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Fall Decorating Tips

Fall is nearly here! Leaves are starting to change, mornings are getting cooler, and school is back in session. We’ve been shipping out seasonal décor since July! We hope you’re as excited as we are for you to unpack and merchandise your new products. Whether you love a rustic look or a more modern aesthetic, merchandising your products with natural accents is a great way to embellish your store and help your customers envision the products in their own space.

While long branches with fall leaves look stunning in an oversized vase or as a centerpiece, waiting for peak color change in your area may mean that you won’t be seeing those lovely vibrant leaves until mid-late October or even November. Don’t let that stop you from bringing the outdoors in!
Pumpkins and gourds come in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and colors. Wagons, baskets, and shelves are great pieces to accent with these autumn classics!  Remember pumpkins don’t fare well if they’re too hot or too cold, so keep them indoors when the weather isn’t quite right (or plan to replace them).

Prefer lower maintenance décor? You can still join in on the fun! Berry stems, pussy willow, and dried wheat sheaves are lovely additions to vases and buckets. Fill decorative cloches with festive items like pheasant tail feathers or acorns. Tied bundles of cinnamon sticks not only smell amazing but can be used to fill vases and jars. Long branches are fantastic seasonal additions that can be hung on the wall or suspended from the ceiling to display fall textiles and garlands. Have fun with your Fall décor! And remember to tag us when you post images of your displays with #creativelyyours!

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Curating Ranch: Creative Co-Op’s Newest Trend

We would love to officially introduce you to our newest collection: Ranch! While you’ve likely seen this collection in the showroom, your catalog, or online, we wanted to give you an in depth look at how this collection came about and our vision for the products within it.

The inspiration for a collection can start as a small idea. Hours, days, weeks, and months later, the small inspiration grows into the vast array of styles that you see when you enter our showrooms.

Ranch was originally imagined as a Colorado Ranch style.

The color palette and the mixture of materials a key piece of the puzzle when we start to make our dreams a reality. For Ranch, we gathered neutral tones, varying textures, and paired them with warm, earthy tones. Mixed metals, classic leather, and cow hide are staple materials of this collection. Ranch is grounded with Kilim rugs and textiles echoing traditional and Navajo prints.

This eclectic mix is where rustic meets refined. It showcases a western elegance that is masculine and rugged, yet cozy and classic. We’ve updated traditional ranch décor to adopt the fresh, comfortable style that you see in the showroom. You’ll find a hint of cowboy with items like horse-bit taper holders, a brass-finished hat, and “Hey Y’all” and “Yeehaw” pillows, but the thing we are most excited about?  The fact that the items within this collection simply blend beautifully into so many other looks; classic, contemporary, or even a boho vibe. Many of the classic pieces within Ranch are timeless additions to any space.

We hope you enjoy imagining how items from Ranch can be mixed into your curated collections. We would love to see it in your stores! Remember to tag us with the hashtag #creativelyyours on Instagram for the chance to be featured on our website.

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Effortless Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

From daytime picnics to happy hours, summer is the season of outdoor entertaining! Whether you’re having an afternoon of lawn game tournaments and BBQ or treating your friends to classy evening cocktails, planning ahead and having outdoor entertaining essentials lets you spend your time enjoying the event, rather than cooped up in the kitchen.

Having drinks readily available allows guests to choose their own beverage or replenish when needed. This galvanized metal beverage tub is perfect for a more casual event. Equipped with a bottle opener on the side, guests won’t need to hunt down the bottle openers that always seem to walk away. Put a bucket underneath to catch bottle caps to keep them from landing on the patio.

Bar carts are an excellent alternative for smaller spaces because they’re easy to integrate into different spaces in the home. Try it as a bar cart for events and then a guest room side table for everyday use. Fill a large bowl with ice to store bottled beverages and add a pitcher of flavored water or premade punch. Our stainless steel cocktail shaker has recipes directly on the shaker if you opt for a mix-it-yourself bar!

Prep your bar cart with glasses, cups, or mugs – whichever is best suited for the beverage of choice for the gathering.

Utensil holders and food covers keep the bugs away and utensils clean until you’re ready to eat.

Berry bowls, serving trays, and pinch pots are some of our favorite serving essentials because they help make prep easy! Pre-wash your berries and throw them back in the fridge until you’re ready to eat! Pinch pots work great as condiment bowls and can be pre-filled the day of the party! Serving trays and platters are great hostess gifts and are useful for carrying food to and from the kitchen.

Don’t forget a set of napkins and cheerful napkin rings! Not only do cloth napkins look fantastic at the table, they’re much more durable and eco-friendly than paper! We’ve just released these sets that are made of thick woven cotton—perfect for BBQs.

Whether your gathering is large or small, we have a wide assortment of functional and decorative items to complete your tablescapes and make your preparations a breeze. We hope all of your summer gatherings are full of friends, family, laughter, and joy!

 

Tag us on Instagram with #creativelyyours to show off your use of Creative Co-Op products at your gatherings and for the chance to be featured on our website.

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Oprah’s Favorite Bakers

Oprah Winfrey loves our stoneware mini bakers! These hot little dishes made it onto her 2016 Favorite Things list.

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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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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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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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