Friday, November 27, 2009

Our Very Pink Thanksgiving Sale is on now!

You heard it here first...10% off everything at The Pink Pig from Friday through Monday!

We’re taking our traditional Pink Friday sale and extending it... for ultimate shopping fun!

Just use coupon code PINK when you check out.

Now’s your chance to check out our fresh new selection of gorgeous jewelry, apparel, and holiday decor.

>> Go shopping

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Royal Apothic: queenly indulgences

Ever dreamed of what it would be like to be queen in some far-off country? Strolling through blossoming orange groves, curling up to read in asumptuous velvet armchair in front of a crackling fire, or breathing in the scents of your very own cutting garden, complete with boxwood mazes and night-blooming roses?

These are the experiences that Royal Apothic has distilled into their incredible candles and interior perfumes. Now you can take home the smells and sensations that were once reserved for royalty of centuries past - because Royal Apothic has arrived at The Pink Pig!

Each scent begins as a memory or long-forgotten apothecary recipe, and is then modernized and wrapped up in a gorgeous frosted glass wrapping. Choose from Venetian Grove, Topiary, Japonesque, Cutting Garden, or High Tea.

As seen in the November issue of Oprah magazine, these sophisticated and complex scents are like snapshots of sovereign luxury from the 1800s. Pick your favorite fantasy: Venetian Grove, Attar of High Tea, Japonesque, or Edwardian Fireplace.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Coming down a chimney near you...

...It's our adorable hand-carved Santas! The perfect addition to your vintage Christmas. These little guys are completely charming on any table, mantle, or windowsill.

Created by Adirondack artisan Ben Raino, we've got them in lots of shapes, sizes, and colors to represent everyone's idea of how Santa, Chris Kringle, or Sinter Klaas should look.

These are the kind of accessories that the kids will remember and ask you to bring out year after year. Christmas figurines have never been so irresistible!

Stop by The Pink Pig to get yours today! And while you're there, explore our new Vintage Christmas shop for all sorts of holiday treasures.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gorgeous holiday entertaining with The Pink Pig!

Ah, the holidays. A time to indulge in good cheer, good friends, and good decor! (At least that’s how we see it at The Pink Pig). Serving food and drinks is so much more fun when you have beautiful vintage or retro-inspired accessories to do it with – so we’ve put together a little guide to the loveliest holiday glassware, bar trays, cake plates, napkin rings, and candleholders you’ll find in our shop. They’re the perfect way to show off your very good taste to all your guests!

Try this pitcher and glass set for orange juice on Christmas morning, or for your egg nog at night. Or, sip mulled wine from these pretty pink glasses, which borrow from depression-era style!

Bar trays
Lay out your liquor, ice and glasses (see above) on one of these beauties for a festive presentation. These trays are vintage, made from black wood. Choose the martini or the gin theme depending on your preferred vice!

A pretty cake plate
In case you needed an excuse to serve the sweet stuff! Our modern cake stand is available in black or white to suit any color scheme. Shown with our adorable knife and fork napkin rings.

A statement bowl
This Lucite bowl by Arthur Court is just waiting to be filled with your most fabulous holiday ornaments. Featuring playful bunnies holding up the body of the bowl, it’s a conversation piece that could easily become a holiday staple in your house!

Elegant candleholders
These tall, stately Italian-made candleholders offer just the right dose of drama for your holiday table.

For even more holiday decorating inspiration (and gift ideas, too!), stop by The Pink Pig online!

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Farmhouse - Inspiration from the Adirondacks - Part I

Farmhouses evoke nostalgic memories - real or imagined - of a simpler life and a deep, nourishing connection to the seasons and the land. So what makes a true American farmhouse? A farmhouse connected to the land and all its seasons, that dominates a community of buildings, and that's built to last using natural, indigenous materials.

Recently I spent the day with my friend Linda, who having spent much time at an earlier age hiking and working at summer camp here in the Adirondacks, now lives as a permanent resident here in this wonderland. She is a master at farmhouse and barn restoration, and her devotion and artistic vision are amazing.

On this particular day, we took a walk on Fox Run Farm, one of her recent projects in the making. This property has one foot firmly planted in the national optimism of the well-heeled early 19th century, and one toe in the currently struggling horse country of Lewis, NY.

The prior family were a typical 20th century farming family - ten children and hard times. They had a subsistence dairy farm, like many small farms in the area. Cream & milk were exported to Albany via the railroads. The rear addition to the 1790's barn has a milking parlour with thirteen wooden stanchions and two birthing stalls. We noticed an old metal sign with the herd's certification still hanging in the barn. The round silo foundation is next to the barn, and studying the barn's construction reveals large cut nails and vertically sawn lumber.

The house is a Greek Revival cottage, with double parlours on each side of the entrance vestibule. Dating back to the early 1840s, the brick nogging in all the outside walls and the Franklin wood stove setup all point to that time. The windows are faithfully reproduced based on the remaining evidence -they hold the soul of the house. The skillful craftsmanship and materials used in building the house and barn are flawless, and am flabbergasted that these structures stand so true going into their third century. I love the survivorship aspect of these buildings. The four by six foot outhouse had a news article in it dating from 1898!

Linda sums it all up by saying "The farmhouses, the barns and their fields are all in connection to each other and in context...variable of time, light, color, texture. The viewer sees what the eye allows - I believe houses draw your energy attracting whom they desire...mystical, yes.
This farmhouse is on the radar of the Preservation League of New York, AARCH and staunch preservation advocates locally.

Stop by the Pink Pig blog again as I continue to take you through more farmhouse & barn restoration projects by my talented friend Linda.