Off the Gift-Registry Reservation
Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:36
You’re invited to the wedding and you want to buy the happy couple a gift they’ll remember. But you, a long-married bride, browse through their online registry and gasp. You know she’ll never use that compote, and she should have already purchased pillow case protectors at this stage of their relationship.
Venture away from the catalogue box and head to any or all of Rye’s exciting design and home furnishings shop for a present that she’ll actually get use out of and maybe even praise from her mother-in-law.
The white patent leather picnic basket at Hampton Whites caught our eye. It’s the perfect combination of “Splendor in the Grass” and “Barbarella”. And it comes complete with Golden Rabbit spatterware. For the environmentally-purposed couple, check out the Design House bamboo and stainless steel salad bowl and magnetic tongs. A Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shaker set in the shape of a fish could be the first in a couple’s storybook collection.
Nest Inspired Home has a number of great looking bar carts, which would definitely get a newly married couple off to a rolling start. You know he’ll always be buying her flowers, at least in the beginning, so consider a set of vases in the shape of gourds. They’ll brighten every moment.
Every bride hopes for a fairytale, but she’ll happily settle for the decorative Barbara Barry boxes. Let him fill them with treasures. A pair of monogrammed canvas totes (for him and her) will find a myriad of uses. Someday, diapers.
- Photos by Robin Jovanovich