Monday, June 4, 2012

Father’s Day Luxury Gift Giving Ideas

Prepare for Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17th, 2012 by getting a thoughtful and personalized gift ahead of time. Avoid the last minute stress of searching for the right gift for your dad by shopping now – buying a Father’s Day gift with plenty of time allows you the freedom to be truly creative and thoughtful in your gift giving. At Chelsea Gifts Online, we specialize in supplying high end gifts and hope to provide insight for you into how to make some of our favorite men’s gifts personal to your dad.

  1. L’Objet Crocodile Leather Picture Frame
  2. For a sentimental gift with a personalized element, browse the crocodile leather picture frames from L’Objet. Your dad will love placing this designer frame in his office or room – not only does it exude luxury, but it will remind him of his loving children. We love the idea of including a black-and-white photo of the two of you from childhood; the black-and-white augments the nostalgia and looks classy and timeless.

  3. King Baby Lion’s Head Ring
  4. For a less traditional gift for perhaps a more edgy dad, look to the King Baby Studio rings, like this Lion’s Head Ring. The King Baby Studio Lion’s Head Ring is one of the more popular rings from this designer – the handcrafted sterling silver ring embodies both high quality materials and rebellious images of a lion. It’ s chunky, masculine and trendy, a great gift for dads.

  5. MacKenzie-Childs Magazine Bin
  6. MacKenzie-Childs latest collection of business gifts will have his office or den dressed for success. Look to this masculine & stylish Courtly Checked magazine bin to keep his favorite reads organized. This sturdy magazine bin from MacKenzie-Childs is perfect for the number 1 man in your life – place it in the mud room, office or living room and he can toss magazines, books and other items into one, organized place. You can trust the quality and craftsmanship that are central to the MacKenzie-Childs name but don’t fret about the girly, romantic themes typical to the MacKenzie-Childs furniture or serveware. Include a subscription to a manly magazine to further personalize this gift for your father.

  7. Michael Aram Carving Board
  8. If your dad is an entertainer, enjoys cooking or simply enjoys fine cuisine, think about getting him a food-oriented gift. This carving board made from oxidized Acacia Wood is a gorgeous, and manly, option for any dinner party or special occasion. With this Michael Aram carving board, your dad can carve and serve the meat on the same place. Add a Michael Aram meat fork as a finishing touch. Perfect for the grill master in your life.

  9. GG Collection Memo Note Holder
  10. A memo note holder from the GG office collection is the perfect gift for a career-minded man. Whether he works from a home office or the corner office, this gorgeous and high-end memo holder will daily serve as a reminder of his loving gift-giver. To better personalize this gift, you can include customized sticky notes or memo pads with his name or initials – or a cute memo! Go the extra mile and combine this GG Collection memo holder with some of the other designer desk accessories – like a stacked document tray, letter holder or desk blotter.

Use your creativity and intuition to take each of these ideal Father’s day gifts and make them special for your own Dad.

For any future gift giving needs, remember Chelsea Gifts Online as your online retailer for designer bridal gifts and luxury home gifts.

About the Author: Edward Cain is the co-owner of Chelsea at the Grove, a luxury boutique specializing in luxury designer gifts and home décor located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey in the heart of picturesque Monmouth County. Chelsea at the Grove is proud to feature the highly sought after Juliska Berry & Thread, adorable MacKenzie-Childs furniture and the Ralph Lauren Home Collection.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5 MacKenzie-Childs Must Haves for Summer 2012

The temperature heating up and longer days can only mean one thing: summer is here! With generally more relaxed schedules, holidays and celebrations, summer is often a time to entertain. There is no doubt that the bright, whimsical patterns akin to MacKenzie-Childs would make the perfect additions to your home décor or entertaining staples. Prepare your home with the five MacKenzie-Childs must have products for summer 2012!

  1. MacKenzie-Childs Enamelware Serving Set
  2. What better way to serve appetizers or display hor d’oeuvres than with this adorable serving tray from the Courtly Check Collection? Intended to function as a cheese and cracker set, this popular tray can host a variety of snacks: the bowl helps to separate dips, gazpachos and more from your veggies or crackers on the wood tray. With an enamel bowl showing off the recognizable black and white Courtly checks on top of a carved wooden Acacia tray, this cheese and cracker set does more than serve your scrumptious finger foods – it speaks to your designer taste and style. There’s no better serveware option than a traditional MacKenzie- Childs Courtly Check, which blends well with bright summer table settings.

  3. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Bucket Bag
  4. With the coveted MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check pattern subtlety decorating this woven bucket bag, it is the essential summer travel bag for every stylish lady. The adorable bucket bag is big enough to fill with all your warm weather essentials for when you’re on the go. Bring it to the pool or the beach and fill with sunscreen, a book, sunglasses, your wallet and a brush! Or, simply bring it as the perfect fashion accessory to a summer outfit.

  5. MacKenzie-Childs Pagoda Birdhouse
  6. During the summer months, birds will begin their seasonal migration back to warmer climates. Make your backyard a haven for birds with this fun birdhouse! This fun birdhouse has a traditional Courtly Check pattern on the base with bold colors on the roof of the house – it’s certainly a decorative must-have for any fan of MacKenzie-Childs.

  7. MacKenzie-Childs Column Chimney Flower Pot
  8. Summer is the perfect time to invest in a stylish and everlasting MacKenzie-Childs flower pot! With more blooms in season and fresh flowers all around, a bright hand-crafted pot will allow you to display them tastefully. Let the flowers and the recognizable flower pot stand alone as a centerpiece for a table setting or decoration – it’s simple, natural and elegant.

  9. MacKenzie-Childs Greenhouse Outdoor Dining Table
  10. Bring your guests around this unique, fun MacKenzie-Childs table and you won’t have to worry about creating the perfect table setting – the table is decoration enough! With the funky pink and green knobs on the table legs and the woven green tabletop, this dining table just screams outdoor entertaining! The small bits of the recognizable Courtly Check pattern are enough to speak to this designer table and your guests will be in awe of your taste and style.

Take advantage of all the new MacKenzie-Childs products that are ideal for summer living. Bring the bold colors and iconic patterns central to the MacKenzie-Childs name into your home this summer and create an environment that is welcoming, stylish and extremely tasteful. Feel free to browse around Chelsea Gifts Online for more designer home décor or designer gifts from highly sought after brands like Ricci Flatware and GG Collection.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Outdoor Entertaining with the New GG Collection

As spring approaches and temperatures warm, the air is buzzing with ideas and plans for spring and summer outdoor entertaining. Whether you have a patio, garden or other setting to host a relaxing event outdoors, ensure you are properly prepared to entertain with the latest GG Collection dinnerware and serveware.

The GG Collection is known for their wrought iron details which wrap artistically around glass and ceramic dinnerware, making the perfect combination of luxurious, yet sturdy and outdoor-appropriate pieces. For those in cooler climates, the wrought iron home décor works well indoors as well as outdoors.

Below are our top five picks from GG Collection to use in outdoor entertaining, with helpful tips and hints to make the most of each piece.

  1. GG Collection Pedestal & Planter
  2. This stone cast planter is a gorgeous piece that augments the elegance of any outdoor space. Place this ornate two-piece pedestal within a flourishing green garden and the natural stone color will stand out subtlety. Because lightweight materials like crushed stone and fiberglass make up the pieces, it weighs one-fourth that of a cement or stone pot, making it easier to move and rearrange.

    Fill the stone cast flowerpot with vibrantly colored blooms; the delicate petals show up beautifully against the sturdy stone. Or, forgo filling it with flowers altogether. Perhaps the weather’s nice but your favorite flowers aren’t in bloom yet; fill the pot with ice and chill a few bottles of wine within.

  3. GG Collection Double Beverage Server – Provence Collection
  4. If you’re looking for a sophisticated beverage server with the capacity to dispense two different types of beverages, this GG Collection double beverage server is perfect. With two adjacent glass dispensers, this server becomes a versatile must-have piece for an entertainer. Buy one of these elegant wrought iron double beverage servers as a house warming, engagement or wedding shower gift; it will certainly be appreciated. With the easy pour spouts and decorative feet elevating both servers, you can dispense 1.5 gallons of 2 different beverages effortlessly.

    You can use this GG Collection beverage server in a variety of capacities – simply fill one side with ice and purified water; on the other side, add sliced cucumbers – or any other appropriate fruits or veggies - to give a fresh flavor twist to the water while adding to the aesthetic of the server. For an adult party, keep ice water on one side for hydration and fill the other dispenser with a fun, fruity cocktail. The possibilities are endless with this popular double beverage server!

  5. GG Collection Pedestal Serving Platter with Ceramic Plate
  6. Display your desserts, pastries, hors d’oeuvres and much more on one of these elegant serving platters from the GG Collection. With the intricate cast aluminum designs signature to the brand, this piece is chic, yet durable enough to use for outdoor events. This serving platter comes with a ceramic plate 19 inches in diameter for plenty of space to display your treats.

    Pair the platter with our footed bowl to add additional space to the serving dish, or as a way to separate dressings or dips from the chips or hors d'oeuvres.

  7. GG Collection Rectangular 3 Glass Candle Holder
  8. This is one of our favorite, and most multi-functional, pieces to use when entertaining. With three individual textured glass containers hoisted by a gorgeous cast aluminum votive holder, this candle holder can also function as a serving dish. At 15” long and just under 6” wide, you can place this unobtrusively in the center of a dinner table or on a smaller coffee or end table.

    Fill each glass with a votive candle and create a romantic environment for your outdoor event. Or for a unique twist, fill each container with a different finger food – like caprese skewers, olives on a skewer, long pretzels, sweet potato fries, antipasto kabobs, dips and more! Buy two of these candle holders and place each on the end of a long table to create balance. If you find you need more space for candles or your appetizers, we have a sister piece that holds 7 lights.

  9. GG Collection Chip and Dip Server, Cream, Baroque
  10. This baroque chip and dip server helps you serve tasty pairings beautifully. With intricate designs in cast aluminum holding up chip resistant ceramic serving pieces. Additionally, the dip server comes with a lid, to keep dips and spreads fresh longer.

    Branch out from serving just chips and dips with this server – try arranging crisp sliced vegetables on the serving platter and putting hummus or dip in the dip server. Or, do a Mexican dip medley with guacamole, sour cream and salsa on top with tortilla chips below. Enjoy entertaining with this fun piece from the GG Collection.

There’s no time like the present to begin acquiring your GG Collection serveware and to get ready for hosting on your patio or in your garden. For even more designer home décor, serveware and gifts, visit Chelsea Gifts Online.

About the Author: Edward Cain is the co-owner of Chelsea at the Grove, a luxury boutique specializing in luxury designer gifts and home décor located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey in the heart of picturesque Monmouth County. Chelsea at the Grove is proud to feature the highly sought after Juliska Berry & Thread Series, L'objet dinnerware and the Ralph Lauren Home Collection.

Monday, January 30, 2012

High End Groomsmen Gifts

The wedding weekend marks one of the most special and memorable weekends for a couple, the beginning to a lifelong journey together. On that special day, traditionally both the bride and the groom say their eternal vows with their closest friends and family members by their sides, serving as bridesmaids and groomsmen. Along the journey to the altar, the bridal party supports and encourages the couple as well as throws celebratory bridal showers and parties. The night before the wedding day, it is proper etiquette for the bride and groom to present each member of their bridal party with a memorable and meaningful gift as a token of their appreciation. Much time and thought is put into the gifts that the couple chooses, as it is an outward way to thank the bridesmaids and groomsmen for their support and encouragement for the relationship.

Chelsea at the Grove carries a fine selection of groomsmen gifts and other luxury items for bridal registries or gift giving from the well-known Ralph Lauren Home Collection. We’ve compiled our top five picks for groomsmen gifts; hopefully, this list should help any couple find a perfect and personal gift for their groomsmen.

  1. Ralph Lauren Chaplin, Bookmark: $50
  2. This gorgeous leather strap bookmark from Ralph Lauren is a timeless piece any man would enjoy for a lifetime. The leather strap could be personalized further by engraving the groomsmen’s names on the strap, or perhaps a memorable quote or message.

  3. Ralph Lauren Wentworth, Corkscrew Horse Bit: $95
  4. Buy a classy horse bit corkscrew from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection to show your appreciation for your groomsmen. This silver-plated brass corkscrew comes with a brown saddle leather pouch. Furthermore, it’s packaged in a sophisticated gift box, so it’s ready to be gifted!

  5. Ralph Lauren Montgomery, Cocktail Shaker: $195
  6. Do your groomsmen enjoy a fine drink? Gift them one of the classic Ralph Lauren cocktail shakers, handcrafted from silver plate with subtle engravings. Engrave your groomsmen’s initials on the bottom of the shaker and this cocktail shaker becomes the perfect solution: a balance between a useable, fun as well as sentimental gift.

  7. Ralph Lauren Grayson, Trinket Tray Horseshoe: $295
  8. This is one of our most sought after items from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection – the horseshoe silver-plated holder functions as a cigar stand and a trinket tray alike. A man can place one on his entryway table and toss keys or loose change onto it when he gets home. This is a great gift for your groomsmen, particularly if any of them enjoy a cigar or are equestrian buffs.

  9. Ralph Lauren Barrett, Decanter: $395
  10. Get your groomsmen a staple for their home bar – a crystal decanter to aerate wine. A decanter is the ideal gift for refined men who know about good wine. If you want, personalize the Ralph Lauren decanter gift with an aged bottle of wine.

Whether you choose a crystal decanter or a silver trinket tray, remember that the gifts you present to your bridal party speak to your relationship with them. Keep thoughtfulness and usefulness at the forefront of your mind and if possible, add a personalized element.

About the Author: Edward Cain is the co-owner of Chelsea at the Grove, a luxury boutique located in the heart of picturesque Monmouth County in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Chelsea at the Grove proudly features the world-famous home décor from Mackenzie Childs’ designs as well as the enviable Ricci Argentieri flatware collections.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Behind Ricci Argentieri Flatware

Designed by skilled artisans in some of the best workshops across Italy and the Far East, Ricci Argentieri is one of the world’s most coveted lines of flatware. The perfect cutlery for a bridal registry or wedding anniversary, Ricci flatware stands out above other tableware brands because of the beauty, quality and history evident through each gorgeous detail on the pieces.

Hold a piece of Ricci silverware and you’ll see flawless designs and unique details hand-crafted onto each piece in the Ricci Argentieri collection individually. The timeless beauty is made possible by the Ricci craftsmen, who are experts in the art and work relentlessly to ensure perfection in each piece. It’s awe-inspiring beauty has made it favorite with brides-to-be, but it is the incomparable quality of the Ricci Argentieri line that keeps generations of families staying with the Ricci name. It's also a favorite gift among mothers to their daughters - commemorating their transition into womanhood with a gift that they can cherish for years to come and perhaps even pass down to their own daughters someday.

Ricci artisans employ heavily weighted .925 sterling silver in the Sterling Silver Ricci silverware. Stainless steel Ricci flatware uses the highest quality metal combination to produce stunning and durable pieces that will last beautifully through generations. Every piece of Ricci Argentieri flatware undergoes a detailed inspection, and not a single piece is released without meeting the rigorous standards set forth more than 170 years ago when the Ricci family first developed their tableware line.

Yet another reason Ricci silverware is sought out worldwide is because their long-standing history of quality and beauty. In 1840 small town northern Italy, the Ricci silversmiths, a collection of highly skilled craftsmen, joined together to establish the Ricci Argentieri Guild House. Since the inception decades ago, Ricci Argentieri artisans continue to deliver the same high standard and flawless silverware as the founding silversmiths.

For whatever reason speaks to you – whether it’s the remarkable beauty of each piece, the excellence in quality and craftsmanship or the deep-rooted history of the Ricci Guild – confidently choose Ricci flatware for your bridal registry or special occasion.

About the Author: Edward Cain is the co-owner of Chelsea at the Grove, a high end boutique located in the heart of picturesque Monmouth County in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Chelsea at the Grove proudly features the world-famous home décor from Mackenzie Childs’ designs as well as the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, complete with timeless Ralph Lauren photo frames and barware.