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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Q&A with Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture

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Mod Mom FurnitureThe newest addition to the DP family: Mod Mom Furniture. Mod Mom, aka Kiersten Hathcock, personally designs and builds all of her modern, mid-century inspired children’s furniture from her home garage.

Personally, I think it is hard to beat beautiful handmade furniture built by a mom with a power saw.

Enjoy the Q&A!

We know a little bit about your story…ex-TV network marketing executive turned stay-at-home mom turned self-taught furniture designer/builder. I absolutely love that you went for the power tools rather than the sewing machine or knitting needles. Now we want the full scoop. How did Mod Mom Furniture really get off the ground?

Mod Mom Furniture really came out of me needing two things: 1.) Another source of income (since we lost my salary) and 2.) An outlet to channel all the drive and creativity that surprisingly didn’t go away when I decided to stay home with the kids (then 6-months and 4-years). After leaving the corporate world, I took freelance marketing jobs and even nannied to help make ends meet but also be home with the kids. During that time, in 2005, I rekindled my love for woodworking while building a tiki bar and luau tables with a friend for my husband’s birthday party. I had forgotten how much fun it was to build and started to really think about how I could turn it into a business.

I started very slowly building toy bins and selling them to friends (who were kind enough not to point out the flaws because they wanted to be Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Thanks Hybrid-Home!

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Hybrid-Home Bike Love PrintOur friends at Hybrid-Home graciously sent us one of their new Limited Edition Bike Love Prints. A very attractive scarlet red, I must say.

I know there are already a number of bike lovers out there, but recently we discussed how to create the next generation of bike aficionados…start from birth! We envision a new type of nursery with a completely different angle, moving away from the pastels and cute animals. Imagine the Oeuf Sparrow Crib in gray, a couple Erich Ginder Ghost Antler Coat Racks on the wall (away from baby’s reach, of course!), maybe a Patrick Townsend Orbit Chandelier if space permits, and of course a nicely framed Hybrid-Home Bike Love Print as a major focal point. Just imagine how influential a room like this could be on a child!

View all of Hybrid-Home’s new color options for their limited edition prints.

Pictured: DP’s Antoi peeking over the new Bike Love print. Thanks Hybrid-Home!

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Q&A with Matthew and Ariana Broerman of Paper Cloud

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Ariana and Matt Broerman of Paper CloudDesigners Matthew and Ariana Broerman of Paper Cloud have brought a truly handmade approach to design. All of their pieces, from journals to pillows to cards to lampshades, are made solely by the duo in their Cincinnati studio.

If you are on the hunt for a geniunely handmade item for your home, Paper Cloud is a great place to start. Enjoy the Q&A!

I find it inspiring that you two went from making handmade holiday cards for your friends and family to starting a business as extensive as Paper Cloud. A dream for many of us (myself included)! How did Paper Cloud come together and get off the ground?

When we started Paper Cloud in the fall of 2005, we had both been working as designers for two years in Cincinnati. We got great responses from the cards we were making for friends and family and we loved the idea of working and designing for ourselves. Matt comes from a very entrepreneurial family, and he grew up seeing the freedom and flexibility you have when you own your own business. Both of those things Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Float like a butterfly sting like a…

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When I think of butterflies, I think of two things:

1) The Silence of the Lambs

2) Even more terrifying than that, Mariah Carey’s apartment on MTV Cribs.

However, Alexander McQueen, who rocks, has me coming around to butterfly love just a little. Perhaps it’s because of Julian Schnabel. Whatever it is, I believe we are in the middle of a butterfly blitzkrieg in design right now:

Alexander McQueen as seen in Harper’s Bazaar:

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from Domino magazine:

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Sunday, January 6th, 2008

TV Lives – The Wire is Back!

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Sheeeeeeee-yit! I am so happy to report that the best show on television starts up again tomorrow night – the final season of “The Wire” airs on HBO at 9 p.m. EST. Of course, I’ve cheated and watched it on On Demand twice already. I love to try and hold out for the Sunday night time and get my dose when I should, but I could not sit at home for a week with a cold, when all the other shows on TV seemed to involve Tila Tequila, people losing weight, or reruns about sex crime forensics, and NOT watch the first episode of “The Wire.” I mean, I’ve been re-upping on all of the other seasons and interviews for months now in preparation for this episode!

My favorite scene had to be the Xerox scene, though usually the drug dealers and little hoppers are MUCH smarter than that. Did you notice that the latest package is being branded as “Greenhouse Gas?” A few years ago, it was “WMD.” They keep up with the times. I can’t believe how the show Read the rest of this entry »

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