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Rachel Welsh

In Art/ best of/ Decor/ Design/ Entertaining/ Eye Candy/ Fashion/ Interiors/ Kitchen/ Weekly Finds

Best of (Vol. 4)

Spring is here! We’ve got all things sunny in our latest Best of.

1. How perfect are these for a spring brunch?

2. “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy” and these shoes on my feet will too. Get them while you can…they are marked way down!!

3. Our Pom Pom Pillows are here and we LOVE this one. We have a special discount code for our readers. Save 20% with code POMPOM20 at checkout!

4. How cute is this dress?

5. This swing for lazy afternoons on the porch. They are having a 25%OFF sitewide sale through 3/31.

Hope it’s sunny in your neck of the woods!

In Art/ Beach/ Design/ Entrepreneur/ Featured Artist

“Meet the Artist”-Summer Strauch

When you’re greeted with “Aloha,” you know it’s going to be a good day and a fun Q&A. In this “Meet the Artist” post, we introduce you to photographer Summer Strauch. The positive vibes radiate from Summer and you can feel them in her work too. We loved hearing about Summer’s creative process and more.

A little business…

CB: What/who inspires you in your daily work?

SS: Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of a surf legend, Paul Strauch Jr. I spent my childhood playing in the sand and deep in the ocean watching him surf. I feel myself by the sea. It gives me strength, serenity and fills me with ideas and creativity. So naturally, the beach is many main inspiration, however everyday something and someone new inspires me artistically. From local surfers in Bolinas, California where I have a beach house to the way the tide is moving the ocean and even my dad’s classic Hawaiian surf stories. And I’m so grateful for the daily inspiration.

CB: How did you develop your unique photography style?

SS: A contrast of both bright colors and muted tones, my aesthetic is focused on the ocean and surfing. Music inspires how I see things. It might have something to do with the fact that I worked as a Producer at MTV for 15 years! I see an image through upbeat and happy lyrics playing in my mind. They play over and over in my head until I capture a picture that speaks to it all and tells that exact poetic story. That is my creative process, so you can find music at the root of my inspiration and it has definitely helped me develop my personal photography style. I lean towards happy and fun songs because they best express how I see things. And I feel very lucky about that.

CB: Does having worked in the television industry help you set up a shot differently?

SS: I always had a love for photography. Although working with video and film cameras is quite different, setting the shot has similarities in all formats. For me, it’s all about the details. I remember shooting MTV’s House of Style with Bar Refaeli. It was the middle winter in New York City about 15 degrees and we were doing a segment on bathing suits in the Botanical Gardens. I wanted the viewer to believe we were in the desert, so we lit sternos and held them under the camera so it looked like the heat was rising. Every time I yelled cut, I wrapped heating blankets around Bar and promised my staff it was all worth the shot. The funny thing is I never had time to explore my own photography because I was so busy with the TV shows I was working on. It wasn’t until about a few years ago, that I decided to really get out there, take photographs and sell my work. Once I did it, I remember asking myself, ‘What took you so long?’ But you know what…better late than never!

CB: Any advice for people looking to make a living with their photography?

SS: I think everyone who has a dream of being a photographer needs to know ‘You can do it!’. Your vision matters, the way you see things is so unique to who you are and people want to see your story…I promise.

I think the biggest step you can take is to start printing your photos, and print them BIG. Once you see them in front of you, you start to feel it’s real and more importantly you start to own the fact that YOU ARE A PHOTOGRAPHER.

CB: In your opinion, what is the best part of taking a photograph?

SS: For me, it’s hearing what song comes to mind when I look through the lens. And then, seeing what I captured. Sometimes I am surprised by a dolphin jumping or pelicans flying in perfect formation over surfers below.

A little personal….

CB: What is your favorite vacation destination?

SS: Hawaii, of course.

CB: Your inbox..0 or 9,999?

SS: 9,999 or 83,554 to be exact…I focus on what I need to. Ha!

Be sure to follow Summer @summerstrauch and see more of her work at summerstrauch.com.

In Entrepreneur/ Featured Retailer/ Uncategorized

Featured Retailer-The Market on Washington

Our retailers are THE best! We are so thankful for all of them-they choose to put our products in their shops and nothing makes us happier than to support our retail partners. Today we wanted to feature one of our newest retailers, The Market on Washington, in Clarkesville, GA. Here’s our Q & A with the owner, Jen Harkness.

CB: What is your favorite part of having your store?

MW: My favorite part of having my own store is having a place where I can truly be myself. I love not knowing what the day holds. I love having the freedom to create something new and exciting and express myself through our displays. I will never take for granted the feeling of waking up and actually be excited to get to work and create something that makes people smile. I have worked corporate jobs where I sat at a desk all day and could only dream about being where I am now, which makes me especially enjoy each little moment here, even if it’s as simple as bringing my puppy with me to the shop every day.

CB: Who/what inspires you daily?

MW: Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to look! For me, it’s anything such as traveling, reading, taking a walk or simply browsing the internet. I have so many folders saved on my phone of color palettes I’m currently liking, textures I love, materials I would like to use and even notes of how I felt when I was at a particular place and how I can re-create that feeling for my customers. I recently went on a trip to Paris so I am especially into all things French right now, haha! My customers are also a big inspiration to me, though they may not even realize it. It makes my heart skip when they walk in and gasp over something new that we have created or when they comment on our new products and say what a wonderful job we are doing. Moments like that inspire me to work harder each season and to continue thinking outside the box for ways to surprise our regulars and new-comers with what we have in store for them!

CB: What is one trend (genre/product) you predict will be big in 2019?

MW: I think two trends: Clean Beauty and bold patterns!

I think that people are becoming more aware and conscious of not only what they are putting in their bodies, but also what they are putting on their skin. Our Beauty Bar is filled with lines that are all natural, clean and cruelty-free. We started small, but after noticing how often our customers were coming in to try new products, we have now expanded and offer lines such as Little Seed Farm, French Girl Organics, RMS Beauty, Lola Jane Naturals and more! I knew Clean Beauty was something I was interested in, but after seeing the products on our Beauty Bar become some of the best sellers in our entire shop I know it’s something others are interested in, too!

I have also noticed our customers gravitating towards bold patterns and fun colors lately. I think everything has been so neutral and filled with greys and whites in the last few years and now people are wanting to add some pops of color (which is great for me, as I am basically a human pinata and always adding color!) One of the reasons I was drawn to your brand is your use of color and patterns. After seeing the positive response from our customers over your accessories, I am even more excited for your collaboration with Toss Designs and the Bamboo Navy pajamas and cosmetic bags. I know they are going to be a hit!

CB: What is your favorite gift to give?

MW: Gift giving is my love language but I don’t know that I have one go-to gift. Instead, I pay attention to the people I care about and what they love and I try to giving something special and unique. I think you can feel that when you’re in my shop-there is literally something for every woman. When I buy products, I try to think of gifts and items that would suit different personalities. There are definitely products that are completely me, but then there is also a glimpse of my younger sister, my best friend, my mama and the other women dear to me. I think as long as you put a lot of thought into a gift you can’t go wrong.

CB: How did you get in the gift/retail industry?

MW: I have always loved working retail. I worked a 9-5 corporate job for a few years and needed a more fun, relaxed environment so I would also work part-time retail jobs during the holidays for fun. I knew I wanted my own store someday so finally when I was in a position to leave my desk job, I started working at a small home decor shop in my hometown so that I could learn the ins and outs of running a small business. After a year of working there, my friend and the owner of the shop said that she was closing the Clarkesville location to focus on her other store in Atlanta and her new baby. I have always tried to live by the “If not now, when? If not me, who?” mantra and I knew I didn’t want the opportunity to pass by. So, I went home that night, prayed about it and discussed it with my family. The next morning, I knew I was ready and so I leaped. It has been so worth it every day since.

CB: Outside of your store, what do you like to do for fun with your time?

MW: Well, I just got a new puppy, Winston, a wire fox terrier that is so cute and so full of mischief so he is pretty time consuming right now, haha! Other than him, I love to travel and have some pretty fun trips lined up for this year.

CB: Your inbox…0 or 9,999?

MW: Oh gosh! I can’t stand a full inbox so I clean mine out daily! I separate everything into folders and the only ones left in my inbox are things I need to follow up with that week.

We love our retailers and seeing their shops. Be sure to follow @themarketonwashington on Instagram to see the newest arrivals and more of this adorable shop. If you are in Clarkesville, GA, be sure to stop in and say hello!

The Market on Washington
1358 Washington St
Clarkesville, GA 30523
(706) 760-5003

In Art/ Decor/ Design/ Entrepreneur/ Featured Artist

Meet the Artist-Teil Duncan

We have been captivated with Teil Duncan’s artwork (another Instagram find) and had to share her with you in one of our “Meet the Artist” introductions. We love the story she tells with her paintbrush and wanted to know more about the artist behind the gorgeous work.

A little business…

CB: When did you notice that you had an eye and natural artistic talent?

TD: At a young age, my mom noticed the time I spent drawing, so she enrolled me in art classes after school for several years. When I reached high school, my art teacher, Mr. Robert Dozier, expressed a confidence in me and that lead me to pursue it even further.

CB: How did you develop your unique style and how would you describe it?

TD: Over the years of practice! I think a style can only emerge after dabbling in your craft for a long period of time, emulating artwork that you love, until one day your artistic “fingerprint” naturally develops.

CB: How or what do you to get started on a piece?

TD: I usually reference a photograph. Whatever subject I am thinking of taking on, I like to take advantage of the lighting and capture it in various angles. I refer to the photo with my paintbrush, then take many liberties manipulating the color palette and layering intuitive marks to build interest.

CB: Is there any advice you have for people looking to make a living with their art?

TD: Yes. Don’t hurry the process. Take the time to experiment. Don’t force something to work for the sake of gaining a social media presence. Put in the private hours of grinding and development. Seek out respected artists for feedback and affirmation as to whether this is a path worth pursuing for you specifically.

CB: What or who inspires you in your daily work?

TD: I love browsing through other well done artwork. Not only witnessing successful paintings is inspiring, but to see any craft pushed to its utmost potential is moving for me. A well-decorated space, a delicious meal, a song with a captivating beat; that pushes me to sharpen my product to its fullest potential.

CB: Is there any piece of work that has been especially meaningful to you or you are most proud?

TD: I am currently excited about my latest works on paper: my last figure collection and Charleston collection. The acrylic medium took on a different form on paper rather than birchwood and brought a new pulse of energy that makes me want to create more!

A little personal…

CB: What is a favorite book you have read recently?

TD: I just read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom for the fourth time. It’s worth reading every few years. Talk about inspiration!! It’s a story that took place during the holocaust of a family overcoming the darkest circumstances through their faith in Jesus. Highly recommend.

CB: Where is your favorite place to vacation?

TD: Hard to say. Probably Cashiers, NC. Something about that place tugs at my heartstrings. I love the mountain air, the antiquing, fireplace at night, coffee in the morning. Pockets of charm everywhere and only a few hours away.

CB: Your in box…9,999 or 0?

TD: Shamefully 9,999-in my personal email that is. Business email, 0-no thanks to me:-)

 

Find more of Teil Duncan’s work and her new, coffee table book, on her website and be sure to follow @teilart.

In Uncategorized

ATL Market Recap

We started off 2019 off at the Atlanta Gift Show. It’s always a good time when we get to meet new retailers and vendors, see old friends and see new products from other vendors.  We were in Toss Designs showroom in Building 2.  We collaborated with Toss on sleep shirts, sleep shorts, and bags. We love the way they turned out!

Not the best quality image, but our product made the window!

Courtney and Jana setting up our display.

Toss had several other vendors in the showroom including this great necktie and sock vendor, Lazy Jack Press.

Miriam, with Lazy Jack Press, is entertaining us and modeling products during a minute.

 

We met so many great people and signed several new stores. It was wonderful to reconnect with old customers from many years ago and have them place orders to bring our new line into their stores again. Shows are energizing and exhausting at the same time.

Next up, NY NOW in early February. If you are a retailer, look for us again with Toss Designs in Booth 8404.

 

 

 

 

 

In Christmas/ Fashion/ Holiday/ New Year's Eve/ Party

Holiday Party Attire

Holiday parties are always a highlight for this season.

We’ve found some festive pieces if you need any outfit inspiration.

1. We loved this skirt found here.

2. This is quite the statement piece.

3. ALL the eyes for these shoes.

4. Wanting some color, love this dress.

5. These earrings would also make a great addition to the striped dress.

6. Who can say no to this jumpsuit?!

7. Loving these heels for any look!

8. We think these earrings would be great paired with the jumpsuit for some sparkle.

9. Grab this bag and you’re ready for any holiday festivity.

What you will you wear to your next holiday party?!

In Christmas/ Decor/ Entertaining/ Gifts/ Holiday/ Party

“Here We Come A-Wassailing”-Bar Cart Styling

We had fun styling our bar cart for you as inspiration for this festive party season- or anytime around your home, they are always in season (in our book;). Bar carts are both functional and stylish-a fun way to display and keep your unique glassware finds and your favorite spirits. We have some of our favorite accessories from our new line that are just right and ready to be added to your bar cart-or for your hostess with the mostess!

 

As a BONUS for YOU, when you spend over $75 you’ll receive a FREE WINE BAG while supplies last!

Find the accessories we used to style and other gifts here. Cheers!

In Charity/ Christmas/ Foster Kids/ Gifts/ Holiday

Giving Tuesday-ONE SIMPLE WISH

In this season of giving, we have teamed up with One Simple Wish to add some magic to this holiday for foster children through our Clairebella Give Hope Campaign. Our goal is to give $10,000 worth of gifts and wishes to children in foster care through One Simple Wish. On this Giving Tuesday, please consider granting both big and small wishes of foster children this holiday season. Visit our Giving Page for One Simple Wish to see the Christmas wishes.

SERVICE IDEAS FOR ONE SIMPLE WISH

  1. Get your family involved by letting each child pick out a wish on our giving page and share how this gift will make another child’s Christmas so special.
  2. Hosting a holiday party? In lieu of hostess gifts, suggest that guests make a donation to OSW or grant a specific wish.
  3. In place of a tangible gift for someone, give a wish in honor of them to one of the foster children.
  4. Take your giving up a notch by getting a group involved…scouts, church group, book club, etc.

Thank you so much for contributing as we work together to make these children’s world a little brighter!