Mercury glass tableware was originally made from- not mercury, but liquid silver nitrate that was sandwiched between double walled glass. It became popular during the 1850s. Considered a form of glass art, it was often painted, etched, or enameled, and appreciated for its beauty over function. Its lower price point earned it the name “poor man’s silver.” Today reproductions abound and mercury glass remains popular because of its reflective properties.
But who can resist them? The distressed shine, the vintage feel, the silvery glow when used with candles. Every room needs a touch of glam and a mercury glass is a perfect fit. We have lot in stock from candlesticks to votives and even beautiful boxes.
Come see and become a fan of glam. Membership is free and unlimited.
It was my grandmother who taught me how to properly set a table.
“Put the knife to this side turned in, facing the plate. Here, like this… The linen napkin has the edge facing outside, the fold near the plate so the guest can grasp it just so”…
“We put the butter knife like this, next to the perfectly sliced and softened butter.” The “m” word, margarine, was unacceptable in my grandmother’s home. Once, when my mother insisted the grandchildren preferred margarine, she acquiesced and put some on the table. Then she cut out the little “B” and the little “m” from each wrapper and placed them on the appropriate slices. The margarine seemed artificial in color next to the creamy rich butter with the silver knife perched to its side.
Although my grandmother is no longer with us, I still think of her every holiday when I pull out her collection of dessert plates and place them on her sideboard that now resides in my dining room. I smile because it was never about just the place setting, but it was the careful planning and preparation for family that was so important to her.
After all, setting the table is just that– a “setting” of the mood, a backdrop for friends and family to gather. Whether casual, or formal, it says to the guest “come join in, we are glad you are here.” As you race about preparing for the holiday events to come, (I am always trying to slow down) remember you are doing just that “setting” the stage for abundant memories. Take the time to “set” a tone of thankfulness for those whom you love and most of all seek to enjoy EVEN the process of preparation.
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff at moxii to you!
The staff at moxii would like to express our sympathy to those who are suffering the consequences of Hurricane Sandy. We at moxii are in the business of making houses into homes. To see such damage and know all the lives and stories represented in those spaces is painful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost much over the past few days.
What does your door say about you? Uh, mine unfortunately says, “Excuse me, a little help here!” If the door isn’t saying it to me, then the dying plants in the urn next to it are for sure. Time for a makeover and I have a plan– a door basket.
They are perfect for seasonal change from football to spring and definitely say “Welcome, we are glad you are here!” We have them in all sizes at moxii and even added some orange and blue touches in the spirit of AU. So stop by and keep your door from talking back —-
Now if I could just keep those plants from whining…..
In the spring, moxii participated in the East Alabama showcase home located in the beautiful East Lake Subdivision. (Check out our previous post here). The unique features of this home — the rustic floors, the barn doors, and the open floor plan called for a soothing yet sophisticated design. Many thanks to all who toured the home and stopped by the store to comment. For those of you who did not make the tour, here are some of the highlights:
And the winner is …
Moxii staff presented two options to the members of the Sigma Kappa sorrority for a Chapter Room update. The girls selected a muted palette of soft blues, greens, and purples. This sophisticated and classic design will be installed this summer and moxii cannot wait to reveal the final design. But first, here’s a sneak peak of the of what it was like before:
Beautiful hardwood floors and current colors.
Lots of windows- two whole walls!
Current Bookcases and accessories
Now for the “New Palette”
The Girls are all smiles after voting!
Close up of the new color scheme.
To the girls of Sigma Kappa- Thank you for choosing moxii. Check back for updates as the summer progresses.
Your standing in the room now with stacks of containers in piles around you, the hallway and the bed. Where to begin? It can be overwhelming to try to fit what feels like a mountain’s worth of stuff in a tiny little closet, dresser, and bathroom. It is all about thinking organizationally! Raising the bed and using under the bed storage containers underneath will work wonders for producing more space. Be sure to consider the style of container. The pull out drawers will allow items to be stored on top of the actual container. You can then hide everything with one of our 30 inch long classic bed skirts.
We suggest two euro shams for the bed as well! This ensures plenty of fluff between the student and the concrete wall.
With the mattress fillers mentioned in the first part and a few pillows to add some color, the bed will be a bright spot in the room!
Further details to consider:
A laundry basket that allows clothes to breathe and then an additional laundry bag for carting clothes to be washed. (This also means fewer lost items along the way to and from washing.) Our staff loves this one — monogrammed of course!
Think about the details too! A reading lamp for the desk that can be turned toward the bed, a memo board for notes, a creative place for jewelry to be displayed.
Once again do not forget to bring any of the following: water, snacks, tension rods, clips and rings, shower curtain rings, cleaning supplies, a trash can, toilet paper, command hooks, a glue gun, and a box of double stick velcro.
Auburn sidewalks, busy sidewalks,
Dressed in Camp War Eagle style,
In the air there’s a feeling of rushing.
Ring a ling, hear bells ring,
Soon it will be move in day!
Like Christmas, college is a season all to itself- with the gathering of purchases, the adjustments of class schedules, and the never ending “ to do” list, preparing for college can quickly become overwhelming.
The moxii staff understands the joys and the stresses of this time of year. Some of us, as parents of students, know the expenses, the emotions and the concerns that weigh on the hearts of Mom and Dad. Some of us, as college employees, can relate to the anticipation and fears of a new living situation with new friends.
With years of college expertise, moxii staff can alleviate some of the season’s stresses for both parents and students. In this step-by-step Blog series, we will walk through the basics to the finishing touches of creating a living space that is functional yet comfortable.
The pictures below are an example of what you will see when you enter the room for the first time.
So, let’s get started shaping that space! We begin with the basics. Much like socks under the Christmas tree, (not very glitzy) the basics will, in the end, make all the difference in room comfort.
Begin by thinking through the best way to arrange the space. This involves a tape measure (don’t forget to bring one) and a little creativity. Each room might have a slight variation in design so come with ideas but be flexible as well.
Think vertical. Moxii shelving is a great option for providing extra storage and balancing the room as a whole. See below
Build the bed: that mattress is awfully thin so be sure to add a bed bug certified mattress protector, an egg crate or memory foam, maybe a down insert, and finally a tufted mattress topper. The mattress topper is like a fitted sheet with a little filler that encases all the other elements. The sheet set will be the final step in basic bedding. And those will go over the mattress topper. These layers will make that slim dorm mattress disappear in layers of comfort.
Remember to remember all the basics—tape measure, command hooks, Velcro, ( we will cover that in the next in the blog entry) tension rods, clips, scissors, toilet paper, trash can, hot glue gun (who can live without one?) water, ( it is REALLY HOT when hauling boxes up flights of stairs) snacks to keep that blood sugar level and a strong dose of patience.
Finally and most importantly, though, bring a sense of humor. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give your newly arrived student and yourself on what can be a very emotional day.
More to come…..
Lafco- synonymous with fragrance, bouquet, effervescence.
The scent from these soy candles will permeate any room with a delightful aroma.
Each candle comes in a colored hand blown glass cylinder which only adds to the candle’s beauty. The container can be used as a drinking glass or vase when the candle is gone.
The Lafco line is cleverly packaged by homes and room names. You can choose from “ Ski Lodge”, “Beach House”, “Dining Room,” Master Bedroom” and a host of others. Each candle provides up to 90 hours of burning time.
If you love scents, then what could make more sense than Lafco?