Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Cocktail...

This New Year's Eve, add a bit more to your bubbly and try one of my all-time favorite champagne cocktails, the Kir Royale!

photo: bon appetit

This blushing cocktail is as pleasing to look at as it is tasty. A Kir Royale can be enjoyed with brunch, lunch, or dinner! Best of all, it's absolutely simple to make!
Just follow these simple steps to create your own blushing bubbly:

Kir Royale
  • Start with a lovely champagne flute
  • Pour 1 Oz of creme de cassis* (or chambord**) in the glass
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with champagne or sparkling wine
  • Garnish with a lemon twist (traditional), or simply drop red fruit like raspberries, cranberries, or pomegranate seeds into the glass to enhance the color
  • Enjoy!!!
*The best creme de cassis is one that comes from Dijon - France, so look for the word Dijon on the label.
**Chambord is a lovely berry liqueur, it's a great alternative and makes a delicious Kir Royale.

Looking back on 2010...

I just wanted to take this opportunity on the eve of the New Year to look back and reflect on all that has happened in 2010.
Top 5 Harvest accomplishments for 2010...
  1. We have embraced social media! In an on-going effort to keep our customers up-to-date on all the latest Harvest news, we have taken new steps to connect with our customers electronically. You can now find Harvest on Facebook, Twitter, and of course, this Blog! As new collections are introduced, we will continue to update our website as well.
  2. We have welcomed back some of our favorite Harvest associates (Mark and Katie Manasco in Burlingame), and welcomed new members to our teams in both stores, (Kate in Menlo Park, and Lori and Jennifer in Burlingame). We are thrilled to have such a talented team of associates, and we welcome them to the Harvest family!
  3. We have doubled our In-Home Consulting business! In 2010, we have increased our efforts to offer in-home design assistance at a fantastic rate! Professional, on-site design advice takes the guesswork out of home decorating and enables us to provide you with a greater level of customer service.
  4. We are proud to have introduced many new one-of-a-kind and vintage items from around the world. This year, we've expanded our inventory to include truly unique furnishings and accessories, collected from antique shows, vintage markets and sources around the globe. Our top-selling Nantucket Collection is perhaps the star of this line-up with its distressed patina of time-worn materials in rich colors and textures.
  5. Last, but certainly not least, 2010 marks the year in which we opened the doors to our New Burlingame Location! Expanding our business up north along the peninsula has been a wonderful and successful new venture. We are thrilled to have experienced such a warm welcome in our new location and look forward to serving the Burlingame community and surrounding neighborhoods!
We are so thankful for all of our customers and their continued patronage. We are thrilled to be your premier home furnishing retailer, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2011! Thanks for your support!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pssst...Here's a little secret...

If you've been eying one of our great-looking floor models, you're in luck!
As of January 1, all floor model furnishings will be available for purchase right off the floor at great discounts.
All inventory is first-come, first serve, so hurry in for the cream of the crop at Harvest!

...Just thought you might want to know!
Stay tuned for more updates here on the Harvest Blog!

Trend Alert: Birdcage Decor

This trend is really taking flight. Bird cages add a bit of architecture and whimsy to any interior. Stage them with candles, climbing topiaries, or faux nests and clip-on birdies. We have quite a few unique styles to choose from at Harvest. Come by and see!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

50% Off Holiday Decor

Now is the time for the best selection and savings on Harvest's fabulous holiday decor!
We have just marked our Christmas clearance items to 50% off!!! Don't miss out!

Hot Lighting

Check out these amazing Wire Nest Lamps
from Gold Leaf Design Group

lamps in matte iron wire

What do you think?
Too industrial for Harvest homes? or
Something we should carry in the stores?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Harvest Holiday Sale Ends Soon!

Only 3 Days Left!

Hurry In
To Save 15%
On All In-Stock
and Special Order Furniture
Before December 31st!

Harvest Holiday Sale!!!

Color Update: Graphite Gray Sofas

Velvety, graphite-gray fabrics adorn the unique silhouettes of these sumptuous sofas. This cover choice is both inviting and durable, two attributes we always seek in Harvest furnishings. We will introduce this fantastic material to our floor sample sectional in this next season's floorset. I'll be sure to post pictures when our graphite-gray, velvet sofa comes in! In the meantime, enjoy these inspirational images!

Tufted detailing on this chesterfield sofa enhances the sheen and beauty of velvet

the richness of gray velvet adds interest to this simple silhouette

A softer shade of gray is refined and romantic

Silver-toned sleekness

a simple frame covered in pewter sits within a modern-country aesthetic

illustrating depth and contrast in the juxtaposition of raw and refined materials

this sofa is the color of cool, coastal fog, but its velvety texture exudes comfort and warmth

The graphite gray looks fantastic on both traditional and contemporary frames. Love the pop of orange accents in this room (see previous post).

Nailhead detailing adds an additional layer of style and tradition to this frame. This charcoal hue creates the perfect backdrop for the emerald green accents.

Note: most of these sofas are pictured against a backdrop wall painted in a lighter shade of gray. This monochromatic move allows infinite possibilities for accents in any color. Gray looks outstanding with orange, gorgeous with green, and beautiful with blue!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Color Update: Orange Accents

Orange you thrilled about this trend?
I'm loving the bright and cheerful splash of orange accenting interiors everywhere!
Check it out...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

It's raining, it's pouring...

This umbrella stand is anything but boring!

Pick up this dandy vessel to store your rain umbrellas and keep your foyer dry!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Coffee Talk

We can't stop talking about this incredible vintage coffee table.

It would add so much texture, character, and color to any family room.

Just look at the amazing patina!

Plus, distressed finishes mean you don't have to worry about any knicks or scratches that happen in a busy home.
Coasters? Who needs coasters?

We're Inspired By...McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier

In each of their unique homes, the interiors team of Bobby McAlpine, Ray Booth, and Susan Ferrier delivers a masterful mix of muted palettes and rich textures that blend seamlessly from one room to the next. Each intriguing space embodies an element of organic simplicity that lends an approachable appeal to even their most refined interiors. In their continued effort to create "the inheritable home" they design timeless spaces that evoke a sense of place, personal character and lived-in warmth. For all these reasons, we are inspired by McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Great Vintage Bench

Check out this fantastic old bench in Menlo Park.
It makes a great slim coffee table or end-of-the-bed perch.