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.

Pura Ferreiro

Master goldsmith and silversmith, Pura Ferreiro, specializes in the ancient Etruscan jewelry crafting technique of granulation. Pura, who lives and creates in Germany, captures the beauty of nature in gold and silver. From her South Sea Pearls and 22K gold pendants to her Sterling Silver lotus pod earrings and scarab pendant, each handcrafted piece is a work of art that will last a lifetime. If you’re looking for that very special piece of fine jewelry for yourself or someone you love, discover Pura Ferreiro at Upstairs.

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Valentine’s Day 2015: Gift Guide Part II

Handcrafted made-in-America leather pouches, granulated gold and pearl fine jewelry from Germany, accessories from Paul Smith London and contrast-stitched clothing for men, and the romance of scent from Diptyque Paris – it’s all Upstairs for the ones you love. And yes, we do have Valentine’s Day cards!

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Les Indiennes

In a tiny village in southern India, craftsmen and women work the ancient art of kalamkari on cotton fabric to create Les Indiennes – naturally dyed, patterned bedding and dining linens. Upstairs is honoured to carry this unique line, including pillow cases. shams, quilts, coverlets and napkins.

Mary Mulcahy launched Les Indiennes in 2002. She had a vivid picture in mind of naturally dyed cotton with airy patterns of big, single colored motifs. Unable to locate anything anywhere, she decided to create her own.

Les Indiennes never set out to industrialize or to change the way things are done in India. The production of their fabric uses no electricity, does not cause pollution nor does it disrupt the traditional lifestyle of the village where it is made. The company provides fair trade employment for over 50 families, raising the standard of living for the entire community, all the while leaving no environmental or social footprint.

Once the fabric is sufficiently softened and lightened, printing begins. Craftsmen dip hand-carved teak blocks in dyes derived from plants, roots, earth and rock. Great care must be taken in pressing the pattern to the cloth. Then, the printed fabric is air dried for at least two days. After the remaining steps of steaming, sun-drying and rinsing, this wonderfully soft fabric is used to create the final product, all completely handcrafted.

Visit us Upstairs to see and feel Les Indiennes for yourself!

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Global Eye Art Collective Pottery

The Global Eye Art Collective makes up an authentic combination of art and design and Upstairs is fortunate enough to have just received a new shipment of Global Eye’s Pottery! Handmade by Santa Barbara artist, Kristen Cramer, these earthy and chic pieces are to die for…and the proof is in the pudding. After selling out during the holiday season, we are now fully stocked with her beautiful Sgraffito Collection.

The rounded wheel thrown pieces include tumblers, wine glasses, soup bowls and small dishes. What makes them so unique is that Kristen makes them from white ceramic then paint with neutral ombre. She then hand-carves repetitive patterns using dots, circles, or lines throughout each piece. Once she is finished she paints over everything with a thin matte eggshell glaze.

Her color palate is stunning with the use of natural greys, sand, and creams making them effortless to incorporate into any existing dish sets you may already have. Here are a few of her one-of-a-kind pieces that is now available Upstairs.

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Petit Bateau Baby

For the past 120 years, Petit Bateau has been a leader in the children’s apparel market.

Based in France, the company demonstrated its decidedly playful spirit right from the start with a cut-off pair of “long johns” which they coined the “petite culotte”! Over the past 120 years of weaving at its factory in Troyes, France, Petit Bateau has carefully perfected
 its unique style featuring the highest quality clothing that is always ultra comfortable and fun to wear.

Petit Bateau isn’t only about wearing comfortable clothes, it’s also about quality. Every baby product up to 36 months is certified by the Okeo-Tex label, and guarantees complete innocuous for the skin. Additionally, their clothes are non-carcinogenic, non-allergenic, and non-toxic as they avoid coloring and heavy metal.

Upstairs just received the cutest pieces from Petit Bateau including onesies, rompers, and pajamas with stripes, plaids, and more. They are absolutely adorable and are made to last! Stop by to see our selection for the little one in your life.

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Heather Wright Designs

Santa Barbara certainly does not lack talented and inspiring designers, and we are lucky to live among them.

We didn’t have to look to far to find this little gem of a jewelry designer. One of our dearest Upstairs girls, Heather Wright, is bringing elegance and wearability back to the pearl market. No need for twin sets and a bob with these beauties! Heather’s design style is modern, effortless, versatile, and above all, made by hand at her Rincon beach studio. That combo is pretty hard to beat.

Using freshwater pearls and beads from Africa and India, these chic pieces can go from the beach to the ball with no fuss. Trust us, we have done some great product testing Upstairs!

Hey gents, this may be the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetheart. For more of her designs and information please contact Upstairs at 805-565-1503.

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Campomaggi Is Back!

Fresh from Italy! Campomaggi has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited!

Designer Marco Campomaggi thinks, dreams, and designs bag collections featuring the perfect match of the ancient art of leather processing and the passion for details between his amazing creativity and the painstaking care of artisan processes.

Since his youth, Marco has been influenced by the creativity of his father, who was a sculptor. His aesthetic taste and down-to-earth attitude continues to enhance the handbag market. The mix of rustic leather and hammered hardware proves that each piece is refined and rugged, the perfect Santa Barbara accessory.

Keep it up Marco, we are not complaining one bit and LOVE your collection.

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For more information and handbag styles, please call Upstairs at 805-565-1503. Open daily from 9 am – 8pm pst.

Valentine’s Day 2015: Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and we’re ready to help with creative gift ideas. Here are a few of our favorites!

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For the littlest loves, the classic New York Times Bestseller Hug Time. And for the grownups, this delightful book, packed with heartfelt quotations from romantics old and new, is the perfect way to say, I love you to the moon and back.

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John Derian decoupage plates, platters and domes range from lovely to playful – a classic.

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Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind clutches by Emily Rosendahl Leather Goods are always a stylish gift that will last for years to come.

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Paul Smith socks for men are always an appreciated gift and an unexpected way to add fun into your guy’s day.

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We love this sequined tooth fairy pillow with a tooth pocket sewn on the back.

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Celebrate the ritual of tea with these Moroccan and French tea sets by Martine Goron.

Wonki Ware by Di Marshall

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this beautiful pottery line and we look forward to sharing it with you.

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Wonki Ware, created in South Africa by Di Marshall, is chip resistant, dishwasher and microwave safe.  The look and feel of each piece is divine – elegant and slightly unique with the warmth that only handcrafted items have.

We also love the story behind Wonki Ware. The company presently employees 40 people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are all now skilled workers being paid fair wages and are valuable, contributing members in their communities.

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In a small town called George along the Garden Route in South Africa, lies a small studio in the town centre. About 10 years ago, Di opened the studio purely to keep herself occupied while her children were at school. Living on a farm at the time, the family had to travel quite a distance everyday so she thought it would be good idea to work in her pottery studio in the morning, collect her children and go back to the farm in the afternoon. Her little studio soon became a meeting place for other potters and people that enjoyed being creative. About the same time, a young Xhosa man named Artwel started arriving every morning looking for work. Di did not have much money to pay him, but he was willing to do anything, so she began teaching him about clay. To their delight, he started producing very sensitively worked platters and bowls. The team of two grew into three and their energy and enthusiasm had people from all over the country popping into buy their pottery. Word spread from Cape Town to Johannesburg and, before long, they could barely keep up with orders.

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Simple but stylish, each piece is made from high-quality porcelain clay and fired to 1300 degrees Celsius, producing extremely durable tableware suitable for everyday use. The glazes are non-toxic and lead free. Wonki Ware is well-loved and used by international chefs Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.

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So, whether you’re a foodie or just in the market for a new set of dinnerware, come visit us at Upstairs and see Wonki Ware for yourself.

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