Spotlight on the McNay Art Museum- San Antonio, Texas

Our spotlight shines pretty close to home today on the fabulous McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. This 23-acre property and home full of art was dedicated in 1950 to eventually become the first modern art museum in Texas. Not only are Shaws patrons of this museum, but it is within 2 miles of our office and their fabulous gift shop sells Susan Shaw Jewelry. Clearly the McNay is near and dear to us, but the story behind the museum as well as the impressive collection is something that would interest any art and culture buff.Marion McNay was and heiress who moved to San Antonio in 1926 after her husband Don McNay died.  She then met and married prominent ophthalmologist Donald T. Atkinson and they commissioned San Antonio architects Atlee and Robert Ayres to design a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival house. During that time she starting collecting art, mainly paintings from the 19th and 20th century. She went back to her first husbands name when her 2nd marriage ended. In 1950 Marion McNay died, leaving her home, collection of over 700 works of art, and an endowment to start the McNay museum, which opened its doors in 1954.

In 2008, the Stieren Center for Exhibitions added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum’s many educational programs. The addition has a very modern look, juxtaposing the original home and main building of the museum and adding even more interest to the property.

The museum focuses primarily on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt, and Edward Hopper. The collection today consists of over 20,000 objects and is one of the finest collections of Contemporary Art and Sculpture in the Southwestern United States. The museum is always doing fun events to get people involved in art and culture in the community. They host parties on the grounds like their upcoming Halloween costume dance party with food and live music. And each Thursday night admission is free, allowing for people and families to try out the museum they are sure to love!The grounds of the museum are some of the most beautiful property in the city, making it a destination for photo shoots, picnics and even weddings. The fountains, Japanese-style koi pond, and inner courtyard are among the highlights outside the museum walls.

Museum goers can also enjoy the beautiful gift shop upon visiting the McNay. Gifts, books and accessories in the shop reflect many of the current exhibits in the museum, allowing for new and different items each time you go. They also carry jewelry from artists of interest- including Susan Shaw. And you don’t even need to pay entrance to the museum to visit the store!
Below are some of the many pieces of our jewelry you may find at the McNay.

Susan draws inspiration from many areas, but art is one of her passions and her recent geometric collection was greatly inspired by the works of artists like Matisse, Picasso and Calder.

These pieces can be found in the McNay gift shop and at our other retailers as well.

If you find yourself in San Antonio, give the McNay a visit!


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Red Alert

We are loving all the color this year! You may have noticed- its pretty hard not to- that bright red is popping up everywhere! From fashion to the home, red is making a bold statement and we are loving it. Susan has been having lots of fun with red this season, mixing genuine coral stones of varying sizes with golds and grey to make unique pieces like the ones below.

Our silk and beaded tassel designs are now in red too! You’ll love what a statement this bright color can make when paired with neutrals or other rich tones.

But jewelry isn’t the only place for red of course. The runways this year were red hot!Red coats and tops are big as well as head-to-toe red outfits. Talk about a head turning look!

If fashion is our way of testing out styles for our home, its no wonder we are seeing red popping up in interior design as well. No matter what style your home decor is, red can accent it in a bold way. We love the red couch in this traditional room below.

This fabulous red antique piece mixed with leather chairs and light blue walls gives this room just the right amount of edge.

And the red walls in this sitting area bring a warmth that balances out the modern look.
So are you ready to call a code red? You can always just try a little here and there- we think jewelry is a great place to start- and have fun with it!


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Grey Areas

Grey has come a long way from the color of stormy skies, to the elegant neutral it is today. While grey can be the perfect background color to let others shine, it can also shine all on its own. It’s a color we are seeing more and more in interior design so we wanted to highlight some lovely uses of the color grey in the home. And with some new grey silks and gray stones, we have some jewelry that you are going to love this fall! One of the headliners is Labradorite, a beautiful streaky grey stone with an elegant look. You can see some beautiful labradorite pieces below.

We know grey stones look beautiful around your neck and with your wardrobe, but what about grey stone in your home? Some say the growth of popularity of Carrara and Calcatta marbles and other grey-veined natural stones may have began our love affair with grey in interior design. Below are some gorgeous examples of marble tile and countertops that showcase the beauty of the grey veining of this natural stone.

The other way to enjoy a grey and white kitchen that has become so popular is with grey paint. Below are a few different examples of grey paint on kitchen cabinets. It is so versatile that you can really make any grey and white kitchen your own with different hardware, accents, and of course varying shades of grey.

We just love the grey and gold combo. So elegant!

Grey paint, of course, is not just for kitchens. A light grey color is perfect to take a backseat to the other colors in a room while still having depth and interest you may not get with a white wall.

Grey is even a good choice when putting together a very feminine girls room like the one below. Pink and grey are a great combo!

And don’t the grey walls bring a serene look to these beautiful bedrooms?!

The dark grey curtains below help anchor the room and bring a rich and polished look to the living area.

So grey was an obvious addition to our silk tassel line. These pieces are available for fall and we are loving the rich tone in this grey silk.

And for a fancier look, grey pearls, grey crystals and even labradorite can layer together quite nicely.

So don’t be afraid to go grey! Its always a good look!


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Spotlight on Nashville, Tennessee

Our travel spotlight shines on the beautiful and dynamic southern town of Nashville, Tennessee. Whether its beautiful landscape, a vibrant music scene, historic landmarks,  delicious southern fare or great walking and shopping areas that you are looking for, Nashville is the place for you! We are highlighting some of the hotspots below as well as the places you can find Susan Shaw Jewelry in the city. 

One of the quintessential Nashville spots has to be Centennial Park. Located just west of downtown in what is known as the West End, this public park has been around since The Tennessee Centennial in 1897. At the time, the full-size Parthenon replica (a nod to Nashville’s status as “The Athens of the South”) was erected mostly of plaster, but when that began to fall into disrepair in the 1920s, it was replaced with the concrete and steel structure we see today. Want more historical sites in Nashville? Don’t miss the state capital, The Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson), or the Belle Meade Plantation.

Of course we all know Nashville as the center of Country music, earning it the title of Music City, USA. Because of that, the city is overflowing with places any music lover would want to see. Music Row is a section of 16th & 17th Avenue just southwest of downtown that serves as the headquarters of the country music industry. In this one spot you can see tons of recording studios and office buildings that house the singers, songwriters and record label executives of country music. The oldest recording studio, RCA Studio B, is one of the top attractions in the area. Many of the buildings are converted old homes, which adds to the charm of walking down the street. Of course country star sightings are always a welcome bonus!

The hotel that was originally built to service the many patrons of the Grand Ole Opry was a fabulous place, but only a fraction of what the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is today. The original building was built like an old fashion plantation home, but each new area has added more amenities and attractions. The hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools and 9 acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls will keep you in awe as you explore this expansive property.

Gaylord Opryland Resort

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the largest museums of it’s kind, earning it the title of “the Smithsonian of Country Music.”  They recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and 2 theaters. Looking for more music history? Try the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum as well.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Bluebird Cafe is one of the best places to hear up and coming talent play and, thanks in part to ABC’s hit show “Nashville,” now one of the most popular tourist attractions in town. This little cafe should not be judged by its unassuming exterior.

Sightseeing wearing you down? How about some retail therapy? Below are the wonderful spots in the city that you can find our jewelry.


2104 Crestmoor Road • Nashville, Tennessee 37215 • 615.269.3071

Located in the upscale area of Green Hills, Color is a beautiful collection of home accessories, entertaining pieces, and stylish gifts.

The French Shoppe

2817 West End Ave. #120 • Nashville, TN 37203

and The French Shoppe at Belle Meade

6049 Highway 100 • Nashville, TN 37205

The French Shoppe is a local boutique with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With two locations in the Nashville area (Park Place and Belle Meade), The French Shoppe offers clothing and accessories from many top designers.

The Friends Shop @ Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

2200 Children’s Way • Nashville, TN 37232 • (615) 936-1000

Buy a toy for a child, jewelry for yourself, or gifts for family at the Friends Shop on the second floor of Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the sales of The Friends Shop are used by the Friends organization to support the programs and services at Children’s Hospital.

After all the shopping, you are bound to work up an appetite! Thankfully, Nashville cuisine will not let you down. In this hip and vibrant city, New restuarants are always popping up- and they are definitely worth a look- but there are also some long-standing staples we want to mention.

For more than 50 years, locals and tourists alike have been driving just out of town to Loveless Cafe. This cozy restaurant is known for some of the best scratch biscuits and crispiest fried chicken in Tennessee. They serve hearty, country-ham-adorned breakfasts, as well as classic meat ’n’ three lunches and dinners daily.

Founded in 1934, Jimmy Kelly’s is a classic southern steakhouse that is  known for it’s attentive service, delicious fare and Tennessee whisky. Housed in an old southern mansion in the heart of the city, the restaurant has a speakeasy quality about it that will take you back to a simpler time.

Jimmy Kelly’s steakhouse

For a classic meat-and-three lunch, Arnold’s Country Kitchen will not disappoint. They have been serving southern staples like catfish, chicken & dumplings, fried green tomatoes, and cornbread – for over 3 decades. Dessert at lunch? Why not? They are known for their banana pudding and scratch-made chess & chocolate pies.

Housed in the historic Hermitage Hotel, Capitol Grille has been a tried and true Nashville restaurant since 1910. It’s a special occasion kind of place with fancy food and impeccable service. We highly recommend a drink at their elegant Oak Bar.

OK time to pack your boots and get to Nashville! Susan actually purchased the boots below on her last trip to Nashville, and they look fabulous with her genuine turquoise pieces!

Safe travels!


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Traveling in Style

We all love to look our best on vacation, but we may not want to bring our finest jewelry. Many people feel uncomfortable bringing fine jewelry like diamonds, pearls or other gems set in solid gold or platinum when they venture beyond the comforts of home. We’ve had many of our customers tell us that our jewelry is the perfect blend of high-end quality without the extraordinary price tag that comes with fine jewelry, making it great jewelry to travel with!

Our genuine Freshwater pearls and mother of pearl stones are a great way to look chic without spending a fortune or risk losing irreplaceable jewelry on vacation.

Travel safety aside, solid gold and silver jewelry can cost thousands and that isn’t always in the budget. Our process of hand dipping our jewelry in 24kt gold and sterling silver assures you won’t be sacrificing quality while leaving room in the budget for other things- like more jewelry!?

Do you leave your fine jewelry at home when you travel? If so don’t sacrifice style for safety when you can pack some of your fabulous Susan Shaw jewelry instead!

Safe travels to all!


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Color Trend: Teal

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!


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Geometric Style

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.

So how will this trend shape your style?


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P.S. Check out these styles now at one of our online retailers @ShopLaurenLondon

Spotlight on the Four Seasons Santa Barbara

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!


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Clearly Trending

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!

This trend is clearly here to stay!


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P.S. Shop our Venetian Glass collection online @ShopLaurenLondon

Artistically Inspired

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.

Calder’s work displayed at the National Gallery of Art

Jewelry and fashion designers may not be the only ones inspired by Alexander Calder. This sculpture below we found on 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!


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P.S. Check out these brand new styles online