Sunday, May 8, 2011

Are We There Yet? I'm Bored

Creatively speaking, the one thing I don't want could be the one thing I need. Boredom.

Giving the brain time to percolate and formulate means unplugging, and that means being still.

How else can I hear the voice of the next thing calling?

I loved this blog post by some Harvard dude--and heck, surely he would know, right? Not sure if I would take back an IPad--but I get his point.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

For Cynthia

For Every Season there is a Sale

In retail display land--as the calender changes-- so does the focus of our "prime real estate" table. Located dead center as you enter my store, it's always the merchandise display I lead with & it also sets the tone for the whole place.

Juliska made a lovely Valentine, but time to re-group and start fresh. My boss is awesome-- when I scurried out the door, throwing out over my shoulder that I was headed to Hobby Lobby for feathers, she braced herself mentally and took a deep breath. My boss does not like feathers, or shiny satin --but she lets me run amuck and it usually works out OK.

This table did the trick--I even found a glass  vase from Hobby Lobby that mimicked the Juliska swirled glass stemware. And let's face it--Valentine is a pretty flashy holiday (hence the feathers and satin) So off with the hearts & bring on the pastel colors and bunnies!

New table, new picture in my head--I prefer to start with a  blank surface. Sometimes you can add or remove merchandise and get a new look, but I found when a display has the same bones of another one--it's boring.

I'm showcasing Italian pewter by Match & Arte Italica for this display,  plus I needed to insert a little Easter merchandise.

The texture and elegance of the pewter will balance out the pastel bunnies nicely.

I built a tall foliage centerpiece  which will anchor all the other elements. The yellow in the flowers will be the running color thread through the display to tie it together. I bought some some huge decorative flowers to hang over the table (--which are basically a wire frame with colored panty hose stretched over it--again with the Hobby Lobby).  I'm starting to notice allot of circle shapes in my display and start looking around the store for some square elements to balance it out.

May the Easter Bunny bring you Italian Pewter

Friday, March 4, 2011

ARTnewsmag — How Much is the Doggie in the Window?  Martin...

ARTnewsmag — How Much is the Doggie in the Window? Martin...: "Martin Usborne, Prospero 2, archival giclee print. From the series “Mute: The Silence of Dogs in Cars,” at

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Folk Art Heaven

     We had the good fortune to do a staging job for a client who had a collection of amazing folk art. Our very busy client was preparing for some re-modeling in her home and needed a retreat while the work was being completed. We got to turn a one room detached building into a mini studio/guesthouse work space.

Lucky me with my brilliant partner who is organized to the moon and back. Details, details and more details. Namely a huge library of amazing books--which was transformed into a fantastic library in true Dewey Decimal style. We played with a furniture moving website for placement options-- 

     Some design highlights for us was installing caster wheels  on her mission style desk for move ability, -- for a dressing area we found an awesome bamboo flexible screen that could be morphed into any shape--in a fantastic celery green. And showcasing a pair of treasured folk art rag dolls in a vintage french glass display case. It was blissful to have so much great art to play with. We loved the results, the client seemed happy -- pretty fun project.