Thursday, March 13, 2014

Straight From La Dolce Vita Blog... The Organized Linen Closet


Hello again! Arianna here, and I'm back with more inspiration for a beautifully organized home. Today's focus is the linen closet. Read on for tips and ideas to help get it looking and functioning its best.


image credits: 1-photography by bahar yurukoglu via brides, 2- photo by david tsay via oprah, 3- martha stewart, 4- martha stewart, 5-better homes and gardens, 6-martha stewart
La Dolce Vita

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fig nears 10th anniversary

Fig nears 10th anniversary

Cecile B. Corral -- Home & Textiles Today, 12/3/2013 8:59:25 AM

Fig LinensWestport, Conn. - When Carlin Van Noppen first planted the seeds for her home furnishings specialty retail shop here almost a decade ago, she had a different idea in mind.
Van Noppen originally hoped to sell high-end furniture, lighting, accessories and apothecary pieces.
"I tried, but some of the brands I wanted to carry in furniture were already taken in my area by other stores," she told HTT.
Thanks to her long love of linens and interior design along with the discovery of an untapped opportunity, Van Noppen took her business into a more fruitful direction.
"I started talking to some linens companies, and they all told me they were hoping someone would open a linens shop in my area," Van Noppen explained, "so after that, I thought I could become that shop. If everyone else around here was already carrying furniture and lights and no one was carrying linens, then linens seemed like a better idea for my store."
Soon thereafter, in 2004, Fig Linens was established.
The store's first home was in a cozy 800-square-foot antique-like space in town that was exposed to a healthy volume of traffic.
"I found it and liked it," she said. "But it was a little impulsive and a little bit crazy. I just didn't realize how much work it was going to be, but at the same time it was lucky for me that I didn't know."
Van Noppen was raising her two young children - now teenagers - on her own, and was working in graphic and interior design when she opted to get into business for herself.
"I wanted to be around more for my kids, I wanted to be available in the mornings and in the evenings, and not have to travel into the city for work, and a shop would allow me to do all that," she said.
Pacing herself, Van Noppen got her assortment started with a handful of brands, including Sferra, Yves Delorme, Scandia Down, and Matouk - the latter having "a great rep in our area. She was just amazing."
But Van Noppen wasn't concentrating on basics, although they would be included in the mix. Rather, Fig was going to be fashion oriented.
"We are all about color and fashion," she said. "My store is bright with lots of color. It's very splashy. We do have white, but I definitely want us to be more exciting."
Fig Linens quickly became a destination shop for upscale linens in the region.
"We received a great reception from shoppers and everything went well for a while, until my lease was up about two years later, in 2006," Van Noppen said.
At that point, she went in search of a new location, checking available spaces and going door to door to occupied shops in locations she liked. That tactic proved wise, as her new site - a children's boutique clothing shop - was not on the market but opted to let her have the space.
At 1,400 square feet, the new space "definitely bumped up in size quite a bit.
"It was then that we were really able to start carrying a lot more goods," she said. "It was shocking at first to come in and have so much more room, and I worried about how I was going to fill up all the space."
Van Noppen took out a loan and "tried to find a way to do it."
With room now for four display beds on the selling floor, Fig began layering in new linens brands, including John Robshaw and its full line, as well as the complete programs of Matouk and Sferra, then Italian luxury line Pratesi, among several others.
The category offering also expanded to include a deeper offering of accessory pieces like throws and decorative pillows, table linens and other items.
"We started with a lot of special orders, but now we have stock all over the place," Van Noppen said.
The best part of the move: "It was nice that my kids could be here with me afterschool and on weekend. I set up little desks where they could do their homework."
Fast-forward to present day, and Fig Linens is "squeezing like sardines" with its plethora of fine home textiles and auxiliary items, like fragrances and robes.
Van Noppen credits Fig's proximity to Restoration Hardware with also prompting a product expansion.
"We are a few feet away from them, so we've tried to capture shoppers who want to buy high-end bedding or towels,"
To sweeten the pot, Fig has added some smaller brands to its assortment recently, such as Ferran-New York, kumi kookoon, and Anali.
"We've try to bring in more and more variety as we've grown and grown," she said.
Other brand additions to the portfolio include Brahm Blanket, Abyss & Habidecor for bath ensembles and rugs, and "tons and tons of dec pillow lines" from a variety of designers and suppliers.
The merchandise mix comprises roughly 70% bedding linens, 20% bath linens, and 10% table linens, and of that about 50% fashion and 50% whites/basic linens.
"My customers can buy white all day," Van Noppen said. "But they still want to see the fashion. It reassures them they are shopping at the right place for their luxury linens. They are attracted to color and pattern and like to see it, even if they don't always buy it."
Fig Linens also offers several services for its customers, including in-home consultations, monogramming, and others.
For the holiday season, Fig Linens is bringing back cashmere collections.
"We had a ton of cashmere come in because this season we usually sell a lot of it as gifts," Van Noppen said. The line includes primarily Alashan throws, as well as cable-knit and basket-weave cashmere styles that retail for about $600.
The store will also offer a Sferra promotion on some cotton throws.
Fig nears 10th anniversary

Thursday, November 8, 2012

From LULU DK's Trail of Inspiration

Loving Lulu this fall (and every season, for that matter), we keep an eye on her blog Trail of Inspiration. She is such a powerhouse of design, art, ideas and blogging... not to mention motherhood! Below is our Re-Post of Lulu's September 2, 2012 article showcasing the new Matouk Table Linens she created. We have these in-store now and they're flying out the door. The patterns are spot-on for color & style, the fabric is an amazing drapey twill. Brighten up your table and delight your guests...

                New LULU DK for Matouk Table linens
      A sample of our new linens for Matouk, also available in Champagne.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dressing your Fall Table

 Taking a nudge from John Robshaw's 2012 Tabletop Collection and inspired by Polyvore's Amazing Fashion Collage, we realized Fall just wouldn't be the same without Aubergine, Ruby, Coppery Brown & Gold layers. So in love with these rich shades of warmth, we're not only wearing them, but preparing for a toasty season by using the same idea at home.  See how!

A quick and easy way to bring Fall into your living space is by using a mix + match aesthetic. This is most simply done at the table. Use Autumn's rich colors and layers everyday for the pure pleasure of it, maybe exchanging the Baccarat & Caymus for a Stemless Wine Glass and Cantina Gabriele or have a gathering & wow your guests. Throwing in the Robshaw Table Linens will keep your sophisticated table casual & eclectic.
Mitra Napkins by John Robshaw
Prasanna Napkins by John Robshaw
Napkin Rings by Kim Seybert
Gold-Dipped Flatware

Baccarat's Vega Red Crystal
Deliciously Dark Caymus Cabernet
Cheese & Chocolate 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

As of Tuesday, we officially entered the dog days of summer. Long, hot days that are perfect for outside entertaining. As you all prepare for the next summer party, we thought we would help out with some inspiration. From must-have tabletop, to recipes and fashion, we hope to give you the boost you've been looking for to plan that perfect party!

Starting with the table: going with paper and plastic is so wasteful and you have to re-purchase them for every event. Instead, having a go-to summer set eliminates the need for that! Below are some of our favorite items - reusable solo cups? That's certainly one way to be eco-friendly!

1. Ceramic Lemonade Dispenser
2. Hand Embroidered Linen Cocktail Napkins with Nautical Compass
3. Navy & White Lighthouse DInner Plates
4. Woven Cotton Striped Napkin/Placemat
5. Washable 'Paper' Solo Cups
6. Clear Pitcher

Parties need refreshments and we always look to food recipes, but a great way to impress guests is with homemade drinks.

For the kids, lemonade is a perfect beverage. And of course, our favorite is from Paula Deen!

  • As for the adults, beer and wine are a requirement, but mojitos are so refreshing and perfect for hot dog day nights!

  • Now that you have all that covered, what are you going to wear? We love tunics. They are comfortable and easy, especially paired with white jeans. But the best part about them is that they look great on! Our favorite is the John Robsha Kurtas we have in store!

Some styles from our store!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bed of The Week 3/31/2012

Green and Aqua and Blue! Oh My!
Shades of blue & seafoam have done a lot to jazz up the Ludoli Duvet & Shams by John Robshaw. Last season, we showed Ludoli with soft whites & other muted greens, but with the pattern going forward into 2012, we felt it needed a little new life in the store. Using a few of John's new pillows, a little Matouk, some Cashmere and a Ryan Studio Stunner in a Schumacher Fabric, this is our bed of the week.
How To Make It:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Today we received another 20 pillow styles! Among our favorites was this slate and yellow printed linen Bansuri piece. We recommend pairing with John Robshaw's Rabari Gray Bedding and Sferra's Simply Celeste Grey Sheets and Cases. This bold pillow would also look great on a natural linen sofa or loveseat.