backyard plot of post-industrial Brooklyn dirt has made us think about the possibilities of city gardening.
No matter where your garden is- country, city, or windowsill- you will need a few basic tools.
You can find these on our website:
garden fork and trowel
pair of secateurs
But for these you will have to come visit us in the store:
Glass Plant Misters
Stainless Steel Watering Cans
Filed under eco home, garden
Iris Hantverk Brushes
We are very excited to have finally received our order of Iris Handverk brushes. These beautiful brushes are handmade in Sweden from local wood and all natural fibers. Traditionally, in Europe, visually impaired craftsmen and women would make brooms and brushes by hand. Iris Handverk has continued this craft, designing brushes each with their own individual function.
These are the most comfortable, effective brushes we have ever used, and the fact that they are part of a centuries old tradition only makes them more desirable. The type of wood used for the handle and the natural fibers used for the bristles are chosen based on the designated purpose of each brush, so you can be sure that you are getting the best possible tool for your specific job.
Get your pan brush here.
Get your glass brush here.
- vegetable brush
Get your vegetable brush here.
- hand broom
Get your hand broom here.
- bath brush
Get your bath brush here.
We have just received a beautiful range of hand loomed Hamam Towels. These are the towels traditionally used in Turkish Baths such as the Çemberlitaş Hamam in Istanbul. They are still woven in the traditional manner on a metiers a tisser, or hand loom.
Our Hamam towels are 100% cotton and become even softer and more absorbent after they have been washed. They are also the perfect size for a lightweight throw, tablecloth or shawl.
Hamam Bath Towel
You can see more pictures and get your Hamam Towel here.
- Hamam Hand Towel
You can get your Hamam Hand Towel here.
So the Brahms Mount Linen Day Blankets have finally arrived, and they are just as beautiful as we hoped they would be…
Natural with Chocolate Stripe
Pearl with Natural and Pearl with Blue Stripe.
Natural with Red Stripe.
Linen gets better with age. The more you use it, the softer and cozier it becomes. It has natural antimicrobial properties, as well as natural wicking and insulating properties to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
This really might be the perfect blanket.
Ever since the earliest humans realized that they could carry water in gourds and animal skins, transporting fresh, clean water has been a serious enterprise. In 218 BCE, Hannibal and his troops recuperated from battle at Source Perrier in France. A hundred years later the Romans were building huge aqueducts to carry fresh water to their cities. Leonardo Da Vinci was fond of water from San Pellegrino, and Napoleon was known to carry fresh spring water with him at all times.
Many of today’s most famous water companies have been operating for over a hundred years. In 1845, Poland Spring Water Company was founded when tourists wanted to bring home the delicious spring water as a souvenir of their vacation. Perrier was first bottled in 1863 under the rule of Napoleon III, and Deer Park spring water was founded in 1863. President Taft and his wife spent their honeymoon at Deer Park, and as was fashionable then, they “took the waters.”
Pont du Gard, Roman Aqueduct in Southern France.
President Taft and family.
Great Bear was founded in 1888 to transport spring water from New York State to Manhattan’s growing population.
The water bottles were packed in wooden crates and delivered to homes and offices just like they are today.
antique water coolers
We found our Great Bear water bottle at one of our favorite antique stores.
three of our favorites
We also use one as a doorstop.
We buy them whenever we find them- which lately has been less and less frequently. Maybe people are starting to catch on…