Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Plover Holiday Pop-Up!

It's time again for Plover Organic's annual holiday pop-up shop! This year is especially exciting, as we're teaming up with Makelike and Portland Apron Company for a local holiday textiles party. Come join us for last-minute shopping, bubbly beverages, Theo chocolates—or just to say hi!

There will holiday discounts of 50% off, sample sales, and the debut of some new sheets and bedding.

We'll be at the Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel in Portland (403 SW 10th) this Saturday and Sunday:
Sat., Dec 21, 10 am-6 pm
Sun., Dec. 22, 10 am-3 pm

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wish List

Christmas shopping under pressure is not our favorite activity, but it is a good excuse to shop locally and see all the fun new things that are out there. Herewith, a list of Plover's favorite gifts to give and get this holiday season.

Play Red by Comme des Garcons. Our favorite unisex scent right now, with the best packaging

Heart Measuring Spoons by Beehive Kitchenware, $45

The Art of Simple Food II is the latest cookbook from Alice Waters—another classic

In love with these beautiful ceramic honey jars from Stakceramics in Pittsburgh

What we're doing this winter: reading Latin for Gardeners

Gorgeous and practical Senegalese baskets from Lotus Blue

Handmade ceramic pots by Esser/vesper. Made is Portland and worth every penny

Friday, December 6, 2013

Card-Carrying Feminist

We're in love with these small but powerful pieces of art that make you—literally—a card-carrying FEMINIST. Available for pre-order today from one of our favorite Portland creative minds/consultants/conceptualists, Jennifer Armbrust, aka Armbrust & Co.  $8.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Introducing...Plover Shower Curtains!

We're very excited to announce that the brand-new Plover Organic cotton shower curtains are in stock at Anthropologie! Available in Aqua, Gold and Sky in our signature Circle 'Round pattern, now you can enjoy organic cotton luxury in the shower as well. Perfect for brightening up your winter bathroom!

Our organic shower curtain in Aqua, $88

Circle 'Round shower curtain in Gold

Soft Sky curtain, 72" square

Monday, August 26, 2013

Destination: Los Poblanos

The tunnel of cottonwoods you drive through the enter Los Poblanos

Every so often, we're lucky enough to visit a place that is incredibly inspired, down to the finest details. Los Poblanos, in Albuquerque, NM, is that kind of place. A 25-acre working organic farm that specializes in lavender, Los Poblanos also has beautiful guest rooms, an amazingly well-curated Farm Shop, a saltwater pool, and a restaurant specializing in local and organic food. Did we mention it's on the National Register of Historic Places? Just one afternoon at Los Poblanos, and you won't want to leave. (And when you do, you'll dream of recreating the whole atmosphere at your own house.)

The dining room, which features Weck jar glasses & Dinuba water containers

The saltwater pool, surrounded by grape vines Tuuci umbrellas

Albino peacocks wandering the grounds

So in love with this screen-printed canvas curtain material in the Farm Suites!

You can't leave without stocking up on their house lavender products (the hand salve is unbeatable)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vintage Back-to-School

As long and eagerly as we wait for summer to come, by the middle of August, we can't help but start to feel excited for fall. Especially back-to-school shopping. We love the challenge of finding awesome vintage clothes for the kids....around town at consignment and vintage shops of course, but also online. Here are some of our favorite finds so far. Get them while you can!

Sweet vintage kid's (size 3) wool coat on Etsy, $81.08

Leisl dress (4T)  from The Littlest Shop, $24

Vintage plaid dress, $20 on Etsy

Petits Habits has the most darling vintage ensembles (129 Euros for the above), usually on the pricier side

This fringed sailboat top (for 7 years) is 54 Euros on Petits Habits

Portland Pattern People

Courtesy Pattern People, via Portland Monthly

Loved this article in the new Portland Monthly about local design studio Pattern People. The best part? Seeing in 5 parts how exactly they devise their prints: start with photos, mix-n-match them, add background and tweak the colors, build a repeating geometric pattern, overlay. (The pattern above is the final product.) It's probably more complicated than it sounds, but still, don't you want to try it at home??

This "Camo Floral" pattern can be download for free on Pattern People

"Feathers" is another free download on their site

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sounds of Summer: Washed Out

What we're listening to right now...from the new Washed Out record, "Paracosm," due August 13 from Sub Pop.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An Anthropologie Spring

Plover Organic's "Foulard" table runner, $68, only at Anthropologie

Here at Plover Organic, we're pretty partial to Anthropologie. And our favorite time to shop is Spring, when the garden's starting to pop, friends are emerging from self-imposed winter seclusion (ourselves included!), and it's time to think about entertaining again. Some of our favorite warm-weather inspirations from Anthro are below, including, of course, two new tabletop offerings from yours truly: Plover Organic cotton napkins and table runners in "Redux" and "Foulard." Happy Springtime!

Genius! We make ice cream all summer long, and have struggled to find the perfect (i.e., NOT plastic) presentation.   These porcelain and enamel ice cream holders come in 5 colors and are great for picnics.  $48

We're in love with the colors on the Knotted Melati Hanging Chair, $498

This sweet Carved Anemone Vase reminds me of my grandmother's a good way.  Perfect for fresh clippings from the garden. $24

Our "Redux" napkin, $12, at Anthropologie

The Hobnail Tumber is a staple at Anthro, and we stock up every season on this vintage reproduction.  $10

Not only does this Coral Cliffs Butter Dish look rad, we're betting it doesn't slip out of your fingers (like so many of our now-broken butter dishes of the past), $18

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Magic Carpets

Vintage textiles are still the most inspiring/inspired stuff out there, and we can't get enough. Our latest source: "Berber Carpets of Morocco: The Symbols, Origin and Meaning," by Bruno Barbatti.  A fascinating read (who knew carpets were so sexy?), but it's the incredible rugs that will draw you in. (Pardon any blurriness, but you're meant to be enticed to buy the book for yourself!) Some of our favorites are below...

Monday, January 14, 2013

State Give-Back Packs

Love these backpacks for more than their looks...State Bags has a one-for-one sales policy

Here at Plover, we are big fans of the "One For One" movement/philosophy/new capitalism. With State Bags, for every backpack you purchase, one will be donated to a student growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in the U.S. State Bags was founded by non-profit veterans Scot and Jacqueline Tatelman, who were tired of "seeing countless kids carrying their most precious possessions in trash bags."  Shop State Bags here—everything from colorful cotton bags for $55 to upscale leather for $225—and know that another bag will go to a child who really needs it. (State did their first "bag drop" just last week in Brooklyn...pretty awesome.)