loving this...

poster from coulson macleod. there are SO many typography prints
floating around the blogs these days, but this one just really caught
my eye. i love the font, the frame, the printing, and most of all, the
sentiment. how lovely! k&m


this just in...

new products from portland general store! i haven't been this excited about a new line in quite a while. portland general store is the brainchild of lisa brodar. the inspiration comes from " a love of Maine and all things artisinal, and the idea that peak oil and cheap transportation of imported goods is coming to an end and being replaced by a more local means of trade. Portland General Store products are made using the most natural and highest quality ingredients available. "

for the man in your life, or for yourself (it definitely says cool and confident) we have a nice selection online and in store. choose from Tabac or Whiskey wet shave jelly, aftershave splash and skin quench balm. we also have a huge tub of Tobacco bath scrubs that i know i'll be sneaking into ;o) arriving soon are cigar gift boxes filled with tons of sample goodies from the whole line. at just $35 it makes a GREAT gift.

enjoy! and happy shopping! k&m


30% off select john robshaw!

online only through the end of October. check out the select robshaw pillows and sheets on sale 30% off (some even more!). remember, all sale items are final sale items. but it's john robshaw, so why wouldn't you love it?!

enjoy! and happy shopping! k&m


this just in...

some cool new offerings from roost. handpainted goldenberry juice glasses in sets of 6 for $72, blown glass piggy banks in two sizes ($18/$30) and stunning little tealight holders for $24. We have wine glasses and champagne glasses as well as other fun treats to be revealed as the holidays approach. but for now just enjoy these. and get in the shop or online soon because they don't usually hang around too long.

enjoy! and happy shopping! k&m


this just in...

a new order of beautea liquid hand soaps in Black Ceylon Pekoe
Tea and White Darjeeling Tea. they didn't stay in stock long last time,
so get them while you can.

we're also introducing a new line of bath products to the shop.
earthworks is the creation of Corinne Able and we're super excited
to carry the line. her products are beautiful on the outside as well
as inside: paraben-free, not tested on animals and packaged
in recyclable containers. we've just received a shipment of handmade
bath truffles in 7 yummy scents along with hand-wrapped bar soap
that is just lovely. both should be online and in-store this week.

keep checking back for new arrivals each week.

happy shopping! k&m


this just in...

great new soaps from local ricgmonder, Jackson Sage. we're so
excited to have Erika's handcrafted, yummy smelling, beautifully
packaged soaps in store and online. look for them to appear this

a little bit about them:
the soaps are handmade using the cold-process
method. each bar contains natural oils, butters, herbs, clay, and pure
essential oils. each one is hand stamped and imperfections are left to
leave traces of the hand. all soaps are pH tested to ensure mildness.

at $6.50 a piece, they make for a wonderful hostess gift or a treat for yourself!

enjoy! and happy shopping. k&m


amy butler rugs

we're only a month late in breaking this news ;o) but after emerging from
a hot and busy august we're back on the blog circuit and catching up for lost
time. LOVING these new, handmade rugs by amy butler for Chandra. i'm
currently redecorating my house in my head so that i can have one in every
room! enjoy! k&m

oh, and stay tuned for some new arrivals. we've been busy scouring the web
for some seriously cool new items for fall. and we're expecting new pieces from
some old favorites like Perch! and roost and beautea.


we're moving!!! (well, sort of)

[Moving to 8605 Burnet, Andy Mattern at Stephen L. Clark Gallery]

starting next week you can find openhouse a stone's throw from our old shop
(still inside the shops at 5807, 5807 patterson
avenue @ libbie) just head
straight back and we'll be next to our
good friends at, MonkeyGrass. same
great stuff, just a new look and space.
and keep coming back as we add a
TON of new fall things to help you
get ready for school and fall and the holidays.
we'll be adding some
new local designers as well as some from afar. and our
current family
members are rolling out fun new designs as well. lots of changes,
still the same hip, handcrafted accessories for you and your home! and
remember to check us out online if you're not in richmond. enjoy! k&m


seriously cool learning

we're loving these flash cards from etsy seller Sparkle + Sketch.
made from photos taken of objects around her home, the images
are mounted on thick acid-free board and then varnished with
a non-toxic AP. the colors and photos are just lovely. little lj is a
tad too young for them, but what a great gift for a 1 or 2 year
old. and at $26 for a set of 10, beautifully boxed, you can't beat it.
choose from a variety of images and words or send her some of
your own ideas.

enjoy! and happy shopping! k&m


serious summer sale this saturday

at openhouse! the shops at 5807 will be having a killer sidewalk sale from 9-3. we won't be outside (roasting in the heat) but we will be having some super hot sales inside. we have already marked down a ton of items as much as 40% off. tomorrow you can take an additional 15% of that!! insane, i know. but we've got to make room for some new designers this fall. so please come down and check it out! or go online and use the code "SSS15" to get the same deal.

blankets from looolo, pillows from john robshaw and dermond peterson, summer totes from lotta jansdotter, virginia johnson and india rose. we have ceramics from anne black, perch!, j. mendicino and mud australia all marked down!!!!

remember, this is saturday only. so don't delay!

enjoy! and happy shopping! k&m


we're back and we're in the news!

hey folks! sorry it's been so long since we've posted. babies, work, shop, life...it all seemed to get in the way :o)

wanted to point out a couple of openhouse mentions lately. first, a really beautiful blog called sweetlovelyafternoon highlighted our perch! chloe vessel (probly my favorite thing in store right now). she's taking a break for the rest of the summer, but bookmark it and check back in the fall. i think her mission and style is just sweet and lovely.

last, but CERTAINLY not least, we got a great little write up in the design*sponge RVA guide. thanks to locals kelly brown and leslie kingery for the props! we are in good company. and thanks to the internet, folks don't need to come to town to see us, just hop over to the virtual shop and enjoy some SERIOUS summer sales going on.

we're back later today with a few announcements, so stayed tuned.


etsy love...

good friday, everyone! some easter-inspired picks from etsy to get the weekend off right. hoppy day to all! just click on the images to go to their pages. k&m

[Copyright © by Crystal Images]


spring bada-bing

hi folks, happy monday! wanted to let you all know about a great event coming up in the richmond area. openhouse is sponsoring The Richmond Craft Mafia's Spring Bada-Bing. this fabulous shopping event takes place Sunday, April 19th at Plant Zero from 11am-4pm. Some of the best crafters around will be in attendance, includig openhouse family members, ByCary and Weehah. Last year was a blast. m and i were seriously impressed. so much so that we signed on to be a part of it this year. so, mark your calendars, clear out your savings (or what's left of it) and come on down to plant zero in 2 weeks. see you there! k&m


openhouse at the 2009 spring Ivy Market

hi folks! openhouse will be at the ivy market tomorrow night and all day wednesday. come see us and check out a bunch of great new itemsfor spring that we haven't even had in store yet. new ceramics from perch!, textiles from pacific and rose, candles from kobo and much more!

details for the event are as follows:

Tuesday, March 31st from 5pm - 9pm. Girl's night out! So grab your friends, put on something nice and enjoy shopping, snacks and a cash bar. $5 at the door goes to ASK.

Wednesday, April 1st from 9am-4pm.
Located at the Jepsom Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Richmond. You can get directions here: uronline.com

we're excited about it and hope to see lots of openhouse shoppers out!



this just in...

[letter candle balls. available in 10 different letters]

new ceramics from perch! we LOVE the new designs and colors amy adams has come up with for spring. the mason in lavender is my personal fave and the new letter candle balls are sure to be a hit. a few pieces are available now, online. but if you want to see them in living color, you'll have to wait for their debut next week at the ivy market here in richmond. openhouse will be out showcasing our new stuff for spring. if you can't make it there, you can see it all in store next thursday. details on the ivy market to come at the end of this week. enjoy! and happy shopping! k&m

[mason vase in lavender (also available in yellow)]


new line of textiles available at openhouse

we'd like to introduce you to a great new designer at openhouse: pacific & rose. based in Orange, California, Elizabeth James creates beautiful textiles that she has hand block-printed outside of Jaipur, India. employing age-old techniques, each design comes to life by block carvers, colour master, block printers and seamstresses.

we're happy to carry some AMAZING prints in tea towels, oven mitts, table runners and napkins. come by the shop to see them in person or check out a small selection

i can tell you from firsthand knowledge (after purchasing some tea towels over the holidays) that the great design is matched by great quality. The towels wash well and really stand up to anything in the kitchen. nice to find a product that is not only nice to have out but also tough!

more new arrivals from perch! and india rose coming this week, so stay tuned.

and don't forget, we're still offering 20% off our entire collection of John Robshaw bedding and pillows through the end of the month. lots of people have scored some great items, so don't miss out. happy shopping! k&m


SCAN event at 5807 tomorrow!

Hey ladies! and gents...(if there are any out there) wanted to let you all know about a very cool fundraiser going on tomorrow morning at the Shops at 5807. it's a ladies morning out to Stop Child Abuse Now. bring your friends and indulge in Party Delights, Mimosas, Mini Massages, Music, Wine Tasting & Exclusive Shopping Discounts. we'll be offering 20% off for the day as well as similar discounts from Verve Home, Frillseekers, Lucky Lillibet, Occassionally and more!

Check out the 411:

Wine Tasting
12:00-1:00 P.M. AT BARREL THIEF
15% off coupon for your purchases that day including lunch

Trunk Show -- Gorgeous Jewelry by Vienna Cobb-Anderson

Fabulous Door Prizes:






Tickets are $15 each and ALL proceeds from ticket sales go to SCAN.

It should be a great morning. Please come out and support SCAN and local businesses. Bring your friends and have lunch at Barrel Thief or any number of great little lunch places in the area.

Have a great weekend and happy shopping! k&m


new blabla in stock

we just got a huge new shipment of blabla today! a few new dolls we haven't had before and some blankets, mobiles and rattles as well. all handmade (of course) and beautiful. i can tell you from experience that the handknit blankets are perfect for baby. lightweight, soft and too cute. we have them in pink/orange and blue/green and the new bird rattles we have are a hit with the under 6 month crowd. pick up one or a couple today :o)

oh, and you HAVE to check out the new boogaloos,
yoko and johnny. for the rocker in your life! love them! happy shopping! k&m


blabla now online at openhouse!

hey folks! happy friday evening. just wanted to let you all know that we are now offering a selection of blabla kids in our online shop. we've loved being able to offer this unique, handmade children's line to richmonders and are even happier to now expand our offerings across the country. we have just a few online now, but check back in a week for an extended selection of large and small dolls, rattles, baby blankets and mobiles. happy shopping! k&m


john robshaw sale at openhouse!!

starting today, get 20% off all john robshaw online or in store. i know what you're thinking, that we're crazy. but the truth is, the new spring line is lovely and we want it all! but to do that, we need to clear out what we have in stock. so stop by The Shops at 5807 and check us out in person or go online and use the code JR20 at checkout. we have a nice selection of pillows and sheets online and some duvets and quilts as well in the shop. this only runs through the end of March and quantities are limited, so shop early! and if you don't see something that you want online, email us. we might have it here at the store. enjoy! and happy shopping! k&m


just a little something

to brighten up the day (as if you need it here in VA! beautiful, sunshine-y and warm)

i'm sure i'm seriously late in posting these great little porcelain bits from my favorite etsy girl,

i have one of her "bearded men" prints in the nursery. it's supposed to be representative of my bearded husband, but most people think it looks like Bin Laden ;o)

anyway, she has some miniature porcelain pieces with illustrations imprinted onto the surface. hang a bunch on a wall for instant wow! or be bold and wear it around your neck! I might just hammer a small nail in the wall in an offbeat place in my house and put it there. whatever you choose to do with it, i think they are just precious. enjoy! and happy shopping!

oh, and stay tuned for our March sale announcent! coming to you right here on Saturday. it's a biggie and shouldn't be missed!


FYI domino subscribers

so i've decided to quit whining about domino folding. i've grieved and i'm ready to move on. so, i was happy to read on maison luxe that you can choose which magazine you would like to receive for the remainder of your subscription. the default is apparently architectural digest...not one that tickles my fancy. so make sure you check out this link: Conde Nast, and call to make sure you get what you want. personally, i've gone with extending my cookie subscription. i highly recommend if you haven't read it ;o) and bon apppetit is another good option. i recently subscribed after years of not picking it up and it's a great read if you like food and wine and travel. and who doesn't! enjoy and happy shopping! k&m


recession-friendly gifts

if you're like us, you're looking for great gift ideas that are design conscious, economical and totally original. well, if the 20% off pillow sale at openhouse isn't what you're looking for ;o) i've found a great alternative: littlebrownpen. this adorable etsy shop is one of the most creative i've come across. they sell printable pdf files of calendars, small prints, stationary and book plates. you buy the pdf and print them yourself, as many times as you'd like!! $5 or $10 goes a long way like this!

a few of our faves:

rainy day recipes:

stationary set:

keep calm and carry on spoof calendar:


february sale

also, forgot to mention our february sale. 20% off of ALL in stock pillows. we've got a great selection from john robshaw, looolo, dermond peterson, k studio and more. check us out in richmond or online at www.openhouse-richmond.com. use the code FEB20 at checkout to receive the discount. it's only good until midnight on the 28th, so get over there fast!! and stay tuned for news on our march sale. which is a GOOD one :o) k&m