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.

Mother’s Day 2015

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10th and we’re ready with plenty of special gift ideas, including white linen dresses, indigo African wraps, fringe cotton ponchos, pearls, tassels and straw totes which all have us dreaming of summer. Stay tuned here and follow us on Instagram for more ideas and new arrivals!

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By the Book: Inspired Design

We’ve just received a shipment of newly-released books! Whether you’re looking for new ideas to freshen up your surroundings for spring, designing your dream home or would like to give the gift of inspiration to a friend, we’re stocked up with the best. Here are a few of our design favorites, featuring interior and architectural inspiration from homes and designers around the world.

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Elle Decor: The Height of Style: Inspiring Ideas from the World’s Chicest Rooms. This hardcover showcases more than 220 stunning rooms selected by the editors of ELLE DECOR, the magazine that is the last word on exciting, cutting-edge, and eclectic style from around the world. A must for any decorating and design buff, it shows readers how to bring the flair, glamour, and individuality of the world’s chicest spaces into their own homes.

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California Homes: Studio William Hefner by master architect and long-time Upstairs customer William Hefner. This lavishly illustrated and richly detailed book takes readers on an intimate tour of the opulent houses designed by the LA-based Hefner. It’s an insightful monograph highlighting his illustrious designs – lavishly illustrated and richly detailed – an intimate tour of some of the world’s most beautiful houses.

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Casa Bohemia: The Spanish-Style House by Linda Leigh Paul. A celebration of the uniquely vibrant architecture and interiors of classic and new Spanish-style houses in the southwestern and southern United States, Mexico, and Spain. Casa Bohemia showcases a collection of some of the most beautifully preserved Spanish style houses, from restored haciendas in Mexico to early and recent 20th century California mission styles.

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Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers. This intimate portrait of both iconic and unknown midcentury European designers and architectural masterpieces reveals an inspiring personal approach to modernism. This gorgeously photographed volume features the intimate and private spaces of both the icons and unknown vanguards of European midcentury architecture and design.

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“[Francois Halard's]…breathtaking new monograph…his romantic eye is drawn to organized chaos, quirky collections, and evidence of lives well lived. He celebrates bulletin boards, work studios, and seemingly mundane objects that inspire the pantheon of aristocrats, artists, and designers he documents.” -Architectural Digest. Released in 2013, this extravagant volume is the magnum opus of today’s most celebrated interiors photographer. One of Halard’s first assignments, to photograph Yves Saint Laurent’s legendary Paris apartment when he was in his early twenties, cemented his reputation as one of the most original eyes of our era. His unique photographic sensibility—old-world elegant and bohemian, accessible and personal—is instantly recognizable. Thirty years later, Halard still captures our imagination with his breathtaking photographs.

Vintage Found Object Lighting

Art and light come together in this collection of found vintage object table and floor lamps. All made by hand in America, each is a unique combination of industrial and machine parts with antique lamp shades. To add to their functionality, all of these one-of-a-kind pieces of art has adjustable arms and stands to allow for variable heights and angles. Visit us to see the collection for yourself and find your favorite.light1

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Springtime Wonderland

With so many new arrivals, Upstairs is a feast for the eyes and the senses. Here are some of our favorites this week!

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Global Eye Collective: Sea Monsters & Curiosity

From designer Kristen Cramer’s Global Eye Curiosity Collection, we introduce her Sea Monster and Evil Eye pottery which are inspired by folklore, beliefs, and stories from around the world. Kristen’s love of history, beauty and nature playfully bring to life the age-old stories which explain the things that puzzle us and illuminate the things we know.

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Black as the ocean depths and mysterious as the monsters there, these pitchers may hold your ales, your iced teas or your muddled cocktails. Some pitchers are made with real sea monsters while others just suggest their presence. All inspiration for the carvings, the tentacles, and the whispered stories they emit, comes from real maps from antiquity.

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Alchemy Poison Cups: Made from the Terrors of Maple Creek! Like alchemists, Global Eye has taken base ingredients, formed them into cups, burned them in a fire at 2200 degrees and made these fine cups to cure all your ails and hold all your poisons such as coffee or cocktails. They will surely cure you of drowsiness or good judgement. Made with specimens collected on Maple Creek Trail in Santa Ynez. The terrors include rocks from the precipitous drop, waters from the cold creek, stinging nettles and poison oak. Each cup is totally unique and features a rock embedded into its body.

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Evil Eye Medallions: Classic antiquity begat the curse of the evil eye – a malevolent glare which brings bad luck – and modern man continues to pursue protective measures against it with medallions. Hang yours over your front door, over the bed of a loved one, or in your boat galley and keep bad luck at bay.

Take It Outside

It’s spring – time to sweep off the patio and pool deck and move the family room outdoors! Upstairs is newly stocked with gorgeous, durable, classic patio furniture. We love these pieces because they are as comfortable as they are stylish. Take a tour of our patio.

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This classic bistro table is a perfect complement to the retro 60s-style armchair which is built with an aluminum tube frame and a high-density technical resin seat with a criss-cross weave.

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This low stacking table is made of aluminum and is the perfect little side table for outdoor lounging. The folding adjustable sunlounger has a lacquered steel frame with a high protection treatment that makes it durable for outdoor use. Cool and comfortable, the backrest and seat are made of outdoor technical fabric. The pillows shown here are made of Sunbrella fabric, able to withstand sunlight and keep looking beautiful.

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View of the lounger with its two 8″ wheels back rest which has four adjustable settings.

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Classic bistro folding chairs and tables popular among the lemonade sellers at the end of the 19th century. Lacquered curved slats in galvanized steel. Available in a variety of colors.

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Sitting next to the retro armchair, ready to serve – the 16″ wide portable bar is 24″ high is made of lacquered steel.

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Two of our hammocks with Sunbrella outdoor pillows and a side table set with decanter and glassware – all available Upstairs now!

Spring Palette

Once in a while, we come across a new collection which captures a sense of ease and elegance with its combination of fresh palette and pattern. We have found just that in this line of cotton, hand blocked tablecloths, napkins, rugs and pillows. Inspired by warm vacation homes where hosts welcome their guests in simple, but gracious environments and where guests are honored and filled with wonder while in such pleasant ambiance. Unpacking these arrivals this week is the perfect segue to spring!

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Finding a beautiful paper napkin can be a challenge but we think everything about these is just right.

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Table linens in the freshest spring hues of sea blues and greens.

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Cotton canvas rugs, perfect for freshening up the bath.

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We love these pillows for indoor and outdoor comfort and style!

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Cotton napkins in a variety of colors.

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A bouquet of napkins displayed in an African pitcher.

Ocean Oasis

A little tour of today’s bedroom which makes us think of the deep blue sea, warm sand and fresh, salty air. Dive in!

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One of the deep blue Turkish rugs Shelley discovered in Paris. Each is hand-dyed and one-of-a-kind.

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A close-up of the Karen Bezuidenhout painting over the bed. The birds are cormorants, a fish-diving species which is abundant on the west coast of Africa.

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A dreamy new book from Taschen and this striped throw blanket are perfect tie-ins for this ocean oasis bedroom.

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Gifts for Guys

Trying to find that just right gift for a man can be a challenge. From a leather jacket or the perfect pair of socks to an Italian leather wallet or a new book, we’re stocked with ideas. Hear are a few of our current favorites. 

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White ceramic embossed flask with leather straps, brass stud and brass button. Wax cast brass dice. Quote from 365 Gathered Thoughts. All are made in America.

Turkish Style Towels from Ethiopia

There’s nothing like bringing in new towels to freshen up a bathroom or kitchen. We’ve just added these fair trade pieces to our collection. Handcrafted of 100% natural Ethiopian cotton, they’re machine washable and become softer with use. The hand towels are perfect for the bathroom or kitchen and we love the full size towels for the bath, pool or beach.

Because of this organization’s fair trade partnerships, the artisans are able to support their families through creating woven goods and are given access to health care, transportation and a savings account. They feel secure, happy and acknowledged by the generous attitude of their employer and lovely surroundings where they work. Their children are all being educated. Equitable employment and environmentally friendly production and processing practices are values central to the organization.

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Jewelry Inspired by Nature

Carefully crafted by hand, these lovely pieces are inspired by the simplicity of nature. Pearls, labradorite, turquoise, chrysoprase, rainbow moonstone and black chalcedony combined with gold wire, strong nylon string and oxidized sterling silver chains, make them as versatile as they are beautiful. They work year-round, but we think they’re exceptionally feminine and fresh for spring and they’re perfectly priced to keep one for yourself and give one as a gift.

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So pretty. Embossed half moon and heart talisman pendant necklaces.

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Starry Night Bedroom

Our bedroom this week is styled by visual artist Catherine Greenup. Artist Karen Bezuidebhout’s painting, “Ceylon and the Starry Night”, as seen in Santa Barbara Magazine’s Best of 2015 issue, is over the bed. You can read more about Karen in the new Santa Barbara Magazine issue. Scroll down for more details about this room. 

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Be sure to note Nugget the Bulldog in the far right corner of this photo. He’s sunning himself on our balcony.

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We’ve just unpacked our new shipment of Moroccan rugs, each rug was hand-selected by Shelley. This is an exceptionally gorgeous lot.

 

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Behind Nugget is a stack of Turkish rugs that Shelley found in Paris. They’re each one-of-a-kind and dyed glorious shades of blue.

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Details on the black and ivory cotton pillows in the previous photo. Sizes ranges from a 12″ square to 24″ square and a 26″x20″.

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Throw blankets with stripes and tassels. Available in 90″x70″ and 60″x80″. Made in India of 100% cotton.

 

Coral & Tusk

Born of a passion for storytelling and for creating beautiful gifts by hand, Coral & Tusk uses the timeless art of embroidery stitching to create one-of-a-kind pillows, tea towels, onesies and bed linens. Founder Stephanie Housley is the imagination behind each design. Working from her sunlit studio in Brooklyn, New York, her energy is contagious, her work, irresistable. From tipis to llamas to feathers and dancing foxes, Stephanie draws each design by hand before it is digitized and stitched, using the highest quality linens and threads. Her team hand finishes each piece. Visit us Upstairs and discover the magic of Coral & Tusk for yourself!

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70% Off Sale in Our Kids & Babies Department

Selected clothes, books, toys and gifts for babies and kids are newly marked down to 70% off original prices. This is a great time to stock up!kids sale

Best of 2015

From local designers and artists to home decor, textiles and gifts curated from around the world, this is a glimpse at Upstairs shopping as included in recent Santa Barbara Magazine’s Best of 2015 issue. Visit us to see our new spring collections, arriving daily!

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Upstairs shopping As Seen In Santa Barbara Magazine’s Best of 2015 Issue

For the Love of Film

Award season and winter go together like butter and popcorn. Why not brush up on your movie history facts or discover a classic gem of a film? Or give the perfect gift to your cinephile friends. We have two new Taschen books for just that.

Delve into the shadows with Film Noir: 100 All-Time Favorites. From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Drive, enter a world populated by private eyes, gangsters, psychopaths, and femmes fatales, where deception, lust, and betrayal run rampant.

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The first film-by-film photography book on film noir and neo-noir, this essential collection begins with the early genre influencers of German and French silent film, journeys through such seminal works such as Double IndemnityThe Postman Always Rings Twice, and Vertigo, and arrives at the present day via ChinatownPulp FictionHeat, and the recent cult favorite Drive. Entries include posters, tons of rare stills, cast/crew details, quotes from the films and from critics, and analyses of the films. Film director, film noir scholar, and Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader provides the introduction to this feast of noir worship. Populated by the genre’s most revered directors, like Hitchcock, Wilder, Welles, Polanski, Mann, and Scorsese, the book also pays homage to its iconic faces, including Mitchum, Bogart, Hayworth, Bergman, Grant, Bacall, Crawford, Nicholson, Pacino, and so many more.

Or, if you’re dazzled by the lure of Tinseltown’s golden era, check out Hollywood in the 30s. Brimming with elegance and energy, this enchanting journey in images and words takes the reader back in Tinseltown time, direct to the heart, and the sheer movie-making thrill, of a decisive cinematic decade from Chaplin’s last silent films to the colorful Wizard of Oz.
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 In the 1930s, the legendary City of Cinema moved from the silent era to the talking picture. It was a decade of pomp and excess in the motion picture capital, of glorious stardom and megalomaniac directors; a time when politicians and the mob all wanted a piece of the thrilling action. It was the age of the Marx brothers,Greta Garbo, Frankenstein, and Gone with the Wind, Charlie Chaplin’s bowler hat and moustache, Marlene Dietrich’s androgynous glamor, and Jean Harlow’s perfectly positioned beauty spot. In this tribute to Tinseltown’s finest age, illustrator Robert Nippoldt and film critic Daniel Kothenschulte team up to pay homage to the creators, characters and charisma that made up this golden era. With his evocative illustration style, previously showcased in TASCHEN’s Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties, Robert Nippoldt captures the scene with all its seduction, celebrity, and its grit. In the accompanying text, Kothenschulte profiles the movers and shakers of the age, as well as its most groundbreaking developments across movie direction, music, costume, scenery and beyond.