We are so excited to launch our GUATEMALAN COLLECTION! Spring is right around the corner (well, here’s hoping) and what better way to bring in the season change than with these vibrant textiles!
Last September we visited Antigua, Guatemala in search of new artisans to potentially work with. We ended up visiting a small town outside of Antigua called San Antonio. They are known for their amazing textiles and have a tiny little market where you can meet artisans, learn how back-strap looms work, and buy textiles. I was drawn into this woman’s stand who had the most beautiful textiles I had seen. Her name was Mayra and she has the most vivacious smile! We started chatting and before we knew it, we were collaborating on a collection of pouches and clutches. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! We were only with Mayra for a few hours and somehow managed to hash out some new designs AND figure out how the new product would make it back to Chicago since we were leaving Guatemala the following day. Not knowing what they would actually look like, especially with the language barrier, we were beyond thrilled when these beauties arrived.
Hope you enjoy!
Our first annual WHITE sale has already been so amazing! All of our vintage Moroccan Wedding Blankets are on sale for $398!!! There are only a few left, so make sure and shop the sale before it is all picked over. We can not wait to see how all our shoppers style their home with these incredible pieces!
It’s hard to believe that February is just days away! That means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, time to start creating!
I love working with flowers & plants so I went to the florist for Valentines inspiration and once I saw (well, smelled) the Eucalyptus, ideas started flowing. I will create a Eucalyptus love nest (or wreath)!!! Super simple to make!
FLOWERS YOU WILL NEED:
- Bushel of Eucalyptus
- 2 bouquets of Daisies. I choose maroon, but any color would work!
- 1 bouquet of white Mums, or any accent color!
** For a official wreath, just buy some florist foam and mold the flowers around that!
Happy Valentines Day! Hope you spend it with people you love!
We have had a ridiculous amount of ‘snow days’ here in Chicago. That usually translates to me sitting under my sunlamp with coffee or wine (depending on the hour) and stalking all my favorite bloggers FOR HOURS! I decided I needed a new winter coat, because, what else do you search for when it’s -17 out. It was about an hour in my hunt that I came across Tara Jarmon and now I am obsessed! Maybe y’all already know her, but her line is incredibly chic and totally worth sharing. Here are some of my favorites! And if anyone wants to donate $500 to my ‘new winter coat fund’, it will be going towards this beauty below. #agirlcanonlydream
We have been asked numerous times, ‘How do I hang a wedding blanket on the wall?’. I had an idea but the biggest obstacle, for me, was how do I attach fabric or anything really to the back of the blanket without ruining such a beautiful piece of art. Now I can’t sew on a button to save my life, so I knew I was going to need to find someone who could help me out! I stopped in my local dry cleaner (who also does alterations) and she told me ‘anything is possible, dear’, so obviously I trusted her with this little project. I told her I planned to hang this blanket on the wall with a rod. She said she would sew on a piece of scrap fabric on the back that the rod could slide into and that she would use invisible thread to attached it so you could not see anything in the front. It turned out perfectly!
As far as the rod goes, you can go to Target and get the most basic curtain rod, that will do the trick. I had my friend Erik help me hang the rod, I’m not so good with the power drill. Thanks for your help Erik, turned out beautifully!
The above wedding blanket is for sale and already has the fabric sewn into it. SHOP HERE!
Everybody loves the holiday season, but there’s one thing that most DON’T love… Wrapping gifts!!! Instead of getting frustrated, get creative!
Here are a few ways to spruce up your wrapping:
1) The “Traditional” Wrap: Sometimes, wrapping paper is just easier. It may not look perfect (come on, it’s hard to get the sides all even!), but there are ways to make it cute and draw attention away from the flaws! Add some funky-patterned ribbon, a bow, and cute stickers to the gift for nothing but compliments!
2) The “Organic” Wrap: Simply wrap some natural-colored twine around the box, holding a pretty leaf, flower, or feather! Eucalyptus is one of my favorites to use. If you want it to look more “holiday,” use colored twine, paint the plant you’re using, or add some flair, like small bells or a fun ornament!
3) The “Simple” Wrap: One of my favorite ways to wrap is by skipping the store and using items I already have! Wrap the gift in newspaper, magazine pages, or cardstock paper, and seal with whatever tape you have! Then add some fun with stickers, flowers, photos, and/or homemade gift tags.
4) The “Fabric” Wrap: Whether you use an old tee, shop thrift shop blouses, or splurge on a few yards of your favorite fabric, your family and best girlfriends will love the uniqueness (and cuteness!) of this gift wrap! Tie the ends into a small bow or knot on the top of the gift, and finish with some festive ribbon.
Show us how you wrap your gifts! Tweet us @STYLEwithMAVEN
Dressing for holiday parties can be stressful. What outfit do I wear? How should I dress for the weather? Can I mix fancy with casual? Fear not, we have put together the perfect holiday outfit for this season by using a fun and fancy dress but mixing it with casual boots and accessories.
We are always looking for new spaces to style our products in. When investing in a piece like a wedding blanket, it always helps to have some visuals of how it could/work in your own space. So we staged a few of our favorite items in our stylists home a few weeks back and just loved how it turned out! Just by adding throws, blankets, and pillows to a space, it completely warms up the room!
Hope you got a little glimpse of inspiration!
If you’re in the market for a sweet stocking stuffer for a loved one, these little ornaments may be right up your alley! With two types of ornaments available, “wire + beads” and “fabric,” these gorgeous, boho-inspired pieces are unique, fun, and can be displayed year-round! Did I mention they are in the $8-$10 price range??
Interested in getting your hands on one of these? This Sunday, December 8, we will be featuring the totally gift-able line at Chicago’s Dose Market (1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., 10am-4pm), and next weekend, December 14-15, we will be at the Randolph Street Market (1350 W Randolph St., 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday)!!
Not in the area, or just can’t make it? Contact me at heather(at)mavencollection.com for more details!!
We would love to see our ornaments on your tree! #stylewithmaven