Global Eye Art Collective

Looking for gifts made by local artisans with a touch of the authentic Santa Barbara lifestyle? Meet Kristen Cramer, creator of Global Eye Art Collective. Living the ranch life in Santa Ynez, California, Kristen has brought her creative genius to the marketplace. From her all-natural body care products made from the wax and honey of her own bees to the original handcrafted pottery from her kiln, Kristen’s passion and knowledge for quality and aesthetics are apparent. The collection is now available Upstairs.

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Kristen’s Earth pottery collection features wheel thrown pitchers and mugs in a warm brown clay with pulled handles and simple, hand built details. The outsides are left completely raw or partially dipped while interiors are dipped in a matte cream glaze.

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The Sgraffito collection features wheel thrown cylinders in cream clay, painted neutral ombre with tinted slip then carved with repetitive patterns. Tumblers, wine glasses, small dishes and soup bowls are available in Dot, Circle or Line designs. All pieces are finished in a thin, matte eggshell glaze.

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Global Eye’s ceramic lip balm containers are handmade, sporting cream glazed interiors and top with and their sides remaining raw white clay. Inside, is lip balm made from beeswax and honey from Kristen’s own bees, 100% pure lanolin and vitamin E oil. It is flavored with a tiny hint of pure natural grapefruit essence. They hold about .2-.3oz of lip balm. And are about 1.5 inches high and between 1.5 – 2 inches wide.

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Visit us Upstairs to see the collection for yourself and to stock up on gifts!

Two Thousand Fifteen

Our new 2015 wall hanging and scroll calendars have arrived just in time for holiday gift giving. Made in America of 100% sturdy cotton canvas and linen. Both can be written on to circle important dates and create a momento of the year.
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The sturdy canvas version comes with four black thumb tacks and one pin with which to mark special dates. Approximately 16″x24″.
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Unscroll the linen and cotton calendar to reveal each new month. Approximately 5″x54″ full length.

Happy 2015!!

In Search of the Dark Watchers

photo-14Upstairs now has a limited number of signed copies of the mystical new book authored by Thomas Steinbeck and illustrated by Benjamin Brode, In Search of the Dark Watchers. When visitors come to the Big Sur wilderness on California’s central coast, they’re often struck by how mystical and remote it feels. Some people even return with tales of encounters with a “presence” — a fleeting glimpse in the sun-dappled shadows, an eerie feeling in the stillness of the trees. Could such accounts be the result of a sensitive imagination or are they a validation that the Dark Watchers live on? Stories of these elusive beings persist and are passed down from generation to generation.

On a fateful, foggy evening not long ago, Thomas Steinbeck told California landscape painter Benjamin Brode about the legendary “watchers” who roam the wilds of Big Sur. The particulars of the account had been told to Steinbeck as a child and authenticated by such credible sources as his grandmother, Olive Hamilton, and Billy Post, descendant of El Sur Grande ranchers and, at that time, the resident sage of the Post Ranch Inn.Brode_painting_16-2

Steinbeck’s compelling tale took root in Brode’s imagination. He wondered if it might be possible to go to Big Sur and capture some of the Dark Watchers’ mystery on canvas. Not long after, he packed up his old VW van and headed north to New Camaldoli Hermitage near Lucia. Once there, Brode set aside time to quiet his heart, walk the trails, and sit in the woods… feeling and sketching everything. To insure his success, he brought along a basket of food and offerings designed to appeal to Dark Watchers’ sensibilities.Brode_painting_15

When he returned home, Brode had the impressions he needed to start painting. And paint he did. The extraordinary series in this book was completed in record time. Did the Dark Watchers guide the artist’s brush? We’ll never know.

Steinbeck’s vivid childhood recollections and Brode’s Big Sur series became In Search of the Dark
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Sweet Souls

The endearing face of a dog is a comfort that brings joy and warms the heart. Santa Barbara artist Erika Carter captures all that we love about dogs with her new retablo series featuring man’s (and woman’s!) best friend. Erika created the series for her show at the National Museum for Animals and Society in Los Angeles. Each is an original work inspired by dogs she knows. They are painted on tin from Mexico and mounted on wood. Take a peek for yourself.
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Bollen Glass: Old World Shimmer

Embracing the traditions of Czech glass blowers from the 16th century, these goblets and glasses are perfect replicas of Old World Bollen Glass styles. The patterns and textures make them elegant, yet they’re weighted enough to feel sturdy. The process, passed down from fathers to sons over the centuries, is so involved that only the true craftsman is able to master it and acheive authentic historical reproduction today.
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These beauties also make wonderful hostess, wedding or housewarming gifts.
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Visit us Upstairs to see our complete collection and make your holiday tables sparkle. Keep up with our latest gift and entertaining arrival by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Play Time

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10.19.14-playtime-4It’s the most wonderful time of year in our babies and kids department and we’re having a ball with our newest arrivals of clothes, toys and books. When you’re looking for the perfect baby gift or outfit for your little one, we’re chock full of delights and ready to help you put it all together!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 805.565.1502

Bees, Berries and Thread

9.27.14-stonewareFor tea, breakfast and everyday living, we keep coming back to this classic stoneware which comes to us from Portugal where it’s hand-finished and glazed. Visit us Upstairs to see our entire collection!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

For the Love of Indigo

2.04It’s no secret that Upstairs buyer Shelley Koury loves indigo. From linens to pottery, she finds the richest indigo-dyed items from around the world and brings them home to us. Now, we present Indigo: The Color That Changed the World, a celebration of this ancient process, the ultimate reference on indigo dyeing techniques across the world and a compendium of the most beautiful samples of indigo textiles.

Gloriously pieced together, much like the fine garments it portrays, this colorful book takes the reader on an international tour of indigo-colored textiles, presenting a huge swathe of remarkable clothing, people, and fabric. Catherine Legrand has spent more than twenty years traveling and researching the subject, and she has a deep knowledge of the ancient techniques, patterns, and clothing traditions that characterize ethnic textile design.

The book explores the production of indigo textiles throughout America, China, India, Africa, Central Asia, Japan, Laos, and Vietnam. It features more than 500 color photographs and is completed by specially commissioned drawings that provide close-ups of patterns and cloths.
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Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Autumn Table

We love rearranging our dining table each week. With matte gold flatware, European hemp and embroidered linens, and a vintage Turkish rug, how could we resist? Come visit us and see what’s arrived for your fall table.9.14.14-autumn-table-1

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Fall Arrivals for Men

9.07.14-hats-2Here are just a few of our favorite new autumn arrivals in our Men’s department, including cotton, cashmere, sueded felt hats and all-natural soaps that make great gifts. Follow us on Instagram  to see all the latest additions.
Upastairs, 526 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93198 (805) 565 1502

The Making of a Rag Doll

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9.07.14-rag-doll-3Meet the newest characters in this hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind doll collection. These limited edition artisan dolls are made from materials including vintage cashmere sweaters, antique or recycled remnants, trims, buttons and findings, cotton muslin and linen. Each doll is hand-dyed in persian black teas to create variations in skin tones. They are stuffed with a sustainable corn fiber stuffing. Which is your favorite?
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Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Golds of Autumn

8.24.14-karenMoroccan brass, linen, Uzbeki silk, vintage French and Karen Bezuidenhout Art. Come visit us this week and see what’s new!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

It’s all in the Details

8.21.14-detailsWe’re loving our new arrivals for men. From cotton and cashmere to linen and leather, our men’s collection is stocked for fall!
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Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Put a Bow on It

8.20.14-put-a-bowThis all-natural bath line is another perfect go-to gift. With scents including amber & lavender Shea butter and bourbon & vanilla, we find ourselves looking for excuses to give a little gift!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Hunker Down

8.19.14-hunker-down-2Recent cloud cover over SB reminds us of cooler nights ahead. We can’t wait to get cozy by the fire this fall with these thick, soft cashmere/wool throws.

For the latest autumn arrivals and happenings, follow us in Instagram
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Italian Leather

7.16.14-italian-leatherOur highlight of the week so far is opening this shipment of handcrafted purses, clutches, wallets and briefcases from Italy. With details such as soft, patina leather, brass rivets, gussets and embossing, who could resist? We certainly can’t. Visit us soon to see the full collection!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Summer Sale

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Summer Sale

This is a good one, folks!

We’ve marked down much of our Men’s department 40% off, including selected linen shirts, t-shirts, hats, accessories and fine leather bags. On our sale patio, selected housewares, linens, gifts, candles and more are now up to 70% off.

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Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Tunisian Style

7.02.14-lanternNatural, handwoven fibers bring warmth and texture to any aesthetic and to our new rugs and rattan lanterns that just arrived from Tunisia. The rugs are available in 17×24″ and 22×30″. The rugs come in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes. Come visit us and see for yourself!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 805.565.1502

Fantasy Rug

6.27.14-fantasy-rugThe Persian Cowhide is a design that cunningly combines two of the most iconic rug designs in the world. The meticulous and geometric Persian carpet is seamlessly combined with the natural irregularity of an animal skin rug. This design is created by digitally printing onto a fabric backed rubber which is hand-cut to its final hide shape. Unlike real animal skin, this material is hypo-allergenic, washable, non-slip and will not curl up at the edges.

Available Upstairs in two color choices. Made in England. Click image to enlarge.
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 805.565.1502