Cultural Revolution

Music Night at Revolution home outfitters December 8, 2011

Hello everyone, it’s been a while.  We’ve been busy working on some exciting things at the store. One of the changes you’ll notice is a slight name change. We are now Revolution home outfitters. We feel this name best reflects what we offer. Thanks to all who contributed their creative suggestions.

We are also working on the entertainment aspect of what we do. The response to our musical nights has been so positive we are committed to making it a regular event at the space. Tonight we will be featuring live music from The Jimmy Lee Ramblers, a complimentary dinner by Pamela at Your Service, a little wine and lots of fun. Come one come all, starting at 7:00 going ’til 10:00; but history has shown that it will probably go on much later. Hope to see you there.


A Time for Building March 24, 2011

Industrial Cafe Table 2

Close Up

As winter bids us a fitful, reluctant farewell and Spring makes shy attempts at a return, my creative urges have been stirred. For several months now I have longed to be outside, building something, a table, a wine rack, anything really. I love to while away the hours out of doors in  creative and industrious pursuit. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day to step back and see what I have made. Here is a peek at my latest design. It is a cafe table with legs of industrial pipe, and barnwood top. This table is available with different custom tops such as marble, glass, or a more rustic naturally distressed barnwood. I still have to stain the top, but I love how it looks already.  What do you think?

Industrial Cafe Table 3

A work in Progress

Industrial Cafe Table

Industrial Cafe Table


Announcing Lisa Battaglia at Revolution February 8, 2011

One look at Lisa Battaglia’s line of striking hats and it is clear why this designer’s collection continues to turn heads.

Lisa Battaglia designs hats that reinterpret vintage aesthetics to live in the modern world. Drawing on her unusual free-form technique and her uncanny fashion instinct, she creates dramatic hats that recall a bygone era and yet are utterly of the moment. Each hat is a geometric work of art that magically provides its wearer with more than one look through a simple turn of the brim.”

Featured in W, Glamour, and In Style magazine among others, Lisa’s classically designed hats are at once style statements and totally wearable…a true marriage of vintage and modern, making them, we think, a perfect fit for Revolution.

Help us welcome Lisa to our store. Stop in and see the collection today.


Gifts and glitz and glitter, oh my! December 7, 2010

Here’s a peek at the Holiday table. Gift items and ornaments add sparkle to the shop.


Vintage Bicycles October 27, 2010

While researching vintage bicycles for a mural I’m painting at La Pasteria restaurant in Summit, New Jersey, I stumbled across pictures of the most extraordinary bikes. The old time beauty of these classics harkens the era of paper boys, girls in bobby socks, and lemonade on the front porch. Here are a couple of my favorites.



Oh What a Night October 23, 2010

The food was placed artistically on the barnwood table, ripe green and red grapes arranged as beautiful still life; gleaming handblown glass pendants hung from silk cords as the flames from the candles throughout the room flickered and danced, casting an amber glow on the dark and atmospheric oil paintings . The mood had been set. We were ready for the witches.

The beginning of a bad novel? Not exactly. It’s  another “Ladies Night Out” in Maplewood, or “Witches Night Out” this time around. In they came, singly or in groups of two or three, wearing their pointy black hats, eager to peruse the new offerings in Revolution.

David and I had a blast setting up for what has become a biannual tradition in Maplewood Village. Local merchants offer special gifts, contests, treats and discounts as a way of thanking the community for their continued support. There was much staging and rearranging to do, but it was worth it. Although the numbers were slightly smaller this year (lagging economy?), the ladies still came out and showed us some love. We welcomed new faces curious about our little shop, as well as long time customers anxious to see the new fall arrivals. Wine and cheese, not to mention cupcakes, was enjoyed by everyone.

As shutters creaked in the howling wind, and the glow of luminaries lining the streets grew dim, we bid farewell to the roving coven of witches. Until we meet again.