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Christmas at John Derian

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In New York, it's never too soon to start celebrating the holidays. Last week, I went with Martha to one of our favorite stores, John Derian, to get a sneak peak of all the new decorations.

John Derian provides new, vintage and antique products chosen from all over the world. His shop evokes the feel of a flea market, but you know each piece is of the highest quality. The inventory is always changing, and holidays are a big deal. This year was no disappointment; I could hardly rule out any images for this–gallery they were all so enamoring.

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Welcome to John Derian at Christmastime, where glitter is king. My kind of place!

1 Welcome to John Derian at Christmastime, where glitter is king. My kind of place!

In case you wanted to swing by...

2 In case you wanted to swing by...

Martha and John Derian. This is one of our absolute favorite stores, and it was such a treat to preview the ornament-palooza for holidays.

3 Martha and John Derian. This is one of our absolute favorite stores, and it was such a treat to preview the ornament-palooza for holidays.

All over the store, trees were decorated by theme and ornament type. These glittered, glossy birds could be wonderful in year-round arrangements.

4 All over the store, trees were decorated by theme and ornament type. These glittered, glossy birds could be wonderful in year-round arrangements.

The selection at John Derian is anything but meager. From santas and igloos to foxes and beetles, every pile held a new discovery, whether holiday-themed or not!

5 The selection at John Derian is anything but meager. From santas and igloos to foxes and beetles, every pile held a new discovery, whether holiday-themed or not!

How incredible is this bubbled gloss whale ornament? I was so into the animal theme.

6 How incredible is this bubbled gloss whale ornament? I was so into the animal theme.

This tree contained owls and cats in dark grey wintery tones.

7 This tree contained owls and cats in dark grey wintery tones.

The walrus was such an incredible color.

8 The walrus was such an incredible color.

Dinosaurs! It is always smart to keep a sense of humor when decorating; what could be more fun than finding one of these monsters tucked away during a party?

9 Dinosaurs! It is always smart to keep a sense of humor when decorating; what could be more fun than finding one of these monsters tucked away during a party?

You'll never guess who broke an ornament...

10 You'll never guess who broke an ornament...

Not it!

11 Not it!

And guess who cleaned it up! Playing with beautiful ornaments can be a tricky business.

12 And guess who cleaned it up! Playing with beautiful ornaments can be a tricky business.

From a distance, these disks remind me of whirly-pops (that's just my sweet-tooth speaking), but up close you see that they're fruit slices. Amazing.

13 From a distance, these disks remind me of whirly-pops (that's just my sweet-tooth speaking), but up close you see that they're fruit slices. Amazing.

Tiny Santas! I love the fuzzy felt material used on so many of these.

14 Tiny Santas! I love the fuzzy felt material used on so many of these.

This tree is especially frozen, laden with creatures from the far ends of the snow-capped world.

15 This tree is especially frozen, laden with creatures from the far ends of the snow-capped world.

More fuzzy animals on this North Pole tree, from whales of all kinds to polar bears.

16 More fuzzy animals on this North Pole tree, from whales of all kinds to polar bears.

Though this tree looks extra frosty cool, it's donned with elephants and giraffes from warmer climates.

17 Though this tree looks extra frosty cool, it's donned with elephants and giraffes from warmer climates.

The paper maché ornaments were truly amazing. The orange and grey coloring was fittingly rustic, but their designs were so haute.

18 The paper maché ornaments were truly amazing. The orange and grey coloring was fittingly rustic, but their designs were so haute.

A fabulous, gleaming droplet.

19 A fabulous, gleaming droplet.

I can think of so many decorative uses for there strings of beads. Beyond the tree and mantle, there are always wreaths, table settings, and banisters to be made dazzling.

20 I can think of so many decorative uses for there strings of beads. Beyond the tree and mantle, there are always wreaths, table settings, and banisters to be made dazzling.

...and in other colors. I love to mix in surprising colors when decorating for the holidays.

21 ...and in other colors. I love to mix in surprising colors when decorating for the holidays.

A tiny bird with its eggs in a nest. Finding ornaments in any tree, especially the ones tucked way back, is part of the decorative fun.

22 A tiny bird with its eggs in a nest. Finding ornaments in any tree, especially the ones tucked way back, is part of the decorative fun.

These sturdier beaded start ornaments would work on top of a tree or poking through flower arrangements.

23 These sturdier beaded start ornaments would work on top of a tree or poking through flower arrangements.

Serious sunburst tree-toppers. At John Derian, treasures are already glittered for you and it's not necessary to spend hours in the craft room!

24 Serious sunburst tree-toppers. At John Derian, treasures are already glittered for you and it's not necessary to spend hours in the craft room!

The plethora of options was mind-boggling, in a good way. Holiday shopping is all about sensory overload.

25 The plethora of options was mind-boggling, in a good way. Holiday shopping is all about sensory overload.

I think these tiny glittered owls are incredible; so exquisite.

26 I think these tiny glittered owls are incredible; so exquisite.

The finish on this feather almost reminds me of weathered furniture. So fitting for the feather, and in such glamorous white/gold.

27 The finish on this feather almost reminds me of weathered furniture. So fitting for the feather, and in such glamorous white/gold.

This one reminds me of a Christmas firework!

28 This one reminds me of a Christmas firework!

Christmas is here! I love this place.

29 Christmas is here! I love this place.

Regal blue elephants next to a mini-Eiffel Tower. Et voila!

30 Regal blue elephants next to a mini-Eiffel Tower. Et voila!

A cluster of glittery acorns; these would be great hung from a doorknob.

31 A cluster of glittery acorns; these would be great hung from a doorknob.

These little whale ornaments look like real silvery, slippery fish.

32 These little whale ornaments look like real silvery, slippery fish.

Tiny gilded pagodas.

33 Tiny gilded pagodas.

Back to reality: a range of cake-stands in more typical John Derian patterns. Can't wait for my birthday.

34 Back to reality: a range of cake-stands in more typical John Derian patterns. Can't wait for my birthday.

Fortune cookies. If we let Martha hold one maybe it will get cracked open.

35 Fortune cookies. If we let Martha hold one maybe it will get cracked open.

This is one stunning ornament, with its spindles and unique beading.

36 This is one stunning ornament, with its spindles and unique beading.

Saw this just as I was leaving; the Ace of Spaces on a little dish.

37 Saw this just as I was leaving; the Ace of Spaces on a little dish.

A lump of coal! Always clever at John Derian.

38 A lump of coal! Always clever at John Derian.

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Comments (5)

  • Good morning Kevin, Happy Monday. Wow beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations love this place. Beautiful decoupage cake-stands and pots. I visited John Derian's website, so many beautiful things. Would love to visit this place.
    Going to London tomorrow, I can't wait to see all the Holiday decoration, it is an amazing time of year to visit. I will be reading your interesting posts from there. Have a wonderful and successful week.
    Regards

  • A feast for the eyes! Now that's my kind of Christmas shop =)

  • Kevin,

    Thanks for the post. I have been to John Derian's small shop in Provincetown, but have not been to the NY store. I'll have to check it out. His merchandise is amazing and so unique. MSL did a great story on his home in Ptown. Have you had a chance to check it out?

  • Is that Amy from JD? She is an absolute DOLL to work with! I order all my decoupage from her! Fantastic post!!!

  • Wow! Thank you for the glimpse into this wonderland. I especially love the cluster of glittery acorns and the "lump of coal".

    Now I'm in the holiday spirit...great post!

    ~Sarah

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