11.11.11 sale!

as a little treat, and in honor of 11.11.11, everyone gets 11% off their entire order online! lots of new holiday items have been added, so this would a great time to stock up on gifts, decor and stocking stuffers. sale ends tonight at midnight, so get on it! use CODE 111111 at checkout .happy shopping! k&m


felt mistletoe is back!

it's that time of year again...felt mistletoe is in the shop! of course there are lots of cute holiday items rolling in every day, but we know this is what you were waiting for. we realize it's not even Thanksgiving, but we disappointed so many of you last year when we sold out in a day :o) this year we're prepared, but strike early and don't miss out!! happy shopping! k&m


falling for autumn - a special guest post

Hey folks! Excited to share a special guest post today from Susi from Design Shuffle. The leaves in VA are just turning and starting to fall, so the timing couldn't be better for these great ideas! Enjoy! And happy shopping!! k&m


Hi, everyone, I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for Design Shuffle, a fantastic social media site where you can post pics of your design projects and browse our database of tens of thousands of pics for inspiration for your next project. I love visiting amazing design blogs, like Open House, and sharing ideas. I'm a huge fan of Open House's posts on Etsy finds and wish I lived closer to Richmond to stop by the store. I'm thrilled to be here guest blogging today about autumn interior designs and accents. Falling for fall is easy for me; it's my favorite season. I've pulled together some great ideas for autumn inspired interiors. Enjoy!

Autumn Accents

Falling for autumn is all about celebrating nature's golden season. Bringing the outdoors inside, through colors, patterns and textures is the best way to create autumn accents for your home.

Autumn Accents

To highlight the lovely fall foliage, add warm gold to your décor. Warm metallics like bronze, copper and rose gold are also good choices for metallics for autumn.

Autumn Accents

Adding velvet's and knits to your décor is a sure way to fall for autumn decorating. A thick cable knit throw is so cozy for a favorite reading chair, sofa or bed. Adds such great texture too!

Autumn Accents

Fall for autumn's glorious rich colors by adding accents of curtains and runners to your dining room. Swapping out summer sheers for rich velvet's makes a big difference. Love the plum color.

Autumn Accents

Autumn decorating ideas inspired by nature need not all be riots of foliage colors. Creams and browns are great colors for autumn accents. Look for natural elements that have great shape and texture for interest.

Autumn Accents

Create a harvest vignette in the entry or dining room. This group features a sunflower head (so sculptural) and beautiful earth toned pottery. The potted herb adds a little Tuscan or Napa style.

Autumn Accents

Find creative ways to incorporate fall colors into your décor. So many clever DIY ideas out there on blogs can help you get started.

Autumn Accents

Silvery mercury glass and brown makes a dramatic palette for an autumn interior design. The chalkboard has a vintage back-to-school charm. Images [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]

Did you fall in love with this post? For more check out, Design Shuffle, where you can fall upon interior design inspirations and connect with interior designers, like San Francisco interior designersBoston interior designers and more!


shut the front door....

loving text-based art at the moment and there's something about this phrase that just kills me. thinking this would look so cute over my console table near the door...i'd been so set on a mirror, which makes sense, but i love a little humor in design!


follow us on pinterest!

are you on pinterest? well, if facebook and email and twitter and rss feeds aren't enough of a distraction in your daily life, you should be!! we're pinning all of the great inspiration we run across everyday...so keep up with us!


in love...

with this clutch. at $360-ish dollars, it's not a love that's reciprocated. but a girl can dream...


exciting Richmond news!

Oilcloth Addict, a local Richmond crafter that we love, is releasing a book! it's called Sewing with Oilcloth and it's a cute little book with 20 patterns and pictures of designs to make with oilcloth, laminated cotton, and chalk cloth. there are also lots of tips, tools, and trims that make sewing fun and easy! it is being officially released on August 28th at a book signing and release party being held at feathernesters from 3-5pm. but if you can't make it to the release party, don't fret– you can still purchase the book. you can pre-order it at amazon, books-a-million, barnes & noble, indie bound, and wiley. these pre-orders are due to be shipped in two weeks as well.

still want to know more about the book? have a little look at her adorable book trailer :)

happy shopping! becca


wakey, wakey

seeing an etsy post on my facebook news feed this morning made me realize two, very important things. first, regardless of the fact that everyone and their mother makes cup cozies, I still love them. And second, regardless of the fact that it's 100 degrees outside, I still love them.

these charmingly imperfect ones from etsy seller knitstorm are just what I need to get going each morning. what do you think?! happy shopping! k&m


fun news!

check it out! one of our fabulous designers, Halsea, was featured in a LA Times chic travel story! although we don't carry their suitcases, we do carry their fabulous makeup bags and adorable totes (which, ps, are both on sale!). 

happy shopping! becca


sidewalk sale!

we are just two days away from our sidewalk sale! get ready for markdowns on some of our best products! this sale is only at the Shops at 5807 and is from 9am-4pm on saturday, july 23. come on by and say hi!

happy shopping! becca


Friday night fun in RVA

Hey! Are you looking for something fun to do that is family friendly? St. Mary's for Kids is sponsoring Movies on the Avenues! Stroll through the neighborhood with family and friends and watch a free outdoor movie on a big screen.

Don't miss the activities before the movie, too, for they will all be sure to make it fun filled evening. These activities include:
Betsy Q (July 15), Hope Harris and the COusins Jamboree (July 29), Jonathan Austin's 24 Hour Emergency Juggling and Magic Service (August 12), Bonnue the Bunny, Nutzy the Flying Squirrel's mascot, Risky the famous Richmond Raider's mascot, and more!

Plus, there will be awesome food to try from Belmont Butchery, Goatocado, SuperStars Pizza, Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Cafe, Libbie Market, Mr. Softie and more!

This exciting event will be held three Friday nights, starting tomorrow. There will be three different movies:
July 15: Toy Story 3
July 29: Gnomeo & Juliet
August 12: Field of Dreams

Family entertainment and activiteis begin at 7 & the movie starts at 8:30.
Location: Westhampton School playing fields:
5800 Patterson Avenue at Maple Avenue

We hope to see you all there! Let us know if you're going and tell us how you enjoyed it :)


currently coveting...

this stunning recycled leather bag! beautiful buttery leather, hand sewn details and cool prints make for a great everyday bag. yes, please!

happy shopping! k&m


etsy discovery

while wandering through etsy today, I came across this bowl. It comes from a shop called the untrained eye. they sell all sorts of adorable kids tableware, as well as jewelry and a few other things. everything is hand-made and unique, so no two pieces look the same. i love this bowl in particular because of the elephant and the beautiful teal color that is so perfect for summer. 

happy shopping! becca


farmers markets are not just for farmers

being sustainable is becoming a huge trend all across the us, including here in richmond. people are learning to grow their own food and planting gardens (both privately and as a community) that will provide food to help sustain them. some of my favorite things to grow are herbs (especially basil, yum!). and if you're like me, sometimes you get confused which pot has which herb, particuarly when you have just planted the seeds. so to curb the confusion, consider our ceramic herb markers by famed ceramicist Rae Dunn. they are so adorable and add charm to any pot. we also have super cute wood grain herb planters also by Rae Dunn, that are perfect for planting your herbs in. 

also, as i'm sure you've seen and heard, farmers markets are not just for farmers or hippies anymore. these wonderful places are appealing to anyone who is looking for fresh food at relatively low prices. people bring their home grown produce and other goodies usually once a week and sell to people who come for all over just for some good, fresh food. there are so many in richmond this year, and you can find a different one for pretty much every day of the week. you can check out where they all are and when they are open here. last weekend, katie visited the South of the James Market and snapped these awesome photos you see here :)
so if you're interested in farmers markets, you should definitely check them out around town. you should also check out our John Robshaw totes, that are perfect for taking to the market (show up in eco-friendly style), and our vases, by Karin Eriksson and Rae Dunn, that are prefect for putting fresh market flowers in. 

i hope you start your summer off right with some freshness from your garden or a farmers market :)

happy shopping! becca


currently coveting...

this stunning set of clay houses, featuring my most favorite place in the world, Cinque Terre!!


One-week summer sale!

summer officially starts this week with the summer solstice! i know many people celebrate the start of summer in different ways, but here at openhouse, we are celebrating with a one-week summer solstice sale! the sale starts today and ends on sunday, june 26th. we are discounting some summer items like Robshaw totes to carry all your stuff for your summer adventures, scarves to add some flair, and frames to hold your summer memories. also included are the adorable Thomas Paul sunglasses cases (i'm kind of obsessed with them), Halsea make-up bags, and the super cute jewelry. All of these can be found online or in-store. i know you are going to love anything you purchase, but you better hurry because this sale will go by fast!

happy shopping! becca


father's day

there are only 3.5 days until father's day, and if you're like me, you are a last minute shopper and you haven't gotten your dad, grandpa, or that special father figure in your life a present yet (or even thought about what to get him). but don't fear- openhouse is here to save the day! we have some great products that are perfect for your favorite guy this father's day. :)

 to help your guy smell and feel awesome, we have some great products that will do just that. Our products from portland general store are all natural, gentle, and come in a couple of great smelling scents- tabac & whiskey, that will make your man smell like an real old fashioned man. we have a few products: aftershave splash with sea minerals, a face bomb that may not look all that appealing but is an awesome facial scrub, wet shave jelly for men that will give him a close and comfortable shave, and old-fashioned wet shave soap. to go along with these products (especially the wet shave soap & jelly), we have a super badger shaving brush, which is hand made in England, and will give that man a great lather to shave with. now, with all the awesome PGS products, where is your dad going to put them? in designer john robshaw's block printed dopp kit, of course!

if personal grooming is not your dad's top priority, we have a couple other great ideas for gifts for dad. we have wonderful whiskey stones that are perfect for keeping your dad's drink cold and refreshing without diluting or altering its flavor. to go along with the stones, we have beautiful glass carafes. each hand-blown, clear glass vessel features a wooden sphere stopper.

check these all out on our online shop or in our store and have a happy father's day!

happy shopping! becca 


last chance!

there is only one week of school left for most schools in the Richmond area, which means there is less than a week left for you to buy your favorite teacher something special (or buy yourself a nice reward for completing a long school year)! we have some lovely gifts here at openhouse that are sure to be hits with those who do so much and work so hard to make the world a better, more educated place. :)

in addition to the light and refreshing soaps and candles, we have fabric frames to share your favorite memories of this past school year and porcelain bug vases to hold some pretty summer flowers that your favorite teacher deserves (hint hint ;) ). and don't forget those essential summer things to help those teachers to relax– a sunglasses case to protect those cool shades, a gerri wine bag perfect for toting a bottle of wine to a cookout, and a reusable lunch bag for a lunch on an exciting adventure.

check all of these out and more, but you'd better  hurry, because the school year is ending soon!

happy shopping! becca



Becca Neidle, the newest member of the openhouse family! Becca is a local richmonder, home for the summer from Ithaca College, and loaded with tons of new ideas, experience and mucho superior writing skills than little ole me!

fresh off a D.C. internship with the Alliance for Climate Protection (a la Al Gore), Becca is ready to switch gears and spend the next couple of months keeping you up to date on new arrivals, gift ideas, notes from around the blog world, etsy finds, sales and special giveaways.

we're really excited to have her on board...and thankful she chose us over lazy days by the pool... 

we hope that all of you out there in the world wide web enjoy hearing and seeing a little more from openhouse this summer!!

happy shopping! k&m&b ;o)



our thomas paul canvas sunglass cases in this month's Martha
Stewart Living! available in 3 styles for $20 a piece! available online
or in store now! happy shopping! k&m


paper "tiles"

sort of in love with these new paper "tiles" from designer Louise Body.

'the delicate and beautiful new wallpapers have a sense of fun and offer
an economical alternative to decorative ceramic tiles. The designs incorporate
original Victorian tiles enhanced by Louise's color palette and the addition of
her photographs and delicate drawings of flowers.They are printed onto hard
wearing, coated, non-woven paper and would look just as good in an alcove as
they would in a kitchen or bathroom.'

check out more designs here.

happy shopping! k&m


spring has sprung

boxes are arriving in the shop everyday now...full of lots of spring goodies.
yesterday we were so excited to open these porcelain bud vases from
rae dunn for magenta. we had seen them in NYC back in january and
just couldn't wait to get them in. i'm in love with matte finish on the outside
and the shiny glazed interior. and the doodles and text are just so charmingly
rae dunn! they stand on their own quite well, but i'm totally seeing a small
spring bouquet peeking out of mine! happy shopping! k&m


obsess much?

anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with cream and sugar sets...
i have way too many for someone who takes her tea with honey and her
coffee black... :o)

we carry a rae dunn version in the shop that is on the top of my list.

but this set from etsy seller, wapa studio, is to.die.for. everything
from the varied textures and patterns to the precious ribbon handles
makes me want to rethink how i take my tea!

happy shopping!


oh happy day!

we could not be MORE excited to bring this new line to the shop.
manny & simon is the new project from designers and sisters Eden
and Jordan Yaskil. their wooden toys are not only modern, fun and
colorful, but also environmentally and socially responsible and made
right here in the good ole USA.

we're starting out small...just carrying their adorable line of wooden
push toys. but if you guys are as enamored as much as we are, you
might be seeing more from this fun duo! available online and in store
later today!

happy shopping!