tzd trend alert: shagreen

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

It’s Brooke again and I am ready to share with you one of my favorite finishes in home décor: shagreen.  Do you know what shagreen is?  If not, I am here to help!  Shagreen is a coarse hide with an incredible granular texture that comes from the hides of sharks and stingrays.  Shagreen hides have been used as far back as the 12th century and became a luxury item in France during the reign of Louis XIV.

Fortunately for the sharks and rays out there, the furnishings industry has created a faux shagreen that is just as amazing as the real thing.  Typically made from vinyl, faux shagreen can be found covering occasional case goods, decorative accessories, lamps and even wallpaper.  Here are some of TZD’s current faves:

Shagreen Decor Final1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. 

In a rare turn of events, the interior design world has led the shagreen charge … with fashion designers just starting to take note.  The subtle texture is soooooo divine.  I am especially loving the cabochon-encrusted cuffs from Anna Blum, which are available in several colors.

Shagreen Dress Final1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8.

Do you remember Ronald McDonald House of Long Island business office that Traci designed along with Lisa Mende?  Yep, you guessed it.  The entire room was wallpapered in a faux shagreen texture.  Sigh.  My flat walls will forever be envious.



Isn’t Brooke the best?  I’ve been coveting the AERIN match striker.  You know, because I need another way to strike my matches.  The ones I haven’t lit in years.  That’s what those long multi-purpose lighter things are for.  Who’s with me???  I’m taking form over function on this one.  And do those lighter things have a name??  Anyhoo.

I am c-c-crazy for shagreen … and now I have a few more items for my wish list!  What’s on your shagreen list?

tzd trend alert: quartz crystal

Monday, December 28th, 2015

It’s Brooke at TZD again; do you remember my little dress or décor game?  It’s where I share elements that are trending in the world of interior design and fashion.  Ready for for another round?  Rock on!

Ever since TZD’s October buying trip to the High Point Furniture Market, I have been lusting after a design detail that Traci and I saw everywhere – quartz crystal.  This faceted gem was integrated into chandeliers, sconces, cabinetry hardware and even picture frames.  Quartz crystal definitely brings the term “jewelry for the home” to a whole other level.  Check out these exceptional pieces below.

Quartz Crystal Decor

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Now for the dress element of quartz crystal.  Jewelry options are endless but I am in love with the quartz crystal closure on the navy Marchesa shagreen clutch.  Can you hear me sigh?  I wasn’t quite good enough for Santa to deliver it under the tree … but I will keep dreaming!

Quartz Crystal Dress

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How will you rock the quartz crystal look??


If Brooke gets the clutch, do you think she’ll let me borrow it?  In the meantime, sign me up for that tourmaline ring!  After all, New Year’s Eve is around the corner.