Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013!

Need we say more? Select items - like furniture! - are on sale now. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 1

If you know any of us at Wildflower, it should come as no surprise that our number one gift this season (and probably any season) is a Legna Sheet Set ($738 for flat & fitted queen sheets). Unlike any other fabric on the market, Legna is the ultimate in natural luxury. Imagine the soft feel of silk with the easy care of classic cotton. This lustrous, long-lasting fabric reflects light and drapes beautifully - and it's available in a palette of sumptuous colors to suit any décor. Legna sheets are made from Tencel, a wood fiber fabric that feels like silk, but has the weight of heavy cotton, wrapping your body in incredible comfort.

It's good for the planet, too - not only are Legna sheets 100% biodegradable, they're made from Italian wood that's harvested from managed forests. Once you sleep on these sheets, you'll never want to sleep on anything else!

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 2

At Wildflower, we really can't say enough great things about wool. You can read all about why we love it here. It's why we've chosen the All Natural Three Inch Wool Topper ($299 - $599) to be our Number 2 gift. Add this topper to just about any mattress and you won't believe what a difference it makes. Not only does wool offer natural plushness that you'll sink into, it regulates temperature, repels dust mites, wicks away moisture and breathes better than synthetic materials. We get how important sleep is - we've based our store around it! That's why we recommend this topper so highly. Stop by the store to try it out!

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 3

Sheepskins are one of those timeless gifts that you might not ask for, but that you'll fall in love with once it's yours. Our New Zealand made Sheepskin Throws ($114 - $240) are created from some of the highest quality wool available - a quality you can tell as soon as you feel their plushness and luster. Versatile and durable, these throws can top a bed, embellish a sofa, or even work as a sumptuous rug. We offer our lambskin throws in a number of colors and sizes, so be sure to come by and see them all!

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 4

These Satin Trimmed Robes ($99) have been going quickly at Wildflower lately! One touch and you can understand why - the cotton/lycra blend makes a super soft, slightly stretchy robe that gently hugs and comforts your body. The satin belt and hood add an extra luxe touch. The robe's weight is perfect for year round comfort, even in hot Austin summer weather! Designed to add peace and tranquility to a woman's world, this robe is sure to elevate any lounging experience to a luxurious escape from the everyday.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 5

Lafco candles are a huge seller at Wildflower. With so many scents to choose from, it's hard to pick just one - but one of our most frequently recommended candles is the Big Sky Ranch House Candle ($55). Woodsy and rich, this candle evokes deep fir forests and fires lit under starry skies. All of our Lafco candles are made from a soy-based wax and 100% natural cotton wick, ensuring a clean scent free of toxins. Each candle comes in an oversized glass blown vessel, perfect to be reused for votives and tea lights. And with 90 hours of burn time, you'll enjoy this sumptuous scent time and time again.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 6

Our number 6 gift is really special. Made from 100% Baby Alpaca, this Kimsa Woven Throw Blanket ($460) is incredibly soft and comforting. It uses Oeko-Tex certified organic dyes that compliment its rich undulating patterns made to mimic lines of sand in the desert. We love this non-traditional take on weaving, and combined with the luxurious softness of Alpaca, this blanket is sure to become a quick favorite.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 7

Raven + Lily is a fantastic company. Based here in Austin, this company is dedicated to helping eradicate poverty in various communities around the globe by providing employment opportunities for women.

From the Raven + Lily website:

"In addition to creating sustainable economic opportunities for marginalized women, Raven + Lily is dedicated to returning proceeds to our partner communities to fund education, healthcare, and micro-loans. By purchasing R+L products, consumers are part of breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming the lives of women and families.

The Ethiopia Collection is comprised of statement necklaces, earrings and bracelets crafted with handmade beads + charms from melted bullet casings and vintage silver coins. This collection empowers HIV-positive women in Ethiopia.

The India Collection features gorgeous recycled cotton papers, hand-carved wood journals, metallic leather jewelry and hand-milled natural soaps. This collection empowers marginalized women in Northern India.

The Cambodia Collection includes eco-friendly bags and t-shirts made with hand-loomed, natural-dyed, and remnant materials. These hand-printed pieces are made with love by HIV positive and formerly trafficked women in Cambodia."

 These Wood / Leather Bangles (a steal for only $8 each) have been a great seller in the store; we love their natural simplicity that's adorned with a simple metallic leather band. We love the idea of supporting developing communities with our purchases this holiday season. Giving back never looked so chic!

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 8

Beeswax Candles ($2 - $39) are a big seller at Wildflower. We feature a wide selection of everything from votives to oversized pillars to classic tapered candles. The natural qualities of beeswax are wide ranging. In addition to their gorgeous natural golden color, beeswax candles are proven to burn longer and give off more light that ordinary candles. They're also known to clear your home of toxins, as the negative ions they emit while burning attracts positive ions in the air toward them; allergens, dust and other positively charged impurities are drawn in and destroyed by the flame.

These darling Iron Votive Stands ($15, $23, $30) are the perfect compliment to our beeswax votives. Featuring delicate legs  and a tiny basin, they'll be a charming addition to any space.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 9

Our countdown continues with this gift set for anyone who loves hosting dinner parties. Our Vintage Style Pig Plate ($15) has been incredible popular at Wildflower. We love the simple, vintage design and the size is perfect for a side plate or candy dish.

We've written before about how much we adore linen, and these napkins are no different. Softer with every wash, these authentic Belgian Linen Napkins in Soft Gray (set of 6 for $136) are made from the highest quality European flax - a quality you can feel right away. They're sure to last through dinners over the years and are strong enough to be passed down for generations.

More to come!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Top Ten Gifts of 2012: Number 10

It's getting close to Christmas, so we're doing a recap of all of our favorite gifts sold at Wildflower right now. Our Top Ten list is focused on the products we love from around the world that are made from natural and organic materials - so they're top notch quality and good for you (and the planet!)

Number 10 is something of a Japanese spa set. We love these Organic Cotton Gauze Towels ($13, $26) from Japan; they're as soft and plush as your favorite sweatshirt. They're constructed using traditional weaving techniques, and the gentle-low speed method brings out the natural softness and luxury of organic cotton.

 The Binchotan Scrub Towel ($19) and Facial Puff ($17) are made from a traditional Japanese white charcoal that absorbs and removes toxins in the skin. Binchotan is also known to balance your skin's pH level while it cleanses and moisturizes. These extra fine emollients are gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and baby's skin, leaving you with a healthy, refreshed glow.

We'll be counting down until Christmas Eve - stay tuned for more great gift ideas!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Dad

The gift guide continues with these bar-themed gifts for Dad. 

Clockwise from left: 

This Glass Decanter is an elegant addition to any man's barware. $160. / We can't get enough of this Vintage Bar Cart, which looks great in just about any space. $795.  / Simple, right? These Vintage Coasters are perfectly masculine. $6. / Get nautical with this bronzed Anchor Bottle Opener. $15.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Brother

Your brother: that guy in your life you'd love to really show how much you appreciate. Here are a few ideas.

Clockwise from top:

Share the history of Austin's newest obsession with The Golden Age of Formula One Book. $85. / This uber-cool All Wooden Radio is totally functional and includes speaker jacks. $120. / Go natural with this Trompe-L'oeil Leather iPad Case. $92. / We love this Hand-carved Polaroid Camera Ornament. $11. / Appreciate the kid in him with this darling Race Car Collectible. $45.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Best Friend

Some suggestions for the stylish lady in your life.
Clockwise from left: 
We're loving these Beaded Cuffs - earthy and glam at the same time. $75 - $123. These Leather Wrap Bracelets are great for everyday wear. $105. Our delicate Triad Necklaces are gorgeous and one-of-a-kind. $40. These Ikat Linen Pillows are young and classy. $175, $212. These gorgeous hand-dyed Silk Crepe Arrow Scarf Necklaces take any outfit to the next left of style. $65.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Boyfriend

Our list continues with some guy-themed gifts.

  Clockwise from left: 
The Chalk Board Globe is the perfect spot for him to plot his adventures. $230. / This Vintage Desk Lamp is a great blend of art and function. $100. / These White Coated Antlers are both rustic and modern. $438 / Give him a new set of plush Organic Cotton Block Print Towels. $16, $31, and $75. / Cozy up with this Brushed Cotton Herringbone Throw. $79.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Sister

It's gifting time, and we've got some great ideas for everyone on your list.

Clockwise from left:
His Holiness The Dalai Lama: Photography by Don Farber. This visual documentary offers 30 years of photographs of His Holiness. $50. / This Tribal Bag is the perfect size for any adventure. $350. / Give her a Copper Bowl + Plate to cradle her special treasures. $35 + $40. / These Beaded Bracelets look great on their own or with others. $39.