Trend Inspiration / Morocco

New this season, the Morocco collection includes many of our handmade home accents from all over the world that utilize rich colors, textures, and natural materials. Here is some of the imagery that inspired our product designers. 

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KEY POINTS
Warm and exotic. Layers of opulent texture referencing traditional Moroccan pattern and shapes. Combining warm neutral tones with metallics and saturated colors.

MATERIALS
Silver and gold in both high shine and antiqued finishes. Light colored natural aged wood. Rich woven natural fiber textiles. Smoky translucent glassware.

COLOR RANGE
Smoky neutral brown and grey. Rich saturated colors: purple, blue, green and a touch of pink.

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Tabletop Display Ideas for Holiday

Holiday Decorative Centerpiece

Make a statement this holiday season(or any season really) by arranging your favorite figurines, candles, collected treasures from nature, or other ephemera in a glass large vessel or cloche. This works well for as dining table centerpiece, an eye-catching mantle decoration, or a fun bookshelf treasure. Combine a family keepsake with a magical warm LED light strand or gather pine cones and twigs to compliment animal figurines. Be creative and make a special scene that is all your own. We have gathered our favorite Creative Co-Op items that can be used in infinite ways to make your holidays merry and bright!

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Notes From the Road / Frankfurt 2015

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After a short stop in our Portland design studio, we headed to beautiful Frankfurt, Germany for a quick buying trip filled with lots of inspiring city scenes. Frankfurt is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and because of its central location, a major hub for business and travel. The city is a mix of very old traditional architecture and modern high rise buildings. We enjoyed all of the street side markets, the convenient(albeit crowded) subway system, and the stylish and charming people that we met there.

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A beautiful old building we noticed while walking to dinner and the Frankfurt subway.

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A street-side cheese vendor.

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Behind the Scenes in the Creative Co-Op Showrooms {Video}

Take a behind the scenes tour of our award winning showrooms. This year was a huge success in Dallas, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. Each showroom was filled with thousands of new products and favorite offerings, each innovatively merchandised. From open to close, we were joined by our hard working sales force and fantastic customers.  If you missed us this year in person, find your sales representative or request a catalog online at creativecoop.com to see all the exciting new products we have to offer.

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Notes From the Road / Paris 2015

Just as soon as the Atlanta, Dallas, and Las Vegas shows wrapped up, our product development team jumped on a plane to Paris, France. Creative Co-Op is dedicated to continually bringing our customer creative and innovative products. We travel the world to scout for inspiration, trends, and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Here are some photos and notes from our first stop in the city of love.

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Mini Baker Mac and Cheese Recipe

What could possibly be better than gooey, rich, baked mac and cheese? How about mac and cheese in your own special dish? Food just tastes better when it is served in one of our stoneware mini-bakers!

This extra cheesy, undeniably yummy, macaroni and cheese recipe is a perfect late winter meal! I make this recipe often at my house and it is always a big hit. Calories? Well, I didn’t call it low-fat mac and cheese. I don’t eat it every night, but darn it’s good! Leftovers keep well inside the mini bakers. Just place paper or plastic wrap over the baker and then put the lid on top of that. Feel free to make this recipe your own by adding ham, lobster, broccoli, or anything else you love in your mac.

Enjoy!
-Tamra

Mac and Cheese recipe in mini bakers

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Creative Co-Op Wins Atlanta VDA Award!

We are very honored to have won the Permanent Showroom VDA award for Building 2 Floor 10 at Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart! This award recognizes excellence in visual presentation, use of space, product placement and overall composition. Thank you to all of the amazing Creative Co-Op employees that worked long hours to make it happen and our equally amazing customers for making the show a great success.

Head over to our Facebook page to take a look inside our showroom.

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Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Final)

From the road…

After Turkey we flew back to Germany and did some business there too.

In summary, we were in 6 different countries in 10 days – it felt a bit like the movie “Around the World in 80 Days!” We’ve ended our journey back in familiar China – traveling on the new railway system here that has finally connected the most northern parts of China with the southernmost city where our offices are located.  Hungary II_NFTR

Our next release is going to be full of new surprises for everyone! Thank you all for allowing us to do what we love to do – you inspire us to keep creating!”

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the summer markets!

From the road… Tamra!

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Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Part 4)

From the road…

“We met a new friend, Ahmet, and his family – they are third generation rug weavers. I never knew there was so much to know about rugs! The best weavers in Turkey live in remote villages mainly in the regions of Anatolia. When working in the workshops that weave these intricate rugs, Ahmet and his family also gather and purchase old items from these remote villages. Kilim_NFTR

Kilim Rugs – these rugs are amazing and are true masterpieces! Their ages range from 80 – 100 years old! Kilim rugs are used as a way to communicate in many of these remote villages. Kilim rugs are like a language: people write about their dreams of being married, acceptance of marriage, future children as well as other wishes and dreams.  Read more »

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Notes From the Road, Spring 2014 (Part 3)

From the road…

The people we met along the way were amazing characters – each with their own story. Hungary is rich in history and they are not shy to tell you all about it!

We stopped at so many places and each time we stopped we found a new bread bowl or an old wheat sack with the family’s initials on the outside.

It was truly a unique experience and we hope our customers will enjoy the finds and the effort that went into hunting them down!

Then, because it simply was logical as it too ended in “y,” we were off to Istanbul, Turkey. In an hour and a half you can really be somewhere different! The world is amazing – Istanbul is HUGE – exotic and full of life! I used to think Europe was old until I wandered the streets and ruins found in Istanbul. There is no end to the shopping you can find there, but we had our sights on some old things as often old is better – it comes with a story.

Stay tuned to hear more about Istanbul, Turkey. We can’t wait to share our new release with you at the summer markets!

From the road… Tamra

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