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!
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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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Trend Inspiration / Golden Age

May your days be merry and bright… and may all your Christmases be GOLD! I think that’s how it goes anyway. Metals have made a big come-back all throughout home décor in recent years. For holiday gold is bigger than ever. It reads as both totally modern and absolutely classic. The golden age collection is striking, elegant, and festive. Try an all gold tree with strands of garland and ornaments galore or a more subtle statement with a beautiful golden winged angel. Here are some of the golden sights that inspired this collection.

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Traditional feel with a modern silhouettes. Feathers, wings, horses, antlers, geometric shapes, and non-traditional Christmas trees are all featured.

MATERIALS
Metals in gold and copper both high shine and antiqued finish. Coated glass and natural materials such as leaves and painted wood.

COLOR RANGE
Gold tones from bright yellow gold to muted antique gold. Some silver, canvas or matte white.

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Trend Inspiration / Flirt

Our Flirt collection is just that, a flirt! Fun, light-hearted, and VERY cute. Vintage prints and shapes come together with modern motifs to create this playful collection. Brass and gold tones make a big splash along with pink and citrus tones. For a statement piece, check out the floral print upholstered chair or clover shaped gold bar cart. Looking for a gift item? Take a look at the whimsical ring holders, they have been hugely popular!

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KEY POINTS
Dimensional and print patterns, lively textures, and bold shapes. Layered wall art, piles of pillows, and small treasures. A flirty mix of feminine floral and rich bold wall pieces. Modern in feeling with vintage patterns.

MATERIALS
Metals! Brass and gold in shiny and antiqued finishes. Colorful enamel, bright white porcelain, floral printed fabric, jeweled glass, and shiny painted wood.

COLOR RANGE
Sunny yellow and citrus orange to coral and salmon. Bright hues mixed with dusky tones. Shiny white, bone, and warm honey.

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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

Guten Tag!

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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