November 15, 2011
Around Town : John Derian Company
Posted by Jim Noonan
Last Thursday, both the TV Crafts Department and the creative team for the upcoming holiday special took a trip down to the John Derian Company store on East 2nd Street in Manhattan. After a glowing review from Martha and Kevin Sharkey, we knew we had to check out the newest Christmas wares on display and get a healthy dose of holiday inspiration for all of our upcoming projects.
This being my first trip to this cute little shop, I was just amazed by the impressive selection of ornaments, many being vintage blown glass with gorgeous hand painting and glittered details!
1 No. 6, East 2nd Street (@ The Bowery), Manhattan
3 Gilded ladybugs with glittery brown spots.
4 Gorgeous speckled eggs.
5 Frogs and turtles!
6 I love the collection of dinosaur, lizard and other reptilian ornaments.
7 Papier mache teepees detailed with crayon.
8 Papier mache ship.
9 Beaded ship.
10 What a gorgeous bird!
11 I just loved this black and white tree - layering a little bit of formality and darkness over the typical holiday fare.
12 Spiders aren't just for Halloween anymore!
13 Shimmery, festive ornaments in white!
14 Citrus tree.
15 The cutest felted gnome (next door, at No.10, in the John Derian Dry Goods store).
16 Fabulous vintage-looking garland.
Across the board, mushrooms have become a very popular trend for the holidays. In line with Hosanna Houser's Spun-Cotton Mushroom Ornaments and Kristin St. Clair's Mushroom Table Decor, John had quite a few fun variations of his own on hand.
I was also amazed at how many great gift possibilities there were. I'll definitely be making a trip back to shop for the many folks on my list this year!
1 Spun cotton snowmen (with an accompanying spun-cotton menagerie).
2 Papier mache taxidermy. No animals were harmed in the making of these fabulous wall decorations.
3 These candles filled the entire store with a delicious, sophisticated aroma.
4 Classic John Derian, vintage decoupage plates...
6 ...and paper weights. All vividly and beautifully designed.
7 I loved this whimsical "broken and repaired" china pattern.
8 More vintage dishware.
9 Gorgeous handmade tissue paper flowers by frequent Martha Stewart Show guest and MS Living contributor, Livia Cetti.
10 Brightly colored candle holders.
11 A couple of masks or perhaps a bust!
12 Tote bags in more of those fabulously classic John Derian prints.
13 For those on your gift list that are trying to cut back on the holiday calories - may I suggest food fashioned from yarn?
14 Giant cloche!
15 There was even an option for the naughty ones on your list!
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