4 Ways to Wear Your Favorite Scarf

As the weather grows colder, we break out our favorite fall accessories: Hats, boots, mittens…but the best of all? Scarves! One of the most versatile accessories, a scarf can be worn in multiple ways for a variety of occasions. Loop it around your neck with your favorite sweater for a cozy-comfy look, or drape it over your shoulders while you wear your favorite evening attire. To help you stay fashionable this chilly season, we’re presenting you with 4 ways to wear your favorite scarf!

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1. Over the shoulder

Give your look a more dramatic flair while remaining cozy and chic! Start by wrapping your scarf around your neck. Instead of keeping both ends in the front, allow one to remain in back by throwing it over your shoulder. This look is the perfect way to break up symmetry and give you an edgier style.

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Red Guipure Lace Scarf

 2. Tie it!

We love the look of our Red Guipure Lace Scarf when it’s tied at the neck. Simply wrap your scarf around your neck, and tie the two loose ends into a single knot in front of you. You can tie the knot high and close to your neck, or lower, for a looser, more relaxed look.

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 Joyita’s Silk Sunflower Scarf Set

 3. Clip it

Looking to add a fun detail to your scarf? Try clipping it! Simply wrap your scarf around your neck, with the two loose ends dangling in front of you. Grab your favorite brooch or pin, and use it to clip/connect the two ends of the scarf together at the midway point. Match your brooch to your scarf, or switch it up with a pop of a different color. There are so many possibilities with this style, so have fun with it!

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Italian Rainbow Plaid Scarf

 4. Drape it

Add an elegant touch to your favorite dress or evening wear by draping your scarf as if it were a shawl. Keep in mind that this look requires a scarf that’s a little on the wider side, so that it may stay comfortably on your shoulders.

5 Halloween Inspired Home Décor Ideas

Around this time of year in New England, we see the beauty of change in the season. The colors green, yellow, orange, and red embark the transition into autumn. As our days get shorter and our nights get colder, we cozy up in our homes. Whether you love autumn or looking for ways to get your home into the spirit of Halloween; these accent pieces will bring character into your room in a festive, elegant way.

2018 Edition Polish Pottery Jack-O’-Lantern 

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Placing pumpkins around your home will create a fun look to any room. This decorative Polish pottery Jack-O’-Lantern is skillfully handmade. Halloween motifs are stamped on with hand-carved sea sponges and details are added with fine brushwork.

Polymer Clay Ghosts Figurine

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Add some effortless and spooky touches to your home. These ghost figurines will add a hauntingly yet adorable look to your décor and will leave your guests smiling. These figurines are made from brilliantly-colored polymer clay.

Polish Pottery Haunted House Luminaries

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Add a tea light to this haunted house luminary to light up a room and add a warm touch to your home. Use multiple luminaries while decorating to enhance the spookiness of your entry table or mantel for all your guests to see.

Autumn’s Bounty Wreath

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Celebrate all things Fall! Wreaths are the perfect décor piece to add an instant seasonal change to any home. This adorable wreath featuring mini pumpkins and colorful leaves is sure to add a touch of autumnal flair.

Hand-Painted Witch Wall Art

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Throughout folklore history, witches have been synonymous with wickedness and magic. This spooky wall art piece featuring a witch flying on her broomstick across the night sky will definitely add a touch of hocus pocus to any room. Each piece is beautifully hand-painted then triple-coated in sealant for added durability.

October Birthstone: Opal Stone

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Opal, known as the ”queen of gems,” can flash patterns of color representing every hue of the rainbow. Believed by ancient people to actually contain fire, opal has long been credited as having magical qualities. By tradition, opal was said to help its wearer in seeing endless possibilities. With many years of history behind it, we would like to share with you the history, formation, and types of this miraculous stone.

The Discovery of Opals

Opal has been discovered similarly to the way diamonds were produced and was priced as high as diamonds in ancient Greece. The famous anthropologist, Louis Leakey discovered the earliest known opal artifacts in the caves of Kenya. Historically, these stones were also found in Australia, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Ancient Romans adored opal and provided the first real market for them. This was a great deal because by that time many countries had become familiar with opal and the wealthiest people acquired a passion for beautiful gems.

How Opal Is Processed

Our artisans produce the opal resin by crushing natural rock and mixing it with a specially developed resin, which allows them to easily cut and shape the pieces needed to set in the jewelry.

The Types of Opal

Black opal

Black opal stone can range from dark grey to jet black. The rainbow colors in black opal stand out incredibly making the colors very vibrant.

White Opal

White opals are very common. It has a milky appearance and it’s capable of displaying mixed colors of red, green, purple, and blue.

Boulder Opal

The name “Boulder opals” came from the mining of large ironstone boulders under the ground. The vibrancy of color in this opal is similar to black opals due to its dark tone.

Fire Opal

Fire opal receives their name from its fiery background color. It contains bright yellow, bright orange and bright red.

Ethiopian Opal

Ethiopian opal has a wide variety of color especially reds.  Their appearance is similar to glass due to its smooth surface and extreme radiance.

The Ultimate Guide to Handbags

Depending on what suits your personal taste and whether you’re heading to work, dinner, beach, or a shop, there are a variety of styles and choices when it comes to shopping for handbags. Although, you can’t ever have too many handbags! Here is our ultimate guide to handbags every woman should own.

The Bucket Bag

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Bucket bags are inspired by the shape of a bucket. These bags have an appealing shape and are mainly made out of leather or suede. These roomy bucket bags are perfect for the casual day out with friends or family. The style is unique and the tassel sends us an effortless ambiance which makes these bags the ultimate cylindrical shaped bag.

The Tote Bag

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Tote bags are generally large in size. They are ideal to bring to work or take with you to a weekend getaway. Totes are considered to be versatile bags; they can be used as knitting bags, shopping bags, beach bags, or even as a laptop bag. This bag can be whatever fits your lifestyle needs.

The Crossbody Bag

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Whether you are a traveler or need to be hands-free to manage errands, a crossbody handbag will definitely meet your lifestyle. They are the perfect size and can be easily worn across the shoulders because of their long straps.

The Satchel Bag

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Satchel bags are usually structured bags; they come in different shapes and sizes. You can carry them by hand or over your shoulder given that a long strap is attached. The style of this handbag is a mix of a messenger bag and a crossbody bag. This type of bag has a secure closure which keeps all your contents in place.

The Clutch

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A clutch bag is a must have for every women. They are perfect for a night out or formal occasions. It’s a strapless purse that is carried by hand and it’s the perfect size for small personal items. Clutches are considered to be elegant which makes them work perfectly well as an evening bag.

Capodimonte Flower: History and Creation

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Capodimonte flowers are as delicate as they are stunning. Each one is made from the finest porcelain of Italian pottery. You can easily add a beautiful touch of Italian style to any room with these elegant flowers. They are commonly used as a table centerpiece or coffee table décor. Learn about the history of Capodimonte and how these beautiful flowers are created.

History

The history of Italian porcelain started in Naples back in 1738. In 1743, the first porcelain factory was established in Naples, Italy by King Charles. The factory known as The Royal Manufactory of Porcelain stood high atop a hill, which is where the name “Capodimonte” or “Top of the Mountain” came from. Its primary sets and pieces produced were dinner and tableware, and then came trinket boxes, vases, figurines, and decorative pieces.

In 1759, King Charles III of Spain ordered his troops to destroy the factory in Naples and transfer all the equipments, artists, chemists, and molds to a Spanish porcelain factory in order to protect his manufacturing secrets. However, it went from Spain back to Italy when his son, Ferdinand, took over and became the King of Naples and then the King of Sicily. As a result, the Capodimonte production continued again in Italy.

Creation

Capodimonte flowers are created using the finest grain and the purest white colored clay. Each flower is sculpted entirely by hand, which takes about 20 minutes per flower. After it is sculpted, it’s then kiln-fired and cooled to ensure durability. After the cooling, it’s then painted with a spray gun. The artisan then switches to a brush and hand-paints the leaves of the flower. Each leaf is shaded to create depth and dimension to make it appear life-like.

Want to explore the full detail in the creation of a Capodimonte flower? See our video below.

5 Ways to Style a Classic White Top

A classic white top is a must have closet-staple item. Since autumn is right around the corner, it is the perfect time to think about layering and adding accessories to your look. Adding statement pieces to your look will transform your entire wardrobe and make you stand out. Here are 5 ways to style a classic white top.

 1. Getting into Gold

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Pairing gold with neutrals, such as white, black, and creams lets the color shine. To create this look, try going for a shimmering gold torsade necklace with matching earrings. The necklace drapes delicately on the neck while adding flair to any white top.

  2. Emerald-Inspired

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Mixing in emerald green accessories makes a basic white top look chic. Whether it is a handbag, hat, or necklace; this shade of green looks luxurious and makes a great statement for autumn. The color emerald also looks equally great for day or night events.

3. All Things Orange

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Adding touches of orange to your look exudes the beauty of fall colors. Orange is an inviting color that adds warmth, and reminds you of the change in season. Including these accessories to your outfit will give you a fresh, autumn-inspired look.

4. Mix and Match Colors

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Mixing and matching colors, such as purple and blue looks enlivened when combined. These colors complement each other very well, especially when thrown together with a neutral color like white.

5. Pretty in Pink

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Wearing pastels in fall may be unexpected but it still looks great while transitioning to the next season. Adding a black printed scarf will pull the look together and have you ready for the fall season.

How to Add a Touch of Italian Style to your Home

Italian style décor definitely adds a luxurious charm to any home. From classic arches, to stucco exterior, to the use of wrought iron; there are many ways to integrate a touch of Italian style without the architectural design. Bring the Italian region to your home with these beautiful handmade home décor ideas.

Capodimonte Flowers

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Capodimonte porcelain is the finest of Italian artistic pottery. Handcrafted in the most meticulous detail, Capodimonte flowers make great centerpieces on a dining or coffee table. There is a wide variety of flowers to choose from depending on your style. 300 years in the making, these porcelain flowers will add traditional Italian style to any room.

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Scenes of Venice

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What better way to add Italian flair to your home than by adding a hand-painted scene of Venice? This work of art will look elegant hung or placed in your living room for everyone to enjoy. This artwork is Venice’s iconic scenery; it will give your space an instant Italy-inspired atmosphere.

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Trinket Box of Florence

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Trinket boxes are as functional as they are elegant. A decorative box adds a beautiful charm on top of your dresser or coffee table. Reflect your inner Italian style by bringing in a handmade Florence piece to your home.

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Versatile Murano-Style Glasses

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Get inspired from Murano, Italy for your next family dinner party. These impressive glasses are used as drinking glasses as well as tea light holders. Add a lovely addition to any table by scattering these glasses around the dinner table with tea lights to create a warm ambiance.

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Millefiori Candy Dish

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Intricate and colorful designs reflect the style of the Murano region. The vibrant colors and patterns are created by rolling molten glass in colorful glass chips before being hand blown. This traditional technique has a ton of history behind it.

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Meet Jane: Our Photo Stylist

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Jane, our photo stylist, is the woman who adds that special touch of magic to our photography, both on our website and in our catalog. Specializing in floral arrangements, Jane adds touches of seasonality and personality to our treasures so you can see them to their fullest potentials. We hope you will enjoy this interview with her!

Do you have a background in the arts?

Yes- I went to Paier Art School for illustration and graphic design. Also upgraded my computer skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Director at Fairfield University. I went on to work for an ad agency creating marker illustrations in New Haven, CT. Additionally, I freelanced in various jobs, including page design for children’s educational books and a corporate baking company. Soon I realized I loved working with my hands, and not behind a computer.

My Mom and Dad taught me skills like wrapping gifts and how to tie bows. Every job along the way has had some small lesson learned, but I found that photo styling uses all my talents.

When did you begin creating floral arrangements?

Inbetween freelance jobs I apprenticed for a floral shop.  The owner persuaded me to take floral design classes. I worked part-time for a local flower shop for 10 years where I created arrangements for special events such as weddings, birthdays, funerals, etc.

What are the pros and cons of working with flowers as a medium?

Flowers are strikingly colorful, full of texture and life. I love that, just like the special events, the arrangements are created for they only last a brief moment. (Not to mention the thorns.)

What is your favorite part about working at Uno Alla Volta?

I love the challenge of working with and creating backgrounds, as well as finding the perfect props for each shot. I also enjoy working with the talented photographers in the studio who bring life to each beautiful treasure we offer at Uno Alla Volta.

 

See the video below for a how-to guide on floral arrangments with Jane featuring your favorite glass vase from Venice!

10 Housewarming Gifts People Actually Want

It is an exciting time for new homeowners to move into their first place. Help your special friend or family member create a warm, inviting space with beautiful handmade treasures and bring cheer to their new home with our top 10 favorite housewarming gift ideas people actually want. You can also mix and match to create the perfect gift basket!

  1. Pewter ”Curious Cats” Cheese Board And Knife Set

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This is the perfect pick for cat lovers and it’s great for entertaining! This cheese board features yellow birch wood, perfect for cutting and serving cheese.

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2. Murano-Style Millefiori Rainbow Drinking Glasses

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The colorful patterns of these Murano-style millefiori rainbow drinking glasses will make the perfect gift. They are formed by rolling molten glass in colorful glass chips before each piece is skillfully hand-blown.

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3. Large Polish Pottery Baking Dish

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Whether your friend or family member is a beginner baker or master chef, this incredible stoneware piece will delight both of them. This baking dish is handcrafted of local clay from Boleslawiec, Poland, which is high-fired for durability and coated with a protective glaze to prevent food from sticking.

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4. Hand-Painted Polish Pottery Sunflower Mug And Cake Plate Set

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Have your morning coffee with a plate to hold your breakfast, too! This mug and plate set is perfect for sunflower lovers. It is beautifully handmade by our master artisans who use carved sponges and fine brushwork. The pottery is then glazed and fired at high temperatures.

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5. Hand-Carved Wooden Sailboat
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A wooden sailboat will make the perfect addition to any coastal collector’s home. This spectacular hand-carved treasure was hand-painted with an antiqued, crackling finish.

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6. Hand-Painted Slate Butterfly Coasters

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Coasters will show how much you care about your friends or family home by protecting their furniture. These butterfly coasters are UV resistant, so they can be used indoors or out and would make the perfect drink accessory for their next party! Made with high durability, these slate coasters are hand-painted with a colorful butterfly.

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7. Owl Polish Pottery Salt And Pepper Shakers

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Salt and pepper shakers are essential to have in your kitchen, which makes them a great housewarming gift. Each piece is carefully formed from Boleslawiec, Poland’s native clay before being expertly glazed, hand-painted, and high-fired for durability.

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8. Boxed French Knife Set

DOZ21300114How can we not include a knife set in our gift guide?! These sleek knife designs have been customer favorites for many years. This set of 6 colorful knives will make a great practical and welcoming gift.

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9. Giovanni’s Borosilicate Glass Candle Holder And Vase

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Make arranging flowers for any occasion easy for any new homeowner! This handcrafted bud vase with removable candle holder is the perfect centerpiece for a tablescape. Each vase is hand-blown by the children of master glassmaker, Giovanni Battista.

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10. Hand-Gilded Yellow Rose Champagne Glass

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They will love using their champagne flutes for special occasions. The design of this beautiful champagne flute was drawn freehand on the surface of the glass with stucco, and then a layer of pure silver leaf was carefully applied before adding the translucent yellow color.

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What Is Unique About Polish Pottery?

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Polish pottery is one of the finest potteries and it makes the perfect kitchenware and decorating piece for any home. You can easily add a pop of color to your table décor with its vibrant colors. Artisans in Boleslawiec, Poland have been creating beautiful and functional folk art pottery for centuries, but what really makes Polish pottery so unique?

How It’s Made

Polish pottery is made with high quality white clay. The pottery is hand-formed or made from molds then hand-painted using carved sponges and fine brushwork. No two items will ever be alike. This unique clay and glaze are then high-fired to create stoneware pieces of enormous durability which are resistant to chips and breakage. Polish pottery is naturally non-stick because it is coated with a protective glaze. This stoneware does not contain cadmium or lead which makes it completely safe for cooking food. Because of its high durability, Polish pottery is microwave, dishwasher, freezer, and oven safe.

How It’s Designed and Decorated

The decoration of Boleslawiec ceramics have been greatly influenced by the color blue, which is a desirable color because it is consider precious and expensive. Blue is associated with beauty, which gave Poland its start.

Each piece of pottery is decorated through hand-painting and stamping with carved sea sponges. The design is strikingly original and detailed. Overall, the design and decoration of Polish pottery enhances its beauty and value.

How Polish Pottery Is Used

Polish pottery is commonly represented in the form of dinnerware, serving ware, and mugs. However, Polish pottery artisans have created pieces that will make a perfect accent to your home. They have creations of Halloween Jack O’Lanterns, Christmas ornaments, figurines, luminaries, and Easter eggs. These decorative pieces will reflect a truly distinctive style to every room in your home.

How To Care For It

Since Polish pottery is so skillfully handcrafted, it can last for many years if cared for correctly. Even though these pieces are very durable and can be used every day, they are still pottery. They need to be cared for when adjusting to temperatures right out of the fridge or oven. Here are three ways to care for your Polish pottery for lasting enjoyment:

  1. Make sure your pottery dish reaches room temperature before placing it in the microwave oven or on the stovetop.
  2. After removing stoneware from the refrigerator, do not place it on direct heat like in the broiler.
  3. Do not place hot dishes on wet or cold surfaces.

Whether you like to collect Polish pottery or want a unique, yet timeless piece of stoneware, we hope this will give you an inside scoop about the beauty and uniqueness of Polish pottery, and how to treasure it for years to come.