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A Graduation & Wedding Gift Guide

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on April 27, 2015

Nest – escorting you this memory-making season.

Graduation and wedding season is on the brink! Devise a perfect gift-giving plan for celebrations filling up your calendar’s spring and summer months. Creative, memorable, personal – Nest has suggestions to match the perfect gift to whomever you are looking to give. 

 

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Simon Pearce

Timeless, elegant, original – Vermont-based Simon Pearce will capture the personality of your gift’s recipient. His hand-made glassware and pottery ranges from dinnerware and serveware to lighting and home décor. With an extensive amount of glassware that can be engraved, Simon Pearce truly offers the personalized gift you are seeking. 

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Rust Designs

Whimsical, delicate, nature-inspired – LA-based Rust Designs gleams with a playful offering of dinnerware, all entirely customizable. A chic way to carve a name into a tree!
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From kitchen prep counter to dazzling dining table, Juliska provides a complete collection of ceramic stoneware available to expand upon for years to come. Customizable options are available within the metalware and glassware pieces.
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Mariposa-Gift

Brilliant, charming, modern – Mariposa-Gift offers the right sentiment for any entertaining occasion. Recycled aluminum gives Mariposa-Gift pieces their signature shine, among a wide assortment of serveware, glassware, picture frames, and charms. Engraving is available within an array of trays, platters, and picture frames.
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Peacock Alley

Luxurious yet practical, every Peacock Alley linen exudes a sense of indulgence and chic comfort.  The superior bedding and bath staple pieces are a practical gift that ensures daily comfort and luxury for years to come. Monogramming in a large assortment of color and fonts is available.

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From distinct dinnerware and serveware to linens and décor, Nest encourages you to introduce practical every day luxury into your unique gift giving experience this wedding and graduation season!

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Noting Your Warm Words

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on April 1, 2015

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! Every month our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we've noticed and admired about you including: decor-obsessed, a generous spirit, well-traveled, host & entertainer, handcrafted creature, seeker of uncommon, culinary enthusiast, family-oriented, style icon, tidy & organized, smells good, and knows just what to say.  Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

 

Dear Composer of Eloquence & Compassion,

Your words articulate and resonant with a cleansing and calming potency. From shedding positive warmth on solemn situations, to expressing momentous bliss in a joyous occasion or accomplishment, you always know just what to say. We are forever stricken by the gratitude & kindness integral to your receptive and impassioned words.

xoxo,

Nest
 

 

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To enrich the sincere gesture of your written words, Nest stocks several greeting card and stationery lines. Filled with extraordinary amounts of individuality & purpose, we’ve uncovered some basics about a few of the inspiring stationery lines we love to carry:

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R. Nichols:

Inspired by the technique & topics taught by his 6th grade art teacher, R. Nichols developed an idea revolving around cut paper and tiny collages into his own line of greeting cards. Since opening his own retail store and creating illustration projects ranging from note cards & book illustrations to product advertisement & merchandising, his artwork has stayed true to his mission – which is to create joy, if only in small ways. 

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The Alchemy Project:

Nina Kohler, owner of Sweet Potatoes Boutique in Kohler, WI, founded the Alchemy Project. Bursting with inspiration intended to remind us that life is a grand journey, these cards and ‘quotepads’ provide the perfect writing canvas and frame of mind to reflect the spirit of giving, both to others & to ourselves.
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Screech Owl Design:

Screech Owl Design was founded in 2007 by artist and designer Jacqueline Schmidt. Though her company specializes in stationery, prints, notebooks, and all things paper, she is an expert in textile, interior, web & graphic design – which easily translates through the large variety of subjects within her artwork.  All of the images are hand-drawn, blending urban and natural, real and fantastic, and the familiar with unknown. Her unique artwork transposes itself effortlessly within a large realm of gifting possibilities. 

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oneCanoetwo letterpress was founded by two childhood friends, Carrie Shryock and Beth Snyder. Their company name is rooted from these younger years of the two dreaming up big ideas around a campfire and floating down a spring-fed Missouri river in a canoe. One canoe, two girls. One canoe, two. Shortly after starting the company, Carrie’s sister-in-law Karen Shryock to join the team. Now three women strong and creative as ever, 1canoe2 creates letterpress art that continuously makes people happy in its cheerful, colorful, & imaginative designs.

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No matter what your written sentiment may be, Nest is sure to have just the right stationery for you!

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Alluring Embellishment Icon

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on March 3, 2015

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! At the beginning of every month, our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we've noticed and admired about you including: decor-obsessed, a generous spirit, well-traveled, host & entertainer, handcrafted creature, seeker of uncommon, culinary enthusiast, family-oriented, style icon, tidy & organized, smells good, and knows just what to say. Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

 

Dear bedazzled bodies of alluring embellishment,

Your daily wardrobe is deemed complete when draped with the ultimate pendant, impeccable bangle or essential earring. Subtle, earthy, sleek, intricate, daring, raw, or refined; jewelry has the power to connect us completely to our definitive character.  Hypnotized, we revere your jewelry box, layered deep with profound extensions of your crowned charisma and distinct charm. 

Xoxo,
Nest

 

 

 

Gold and Silver, basked in their ever-bearing precious metal splendor, shine with a raw and effortless illumination worth getting to know.

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Gold is a soft metal, which typically requires additional metal mixtures to ensure longevity in your everyday wearing pleasure.

How to measure:

A karat defines the percentage of pure gold found in a piece. Here are the specific numbers to correlate:

24 Karat: 99.9% Pure
22 Karat: 91.7% Pure
18 Karat: 75% Pure
14 Karat: 58.3% Pure
12 Karat: 50% Pure
10 Karat: 41.7% Pure

Three methods of gold jewelry fabrication worth contemplating when honing in on your gilded prize:

1. Gold-Filled: Gold is bonded to a base metal alloy, such as nickel or brass, typically making up no less than 5% of total weight and all exterior portions are made of solid gold. Most tend to be 18K, but deviations are possible.

2. Gold-Plated: A base metal is dipped into an electroplating solution that deposits a thin layer of gold on the jewelry. The gold layer is relatively thin compared to other treatments, causing it to wear more quickly.

3. Gold-Vermeil: This method uses sterling silver as the base metal in a gold-plated construction technique. The highest quality gold vermeil is 24K but can be made with varying qualities.

4. Solid Gold: Prized for its rarity and golden glow, this is a solid 24K piece of jewelry. Though it appropriately sits at the top tier of precious metals, and is priced accordingy, gold's delicate chemical nature requires it also be tended to with extra purpose and caution in order to maintain its original glow and beauty.

 

 

Silver, undeniably popular because of its malleable and affordable qualities, this precious metal holds its own among consumers and craftsman alike. Silver, like gold, is inherently soft and is commonly mixed for durability purposes.

Three silver jewelry fabrication methods to muse when selecting your new shimmering adornment:

1. Fine Silver: Also known as pure silver, its .999 level of purity lends itself to be worn only on occasion because of its delicate nature.

2. Sterling Silver: This is an alloy that contains a mixture of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper. The addition of another metal makes this a standard among silver grades to ensure durability in regular use.

3. Silver Plated: A base metal is dipped into an electroplating solution that deposits a thin layer of fine silver on the jewelry. The silver layer is thinner and wears more quickly than a sterling silver treatment.

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If you are eager to know more, visit this incredibly insightful and resourceful website: http://www.bondedinfo.com/

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The Stone

Is there a difference between precious and semi-precious gemstones?

--No! Though precious stones (diamonds, rubies, sapphires, & emeralds) are commonly determined as more rare and expensive, there is no outlying difference in chemical makeup to differentiate them from that of a gemstone deemed semiprecious. Real value of a stone is determined by its cut, color, clarity, and carat – each rating independent to the type of stone under scrutiny.

 

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Enjoy a nod to dedicated dazzle within the handcrafted pieces of a few featured artists within Nest’s jewelry collection:

Alice Roche Jewelry

Handmade in San Francisco, Alice’s jewelry yields an architectural feel and compelling simplicity.

 

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Chikahisa Studio

The beauty and grace of natural imperfection is woven into the organic, modern shapes of Seattle-based Ann Chikahisa’s handmade jewelry.

 

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Satomi Studios

Based in Santa Cruz, Kristina Kada's handcrafted jewelry is inspired by a vital balance of energy and precision within nature. The vigor of life meets the detail of art in her scatter of organic shapes over architectural forms.

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Debbie Fisher

Brooklyn-based Debbie Fisher is known for her cherished detail to sourcing beads of all materials from around the globe. She preserves the inspiration of the bead's origin throughout her boldly delicate pieces.

 

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Master of mixed metals, San Francisco-based designer Colleen Mauer’s hand-made pieces are designed with the principle of minimalism and an organic take on typically geometric shapes.

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Chocolate and Steel

Originating in LA, designer Christine Street runs an entirely handcrafted jewelry studio that places major emphasis on sustainable practices and wholesome lifestyle through love, kindness, and humor.

 

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Ananda Khalsa

Massachusetts based, Ananda’s pieces marry the precious quality found in ancient jewelry with modern form, while framing the exceptional beauty of each stone in her work.

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Find hundreds of more hidden gems in the jewelry case at Nest!
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Cozy Season

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on January 29, 2015

10 WAYS TO GET COZIER THIS COLD WEATHER SEASON

 

1. Bundle Up: Kick the cold weather in a stylishly good manner

Nest Recommends: Hand-knitted gloves, hats & scarves

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 2. Embrace Spontaneity: erase winter's starkness with playful patterns and color

Nest Recommends:  Printed & knitted accent pillows + Hooked rug ottomans

 

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3. Bring the Outdoors In: embrace the natural warmth wood finishes + accents have to offer

Nest Recommends:  Wood lamp bases and shades + Recycled wooden-framed mirrors & artwork

 

 

 4. Switch Your Scent: Think woodland pine, bitter orange, cloves, cinnamon, peppermint, tobacco + leather

Nest Recommends:  Try a new candle, reed diffuser, hand creme or perfume

 

 

5. A Supplement For Darker Days: less daylight requires warmer, softer layers of indoor lighting

Nest Recommends:  Add in more lamps & votive or hurricane vessels with candles

 

6. Preserve a Garden of Color: dried floral bouquets maintain outdoors' natural rejuvenation

Nest Recommends:  Add sprigs, wreaths & garland or a new centerpiece arrangement

 

 

 7. Layer in Luxury: create interesting textile juxtapositions with saturated hues and cozy textures

Nest Recommends:  Garment-dyed velvet pillows & bedding + Herringbone Throws

 

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 8. Begin in the Kitchen: a warm breakfast is a sure start to shake winter's morning chill

Nest Recommends:  Try a French press or crepe pan and batter bowl

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 9. Shake Your Solitude: Strike up a lively written back and forth with an old or new pen pal

Nest Recommends:   Stock up on greeting cards, note card packs & stationery

 

 

 10. Pull It Together:  Move your furniture away from the walls + create more intimate arrangements

Nest Recommends:  Completing the look with a tufted or hooked wool rug

 

Stay warm all winter long with

cozy items from Nest! 

 

 

 

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Sweet Smelling Flower

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on January 10, 2015

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! At the beginning of every month, our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we've noticed and admired about you including: decor-obsessed, a generous spirit, well-traveled, host & entertainer, handcrafted creature, seeker of uncommon, culinary enthusiast, family-oriented, style icon, tidy & organized, smells good, and knows just what to say. Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

 

Dear Sweet Smelling Flower,

Your perfume prowess encapsulates a perfect focus of energy and spirit. Cloaked in aromas suited to embody your entire essence, you understand the power of setting a mood and honest attitude. Your will to wear and be surrounded in impeccable fragrances is sure to leave a distinctly memorable and genuine impression with all who know and meet you.

Xoxo,

Nest

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Smell spurs memories, rouses our dozy senses, indulges us, helps define our self-image, stirs the cauldron of seduction, warns us of danger, leads us into temptation, and steeps us in fashion & luxury. 
 

 

- Scent Obsession -

Humans no longer require smell to mark territories, establish hierarchies, or recognize individuals. And yet one look at the obsessive use of perfume and its psychological effect on us makes it clear that smell is a warrior of evolution we succumb to and cannot part with. This not-so-casual habit of drenching our bodies and spaces in scent goes beyond the brink of obsession.

 

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We don’t need it to survive, but we crave certain smells beyond all reason. As evolution has phased out our sense of smell, chemists have labored to restore it. Too many to keep track of, here is an abridged list of scents that have a positive effect on basic human emotions:
+Relieving Anger: Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang-ylang
+Relieving Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium, Violet Leaf
+Easing Depression: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Neroli, Orange, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang-ylang
+Increasing Confidence: Frankincense, Jasmine, Patchouli, Sandalwood
+Improving Memory: Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary
+Easing Sorrow: Cypress, Fir, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage
Aphrodisiacs: Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang
+Energizing: Camphor, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage
+Easing Stress, Nervous Tension and Insomnia: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Melissa, Valerian, Vanilla, Violet, Ylang-ylang
+Scents to Calm Irritability: Chamomile, Rose, Geranium

- Memory's Potion -

Scent-preferences are often a highly personal matter, associated with our individual specific memories. Check out Nest’s offerings of reed diffusers, perfumes, and candles created by these wonderful companies: Alora Ambiance, Tokyo Milk, and Simpatico.

 

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Created by sisters Annie and Therese Gibbons, Alora Ambiance is swayed profoundly by their 15-year adventure in Lake Como, Italy. Adopting age-old Italian diffusing methods into their own beautiful and effective diffuser centerpiece design, these two gals are the original pioneers for the reed diffuser concept in the United States.

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TOKYO MILK

Tokyo Milk is an American cosmetics company founded by designer, Margot Elena. Tokyo Milk offers fragrances, soaps, scented body care products and candles, packaged with whimsical and vintage-inspired packaging and names. 

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SIMPATICO

Based out of St. Louis, MO, Simpatico is part of K.Hall StudioInc. Founder Kelley Barr is an advocate of designing products simply, naturally, and ethically. Nest is proud to carry several Simpatico products including their hobnail candles. These small-batch, 100% vegetable wax candles burn up to 100 hours and always leave you with a beautiful glass vase when finished burning. 

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Easy Entertaining

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on December 20, 2014

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! At the beginning of every month, our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we've noticed and admired about you including: decor-obsessed, a generous spirit, well-traveled, host & entertainer, handcrafted creature, seeker of uncommon, culinary enthusiast, family-oriented, style icon, tidy & organized, smells good, and knows just what to say. Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

 

Dear Host and Entertainer,

From the details in your menus, food prep + guest lists, to furniture arrangements, decorations + holiday scents, you are a master of party planning and execution. Guests flock to your soirée because of your perfectly crafted settings to socialize and share in your cuisine, games, and laughter. Your natural social grace preserves your gathering’s festive momentum from guests’ arrival to departure. Cheers to your magnificent ability to turn the ordinary into a display of extraordinary, and making this holiday gathering season something truly special.

Xoxo,

Nest

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5 Essential Entertaining Elements: 

1. The Food + Drinks:

++ Keep a dressy tea towel on display to double as a style element and easy way to clean accidental spills.

Nest Suggests: Le Jacquard Francais's Tea Towels

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++ You can never have enough ice on hand! Keep it cool with a statement piece ice bucket.

Nest Suggests: Simon Pearce and Mariposa Ice Buckets

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++ Food & drinks do not have to be full of frills, just presented in a creative manner

 

2. The Decorations:

++ Add a festive glimmer to your party space by stringing in some unexpected holiday lights.

Nest Suggests: Creating your own mantel pennant with thick string and pinecones.

++ Factor layers of texture, scale, & color into your scheme.

Nest Suggests: Using colorful citrus fruit to add an element of freshness to your palette.

 

 

3. Furniture Arrangments:

++ Control the crowd by creating obvious cues in places you want guests to gather. Designate intimate groups of 2-5 chairs with a round ottoman.

Nest Suggests: Company C's Hooked Wool Ottomans

 

++ Set up food stations wide spread throughout your entertainment zone to encourage mingling. Make the food stand out by serving on a tray or serving stand.

Nest Suggests: Mariposa String of Pearl Trays or Serving Stands

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Nest Suggests: Dash & Albert Striped Poufs and Eeboo Kids Games

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4. Festive Scents:

++ Create a diverse experience for your guests senses, encourage by layering festive scents.

Nest Suggests: Alora Festa + Pino Diffusers & Barr-Co's Fir & Grapefruit Household Products + Cleaners

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5. Menu Planning:

++ Breathe new life into your classic holiday menu. Calm your nerves by stocking up on culinary inspiration and literature well before your guests arrive.

Nest Suggests:

Seriously Simple Parties by Diane Rossen Worthington

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Sips & Apps by Kathy Casey

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No matter what your entertaining style may be, know your ability to bring people together is truly cherished. Be sure to visit next month's blog post featuring another attribute we love in our Nest customers!

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Culinary Enthusiast

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on November 24, 2014

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! Every month, our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we’ve noticed and admired about you including: decor-obsessed, a generous spirit, well-traveled, entertainer, handcrafted creature, seeker of uncommon, culinary enthusiast, family-oriented, style icon, tidy & organized, smells good, and knows just what to say.  Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

 

Dear culinary enthusiasts,

Your deliciously crafted combinations of cooking skills cultivated into an edible result, never cease to impress. Patience, accuracy, and resourcefulness are your unspoken traits, which display themselves in a rapturous fanfare inside your cooking vessel.  A collector of recipes, combiner of unique flavors, and concocter of creative dining table adventures, your bold spirit in the kitchen dares us to push boundaries in our repetitive habits. Cheers to chowing down on several courses of well-deserved compliments this holiday cooking season!

xoxo,

Nest

 

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Cooking is easier, more enjoyable, and produces better results when done with the right equipment. And with the holiday cooking season infringing upon us, we are eager to showcase Le Creuset, our favorite cookware line available at Nest. The mainstay of chefs for more than a century, Le Creuset is synonymous with both exceptional craftsmanship and dazzling style. An innovator in high-quality, indispensable cookware, Le Creuset is constantly seeking ways to maintain its renowned reputation for bold colors and long-lasting versatility.

Forging modern cookware standards:

During the French culinary revolution of the 1920s, Le Creuset was founded when Armand Desaegher, a casting specialist and Octave Aubecq, an enameling expert, joined forces. Together they transformed the appearance and enhanced the cooking properties of cast iron cookware by coating it in a porcelain enamel glaze. In 1925 the innovative pair launched the brand Le Creuset, French for "the crucible." Almost a century and countless trendsetting design innovations later, enameled cast iron is not only Le Creuset’s signature, it’s also the standard bearer in cookware.

Benefits of Enameled Cast Iron Cookware:

No other manufacturing procedure yields cookware that so evenly distributes heat, browns, and caramelizes food to perfection. Aside from cast iron’s inherent characteristics that make it the superior material for cookware, some detailed benefits to Le Creuset’s cast iron process and products include:

Heat Distribution and Retention:

Cast-iron is a superior conductor of heat. The even thickness of the base, walls, and lid mean that heat distribution is even and energy efficient. Furthermore, the heat retention properties of the pieces are incredible, ensuring that the pot stays hot for second helpings.

Vitreous Enamel Finish:

All Le Creuset products are coated with the highest quality vitreous enamel. This hygienic, impermeable enameled surface means Le Creuset can be used for marinating food prior to cooking or for food storage after cooking.

Heat Sources and Energy Efficiency:

Le Creuset enameled cast-iron cookware can be used on the stovetop, in the oven and under the grill. Le Creuset is suitable for use on all heat sources including electric, gas, ceramic, halogen top, and induction. Le Creuset cast-iron is an efficient material in absorbing and distributing heat, therefore, there is no need to use high heat. Best cooking results are obtained on low to medium settings.

Phenolic Knobs and Handles:

Phenolic knobs are fitted to the lids of French ovens and saucepans. In simple terms, something with a phenolic quality is treated with a thermosetting resin coating to make it ovenproof. This property allows Le Creuset knobs and handles to become ovenproof to 400°F, allowing for an easy transition from stovetop to oven to table.

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Tips to care for Le Creuset Enameled Cast-iron

  • Select low to medium heat for best results – this will prevent food from sticking to the pan. Use high-heat for water-based cooking only.
  • Use pots and pans that fit the burner size to assure proper heat dispersion.
  • Gently pre-heat cooking vessel on low setting for 2-3 minutes then add oil or liquid to the pan
  • Use only wooden, plastic, or heat resistant nylon tools to avoid scratching the enamel
  • Stand hot pans on a trivet, board, or cloth, not directly on unprotected counter tops
  • Cool pans before washing in hot soapy water, rinse, and dry thoroughly
  • Remove stubborn food residues with a plastic or sponge scourer only *Do not use metal scourers or abrasive cleaners of any kind

Welcome additions made to the original Le Creuset cookware family:

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Stainless Steel:

Le Creuset's tri-ply stainless steel features a full aluminum core bonded between two outer layers of professional-grade stainless steel, resulting in superior heat conduction and distribution. Tri-ply construction offers better control at every stage of preparation, as well as flexibility for a variety of cooking techniques like searing, sautéing and pan-frying.

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Enameled Stoneware:

Stoneware fills a gap in the bakeware market and meets the high standards of today's gourmet baker. Protected by a hardwearing glaze that resists damage from heat and utensils, Le Creuset stoneware is perfectly suited to withstand countless trips into your oven. The secret to its performance lies within the balanced duo of stoneware and enameled surface heating properties, which prevent hot spots and cook foods uniformly. This results in baked good perfection!

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Nonstick Cookware:

Le Creuset’s forged hard-anodized nonstick cookware delivers nonstick performance with a seamless reinforced coating that will never chip or flake. The hot-forging process prevents warping and creates consistent heat distribution, making this material suitable for a wide range of recipes and ingredients.

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Enamel on Steel:

Le Creuset enamel on steel cookware combines the capability of stainless steel with the style and character of Le Creuset's color palette. With a full range of stockpots and an array of teakettle designs, Le Creuset enamel on steel delivers all the high-heat performance of stainless steel without sacrificing the personality of your favorite colors.

Visit Nest to get the tools you need to start your high-volume cooking season off right. See you back here in December for our next featured customer attribute and products!

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HandCrafted Creature

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on October 14, 2014

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! At the beginning of every month, our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we’ve noticed and admired about you including: decor-obsessed, a generous spirt, well-traveled, entertainer, handcrafted creature, seeker of uncommon, culinary artist, family-oriented, style icon, tidy & organized, smells good, and knows just what to say.  Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

Dear creature of handcrafted habit,

You recognize the time, devotion and determination it takes to create handcrafted goods. You find there is perfection in imperfection. Taking notice that quality and quantity are two very different concepts, you refuse short cuts. You know genuine dedication and hard work are worth applauding.

XOXO,

NEST

 

National American Craftsman week has just wrapped up, and we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share just how important craftsman are to Nest. Beyond creating a unique product, we have an unwavering curiosity to know the background and intent behind every craftsman’s product. In seeking this connection, it is important to recognize the elements, finishes, patterns used to create product packed with substance and indisputable genuine qualities.

Below are a few of Nest’s beloved American Craftsmen and their unique story, embodying their authentic spirit and honest work principle:

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Kyle Ellison

Craftsman Kyle Ellison is a clever woodworker and founder of Kentucky Spring. He is motivated by the challenge of designing and making useful kitchen tools with moving parts that are simple, durable, and beautiful. His company, loaded with preservation of historical technique and thoughtful attention to material detail, is most recognized for its salad tongs.   Each pair of tongs is hand steamed and bent into shape until cool to create its distinctive spring. The springs keep the tongs open for the user for simple one-handed use, while also allowing tongs to fold flat for storage. We appreciate and commend the design and thought behind Kentucky Spring's beautiful kitchen utensils.

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Fig & Bella

From New York’s serene and inspirational Hudson Valley, Fig & Bella flaunts an anthology of beautiful wearable textiles well deserving of bragging rights. Their scarves and shawls are hand-dyed, hand-loomed, and hand-washed in the Hudson Valley. Using the finest fibers (cashmere, silk, wool & cotton), they  are reinventing traditional dyeing techniques using a modern color palette and abstract texture. These gorgeous threads are subtle and casual, making for an extraordinarily unique every day statement.

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Everyday Artifacts

Established in New Mexico, Everyday Artifacts is a husband & wife collaboration to design meaningful and minimal objects. The result is both startling and striking, shown in the simplicity of their necklaces. The necklaces’ photographic images, most originals by the company founders, are applied with detailed technique onto a metal pendant. Finished with a jewelry resin coating and hung on a lightweight nylon cord, Everyday Artifacts creates meaningfully unique pieces.

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Hot Skwash

Hot Skwash is a family run business near Portland, OR, founded by the determined artist and seamstress, Daria Knowles. Her background boasts a degree in Art History, Classics & Humanities, several years of directing an art gallery, and a constant pursuit of artistic growth utilizing her passion for fabrics.  After creating velvet pumpkins for several years on her own, her small business blossomed because of her decision to employ other stay-at-home moms.  Working with local farmers, Hot Skwash harvests unwanted pumpkin and squash stems and recycles them into a luxurious feast of texture, color, and texture. Hot Skwash velvet pumpkins’ timeless whimsy and infinite attention to craftsmanship effortlessly provide you with an essential collection worth investing in and growing.

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Marshes Field and Hills

Marshes Field and Hills is a company created by wife, mom, work professional, and craft enthusiast Stephanie Baynes.  She says it was an accident that her company took off, but it is easy to see that her determined work ethic and constant pursuit of creativity is the true catalyst behind her success. Her customizable canvas pillows, totes, and key chains breath beauty in their utilitarian finishes, simple paint application, and roughly hewn edges.  Marshes Field and Hills proudly epitomizes Stephanie’s original concept for beautiful, utilitarian product entirely hand-sewn and hand-painted within a local community.

Come visit Nest to see these and many other clever ideas and goods pouring forth from our beloved craftsmen!

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Generous Spirit

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on September 9, 2014

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! At the beginning of every month, our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we’ve noticed and admired about you including: Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

 

Dear Generous Spirit,

Your kind heart and genuine warmth nourish Nest’s devotion toward the simplicity in the act of giving.  When you are on the hunt for the perfect gift, your optimism and passion stir us with excitement. Your dedication is without parallel. Your generosity boundless.

xoxo,

Nest

 

The history and story behind how something is made correlates tremendously with how unique and valuable an object becomes. Nest has an unwavering dedication toward high standards of product material origins, manufacturing, packaging, and lifecycle. In a conscious effort to offer merchandise through a ‘green’ viewpoint, we strive to give you products layered with kind, creative, and special qualities. Listed below are a few of Nest’s favorite product lines that exude a dedication toward superior manufacturing processes, material origin & lifecycles - with the ultimate goal of giving back to a community:

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Skinny laMinx

Skinny laMinx is a shop and studio located in Capetown, South Africa. Owner, illustrator & designer, Heather Moore, embodies an accomplished vision of creativity. Ingenuity abounds through her own resourcefulness in pooling talents to create a product from conception to finish all done with help close to home. Just look at how adorable her results are:

To view the full extent of delightfulness Skinny laMinx offers, watch this animated video about the company’s origin, handmade processes, and involvement within their South African community:

http://skinnylaminx.com/about/

 

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Jenny Krauss

Jenny Krauss is a brand dedicated to wearables and home décor of Peruvian embroidery. Compliant with Fair Trade regulations, each fabric is woven on homemade looms and embroidered by expert hands. Over 1600 talented textile artisans are employed by Jenny Krauss. The majority of her employees live in Ayacucho, an impoverished community high in the Andes. Each Jenny Krauss purchase is helping someone with no other opportunity for income.  Check out the centuries-old techniques cleverly applied to modern everyday items:

 

 

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Ecojot

Ecojot is an eco-friendly stationery company abounding with whimsical designs created by Carolyn Gavin, one of the company's owners. Besides practicing responsible sourcing and manufacturing, this company is part of the GIVE program. In short, the GIVE program allows a portionof every one of their sales to provide writing tools for children in need. These basic stationery tools help children write their way out of poverty and violence. They have been able to donate over 250,000 workbooks and 44,000 pens to children all over the world. Check out some of Ecojot’s beautiful goods with a sweet soul to boot!:

 

 

 

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Blabla

Blabla was created in 2001 by Susan Pritchett and Florence Wetterwald.While visiting Peru, these two friends came across entire villages of expert knitters who had been keeping the tradition alive for generations. Inspired by their talent and gentle spirit, they decided to start their own company of knitted products for children. Collaborating with the same artisans for over a decade, Blabla's commitment to fair trade and virtuous stance on environmental conscientiousness make their darling products all the more desirable!

 

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Your purchases at Nest help us support local and regional charities like Safety Town, Lions Club, Safe Harbor, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and The Great Lakes Alliance. It also goes toward supporting community-focused programs at Bookworm Gardens, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Camp Anokijig, Camp Y- Koda, Mead Public Library, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Theater For Young Audiences, Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, and our area school districts.

 

Stop by Nest today to explore the much more extensive offerings of products that give back to our community and other communities in need. See you back here in October for our next featured customer attribute and products!

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Decor Obsessed

posted by Jordan Gottsacker on August 1, 2014

Nest has been kicking it in good style for 12 years of wonderful business. Can you believe it? We are bouncing off the walls with adoration for our beloved customers! At the beginning of every month, our blog will feature a post to celebrate a specific quality we've noticed and admired about you including: decor-obsessed, a generous spirit, well-traveled, host & entertainer, handcrafted creature, seeker of uncommon, culinary enthusiast, family-oriented, style icon, tidy & organized, smells good, and knows just what to say. Be sure to check back at the beginning of every month to learn about specific products that keep inspiring us to bring out the best Nest in you!

 

Dear Decor-Obsessed,

You are the heart and soul of why Nest flourishes on a daily basis. You incorporate inspiration, choose colors wisely, and do more with less, all while keeping an open mind. You are constantly admired for embracing your individuality through the place you call home. From thread-count to paint color, your passion for styling impeccable decor is what we live and breathe for. 

Xoxo,
Nest

 

To kick off our twelve-month homage to Nest customers, the featured topic is something everyone is familiar with, but décor fiends take to a whole new fetish level: lighting. A hugely understated piece of the design puzzle, lighting has the power to make or break the entire impression a room. No matter what your style, the key to lighting is layering. A basic understanding of the four lighting layers will illuminate your décor vision to an impeccable stage of brilliance!

++There are four lighting layers: ambient, task, focal, and decorative. Here they are mingling and getting to know one another:

ResizedImage420600 lighting typesAmbient – Provides the overall lighting in a room. Its essential function is to allow for basic vision and moving around within the space. It also wields the greatest effect on the overall feel of a space. To create a relaxed space, it is important to increase the brightness of room surfaces, especially ceilings and upper walls. Generally the more uplighting the room has, the less fussy and more relaxed the room feels.

 

 

 

 

Task- Among visual and work tasks, such as reading, writing, and cooking, task lights illuminate spaces intended for specific actions. Typically they coincide with a flat work surface but don’t necessary need to as in the case of a reading chair or bedside lamp. Task lights generally require higher amounts of energy to produce a more focused and stronger light, so placing them wisely is a must!

 

Focal – The primary purpose of focal lighting is to illuminate features and displays, such as architectural highlights, artwork, and other collections. The name is a bit of a paradox because the light is meant to be inconspicuous and to draw the focus away from itself onto its illuminated desire.

 

Decorative - This is the jewelry of architecture. It serves no practical purpose other than to make a statement about style. Whether a chandelier, sconce, lantern, or strand of holiday lights, its reason for being there is to fill your heart with joy!

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Lights Up! is an outstanding lighting brand that Nest carries. Based out of Brooklyn, all of the lampshades are designed by founder Rachel Simon and her nephew Tom Simon. Besides the killer fact that these lamps are constructed by hand, Lights Up! is packing over 40 luscious material options, including fabric constructed entirely of recycled plastic bottles and responsibly forested wood veneers. Lights Up! carries functional and ambient lighting options, both with varieties of patterns and colors so extensive, they are sure to enlighten any space you dream up!

ResizedImage600600 RS 270so whtimageResizedImage600600 WD933wpbglimage1ResizedImage600600 WL900pwkimimageResizedImage600600 WD9444bnwwdimageStop by Nest today to explore lighting options from Lights Up! as well as our other fabulous lighting makers. We’ll be there to help you every step of the way. See you back here in September for our next featured customer and product!

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