When I was in my twenties, I went to Italy with a girlfriend from work. Although we hadn’t known each other long, we became quick friends and I jumped at the chance to tour Rome, Lake Como, Florence and Venice. We spent about 7-8 days hopping from city to city on the Eurail and we had an incredible time. Except for one incident.
When we were in Como, my friend popped into a gift shop while I waited outside. When she came out, she showed me a glass pendant that she had just purchased. It was a small round piece of dark blue glass, about the size of a dime, and somehow the artisan had melted a tiny yellow crescent moon and a sprinkling of white stars into the blue glass.
I was so enchanted with the pendant, that I promptly marched into the store and bought one of my own. When I came out and showed her, she immediately became incensed. When I asked her why she was so angry, she said “I wanted to be the only one who had it!” This was my first experience with who wore it best. Here I was thinking that it would be nice for both of us to have the exact same pendant as a memento of our trip together, but she didn’t see it that way at all. She barely spoke to me for the rest of the day. Thank God she wasn’t a twin.
There was such bad karma surrounding that pendant, that it remained in the box forever. Maybe I was trying to keep the evil inside. And we’re no longer friends so there’s that too.
Fast forward, I’ve become more empathetic and I can see why many people enjoy being part of a limited edition and having one-of-a-kind things. There’s nothing worse than being at a party and bumping into someone wearing the exact same dress. A, everyone knows it’s off the rack. And two, what if she rocks that dress better than you?
Treasured Things at Lattice House
A big part of what makes people and their homes interesting, is their personal style. The ability to look, dress and decorate your home in a way that reflects your uniqueness is intriguing. It’s like wearing your passion on the outside. One of the best parts of blogging is sharing discoveries, especially in Connecticut, about people who are passionate about what they do. Today, I want you to meet Christopher Phillip. He recently opened a really cool store called Lattice House in Southport, Connecticut.
My trip to Italy taught me the importance of having treasured things. Lattice House has a truly unique collection of items for the home, garden and dog. They also support local artists and have a constant supply of new paintings. Many of the artists will take custom orders and create original paintings to suit your taste. Lattice House also started carrying fine grooming supplies for men that make great gifts. I brought back some samples of Proraso for my husband and after only two days, I could literally see a change in his skin. I’m going back to buy the full-size tubes and the travel kit for when he’s on the road.
These images are only a small sample of what they have in stock. Whether it’s a pair of London Phone Booth cufflinks, a chic pillow to make your sofa pop, a vintage cocktail shaker or a hand-crafted tray (made by Christopher), there is something for everyone. Including the fur babies!
If you are local, Lattice House is located at 411 Pequot Avenue in Southport. The store is open everyday, except Sundays, their number is (203) 292-3683 if you have any questions. After Thanksgiving, they will be open 7 days a week. Also, mark your calendars as there will be two trunk shows in December (love those):
- December 2nd and 3rd – Res Ipsa https://resipsausa.com
- December 8th to December 11th – VSB Jewels http://www.vsbjewels.com
I highly recommend this store for its distinguished inventory! There’s a story behind every item they sell.