Sunday Solution – Release those Wrinkles!

Just a quick little tip for you on this Sunday evening… As the hustle and bustle of the holiday is upon us, we’re all looking for a few short cuts. Here’s one that actually works – Downy Wrinkle Releaser!

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Designers – this is a new must-have for us on install day. Spray it on your fabrics, tug the wrinkles out and smooth it over, no more ironing!

Hosts and hostesses – this is ideal for your table linens. Simply spread your table linens out, spray, tug and smooth it over with your hands (make sure to do a quick hand wash before)! Forget trying to keep a hold of those large tablecloths while handling a hot iron.

And, of course we found it works great on smoothing the wrinkles out of clothing. Oops – forgot to iron that oxford and you’ve got to head out in two minutes?! No worries – just spray, tug and go! You’ll be tidy as ever.

Hope this Sunday Solution makes your life a bit easier this holiday season! Cheers from the team at steve mckenzie’s!

*Full disclosure – we were given a sample of this product to try, however, all opinions are ours.

Shop Small & SAVE all day Friday & Saturday!

This weekend, forgo the crazy mall traffic, and support your local community by shopping the small businesses in your neighborhood! After all, November 28th is Small Business Saturday…

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To celebrate ad thank you for your support, steve mckenzie’s is offering shoppers special savings this Friday and Saturday ONLY:

15% off a purchase of $100 or more
20% off a purchase of $200 or more
30% off a purchase of $300 or more

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Our shelves are stocked with all kinds of special gifts, books and home accessories and more for you to save BIG on this weekend! Come on in and see for yourself why Atlanta Magazine voted steve mckenzie’s “Best Home Accessories” for 2015.

Tablescape Thursday: Thanksgiving 2015 Edition

With Thanksgiving only one week away (from today – ahh!) it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to create the perfect Thanksgiving table for your celebration.

This year, we’re focusing on setting up a buffet for a large gathering. Sure, there’s something to be said about family-style dining. But sometimes that’s not practical; and of you’re expecting a large group or plan on pulling together a potluck-style meal, a buffet may be just the right solution for you!

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However, even with a buffet, there are still some items you should find homes for on your tabletops (even if there are multiple dining tables for your soiree!). Those items should include a butter dish with softened butter, salt/pepper shakers, and a centerpiece of some sort – be it a simple sprig or two of greenery in a pretty Blenko water bottle, or vintage turkeys, such as the one pictured above from Steve and Jill’s beloved collection.

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Next, you need to consider the utensils… Will they be set on the table with napkins, or as a part of the buffet. If you opt to add them to the buffet, offer guests either a stack of napkins with forks, knives and spoons at the start of the buffet table or do a little work ahead of time, rolling the utensils in fabric napkins, so all guests have to do is select a roll and move on down the table.

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Finally, it’s time to think about setting out the food on the buffet. make space for all your dishes and offer some visual interest, consider using serving ware that will add height, such as cake stands or footed bowls, or create the height yourself by working boxes and books in under your tablecloths and setting a taller stage for some foods. Begin with your cold or room temperature dishes, like green salads, and work through warm sides, ending with the main event – the turkey! Near the bird, offer folks a cranberry conserve, or other tart relish, and keep the gravy warm in a small covered coup tureen or even chaffing dish warmed by candles.

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Bring out baskets for bread and various sized dishes for your guests to select from, weather they’re on their first, second or even dessert course!

And lastly, consider some decor items. Sure, the star of your decor may be the table centerpieces, but don’t forget the buffet table! Some skillfully placed candles, simple floral arrangements (or even bits of greenery and leaves worked in under your serving ware) will be much appreciated. If you’re looking to go all-out, bring in seasonal accessories, pine cones, and unique textiles, all with the goal of adding interest, color and texture without taking away from your fabulous food!

If you need help pulling together the perfect tablescape, or setting up your ideal buffet, come visit the team at steve mckenzie’s today and we’ll ensure your holiday hostessing is an effortless success!

Tastemaker Tuesday – Thatcher & Shannon Davis of Selamat Designs

They’re the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Selamat Designs, a fantastic, all natural product line new to the steve mckenzie’s showroom – Thatcher and Shannon Davis. After reading their interview for this blog feature we believe you’ll be as wowed by them as we are. And, because the guiding force behind our brand is also a husband-wife team, we felt there was some synergy here for sure. Not to mention this team creates some amazing, and truly responsible and sustainable products – they’re Tastemakers for sure!

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We are a husband and wife owned natural materials company based in San Francisco.  We design everything in house and manufacture where the materials and expertise are grown.  We are artisnal, interested in the craft of furniture making as much as the design of attractive, inventive, useful and unique products.  We care about the growth of the materials, harvesting, manufacturing, finishing, packaging, and product life.   We work hard on our own brand and on others, we are small and nimble, boutique, and forward looking. 

1. Three words that describe your aesthetic?

Eclectic, colorful, and individual

2. Would you please share a little about your favorite space/project to date?

We have been working with an Australian Design Archive, Florence Broadhurst, for the last year interpreting fabulous patterns from the 1960’s and 70’s into furniture and accessories.  It has pushed us in ways that we as a team have loved.   

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3. What’s the source(s) of your inspiration?

Not to sound cheesy but for us, it’s nature and the life of our family.  We live in a place where we interact nature on a daily basis and it influences our materials, our shapes and our finishes.  We are also inspired by the practical nature of living with products in a family setting.  We don’t want anything too precious and always have sand on our floor….

4. Name three people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party…

Florence Broadhurst, Bono, and Georgia O’Keefe

5. A piece of/type of furniture you couldn’t live without?

A basket to keep our shoes in by the front door.

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6. Do you follow a particular set of rules when mixing textures, finishes, etc. – how do they work for you?

No rules, that is my rule.  Showing your personality is essential.  Take risks, surround yourself with things that mean something to you personally.  You can always create a story in a space that incorporates things that seem disparate. 

7. Trending… What is something you are currently “into” and something you are “over?”

I am always into rattan, it is the perfect material, hand-made, sustainably grown, endlessly useful.  I love it outside, go ahead and let it biodegrade. 

I am a little over the gray in Restoration Hardware…

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8. How does artwork fit into your designs?

Like all great inspiration, art from the basic to the masterful is the best fodder.

9. What would be the one thing you would have if you were stranded on a deserted island?

My family… husband, three kiddos.

10. Please share a piece of advice you’d offer to someone looking to break into the interior design industry.

Be honest, be professional, and work hard to earn the respect of your clients, your vendors and your community of peers.  Don’t be afraid to try something different, people will hire you to give them permission to do something in their space that they would never have the nerve to do on their own. 

We love that last bit – it’s amazing how courageous clients can be with a professional at the helm!

Thanks so much to Shannon Davis of Selamat for offering a bit about herself and her business to our readers. There’s so much to love about the Davis’ and their unique brand of products. We’re proud to carry the Selamat Designs line at steve mckenzie’s and invite you to pop in and take a look at all they offer.

A Veteran’s Day Message from steve mckenzie’s

To all who have – or who are – serving in our armed forces… Thank you for giving of yourself to serve our country and protecting our freedoms.

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The team at steve mckenzie’s is forever grateful.

In celebration of this special day, mention this blog post, and 10% of the proceeds from your in-stock purchase at steve mckenzie’s will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, today through Saturday, November 14th.

A Fantastic Fall Recipe & NEW Gien Earthenware

Just in time for Thanksgiving, steve mckenzie’s is introducing the new Chanterelle collection by Gien Earthenware.

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This new dinnerware line features a beautiful pattern of woodland mushrooms, fern leaves and forest fruits. And, while Gien Earthenware is manufactured in France, it’s actually dishwasher safe – a real bonus for the busy holiday season!

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If you’re not ready to commit to an entire table of the Chanterelle pattern, adding a few key pieces to your tablescape – while mixing an matching with your current dinnerware – will make the perfect seasonal touch!

Now that you’re envisioning a fabulous fall table, we have an ideal meal to serve on your new Gien Earthenware… Mulligan Stew! This hearty, and comforting dish will warm you from the inside out. A big thanks to steve mckenzie’s friend and team member, Kim Crosby for sharing her recipe with us:

Mulligan Stew
Serves 8

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2 lb Stew Meat
1/4 C flour
3 T vegetable Oil
2 Lb unpeeled potatoes, cut into bite-size cubes
1 C celery, cut into bite-size cubes
1C carrots, cut into bite-size pieces
1 small onion chopped
2 1/2 C water or beef stock divided
1/2 of a .75 oz pkg brown gravy mix
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste
fresh parsley
Ciabatta, baguette or other hard crust bread Toss the stew meat with the flour. Heat oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven. Add the meat in small amounts to brown.

Add potatoes, celery, carrots, onions and 2 C water (or stock). Bring to boil then reduce heat. Cover & simmer for about 1.5 hours or till meat is done.Combine the gravy mix and 1/2 C water (or stock) and add to the meat & veggies along with the undrained tomatoes and bring to boil to combine flavors. Remove from heat, top with parsley and serve with crusty bread.

Simple, hearty and oh-so-fall! Please share some of your family’s favorite fall dishes – we’d love to be inspired!!