Final Days of Summer Sale

The summer days are winding down. We invite you to soak up the sunshine with our Final Days of Summer Sale! 

There is still plenty of time to make memories with family and friends, by creating an outdoor entertaining space. 

A place to laugh, break bread and celebrate the gift of life. 

We have everything you need to create a warm and inviting space for your guest. 

From pillows and throws, to table decor, lanterns, charcuterie boards and more! 

Tori Sikkema Photography

Enhance your space with our luxury summer essentials designed to make the most of your backyard or garden. And it all starts with a few new pieces from our final days of summer sale.

All items pictured are available in-store. Please visit our website for more options.

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Elegant Powder Rooms

Design TCDS | Photo: Tori Sikkema

Powder rooms may be the smallest room in the house, but they allow the perfect opportunity to experiment and be adventurous with design.

Design Collaboration with TCDS & AR Interiors | Photo: Raquel Langworthy

A powder room should make an eye-catching statement, with its unique light fixtures, bold hues, mirrors, wall coverings, and flooring.

Design TCDS | Photo: Tori Sikkema

Designing your powder room should be an enjoyable experience. Whether you want a stylish, wash-up station or a spa oasis, we are here to help.

Elegant Powder Rooms
Left Photo: Design Collaboration TCDS & Pearce Design Group |  Photo: Chris Del
Right Photo: Design Collaboration TCDS & AR Interiors | Photo: Raquel Langworthy

We can help give your powder room its own unique style and decor.  

Our designers will work with your needs and budget to create a powder room that’s perfect for you!

White Peach Rosemary Cocktail Recipe

Inspired by fresh, ripe white peaches, this cocktail is the perfect party drink for entertaining or just relaxing on a warm summer day.

The crisp, sophisticated scent of rosemary adds complexity and depth to this refreshing, delicious drink. 

Serve this cocktail in our Castillian Glassware and Pebble Glass Carafe, with your favorite meal and it is sure to be a crowd-pleasing experience.

Tori Sikkema Photography

All items pictured are available in-store. Please visit our website for more options.

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Summer Outdoor Dining Essentials

The sun is out and the days are getting longer. It’s the perfect time to host a gathering outside during these beautiful summer months. We have all the essentials you need to curate a wonderful outdoor dining experience filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

Hostess Gifts

When you get invited to a party, show your host appreciation with a hostess gift. Our featured gift is a seafood set in a wooden box by Orban & Sons.

It has everything you need for a lobster dinner or oysters for four. This gift will stand the test of time. A hostess gift is the perfect way to say thank you to your host. It’s thoughtful and personal.

This small gesture can make all the difference in helping you to make new friends, as well as reconnecting with old ones.

Outdoor Spaces

This year, make your outdoor space even more luxurious with our selection of pillows and throws. The perfect way to add comfort and style to your lawn or patio, our throws come in a wide range of colors, patterns and materials.

Whether you want something soft and warm for those chilly nights by the fire pit or a light throw to keep in your car for impromptu picnics in the park, we have what you need.

Table Decor

Celebrate the Fourth of July with elegance and style!

With our table decor, you can give your guests a truly unique experience and make them feel like they are part of something special.

Our beautiful collection of tableware and accessories will help you create an atmosphere of elegance and luxury at your celebration.

Shop products at TheMercantileByTCDS.com.

Father’s Day Whiskey Tasting Set

We’re celebrating Father’s Day with this special glass set that will elevate your whiskey to new heights.

The Peugeot whiskey glass is perfect for beginners and connoisseurs alike, as it heightens your drinking experience through design and technique.

The Les Impitoyables Whiskey Tasting Set is ideal for anyone who appreciates whiskey, liquor, cocktails, and more.

The specially shaped glass reveals the qualities and subtleties of whiskey, cognac, scotch, brandy, Armagnac’s, and more while cutting down on the alcohol vapors.

It comes paired with a metal chilling base and a branded Peugeot coaster so you can savor a single malt as it was meant to be enjoyed.

No ice needed – enjoy it neat! Keep the chilling base in the freezer for a few hours until frozen then place on the coaster to prevent condensation rings. Set the glass over the base and pour the spirit without covering the dome. Wait for 2-3 minutes. The whiskey is now at the perfect temperature, yet not watered down—for an even more authentic flavor!

So raise your glass high this Father’s Day…and cheers!

Available in store only.

3 Reasons to Start a Spring Garden

Spring is the perfect time to start a garden. Not only does it give you the chance to get outside and enjoy the sun, but it also allows you to create a space that brings joy into your life every day.

Gardener’s Gift Box

The Gardner’s Gift Box is available for purchase at TheMercantileByTCDS.com

This season we have a Gardener’s Gift Box that gives you everything you need to get started on your new hobby: fresh-planted herbs in beautiful containers, plus beautiful garden books for inspiration.

Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s important to remember that this isn’t just about flowers or plants—it’s about creating a space that brings you joy every day. It’s about bringing nature inside so you can enjoy its beauty without having to leave your home.

Three Reasons to Start a Spring Garden

1. Spring gardening isn’t just about flowers or plants—it’s about creating a space that brings you joy every day. It’s about bringing nature inside so you can enjoy its beauty without having to leave your home.

2. Spring gardening is about making a promise to yourself (and your family) that this year will be different. You’re going to create a space that doesn’t just look good but also feels good—a space where everyone can relax, unwind, and find some peace in their lives.

Beautiful coffee table books to keep you inspired all year long.

3. Starting a spring garden is all about planning ahead and preparing for success! You’ll need to check your zone for the best plants to grow; clear out a space, remove weeds and debris; prune old plants and trees; prepare the soil; and add fresh compost.

Creating a beautiful garden doesn’t have to be hard work either. With some basic tools and materials, anyone can create their own little piece of paradise in their backyard!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easter Day Brunch

Hosting an Easter brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Brunch time gives your guests a chance to spend the morning hunting for Easter eggs and spending time with their family before visiting your home for the meal. And a brunch menu provides the best combination of savory and sweet dishes to satisfy all of your guests. But hosting an Easter brunch will require a little planning and preparation. These five simple tips will help you host an amazing Easter brunch:

1. Make sure you have enough space

Since it’s likely that you’ll be hosting more guests than usual, make sure you have enough seating and space for everyone. If you don’t have enough chairs, consider renting or borrowing some extra folding chairs or benches. You could even create a more casual dining experience by setting up some picnic tables outside (just make sure to check the weather forecast so you know how many people you’ll be able to accommodate outside).

2. Plan some kid-friendly activities

Easter is all about fun for kids, so make sure you plan some activities that are suitable for all ages. You can hide plastic eggs around your backyard and send your younger guests on an egg hunt while they wait for the rest of your guests to arrive.

3. Plan the menu

Avoid making overly complicated recipes or dishes with a lot of ingredients. You want to spend time with your family and guests, not in the kitchen. A brunch menu is best when you have a few dishes that are easy to make and easy to eat. It’s important to plan the menu for your Easter brunch in advance. This will ensure that you have all of the ingredients and supplies you need, and avoid any last-minute trips to the store. It’s also smart to plan a menu that includes both sweet and savory dishes, so that all of your guests will be able to find something they like. And don’t forget coffee, tea, juice, and water!

4. Decorate

It’s fun to decorate your home for Easter, but it can also be stressful if you try to do it right before guests arrive. Set aside some time in advance of your brunch to set up decorations around your home. You can make or buy decorations in advance so that they’re ready when you need them. And make sure you put away any non-holiday clutter before decorating! Easter is all about eggs, rabbits, bunnies and spring flowers blooming everywhere. So decorate your home with a few flowers around the room for some color and add some Easter-themed table decorations for a festive touch.

5. Set the table

Setting the table ahead of time will ensure that everything is ready when your guests arrive. Place name cards at each spot so that people know where to sit. And consider using spring flowers as a centerpiece for an extra touch of seasonal beauty! Bonus Tip: Create an atmosphere of fun: The environment in which people eat can have just as much impact on their experience as the food itself.

Eat Well: Jess’s Skinny Minnie Vegetable Soup

We had an overwhelming response to The Blonde Shallot’s Chicken Enchilada Verde recipe. We reached out to see if owner, Jess Rodgers, would share more goodness from her kitchen. In the spirit of our January focus on wellness and starting the year off right, she is sharing a healthy soup recipe that is sure to warm you up and have you feeling great from the inside out.

WHITE BAKERS, BRASS LADDLE, AND HANDMADE SOUP BOWLS AVAILABLE THROUGH T&C MERCANTILE

Skinny Minnie Vegetable Soup Ingredients

  • 4 carrots, sliced thin
  • 6 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 bag chopped kale
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cans cannellini beans
  • (4) 32oz containers Vegetable Broth
  • 2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ bottle red or white wine
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • Vegetable Broth

Directions

Bring a small pot of water to boil. Drop broccoli in boiling water and blanch for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Set aside.

Warm ¼ cup olive oil over medium heat. Add carrot, celery and onion and sautee until crisp-tender. Add salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning, and stir well. Add zucchini and garlic, sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Deglaze with 2 cups wine, and stir up any pieces stuck to bottom of pan. Boil wine down for about 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes and white wine vinegar. Bring to a simmer, turn down to medium-low and let flavors meld for about 20 minutes.


Take pot off heat and add in kale, stirring well to make sure it all wilts down. Once kale is wilted down, add broccoli. Sample for seasoning and add salt & pepper as needed.

If you prefer a tangier flavor, add another teaspoon white wine vinegar. This is also lovely served with shaved parmesan on top.

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IMAGE: AS SEEN IN THE SCOUT GUIDE TWO RIVERS AND THE SHORE

Jessica Rogers is the owner and mastermind behind the The Blonde Shallot eatery, located in Little Silver, New Jersey. The Blonde Shallot offers seasonal staple dishes and weekly specials, so there is always something new to taste. Stop by or order online to pick up your next meal. We know you will love it!

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For the current issue of The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore, we had the pleasure of featuring some of our tableware collection items displayed in the image above. Shop our online collection or visit us to shop the look and our full collection of homewares.

Wellness: Establishing Healthy Practices

Making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or exercise more is not a new concept. Chances are, we all have probably resolved to do this at some point or another. We also know that most of these resolutions can be short lived efforts. This year, instead of starting out focused on a specific diet or regiment, we want to focus on establishing healthy habits in an effort for a more attainable plan to last all year and beyond.

To begin on the right foot we sought some advise from a local pro, Dani Rubin, of Red Bank’s Pilates Blast. We asked her to share some of her favorite tips on establishing healthy practices that can be implemented by anyone and will fit into any routine or diet.

Dani’s Top Tips:

  1. Avoid eating anything from a bag, can or box.
  2. Workout with an accountability buddy to stay consistent.
  3. Focus on the health benefits of movement not the vanity benefits.
  4. Workout because you love your body not because you want to change it.

Who is Pilates Blast?

Dani and the Pilates Blast team are proud to bring decades of Megaformer and Pilates experience to Monmouth County! Intimately sized classes ensure a personalized experience for every reservation. They look forward to welcoming you to their spacious facility in the heart of downtown Red Bank!

Private sessions available, as well as Mega and Pilates-inspired home offerings on their streaming service, PB @ Home.

Local or not, you should get to know Pilates Blast. With their offering of in-person and virtual options, there is sure to be a class that is right for you. Visit their website for details on their studio, workout offerings, and class schedules!

Get Started Today

Dani and the team would love to welcome you to their studio with a special Introduction Rate of $25 for your first Megaformer or Pilates session in the studio. This is good for in-person classes only. To take advantage of this special offer, email them at [email protected] and mention that Town & Country sent you!

A Place for Everyone

5 easy steps to create the perfect gift for your guests that doubles as a beautiful way to assign seating at your table.

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

STEP 1

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

  • VASE
  • RIBBON
  • TWINE
  • GIFT TAG
  • SEASONAL SPRIGS
  • PEN/MARKER

Step 2

CREATE PERSONALIZED TAGS

We like the added personal touch of hand writing each guest’s name. Hand stamping or stenciling the names would also be a lovely option.

CREATE PERSONALIZED TAGS
FASTEN TAG TO VASE

Step 3

FASTEN TAG TO VASE

A simple household twine or string can be used to string the gift tag to the vase. We prefer to attach the card before the ribbon to create a more tidy finished look, but you could attach the tag on the ribbon if you prefer and jump right to step 5!

Step 4

TIE ON RIBBON

We chose a crimson velvet ribbon in a simple knot and left the ends long for a modern yet dramatic look.

TIE ON RIBBON
ADD GREENS

Step 5

ADD GREENS

Pop a few springs of fresh or dried greens into the vase.

*T&C favorites include eucalyptus, holly, and rosemary.

Place on your table for the perfect place seating and guest gift this season!

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STRING TIDY WITH SCISSORS
GREEN SPHERE CLASS VASE
HOLIDAY GIFT TAG SET