Welcome to Dovecote, home décor created, curated and styled for your fresh, collected home.
Brought to you by friends and business partners Amanda Crames and Karen Lazar Travis, Dovecote was forged from a shared passion for design, color, renovation, staging and anything with an artist-touched sensibility. Always in search of authentic elements, many of our products feature the imagery of found artists. Tell us who you love who wields a paintbrush, or throws some clay, or blows glass ... or? We welcome your recommendations!
If you are a designer, home curator, art lover, tastemaker -- or anyone who values artistry in the spaces they love -- this line was created for you. We look forward to bringing you ravishing color, lush texture, masterful craftsmanship and artful styling for rich daily living.
A LITTLE MORE BACKGROUND ... ON THE FOUNDERS ...
Amanda Crames, proprietor of Saratoga’s iconic Schuyler Pond Home & Garden for 20 years, transformed her historic property into an inventive and esteemed shopping destination. Known for her masterful staging and vignettes, she effortlessly mixes rich color and texture, old and new, modern and vintage.
Amanda lives as wildly as she dares now on an 80-acre farm in Galway, NY with her son, Kellen (9), horses, hayfields, stone walls and a handsome post and beam barn. This lush vantage point is a source of inspiration and creativity, and is an idyllic backdrop for Dovecote photo shoots!
Karen Lazar Travis, former owner of an upscale children’s apparel line, renovation/design consultant and business strategist, thoughtfully guides this niche home line in the marketplace. But her business acumen belies her passion for interiors, color and trends, upon which she has built a significant following.
Karen resides in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband, Greg, and children Brooke (21), Grant (17) and Caroline (13). Over the past seven years, she has lovingly transformed her 1886 Herbert Langford Warren Shingle Style Architecture home into a legacy property. This wondrous home is featured often on this site.
... AND THE ARTISTS WE LOVE ...
Pamela Kish ... Pam's vibrant, joyfully modern canvases impart an exquisite light-heartedness and refreshing viewpoint, as if she paints for the sheer fun of it! From her studio retreat in Boston, VA, her figures, landscapes and florals are masterfully touched with an artistic playfulness we found irrestistible.
Kimberly Dana Ryan ... From her Oxford, CT studio, Kimberly reimagines Classic motifs with bold strokes and delicious color. Her pear studies, showcased here, demonstrate her desire to transport timeless and recognizable subjects into your spaces with fresh appeal and a dash of surprise.
Jennifer Lanne ... Influenced by nature and old-world textures -- found in abundance around her 200-year-old farm studio in upstate NY -- Jennifer’s irreverent use of color and patina is her signature. Her lush florals and landscapes are vintage-inspired but with a fresh vibe, equally at home in the city or the country.
Paul Schneider ... We were captivated by the gorgeous geode trays of this inspired Dallas, TX ceramicist. Creating one-of-a-kind pieces for designers & home curators alike, Paul's hand-made forms showcase his signature color and glazing techniques.
Rojer Serpas ... from his Portland studio, artisan Rojer's hand-blown glass pieces are made with tools that haven't changed much over thousands of years. Inspired by clean lines and functional design, his luminous & colorful vases captivate from across the room.
Jose Trujillo COMING SPRING 2021! ... Jose's masterful works include florals and landscapes in bold rich brushstrokes as well as refined, contemplative sketchwork. We will be presenting first his gorgeous SKETCHES series this Spring, to which he has applied his modern line art technique to a trio of stunning faces, each with a distinctive old-world countenance.
WHAT IS A DOVECOTE?
Most simply, a dovecote is a structure designed to house doves and pigeons. These domiciles provide safe haven for birds and an optimal base for nesting and socializing to encourage their return home. Well beyond its pragmatic origins, the dovecote evolved into a romantic architectural accessory to many European manor homes during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Their imaginative and dramatic forms struck prominent pose on the grounds of grand estates as they, along with their flocks, became a sign of status and good taste. We loved the imagery of the ‘dovecote’ as we sought to name our new home décor company. Certainly, the nod to nesting and luxurious resting spaces was not lost on us. Nor were the pastoral connotations, as we are each truly grateful for the natural beauty of our surroundings in upstate NY.
What resonated most for us, however, were the elaborate designs, detail and authenticity of early dovecotes. Agriculture and architecture were artfully aligned to provide a thoughtful, purposeful, nurturing - & stunning - dwelling for its inhabitants. In turn, these lofty structures were a source of pride and enchantment for property owners, visitors and passers-by alike.
The artistry and attention to detail lavished upon early dovecotes is similar to how we feel about our own homes and the products we make.
Dovecote, the company, hopes to adorn the corners, walls, resting and nesting spaces of your home, with elevating and inspiring décor to greet you upon your return.