The Power of Pretty – Embellish 2017 | Volume 2

a letter from Tamra Bryant, Senior Vice President of Product and Merchandising  Tamra in Harper tunic

I’m personally thrilled to finally show you all of the new items Creative Co-Op is introducing in our latest Embellish catalog. A home is happiest when it is an extension of who lives inside, and we feel the same about the new Embellish clothing pieces. We want these to be an extension of each and every customer’s personality. Simply put, we want the customer to feel pretty! The power behind a woman that feels pretty in what she wears is undeniable! I’ve learned through the years that pretty doesn’t mean fancy. Embellish is about enhancing the individual characteristics and personalities within. We want you to be able to truly live in what you are wearing and feel special too.

Our items are made from all natural fibers that are woven and hand-dyed specifically for our clothes. We’ve paid attention to details like arm length, buttons, contrasting stitches, pleating on the sides to make the dress hang just right, and slits that are not too high but just high enough. And did I mention pockets? Wherever possible we added pockets! The pieces we’ve chosen for this release are amazing, everyday basics with unique twists. Many are inspired by my own struggle to find what I felt comfortable living an active, casual life in.

We truly have taken a personal approach to this new launch and thought long and hard about “the power of pretty.” As often is the case with these journeys, this led me to feel profound gratitude for the privileges that we have each day. We felt it was important to spread that power as best we could as a company. Therefore, a part of the proceeds of all sales from the Embellish clothing items will be donated to charity to help educate and empower women.

We hope you find our expanded clothing line as exciting as we do. We wish you so much success and deeply thank you for your business.

—  Tamra

Lily dress     dresses on hangers     Brooklyn dress

 

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Take It Inside: Fall and Winter Gardening

 

You may miss the sun’s warmth on your face when Fall’s cool weather arrives, but there’s no reason you’ve got to put your gardening gloves away as the seasons change. Put your hands to use and take your gardening activities indoors.

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Have you tried your hand at forcing bulbs? An easy process, winter and spring flowering bulbs like amaryllis, paperwhite narcissus, and hyacinths can brighten living spaces when the view outdoors is dreary and brown.

Shallow pots work very well, but pots of varying depths can be used; you’ll simply need a little more filler. Add enough pebbles or gravel to hold the bulbs in place. (If it’s a deeper pot, you can even fill it in with bubble wrap and then place your stones on top!) You don’t want to cover them, but do load up your vessel with bulbs – think about the payoff of a myriad of blooms!

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Once your bulbs are in place, add enough water to reach the base of the bulbs, just shy of touching them. Put your planter in a sunny spot, and watch how quickly roots will take – that will usually happen in just a day or two. In another month’s time, you’ll have gorgeous blooms bursting forth!

 

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate where tropicals thrive, but need to bring your plants inside once the temperature dips, you can show off larger specimens in statement planters. And we’ve got some great ones! These vessels look as great with twigs and branches in them as they do with live plants.

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And don’t forget some other basic necessities if you’re going to keep the dirt off you and off your floors, and things that help keep your planting area organized.

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Recipe File: Height of Summer BLTs with Roasted Poblano Aioli

The best parties always leave the host time to mingle with their guests and RELAX. If you’re the host, all the more reason to try to stick to that rule!

set the table for your Summer Party

For your next summer shindig, come up with a menu that lets your guests build their own dinner. Setting up stations where your friends and family can tailor their meal to their tastes is key. Pretty glasses and lemonade with some sliced strawberries and a few spirits mean the grownups can make a cocktail that’s theirs alone. Kids (let’s be honest, not only the kids) will love scooping their own ice cream for dessert, adding some sprinkles and syrups on top.

But the star of your meal – especially if you have at the ready these summery plates– will be the BLTs. Not just any BLTs, mind you. These have an added oomph that will bring smiles all around. This easy to make Roasted Poblano Aioli might just make the best BLT you’ve ever had.

BLT prep

It all takes just a little prep work, nothing too arduous. It is summer, after all. Roast the poblanos, cook the bacon, slice and toast the bread. Slice up those delicious tomatoes – sort of medium thickness – and wash the lettuce. You’re practically done! The aioli comes together quickly in a food processor.

After the party, if there’s any left, the poblano aioli can be served alongside grilled pork chops, stirred into corn and tortilla soup, dolloped over your morning sunny-side up eggs. IF there’s any left.

Happy summer!

Roasted Poblano BLT

Height of Summer BLTs with Roasted Poblano Aioli

Good crusty bread
Best tomatoes you can find, either heirloom or even better, home-grown
Bibb or romaine lettuce
Thick cut bacon
Salt and pepper

for the aioli:
2 egg yolks
1 clove garlic
¼ bunch parsley
1 TB lime juice
3 poblano peppers, roasted on the grill or under the broiler, then peeled, seeded, and chopped
Salt
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine and purée the egg yolks, garlic, and parsley in a food processor. Add the lime juice, roasted poblanos, and salt to taste. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, gradually adding more until it’s the consistency of mayonnaise. Check and adjust seasoning.

 

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Home Décor, 2017 Vol. 2

Shooting photos for our catalogs takes many, many hours – weeks, even – but the best days are the ones where the shoot involves a road trip. For the Havana and Waterside collections this season, our “studio” was on the coast near Gearhart, Oregon.

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Setup for the each of the shots actually takes a bit of time. What might look like a scene you’ve just happened upon while strolling on the beach more often than not has been arranged and rearranged, with the art director stepping back to peruse and consider, which then means more rearranging…

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But along the way, amidst all the hard work and long hours, there’s always a little play time.

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We think our catalogs look better than ever! With more than 800 new items in this season’s Home Decor and Flaire catalogs, we hope you enjoy thumbing through them and shopping for new items as much as we did sourcing and shooting our new products.

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Oprah’s Favorite Bakers

Oprah Winfrey loves our stoneware mini bakers! These hot little dishes made it onto her 2016 Favorite Things list.

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Notes From The Road / Asia Summer 2016

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As soon as the weather is as hot and humid as possible, our product development team jumps on a plane and heads to Asia! While the weather isn’t ideal, we have such an amazing time meeting with vendors and seeing the sights that we don’t mind. We work with a huge variety of manufacturers all over the world to be able to bring you all a high quality and broad reaching product line every season. Many manufacturers use traditional artisan techniques and often their companies are a small family affair. One example of a unique product and a strong relationship with its manufacturer is our Corrugated Metal and Wood Decorative Awning. We were able to document part of the production of this item below. Just wait until you see the end product!
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This photo was taken in Fujian province, China. We love seeing such beautiful diverse landscapes as we travel throughout Asia.

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This manufacturer has lots on interesting projects in the works. They specialize in larger wood items that are inspired by French antiques.

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This is the frame of the awning being built. After the frame is built, many steps go into making the final product including adding many layers of wood, metal, and paint to add patina.

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So many beautiful future awnings!

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Viola! This is the final product. This awning is 8 feet long. The customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far. Imagine it as a statement fixture above a table of merchandise.

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Here is the awning in our Atlanta showroom during the summer market. We think it looks just lovely with the rest of the Botanist collection.

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Behind the Scenes / Summer 2016

We are thrilled to offer over 750 new home décor additions this season! As always, we traveled far and worked intensely to create quality, trend-forward goods to share with you all. Here are some highlights from our travels in Asia, and our catalog photography in the Portland, OR office.

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In the Studio with Kellie Montana

Kellie Montana is free-spirited southern girl with a love for the English countryside. She has been a licensed artist with Creative Co-Op since 2013 and, this spring, contributed a charming collection of jewelry to the most recent Embellish catalog. Take a tour of her vibrant studio and read about what inspires her creative process.

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Notes From the Road / Paris and London

Bonjour! Welcome! We recently returned from a month long product trip across the pond looking for inspiration and new ideas. From glamorous home décor shows to flea markets to roadside car boot sales, we scoured France and England to find vintage artwork, color inspiration, and antique items that will all add something unique to our next season’s offering. Merci! Enjoy!

Notes from the Road London and Paris

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In the Studio with Lori Siebert

Lori Siebert is an endlessly imaginative artist that we at Creative Co-Op have had the pleasure of working with since 2011. She has a knack for mixing materials and patterns with whimsical themes, often inspired by nature, to create truly joyful artwork! Lori kindly shared with us a glimpse of her beautiful studios (yes, two!), along with thoughts on her inspiration and her creative process. If you want to see more of her work, you can find her home decor items here and her jewelry here.

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