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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Designer Interview: Sarah Jane Studios

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We are so excited to announce the launch of a collaboration made in heaven. Illustrator Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios has teamed up with Pop & Lolli to bring her charming and whimsical creations to removable fabric wallpapers and decals.
Pop & Lolli founder Mia Viljoen first fell in love with Sarah Jane’s work when her daughters’ South African grandmother made them matching dresses from Sarah Jane’s fabric. She then realized the charming illustrations would make brilliantly gorgeous wall decor, decals and wallpaper .
Today we’re sitting down with Sarah Jane to learn more about her inspirations for this charming collection. Thanks so much to Sarah Jane for sharing her thoughts and inspirations with us!
PHOTO CREDIT: Tara B Photography
How does this collaboration differ from others you’ve done before? My products in the past mostly have been created here at Sarah Jane Studios. My fabric that I design is a collaboration … a licensing relationship. And this one is just that. I love that I can design for Pop & Lolli while still keeping the Sarah Jane esthetic as a strong brand. This collaboration is different in that I am actually able to sell and market the wallpaper myself as well, which I get really excited about. I love being directly involved with the customer!
What’s it like to go from prints and textiles to wallpapers and decals? Is your approach any different? If so, in what way? From textiles, wallpaper is an easy translation. Most of my wallpapers are directly from my fabric collections. My approach with the wall decals took a bit more preparation. It was a matter of in some cases redrawing the illustrations to fit the end result of being enlarged and used separately.
How can parents help keep the magic of childhood alive the way your illustrations do? Creating creative spaces for children is key. Children live in their imaginations, and will do that naturally regardless of their environment….for a time. Keeping their spaces a live with color, design and story is what keeps that whimsical thinking an ongoing experience for them. I’ve also found that when  children’s space is designed with creative play in mind, the parents are more likely to engage in that play as well. Fostering creative play is always easier when the space is fun, colorful, and whimsical first.
What inspired this collection? Is there a particular message seen in it you’d like to reiterate? What does this message mean to you? Simple, imaginative play inspires most of my designs. I am a firm believer in letting children be children. Not growing them up too fast. The world does a pretty good job of that already. Children parading around with balloons and bugles, mermaids that seem classic and timeless, and children riding bareback through an open field might seem unrelated in context. But in feeling, it’s the same. Let children imagine themselves without boundaries, keeping play simple and creative and imagining themselves in the art.
But on top of that, I also care greatly about making sure that a children’s space is in line with the design-minded parents. Color that’s fresh, line work that’s simple and expressive. The parents have to love it too!
Thanks so much Sarah Jane! We’re so excited that everyone who makes a Pop & Lolli purchase will be entered to win a $50 gift card from Design Public, now through August 8, 2014, so be sure to check out all things Pop & Lolli.
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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Time to Bunk Those Kiddos Up. Flexa Children’s Furniture is on Sale!

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If your tot is in the need for a big-girl or big-boy bed, or will be soon, now is the time to scoop it up. Why? Because right now all Flexa products are 25% off. You can take some time to think it over, as the sale does not end until July 31, 2014, but start perusing now.

Flexa Bunk Bed

Here’s what is so awesome about Flexa. When your kiddo is in the bunk bed phase, the two beds stack safely one atop the other, complete with ladder.

Flexa Bunk Bed with Jungle Curtains

Next you can add cool curtains that turn it into an inviting fort. There are Princess, Jungle, and Pirate to choose from.

Flexa Bunk Bed with Pirate Cave and Pirate Curtains

On top, you can add a Flexa cave to create a penthouse fort.

Flexa Princess Pockets

Another accessory are the pockets in all three themes — these are great for keeping a flashlight, favorite stuffed animal and books within bedside reach.

If one kiddo is handing down the beds to another, you can switch out the theme to suit their tastes — maybe your son is into the jungle theme and your daughter’s favorite word is “ARGGG!” — it’s an easy switch from a jungle loft  to a  pirate ship. Or a princess cave can top some pirate curtains.

Finally, once they trade jungles and pirates for Teen People, they may want to lose the bunks all together. This is easy, as the two beds easily transform into side-by-side twins, totally ready for tween slumber parties.

Flexa Bunk Bed Converts to Twins

Think it over, check out the different finishes and themes and decide if Flexa’s versatile line will fit your growing toddler’s lifestyle. If so, jump on it while you can save 25%. Sale ends July 31, 2014.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Get Your Wallpaper On! Brown and Graham is 30% Off

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Now through June 30, 2014, Graham and Brown’s stunning wallpapers are up to 30% off at Design Public. If you’ve been considering wallpaper, now is the time to commit!

In case you are not familiar with this excellent  company, they have been around since 1946, collaborating with stellar designers to create unique wallpaper designs that are not for the meek. Here is just a small sample of the variety available from Graham and Brown.

Jubilee by Graham and Brown

Jubilee is for those of you who long for London; this jolly good paper is full of 1950s icons from the fair city.

Trippy by Graham and Brown

Trippy has become an icon on its own, a favorite of artistic directors and set designers. It has shown up on period movies and TV shows from the sixties, seventies and eighties. It’s funky print can bring big retro style to any room of the house. Cover everything from all the walls to the ceiling, or go more subtle with just one accent wall.

Concrete Script by Graham and Brown

Script is full of words rendered in a lovely cursive,on a paper that mimics the patina of concrete. Think of it as calligraphy meets graffiti.

Steve Leung Jiao for Graham and Brown

Steve Leung Jiao will bring a climbing botanical garden into your home, flickering with subtle metallic flecks. By the way, Graham and Brown has all sorts of botanical designs, from bold and modern to something straight out of a sweet English country home.

Contour Spa by Graham and Brown

Contour Spa gives a geometric look that works well with styles from mid-century modern to contemporary to eclectic.

To find out more information about any of these wallpapers, simply click on the photos to link to their product pages.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

5 Fantastic Houseboats and Floating Houses

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There is something so romantic about a floating house. Maybe it’s because we imagine a sweet widower played by Tom Hanks and his precocious son living in one in Seattle. I don’t know, what do you think? Anyway, I’ve found myself collecting images of float houses and houseboats on Pinterest lately and searching out float house designers to interview at my other gig over at Houzz. Here are five that caught my eye.

by flickr member _wim_

This brightly-colored houseboat has an ingenious turf roof. And yellow and blue make (grass) green. Simply charming in its simplicity and color palette.

via Dyna Contracting

Float houses are different than houseboats in that you don’t actually drive them around the bay. They are tugged to their slips, usually in float house ‘hoods and give a whole new meaning to living on the water — literal one. This one, designed by Ninebark Design Build and built by Dyna Contracting has one bedroom and one bathroom and a wonderful open living space with big views.

photo by Marcus Peabody

It was a little hard to track down much information about this house as I fell down a Pinterest rabbit hole trying to find out more, which led to nowhere. However, thanks to Google reverse search (thank you “Catfish” for helping me learn how to use that), it seems it was posted by inspiration green in a blog post. The cabin floats atop Perry Creek, near the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. I’ll have to look for it this summer when I’m up there. I love the way they have created a container garden out in the middle of the water around their float home!

This amazing home in Portland, Oregon got its 15 minutes of fame on a recent episode of Portlandia. It was designed by architect Robert O’Shatz, who is a master of organic architecture. It was in the episode featuring Steve Buscemi as The Celery Guy and served as evil Bacon’s house.

When I was visiting some friends who moor their boat in Georgetown, Maine last summer, I was struck by these romantic little float houses you can rent. They are towed out into the harbor at Robinhood Marina. I’d love to wake up surrounded by this beautiful place. Click here for more information on renting a snug little floating house.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Sale! Kartell and Magis 15% off This Week

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We know now that the weather is warm that you may be lacking some cool yet comfy outdoor furniture. So we’ve slashed prices on outdoor selections from Kartell and Magis. The Kartell sale runs through June 8, 2014 and the Magis sale runs through June 9, 2014. Completely outfit your space or fill in a hole with a settee, sofa, armchair, lounge chair or bistro table and dining chairs. Here’s a few of the highlights from the sale to tempt you. And P.S., many of these items work just as well indoors too!

Kartell Bubble Armchair

Cozy up like James Spader and William Shatner used to at the end of every episode of Boston Legal in this new classic, the playful Kartell Bubble Armchair. Price is slashed from $800 to $680 now through June 8, 2014. The Bubble also comes in a sofa version.

Kartell Magic Hole Sofa

For a more streamlined look, consider the Kartell Magic Hole Sofa. This is a wonderful piece to set out on the front porch for curb appeal, waving to neighbors and watching the world go by. It also will give a hint to your modern and/or contemporary interior from the street. Currently on sale for $935 from $1100 through June 8, 2014.

Magis Table One Bistro, Outdoor

Make dining al fresco a breeze with this modern bistro table from Magis. It comes in a square top or round top version and comes in table height and high-top table height. It’s been marked down from $999 to $849.15 now through June 9, 2014.

Magis Chair One, Concrete Base

Pair the table height with a pair or two of the Magis Chair Ones, now on sale from $1378 to $1171.30 for two, now through June 9, 2014. Choose from red, black or white.

Magis Paso Doble Chaise Lounge

For a more relaxed pose, treat yourself to a Magis Paso Doble Chaise Lounge. This curved silhouette means you’ll be comfy reading a book, chatting over frozen cocktails or just soaking up some rays. On sale from $1979 to $1682.15 through June 9, 2014.

There are plenty more items to tempt you for the rest of the week.

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