Back to School

Whether it’s a child’s first day of school ever or the start of a final year of college, back to school season is always an adventure and a great opportunity to give a gift. We’re stocked with beautiful journals and artist quality desk supplies. And, to make the transition easier for students of any age, we have plenty of plushy stuffed animals and one-of-a-kind dolls just waiting to become  treasured new friends!journals 3

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California Dreaming

We’re loving absolutely everything about our bedroom this week from the charcoal gray tufted linen bench and walnut and iron side tables to the Turkish over-dyed blue rug and print throw pillows made in the USA. The painting over the bed, titled “California”, is the work of South African artist Karen Bezuidenhout. Follow us on Instagram to see more details about current happenings throughout the week Upstairs!

Bath, Body & Home

There’s something so nurturing about giving or receiving beautifully packaged, heaven-scented bath products that are made of all-natural ingredients. Whether you’re treating yourself or someone you love, it’s a way of acknowledging that we all need a little pampering now and then and that something as little as the glow of a candle or the fresh scent of soap can have a mood-altering affect on our environment and our senses. We are honored to carry this collection of artisan quality home and bath products, many of which are made by hand in small batches. We hope you discover them and enjoy them as much as we do!
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New Arrivals: Italian Leather

These Italian leather goods are handcrafted in Teodorano, Italy, a tiny village of only 130 inhabitants, rich in history, charm and culture, located in the heart of the Romagna region. Each bag and accessory is created using a thorough process: each piece is dyed in barrels containing specially-chosen vegetable dyes. The vintage look is the result of the ‘piece-dying’ technique and of extensive research where nothing is left to chance. All the studs that decorate these bags are hammered one-by-one and applied by hand, giving the bags a aged, oxidized look. Each bag is lined with high-quality, durable cotton.

For stylish accessorizing, travel and for gift-giving, this line is one of our favorites.

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Piece-dyed natural cowhide leather wallets outlined with studs and featuring multiple compartments.

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Piece-dyed natural cowhide leather belts with studs.


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Natural cowhide leather wallet outlined with studs, zip-around closure and multiple compartments for staying organized.

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Piece-dyed natural embossed cowhide leather with zipper closure and wrist strap.

 

 

Store Tour

For those of you who aren’t able to visit Upstairs often due to distance, here’s a little tour of the store this week. Enjoy!

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More Rug Love

Our collection of Morrocan, Turkish and South American rugs and throws is hand-chosen buy our buyer, Shelley Koury. She has longstanding relationships with suppliers who procure these rugs directly from their countries of origin. Shelley, therefore, is able to have first choice of new shipments and for the most competitive prices. Visit us to see the entire collection!

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A vibrant whip-stitched Bolivian throw

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Turkish Kilims

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Dhurri rugs that just arrived from India. They’re made of recycled materials and, yes, they’re sparkley!

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One-of-a-kind handmade Turkish rugs. Because they’re made of hemp, they’re exceptionally durable. They’re perfect for a home with history or a modern, minimalist space.

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Turkish Kilims and Morrocan Wedding Blankets

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A Classic: The Beni Ourain.

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Bolivian throws and Turkish rugs in the most amazing palettes!

Design & Comfort, Swedish Style

These chairs come to us from a small town off the Baltic coast, which explains their brilliant Swedish design. Both are made of teak frames and natural canvas. Leather straps are attached to the headrest of the adjustable lounger. The back of the armchair is secured with leather lacing and grommets. The craftsmanship is excellent and, yes, they’re exceptionally comfortable!


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Karen Bezuidenhout Art

South African artist Karen Bezuidenhout has delivered a new collection of work to us. Freshly inspired by her most recent travels through Africa, including a desert horseback ride through Namibia, these beauties are a highlight of Upstairs.kb2

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Pillow Talk

From silk pillows printed in India with rich hues of persimmon, gold and navy to embroidered linen pillows made in America, our selection right now is divine!

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Put the Fun in Father’s Day

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From a fair trade workshop in Haiti comes this handmade quilted indigo checkers set. Each checker is carefully carved by hand of bone and horn. Comes with a cloth pouch for easy storage and travel.

Give dad the gift of play this Father’s Day. Better yet, the gift of time! Play a game of checkers or cards. Make a memory that will last a lifetime. Here are some of our current favorites.

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“Plywood Playing Cards” are designed for competitive gaming and imaginative free play. Crafted from Birch plywood, the cards take their inspiration from Mid-Century design, with a loving wink to the work of Ray and Charles Eames. The material provides Corey’s cards stiffness, smoothness and a rich patina, and the interlocking slots allow the user to both build and play games with the deck.

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What’s more better than Paul Smith socks for putting the unexpected into an otherwise ordinary day? Need we say more?

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Three decks of high-quality playing cards in a case beautiful enough to display.

 

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Vice Dice: so much fun in one square inch! Made of porcelain, four in a set, comes in its own gift box.

Father’s Day 2015

As Father’s Day – Sunday, June 21st – approaches, stay tuned here and on our Instagram for gift ideas! These are some of our favorite new arrivals and classic standbys.

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Pairing two of our favorite new arrivals for men: A black butter-soft leather jacket with a Swiss dot cotton button down.

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Wax cast brass dice; Italian leather wallet and flask; leather and hand-etched keychains.

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For the adventurous dad: a felted hat; handblock-printed scarf; zippered jacket (great for travel!); travel tote by Emily Rosendahl Leather Goods.

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Cotton button-down shirt with contrast stitching

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Zippered Jackets and Sweatshirts

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Where Creativity Abounds

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Merchant & Mills Sewing Book, hammered iron scissors and skeins of vintage-style ribbon.

Crafters, designers and makers of all sorts, take note and discover the wonders of our Book and Paper Goods departments. We have inspiration tools and supplies for creatives of all ages. This gear also makes thoughtful, unique gifts. Let your imagination soar this summer!

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Gift Box Set of a Classic: The iconic Blackwing 602 that used to command up to $40 per pencil and was favored by famous writers like John Steinbeck. The Palomino Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that is ideal for writers and everyday users. Its dark lead holds a point and lays down a line like no other pencil, perfect for those marathon writing sessions. Make a mistake? The Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil has you covered with a unique, extendable eraser that doesn’t leave a trace behind. Inspired by the past, made for the writers of tomorrow. Will you be the next Blackwing Legend?

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French stickers and postcards for creative the most notable notes!

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Stamp your personalized messages with this boxed set of rubber stamps or novelty mail address stamp.

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French-designed wrapping paper by the book. This charming and convenient pack comes in a book of 20 neatly-folded sheets.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Memorial Day Weekend: The unofficial start of summer. Time to dig out the swimsuits and beach towels and clean off the barbecue and outdoor furniture. Whether you need to stock up on summer table linens and glassware or restock your beach bag, we ready to help with new arrivals and inspiration throughout the store!

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Aprons of linen and cotton for the most stylish chefs.

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Our collection of thick, plushy beach and pool towels

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Two of our hammocks with Sunbrella outdoor pillows and a Fermob side table set with decanter and glassware

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Dreaming of warm summer evenings spent sipping lemonade (or margaritas!) from these bumblebee glasses. Note the matching pitchers in the back row.

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Hand-block print table linens, dish towels and paper napkins for lively outdoor entertaining spaces

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New board shorts for men have arrived…plus so much more in our Men’s department – super soft t-shirts, linen button downs and accessories.

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The perfect beach blanket, handmade of 100% ecological merino wool from Peru. We love to wrap up in these while sitting around a sunset bonfire!

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Weekend get-up from our women’s lounge and resort wear collection: Cotton tunic with leather & woven straw tote, a patterned shawl and bead-trimmed pendant necklace.

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Togs for the tots. All cute and ready for life outdoors!

Glazed Pottery Decor

Beetles, bunnies and birds are making an appearance at the top of our staircase this week. Come visit us and see this delightful glazed pottery collection for yourself!IMG_2145

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New Arrivals for Babies & Kids

From books and toys to clothing, our children’s department is fully stocked for spring and summer. Here are a few of our favorites!kids1

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Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 10th

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Have you found just the right gifts for the mothers you love? Here’s are more of our ideas and new arrivals Upstairs!

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On one of our zippered canvas quote totes. Sturdy, washable, stylish perfect for travel staying organized, inspiring. What more could you want in a tote? Alone or stocked with goodies such as perfumes, soaps or jewelry, they make a great gift.

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We love the pairing of this lace-trimmed cami and shorts with natural bath products and handcrafted jewelry as the perfect indulgence for Mom.

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Ruffle trim details on our new silk slip dresses from India. We love them because they can be worn as lounge wear or dressed up.

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We’re honored to feature this collection of original bird art from local artist Susan Levine. Susan beautifully and accurately depicts only birds she’s seen firsthand, in their natural habitat. The large piece in the upper left corner is a collection of birds and their corresponding nests.

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Little Gems: Lariat Necklace with Pearl

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Can’t help thinking of Mother’s Day when we look at these little beauties. And the jewels are resting on handcrafted pottery by Kristen Cramer, also a beautiful gift.

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New clutches from Santa Barbara designer Emily Rosendahl Leather Goods and embroidered blouses both make treasured gifts.

 

New Arrivals for Men

New board shorts for men have arrived…plus so much more in our Men’s department – super soft t-shirts, linen button downs and accessories. Visit us to see our entire collection!new mens

Bowled Over

These are the rims on a stack of hand hewn wood bowls that recently arrived Upstairs. Each is unique and carved from trees such as Pittosporum, Found Pine, Aleppo Pine and Italian Stone Pine. We love them just as much for display as we do for serving food. If you’re looking for a naturally beautiful bowl that will add beauty to any table or room or a special gift that will be treasured for a lifetime, this is it. Visit us at the store to see the entire collection or call us for more information!

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Best of SB by Gwyneth Paltrow

Have you seen Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest Santa Barbara City Guide on goop.com? Be sure to check it out for all her local favorites, including Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. Thank you for the shoutout, Gwyneth and Goop! XO

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Modern Rustic

When the warmth of natural materials meets clean, modern lines in a piece of furniture, it’s an easy fit with any style. Our new delivery of black walnut with iron side tables does just that. Crafted by hand in California, they are topped with solid wood with natural variations that make each one subtly unique.

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Looking down on the round side table.

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The square version features a shelf for extra storage or display.