Less Clicking, More Connecting

Unintentional matching has been a hazard for 10 years, now! Great minds think alike, right?

We love people. We prefer conversing and doing business in person. With age comes wisdom… that is why after 10 years at Ideal, we have decided to return to our roots by embracing the experience. We are bidding goodbye to our e-commerce site, and look forward to connecting with you in a more authentic way – face to face.

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Women Designer Spotlight – Sandy Chilewich

We’ve carried Sandy Chilewich’s floor mats and table mats since the day we opened in May 2008. Her products remain best-sellers for us because of great design, ease of care, and high-quality American manufacturing.

A fascination with and love of textiles infused Sandy’s first entrepreneurial venture, as well. She co-founded the hosiery company Hue in 1978, which is credited with transforming that industry using innovative design and packaging. After leaving the company in 1994, she continued her pursuit of unusual materials for several design concepts, including one of our favorites – the Ray  Tray. This design featured a metal frame over which fabric  was stretched to form a concave surface.

One of Sandy’s early houseware designs – the Ray Tray

Sadly, this piece is no longer available. Grab one if you see it at a thrift store!

In her explorations of materials to use for the Ray Tray, she came across extruded yarns, which she found fascinating. Although this type of yarn did not work for her Ray Tray, it sparked her next venture using these textiles as placemats and floormats and the Chilewich company was born. Soon after, her architect husband, Joe Sultan, developed a commercial-grade backing for the floormats and the company continued to grow. In 2004, Joe sold his architecture practice and joined Chilewich as CEO, which became Chilewich | Sultan LLC.

While placemats and floormats make up the bulk of their offerings, the company continually develops new weaves, colors, and product lines each season. From personal accessories like bags and zips (sadly, no longer available) to small furniture like these Cubes, Chilewich is constantly innovating.

Chilewich Cube – $295

Made almost exclusively in the U.S., Chilewich now finishes 95% of their products in their own manufacturing facility in Georgia.

These shag doormats are great for indoor or outdoor use and come in a wide variety of colors.

2×3′ Utility Mat – $79

Each season Chilewich develops new patterns, weaves, and colors for her woven mats. They are available in a variety of sizes, as well.

Chilewich tablemats are supremely practical, easy to clean and very durable. Like the floormats, the come in a wide range of weaves, colors and sizes. We can easily special order exactly what you’d like.

The Modern Placemat – $10

Mini Basketwave Placemat , Guava – $14.50

Wave Placemat, Black/White – $15

Plaid Placemat, Sorbet – $18

Here’s a quote from Sandy that resonates with us:

“(not following trends) certainly  makes us very distinctive – we don’t follow anybody and if it’s been done, I don’t want to do it. Originality is definitely my greatest mission.”

 

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is Near! No Foolin’!

The Easter Bunny arrives next Sunday morning.  Are you ready? We have some great designs for kids that are perfect for those baskets and will be enjoyed long after the jelly beans are gone.

We will be closed on Sunday, April 1 to hunt for eggs with our families and maybe play a few April Fools jokes, too. Enjoy the holiday.

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Women Designer Spotlight – Meg Drinkwater + Megan Perry of The Granite

Our third spotlight for Women’s History Month focuses on Meg Drinkwater and Megan Perry, co-founders of The Granite workshop in Portland, OR. This creative duo joined forces in 2014 and bring together their varied, but complimentary, skills and experiences to form a productive and creative partnership.

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Women Designer Spotlight – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Happy March! In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll be tipping our hats to some favorite female designers we have the pleasure of representing at Ideal. As a women owned-and-operated business (yes, all four of us are women!), we know a thing or two…

First off, Rebel Girls founders, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

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Last Minute Shoppers, Unite!

We’re Open Christmas Eve 9am-4pm
Stop by for Dutch cookies and last minute gifts. We still have lots of great designs in stock and ready to go. Downtown should be busy, festive AND we wrap for free!

Stocking Stuffers from Acme Farms & Kitchen
Just in time for last minute shopping, we now have a nice selection of delicious, regionally sourced treats that are perfect for stockings. From salted chocolate chip cookie mix to out of this world caramel sauce, we’ve got tasty treats for stockings and more. Thanks, Acme Farms & Kitchen!

As always, if you need help or are rushed for time, call 360-752-5522 or email us with any questions.

Holiday Hours
A few changes to our regular hours over the next week:

  • Monday, 12/25 – Closed
  • Tuesday, 12/26 – Closed
  • Sunday, 12/31 – 12-3pm
  • Monday, 1/1 – Closed

We’re grateful to be celebrating our 10th holiday season this year. Thank you for supporting our locally-owned-and-operated business!

-Kathleen, Lisa, Julia, Taylor & Annie

Gift Pairings with Local Shops

We love our neighborhood of downtown Bellingham and feel fortunate to be situated near so many other fantastic locally-owned businesses. It’s easy to shop local, and even more fun when you can partner up two great local offerings in one gift. Here are a few pairings we think are fun and festive. As always, we have many more ideas so give us a call 360-752-5522 or email if you are stumped!

  • Extended Holiday Hours have begun. Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.
  • Did you know we gift wrap – for FREE? Hooray!

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Gifts to Pamper

Here are some choices for special treats to pamper someone you love…or yourself! Whether making a room cozier with a lovely candle or adorning a friend with a pretty necklace, these gifts make us think of coziness and indulgence. As always, we have many more ideas so give us a call 360-752-5522 or email if you are stumped!

  • Extended Holiday Hours have begun. Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.
  • Did you know we gift wrap – for FREE? Hooray!

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Small Yet Mighty Gifts

Stocking Stuffers for Grown Ups
Good things come in small packages! Here are our picks for interesting, unique designs to tuck in a stocking or pop in the mail. Don’t let their size fool you – these gifts make a big impression.

  • Extended Holiday Hours have begun! Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sundays, 11am-6pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new.
  • Did you know we gift wrap – for FREE? Yes, indeed.

Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon…

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