Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Small accents

The last couple of months have been full of designing, creating and refining as we get ready to launch our newest offering of storage items this spring.
One focus has been on using new materials for some of our handle options.
Small accents can really make a difference in a piece such as storage.
Take a look to see what we've been up to.

cotton rope from knot & rope supply
This soft and simple cotton rope from Knot & Rope Supply is a perfect accent for those nautical / coastal inspired products.

Tote-style basket with long cotton rope handles.

Our new Nautical Stripe storage basket with cotton rope handles.

For something with a bit more contrast and some serious texture, I found this manila rope. Manila is a form of hemp, so it takes on that real natural feel.
I love how this simple change makes such a difference in these baskets on a kid-friendly shelf. The natural tones and texture provides a nice balance to the bright colors and white accents on the shelf.

manila rope from Knot & Rope Supply. 
manila rope handles on kids shelf storage.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Custom rug with Simply Grove

A few months back, we had the privilege and honor of working with Kirsten Grove, of the very awesome blog Simply Grove, on a custom rug design for a special project.

The rug and entire room look amazing! Check out Kirsten's feature on her blog here .We love it!
Read on below for details about the process of creating this custom rug.
photo credit ~ Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

We started out with some basic concepts around the style Kirsten and her client were looking for: striped or geometric, vintage and southwestern styles.
They settled on this image of a rug I had modified from other designs and actually created for my own home.
sketch modifying a previous design

finished rug in my foyer 

Now that we had nailed down the design direction, it was time for us to talk about color!
I sent Kirsten a colonial mills' yarn pom, which is basically a big ring of all the yarns and fabric we carry in house. We encourage designers to use this pom as a working tool from which they can pick color combinations for their designs.

Kirsten's client, Kayla, getting ready to pick her colors from the yarn pom!
photo credit ~ Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove
They decided on a black and off-white color scheme for some real pop. The rug, meant for a dining room, also needed to be larger than the original design we were working from. Therefore, we had to work on the appropriate scale for the diamonds to get just the right look.
The rug getting some finishing touches in our Rhode Island factory
Thank you to Kirsten Grove and Kaley for including us in this project.
We had so much fun!