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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Flaire Displays with Flair!

After many requests to make our Flaire candle display available to customers, we listened and created a complete kit included everything needed to merchandise our USA-made, soy candles. We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but truth be told, this display package is an absolute steal!

Flaire Candle display for retailers

As much as we are impressed with ourselves for offering this display, we have been a hundred times as impressed with our amazing customers and their creativity in integrating the Flaire display into their beautiful stores! A few customers have been generous enough to send us photos of Flaire looking fabulous in their spaces. Take a look!

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Notes From the Road / China and Vietnam

Our product design team recently spent almost two months in Asia scouting amazing new products and meeting with favorite partners to bring our newest home décor  collection to life. In Vietnam we found extraordinary hand woven baskets and furniture, as well as a very a unique collection of bamboo products that we can’t wait to show you! Much of our time in China was spent exploring new glazes, painting techniques and finishes that will enhance our rapidly expanding ceramic offerings. Even with a packed schedule, the team always has their eye out for inspiring sights while traveling. Our next collection could be inspired by something found while taking in a vibrant city scene, walking through lush local flora, or exploring bustling local markets. Though, we have to say, one of the most welcome sights we did see was a very familiar one that always means a good cup of coffee is close at hand.

Beautiful stack of clay pots.

Getting ready for the oven! The beautiful traditional pots will all look very different once they are glazed and fired. It is always inspiring to see the craft behind these ceramics.

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Behind the Scenes / Curated Gatherings

Curated Gatherings was full of firsts. It was our first mid-season release and also our first time hosting a full photo shoot in Portland, Oregon where our product design office is located (not to mention our first time eating Blue Star Donuts… SWOON!). We wanted Curated Gatherings to show new and favorite products together in a light. Unlike our previous releases, the majority of the Curated Gatherings catalog is dedicated to beautiful inspiring images of the collection, rather than strictly product photography. We wanted to show our vision of how these items could be used in the home, and for hosting unique gatherings. In the process, we had a great time styling scenes and photographing in a warehouse space in the inner southeast industrial district of Portland. The space and the light were wonderful and these ladies put in a lot of hours and heavy lifting to make  Curated Gatherings (arguably) our most beautiful catalog yet. See the full catalog here!

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Daffodils for spring.

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In the studio with Chad Barrett

Our newest release, Curated Gatherings, features inspired wall art by Georgia based artist Chad Barrett. We love his expressive style and eye for subtle color and composition. Chad graciously took us on a tour of his stunning studio and shared his inspiration and creative process, not to mention his guiltiest food indulgences. We hope you enjoy getting to know Chad as much as we have!

Artist interview with Chad Barrett for Creative Co-Op. Still life in library.

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Trend Inspiration / Ranch Hand

Welcome to Christmas down home on the range! Now, not everyone thinks of horses and campers and terrariums when they think of the holidays, but we think that this collection is a perfectly fresh twist for holiday decor. Our design team drew inspiration for Ranch Hand from rugged and elegant all-American scenes. Mixing dark leathers and metals with rich turquoises and fleshy warm tones, this collection breaks the green and red mold in a warm and lively way. Try to imagine these pieces with fresh cut garland and a ham roast in the oven. Sounds perfect to us!
Ranch Hand Design Inspiration Home Decor Country Christmas Americana KEY POINTS: Rustic elegance, equestrian, all American vibe.

MATERIALS: Textures of leather and aged wood. brass and black painted metals. Natural aged and weathered finishes.

COLOR RANGE: Bold primary colors. Rich turquoise and navy blue. Nude and fleshy color pastels.rand hand design inspiration americana holiday deco

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