Inspirations

First Stop Switzerland

Greetings from the road. Our first adventure stop was Zurich. We landed and took the train via Lausanne to Vivey where we’re visiting my husband’s Swiss family. Before boarding the train, we had to stop and buy our favorite snack for the trip: Swiss pretzel sandwiches.

 

One of Switzerland’s main languages is French, so I feel totally immersed in French sensibilities without actually being in France. However, from my brother-in-law’s window I can see France across Lake Geneva. The lights of Evian (you know the water!) can be seen on clear evenings.download movie Madraza

I’m not sure if other retailers find this true, but without the inspiration of travel and family, I don’t think I could bring such lovely things to my customers. Just viewing the landscape of Switzerland through the train window gives me a fresh perspective and rejuvinates my mind and soul.

 

 

Off to Find Treasures

This weekend, I’m on a short jaunt to New York City to meet with several of my European vendors who daringly take a trip to New York now and then. One of my favorite parts of the trip is meeting with the artists from Deruta. Their pottery is oh-so-special. I hope to bring home a few treasures for our summer visitors and, of course, for our online visitors as well. Be sure to post some of your favorite European finds. I plan to have a few surprises for you, too.

Meeting Rebecca Wood

I had the pleasure of meeting with the artistic Rebecca Wood, founder and owner of R. Wood Pottery of Athens, Georgia. Rebecca’s colorful table filled with her hand-molded pottery was really fun.

Since 1991, R. Wood has grown to be one of the largest pottery studios in America. Each piece is still entirely made and painted by hand. Renowned for their rich colors and simple shapes, and inspired by their southern surroundings, R. Wood also produces one-of-a-kind pieces, greatly sought after by collectors.

Shop R. Wood at Ann Marie’s

Reflections of the Year

 

Dear Customers, Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for helping me create the Ann Marie experience. Your loyalty to Ann Marie’s and our products is truly treasured. If I could, I’d give you all “high fives” and big hugs as we welcome in the New Year.

I wish you all a very Happy Holiday season, and I hope that my staff and I can continue to surprise and delight you with new, creative, high-quality products (and guaranteed excellent service)! During the Holidays, I hope you can take a little time to sit back and enjoy your Ann Marie coffee or tea and savor special memories, whether they’re of travels to Paris, Rome…or Home to share time with family.

~ Ann Marie

Juliska at Ann Marie’s

Juliska at Ann Marie’s

Juliska is sure to play an important role in our product line at Ann Marie’s.  I was so thrilled to find it and am  excited that I can now introduce it to our customers!  Its just incredibly beautiful.trailer film iBoy

Juliska Heritage
Juliska’s many creations — whether ceramic, glass or metal — all share a rich European heritage, spanning six centuries of elegant European design. Juliska’s talented artisans, working in the hills surrounding Prague, began reproducing antique Bohemian glass pieces in 2001. Their designs combine exquisite historic themes with imaginative new interpretations. Each piece is crafted by artisans and technical experts to deliver exceptional design, quality and functionality.

I believe Juliska’s designs are timeless.  Juliska makes a perfect wedding gift or wedding registry item for brides and grooms of any age.