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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Summer Display Contest #YOURCREATIVEDISPLAY

Enter the Creative Co-Op Summer Display Contest for a chance to win a shopping spree on creativecoop.com! Show us how you’ve made your summer merchandise creatively yours.

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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!

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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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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.

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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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