Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Our Top 10

Ten is a very tiny number when it comes to listing our favorite things.  The true list is endless, but for now, we'll give you the abbreviated version.  Here are some items and or design concepts we're currently in love with.  Some of these you can find in the store now.  Others are things we have on our own wish list and will be looking for when we buy for the store.

*Please note, these are in no particular order.  Don't make us choose! 

Starting off the list is one of our all time favorites; silver! This is a staple in the store, and the older and unpolished, the better.  We love teapots & water pitchers for flowers, trays for serving, as well as displaying, and cream and sugar cups, just because!

Another constant favorite of ours are curtain crowns.  We get them in the store from time to time but they are hard to keep in stock!  Our customers share our love for these.  Great for little girls' rooms but can be transitioned into gorgeous master bedrooms.  Obviously you need the perfect curtain to go with them, but we can help you with that too!

Copper; a new favorite around TWR!  We haven't found much yet but we have our eyes out.  Use it similarly to silver; decorate and repurpose it for this and that.  But do not use it as a replacement for silver.  Number one rule at The White Rabbit: DO NOT BE AFRAID TO MIX!!

Okay, when I said not to ask us to pick our favorite of the 10, I wasn't thinking about this one.  This just might have to be at the top of our list.  And really, no description is necessary. 

There she is, in all her glory.  We found her a week ago and it took three days to clean.  It was worth every minute. 

The next of our favorites could be an underestimated gem.  Books.  It's as simple as that.  Old books can be used to create height within a display or bring color or texture to any nook in your home.  We have them around every corner at the store! 

Some may think this next one is seasonal, but we think shells can be used all year round.  Why wouldn't you want to?  It's that small reminder of the beach.  Who doesn't need that from time to time?  Currently, we are loving sea fans.  We will be ordering more due to the fact the first shipment sold out within the week.  In addition, we love coral, and obviously starfish. 

Now we want to make this clear, nothing will ever replace our beloved Cottage White paint.  It's been our most popular paint color for YEARS.  Lately, however Perfect Taupe by Behr has been a top seller around here.  The color is very neutral, with just a hint of gray.  It looks great next to unpainted hardware, like the pull of a drawer.  It also brought new life to one of our china cabinets.  Needless to say, both of these pieces are sold.  

Each employee at the store has their own unique style when it comes to home decor.  With one exception; we are OBSESSED with anything gilded.  I do not say this lightly.  "I saw it first" is a common statement heard at the store.  Mirrors are something we all collect, but any little trinket with a bow, heart or cherub will really get us going.  

Another item we are looking for lately has been rugs.  They are harder to find because the older ones are not in the best condition, but sometimes, when we're lucky, a perfect one will come our way.  Vibrant colors, intricate patterns; we can't say no.  And don't think for one second that you just need one rug per room.  NO! Layer, layer, LAYER! 

*PS: These pictures are from two of our employees houses.  Can you guess which employees?? 

Rounding out the list are peonies.  Both fresh and dried, we have no preference.  They are great in any arrangement, in any part of the house.  I mean really, what makes you happier than flowers??

We hope that our list brings you some inspiration.  Come into the store and we'll help you create your own Top 10 List! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tokyomilk Mother's Day Display Contest

Tokyomilk has been a staple at our store for a while now.  We are obsessed with all the scents, different products and adorable packaging.  Our customers love them as well. We can hardly keep the French Kiss and Dead Sexy scented items in stock! 

Around special occasions such as Christmas and Mothers' Day Tokyomilk will ask their distributers (boutiques like us) to participate in display competitions.  Needless to say we jumped at this recent chance.  

Take a look at what we put together for our Mothers' Day promotion! 

We already love the French inspired look of Tokyomilk but we wanted to add some of our own elements such as the shabby shutters, vintage chair and elegant chandelier. (Some of our favorite things) 

This particular contest theme was thought up by Margot Elena, a designer at Tokyomilk who has done some amazing things for the brand as well as others.  The image provided to us is one of a beautiful French woman which matched a French bust we already had in the store.  How perfect? 

Come in and check out the display in person! As a promotion we are giving away a free umbrella with a purchase of $50 or more of Toykomilk products*. 

*While supplies last. 

******UPDATE!!!!!!  We won FIRST place!!!!!!!!  Whaaaaaat?!?!?!?  So exciting!  Here's what they posted on their site!!!!  We seriously have the best team of ladies at The White Rabbit.  I'm just so proud!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tabletop for Children's Hospital

As you know our store is constantly changing. We are forever moving things around and creating new displays.  We love it! So when get the opportunity to work on something as amazing as a tabletop display, we jump at the chance.  Especially when it benefits a great cause like the St. Louis Children's Hospital.  We've participated before and it's always so much fun.  It's hosted at the Ritz and so many local organizations and private designers are there creating amazing displays!

Here's a look at what we put together.

We chose to work with moss as the base of our table.  It's really easy to work with and not messy at all... yeah right. 

We added burlap, to soften it up and bit, along with pretty bows and navy accents. 

Keeping with the natural elements, we used ivy, lavender and white roses.  

We do love our gold at The White Rabbit so we chose to use a gold starburst mirror as the base of our centerpiece.  It tied in perfectly with the gold trimmed white china.  Simple crystal candlesticks and glasses kept the table feeling 'light and airy' next to the amazing wood chargers from Knollwood Lane (coming soon to the store).  

We were pretty happy with the end result!  It took a lot of time but it was definitely worth it.  Anyone is welcome at this event.  Join us next year! Info at https://www.stlouischildrens.org/classes-events/table-tops-annual-spring-event

Friday, April 11, 2014

And the winner is....

Congrats to Kimberlee Johnson for getting the most votes in our Spring photo contest!  We counted 76 votes for her fabulous room. (some people had trouble voting on the blog so I counted a bunch of Facebook votes too)  I see lots of things from The White Rabbit in this photo.  I especially love the barn door propped against the wall and the old suitcase adding height to the chest.  Kimberlee is getting a $125 gift certificate for winning the contest.  Good job Kimberlee!!  We'll see you soon!

The person with the second highest number of votes was Krystal Brinkman with her creative use of our wooden numbers.  She got 59 votes for this photo and because she got so many votes and we loved how creative she was, we have decided to give her a $50 gift certificate for second place!  Woohoo!  

It was so very much fun seeing all of the wonderful ways you all are using White Rabbit items in your homes.  We absolutely loved getting the photos and have decided to give everyone who entered a $10 gift certificate as a thank you.  We are already brainstorming other ideas for contests so check back for more fun!    

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Photo Contest

I cannot even tell you all how much fun it's been seeing the pictures that were sent in for our photo contest.  We love all of them!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  Now for the voting!!  Just leave a comment with your favorite photo's number or name and whoever gets the most votes by April 10th at noon wins a $125 White Rabbit gift certificate.  Woohoo!

Entry #1: Emily O'Brien-I'm a regular White Rabbit shopper--every room in my home has a White Rabbit piece! The store is also on my sister's "must list" every time she visits St. Louis. If I had to pick a favorite piece, it would be this functional and beautiful hutch. It holds all my old, mismatched china, glass, silver, and linens, and it looks gorgeous in the dining room.

Entry #2-Franny Powers-I love this mirror I got from The White Rabbit (my favorite store)!  It has moved with me twice and makes the room wherever it's placed. It's the feature of our living room right now above our fireplace (really fun around holidays to hang garland and decorations too).  It's the perfect neutral mirror and a piece I'll have forever!

Entry #3-Abby Manzella-This past weekend was my first time at the store! There are so many things I fell in love with but I had to get this little pink tutu for my daughter, Kylie! I bought it for her photo session next month! It is absolutely adorable :)

Entry #4-Claire Wiese-We owe a BIG thanks to Emily Murphy who selected this perfect dresser/changing table for our baby's nursery. She listened to exactly what I needed! This beautiful and functional piece of furniture inspired the shabby chic theme of the nursery. I know we will put it to good use for many years to come! 

Entry #5- Anna Guasto-My beautiful hutch! This lovely piece I discovered from the White Rabbit has become the centerpiece of my "country chic" dining room. It never goes seen without a compliment!

Entry #6-Krystal Brinkman-I purchased these numbers for my kids playroom! I love them! Not only do they add to the wall decor in a fun, colorful and distressed way - they are also educational! Perfect for a kids room without being too childlike! 

Entry #7-Karen Schmidt -This is one of my favorites from White Rabbit. We have a 14 year old beagle that this adorns out mantle in honor of!

Entry #8-Sandy Branson-I bought my peacock at the White Rabbit and I love its presence in the dining room. In fact, I love him so much that we have already named him! I also bought my mirror in the background from the White Rabbit, and I think it adds so much interest to the wall. I love this store.

Entry #9-Julie Thomas-I got this cute frame at The White Rabbit last week. It is a darling shop in Brentwood–I could outfit my entire home with their cottage and shabby chic items.
I added some homespun fabric for the base and then glued the button card on the front and voila–easy peasy decor. (Julie blogged about the frame too! http://www.juliestitches.com/2014/03/24/they-dont-buttons-like-this-anymore/)

Entry #10-Kimberlee Johnson-A few years ago, I decided to change the look in my home to a lighter, more vintage romantic style, discovering your store made that transition so easy! Thank you for all the inspiration your store has brought to my home, I love that you carry a mix old vintage and new pieces. Some of my favorite pieces from you are my vintage suitcase, old books, and mirror, I feel they add one of a kind character to the room. Some of my favorite newer pieces from The White Rabbit in this photo are the terrarium, stone, and boxwood pieces. I love mixing different elements and textures in my decor, thank you or carrying such a wonderful variety of things! 

Entry #11-Kristin Weis-I love my faux leather love seat in my home office. It was important to me to have a statement piece that I look at everyday and love each morning. It makes my settle room look rich and inviting. 

Entry #12-Barbara Hopson Kasten-I got this mint colored mirror many years ago and made it the theme color and feature for my daughter's room. It is about 30 inches tall and still leans against the wall in her room. Six years later, she uses it less for less to watch herself during tummy time and more for dress-up and dancing.

Entry #13-Bob and Janet Hines-We love our  pretty White Rabbit etagere.  It provides extra storage for favorite cookbooks, fresh produce and our oxalis plant in our small kitchen.

Those are all the entries!  Now please leave a comment with your favorite!  Use either the number or the name of the person who entered.  Thank you!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's Spring!! Some pics of the store and a Spring Photo Contest!

Yippee!  It's officially Spring and we are so excited about what that means for decorating our homes!  It's time for bright colors, new paint, and fresh flowers!  We've been busy getting the store looking fresh and cheery for the beautiful weather ahead.  Here are a few pictures of what we've been doing for Spring.  Take a look and then read about a contest where we'd like to see what's in your home!

We've been experimenting with sort of a purple/gray color, yellow, and turquoise.  We are loving gold mirrors with the shabby chic look.  
We are STILL in love with the mint green color that was popular last Spring.

 We've been loving a few special items WITHOUT paint(GASP!)
Yep, that's a real first for us!  This is a bench made from an old headboard.

 Pretty, pretty turquoise is amazing on vintage pieces.  It gives them a whole new life!
Colorful curtains and pillows.

 Above all for Spring of 2014, we are using a lot more color in the store.  We still love white and it remains the best-selling color for vintage painted furniture but we've added a lot of colorful pillows, curtains and wall decor.

Now that you've seen a few pictures of The White Rabbit this Spring, we'd love to see what you've done with something you bought from us!  Send us a picture(1 pic only please!) of something from The White Rabbit in your home along with 2 or 3 sentences about why you love it.  I will post the pictures on the blog and then ask people to vote for their favorite photo.
The winner will get a $125 gift certificate to The White Rabbit!!

Send your photo to emailtwr@yahoo.com along with your 2-3 sentences and your name.  Deadline to enter is midnight on April 1st.  I will post the photos on the 3rd and count the votes on the 10th and announce the winner.  I'll also be promoting it on Facebook so you can link to it on there too.  Can't wait to see your picture!  

P.S. Sorry to our 7 employees but I think it would be unfair for you ladies to enter.  (I knew you'd ask, especially Emily...lol.)