Simple Sugars

Simple Sugars

Last year I discovered a great line of body and face scrubs called Simple Sugars.  Developed by a young entrepreneur from Pittsburgh PA the Simple Sugars line consists of all natural face and body scrubs that smell wonderful, slough away rough skin, and leave a really silky finish.  I have tried many scrubs that are either too rough, filled with chemicals, or leave my skin dried out.  I use both the face and body scrub and they are available in a great array of uplifting and soothing scents like tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, green tea(my current favorite) and lots more.

They now  have a line for men as well: Smooth for Men.

Simple Sugars

Check out their entire line of products Simple Sugars which are produced right in Pittsburgh, PA USA!

Happy Summer everyone and until next time happy shopping Made in the USA!

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We did some Spring spruce up this month including colorful flowers in my vintage pots, freshly painted red entrance door, handsome gray/blue shutters and the final pop of color, a Maine Float Rope door mat.

Maine Float Rope Mats

Maine Float Rope Mats

The Maine Float-Rope Company makes Down East Doormats that are designed and handmade on the coast of Maine using reclaimed lobster fisherman’s float-rope.  They are hand-woven by fishing families and others year round.  These super-durable mats, runners and area rugs are virtually indestructible. The vivid colors are so cheery at a front or back door, foyer, or a Summer home where fussy fabric rugs have no place.   Check out their website where you can order ready made color combinations or custom design your own!

reclaimed-rope-matHappy Spring everyone and until next time keep on shopping Made in the USA!

Maine Heritage Weavers – Loomed to be Heirloomed!

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When I was a little girl the highlight of each Summer entailed traveling to my Aunt Eunice’s lovely farm house in Easton, Maine.  I loved her blue ribbon vegetable garden; the way strangers gave a friendly wave from their cars passing by the farm house; and the soft Terry coverlets and bedspreads she had on all the beds.  The raised hobnail patterns and pom pom fringe gave each of her many bedrooms such a happy and welcoming feeling that to this day when I see a Terry bedspread I am immediately transported back to Summer in Maine.

I am super excited to tell you about my visit and tour of Maine Heritage Weavers in Monmouth, Maine where those Terry coverlets and bedspreads are still manufactured today along with Matelasse and classic woven bedspreads, coverlets and blankets!

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Here is a Terry Loom making a Candlewick bedspread.

Here is a Terry Loom making a Candlewick bedspread.

And here is the final product.  This design is The New England Tradition.

And here is the final Candlewick product.  This design is The New England Tradition.

This woven bedspread is perfect in pattern Spectrum.

This woven bedspread is a lovely pattern called Spectrum.

For years all the big designers have featured flag style design for their All American themes but rarely do they manufacture them in the USA.  Well here is the Betsy Ross pattern in the Matelasse Collection made in Maine and so well designed.  I love this!  How about a few pillows made of  recycled denim to complete the look.

For years all the big designers have featured flag style designs for their All American themes but rarely do they manufacture them in the USA. Well here is the Betsy Ross pattern in the Matelasse Collection made in Maine. This is so well designed, I love it!  How about a few bolster pillows made of recycled denim to complete the look.

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This Snowflake throw and the George Washington’s Choice woven blankets are a must for any home and a great gift item.

This seashell bedspread is so perfect for a Summer house or ocean lovers!!

This seashell bedspread is perfect for a Summer house or ocean lovers!!

With Spring here and redecoration on our to do lists how about a Candlewick bedspread in French Blue or one of my favorite the White Matelasse…there is nothing more cooling and refreshing on a hot day!  For more information or to order visit www.batesmillstore.com

AN AMERICAN TREASURE

Maine Heritage Weavers has a rich and interesting history.  It started out as the Bates Mills Manufacturing Company in 1883. It was established by Benjamin Bates (Bates College is named after him) in Lewiston, Maine as part of the thriving cotton textile industry in America.  During the Civil War Bates Mills worked full throttle producing duck fabrics for tenting.  After the war Bates Mills continued to produce hundreds of fabrics from damasks to gingham’s to cottons for myriad of household products.  During WW2 Bates Mills turned out vast quantities of nylon parachute cloths and camouflage cloth.  Bates Mills had many ingenious inventions and ideas including the matching bedspread/drapery sets very popular with college students for their dorm room decor.  Check out this vintage Bates advertisement in Vogue Magazine August 1948 with a very young George Bush Sr and Barbara Bush posing in a dorm at Yale University.

Bates Mills Advertisement

However, in the 1950’s Bates Mills started closing until there was just one mill remaining in 2002.  Fortunately the wise and industrious Mr. Fred Lebel who had worked for Bates Mills since 1961 and worked his way up to President of the company was determined to build up the business.  Mr Lebel located a large factory in Monmouth Maine, tracked down the looms and equipment and secured the proper funding to establish Maine Heritage Weavers.   Thanks to Mr Lebel, his family, and his family of employees those candlewick spreads, coverlets, and blankets continue to be made with pride, quality and are loomed to be heirloomed by the good people in Maine and Made with Style in the USA!

Until next time Happy Stylish Shopping Made in the USA!  L

 

Brighten your day with Made in the USA!

During these never ending cold, gray Winter months here are three quick and fun ways to brighten any day with Made in the USA!

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100 Percent Pure Brightening scrub.  This is a brightening and smoothing scrub.  Fruit acids and gentle brighteners rejuvenate while jojoba beads buff away flakes and dullness.  I have been using this scrub and the delicious grapefruit scent makes me so happy plus it is gentle yet works.  For me the best part of this whole line of products is that every single ingredient is truly 100% natural and organic….just read the ingredients you will recognize every item…all fruits and plants!  Their body lotions, face serums, hair care products are all super fruit infused and Made in the USA!  Check out everything at: www.100percentpure.com

Candles and Scents to brighten and uplift: Simpatico-Home out of St. Louis, Missouri.  The Simpatico-Home line of candles are made with a 100% vegetable wax blend, made from renewable sources, and grown by American farmers.  I love the hobnail glass which is offered in tons of colors and delicious scents … these candles will brighten any day or evening!

Simpatico-Home

And here are Simpatico-Home gift boxed candles in the Fern scent which is a blend of white cedar and black current….irresistible!  For store locators or online retailers (Anthropologie carries Simpatico!)  visit: www.simpatico-home.com

Simpatico-Home Fern Candles

Dogeared Jewelry.  A nice pair of earrings always brightens my day!  I love these handcrafted Moroccan style earrings from Dogeared jewelry out of Southern California.  Available in gold dipped; rose gold dipped; and silver dipped…now I just need to decide which finish.  Everything is packaged in their Dogeared logo pouch for the perfect presentation.

Dogeared jewelry

Dogeared Jewelry is well known for their “word” jewelry collection.  They offer adorable State necklaces like this one for Massachusetts:

Dogeared jewelry

So until next time, chin up Spring is only a month away!  Happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  L

Made in USA – what I bought and what I gave….

Hello Everyone – to wrap up 2013 and in anticipation of bringing you lots of stylish Made in USA offerings for 2014, (I like that number don’t you?), here is a recap of some of the wonderful Made in the USA products that I purchased last year.  I have made it a habit to check out labels for USA made…now its just part of my shopping routine whether online or at the mall.  If it doesn’t say Made in the USA it probably isn’t.

www.stylemadeinusa.wordpress.com,sleigh of made in usa giftsI love Nanette Lepore women’s couture made in New York City.  Her fashions never disappoint year after year and I now even have pieces from 15 plus years ago that look fabulous and I get tons of compliments.  Last year I purchased this top in a chartreuse color.    I have the best luck with her sales…check it out:  Nanette Lepore.com.Nanette Lepore

I also purchased a few casual pieces from the Alabama based Earth Creations.  They make organic cotton shirts and a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.  I love the pieces I have including this bell sleeved cowl neck in black.

Earth Creations

Next up…some items I purchased as gifts:  Duluth Pack out of Duluth, Minnesota.  For over 130 years, Duluth Pack has been located in Duluth, MN. where they have been manufacturing high quality, built-to-last canvas and leather bags, packs, and outdoor gear in their century-old factory.  With their tag line of “Guaranteed for life and made in USA”…. you cant go wrong!  This all leather and spacious over sized dopp kit I gifted was a big hit:

Duluth Pack

The Goorin Brothers hat company makes most of their  stylish hats in the USA.  Many of my friends and family purchased several hats at Goorin Brothers last year.

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FOR THE HOME...since I am an interior designer I get to purchase home furnishings for myself and all my clients!  I am in love with the blankets and throws from Brahms Mount Mills in Maine.  Their blankets, throws and linen towels are woven on antique shuttle looms by local artisans in their mill in Monmouth, Maine.  Go to Brahms Mount.com for store locators or to order online. I have purchased several of these herringbone throws.  Every home should have a Brahms Mount Throw!Brahms Mount

One of the most important purchases any of us can make is our bed!  I am in love with the Beauty Rest mattress manufactured by Simmons in Agawam, Massachusetts.  Quality, comfort and the pillow top is like sleeping on a cloud!

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One of the reasons I started this blog was my frustration with finding quality bed linens, blankets, comforters and throws that would not wear out in a year or less!  American Made Home started in 2011 from a similar response for quality, durable dorm and home bedding supplies!  American Home  is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with mills and suppliers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.  I can tell you that for a ready made product the quality and workmanship cannot be beat.  I have been very happy with everything I have purchased from this company!  Here is a simple guest room I did for a client.

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Simon Pearce out of Quichee, Vermont makes all things tabletop including glassware, dishes, and pottery to name a few.  I love the fact that their pieces are elegant, made in USA, high quality and the glass and crystal are lead free.  I started my collection of the stemware pattern Royalton.  Here are the champagne stems I purchased:

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Simon Pearce

The Maine Float Rope Company makes Down East Doormats that are handmade on the coast of Maine using reclaimed float-rope.  They are hand-woven by fishing families and others year round.  These super-durable mats are virtually indestructible. The vivid colors are so cheery at a front or back door.  I love mine seen here: Maine Float RopeMaine Float Rope Company

SMALL, FUN & NECESSARY…. Just a few products that I purchased in multiple quantities last year since I love the companies and am a big fan of their products.

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The Naked Bee makes a luxurious line of hand creams, body butters and tons of other personal care products with “all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff.” I am in love with their ultra-rich body butter in Orange Blossom Honey.

Buddy Biscuits by Cloud Star come in several flavors and are a big hit with all the dogs in my life!  I gifted the gingerbread flavor to all my pups for Christmas.  Check out their website for all kinds of goodies all safe and made in USA.

Cloud Star

I didn’t touch on all the Made in America products I purchased in 2013 but I think this list gives you an idea of the breadth of quality, stylish, Made in USA products that are out there for all of us to consider.  Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy New Year and as always Happy Stylish Shopping Made in the USA!!  Linda

Brahms Mount Luxury Textiles – Made in Maine.

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I have a special place in my heart for the state of Maine.  It’s where my family roots are and where I obtained my lifelong respect for our land, water, and air.  As a child I spent many summers on my Aunts farm in Presque Isle where I helped her pick all the fresh (and naturally organic) vegetables for our meals.  I still recall those lunches and dinners as the most delicious and gourmet that I have ever eaten.  I also love Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island where the refreshing Atlantic water views and crisp air make it one of the most peaceful places I know.  Belgrade Lakes is another favorite destination with its Great Pond views and where the mail boat is one of the few remaining delivering mail to the cottages along the shore line.

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On a recent trip to Maine I had the opportunity to visit and learn more about Brahms Mount textiles.   They design, manufacture and distribute a luxurious line of blankets, throws, linen towels, and baby blankets right in Maine. Of course any products I write about have to be both stylish and Made in the USA but this particular product line for me evokes an additional element…the essence of Maine….a feeling of comfort, nurture, simplicity and quality all wrapped up in a blanket…much like the blankets and quilts my Aunt had on her farm in northern Maine…they last forever and just get better with age.

The welcoming folks at Brahms Mount kindly gave me a tour of their Mill in Monmouth, Maine and then I hopped in the car for a trip down to Freeport where President and Owner, David Kaufman showed me around their beautiful store.  David has such a passion for the entire product line that it is no wonder how the company has been able the grow and thrive.  First  lets take a look at Brahms Mount Mill.  If you are not familiar with weaving just keep in mind that the weft is the horizontal thread and the warp is the vertical thread.

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Here we are at Brahms Mount Mill!  Lets start with the Yarn which hangs on a CREEL seen here.

Creel

Creel

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THE CREEL PULLS THE YARN OVER THE WARPER SEEN BELOW.

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THE WARPER BEAM IS LOADED ONTO THE SHUTTLE LOOMS.

Warper

BOBBINS (shown with orange yarn) CREATE THE WEFT (horizontal threads).

BOBBINS

ALL THE SHUTTLE LOOMS ARE DRESSED BY HAND AND CAREFULLY WATCHED BY WEAVERS.

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Vintage shuttle looms work their magic.

Shuttle Weaver at work.

Weaver at work.

A stack of throws just from the loom.

Stacks of woven Herringbone throws from the loom.

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EVERY PIECE IS HAND SEWN, HAND FRINGED, OR HAND KNOTTED DEPENDING ON THE PRODUCT.

Brahms Mount

Thank you Suzanne Brown for your informative and fun tour!

Everything is produced by Maine employees and sold all over the world including Japan and Singapore..and of course sold all over America including their lovely store in Freeport Maine where I visited next…..

Brahms Mount store in Freeport Maine

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One of my favorite products, the Herringbone throw with hand twisted fringe. Absolutely the best throw you will ever own.

Brahms Mount herringbone throw

A shuttle loom on display adds charm.

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Brahms Mount textiles So there you have it.  The most luxurious, stylish blankets, throws and linens you will find and all Made in the grand state of Maine!  For product information or to purchase go to www.brahmsmount.com.  Until next time Happy Fall and Happy Stylish shopping Made in the USA!!

The Nantucket Mermaid

The Nantucket Mermaid

The Nantucket Mermaid

On the magical island of Nantucket Massachusetts right off the cobbled Main Street on 4 Fair Street is the Nantucket  Mermaid Studio where artist/entrepreneur, Jeanne van Etten creates and sells her elegantly hand painted boxes, canisters, picture frames, mugs, cards, shells, wall art, cake stands, wall clocks, painted furniture and on and on… with her signature flora and fauna designs, delicate scrolls, dreamy mermaids, friendly whales, whimsical butterflies and lots of other enchanting creations all in delicious, happy colors.

Nantucket Mermaid studio

As early as the age of 14 Jeanne recalls hand painting rocks, shells and cards.  At the age of 18 while working in a coffee shop a rep from the famous Pappagallo retailer admired the hand painted barrette she was wearing in her hair and soon after that chance encounter Jeanne was hand painting hundreds of barrettes for the chic women’s retail stores.  Just one of the many high end retailers that has sought out her artistic talent.   Today  Jeanne creates a long list of products which she sells online and in her shop on Nantucket.  There are even more creations on the horizon including a fabric and wallpaper line!  To view more of Jeanne’s work go to www.nantucketmermaid.blogspot.com  Or better yet visit her at her studio/retail shop in Nantucket!

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Nantucket Mermaid Studio

Nantucket Mermaid Studio

Nantucket Mermaid Studio

Jeanne working her magic.

Jeanne working her magic.

One of a kind pieces.  Custom orders welcome.

One of a kind pieces. Custom orders welcome.

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To call Jeanne at her studio dial 508-332-9829.  Happy Summer everyone and Happy shopping Made in the USA!!

For Fathers Day – Golf, Grilling & Greens!!

June is here and its a busy, beautiful month!  Its also a month to celebrate all the Dads out there on June 16th.  I am so happy to share all these exciting Made in the USA resources for your Fathers Day gift selections!

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GOLF APPAREL Diamond Apparel is a family-owned and operated business located in North Carolina, heart of the American textile industry. Excellence in design, production and service is the standard at Diamond Apparel. Their mission is to provide the consumer with the  finest knit golf shirts possible – made entirely in the USA at a competitive price.  Visit www.diamondgolfshirts.com to order.

BARBEQUE GRILLS & GRILLING ACCESSORIES

One of many Holland Grill models.

One of many Holland Grill models.

The Holland Grill Company: Over two decades ago in a welding shop in North Carolina, Brad Holland changed grilling forever.  Grilling enthusiasts  have been enjoying the “Holland System” in backyards, on patios, in campgrounds and tailgate parties since 1988. The “Holland System” is a patented, ingenious system of heat control guards and a drip pan that prevents flare-ups. Simply close the lid and cook by time.   Go to
www.hollandgrill.com for store locator and great recipes for grilling!

Two other great Made in the USA grill options to check out:

MAK Grills out of Dallas Texas uses a wood pellet system for smokey good BBQ you cant beat!

Vermont Castings out of Vermont makes several high quality gas grills you will want to check out.

Collared GreensCOLLARED GREENS is a company founded by R.Randolph Ashton who was inspired by his travels throughout the USA as a professional photographer to create an American made lifestyle line of mens polo shirts, t-shirts, ties, bow ties, belts and accessories.

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All products are made with sustainable green organic cotton.  Collared Greens unique premium quality woven and printed silk ties, bow ties and cummerbund sets are hand made in New York City.

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Collared Greens

The tie packaging is made from 100% post consumer recycled paper.  Their pique polo shirts are produced in South Carolina from 97% Texas grown organic cotton, and 3% lycra.  The soft, cozy cotton is certified by EDPA USA, Inc., and fully complies with American Organic Standards and Global Organic Textile Standards.

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For a retailer near you or to shop online check  out www.collaredgreens.com

Until next time happy Father’s Day and happy shopping Made in the USA!

American Dorm and Home

American Dorm and Home

Whether you are planning on sprucing up some bedrooms for Spring, have a new baby on the way, or have a college student that will be looking  for stylish bedroom linens and accessories for their dorm room you must check out American Made Dorm and Home.

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American Made Dorm and Home is a female owned, small business  founded in 2011 initially as a response to the need for American made dorm and boarding school bedding.  Because of the high quality, great style, and great response from customers American Made Dorm and Home soon started producing home bedding, nursery bedding, pet bedding and lots more!!  The company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with mills and suppliers  located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.   Absolutely everything is Made in the USA even the fabric!

American Dorm and Home

Liz and Roo baby line.

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Check out the dorm bundles they offer!

Check out the dorm bundles they offer!

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American dorm and home

Gorgeous home decor for all your bedrooms!

Look at this gorgeous nautical theme set and monogrammed too!

Look at this stunning nautical theme.      The personal monogram gives it extra luxury!

I can tell you from personal experience that I have been  disappointed too many times with the poor quality of comforters, throw pillows, and linens purchased from the big box “value” stores…the stitching comes apart, they fad, and look worn out in less than a year!   I like my sheets and bed linens to get softer and nicer with a little age not ready for the trash.  If you feel this way too then you need to check out the high quality and  fashion forward styles of  the American Made Dorm and Home product line.

Plus, look at the other great offerings: shower curtains, window valances, throw pillows, pet beds and baby linens!  All stylish, Made in the USA and high quality that you will love.

Monograms available on most items!

Monograms available on most items!

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Valances in stylish fabrics.

Valances in stylish fabrics.

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How about Greek Key motif for the baby's room!

How about Greek Key motif for the baby’s room!

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These roll beds are great for travel this Summer!

These pet roll beds are great for travel this Summer!

So please check out American Made Dorm and Home.  You will be happy you did!

Until next time Happy Shopping Made in the USA!

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs – Hand Crafted Jewelry

I don’t know about you but come Springtime I am in need of a few new baubles to give my wardrobe a fresh look.  The whimsical and refreshing designs of  Boston jewelry designer Barbara Goldberg of Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs totally fits the bill!

Barbara Goldberg hand crafted jewelry

Barbara gets her inspiration from “anyplace I can see pattern and the interaction of colors”… sources including couture magazines like Vogue, interior design magazines and even store catalogs can inspire her to start sketching.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara works with a rainbow of Polimer Clays many times adding silver, gold and copper leaf to the mix.

Barbara Goldberg designs

First she uses a pasta machine to flatten out the clay.

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Then she rolls the various clays into a log as you can see below.  The logs are sliced and then shaped into the individual clay beads which reveal the various swirls, grids, and waves that make each bead truly unique!  The clay beads are baked in an oven and finally glazed with a resin.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

In addition to making the labor intensive clay beads Barbara also produces her own hand blown glass beads.   Many times she adds Swarovski crystals for a touch of  sparkle.  It is the combination of these elements:  clay, glass, and crystal which makes her jewelry designs so special.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara has a studio in the south end of Boston.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

450 Harrison Avenue Suite 318

Boston Massachusetts 02118

If you are near Boston you can see her creations at the SOWA First Fridays Open Studios the first Friday of every month!   Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  Linda