We love talking about color! “Whats your favorite color palette right now?” and “Whats the next big color coming up?” are the questions on our minds. After years of neutral colors and whites (which we still love) color is back in a big way. Rich tones are popping up everywhere so we thought we’d highlight one of our favorites: Teal. The bold peacock tones that mix so well with gold, also happen to mix well with many color schemes, making it a great color for jewelry accents and even home decor.See how the color pops against this black and white marble below? Maybe thats why we are seeing teal in kitchens lately. I love how different the blue-green is working in these two kitchen examples, both using the gold accents in a very successful way.Mixing different shades of teal is a great way to use this color. The darker green of the cabinets and the lighter tone of the stools blend so well together in the kitchen below.Teal paint is certainly not just successful in kitchens- check out this fabulous sitting room below. The high-gloss color is fantastic with the carmel tones in the room. And matching the wall paint with the paint on the bamboo étagères gives a look similar to built-ins, but so much more unique.
Teal not only makes a fabulous paint color, but it’s popping up in beautiful wallpapers as well. Below is a teal grasscloth- so elegant and vibrant.And for something a bit more playful, this teal and gold palm tree pattern is divine.Susan’s silk tassels come in the teal color (left) as well and this new dark teal color (right). Both would pair perfectly with your summer wardrobe and transition right into fall.Still in neutral when it comes to color? Time to go bold! Try some rich color in your home and in your wardrobe today!
Have you been noticing the geometric shapes trending lately? Circles, Squares and Triangles, oh my! At first this may have been partly due to the retro look making a comeback, but now, the shape trend is evolving into a new modern look for this decade. From fashion to interiors, geometric shapes and patterns are catching everyone’s eye. Susan Shaw Jewelry’s newest collection is “shaping up” to fit right in to this bold look.
The geometric look is all over the fashion world. This Fendi handbag from Neiman Marcus shows how playful and chic this trend can be.The geometric pattern in this dress is beautiful! We love the complimentary colors to really catch the eye.
But we also love this look in black and white. The high contrast gives this dress below an edge without sacrificing elegance.The 60’s and 70’s, when the geometric trend was in full swing, are decades that provide loads of inspiration. You can imagine Susan’s current jewelry pieces worn with this vintage Pucci ensemble of the 60’s- fabulous!And this look from the 70’s below shows that good style will truly stand the test of time. How chic! Now fashion isn’t the only place for this look. You can have fun with your interior design by bringing in shapes and geometric patterns mixed in with your favorite pieces to create a look all your own. The 3 tables below demonstrate this trend in 3 very different ways- but all of them being bold, edgy and creating points of interest that will benefit any decor.
Don’t want to go as far as to incorporate this look into your furniture? Home accessories are a great way to play with a new look on a smaller scale.
Lighting is another great place to find this trend. This circle pendant below could be perfection over a traditional breakfast table, while the glass bulb figure below that would be a striking addition to any room.
Thinking of doing something really bold? A geometric patterned wallpaper on an accent wall is one of those bold moves that can pay off in a major way. This trianglular wallpaper uses contrasting neutrals to really take this look to a new level.
This entry hall is all about the shapes, from the wallpaper, to the cube lantern, and even to the little circle stool in the corner.Of course a powder bathroom is another place to go wild with wallpaper. These geometric patterns are a little more tamed down- and we love it just the same!!
Whether you like it in your home, your clothes or your accessories, this geometric look may be just the trend to experiment with next. And Susan Shaw’s newest collection of jewelry celebrates the bold shapes that make this modern look classic.
Our travel spotlight shines on a luxury resort that has been offering guests a 5-star experience in Santa Barbara since 1927. The Four Seasons Resort, also referred to as The Biltmore Santa Barbara, is a breathtaking property with 207 hotel accommodations and fabulous Spanish Colonial architecture nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. A perfect oasis to be enjoyed by all who visit.
The Biltmore Santa Barbara was purchased by the Four Seasons group in 1987 and underwent a $305 million dollar renovation, restoring the original art-deco lighting and materials of the 1920’s and 1930’s that make this property so unique.
The dining options at the resort provide a range of atmosphere and fare that make eating every meal on site a very enjoyable option. Bella Vista, pictured above, offers authentic Italian food with a side of ocean views. The charcuterie board features meats that are cured in house, a rare experience in any restaurant. Tydes, pictured below, overlooks Butterfly Beach so diners can enjoy panoramic views while eating the high end Mediterranean fare of Chef Marco Fossati.
The Coral Reef bar at Tydes restaurant is a perfect place to enjoy a drink before or after a wonderful meal. The bar features a 275-gallon saltwater aquarium with 450 species of life including live coral, fish and crustaceans. For daily casual meals, the property also features a poolside cafe and a juice and smoothie bar.
Activities like biking, playing tennis, golfing, and surfing can fill your days with adventure while enjoying Butterfly Beach, the resort pool or a day at the resort spa, can fill your day with rest and relaxation. Over-the-top experiences like playing volleyball with Olympic champion, Todd Rogers, or surfing alongside World Surfing champion, Tom Curren, can also be enjoyed at the resort.
The resort’s intimate swimming pool, located among the palm trees, even features underwater music.
The grounds of this resort make it truly unique. It is 22 acres of lush jungle and tranquil gardens, making the bungalow accommodations feel private and serene. The groundskeeper, Zeke, offers guided tours introducing guests to 48 of the Resort’s rarest specimens, including Santa Barbara’s second largest tree, a Moreton Bay Fig dating back to the 1800s, and 75 different species of palm trees.
The beautiful grounds of the resort make it a picture-perfect place to host a wedding or event. This photo of Susan’s son and daughter-in-law was taken at a wedding at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. The ocean provides the most amazing backdrop for any event.
Of course we can’t help but mention our jewelry can be found at the resort shop. The items below are some beautiful example of the pieces they choose to carry at the Four Seasons.
So what about Santa Barbara beyond the resort? If you must wander, we highly recommend utilizing the Four Seasons bike rentals- or even walking- to the nearby town of Montecito for some local boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Go a bit further and you will find downtown Santa Barbara, a charming area as well. Their main road, State Street, hosts designers stores like Louis Vuitton mixed in with electic local boutiques to create a charming and fun atmosphere for visitors. You can also find many wine tasting rooms in the area. The Urban Wine Trail is a group of wineries all within blocks of downtown, pouring wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Santa Barbara County’s best vineyards.
So if you find yourself in Santa Barbara, consider staying or at least visiting the fabulous Four Seasons Santa Barbara Resort. You won’t regret it!
Its fun to watch trends as they come and go. For the last few years we’ve seen the market for acrylic and glass pieces grow and expand in both interior design and fashion. One thing is clear, transparent furniture, home accents, and jewelry are part of a trend that is sticking around. Below are a few of our Venetian glass intaglio pieces. These Italian sea glass pieces come in clear (which has a slight greenish tint) and aqua. The intaglios come in the coin, cross, fluer de lis, horse head, and bee designs.
Speaking of Italian glass… murano lamps, chandeliers, and home accents have also been trending in the interior design world. Whether its true Murano (made in Italy on the Venetian island of Murano) or just Murano-inspired, we love all the colored glass looks. These are vintage murano lamps below and they come with a pretty heavy price tag.
This isn’t Murano but a beautiful lamp nonetheless. Plus the price is much more manageable!
One of the great benefits of transparent home accents and furniture is that it doesn’t add any weight to the room. In this bedroom, the side table has the same functionality of a dresser or table, but the lightness of the piece allows for a chair to be brought in without it seeming too overcrowded.And of course we love the use of clear furniture when you don’t want to cover up a beautiful rug.Acrylic was also wildly popular in the 60s and 70s, so there is a market of wonderful vintage pieces to be found. And for the traditional home, there are still many ways to incorporate transparent furniture or accent pieces. Almost every type of furniture now has an acrylic counterpart. So you can find pieces in this modern material that have traditional lines. For example, this dining table has the lines of a traditional wood piece but the acrylic and glass combo brings glamour to the room.
And check out this acrylic version of a classic entry hall chest. Gorgeous!You can also do fun things to upgrade your antiques with translucent materials. This armoire in Susan Shaw’s home is a perfect example. The doors have been cut out and acrylic has been added to make it a perfect place to display items in your home. What a beauitful mix of modern and traditional!
Lately, this trend has evolved from clear to colored. Alexandra Von Furstenburg’s line of acrylic furniture includes many neon colors like in this pink console pictured below.
Here is another view of the same piece- you can see the color is only in the edges. So cool!
And we love these colored ghost chairs that we’re seeing- such a fun item to add to the mix of your home decor.
Mixing in glass and acrylic pieces is fun in your home, so think how much fun you can have mixing these glass intaglio pieces into your wardrobe!
It is always so fun and interesting to see how works of art from another century can not only be appreciated in our time, but can go as far as to inspire a movement of modern design. Lately we have seen designers being inspired by the cut-out shapes reminiscent of artists like Henri Matisse and Alexander Calder. Susan has been inspired as well and we are excited to show our newest collection of jewelry made with these fabulous gold abstract shapes.Henri Matisse was known primarily as a French painter in the early 1900’s. He truly help define the evolution of art in the 20th century. He used color as his foundation, and wanted his works to be calming and enjoyable instead of stuffy or depressing. In our modern world of endless tasks and busy lives, it’s no wonder the creations of someone with this philosophy would be appealing. In his early years, Matisse sometimes used cut out shapes to help himself realize the composition of a large painting, but they were not part of his final product. In his old age, he was confined in his movements and eventually bed ridden, bringing back to mind the idea of those cut-outs. He would have assistants to help him use the shapes he cut out of paper painted with gouache to create colorful collages. Many of these works pictured below are what he is most known for, and where our trend comes into play.
Alexander (Sandy) Calder was also an artist of shapes. He is known as the originator of the mobile. He would make his sculptures using organic shapes that would suspended from his balanced creation. In his early years, he created Cirque Calder, a combination of wirey figures that he would bring to art shows to demonstrate. It was said his circus grew to fill 2 large suitcases and was very popular among the French avant-garde. After this, his works moved more to the abstract, using shapes to create mobiles that responded to changing air currents and light. He also created “stabiles” as they were dubbed, that remained staionary. This is where the inspiration for Susan’s new pieces comes into play.Calder even made a few jewelry pieces of his own that are now worth tens (even hundreds) of thousands of dollars at auction.
Susan’s handmade gold shapes are inspired by Calder’s art and bring a very modern elegance to any wardrobe.
Jewelry and fashion designers may not be the only ones inspired by Alexander Calder. This sculpture below we found on Horchow.com has a very Calder-esque look to it.This framed birthday card was painted by Sandy Calder for his friend and fellow artist, Joan Miró. The coils you see in his eyes were also a common theme in Calder’s jewelry and sculpture works.Susan studied art in college and has always had a love for the visual arts. Her passion makes this inspiration an obvious fit. The earrings below really celebrate the cut out organic shapes Matisse and Calder made so famous in their time.The piece below, The Parakeet and the Mermaid, shows much of the style that Matisse was so well known for.The interior design community has also shown it’s love for Matisse and his works. Companies like Schumacher and Kate Zaremba make wallpapers naming Matisse as their muse. Who even needs art when this is what is on your walls?! This lamp by Arteriors takes the Matisse look to a sculptural level.And this dishware by Bernardaud is reminiscent of The Parakeet and the Mermaid and would add a modern touch to the most elegant of dinner parties.Whether you are an art buff or not, it is hard not to appreciate the design of Susan’s new collection. So don’t be afraid to take shape with these new pieces in your wardrobe!
Our travel spotlight shines on one of the most iconic resorts in the country. Located in the beautiful mountain valleys of Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor resort takes over 5,000 acres of accommodations, pools, tennis courts, golf courses, and multiple wilderness camps filled with adventures for it’s guests. We haven’t even mentioned the 20 dining options on site and, of course, the gift shops and boutiques where our jewelry is sold. The Broadmoor, originally a site for a failed dairy farm and then casino, opened its doors as a hotel in 1918 under ownership of Spencer Penrose. The hotel opened just as automobile tourism was becoming popular in the United States and they found success because Penrose was committed to enhancing the resort and attractions nearby. For example, he purchased the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, a train that still runs over the moutain tops to the summit of Pikes Peak and includes views that literally inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the lyrics to the song, “America the Beautiful.”Next year the Broadmoor will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary having only been under 3 different owners during that time, each of whom invested more into enhancing and updating the property than the last. The main Broadmoor complex now has nearly 800 rooms, a handful of well-regarded restaurants, three golf courses, and a variety of tennis courts and swimming pools. This year the resort received five diamonds from AAA, making it the only hotel in North America to receive AAA’s top rating every year since the awards started 41 years ago.
The Broadmoor property’s 20 dining options range from Colorado’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant (the Penrose Room) to their casual cafes and lounges, all of which focus on local & sustainable ingredients for a wonderful culinary experience for their guests.
If you’re looking for a place to take a family vacation, this expansive and activity-filled property set in the beautiful Colorado mountains is the place to do it. The Broadmoor includes many family-oriented activities like horseback riding, zip-lining, and daily movie screenings, as well as children’s camps like The Bee Bunch, a summer camp where kids 3-12 can enjoy all the resort has to offer.
The B for Broadmoor has, over the years, evolved into the bumblebee becoming a symbol held dear to the hotel. In 1961, the opening of the English Pub, the Golden Bee solidified the bee symbol as a part of the property. The pub was actually transferred to The Broadmoor panel by panel, directly from the UK. You can visit the pub for delicious English fare like fish and chips as well as nightly piano sing-alongs.The resort also boasts 26 retail shops of all kinds including the stylish boutique where our jewelry can be found. Below you can see some of the pieces they may have in the resort for you to purchase on your vacation.
In addition to bee jewelry, you can find our genuine freshwater pearls and handcast gold jewelry that is sure to compliment your luxury vacation wardrobe.
We are so honored to a part of this (nearly) 100 yr old property that has been called “the most unique resort in the world.”
Looking for your next vacation spot? The Broadmoor is hard to beat! Your family or group is sure to find something (or 10 things) that they love to do here- the only problem will be not wanting to leave!
You may have noticed everywhere you look you are reminded of tropical locations. Gone are the days when you had to go to the grocery store for a pineapple. Now you can find them printed on fabrics, adorning home accessories, even in barware. Palm trees and leaves are also having their day in the sun. This tropical trend isn’t brand new, we’ve seen it for a couple of years now, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Susan Shaw Jewelry has grown our collection of pineapple and palm intaglios over the last couple of years and you can see many of the designs below.
The fashion world is a big fan of these tropical prints. The Valentino runway looks below are from their Resort 2017 collection.
Pineapples and palm tree prints are also trending in these ready to wear dresses from Neiman Marcus.
Typically when we see a trend in fashion, there is a correlating trend in interior design and this is no exception. Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, so having them in your home makes lots of sense. The pineapple cutout on this charming garden gate below gives off a welcoming vibe to all who enter.
This chic pineapple wallpaper is the perfect combination of sophistication and fun.
Gold pineapples of all sizes can be found for your home and make the perfect accent to any shelf, table or bar (the one on the far right is a cocktail shaker!).
This show-stopping pineapple lamp lights up a room in more ways than one.
Palm leaves and prints are also very popular in the home. The high contrast and interesting design makes a bold statement in any room.
This coffee table is part of a beautiful collection from Amanda Nisbet of furniture and lighting using these golden palm leaves. These palm leaf trays are a beautiful accent to any home decor.
You can also take this trend with you on the go with one of these fabulous cell phone cases from Nordstrom or this Swell water bottle below.
Perhaps this trend gives us an escape from reality by reminding us of tropical climates and vacation spots.
And who says you have to get back to reality anyway? Not us. We say bring on the Tropics!
Our travel spotlight shines on the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia where southern hospitality and tradition meet the cutting edge of the art world. A product of the Forward Art Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the visual arts in Atlanta, The Swan Coach House is part art gallery, part restaurant, and part gift shop (that’s where our jewelry comes in).
Looking for a chic place to have lunch or tea with the ladies? Come to the Swan Coach House to dine with the society women of Atlanta and taste the famous Swan Favorite: chicken salad, shrimp salad and their special frozen fruit salad. Wash it down with a delightful mint julep or cup of tea.
While the restaurant is only open for lunch, many of the charming rooms can be rented out for events like luncheons, baby showers, and even weddings.
The Swan Coach House is located on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, a 33-acre property with historical homes, gardens, and the Atlanta History Museum. The photo below is of the Historic Swan House, the family home who’s carriage house was procured in 1967 as the Swan Coach House we know today. The main home is now part of the Atlanta History Center and is open for touring.
The Swan Coach House gift shop is a great place to browse if you find yourself waiting for a table at the popular restaurant. Our jewelry can be found among many other treasures.
While the Swan Coach House was originally opened as a restaurant, gift shop and art gallery, the gallery was expanded in 1984 beyond the footprint of the original house. The Swan Coach House Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions that include works from nationally renowned artists, southern artists, and also notable up-and-coming artists. In 1999, the Forward Arts Foundation created the Emerging Artist Award, a yearly award for new artists in the Atlanta metro area. The winner is awarded a monetary prize was well as a solo exhibition at the gallery.
The Swan Coach House is definitely a gem in the Atlanta area, not only for the high society of southern ladies but also for anyone looking for fresh art, historic property, and a delicious lunch spot. Check it out if you’re in the area!
Derby Day is upon us! As is tradition on the first Saturday in May, the 143rd annual Kentucky Derby will be run at Churchill Downs outside of Louisville, Kentucky May 6th. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to 1875. This event is often called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” The winner will be awarded the garland of roses along with a large cash prize and a chance at the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown requires the horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only twelve horses have achieved the Triple Crown. In 2015, American Pharaoh won a Triple Crown and was the first horse to achieve this since 1978.
Crowds will gather this Saturday to sip mint juleps, watch the races and hope to win big on a long shot bet. The traditional fashion of the derby is southern chic- hats, pearls, and bowties are encouraged.We’ve got you covered in the pearl department at least! Below are some of our equestrian pendants on pearls, gold chains and even white turquoise.
Wondering where you can find Derby fashions in town? We have a list of local boutiques in the area that sell our jewelry as well as beautiful clothing that will make you feel fabulous on Derby day.
If you’re in and around Louisville, you can’t miss the The Kentucky Derby Festival. This festival stretches “the most exciting two minutes in sports” into a two-week-long party! The Kentucky Derby Festival celebrates spring and the Kentucky Derby with fun and exciting events for adults and kids like Thunder of Louisville (one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays), The Pegasus Parade, a marathon, steamboat races, and much more!
Presiding over this festival is a Royal Court, including 5 princesses, who are selected from more than 100 applicants based on high grades, knowledge of the Derby Festival, poise, intelligence, personality and campus and community involvement. These young women represent the Kentucky Derby Festival and the city of Louisville as official ambassadors for the springtime tradition of the Festival. Over the two-week period, they attend nearly 70 events. Many area shops and vendors offer their clothes and accessories for the princesses to wear to these events. This year we are honored to be a part of the princesses wardrobe with our gold racehorse necklace (seen up close in the second photo). The necklaces were given by the Two Chicks & Company (one of our wonderful retailers listed above).
The Derby Festival’s Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation). One of the Princesses is crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball which takes place in early April. This year’s queen is Natalie Brown of Crestwood, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Derby Festival all leads up to this Saturday, and the post time for the “Run for the Roses” as the Derby is commonly referred to. Who will win the coveted roses? A favorite or an underdog? You’ll have to tune in to see! Whether you are watching at home or at Churchill Downs, you have a great excuse to wear our beautiful horse jewelry, a fabulous hat, and yell “Go, Baby, Go!”
One of our most popular shapes has to be the fleur de lis. It is an emblem with European heritage, that now represents a number of groups around the world. But even those without a ties to organizations using the fleur de lis love the shape because of it’s pleasing design. It adds a fanciful flourish to anything it touches- and who doesn’t appreciate that? You can find the fleur de lis throughout our jewelry line in many variations. Below are the gold intaglios on our aqua quartz beads as well as a cross Susan designed with the fleur de lis incorporated.
The origin of the fleur de lis dates so far back it is unclear who used it first, but it has always been a symbol of power derived from the shape of a flower in bloom. Although it is used in countless European coat of arms, it has particularly strong ties to the French monarchy.
Places with a strong French history, like Louisiana, love to use the fleur de lis. The New Orleans Saints fans use the fleur de lis to support their team. Many organizations use it as their symbol, from scouting groups to sororities, but you don’t have to be involved in one of these organizations to appreciate the beauty of the fleur de lis. Even though the word “lis” is French for lily, the Fleur de lis seems to most resemble an iris; so much so that the iris flower is commonly referred to as a fluer de lis.
These fleur de lis glass intaglios are a new addition to the Susan Shaw Jewelry line and bring a modern touch to this classic emblem.
In addition to jewelry and fashion, the fleur de lis is quite popular in interiors. One fleur de lis can make a strong statement, like in this gorgeous Herend paperweight.
And many small fleur de lis (like atop this light fixture) can add a more soft and elegant touch.The gold fluer de lis seen here atop Buckingham Palace gate are clearly fit for a Queen.Feeling strong and bold? Or fancy and feminine? The Fleur de lis is perfect for you! Whatever look you are going for, we have jewelry options for you!
So don’t be afraid to add a little fleur-ish to you style!