Thursday, September 22, 2011

Color Blocking: Candy Apple Red

Celebrate the first day off fall with some pretty candy apple red colored pieces!  Invoke those warm hues of red by adding a pop of color to the table.  An added bonus?  Some say that red is an appetite stimulator, which makes it a perfect color for the kitchen and for that dinner party you'll be throwing.

First Row (Left to Right)
Holala Tomato Table Weights, Set of four, $23
Pschit Salt & Pepper Shakers, $16, Set of two
La Belle Rouge Coffee Cup and Saucer, $24, Tea Cup and Saucer, $29

Second Row (Left to Right)
Gran de Riz Espresso Tumbler in Chili, $9 each
Le Creuset Doufeu Cherry Oven, $275
Revol Belle Cuisine Red Oval Dish, $21

Third Row (Left to Right)
Nordi Knife Rests, Set of 6, $10, and Berlingot Curved Blade Knife, $26
Ludik Glass Candle Lamp, $7, and Votive Candle, $3
La Belle Rouge Casserole Bowl with Lid, $15

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Teapots vs. Tea Kettles

Did you know there is a difference between a teapot and a tea kettle?  Tea pots are designed for the table and serving, while kettles are for the boiling of water on the stove.  It's easy to find a kettle now, but pretty, table ready teapots are getting harder to find.  That is not the case at Genevieve Lethu Chicago!  We are a great selection of pretty, functional teapots just ready to wow your next tea party guests.  Here are some of our favorites.

Lignato, $105, Limited quantity available

Un Patio a Corduoe, $93

Mathilde, $120, available in Blue (shown above) and Natural Beige

L'amour est Toujours du Voyage, $93

Nature Enchante, $65

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall Products We Love

Fall brings a fresh, new feeling to the year!  Here are five products that I'm loving for fall.  Add one or all five into your collection for a little extra pizazz this season.

Love these Individual Soup Tureen, $57, from the Mathilde Collection.  Perfect for yummy, rich soups on a fall night.

Sipping a large cup of morning tea feels oh so glamorous in this over sized, feminine Un Tresor Poudre Breakfast Cup, $40.  Limited quantity available.

Pretty petite pitchers look cute lined up with flowers or spread around a table for cream and milk.  Sous le Soleil de Minuit Cream Jug, $29.  Limited quantity available.

Going green has never been as easy as it is now.  I'm loving these bold, eco friendly cloth napkins.  Sardines collection, $14 each.

Lastly, extend that feeling of summer fun with punchy graphics on a low serving bowl.  Bondi Beach Salad Bowl, $34, and Phenome Salad Set, $52, shown in Aniseed.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

10 New Uses for Espresso Cups

We all love those petite, dainty espresso cups.  They bring us daily caffeine joy and usually come in fun patterns, shapes, and colors, but you don't have to restrict their use to coffee and espresso alone.  Here are ten new and fun ways to use these little cups in everyday life.

1. Pop in an over sized bloom and use it as a mini bud vase.
2.  Measure out recipes in advance using them as prep bowls.
3.  Add a candle for an instant tea light holder for ambiance at your next dinner party.
4.  Create instantly chic place card holders or as a guest gift for each place setting.
5.  Move them into the bathroom to hold Q-Tips and cotton balls.
6.  Create a bed side catch all for earrings and pennies.
7.  On the desk, use them as a low pencil cup for colored pens and pencils.
8.  Serve little candies in individual dessert holders.
9.  Sort your arts and crafts table with containers for buttons, paper clips, and more.
10.  Serve an amuse bouche or after dinner shot.

Any other ideas you like to use your little espresso cups for? 

Shown above, left to right: Lignato Coffee Cup with saucer, $28, (limited quantity available) Gran de Riz Coffee Cup in Sand and Red colors, $17, Pasyphae Cup with saucer in Natural and Blue Colors, $22, Nature Enchante Coffee cup with Saucer, $22.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fruit Salads & Serving Bowls

Summer may soon be winding down, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy a fresh, fruit-y summer salad.  A friend of mine made the most delicious grape summer salad a few weeks ago and I just had to share it!  I made a batch of my own only days after having my first taste! 

Grape Salad
2 lbs Green Grapes
2 lbs Red Grapes
8 Oz Cream Cheese
1.5 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 cups Pecans, sliced or halved
4 Tbs Butter

Combine cream cheese and sugar, beat until smooth.  Add grapes.
Spread 1/2 cup brown sugar over grapes.

Make the glazed pecans by combining 2 cups pecans, 1 cup white sugar, and 4 tablespoons butter.  Heat in a pan over low heat until pecans are well coated.  Let cool and then top the salad.

Bon Appetite!  Make this great salad for yourself and then show it off in these fabulous, large salad serving bowls.

Shown above (clockwise from top left)
Mathilde Beige, two sizes $96 and $108, Pasyphae Bleu, $63, Mathilde Blue, two sizes $96, $108, Bondi Beach, $84, Pasyphae Green, $63, Nature Enchante, $59, and Un Patio a Corduoe, $40.


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