Small Holdings

This past weekend I happened to stumble upon what I call “A Treasure Chest of Goodies” at the Small Holdings Farm in Aquebogue, NY. For all us designers out there, it is getting harder and harder to find great antiques and “barn finds” that are affordable and allow us the opportunity to be used for our DIY projects.

The Small Holdings Farm is home to a large barn filled with many trinkets, furniture and rustic finds outside on the perimeter of the property. If you like to repaint, reclaim or just repurpose, I would highly suggest paying the Small Holdings Farm a visit!

They specialize in farmhouse decor, painted furniture, country cottage, industrial, reclaimed and renamed items. It is truly one of North Fork’s best kept secrets on Long Island NY. They are located in Aquebogue at 965 Main Street and their number is 631-722-3342. Winter hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.    -Enjoy Treasure Hunting!

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photos by Nancy Fire

Fusion of Fashion and Home – Bill Evans

Often at Design Works International we talk about “The Fusion of Fashion and Home”. Recently, at The High Point Furniture Market, I had the pleasure of interviewing a colleague of mine, a gentleman who is somewhat of a Renaissance Man; Mr. Bill Evans of Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently Bill is designing fashion pieces from home furnishing fabrics. He admires these types of fabrics and loves the vintage sensibility he can bring to fashion. His many “One Of’s” fashion pieces, including vintage tweed jackets with button details can be acquired through him in Charlotte.

He began his career at The Bell Telephone Company after he studied at Wake Forest University on a Football Scholarship. After 4 years at Bell, he realized that his passion was design and started to design furniture case goods for Kewaunee in North Carolina. His passion for design grew and Bill turned to the automobile industry and he worked for Jaguar for many years before finally committing to fashion design full time. He too is a true believer in “The Fusion of Fashion and Home” philosophy.

Connect with Mr. Evans on FACEBOOK

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Photos by Nancy Fire

Creative Collaborations

 

 

As much as creativity is an individual, personal act, we believe that being able to share ideas and collaborate with other artists and designers makes us more creative. As you saw in our post last Friday, we began sharing our collaborations with you, today we look back at one of the masters of the 20th Century to inspire us to further greatness. Keep an eye out for our “Creative Collaboration” series to find out how we continue to feed our creativity and grow as designers.Picasso-Quote

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We’re excited to present the first in a series of collaborations.

Selina Briggs, a senior designer here at Design Works International, will be at New York Comic Con this weekend loads of fun Jelly the Robot collectibles. Make sure you stop by Booth 401 at the Javtiz Center and say hello when you pick up her 3rd comic, “The Story of Jelly the Pirate”! She will be debuting a bunch of new items including some exclusive, custom NYCC items that are guaranteed to sell out!

Click the image to visit her website and find out more!

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Trend Board Tuesday – Embroidered Pillows

Stunning work by Ankasa in New York City. Talk about artesian hand detail!! Each pillow is uniquely hand crafted with amazing detail.

photos by Nancy Fire

Upcoming Events // NYC Textile Design Shows : From Indigo to PrintSource

Upcoming Events // NYC Textile Design

Shows : From Indigo to PrintSource

Just finished up at Indigo NYC at Pier 92 this past Tuesday and Wednesday.  We are now prepping for PrintSource Tuesday August 12 & Wednesday August 13 at the Metropolitan Pavilion NYC.  Our Fall 2015 collection and Seasonal collection will be at the show.

 Below are some photos from Indigo.

 

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Here is your official invitation to join is at PrintSource Next Month.

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PRINT, PATTERN, PRODUCT // Do-it-yourself Ottoman Reupholstery

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First Step is your Inspiration.

Everyone needs an ottoman or stool.  It’s a very useful accessory for the home.  I found some ottomans/ stools on Etsy and at WorldMarket pictured below.

 

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Next Step is to find the PRINT & PATTERN

You can purchase designs on our online gallery at Design Works International and then have it printed digitally at First2Print, our sister company.  They have a variety of fabrics you can choose from.  You can also have your own custom design printed at First2Print.

These designs below are currently available for purchase:

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Now It’s time to assemble your PRODUCT. 

I already had an ottoman at home,so I decided to change out the solid fabric for an updated PRINT & PATTERN fabric. Below is a simple How-To for upholstering your ottoman.

 

SUPPLIES:

OTTOMAN/STOOL

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SCISSORS

STAPLE GUN 

SCREW DRIVER

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One afternoon and a DIY project to show for it!!

Quick Recap w/ Design Works

Catching up with Design Works International

Catching up with Design Works International