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The Avant Gardener News Letter
November ~ December 2000
promised, in this newsletter I would like to talk about trends in the
world of Garden/Home decor, gleaned from my travels to Europe, and to the
gift shows in Toronto and New York.
GARDEN continues to be a key theme. Whether it is using garden
furnishings in the home such as a gazing ball on a vase, or a cedar bench
in the foyer, or incorporating decorative pieces with nature motifs such as
dragonflies, butterflies, bugs and leaves, the trend is to bring the
outdoors in. We love to feel the essence of the garden in our living
popularity of grasses is indicative of a major trend toward Simplicity.
We are paring down to simplify our lives and to give us a sense of calm in
an increasingly complex world. Keywords are relaxed, casual and
comfortable. From the Arts and Crafts movement we are inspired by
simplicity of design and clean lines. Even in stationery, designs are more
simple and elegant.
the same time we are seeing an upscaling of product. We distinguish
ourselves with quality goods that create an air of elegance.
Artist-driven products of glass, iron and textiles give us the satisfaction
of using a thing of beauty. Also a trend, but in contrast to Simplicity,
ornate Italian is important as an accent.
Asian influence brings us the Serenity theme, with the tranquility of
water and the spirituality of Zen having a major influence. A water garden
in or out can create such a sense of peacefulness. We are seeing this as a
huge trend. Related to this theme is an increased interest in stones. Now
available are small packages of shiny stones in earthy colors, used to fill
the bowl of a birdbath or to decorate a table top fountain. Products to
dress up ponds, such as brass cranes or glass pond balls are increasingly
simple beauty of a lit candle has created an enormous industry. Candles
and lanterns provide inexpensive simple pleasures.
a nod to 'Egonomics' customization will play a major role in the future.
The Avant Gardener will custom order for you an English Country style address sign
in cast aluminum, or a stone with your choice of words engraved on it to mark
a special event.
many areas The Avant Gardener has always promoted what we are now seeing
as trends. For us, choosing products for the stores has always been a
matter of beauty, uniqueness, functionality, appeal to the senses and quality.
important reminder: The Avant Gardener is once again an official outlet
for advance-price tickets to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle
February 7 - 11, 2001. Tickets are $22.00 CA ($14.00 US) and are now
available. (You save the $2 US handling fee by purchasing the tickets
directly through us).
this Holiday Season both stores are packed with wonderful gift-giving
merchandise. People are discovering that we DO Christmas in a big way.
Right now each store has the air of a magical Christmas fantasyland. We
have gorgeous hand-blown glass tree ornaments from Germany and Poland,
paperwhite bulbs, giant amaryllis, festive candles, Christmas stockings and
beautiful serving dishes for your table. New also are colorful glass vases
and bowls, our Rustica line of Italian tableware, Lothantique bath products
from France, as well as sundials, concrete animals and lots of gifts for
gardeners. We look forward to seeing you!
Drop by and see why BCTV featured The Avant Gardener's Christmas decor on the 6
o'clock news on November 14th!
Happy Holiday wishes! Darlene