Each year at Caspari we celebrate Virginia’s Historic Garden Week by hosting a floral exhibition in our Downtown Charlottesville shop. We opened our doors and gather to celebrate the arrival of spring and highlight the incredible talent of local florists, landscape designers, and our very own local Garden Clubs. As we planned for the event this year inspiration struck when we were reminded of the grandeur of the Royal Horticulture Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show. We decided to bring a little piece of London to the streets of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall with the theme “Little Chelsea”.
During the hustle and bustle of coordinating the event, our friends at The Scout Guide introduced us to Allison of Hillbrook Collections and we instantly knew we had a new partner. Thus, the Caspari Garden Folly began its journey from dream to Garden Week reality. A designer of Bespoke Garden Sheds, Allison creates finely crafted, stunningly beautiful garden structures in both American and European designs. Together, Caspari President, Lisa, and Allison sat down to design the Caspari Garden Folly, which has a traditional French garden influence. Airy and open, the folly features paned floor to ceiling windows on all four sides, with the front and back sides opening up via a pair of French doors. The exterior features a beautiful Luxembourg Garden-inspired green finish, a sloping cedar shingled roof, and two copper pineapple finials. The final result left us gushing over Allison's work and beaming about the centerpiece of "Little Chelsea".
We placed the folly in the center of the store and our amazing partners at J.W. Townsend Landscaping flanked it and the store's doors with two beautiful plant-filled urns and two fourteen foot tall maple trees. The trees boldly framed the entry to the event, drawing the eyes up and creating a canopy of green that transformed the space into a shaded secret garden path.
The result of Townsend Landscaping's work was a breathtaking and whimsical welcome to "Little Chelsea"
Throughout the store, our additional partners took over display tables with beautiful botanical designs! Moving between each unique space was reminiscent of traversing a neighborhood pathway from personal backyard garden to personal backyard garden. We especially loved the character of LH Garden's display, as their charmingly dressed wooden mannequins made you want to give a little wave as you would if passed a neighbor tending their front flowerbeds. Their tiered table was topped with colorful hydrangeas and towering delphiniums that invited you to stop and smell the flowers.
The team at Monticello set a window front table in topiaries, ferns, and greenery accented by a bouquet of bright tulips. The elegantly styled table reflected the well-trimmed beauty of their own sprawling estate gardens. terracotta pots and cement urns gave the look a lovely stone foundation.
Catherine Bolton set a table in rich green and purple tones. Draped with a damask textured fabric cloth, the simple table's crown jewel was a large patinaed urn with elaborately scrolling handles full of greenery, purple blooms, and fragrant white lilies. A charming cluster of cherubs was perched at the table's corner and accented with more lovely botanicals.
Throughout the shop, we decorated our own share of tables in various styles ranging from exotic and tropical looks to classic pink & green floral settings.
We immensely enjoyed welcoming spring through the celebration of Historic Garden Week and having the opportunity to host the Charlottesville community and highlight it's local talent. We thank all those who attended and participated in making this beautiful event happen! We can't wait to see the blooms and friendly faces that next year brings.
This collection of sun-soaked citrus colors and botanical motifs is inspired by lake-side spring days. The mood of "Gull Lake" invites you to slow down, stop and smell the flowers, take the time to make and enjoy freshly squeezed lemonade. A celebration of spring, this look represents life, growth, and warmth through sunny hues that glow against the lush green of freshly sprouted leaves. Put on some polka dots, don a straw hat, and live the lake life with this collection.
Layer lemon yellow and bright lime with the natural tone and texture of woven rattan table & serving accents to complete the look.
Evoking the bohemian spirit of the artists and writers who used to call the Left Bank of Paris home, this is a collection of lush jewel tones, deep blacks, and an eclectic mix of patterns. The architectural details of the city’s 19th-century limestone buildings offer a grand canvas for playing with richly textured fabrics, glimmering gold, and shades of amethyst, berry, and coral. Layering traditional decorative elements with pops of intense color results in an effortless glamour that somehow feels especially Parisian.
Mix & match these empowering patterns and electric colors to create your own contemporary Parisian style.
Since our founding in 1945, our team of designers has drawn inspiration from the world of fine art, fashion, and interior design for every Caspari collection. Like these inspiration-industries, the collections we produce each season reflect trending contemporary styles while maintaining an air of classicism and time-honored style. Interior design is one such house of inspiration that marries new trends with traditional design particularly well, and we love adapting home textiles, ceramics, and other interior attributes for the Caspari tabletop. From upholstery and wallpaper to vases and objet, tabletop inspiration is everywhere within showhouses and Pairs pied-à-terres.
(Inspiration Source: House Beautiful)
(Inspiration Source: Elle Decor)
(Inspiration Source: House Beautiful)
(Inspiration Source: House & Garden)
(Inspiration Source: de Gournay)
(Interior Inspiration: Pierre Frey)
Winter Sports, a new design debuting in our 2018 Christmas Collection, depicts a pattern of airborne skiers carving down tree scattered mountain slopes in flurries of snow. This playful and modern pattern, which trending this season on cozy, lodge-themed holiday tables, was first created in 1937.
Hand-painted or likely stenciled by an unknown artist, the repeating pattern of red, green, white and gold skiers and snow-laden pine trees was applied to a full-length black silk dress. A tape sewn inside the lower hem of the skirt gives the name of the dress as 'Indoor Sports.' It currently resides in the collection of the V&A.
The dress, slimline with a straight skirt, raglan cut bodice, short sleeves, and a high round neckline, features a collar and cuffs trimmed grey-gold fur, a short peplum at the waist, and a front center slip up to the mid-calf. Its button-front bodice fastens with miniature plastic ski buttons and the soft black suede belt is faced with leather and fastened with two white plastic skis threaded through metal hoops attached by a silver chain to the belt. The attention to detail and craftsmanship are stunning and the hand-painted pattern is quite impeccably applied.
The lucky wearer of this dress was a young woman named Leah Barnett Ross (1915-1969). She was painted wearing the dress in the same year it was made, 1937, by the society portrait painter James Penniston Barraclough (1891-1942). In this oil painting, she is seated on a fur rug against a black background, her engagement ring prominently displayed on her left hand, wearing her ski-patterned Indoor Sports dress.
The snowy pattern of trees and skis is making its next appearance now, 81 years later, in the Caspari 2018 Christmas Tabletop & Gift Collection. Charmed by the design we now call 'Winter Sports,' we adapted the pattern to create festive and cheerful tableware, napkins, gift wrap, and more. Available in three colorways, Winter Sports brings a fresh, chic, and slightly whimsical touch to holiday occasions and decor this season. Paired with our new Plaid Check design, Winter Sports becomes a modern take on a winter lodge look that cozies up tabletops and gift presentations with a perfect wintery theme.
"No one sets a table like Pippa", Caspari customers have commented since this PA-based former event planner, retired formally trained Chef, mother, and blogger featured a tablescape inspired by our new Fall 2018 collection on her blog. Inspired by Imperial Silk, Pippa set a stunning table for fall full of bold primary colors, mixed patterns, and elegant chinoiserie style. Giving the table her own unique twist, she handpainted pumpkins and wine glasses to coordinate with the Imperial Silk design and even decoupaged her own charger plates with the pattern! The result is a vibrant tabletop in what Pippa calls, "FULL TILT fall color."
DC blogger, entertainer, and hostess, Stephanie of Magnolia Stripes, knows how to set a tabletop for Fall. Using one of our new designs for Fall 2018, Chinese Ceramic, she's created a show-stopping table in a bold blue and orange palette. Throughout, she's included Caspari acrylic drinkware, ribbon accents, and paper tableware designs. Giving this look a modern twist, she's accented Chinese Ceramic in a fun favorite design, Spots, transforming the traditionally set table with a youthful touch. See more of this early autumn tabletop look at MagnoliaStripes.com and shop Caspari's newest collection to create your own inspiring tablescape for the season.
This timeless color combination transcends all genres of style from Chinoiserie designs, to contemporary fashion, to traditional bohemian prints. While we may think of it today as having an almost psychedelic vibe (because it reminds us most recently of the 60s), we can trace this combo back much farther through indigenous South American arts. It’s a powerful pair that instantly conveys boldness and energy when brought together. We love orange and pink pairings for summer because these two “hot” colors perfectly convey the mood of the season—bright, warm, and vibrant. These elements translate effortlessly to a tabletop when it’s time to prepare for summer parties and gatherings!
Find inspiring examples of this power pair on our Pinterest, as well as beautiful boards dedicated to other favorite Caspari palettes.
Blue and white porcelain pottery is an art form that can be traced back through many dynasties of China. The oldest dated blue and white artifact in our possession is a set of two tall vases, known as the David Vases. We know their creation date and intended purpose because within the blue designs the artist placed an inscription. The vases were made in 1351 and were an offering to be placed in a Chinese temple. This date places their origin during the Yuan Dynasty, which was proclaimed by Mongol ruler Kublai Khan in 1271, an official conquest by 1279, and ended in 1368. However, the masterful craftsmanship and artistry exhibited in the vases indicate that the blue and white technique must have originated sometime before the David Vases, likely placing the onset of blue and white porcelain arts in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
The David Vases
The Chinese possessed kilns that were far superior to most kilns of the day and this allowed them to fire a particularly pure clay, Kaolin, at very high temperatures. This clay and their advanced technology are what allowed them to create beautiful glossy white porcelain products. In 1004 Emperor Zhenzog selected Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province to be the imperial porcelain production center. This center is a likely place where blue and white pottery got its start. Before we give all of the credit to Jingdezhen, however, it is important to note that while they had perfected pure white porcelain, the blue came from somewhere else. Cobalt pigment was sourced from what is modern-day Iran and is responsible for the rich blue that sits in such striking contrast against the porcelain white backdrop.
This quintessentially Chinese style prevailed through the dynasties as it gained popularity and remained an extremely lucrative export. Eventually, potters around the world began to replicate the Chinese style and by the 1700s, even Europeans learned how to recreate the pieces. The true Chinese pieces, however, remained the most affordable and were regarded as the most authentic.
Expanded trade with East Asia, especially China, during the 18th-century fed European's fascination with the exotic. This access to Asian design spurred the growth of the chinoiserie style in art, décor, and fashion, which kept blue and white porcelain pieces in Vogue. Sometime around the 1830s, due to disrupted trade, the ornate chinoiserie style fell from the height of popularity. Yet, we can still find this Asian-inspired style in show houses, design publications, and our own homes today. Ginger jars grace fireplace mantels, bamboo bar carts sit styled with modern spirit bottles and cocktail books, and blue and white china is placed on our tables for special occasions.
These traditional Chinese motifs prevail Caspari's blue & white paper collections, which honor the ancient Chinese arts and make the style accessible to any home. The soft colors are perfect for brunches and celebratory showers, and they pair perfectly with your genuine porcelain pieces for an elegant style with effortless cleanup.
From friend-love to true love, Caspari design makes celebrating easy! Our 2018 Valentine's Day Gift Guide features some of our best styles, including handmade items from our Gallery Collection, artist-designed pieces, and elegant acrylic accents. Each of our chosen gifts thoughtfully expresses love, like, and any sentiment in between
A gift for every Valentine, from your significant other to your best friend or coworker. Bag up your bottle of bubbly (or celebratory beverage of choice) in our Red Lulu's Rainbow Wine Bottle Bag to create a perfect Valentine's gift presentation. Prepare for a toast to lasting love or friendship by pairing up two Acrylic Champagne Glasses and adding an Acrylic Wine Bottle Coaster to your gift set.
For your most notable Valentine, our Iridescent lined Writing Journals make a thoughtful gift. Hide a love note within its pages or fill the first page with love pome. Filled with 92 lined pages and sized for easy transport, these notebooks are perfect for keeping lists, taking notes on the go, brainstorming, and journaling.
Our beautiful splatterware design adds an artistic touch to any occasion, including your Valentine's day celebrations. Fill up an elegant Acrylic Guest Towel Napkin Holder with a pack of our Pink Splatterware Guest Towel Napkins to give a gift to the hostess you love the most-ess.
For a Valentine with a great poker face, Caspari playing cards are just what they needed. Our decorative Playing Card sets and Acrylic Playing Card Holders look great on display and in-play. Our Secret Garden Playing Cards are as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers, but a lot more fun.
As a part of the Gallery Collection, our beautiful snakeskin Picture Frames are handmade in our own Connecticut bindery. Each one is crafted with the same skills used in centuries past to create beautiful handmade objects. These special frames are perfect for holding your dearest memories. Grab a bouquet of your valentines favorite flowers, print out a picture of you and your Valentine, and place it inside a Caspari frame. They'll love your heartfelt gift and have a reminder of it anywhere they place their newly framed photo.
Setup a romantic table with our Die-Cut Placemats and Felt-Backed Faux Leather Coasters. Perfect for a lady that loves brunch, these festive tabletop accents can be used on Valentine's day or Gal-entine's Day and on endless occasions after.