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The Kantha – an education


You ever heard of a kantha quilt? Yeah, a year ago we hadn’t either. Oh, we had seen them; we just didn’t know what to call them. Let’s break the phrase up for analysis.  Kantha refers to a type of embroidery, a simple primitive stitch–most frequently a long running stitch. And quilt, well, I guess not much analysis is needed on that subject.  So a Kantha quilt is a quilt made using this kantha stitching, capeesh??


Kantha embroidery is used to bind colorful cottons in every pattern or hue you can imagine. What do you do with one of these things? Kantha quilts are used–by us, anyway–for throws or coverlets, and pillow covers. A few months ago, we covered a wall in them. Who knows what we will come up with next? As for you, we completely trust your creativity in purposing or repurposing these quilts.


Here, in the US, the quilts are beginning to pop up here and there. And one of those here’s is here at Simple Things. We have sort of fallen in love with these things. We love the texture, the color, the size, the way they can add a strong and fresh dose of color to a room. We love them so much, we really stocked up. You know how we love a collection. And just one, or two, or fifty of something is sometimes not enough to suffice. And so, of course, we brought home 340. Did you get that – 340?? Do you have any idea what that looks like? Well, it’s a lot. We are guessing that we have the biggest selection of kantha quilts in the country and maybe even further–there is no research data to confirm this, but we defy you to find a larger stash.

Here are approximately 20 kantha quilts that our lovely assistant is holding. The stack is in the neighborhood of 36″. So mathematically (and with math help from a recent high school graduate), our stack of kanthas would be 51 feet high! That’s like a building – a 4-ish story building. That wouldn’t fit in our clerestory. Somebody call the Guinness book.


What relevance does the size of this gargantuan pile mean for you? Glad you asked – This means we have the exact color you are looking for, because honestly, we have every color in the rainbow. Every single one. Really.

And here’s the really cool thing about OUR kantha quilts. We pre-washed every single one. That’s right. We laundered all 340. So when you come pick yours out, it will be clean and soft and perfect.

And one more note. We have been displaying them for the last week or so, and they are trickling out of here. When you swing by to pick yours up, ask to see them…although, you might find them with very little assistance, since you literally run into them as soon as you walk in the door, neatly contained in the biggest armoire you have ever seen.


*This photograph contains a part of our inventory. A part. Seriously, we have a lot.

Just in – Pillows

So, a guy came to our store a couple of days ago – a California guy, no less. He came to show us some of his pillows – turns out, his super cool California pillows. We were completely blown away. So as of today, we are fully stocked up.


These pillows are made from amazing fabrics – some vintage, some hand-dyed. They are super-soft washed linens and cottons. Some great detailing too – patched, pieced and embroidered. Here a sampling of what you’ll find.

We love finding items to sell in our store that are made by craftsmen. Unique pieces that are beautifully made by someone who loves what they do. These pillows fit the bill – and have made themselves right at home at Simple Things. We are in love.





What’s new?

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Usually we like to share new items and cool stuff by Facebook and instagram (why yes, we do use instagram – you should absolutely follow us). But we decided this recent collection was blog-worthy – it’s just that cool.

These are all items that were gathered up on a recent buying trip. They are vastly different in their textures but all have a wonderful organic quality – low metal benches, teak root balls, wood blocks. The table in the photo is a long pine coffee table – 112″ long to be exact. There’s also a great french chair upholstered in patchwork vintage ticking, and some fantastic chandeliers in a primitive metal. The photo only shows a few of the items – you’ll have to drop in and see the tree root bench and tree stump tables and a few other goodies. Who knows, you might come away with a Christmas gift or two.

Square Deal

We have several of these fantastic poofs in stock right stock now. These pieces are made out of real vintage Kilim rugs and would be a great accent in any space. Currently $499 each.




Dash Outdoors

Dash & Albert have some new Indoor/Outdoor rugs that are great for sprucing up for summertime. Stripes abound, in both neutrals and bright colors.  And their totes, which are made with the same material as their rugs, would be great for trips to the beach or the pool.

A Touch of Romance

Flowers and candy are nice, but they don’t last very long. Maybe you should give your valentine something that can be appreciated longer than a week. These lovely French inspired carved resin mirrors are only $19 each.


Just thought we would share some photos from a cool vintage reproduction line we carry. We can order anything in these pictures so let us know if you are interested in any of the items!

an unexpected accessory

one of our favorite new accessories…. a vintage French horn, $75

SALE: architectural accessories

What we have on sale this week: these reproduction Greek and Roman Capitols set on crystal bases

Regularly $45 each, on sale for $35 each or 3 for $89 (3 out on APPROVAL)

new and notable from french market collection

We want to feature some gorgeous items from French Market Collection, each piece is hand carved and hand finished using the highest quality materials.

Grey Chest (48″W x 22.5″D x 50″H), $1939

Monteleone Chest (35″W x 18″D x 33″H), $1355

Roosevelt three drawer chest in cream (23″W x 18″D x 31″H), $829

Roosevelt two drawer chest in Blue (35″W x 17″D x 31″H), $1,045 (two in stock at Simple Things!!)

Julia Table (brown with green, 29″H x 30″W x 19″D), $599

Mirror side table (15″W x 20″D x 27″H), $683

Roosevelt Bed, available in King ($4,200), Queen ($3,150), and Twin ($2,298). The Roosevelt is also offered as a Headboard in King ($1,995), Queen ($1,859), and Twin ($1,260) sizes.

Alexandria Cane Bed, available in King ($4,200), Queen ($3,150), and Twin ($2,298). The Roosevelt is also offered as a Headboard in King ($1,995), Queen ($1,859), and Twin ($1,260) sizes. Available in grey, cream, and brown.

Alexandria Bed in grey:

Alexandria Bed in cream:

Alexandria Bed in brown:

Charbonnet Bed, available in King ($2,488), Queen ($2,068), and Twin ($1,733) sizes.

Orsini Handspun Aubusson pillows in blue (pictured below), green, and brown (pictured below) (20″ x 20″), $578 each

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