Birds of Spring

Written by laura on 02/24/2014

After a harsh winter, it’s so nice to see the sun peeking out once again! And thrilled as I am to once again see and hear the birds singing, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pieces in honor of our feathered friends.

David Arms Note Cards

The beautiful art work of David Arms. These lovely note cards are the sweetest way to send a message to someone you love.

"Party at the Coop" placemats

“Party at the Coop” placemats from Kitchen Papers will add a touch of whimsy to any dinner party.

Robin's Egg Soap

Perfect for the guest bathroom, these robin’s egg soaps are sure to charm.

Decorative bird nests

Decorative bird nests for a touch of spring in any room.

Bird bud vase

And a delicate glass bud vase for hints of color that won’t fly away!









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Jan Barboglio

Written by laura on 01/03/2014

One of the wonderful things about Jan Barboglio’s designs is the unique characteristics that are individual to each piece. Every item is  designed with the tradition and soul of old Mexico in mind, and hand finished to create the beautiful variances that collectors of Jan Barboglio’s designs know and love.



This iron box, one of my favorites, with beautiful hammered nickle doves adorning the lid, is such a lovely way to store your most precious keepsakes.

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The delicate beauty of a rose captured in the strength of iron is the perfect adornment for the top of this beautiful glass vessel.

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Gorgeous and functional, each piece brings with it a distinctly unique touch of primitive beauty, and traditional charm.



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Find the Perfect Gift!

Written by laura on 12/11/2013

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to visit Main Street in Franklin. Bundling up, grabbing a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, and seeing the festive decorations. Of course, no visit to Main Street would be complete without stopping in at The Iron Gate, and nothing can put me in the holiday spirit quite like the beautiful sights and smells of our shop. It’s easy to find something special for everyone on my list here.

Everyone knows that we have a wide variety of candles, lotions, and soaps, but you may not have realized that we have a great selection for the men on your list as well as the women!

Boticario De Havana by Archipelago

Our newest selection of men’s soaps, candles, and lotions from Archipelago.


And speaking of men’s gifts…

Beautiful golf and wine logs

Keep track of your favorite hobbies in style. Leather bound golf and wine logs!

A wide selection of books for men.

Lots of great reading with our wide selection of books.


Or something  a bit more feminine…

Lovely cloth napkins.

Dress up brunch with a bit of frill and a reclaimed wood serving tray.

Rachel Ashwell's Couture Prarie

Get Shabby Chic Couture with an autographed copy of Rachel Ashwell’s new book, beautiful note cards, and a writing set.

More great reading material

Books on fashion, art, and design.

Gorgeous throws. Lovely, with soft frill and warm linen.

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The Holidays Have Arrived at The Iron Gate!

Written by laura on 11/08/2013

  Come in and see our winter wonderland!  Silver and white, glitter and bows; it’s sure to put you in the spirit!


We are in love with these adorable white owls, they look so cozy nestled within a Christmas tree!

white owl collage You’re bound to find the perfect ornament for your tree this year, or that special addition to your center piece!

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And don’t forget the glitz! This pine tinsel makes a beautiful finishing touch! Come in and check it out, we can’t wait to see you!

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Written by laura on 10/24/2013

As the weather gets cooler, I like to make my home cozier. Candles are a simple and beautiful way to bring in a little warmth.

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 Mercury glass is one of my favorite ways to brighten a room. Group them together in different shapes and sizes, and add a tea light for crystalline elegance!

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 And, you can never go wrong by just keeping things simple. These Vance Kitira candles come in all different sizes; when put together, they create a simple, elegant arrangement.

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A few of our favorite scented candles

Of course, the visual beauty of candles is only half the charm. Scent can play a big role in the feeling of a room, and the mood of the people in it. It can bring back fond memories, or calm you after a stressful day. For me, a great scent can make all the difference in the atmosphere of a room. We wanted to share our personal favorites:


Annette chose Marseilles Fig by Lafco. Sweet, yet warm and subtle, a great scent for any time of year. Robbie also chose a Lafco scent, Feu de Bois. Great for a cold night, this woody, smokey scent makes you feel like cuddling by the fire.

Rick's favorites
Rick couldn’t choose just one! Here is a sampling of his favorites: Bergamot Tabacco and Burl Wood by Archipelago, Grand Hotel de Paris Linen Water by Zodax, and Spike Lavender by Lafco.

Rosemary EucalyptusMy favorite changes almost daily, but I am currently in love with Rosemary Eucalyptus by Lafco. It smells fresh, herbal, and sweetly invigorating. It is a smell that is joyful and happy, and full of memories.

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Written by laura on 10/05/2013

So much more than art for your walls, each one of our intaglios tells a story. While going through our new arrivals, I rediscovered my love of ancient mythology. Mighty heroes, tragic muses, and powerful gods, what’s not to love?


 From the tragedy of a lovelorn Aglaulus, turned to stone by the object of her affection, to the musical Apollo and his lyre. Each one, a wonderful conversation piece, and unique piece of art for your wall. It’s hard to choose a favorite!

Said to be one of the most beautiful of all mortal women, Psyche was tormented by a jealous Aphrodite. She was put through several trials, and eventually won the affection of Eros, the god of love. He made her his wife, and she became known as the goddess of the soul.


Artemis, goddess of the hunt, wild things, fertility, and the moon. Artemis was considered friend to expectant mothers, and said to protect women during childbirth.

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