Mix it Up with Courtly CheckSee Video >
First in our "Mix it Up" series, Rebecca shows how to use Courtly Check as the foundation for a beautiful tabletop. She also reveals some interesting details about the history of our most popular pattern.
Summer Garden TourSee Gallery >
Mid-to-late summer is a beautiful time to visit Aurora. Take a tour around the gardens and grounds with Estate Manager Mariann.
Behind the Scenes at MacKenzie-ChildsSee Video >
Meet MacKenzie-Childs Creative Director Rebecca Proctor, and follow her on a behind-the-scenes tour of our design and production studios, set on 65 acres in the spectacular Finger Lakes region of New York. Then take a virtual visit with Rebecca to our expanded retail space in Manhattan, learning more about the art and inspiration that define MacKenzie-Childs.
Aurora Enamelware InspirationsSee Gallery >
What better way to celebrate our 30th birthday? Aurora, our newest enamelware pattern, tells the story of our place perfectly in repeat. Look closely to find hidden treasures, from Potluck Socks hanging on the laundry line just outside the Chicken Palace, to silhouettes of teapots hiding in the trees. Our goose, Simon, waddles through the gardens; Highland cattle graze in the fields; and beautiful ceramic urns are nestled into our frequently visited gardens and grounds. Portraits of our Farmhouse, Estate Barns, and Studio complete the setting. Aurora is designed to layer beautifully with our Courtly Check® and Parchment Check™ enamelware. Happy birthday, MacKenzie-Childs!
Our New York City Store has Moved Next Door!See Gallery >
Here’s an extra-special reason to visit our flagship store in NYC over the holiday shopping season: We’ve just moved into an exciting new space, just a few doors up the street at 20 West 57th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), and opened for Black Friday 2012. We will be hosting holiday events and celebrating our new space, and look forward to welcoming you to it. Check back soon for details at mackenzie-childs.com/events
Holiday Table IdeasSee Gallery >
Get ready to set your best holiday table yet. No matter what you're celebrating, MacKenzie-Childs has all kinds of new and exciting treats for your tabletop. From Thanksgiving dinners to New Year's Day brunches to Christmas cocktail parties to Hannukah celebrations, we've got you covered with our latest creations that’ll make your holidays oh-so-very merry and bright.
Summer on the Farm, August 2012See Gallery >
Late summer is such a splendid time of year in Aurora. The gardens are bursting with colorful blossoms, fresh vegetables, and herbs; spring's baby animals are growing up; and the summer heat begins to wane, becoming oh-so-pleasant. Take a look—we hope you'll want to come see it all for yourself soon!
Wedding & Summer Gift IdeasSee Gallery >
From timeless favorites like fluted serveware and classic candlesticks to whimsical picks like bird-shaped salt-and-pepper shakers and sassy relish sets, we've got gifts for all your summer weddings and occasions! Check out some of our latest selections below, and see more in our gifts section
Spring on the FarmSee Gallery >
Here in Aurora, spring has arrived early this year! Take a virtual trip around the grounds with us as we survey the signs of the season, which are popping up all over the place. We’ve waited all winter for this time of rebirth and rejuvenation...Won’t you stop by sometime?
New! Courtly Check for SpringSee Gallery >
Counting the days until spring? Add some spark and some fun to your home and your life right now with the newest additions to our Courtly Check collections (with a little Courtly Stripe thrown in for good measure). We’re sure you’ll find something to love — from enamel, to pillows and placemats, to furniture, rugs, eyeglasses, boots, umbrellas, and so much more. Check it out!
From our Artisans: The Making of Parchment CheckSee Video >
Each Parchment Check creation is handcrafted by MacKenzie-Childs artisans in Aurora, hand-painted in color-dragged checks, blending parchment, taupe, gold, and an irrepressible touch of aqua, decorated with hand-applied gold lustre edges and accents, and kiln-fired four times as it makes its way from raw clay to finished work of functional art for your table. Watch the process in this video, narrated by a pottery production staff member.
Parchment CheckSee Gallery >
The Parchment Check Collection
The word “parchment” evokes, for me, such beautiful images of handwritten letters, manuscripts and weathered books, a sense of permanence...a delicacy of color. Or is it a combination of rare colors and specific qualities that remind us of parchment?
Fall on the FarmSee Gallery >
Now is a beautiful time to visit us, take a tour, shop, and enjoy the scenic charm of our farm as summer turns to fall. The leaves are just starting to turn, our new fall furniture collections are on display, and our production studio is busy handcrafting ceramics and gifts for the holidays.
Something to Buzz AboutSee Gallery >
We hope you enjoy these images from our gardener Mariann’s Notes from the Garden blog titled “Honey Harvest.” To read the rest of her blog entry, click on the link below.
August on the FarmSee Gallery >
The lazy days of August seem to be anything but that here on the farm. From the gardens to the geese, everything is growing like crazy in the warm summer sun. We hope you enjoy this virtual visit and can make a real one soon!
Rebecca's Notebook: A few of my favorite thingsSee Gallery >
Any of my friends will tell you that I get very enthusiastic over things I’m crazy about. They’ll also tell you that I tend to gush about things that I really, really like. But the truth is, I rarely just like something; if I like it, I usually love it. I love early mornings when the rest of the family is still asleep. I love wet dogs. I love getting handwritten letters. I love old photographs and my boxes of leftover ribbon scraps and mismatched buttons. I love food. I love birds. I love loose tea, and I love my tea tied in a little cotton bundle instead of paper. I love fountain pens and the smell of wool...I could go on and on. There are many things I really love — things that resonate, things that make each day meaningful. And every time I encounter one, I always say, “that is my favorite thing.”
All About UnderpinningsSee Gallery >
From Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Underpinnings is described as
1: the material and construction (as a foundation) used for support of a structure
2: something that serves as a foundation: BASIS, SUPPORT
MacKenzie-Childs’ Newest Store Opens In SouthamptonSee Gallery >
This charming shop showcases our newest collections of garden furniture and other outdoor items such as the iconic garden gates, upholstered furniture including the new Underpinnings collection with Courtly Check® fabric, a full assortment of home décor and hostess gifts and of course, the complete ceramic and enamel tabletop collections. The store is now open and the official ribbon cutting took place on May 21, where Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley was on hand to officiate.
Summer on the FarmSee Gallery >
Buzzing and blooming! Our Finger Lakes farm comes alive in summer. Everywhere we turn, something new is unfolding, growing, or reaching for the sky. Beneath the warm sun, our designers gather inspiration just outside our studio doors: from clear, refreshing Cayuga Lake to the riot of color in our flower beds to the antics of our farm animals. Using traditional techniques, our artisans infuse the colors and patterns of summer into each handcrafted piece. Best of all, each summer, our Aurora home fills with friends visiting from near and far.
New Arrivals on the Farm!See Gallery >
In early April, Annick presented us with the newest addition to the flock, Brianag (pronounced “Bree-ah-nuk”). And just one short week later, Libby had twins — Breta and Brothaigh (pronounced “Brodie”), just in time for Mother’s Day! We hope you enjoy these pictures and be sure to come visit our mama sheep and baby lambs here on our farm in Aurora. Does anything say “Spring on the Farm” like newborn lambs? Read more about it including more pictures in Mariann’s Notes from the Garden
Rebecca's Notebook: Summer Party EssentialsSee Gallery >
When my husband and I got married 15 years ago, we had just moved into an old stone house that needed a lot of work: there were problems with the plumbing, the stone work needed repointing, the floors sloped, and all the boundary walls were tumbling down. But what a place! We moved in the dead of winter, and little did we know that we had also inherited a really spectacular yard; huge mature trees, lush green ground cover, all next to a river. We wanted to share it with everyone, so we decided to have our reception in the backyard that first summer, under the shade of our two huge maples. The whole event was very handmade, from the invitations we printed ourselves, to the buckets of wildflowers that we bought at the farmers market that morning. A musician friend of ours stood in the shade playing gypsy accordion, and we served slices of watermelon and cake. I think it was the hottest day of the summer, and we drank lemonade...lots and lots and lots of fresh lemonade.
Rebecca's Style Notebook: Decorating with TasselsSee Gallery >
For some time now, we’ve had a love for beautiful tassels at MacKenzie-Childs. It seems every season we’re adding more colors and styles to our ever-evolving collection of these decorative treats. We're drawn to their shape, their textures, the combinations of colors and materials, the playful sense of motion, and the purely happy sensation you get from handling them. You can use the tinier ones for a sweet little bookmark, while the largest tassels can mark a point of reference in even the most spectacular room.
Tassels have been used throughout history and in most cultures. In our interpretation, we love to combine our patterned ceramic components, beads, lustrous fibers, and lots of color in multiple shapes and sizes. Tassels are a form of passementerie; the antique art of making elaborate trimmings for clothing or furnishings.
There are so many ways you can use them. Here are a few of our favorites.
Aerial Glass in the MakingSee Gallery >
To translate the subtle yet spirited collection envisioned by our designers into functional stemware and decorative pieces, we worked closely with an artisanal studio in Giza, Egypt (literally in the shadow of the Great Pyramids), where this intricate glass-forming technique has been perfected.
Seasons on the Farm at MacKenzie-ChildsSee Gallery >
Welcome to our Aurora home, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York state. We hope you enjoy this image gallery capturing the seasons on our farm, which in turn provide much of the inspiration for our uniquely MacKenzie-Childs designs. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to come visit us; winter, spring, summer or fall — each season is more spectacular than the last. See you soon!
Fall Farmhouse TransformationSee Gallery >
November has come roaring down the lake, bringing us the season of change with its spectacular autumn visuals. We have always been inspired by this moment in the year, and so this month we have been moved to embark on a transformation of our beautiful farmhouse. We have begun to revamp, refine, reinvigorate, revitalize and add to it...pieces from our history, a blend of the old with the new, a look back and a look forward; a tapestry of our history woven of all that inspires us. We are at work layering it all together like a family quilt for our visitors to tour and enjoy. We have been listening to you and are, as ever, searching for new ways to delight and astonish. For now (and probably forever) we will call this our “work in progress.” We have just started, so hopefully by spring, it will be in full bloom. Like all good things, our farmhouse home will continue to evolve as our collection grows. Please come see for yourself