Special to The Enterprise
EACE : LOVE : TAXIDERMY
Pretty catchy headline, donÕt you think? I thought so too the first time I found it in my e-mail inbox. Not too many Davis businesses would have the guts to send out something like that, but when it comes to Nestware (at 204 G St.) and the adventurous eyes of owners Rosalie Paine and Lynne Ferda, one will always be pleasantly surprised.
To be fair, Peace Love and Taxidermy is the innovation of this monthÕs featured artist, Andrea Kazer.
Stop right there. … back away from your protest signs!These 3D creations arenÕt the real thing Ñ thereÕs probably an ordinance against that. TheyÕre fiber-based tributes to natureÕs most majestic animals like elephants, rhinos and giraffes. Whimsy compliments furless detail so completely, I predict KazerÕs currently approachable price tags will skyrocket once the rest of the art world catches on Ñ as Rosalie and Lynne obviously have.
And thatÕs just what I like about Nestware. Nothing is stagnant. With refined purchasing skill, Lynne and Rosalie rival top home-centered boutiques in large cities. TheyÕve even rescued the term ÒbrowserÓ from its computerized misuse. No technological hassles here: Just pure luxury and restoration for your nest. As a shopping experience, itÕs an attitudinal chiropractor when you need a little adjustment.
The name alone implies itÕs a womanÕs wonderland, and it is, but surprisingly, the major beneficiaries of my expenditures have been men … sometimes even my husband.
Need a housewarming gift for the bachelor? Try Henry Dean glassware Ñ beautiful
without being girly. Hoping to soothe the holidays for a man recovering from a divorce? Consider NestwareÕs stunning Christmas decorations as a harbinger of hope. Looking for the right mood lighting for your husbandÕs den? Choose the calming wine-lit glow of a Jamie Young lamp with a shade in Blaze Silk Taffeta. (We have two!)
This year, Nestware was my source for FatherÕs Day because there are only a few things my affable husband must control in our home: 1) The sprinkler system (not because he wants to, but because I refuse); 2) There must be a second thing, but for the life of me, I canÕt think of it right now; and 3) the remote control.
In his defense, this device is key to all things operational in our house. The only thing it doesnÕt manage is me. If it breaks or gets ÒlostÓ thanks to his clicker-possessive competitor (our son), the only recourse is to cease all home-based functioning, contact our pay-by-the-arm-and-leg techno wizard, and beg for the next appointment. Seriously, my husband runs a business, but nothing can cause as much stress as a wayward remote control. IÕm fairly certain the person who manufactures a plush toy in this image will be famous for curing the colic of baby boys everywhere.
What does all of this have to do with Nestware and FatherÕs Day? ItÕs an artful sleeve Ñ a genuine repurposed suit sleeve (who can afford a whole suit jacket these days?) to serve as the remote controlÕs throne, and is crafted by none other than our local taxidermist, see above.
HereÕs hoping a little peace and love visited your special guy this FatherÕs Day.
Ñ Heidy Kellison lives and shops in Davis. Her column appears monthly. Reach her at [email protected]