Friday, November 27, 2015

Give those Large Red Plastic Cups a Break

Posted by Schiffman's at 6:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

The holidays are coming. Family and friends are coming over and it's only normal to want to impress your visitors. So you put the hours in on getting every recipe right, the taste right, the lighting right and the decorations perfect. But there are some things that we usually forget during the holidays. We have all the nice food and drinks but what way to ruin them with good old college time red plastic cups?Well, if you are like me that is trying to get a little serious, I highly recommend for you to consider using well crafted beautiful dinnerware and glassware to enhance the mood of the festivities. And one brand that I love to shop for when I'm in for the classy Old World feel and splendor is Arte Italica. Arte Italica pieces are sure to impress your guest and even you. Once you get the hang of using beautifully crafted glassware, barware and tableware, it's highly likely you are not going back to drinking off those large red plastic cups. 
Arte Italica pieces are available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Homegrown dish

Posted by Schiffman's at 7:30:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Parents dread the day when their children, now adults, leave home to start their own families. Even if the children live in the neighboring city, the chance of seeing them often for a weekend lunch or dinner at the old family house is minimal, especially now that the "kids" have the in-laws to also commit their rare, free weekends. One way to ensure that your children pay you a visit regularly even if they're busy raising their own families is to cook them a home signature dish, something that they've grown up liking and can't find elsewhere. It can be your 24-hour smoked brisket or roasted tomato soup with a secret ingredient. Homegrown dishes will remind them of their happy childhood days. Serve them in an old-world themed Arte Italica dinnerware and dinner becomes irresistibly nostalgic for your children. 
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Go ahead, host a party

Posted by Schiffman's at 10:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

There's a pleasure to be had when hosting a party. It's not just to close a deal or earn accolades from important people. Not even to impress others. It's the social element that makes hosting a gathering a likable pursuit. The idea of seeing a lot of people you're interested to see or talk to in one place at a given time makes up for all the effort and expenses that go with organizing a party. You have all the time to talk about your big plans with people who share your dream, or small things just to catch up with your guests. A conversation about your Arte Italica collection, for instance, is not just for formalities. The talk shows that you share interests and passion with these people, and having them under one roof is something that doesn't happen every day.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Old World Splendor

Posted by Schiffman's at 12:20:00 PM in Arte Italica (31)

When everything can be questioned, one thing remains for sure. People of the Old World definitely knew how to make seemingly mundane and trivial objects more beautiful and special –from pans to plates; things that are functional without looking dashing. But hey, what would come out wrong if these seemingly normal tools can be made beautiful and artisanal? Well, this was maybe the same question that the people of the Old World asked before making them such. If you find all the good in that and want to enjoy artisanal tableware, glassware, barware and home décor, look for Arte Italica to soothe your cravings. Arte Italica boasts of many collections that take their inspiration from the Old World. Arte Italica’s mission is to put Old World splendor into our homes. 
For your Arte Italica pieces, visit us at Schiffman’s at Winston-Salem. 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Antique, Not Antiquated

Posted by Schiffman's at 7:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

There will always be some novelty in antique beauty. This is what Arte Italica has always reminded us. Arte Italica forges both of the old-world and the contemporary to a new yet familiar beauty. The firm and its founder, Ann Skidmore, became one of the first ones to combine ceramic and pewter into unique dinnerware accessories in the year 2000. It is this intuition and creativity that made Arte Italica one of the most sought out brands. Arte Italica pieces had grown to be one of the leading importers of luxury European décor. As this is the case, the firm strives to capture the essence of Europe in each of their collections. Each piece is handcrafted using old-world techniques passed down from generations of artisans to another. 
To add more Arte Italica into you collection, visit Schiffman’s at Friendly Center. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How to create that distressed look

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Distressed style in interior design goes back in the nineties when designers would deliberately scratch, scrub or damage new furniture and home décor items to make them appear old and rustic. The overall theme creates a bucolic atmosphere preferred by many urban homeowners who fantasize about living in an idyllic provincial house. The trend took off when Shabby Chic, a TV series that promote the distressed style, came on air, even counting Jennifer Lopez as one of its clients. It’s simple to create this style. Buy hand-me-down items with cold, neutral colors without any shiny parts. Get a steel brush or hammer and enjoy tormenting some sections of the items. But don’t overdo it. Then get some authentic rustic home décor accents like Arte Italica Capri vases and watch your home interior light up with true pastoral feel.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wedding gift ideas

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Want to give the newlyweds a unique gift to remember? Give them Arte Italica gift ideas. Each signature piece reflects the Arte Italica’s handcrafting workmanship that  has made it one of the sought-after dinnerware brands in the world. The Medici Small Oval Platter is a genuinely take on ancient Roman art. The rustic feel of ceramic is accented by subtle earth colors. Likewise, the Merletto Antique Antipasti Dish exudes a nostalgic charm, perfect for a new couple who likes the romance of eating snacks in bed. The Tuscan Coffee Canister with Spoon is contemporary with a twinge of antiquity in its handcrafted lines. It’s a perfect sensual addition to a romantic breakfast during the honeymoon phase. These Arte Italica pieces are not only beautiful, they can last for a long time, maybe longer than relationships.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Old-World is not Boring

Posted by Schiffman's at 6:45:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

In a sense by looking backward we are looking forward – that is why old-world is not boring. There is nothing in the world that does not become more intriguing and far more mysterious - once we recognize the complicated events and causes that led to its creation, other than History. What we see around us and what we are today is just one stone in a road which never ends. If you are one of those people who feel that History is completely and intensely fascinating or someone whose love of history has taken you to some amazing places, then Arte Italica pieces are for you. Ann Skidmore formed Arte Italica in 1997, as a response to her love of Italian history, culture, art and especially vintage pewter. Arte Italica prides itself with enhancing your home with old-world splendor. 
Get your own Arte Italica now! Visit Schiffman’s at Friendly Center.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Gifts that Come from the Heart

Posted by Schiffman's at 6:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Gifts need not be expensive to impress the recipient. Arte Italica has a wide selection of gifts under $150 that exudes style without busting the wallet. The Amorini Mug is perfect to show your appreciation of the boss. It’s a personal gift that speaks a sincere thank-you with the warm feel of coffee or tea. The Burano Small Serving Bowl is also an ideal gift for almost anyone that you wish to show a personal appreciation. A co-worker, a family member, a friend or even an acquaintance will appreciate the fashionable bowl. For your mother, the Chianti or Cellini Rectangular Tray is a good idea not only because these Arte Italica pieces are elegant; but they send a warm message that you’d love to visit mom for an afternoon tea or coffee one day. For your wife, the Cherubino Heart Plate cannot be any clearer what you want to tell her.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mix and match

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Styling your dinner table is simpler than you thought. At least if you’re using Arte Italica dinnerware, however you combine the elements the result is impressive. Start with the chargers. A Donatello Charger looks bold under a Burano dinner plate, which softens the charger’s hard metal look. Match the dinner plate with a Burano salad plate. Then use an Isabella 5-piece to create that royal elegance. Finally, add the Annie Wine Glass and you have an outstanding fine dining set that seems to have been prepared by a professional setter. It’s an old world splendor in your dining room and none of your guests. You can experiment with any combination of Arte Italica chargers, dinner plate, salad plate, flatware and glass by using the brand’s online tool.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Perfect Balance

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

The combination of tradition and modernity is the perfect balance to endure the fast changing society. It applies to almost everything, like in terms of moral and values, education, politics and lifestyle. Living in both worlds is well manifested mainly in our homes. The way we choose our appliances, home decors and glassware. In choosing our glassware, isn’t it fabulous to find them in contemporary design incorporated with a traditionally environmental inspiration? Arte Italica’s glass and barware Minerale collection partakes of the nature of dual-perspective. The entire Minerale glassware is a stunning collection of fashionable pieces finished with the artistic touch of nature, each made with adding minerals which are released within the glass causing the bubbled texture. Handmade in Italy, Minerale is a certified work of art.
For more of Arte Italica pieces, visit us at Schiffman’s at Friendly Center. Schiffman’s is an authorized dealer for Arte Italica.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Interior motive

Posted by Schiffman's at 4:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

When you think of interior design or setting a theme for your house, do you consider the details down to what go on top of your dining table? You should; in fact, the dining set will be the stage when you invite over your guests to showcase your new or newly refurbished home’s interior. It bodes well for you to set the table down to an impressive line of, say, Arte Italica dinnerware collection. You have a full range of themes to choose from. The Amorini lends a fresh mint green feel. The Burano creates a breezy Mediterranean air. The Castello reminisces about a chocolate world. The Dama is seriously imperial. The Medici is inspired by spring break. The Merletto Antique is all white and classic. And we’re only halfway describing the various Arte Italica dinnerware collections. It’s a whole world of thematic displays to match your interior with the Arte Italica dinnerware.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mix and match

Posted by Schiffman's at 7:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

None, arguably, can use different materials as seamlessly as Arte Italica and come up with elegant lines of dinnerware and dining accents. Its Pietra rectangular and square trays use pewter to frame the material in ragged edges. Likewise, the Scavo Collection creates a distressed finish out of finely crafted ceramics. The plates, bowls, canisters and pitchers are rendered to lend an antique feel to the set. On the other hand, the Cero transforms glass into stunning mouth-blown pieces as a décor centrepiece. The line includes cake stands and fruit bowls crafted with fine details of glass etching. Interestingly, the Giardino mixes a pewter handle with an elegant body to create a set for your tea or coffee sessions. It includes teapots, coffee pots, creamer and sugar canisters and saucers. 
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Warning: May Cause Psychological Imbalance

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

There is no exact science about it, but fixation is a general psychological state that characterizes a person’s obsession about something. The science out of the way, be warned that looking at the Arte Italica Animale collection may trigger the tendency to obsess over trivial things. Animal figurines in pewter as accent to your barware collection for example. You can collect these detailed fine pewter figurines as pilsner glass tops, ice bucket holders, wine cork stoppers or decanter accents. The boar, stag, ram, bull and bear are revered in their proud heads with the sole intent of grabbing your attention for long periods of time. It is not a surprise that collectors have been found to drink liquor not for the alcohol, but to enjoy seeing and holding these fine pewter-over-fine-glass pieces of Arte Italica. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Old world for new design

Posted by Schiffman's at 7:40:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Nostalgia is in once more across the art and fashion industries. Time to add an old world feel to the dining room as well. The Anna Caffe coffee set by Arte Italica serves a fitting centuries-old theme as you sip caffeine on an afternoon break by the patio. Made from first-grade Italian pewter and glass, the Anna Caffe line lends an imperial air to your ordinary coffee time. The vintage patterns around the items are rustic and alluring. The creation is lyrical, such as how the sugar bowl’s pewter’s sturdy bearing handles the delicate glass with care. Likewise, the creamer is reminiscent of a time even beyond the old world, as if you hold a precious find that belongs to an ancient civilization. Other items included in the Anna Caffe collections include the creamer, sugar and tray set and individual rectangular trays.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Dining in Italian fashion

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:30:15 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Bring some Italian art into your dining room. The Arte Italica five-piece placesettings are perfect addition to your fine dining set. Made in solid pewter and 18/10 stainless steel, the Arte Italica flatware exudes handmade craftsmanship at its height. The hammered details care of the artisans' deft hands give the five-piece set a rustic feel while lending a classic elegance to the dinner date. In true Italian fashion, these pieces are proudly crafted in Italy by world-class metalsmiths. Fancy some of the sets as the Sara Bees; a rendition of three bees is engraved on the handle, a symbol of nobility in medieval times. Aside from the Sara Bees, the Arte Italica placesettings are available in various styles, namely: the Bella Bianca, Giglio, Isabella and Veronica. You can likewise opt for a monogram set to give the placesettings a personal touch.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bathe in luxury

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:10 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Bring the Old World charm to your bathroom with Arte Italica. Yes, the same brand that impresses your guests over fine dining at home has a wide array of bath items that exude the same Arte Italica trademark: finely crafted glass, ceramics and bronze. The Baroque Gold and Silver lines send you back in the glorious and glamorous era of kings and queens. The glass and bronze interplay is flawless and the design is intricate. Likewise, the Roma bath collection is classy and conservative. The design is confident, simple yet elegant. The Splendor is more contemporary, yet like the Roma, also exudes the elegance of a life lived in high class. The Arte Italica bath items include canisters with lid, soap pumps, tissue holders and waste basket. 
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Under the Tuscan morning sun

Posted by Schiffman's at 7:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

Known of its obsession with Italian history, culture and art, Arte Italica has elevated dinnerware into a new form. A marriage between fine, vintage Italian pewter and ceramics, Arte Italica collections are uniquely artistic and utilitarian at once. Take The Amorini dinnerware signature. The depth of its richly rendered flowers, vines and berries evoke a Tuscan summer day. Handmade in Italy, the Amorini line is reminiscent of the cool breeze and sweet scent of an Italian vineyard that is both rustic and romantic. It is a perfect play to set the mood of your garden breakfast; imagine yourself lost in an orchard under the Tuscan morning sun. Get the whole Amorini dinnerware line, including dinner plates, salad servers, soup and cereal bowls, mugs and pitchers.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Our little secret

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)

You want to give the best memorable gift to your best friend’s wedding. But if you are one of the rest of us who have a problem choosing for the right bridal gift to the newlyweds, here is a little secret: you can’t go wrong with an Arte Italica. The classy, artistic tableware collections of Arte Italica will impress the recipient and give you an air of sophistication. You have a full line of choice from the plates and servers cups, saucers and table accents. Each item is set in nature-inspired themes, metal accents and earth colors that complement each other.  However you mix the items you always come out with a delightful, seemingly artistic, match of Arte Italica items. Don’t worry, no one will know this little Arte Italica secret.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Metal flair

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The Arte Italica Merletto Mettalic is vintage in spirit but contemporary in strength. It carries the pewter and bronze art of Arte Italica combined with the signature functionality. A sense of Europe, perhaps medieval and even ancient, permeates the Arte Italica Merletto Mettalic pieces, such as chargers, plates, bowls, and dish servers. There is a strong representation of the continent’s rustic past, adorned with subtle and detailed patterns that suggest an awakening art. Hand crafted using traditional workmanship that has been passed down through generations Arte Italica Merletto Mettalic is a worthy addition to any serious investor’s dinnerware collection. The metal ware is also a fitting complement to your porcelain and glass dining display.
Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Season your table

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Arte Italica (31)


April showers do bring May flowers in time for June weddings. The rest of the year is a season to gape at Arte Italica’s beautiful line of tableware collections. The Arte Italica line also includes dinnerware, glassware, and home décor. All of them are perfect gifts for the newly wed or for any occasion that reminds the recipients how much you value them. The old world charm of Arte Italica lends character to your table set. It combines nature inspirations with metal accents and earth colors that you can mix and match to delight your senses. Start with it Monaco blue line of flatware, conservative and confident. Then explore its metal items in matte and shiny finish as you add character to your table design to suit the season.
Whatever your mood, Arte Italica lets you express it. Arte Italica is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

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