Stylish Outdoor Entertaining

With summer finally here, it is beyond time to get ready for outdoor entertaining. Of course it must be done in style and we have the perfect accessories for you to do so here at Peacock Alley.  Lots of our items are well suited for the patio with their durable and casual nature.  Below we have listed some of our favorite items and accessories for those back yard bbq's.

All Calsisio serving pieces are hand woven by artisans in remote villages in the South Pacific. The materials used and attention to detail make each piece stylish yet highly functional.  Calaisio's mission is to bring the world products of timeless design, quality and duablility.  Most serving pieces are sold with glass bottoms, white Pillivuyt dishes or Pyrex bakers which makes them quite user friendly. 

Mariposa offers several styles including aluminum, melamine, and napkin holders that are all perfect for outdoor entertaining.  Mariposa's aluminum pieces are not cookware but they may be warmed in the oven up to 325 degrees…and don’t forget that they hold a chill as well.  Our favorite style in the aluminum is the pearled collection.  I addition to the aluminum pieces, Mariposa's festive and colorful melamine serving trays and napkin holders are a must for any pation get together. The napkin holders come with whimsical weights to keep the accompanying Caspari napkins from blowing a way.

Peasant Re-usable Paper Placemats

Peasant Mats are made from custom-designed recycled paper that's rubbed with a special wax coating to help repel water and stains, then crinkled to create a marvelous texture. You can use peasant mats again and again -- up to a dozen times in most cases -- by simply shaking them and wiping them clean with a slightly damp cloth. Plus, Peasant Mats are reversible to help extend their use. And you'll never need to worry about laundering them - when dirty, simply dispose or recycle. They are sold in sets of 12 for $18.00. See colors below.

Logotype Napkins

Matouk's Logotyle Napkins are brand new and add a preppy pop to any table. They are embroidered with a single intial on white diamond pique.  The initials come in navy, coral, linen, azure, and spring green and measure 22x22. They are sold in sets of 4 for $99.00.

See our previous blog about our monogrammed acrylic serving pieces and glassware. They are fabulous for outdoor entertaining!!!!


Monogrammed Acrylic Gifts and Serving Pieces

Summer is just around the corner which means its time for graduation gifts, outdoor entertaining, and hostess gifts for that beach weekend and we have the just the thing....monogrammed acrylic pieces.  With a wide selection of items and abundant personalization options you are sure to find a fun and practical gift for anyone on your list along with something for yourself!

All itmes can either be etch monogrammed for a more traditional look or vinyl monogrammed for a fun and casual look.  Both monogramming techniques can be done in wide variety of fonts and styles, and the vinyl monogamming can be done in all the colors shown below.

Acrylic never goes out of style and always makes for a fabulous gift.  The personalization is INCLUDED in the price so it also makes for an economical yet thoughtful gift.


Just In - AME & LULU - Accessories for an Active Lifestyle

We are in LOVE with brand Ame & Lulu and just received a shipment of accessories, makeup cases, purses, beach bags, and even dog beds.   They are all adorable and made from the most amazing printed fabrics.

These would make FABULOUS Mother's Day and Graduation Gifts!!!

Ame and Lulu is a sophisticated lifestyle brand of accessories which embraces classic American style. Amye Kurson, the company's founder, launched her quest when she was dismayed by the lack of trendy golf and tennis products that were being marketed in many boutiques and pro shops. Her goal was to form a company that had classic, fun and appealing accessories that were both stylish and practical. Amye designed her first prototype for golf headcovers in 2003 and shortly thereafter launched Ame & Lulu. Although it started as a golf concept, Ame & Lulu quickly evolved into a lifestyle brand encompassing golf, tennis, yoga and everyday accessories. In 2010 the pet, baby and home collection were launched. The stylish fabric and bold colors have become a signature of the brand.


all images from Ame & Lulu Website


Julia B Trunk Show

Julia B Custom Linens

Tuesday, April 12th - Saturday, April 16th

Lots of style, color, and monogram samples here at the store

We recently blogged about Julia B's fabulous linens and now the trunk show is finally here!!  Please read our "Introducing Julia B Custom Linens" blog below for more details about and photos of her beautiful one-of-a-kind bed and table linens.

 on the opprotunity to check out Julia B's entire line of products.

We hope you will stop by!!!

Peacock Alley
123 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Easter Basket Ideas - Children's Teepees & Foot Stools

With spring just around the corner we are very excited about our colorful new finds.  Take a look below at the fabric children's play teepees and painted wooden foot stools. Both items would make a great Easter Basket Gift for your children or grandchildren.  They are truly unique and the kids will love them.
The teepee are great for indoors and outdoors and are absolutely adorable.  The girls' teepee is adorned with striped and princess printed fabric and the boys' is covered in cowboys and wagons.  We have one set up in our shop and the kids are immediately drawn to it! They crawl inside and instantly begin to play.

The foot stools are hand painted with various animal faces on the top.  They are fun and whinisical yet practical and usefull.


Introducing Julia B Custom Linens

Peacock Alley is thrilled to introduce Julia B Custom Linens to our fabulous lineup of vendors.  Julia B is the inspiration of Juila Berger.  Born in Japan of a Japanese mother and American father, Julia grew up in Tokyo and San Francisco.  Her custom bed and table linen designs combine Asian simplicity with European tradition.

We were immediately drawn to Julia B's beautiful monograms, unique styles, and sophisticated colors.  The monograms are all done by hand and they are undoubtly the most stylish monograms we have ever seen.  They are far from the standard 3-letter, script monogram seen every where else, offering a variety of fonts and designs for 1, 2, and 3 letter monograms.  They are truly a work of art, complimented by the beautifully crafted linens on which they are embroidered.                                                                                             

Julia B has 11 bed linen collections but don't let that fool you.  The possibilites are endless when considering you select from 23 colors of 100% linen made in Ireland, 2 colors of 100% Egyptian Cotton 231 thread count percale sheeting, and virtually any thread color you can dream up.  With so many options, it is possible to create just about any look or color combination.  Like the monograms,  all of the embroidery and banding are done by hand.  From the simplest hemstitch to the most intricate pattern, the attention to detail is breathtaking.

Color Color Color!!! The options are absolutely amazing.  They vary from bright and bold for a funky look to subdued and mellow for a more classic setting.  The linen colors are very sophisticated (see a few colors below) and the wide selection of thread colors makes it easy to match any color you are already using or to create a truly one of a kind bedding ensemble.

In additon to bed linens, Julia B also makes table linens with the same quality and attention to detail.  Her tabletop line includes cocktail napkins, guest towels, dinner napkins, placemats, and napkin rings. These products are created with her wide  selection of linen and thread options.

Peacock Alley can hardly wait to start placing your custom orders. Come in and check out our fabulous sample book.  We are putting together an event to feature and formally introduce Julia B in the spring. Please stay tuned for updates.


Upholstered Headboards


Upholstered headboards are a fabulous yet reasonably priced way to update any bedroom in a snap.  They come in all different shapes and sizes and can be molded to fit any design scheme...modern, traditional, and the list goes on.  Upholstered headboards are perfect for the finest master bedroom down to the often forgotten child's room.  A great idea for a child's room is to monogram the headboard with their name or initials. It is a great way to personalize the room.

Fabric selection and overall shape are key to achieving your desired look.  A dramatic shape, bold color, or large pattern can steal the show while a more subtle silouette or simple fabric can blend in with what you already have.  The fabric possibilites are endless, the silouette options vary from simple to elaborate, and the finished product will be timeless.   The time frame from fabric selection to installtion typically takes a speedy 6-8 weeks.  At that rate, you could transform a room by spring time.  In addition to a quick turn around time, most headboards do not take much yardage which helps keep the cost down.

Our creative and knowledgable in-house designers are happy to assist you in creating your custom headboard. We have a wide selection of fabrics here at the shop and if we don't have what you are looking for we can definitely track it down.  Feel free to call 1-800-701-5861 or stop in (123 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC) with any questions you may have.

A few tips from our designers...

1.Select a height for your headboard that is at least 6-12 inches above the top of the highest pillow on the bed.  You do want to see it after all.

2.Consider options that will make the headboard look more unique such as nailhead trim, contrast cording, quilted fabric, or a custom designed shape.

3. For a finished look, have a custom dust ruffle or pillows shams made in the same farbic as the headboard.