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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2016 Showroom Sneak Preview

We can’t wait to see you all at the winter markets in Atlanta, Dallas, and Las Vegas! Please enjoy this sneak preview of our showroom in the following videos. Take a look and then make your show appointment right away!

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BEHIND THE SCENES / COME WITH ME

Hello!

Heather here, I’m a Graphic Design intern at Creative Co-op, and I’m happy to be guest posting about our most recent photo shoot at the coast for our new release, Come With Me. We brought some of our beautiful new product, and set up a delectable dinner spread right on the beach!

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Creative Recipes / Restorative Ginger Mint Tea

It is officially fall! The weather is getting crisp and cool and all of a sudden our urges to be out and about have turned into urges to curl up in a blanket and read a book with a hot cup  of tea. We all have our go-to teas that we love, but if you want to change things up this year, try making your own herbal tea from scratch! This recipe uses ingredients found in most grocery stores and tastes fresh and restorative. See the full recipe below in our lovely stoneware teapot with hand stamped designs and bamboo handle and matching cups in fun colors.

Tea cups with Ginger and Mint

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Notes From the Road / Flora and Fauna

The product development team is ready to head into fall! We finished up our summer with a long tour in Asia that included China and the Philippines. The Portland office is filling up fast with samples awaiting catalog photography. We are truly excited for you all to see the new release in January! There are still many details to finish up but soon, very soon, you will see what we’ve been working on the last 6 months.

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Creative Recipes / Watermelon Mint Salad

We like our salads filled with honey and fruit!  Not to mention yummy feta cheese. Don’t worry, we added fresh mint for to keep things green. These seasonal ingredients come together so wonderfully that there is hardly a dressing, just a simple drizzle of honey. You can pick up all of these ingredients at your local farmers market. All four of them! This recipe is about quality over quantity.  Smell and knock on watermelons (or whatever your system is) until you find the perfect one, get fresh local honey, spend a little more on the good feta, and find the mintiest mint. After that, the rest is easy!

honey watermelon mint feta salad

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3 Design Ideas – Vintage Tribal Sack

Our found vintage tribal sacks are undeniably stunning. That said, not everyone out there is in the market for a new sack 😉 We have had many requests from customers to share our ideas for creative uses of these bags. Since they are currently marked down as a show special at the moment, we thought this would be a great time to show off some great uses.

design inspiration with kilim bags

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Behind the Scenes / Home Decor Vol. 2

We were so in love with the rattan open wing chair when it arrived that we knew it had to grace the cover of our new catalog. That decision was easy. Getting the right photo, on the other hand, was a whole other story. Take a look behind the scenes of our most recent photo shoot in downtown Portland and on the Oregon coast.

behind the scenes of our home decor photo shoot

Our not-so-cooperative model, Tank and adventures in the Pacific ocean.

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Creative Recipes / Blood Orange and Grapefruit Spritzer

Summer is in full swing and the weather is heating up all around! ‘Tis the season of backyard barbecues, ice cream socials, and porch sitting with good friends. Next time you are looking for a fun refreshing beverage for your summer activities, try this insanely simple recipe. It is easy, delicious, and ultra cute (especially in our vintage reproduction pressed glass).

Ingredients for grapefruit blood orange sparkling juice

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How do you votive?

The beauty of so many of our products is that they are open to interpretation. We will develop a piece of home décor and style it one way for our catalog photo shoot. Then our merchandising team puts their spin on things and displays it another way in our showroom. After that, all sorts of unique and amazing independent retailers integrate the item into their curated collection of goods. Finally, the individuals who purchase the item welcome it into their home to beautify their space in whatever way they see fit. One person’s fresh egg holder might be another person’s quirky earring tray. One person might see a perfect cheese spread while someone else will envision a display of succulents.

Creative Ideas for uses of votive holders!

In this post we take one item and show it three different ways. We would love to hear your ideas of how you would use this votive holder! Tell us what you think below.

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