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Annieglass Santana Row opened April 17, 2015! We love our new spot, and want to share the behind-the-scenes look at the making of Annieglass Santana Row, Annieglass’ newest company store.
Annieglass on Santana Row features its luxury glassware, décor for the home and an array of jewelry from fashion forward, fresh jewelry artists and friends of Annie’s such as Alexis Bittar and Philippa Roberts. Annie chose the design team of Timerie Gordon and Nielsen Architects of Santa Cruz with the directive to create a space where “Audrey Hepburn meets Amy Winehouse.” Utilizing raw cypress from a neighboring mill throughout the interior to display the luxury glassware and lining the store with suede-upholstered seating beneath brilliant crystal chandeliers created a playful mix of texture and materials, resulting in a space that is elegant yet edgey.
If you haven’t already, come into Annieglass Santana Row!
377 Santana Row, Suite 1105, San Jose, CA 95128
Stay up-to-date with Annieglass Santana Row’s happenings at facebook.com/AnnieglassSJ.
Tomato season has come early this year! A sun-ripened, fresh-off-the vine tomato bursting with flavor is one of those summer treats we wait for all year. Canning, jamming, salsas, salads…heirloom, cherry, beefsteak, Roma…the possibilities are seemingly endless with this versatile veggie, er fruit. Here are some of Annieglass’ summer recipe ideas and recommendations for the tomato.
Simple and easy to make, we love this recipe for Heirloom Tomato Toast, first shared in June 2013 on the Annieglass blog.
The caprese salad is a summertime classic we enjoy making all season long. Thick slices keep the tomato’s natural texture, fresh basil highlights its herbacious undertone, and mozzarella is–well, just delicious! We love the enthusiasm for the caprese salad found in this recipe on thepioneerwoman.com.
This recipe for Pico de Gallo Chicken is easy enough to make for a bright and fresh weekday dinner, yet impressive enough to make for a Saturday summer gathering with friends. For extra summer flavor and another reason to get outdoors, try grilling the chicken on your bbq instead of sauteing on the stove!
Trying new recipes with tomatoes will inevitably lead you to one that calls for no seeds or skins. Maybe you’re making marinara and don’t want to strain the sauce, perhaps you’re trying out a tomato jam recipe and want a smooth texture, or there’s the chance you discovered the reason most kids don’t like tomatoes is actually their dislike for the skin or seeds. For any and all reasons, we turn to our friends at High Ground Organics (soon to open an on-site farm stand at the Annieglass studio in California!) for their easy-to-follow how-to on peeling and seeding tomatoes.
Want a quick recipe to put your expertise on peeling and seeding tomatoes to use? Try our recipe for Easy Tomato Jam!
We can’t forget about salsa! This recipe is wonderful for its flexibility. Like it hot? Add in more chilies! Need some pop in flavor? Another handful of herbs! Read our salsa recipe and serving suggestions here.
Happy summer cooking!
Bring coastal flair to your dining room with Annieglass! Houzz has some inspiring ideas for creating a beachy coastal dining room by adding oceanic décor in sandy whites and ocean blues. Read on to discover the Annieglass to match Houzz’ summer-inspired decorating ideas.
According to Houzz, “to bring a coastal vibe home — all you need is some inspiration taken from warm sands and shimmering seas. Oceanic accessories, textured touches and seaside artwork help you to create your own personal paradise.” We couldn’t agree more! Handcrafted on California’s central coast, Annieglass takes inspiration from the bountiful sea life, sandy shores and rippling ocean nearby.
To “evoke lovely white seashells in rich golden sand for a look that always feels summertime fresh,” Houzz recommends choosing décor in sandy whites, and “grouping nautical-inspired elements on a dining room sideboard or picking a few standout pieces for an irresistible centerpiece.” We recommend Annieglass white frosted seashells with gold trim, and these nautical inspired sculptural centerpieces!
It’s hard to picture a beach inspired dining room without splashes of blue! We agree with Houzz: “choose blue accents and decor for your dining room that say serenity and mystery. Blue is beautiful in nature — think waves on the ocean, gracious rivers and spectacular lakes. Go bold with blue or sprinkle the color throughout your room.”
Check out the Houzz story that inspired us to share Annieglass’ ideas for a coastal beach dining room.
You spend most of your wedding planning thinking of ways to make your guests have a wonderful, memorable experience…but don’t forget about those helping with that wedding planning–your bridesmaids! Today’s DIY weddings mean more craft help from our very talented (and willing, of course) wedding parties. A special gift for each of your bridesmaids will say “Thanks” and “I love you” in one fell swoop, and will give them a keepsake to remind them of your amazing big day.
This gift describes exactly what it is for bridesmaids at a wedding! Avoid wrinkling beautiful dresses and carting around bulky purses…the clutch is the perfect dress companion, whatever the wedding theme or time of day. Are your bridesmaids wearing matching dresses? Give them each a different clutch that goes with their personal style for some individual flair. If you’re going the route of any style in a given color palette, unite your girls with matching clutches that will make them stand out from the rest of the crowd. Gift it the day of the wedding, and throw in some surprises like lip gloss, mints and tissues that they will be thankful for from ceremony to reception.
Darling necklaces like these ones from modcloth.com have an antique air reminiscent of timeless wedding beauty, with splashes of bright colors in trending teals and corals. Pick out a different style for each girl, gift box it with a special note, and hand out during your bachelorette party as a sweet show of your appreciation for their friendship. If the style fits your wedding theme, you can also ask your girls to wear their necklaces during the wedding!
Give your bridesmaids a truly special, personalized gift, like the Annieglass Ruffle Tea Lites or Annieglass Edgey Wine Coaster. Handcrafted in California, with hand-painted 24K gold or genuine platinum trim, you can add a personalized note that we will hand-engrave onto the bottom of the glass. Use the wine coaster as a candle holder and watch the light flicker off of the faceted, hand-chipped edges; turn the tea lites into salt and pepper bowls with little spoons to match!
The day before your wedding, take yourself and your bridesmaids to the spa for some pampering. After months of wedding planning, you will love kicking back and relaxing as much as your bridesmaids will love being treated to their mani-pedi. Not sure where to go? Sites like spafinder.com make it super easy to find spas near you.
I met Philippa Roberts in New York in 2003 and was instantly drawn to the refinement of her work. It is fresh and simple, unfussy and tasteful yet slightly organic in shape. Since then it has become one of our best selling jewelry lines in the Annieglass company stores. I am impressed by its appeal to a wide variety of customers in age and style. It is a basic for every woman’s wardrobe.
Over the years, Philippa Roberts, who crafts her jewelry from her Oakland, CA studio and retail store, has held special trunk show events at the Annieglass store in Santa Cruz. Her beautiful designs and kindness to all always attracted a large following, and I am so excited to welcome her to our new store for the Philippa Roberts Meet the Maker trunk show event at Annieglass Santana Row, Saturday, July 25!
I was able to sit down with Philippa at one of our past trunk shows, and find out more about her jewelry, inspiration, and interesting family history of jewelry making. Read on, then come to the July 25 trunk show to see Philippa’s amazing designs in person, and to get styled by Philippa herself!
Annie Morhauser: (A.M.) What is your strongest influence?
Philippa Roberts: (P.R.) I like to think that my strongest influence is a woman’s need for simple, clean, classic jewelry. I know how crazy and busy our lives are, I want jewelry to be uncomplicated and easy to wear. My work is not something that goes with a specific outfit or at a specific time. It can be worn day or night; you can even wear the same piece everyday, which many women do.
A.M.: Where do you get your inspiration?
P.R.: My pieces come one of two ways. One way is I see a shape out in the world or in print (i.e. I saw some bubbles in a picture of a soap bottle and I loved the way they looked, so I will turn that image of the bubbles into silver and then into a piece of jewelry). I often come up with a bunch of new shapes before I have any collection in mind. Then I shop the gem shows and get inspired by the stones I see. So I buy what I think is beautiful then I come back to the studio and create a piece to go with the stones. Often this means I’ll have a mold made of the stone or I’ll put multiple stones together for a piece.
A.M.: Do have a whole, complete collection in mind when you design new work or does one flow from the other?
P.R.: One definitely flows from the other; it always surprises me how it all comes together in the end.
A.M.: Do you draw them out or make samples out of your head, at the bench?
P.R.: I make them straight into silver at the bench, and then carve them more on the grinding wheel. Everything has an organic feel because nothing is measured or planned.
A.M.: Tell me about your upbringing in a jewelry making family…
P.R.: My Great-Grandfather came to South Africa from Scotland; he started a fine jewelry business in Johannesburg. My Grandfather took the company over, then my uncle, and now my four cousins run it. They have five or six stores in South Africa and cater to the rich and famous! I know the Queen and Tina Turner have pieces.
So they are the finest of fine jewelers and I actually never was around the stores or the studios too much. It wasn’t until I was in my senior year in college that I really realized the connection. I had fallen into Metal Arts completely by accident when I could not get the ceramics class I wanted. I needed a 3D requirement so I took the metal class and immediately fell in love with working with metal. It was an instant attraction. When I was presenting my final projects it all made sense that this is what is in my blood. I love having that connection to my family back in South Africa, especially my Grandfather who passed away when I was a little girl.