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Asbury Park, More than Magical, Never Left Us....

Jun 23, 2017
Asbury Park, More than Magical, Never Left Us....

Childhood memories are always the most magical ones aren’t they?  No matter where you grow up, every day is filled with discovery and promise. For us, growing up in New Jersey, the lure of the Jersey Shore and Asbury Park was always paramount in the realm of excitement and fun.  The cornucopia of sights, sounds, and smells is almost too much for a young person to absorb, and each time we went, there always seemed to be something new.  

Preparation for a trip to Asbury Park always involved us raiding a big jar where we kept our change at home, and rolling the pennies, nickels, and dimes up to bring along and pay for anything and everything there.  Cotton candy, hot dogs, you name it!:) We would typically go on Friday evenings, and couldn’t wait to jump on the rides on the Boardwalk (the teacups were my favorite!).  I also loved the Swan Boats on Wesley lake, being on the water, and spending the time with my family paddling away and looking at everything around us.   

The years drifted past us and Asbury Park took a back seat to other endeavors, until one summer evening we found ourselves at the Stone Pony, watching this amazing guitarist and his “E Street Band”.  Coming of age was partly in Asbury Park too, where we traded cotton candy for the thrill of live music and the emerging music scene that launched Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and others. More memories. More magic.:)

Like all of us with the ups and downs and twists and turns in life, Asbury Park went through its tough times too.  I can’t remember exactly when we stopped going, but we did.  Time passed again, but by the very late 1990s, an awakening started and Asbury Park began to slowly, steadily, rise from the ashes of its former self. 

Its funny how sometimes you can look over your shoulder and see how all the dots connect in your life.  I go to Asbury Park now more than ever with my own family.  There are lots of nice restaurants and many fine hotels, the mini putt course is still there (my kids LOVE playing it), and while the rides are gone, there is still plenty to doJ .  The beach is still fun (especially for people watching), there is an arcade, and the shopping is terrific. My boys love going to Hoagitos for breakfast & lunch and we go to Pop’s Garage for their Cuban corn (a must have!).  The swan boats came back, to my personal delight - and we go on them from time to time, you can also rent those big bikes that sit 4-6 people and pedal up and down the boardwalk.  The Stone Pony is still open, and now does a summer concert series.  The boardwalk, the centerpiece of Asbury Park, has been rebuilt and is as intriguing and beautiful as ever. 

If you are anywhere near this part of the Garden State, I encourage you to take a side trip and explore Asbury Park with your family, you just might make memories that last a lifetime…

 

Oh, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us

This pier lights our carnival life on the water

Runnin', laughin' 'neath the boardwalk,...

 

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) written by Bruce Springsteen, released on his 1973 album The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle. 

 

 

 

Find our product at these locations:

 

Salt Design Co. 

http://www.thesaltyhome.com

550 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

  

Fishers Home Furnishings

144 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

http://fishershomefurnishings.com

 

Bungalow Road

700 Main St, Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ 07717

https://www.bungalowroad.com

 

Beach Barn

72 Main St, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

http://www.lucillesbeachbarn.com

 

 

And look for our pop up’s this month:

June 25th 11am:

Pottery Barn at the Grove

627 Broad St #13, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

https://www.potterybarn.com 

 

June 30th 10am:

Cabana 19

18 White Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

http://www.cabana19redbank.com

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Element Clay Studios – the lastest addition to our Lime & Leaf Collection!

Jun 15, 2017
Element Clay Studios – the lastest addition to our Lime & Leaf Collection!

Heather Knight is a Savannah, GA based ceramic artist who has garnered attention from the worldwide art and design community since she opened Element in 2007. Her handmade porcelain work is widely recognized for its striking combination of modern textures, patterns and shapes inspired by nature.  We asked Heather to tell us a little about Element Clay Studios and she summed it up perfectly:

"I am extremely dedicated to all hand built production, all of my items are made by hand from start to finish, each urchin bowl is pinched from a ball of clay, each vase is thrown on the wheel, each piece of texture is hand built and individually applied to a slab built form, each mark on my functional bowls is made by my hands. Every piece that leaves my studio is truly a one of a kind work." 

 - Heather Knight

 

So what started Element and why? Heather wanted a way to supplement her income in between teaching sessions at the local museum. Interior Design magazine contacted her late that year, and by May 2008, she resigned from her teaching position to pursue Element Clay Studio full time. Her studio is now based out of her home in Savannah, GA. The studio was originally designed by artist Julio Garcia titled and is made from recycled shipping containers!

Though the business has grown greatly in the last eight years, the backbone of the studio has remained the same. Heather is committed to remaining a craft based business, and all of the porcelain dishes, tiles, vases and decorative objects are 100% handmade and don't use any means of mass production. Adhering to these values allows Element Clay Studio to continue to produce only the finest, heirloom quality work. 

 

As a small, family run company, they pride themselves in creating handmade, gallery quality work that exceeds expectations of even the most discerning customer or collector.   Element wants to bring a little luxury to your life, and provide you with things you will love and cherish for a lifetime.  Since our mission is so similar at Lime & Leaf, it was a natural fit for us to work with Heather and Element – the collection of handmade bowls are true artisan pieces that will add beauty and interest to any home:

“With my work I hope to bridge modern design and the natural world by paring down the essence of things to repetitive textures and basic form.”

 - Heather Knight.

In September 2012, Heather's husband Mike Dale joined her in the studio, assisting with administrative duties, client communication, graphic design, marketing, shipping and various studio tasks. Mike has a background in visual arts; holding a BA in Art from West Virginia State University, a 17-year career in marketing and graphic design, and is an accomplished printmaker as well. He is a great addition to the studio and helps make sure that all the details are taken care of.  We think the collection is a great addition to Lime & Leaf, see it here and take one  of these stunning works home!

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Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes on Anna Maria Island

Jun 05, 2017
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes on Anna Maria Island

The lyrics from Jimmy Buffet could be heard in my head all last week as we felt the Gulf of Mexico breezes steadily blowing across our faces.  No matter what, it just makes you smile.

We’ve been coming here for over ten years off and on, and it’s just one of many beach escapes you can find on both coasts of Florida.   This trip was equally successful – our family always loves Anna Maria Island.  One of the great things about it is the ever-changing landscape; from calm waters to violent surf, the winds of the Gulf can change on a moments notice.  For the first time in my ten years coming here, we actually saw surfers riding the huge wind-chop (not a common sight!). 

If you are a shell collector like we are, the sand bars are spectacular, one in particular on the north end of the island is loaded with sand dollars, it’s incredible to see them by the dozens in the wild, right next to your feet under a few inches of water - like finding treasure!  The rest of the shell hunting on the island is amazing too – it’s remarkable that with all the shell hunters our there, nature seems to have increased production of shells to meet demand! 

Table linens inspired by those very shells!

Anna Maria Island is a relaxed and carefree vibe, the waters are dotted with the requisite dolphins swimming back and forth, fearlessly confident to sometimes come right up to you, just enough to see that little smile they all have as they tilt sideways to say hello.  I never tire of seeing them, somehow their presence each year reassures me that nothing has changed in this idyllic spot.  Beyond just enjoying the ocean breeze, dolphins, and lovely shells - there are plenty of fun things to do as well; there are beach bikes to rent, the local mini-putt golf course (aptly named the Fish Hole!), cute shopping (the White Egret shop is great) and of course, our favorite place to eat, the Rod and Reel – located on the pier where you can watch the fisherman fish off the pier as you dine.  After the Rod and Reel, head on over to “Two Scoops” for some homemade ice cream (sea salt caramel is my favorite, and yes, I get the two scoops!).


Kari and Lara (a dear friend) off to a great meal at Rod & Reel!

After a busy day doing all that, it’s wonderful to take a late afternoon walk and soak up the pastel colors of the little houses, feeling content.  I was reminded of a lyric from Jimmy Buffet as I strolled along…

 

Oh, yesterdays are over my shoulder,
So I can't look back for too long.
There's just too much to see waiting in front of me,
And I know that I just can't go wrong
With these
Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes,
Nothing remains quite the same.

 

Nothing indeed remains quite the same, and on Anna Maria Island at least – that’s a good thing! 

Kari and Lori

 

“Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” By Jimmy Buffet, Copyright© 1977 By Jimmy Buffet.

 

 

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Entertaining, Lime & Leaf Style!

May 26, 2017
Entertaining, Lime & Leaf Style!

Memorial Day 2017 

Memorial Day – the official kickoff to the summer and everything summer represents!  Over the years Memorial Day has evolved toward the official start of the summer, a time for families to unite for a long weekend, bar-b-que, special recipes from all in attendance, and a plethora of activities and fun. 

So whether you are entertaining or being entertained – we have some Lime & Leafy ideas for you – snatched straight from our secret L&L files!: 

The Setting:

Outdoors is essential.  This is when you get your pool ready and all the furniture around it.  For the children, plenty of floats and toys for summertime pool fun – a quick run to the local store for a basket of little toys and each child can pick one poolside – always a thrilling moment J Make certain to not miss any details – the setting is as important if not more so than the food!  Of course, this is where Lime & Leaf can help – from coasters to runners to pillows and more, Lime & Leaf can add that splash of color (red and blue are de-rigueur) and bring a little luxury to any bar-b-que!

PS:  Make sure refreshments are plentiful, and easy to find (more on that later!)

 

The Food:

 

We all expect the classics – hot dogs, bar-b-que, hamburgers, potato salad, salad, salad, and more salad, fresh fruit, chips and more, but it is easy to add a little more flair and interest this Memorial Day for your guest’s palate: try a little Carne Asada (great recipes abound on the internet) and grilled vegetables, it’s easy and incredibly flavorful, and you can experiment with different seasonings to put your signature on the dish.  We always also include the time honored chip dip, our mom was always well prepared with Charles Chips potato chips and the ever-present 1960’s Lipton Onion Soup Mix dip.   We are STILL making it today - but call it our “Retro Dip”, everyone loves it and it conjures up so many happy memories (recipe is on the Lipton’s Box!).

 

The Refreshments:

 

OK here we go – the Lime & Leaf margarita – we know there are lots of twists to Margarita recipes, but this is ours J Remember – make them easy to find for guests!

 

The Lime & Leaf Simple and Delicious Frozen Margarita:

 

1 container frozen limeade (keep container for measuring!)

Put frozen limeade into blender

Fill 1 limeade container with tequila (a little more or less)

Add contents to the blender

Fill 1/2 limeade container with triple sec (a little more or less)

Add contents to the blender

Fill blender to 8 cups with small ice cubes or crushed ice 

Blend to desired frozen drink consistency

Rub lime around edge of glass - dip in salt  

Fill glass with Margarita and add slice of lime!

 

That’s it!  The perfect Margarita – and another fabulous Memorial Day begins anew!

 

Happy Memorial Day!

 

Kari and Lori

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Lifeguards, Shells, and Macaroons…memories of Avon by the Sea

May 19, 2017
Lifeguards, Shells, and Macaroons…memories of Avon by the Sea

When we were young we would go to Avon by the Sea in New Jersey to visit the beach and all the magic that it brought us.  In many ways this was the start of Lime & Leaf and our fascination with the sea and all she has to offer.  Avon by the Sea is a cornucopia of seaside delights; from the shells to collect (a fan shell was ALWAYS a prized find), to it’s quaint beauty, it’s the perfect setting for a fun day with the family or… if you are lucky enough…. it’s a great place to enjoy a good book or a well deserved nap while sitting quietly under your umbrella. 

Avon by the Sea also has its cherished boardwalk, distinguishable by the beautiful lamp posts and the delicious Avon Pavilion, a great place to get food for the whole family.  A little off the boardwalk is a Macaroon shop on Main Street, our mom used to bring us there for an extra little sweet when we were little (the coconut ones were my favorite!). The Macaroon shop was founded in 1930, and is still there today (although it's moved a few times!), so if you are in Avon anytime soon, it is definitely worth the walk. 

As great as the macaroons and boardwalk were for us (and they were pretty great!) the best parts were the little tide pools that would form at low tide – we would play in there for hours with our friends, fascinated by the sea creatures that would wash in and out with the waves.  If that wasn’t enough to keep us entertained, our mom would make scavenger hunt lists and we would spend many hours trying to check off those lists, whether it was looking for specific shells on the beach, or getting an autograph from a lifeguard (Lori always liked that part more than me!).

As the years have gone by we find ourselves returning to Avon by the Sea, now with our own kids.  My sons and their friends love seining near the inlet to collect “critters”.  They will either chase their sisters with them, or the more entrepreneurial ones sell them to the fisherman! And believe me those scavenger hunt lists reappear in one form or another on almost all of our excursions to the beach – mom was a genius! 

If you are in Avon this weekend, we will be there as well!  There is great shopping on Main Street at Bungalow Road – and we will be there this Saturday, May 20 from 10-5.  Come by and say hello – we would love to see you!  If you run out of things to do, Lori has included her scavenger hunt list to make sure your kids stay busy!:

Lori’s Scavenger Hunt List (adjust accordingly for age of child!

SHOP all our Fan Shell designs

(inspired by our treasured Avon by the Sea finds)

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Embroidery is alive and well at Lime & Leaf!

May 13, 2017
Embroidery is alive and well at Lime & Leaf!

Embroidery is an art form that has been part of culture for thousands of years.  In America, young girls worked on “samplers” - depicting alphabets and numerals, as a way to learn basic needlework skills.  By the early 1800s, schools emerged and taught their students more decorative motifs such as flowers, houses, verses and so on. 

I learned the craft from my mom in the 1970’s, and would decorate my jeans around the hem and up the side of the leg with flowers and other designs of my own invention.   Hand embroidery is an art form to this day, and is alive and well in the USA!  Additionally, we can’t talk about embroidery in America without tipping our hat to Robert Reiner, (not THAT Rob Reiner!) he was the person largely responsible for igniting the machine embroidery industry in Hudson County, New Jersey in the early 1900’s.  Mr. Reiner obtained the exclusive license for one of the first fully automated embroidery machines, and dozens of enterprising Americans bought them from him, embroidering everything from sheets, dresses, apparel and beyond!


Here at Lime & Leaf the art of hand and machine embroidery is alive and well.  All of our embroidery is done in the USA, and the sheets are still done in Hudson County!  Our strikingly beautiful and detailed pillows are done by hand, as are the edges of our blankets in the Spring Collection.  Take the time to browse all our collections of embroidered pieces, and add one to your home – it’s a great way to decorate and keep this wonderful art alive!

 

Lori and Kari

 

Shop our Beautiful Embroidered Sheets, Pillows and Blankets!

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A Mother's Day Letter

May 04, 2017
A Mother's Day Letter

Mom, 

Where do we begin?  How do we put into words the devotion, tolerance, patience, and love you have given us?  Here we are, grown women, married with children of our own, children who in some cases have already grown up and are getting married, or are about to – yet – we still find ourselves looking in the mirror and asking, “how did you do it?”, or, “what do I do now Mom?”.  Regardless of how much I grow and mature, somehow you are always one step wiser in my mind and heart. 

You have always been our rock, and our safe harbor.  You were our teacher, our guide, our shaper.  You taught us to believe in ourselves, and you taught by example.  You touched so many lives by encouraging others, and we watched as those you encountered blossomed.  You taught us the importance of spending time with our families and creating family traditions.  You taught us to respect and forgive each other during difficult moments.  You taught us the value and beauty of the pursuit of knowledge, every day and in everything we do.

Mom, you were our endless pillar of strength and tenderness, always somehow knowing which of those was needed and when.  So many times we have wondered; “are we doing a good job Mom?”, “have we honored what you taught us and carried on the way you would have wished for us?”.  I can only hope that we have become the daughters and mothers that you wanted us to be…

Today, Mother’s Day, we will celebrate and dedicate this day for you in every way we can.  We will think of the many times we shared, the hundreds of little stories that make up the chapters of our lives with you, and we will tell them to our children and friends. 

We will laugh, we will talk, and we will remember.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom, from all of us…

 

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The Rarest Combination : Artist and Designer

Apr 27, 2017
The Rarest Combination : Artist and Designer

 Lime & Leaf interviews Judi Tavill of Judi Tavill Ceramics 

There are artists and there are designers, and then there’s a small percentage of people who are both.  Judi Tavill is, without exception, one of those people.

Judi Tavill started her career in many ways the moment she graduated from  Washington University in St. Louis.  She arrived at Lilly Pulitzer in the early 1990s when the brand was laying out its strategy for re-emergence, and became a key designer there, focusing on fashion, fit, strategic design direction as well as illustration and print design.  After Lilly Pulitzer she moved forward briefly with her own clothing line, and eventually changed course to have two wonderful sons and become a full-time mom.  

But, as with all artists, her creative fires were burning and they were not going to stop…

 

Lime & Leaf: 

Hi Judi!  After that introduction we have to ask you, when did you decide to move toward sculpture and ceramic art?

Judi Tavill:

Hi! It was shortly after my second son was born, I think he was about two or three years old.  I started taking classes in the Monmouth County park system, I think it’s called the “Creative Arts Center at Thompson Park” now.

Lime & Leaf:

Wow – that’s a big shout out for the Creative Arts Center, they had no idea at the time they were helping to launch your second career!

Judi Tavill:

I’m not so sure I did either, but I quickly fell in love with the medium, and began to see all the things I could do.  The timing was right and we actually built an entire studio here at our home, including our kiln.

 

Lime & Leaf:

We’ve seen the videos of your studio – its incredible, like your art.  How did your style evolve?

Judi Tavill:

I always feel the need to alter the clay in some way.  I developed my own style and it’s working.  I love working in clay – and like to make many of my pieces functional – but with a twist.  I think of it as “sculptural art” but again, decorative and functional.  There are many “rules” in ceramics as in all types of art, but if you are persistent and have a vision, you can do anything.  Over time I’ve invented new techniques that are quite complex but yield the results I am seeking – aligning with what I see in my mind that is possible.

Lime & Leaf:

Can you tell us more about what you mean when you say “altering the clay”?  Also, can you talk more about the evolution of your designs?

Judi Tavill:

Sure! I was playing with texture, a key element in what I do, and it just sort of happened as I was experimenting.  I started working within a framework – a lot of people see “coral” type textures in my work, but its really my own interpretation of a myriad of textures that I see and aggregate into my own unique result.  It’s helpful as an artist to create a framework for yourself to give yourself direction, and it’s certainly been helpful to me.

Lines and texture are endlessly fascinating to me, and over time I have done my best to find little tricks to make things work.  Artists evolve, and it’s a natural and exciting journey to do so.  I think I have violated all the tenets of ceramic work to achieve what I see – but as I have heard, you have to master all the rules before you start breaking them! 

Judi's inspiration is derived directly from nature

Lime & Leaf:

Well, keep breaking them because the results are simply beautiful!  What’s next for Judi Tavill?

Judi Tavill:

Thank you! I’m thinking of continuing what I’m doing – but you can see where I am going off in a direction that’s inspired a little by mid-century modern, introducing glass color, coloring the clay – there’s a side of me that wants to go all color, (laughs) but I think I have to let things simmer and see where this exploration takes me!

 

Lime & Leaf:

We can’t wait to see where it does take you!   We are delighted at Lime & Leaf to present some of your beautiful one of a kind pieces – thank you so much for speaking with us today!

 

SHOP OUR EXCLUSIVE JUDI TAVILL VASES!

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Attention all Lime & Leaf fans!!

Apr 19, 2017
Attention all Lime & Leaf fans!!

Attention Fans! We want to hear from you!

As we travel the country, we continue to discover and meet talented artisans and craftspeople from coast to coast, and observe the infinite beauty of nature that is paramount in all our designs.

But – it’s a BIG country! 

We are inviting you, our amazing customers, to tell us stories of artisans you have met, or towns you have visited, or patterns in nature you have observed that you think would make great designs and why.

We will select stories each month to include in the Lime & Leaf blog, and if selected you will win a free throw blanket as our way of saying “thank you” for being part of the Lime & Leaf community!

Don’t forget to include photos! 

Please send all submissions to customerservice@limeandleaf.com

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Hilton Head Island – Nature’s beauty is just around the corner…

Apr 14, 2017
Hilton Head Island – Nature’s beauty is just around the corner…

Ahhh – Hilton Head Island…a “lowcountry” resort town situated on an island of the same name in South Carolina.  The island is named for Captain William Hilton, who in the mid-1600’s identified a headland near the entrance of Port Royal Sound, and modestly named it “Hilton Head” after himself.  Surprise! Not THAT Hilton!

These days it’s a well-known and beautiful resort area, filled with a zillion things to do and enough natural beauty to work hard at doing nothing.  We travelled there this week ahead of Easter to soak up the sun and the natural beauty, and of course, as we always like to do, explore and discover. 

We awoke on the first morning, and every morning thereafter, to a stunning sunrise, taking in the reds, golds, and shades of blue that nature blends so magnificently. 

It was all we could do to hurry through breakfast and put our feet on the sand and start walking, forging ahead diligently in the soft sands of high tide, the gentle waves providing background music to the ever-changing beauty all around us.  Toward the end of the day, the warmth of the spring day shifted to the cool air of the sunset and evenings, and we delighted in the fact we had our Lime & Leaf blankets to keep us warm!

 

 

 End of the day and cozy warmth from our Starfish blanket - totally appropriate!

It never ceases to amaze us the almost infinite designs and patterns that are on display for all of us, each one a candidate for a future Lime & Leaf design.  Hilton Head was no exception, and our portfolios were becoming fuller each day.   

If you venture out and travel to Hilton Head, you will find no shortage of things to do if you grow restless.  With so much going on and so much to choose from, it’s hard not to join in at some point.  From fishing, to biking, to kayaking, to golf - it’s all there and much more.  We will definitely be adding our inspirations in a future collection for Lime & Leaf, and in the meantime, we wish you a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends!

Lori and Kari

 

More about Hilton Head

We had the chance to visit our wonderful customers Lance and Kathy who kindly shared their personal recommendations for all of you who visit:

 

Best place for lunch:

“The Dunes House” in Palmetto Dunes. "Sitting on the deck-looking out at the ocean-eating a blackened fish sandwich. Heaven."

 

Best place for Dinner:

The Boat House on Skull Creek (at buoy 15 if going by boat).  Try the Mahi-Mahi with almonds!

 

Where to go:  

"The beach, and don’t forget to watch the dolphins and pelicans!"

 

Where to stay:

The Sonesta Hotel in Shipyard Plantation. “Just completed a big renovation and it's fabulous.”

 

Thank you Lance and Kathy for loving Lime & Leaf!

SHOP our NEW SPRING COLLECTION NOW!

 

 

 

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