Have you ever been to Merci in Paris? You know that lifestyle store that has a cult following from all over the world… which I guess Includes me!! Take a detour, you will be happy you did! For more info and more beautiful images… Check this out: Merci. Have you been?
Turns out, what you don’t know can hurt you.
… HGTV HOME Plant Collection benefits from associations with major influencers, like Dr. Allan Armitage and Nancy Fire. Fire is creative director and founder of Design Works International. She specializes in trend presentations, print/color direction, color palettes, and graphics. Hunter says her input is vital in the creation of combination mixes.
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Purchase tickets to the May 27th IFDA Take A Seat auction to bid on these creative seats designed by 26 talented designers…Lane Adeoye, Michael Arguello, Allison Bassen, Carly Bassen, Jonathan Bressler, Jerry Caldari, Cliff Young Intern Team, Gregory Cramer, Iris Dankner & Christopher Hyland, Banessa DeLeon, Nancy Fire, Patricia Fox, Stacey Garcia, Jan Girard, Barry Goralnick, Lorraine Gordon, Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke, Kennifer Mack & Lindsey Smith, Karim Rashid, Esther Sadowsky, Tamara Stephensos & Susan Young, Team Habitat for Humanity, Sara & Moncef Touijer, KathArine Wood, James Rixner & Catherine Wright, Sara Yengle.
Earlier in the week, we kicked of Design Works International Doodle Month because of today!
verb [ no obj. ]; scribble absentmindedly: he was only doodling in the margin.
noun; a rough drawing made absentmindedly.
doodler |-d(ə)lər| noun
ORIGIN early 17th cent. (originally as a noun denoting a fool, later as a verb in the sense ‘make a fool of, cheat’): from Low German dudeltopf, dudeldopp ‘simpleton.’ Current senses date from the 1930s.
Though the formal definition of doodle and doodles are lighthearted and fun, sometimes those absentminded scribbles end up as art. Next time you’re on the phone or in front of the television and you find you’ve left your mark on the take out menu or napkin… hold onto it, you never know what it might lead to.
At Design Works we think that doodles can lead to great things. These examples are some odds & ends by our staff of original print artists which end up being gorgeous original prints. We invite you to contact us to see our extensive line of original artwork from artists all over the world, maybe you’ll even recognize a few of these doodles!
Creativity is not limited to just the visual arts. The designers here at Design Works have been known to dabble in everything from writing to cooking and more. Here is a wonderful Butternut Squash recipe from Christine to keep you warm in the dead of winter. Yummy!
Prep time – 20 mins Cook Time – 30 mins
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion
- 5 cups cubed, peeled & seeded butternut squash
- 1 large potato, peeled & cubed
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- salt & pepper to taste
Heat butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add in the green onion, garlic, & cayenne pepper; sauté about 3 minutes. Add the squash, potato, broth, bay leaf and bring to a boilSimmer for about 20 minutes or until the squash & potato are tender. Remove the bay leaf, puree with a hand blender. When finished, salt & pepper to taste if desired.
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!
Amsterdam is an international hotspot for Creative Industries in advertising, fashion, design and culture.
One very hip difference noted immediately is how “Custom Cool” everyones bicycles are…showcasing their creative personalities.
From metallic gold, to neon yellow, spots and dots as well as print and pattern…..Amsterdam gives a new meaning to “your custom ride”!
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.
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:
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.