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.
Includes 500+ color illustrations.
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

Who’s Ready to Play?

6.18.14-play-2Meet Snow Pink, Bite Me!, Howling Bowling and Francois Firlefant. When no ordinary stuffed toy will do, these guys and their fluffy, colorful friends from the Sweety Collection are unforgettable gifts and companions for summer travel!

6.18.14-play-1Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Father’s Day: Man Ray Art Chess Set

6.02.14-man-ray-2From one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, just in time for Father’s Day, we now have the re-edition of Man Ray’s 1920 Chess Set. Man Ray’s lifelong friendship with avid chess player and fellow artist Marcel Duchamp led to his chess piece designMan Ray sought to use pure geometric forms associated historically and figuratively with the pieces they represent The Egyptian pyramid represents the king, the medieval queen’s conical headdress the queen and a flask for the concocting of healing liqueurs the bishop. The knight is based on a favorite form, the carved scroll found on a violin. The set is made of solid beech wood and crafted in Germany under license of the Man Ray Trust.
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Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

Erika Carter Spring 2014

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5.22.14-erika-carter-3As you walk up the stairs to our entry, you’ll be greeted by these grand ladies who have just arrived Upstairs from Erika’s studio. Painted in Erika’s signature style, influenced heavily by her time in San Miguel de Allende, her work has a presence that lifts the spirit!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1503

Man Soap

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5.22.14-man-soap-2Like beer? Did you know it’s good for your hair and skin, too? Check out this new line of beer soaps. Made with all natural ingredients and scents including Wild Billy Goat, Creamy Ale and Hefeweizen, they make uniquely appreciated Grad and Father’s Day gifts!
Upstairs, 516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1503

In a Land Far Away

5.01.14-land-far-awayVisit us Upstairs this week and check out our new arrivals that Shelley has curated from around the world. We’re especially loving out dining table this week. With its eclectic display of Italian Match pewter, French bistro chairs by Fermob, Linens by Coral & Tusk, Indian teapots and matte gold flatware, all sitting on a vintage Turkish rug, it transports us to some place magical each time we walk by!

We look forward to seeing you!
Upstairs, 516 San Yasidro Road, Montecito CA 93108 (805) 565 1502

What Dreams Are Made Of

4.28.14-dreamsThe Princess and the Pea doll, book and bed set by Maileg of Denmark is always a sell-out item Upstairs, a treasured gift that gives endless hours of enjoyment and imagination.

Beautifully made with extraordinary details from the quilted mattresses to the crocheted pea, this heirloom quality set comes with Mini Princess Bunny, one wooden canopy bed, seven quilted mattresses, one duvet, one quilted pillow, one crocheted pea and a beautiful gift box that transforms into a bedroom. The set is packaged in a lovely detailed box which is part of the fantastic play. Included in the set is a magical story about the Bunny and the Pea.

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