Pets Sleep Chic
Sometimes love is the mother of invention. Leslie Sterritt-Hemming got her first French bulldog, Steven, in 2012, and fell head over heels. Which led her to adopt Doug, another French bulldog, just eight months later.
She’d just moved into a downtown Toronto condo and wanted a great bed for the boys that would blend in with her chic home decor. Finding nothing suitable on the market, she turned to local craftspeople, and before too long, a new business was born. Pup & Kit now brings luxurious, modern, handcrafted bedding to the furry friends in our lives.
The gorgeous designs gave Pup & Kit a coveted spot in the juried galleries of March’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show, making it the first pet-related company ever be featured at the annual New York City event.
Choose from one of four bed styles, many with a mid-century modern vibe, available in three styles, all made to order in solid woods, including walnut, cherry, oak and maple. Or, cats and small dogs may prefer the pet cave, a lovely geometric piece that doubles as a side table.
Choose any Sunbrella fabric for the pillow cover, or go with a modern cotton canvas in one of 10 patterns. Or, for those inspired by their own four-legged love, work with Pup & Kit to create a one-of-kind bed for your best friend. “I love working on custom projects and seeing how different combinations of wood and fabric complement individuals’ homes and pets needs,” says Sterritt-Hemming, who also notes that she had some questions at the New York show about making beds for Great Danes. “Not actual orders yet, but that would definitely be interesting!”
Prices, in U.S. dollars, range from $459 to $1,049 for the beds, depending on size and materials. The pet cave comes in one size and is $899 for versions in walnut, maple and oak. For more information and to shop, visit www.pupandkit.com.
It’s All in the Bag
The annual PGA Merchandise Show proved once again it’s the place to be for the latest and greatest in golf equipment and accessories. One of the most-talked-about items at this year’s showcase was the Aeroe GolfPod, a hybrid golf bag that takes the hassle out of traveling with your favorite set of clubs. Designed by New Zealand-based Aeroe Limited, the revolutionary bag eliminates the need for a separate travel case thanks to its hard-shell exterior and built-in alloy wheels. Perfect for both air and road travel, the GolfPod can be checked as luggage when flying (it occupies 25 percent less volume than a traditional golf bag) or secured to the roof of your car with the help of the Aeroe Link rack. In addition to its impressive portability, the GolfPod has much to offer on the golf course. Made to fit neatly on a powered golf cart or push cart, the waterproof bag features a roomy interior that includes 14 full-length club silos, an umbrella well, fold-out side compartments and internal storage for extras like snacks, drinks and wet weather gear. The Aeroe GolfPod retails for $595 and will be available for purchase this fall. To learn more, visit www.aeroegolf.com.
Tsar-Worthy Treasure Troves
What is an AeroPod? Easy. It’s a work of art. And it’s a piece of furniture. Inspired by the unlikely combination of vintage cars and Fabergé eggs, each one is similar, yet completely different. Each is completely handmade. And there will only ever be 49 of them.
Dean Jackson, the Canadian furniture-maker who dreamed them up, says they are his biggest challenge and his masterpiece. They won him a coveted spot in the juried galleries of March’s Architectural Digest Home Show in New York City, where he brought a handful of the beauties.
With gorgeous, organic wood detail and stunning metal work, each piece is a one-of-a-kind oval shape that inside, usually behind a door, stores a personal treasure chest. At the home show, Jackson had one that sat horizontally on a stand and functioned as a mini-bar. One was a vault used to wind a luxury watch collection. Another held a crystal decanter filled with cognac. One stored bottles of wine.
One AeroPod has apparently even been made into a working waterfall.
Jackson explains that “even though I put every ounce of skill and creative effort into creating each AeroPod, in the end, it’s not really about me. Rather, it’s designed to make the owner feel good about who they are, what they like and what they have achieved in life. The color and interior choices they make directly reflect their own personal style in a very elegant way.”
Only 49 will be made, says Jackson, because that is how many exquisite jeweled eggs were made for the Russian imperial family by Carl Fabergé.
“People often ask, ‘How did you come up with this idea’” says Jackson, who says he replies that “it’s simply the coolest thing to ever land in my sketchbook, and I couldn’t resist the challenge of bringing it to life!”
The existing AeroPods, priced individually according to their function, cost between $17,000 and $21,000. Custom orders require at least four months for production. Mirror-based stands are an additional $500. Each AeroPod comes with a certificate of authenticity and features an engraved signature plate. Learn more at www.aeropod.ca.
There is danger here. Expressions Home Gallery has opened a new showroom in the Dallas Design District. It is similar to the one in Fort Worth, with kitchens and baths, except this one also has lighting. The showroom is open to both retail and wholesale customers, so the wares are easily accessible. Too easily. Enter at your own risk: The expanse of new kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, cabinet hardware and glittery lighting overhead will make you instantly regret your own home. An instant later, you start shopping, envisioning yourself in a soaking tub with heated backrest, or choosing new cabinet knobs that look like serious bling. Even worse, a new Expressions Home Gallery is slated to open this summer in Southlake. So, with one in Fort Worth at 5001 Bryant Irvin Road N., the new one in Dallas at 1500 Dragon St. and the newest location at 325 Commerce St. in Southlake there will be no way to avoid redoing the kitchen, then the baths and — why not? — replacing the dining room chandelier.
Newly Emboldened Brows
This season’s most important makeup look is a barely made-up face. Subtle and pretty, this spare look comes together best when there’s an emphasis on a well-shaped, well-defined brow. Enter the new brow collection from Eylure London, a veritable beauty bargain that’s designed to help all women achieve the best brows possible. The line includes tools like stencils and shapers, tamers like fixing wax and moisturizing gel, and tints available as waterproof pencils, long-lasting crayons and a unique double-ended ink with a tattoolike finish. Brow colors are available in dark brown, mid-brown and blonde. $5.99-$14.99; available at Ulta and www.Ulta.com.
Safety was the initial inspiration behind Abby Walker’s luxe line of handbags for female gun enthusiasts. Shortly after earning her concealed-carry permit, the Burleson businesswoman (who’s also an expert marksman and an NRA-certified instructor) tucked her gun into the inside zipper pocket of her fabulous Gucci bag. When she took it out, she noticed that a lipstick tube had become lodged in the trigger guard. “I realized then how dangerous it was to be carrying a gun that wasn’t secured in a dedicated pocket,” she says. She started searching for a more appropriate bag but couldn’t find anything as chic as her favorite Italian brand. So she decided to design her own, calling the brand Aegis, after the Greek word for “protection.” Each Aegis style is named for a Greek goddess and is crafted in the U.S. from quality leather with such features as brass hardware, reinforced shoulder straps to prevent slash-and-grab robberies and, most importantly, a dedicated gun pocket. Walker is currently working on more styles, including smaller sizes and a messenger bag. Prices are $290-$375; available at www.aegisbags.com and at Leddy’s Ranch (410 Houston St., Fort Worth, 817-336-0800), Defender Outdoors (213 N. Rupert St., Fort Worth, 817-935-8377) and Lone Star Guns Gallery & Gear (321 Interstate 20 Frontage Road, Weatherford, 817-599-9275).
Grilled to High-Tech Perfection
In the market for a new grill this summer? Upgrade your grilling experience with the Lynx SmartGrill. Voice-activated and gas-powered, it helps take the guesswork out of outdoor cooking by guiding users through the process of grilling each meal to perfection. Using the SmartGrill app (available for Apple and Android devices), users can select one of hundreds of recipes from the database. Once selected, the SmartGrill connects with the database to determine the ideal temperature and technique for cooking your meal, then tells you where to place the items on the grill to get the best results. Users can receive grilling updates straight to their mobile devices, and over time the grill’s learning algorithm will remember your personal tastes and cooking preferences. $5,999-$9,499. To purchase or to locate an area Lynx dealer, call 888-289-5969 or visit http://smart.lynxgrills.com.
Is That Your Ride?
Going to college is fraught with fears. Your first step on campus as a high school student with college aspirations can be the worst moment. What if you were to arrive in a private jet? Yeah, that would be totes fab. Boston-based Magellan Jets, a private charter company, has a deal for you. It is offering 10-Hour Jet Cards so that prospective college students and their parents can visit multiple campuses in a single day. The company will arrange all the logistics, itinerary, car transportation for pickup and dropoffs and, if time permits, a chauffeured tour of the campus town with a local driver. Back on board the aircraft, the flight crew will gather up all the notes everyone made while touring the university, condense them and send back a detailed account of everyone’s feelings. Once the student decides on a university, Magellan will send him a gift basket of that university’s apparel and logo-enhanced merchandise. The cost of a 10-Hour Jet Card starts at $43,500. For more details, visit www.magellanjets or call 877-550-5387.
Paris style, petite size
Paris-based kids’ clothing e-tailer Melijoe.com boasts a broad following among the fashion-forward garçons et filles of France and beyond, thanks to a wide range of exclusive brands like Junior Gaultier, Stella McCartney Kids, Little Marc Jacobs, Young Versace and Kenzo Kids, plus exclusive shopping edits and news coverage of the hautest trends for tots. Weatherford native Katelyn Heath serves as the editor of the site’s English-language fashion coverage, and she’s trying to spread the word to moms across her home state — and especially in Fort Worth — about this tres chic resource specifically for the under-16 set. Founder Nathalie Christen-Gentry designed the site not only to provide the hottest childrenswear styles, but also to be an easy, seamless shopping experience (as a mother of five school-age kids, she definitely understands the importance of hassle-free). Customs fees are added in the shopping basket before checkout, orders are sent out within 24 hours via three- or four-day international shipping, returns are serviced through UPS with door pick-up, and there’s even an English-language customer service staff to answer any questions. www.melijoe.com.
Scent of a Woman
The newest fragrance from the house of Oscar de la Renta reflects the legendary designer’s love of confident, stylish women by using one of the words he used most when describing them: Extraordinary. Encased in a clean, sophisticated flacon, Extraordinary is a floral fragrance that blends top notes of cherry blossom with additional layers of rose, peony and vanilla orchid. The eau de parfum is available in 40 milliliter and 90 milliliter sizes, for $58 and $92, respectively, along with a duo of rollerball parfum and lip balm for $22, all at Macy’s and Dillard’s.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Wright at Home has expanded its retail family with the recent opening of Wrest, a new space dedicated to luxury linens and textiles for the bedroom and bathroom. Designed as a store within a store, Wrest is located in the space formerly occupied by Spoiled Pink and takes up a wing inside of Wright at Home. Built to be Fort Worth’s exclusive retailer for popular brands like Peacock Alley, Legacy Home and Pillow Bar, Wrest is a one-stop shop for everything from bedding and throws to decorative pillows and towels. In addition, Wrest also stocks a large selection of personal-care products, including soaps from Pré de Provence. 4824 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-989-8222, www.facebook.com/wrestfortworth.