Friday, April 29, 2011

Made It Jewelry By Lynn Kemp At Gatewood Hall

You are going to love this story! After selling his ceramics company “Our Name is Mud” a few years ago, John Nelsen realized his gift and passion is finding talented local artisans and helping them “make it” big. Today, a journey that began with handmade ceramics... has evolved into a new venture helping handmade jewelry artists called “Made It!”.

The interesting twist this time around is after finding a handful of great handmade jewelry artists, instead of producing product he likes, the final vote of whose product gets made goes to the people buying it... you the customers. An online voting system fueled by social media and national publicity campaigns drives consumers to participate in choosing their favorite artists and jewelry. Then the top vote getters get made. Consumers get what they want jewelry designs already in demand in retail stores. The business model is sort of like American Idol but with fabulous jewelry artists!

More importantly, this opportunity is helping very talented small local jewelry designers share their inspired creations in a way they couldn’t do alone because John will have it manufactured. And how rewarding to know that every “Made It” designer presented has a pre-established fan base with consumers that love their jewelry, looking for stores like Gatewood Hall that carry their designs.

But wait it gets better!! What makes this story even better is that one of the first three artists selected is our very own Lynn Kemp from right here in Blue Ridge! We have been fortunate enough to have known Lynn for awhile now, not only is she just a wonderful person, she is a wife and mother that we just love she is also a very, talented jewelry designer that is driven by fashion and inspired by nature! Straight out of the gate Lynn’s leather bangles were named a top seller at the winter shows.

We were thrilled and very proud that we would be able to sell Lynn’s “Made it!” designs. We picked up the line at the unveiling in January and we received a partial shipment this week! You will love Lynn’s designs and they are perfect for Mother’s Day! Come in this weekend and check them out

Friday, April 22, 2011

Just in at Gatewood Hall Gracious Home!!

We were gone to Savannah and St. Simon Island part of this week for business but we were so excited when we returned to find some new arrivals! Above is a new line that we just love; French inspired, vintage-look, serving and entertaining pieces. I love the white metal and enamel pedestals!

These plates may look like beautiful ceramic dinnerware but they are even better, they are made of melamine so you'll have no worries when using them outdoors or throwing them in your picnic basket to take on the boat (they are even dishwasher safe)! Come see them to believe them!

These gorgeous pillow are made for outdoors but they are so wonderful you'll want to use them indoors too! They are stain and fade resistant, they are even washable, perfect for your deck, screened in porch, dock, boat or pool area. We have a few different styles but they have a huge catalogue with many color ways and since they are made in Florida they can be shipped very quickly. We also received our new shipment of Lenny and Eva Jewelery! Come in and see us and these new arrivals this weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fun Stuff!

We are back from from North Carolina and the International Home Furnishings Market it was a great show, and we found more great new lines for GH! Thank you to Becky and Brenda for holding down the fort while we were away. Above are some new pillows that we were able to bring back with us! They are so much fun, and very well priced. Not pictured are two nautical flag pillows the would be perfect and fun for your lake house.

In this week (Finally!!!) are new Fire Pots. Several of you have been asking about them and they have arrived just in time to enjoy with our beautiful spring mountain weather.

We also received some of our new Waxing Poetic jewelry this week. There are some great new pieces like the bracelet above that utilizes clips to showcase the special charms that you've been collecting. It's really a special way to tell your story! Check back with me as I'll be sharing more about our trip and new lines! HAPPY WEEKEND! We look forward to seeing you!