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TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: straw accessories

My love for straw goes back to grass mats on the floor of a summer cabin in Maine during my childhood, the little Nantucket baskets women carried as purses, and picnics served from hampers set on rocky outposts by the water. Straw has always been synonymous with my idea of chic, relaxed style.

I  live on a lake in the north Georgia mountains and if you glance around our house, regardless of the season you will see touches of straw throughout. You might say it speaks to the bohemian “summertime girl” in me. I love that even in this ultra-relaxed environment, I can set the table with formal dinnerware yet lighten it up a bit with straw accessories such as our basket salt and pepper shakers, and it instantly feels right for a casual dinner for two.

I found the most wonderful woven cane barware for Nest – ice buckets, cocktail shakers, and bottle openers – that would be perfect gifts for a September bride and groom…..definitely cool enough to have been on Karen Blixen’s bar in Out of Africa. And for your picnic basket, we have fabulous “rattan-edged” paper-goods that will add a touch of  refinement to your table, blanket or tailgate if you are heading to an outdoor concert or ball game this fall.

We always have a selection of straw totes on hand, including my favorite straw market tote which I use as my go-to bag all summer into Fall. Some days it’s my workbag as it holds everything my nomadic lifestyle requires, other days it is a picnic hamper for lunch on our rowboat, and sometimes it is an overnight bag for Win, our Springer. Around the shops, I think we may all own one (or two!) of these! Fill with little surcies for a fabulous holiday gift basket!

Add something woven to your table, to your room…. or to an outfit, and watch the equation feel a bit more exotic! Trust me… will love this!