wall art :: geometrics

FrogTape5 FrogTape2 FrogTape1Well folks….Angie and I have decided that painting and creating wall art panels is a lot of fun! I saved these two square panels from a previous shelf project a couple of years ago. I knew that I wanted to use them as panels for wall art…but the idea for what I wanted to put on them did not come to fruition until a couple of weeks ago when discussing our monthly FrogTape® project! Angie and I looked over several inspiration pictures and decided on our own design. We had so much fun creating these that we decided to do more in the very near future!

We chose a geometric design for this first installation but as you well know…the possibilities are endless as far as what designs you can create. These panels are simple squares cut from a 4×8 pine sheet of plywood, and we used paints and stains that we had around the studio….so the cost was very minimal. The full tutorial will be up on the FrogTape® blog later on today so if you would like to see the full process check it out!

These beauties are available for sale, so if you fancy them let us know!

living with :: Coralia

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There is no one like Coralia.  Her classic, straight-forward form lends itself well to fiercely fresh modern colors and styling.  This armoire is all at once fanciful and refined. Since she is such a singular stunner, we knew we had to pair her with pieces that walk that same line of time-honored and brand-new.

Enter this dress, with smart tailoring but a sassy color.  And the bag – a tapestry tote with leather details, but in colors and shapes that wow.  Hang a portrait with a sense of humor nearby and stow a blanket with heaps of class and personality.  Coralia will feel right at home.

quotage :: much to be done

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I was just having a conversation with one of my children last night, and it was an amazing conversation. A conversation about life, about that fact that we all lose focus sometimes, get off track, make mistakes, suffer consequences, experience triumph, gain clarity, and find the courage to do hard things.

This quote reminds me that we are never done. We are always growing, and changing…and that is a good thing. Mistakes are going to happen, life is going to get messy…..but if we continue to desire to grow we will always reach toward light and wherever the light is, is where we should want to be.

painted canvas buckets :: geometrics

FT7 NewFT1 NEWFT2 NEWFT3A few weeks ago Angie and I were thinking about some new products that we could make and sell in the shop… and we have all kinds of fun and exciting new things we are itching to show you! {as we get them made!}

One of the products that we decided on are these roll top canvas “buckets”! Angie cut out and sewed the buckets, and then we taped them off with FrogTape® in a geometric design and painted away! We have so many different design ideas for these little guys and are excited about creating a whole new collection of them for the shop. We are working towards getting all of them completed, and also creating some with handles and added design elements. It has been really fun for us to think of new projects that aren’t necessarily furniture related, but still related to home…. and living with what you love.

Our full painting tutorial of how we completed this first design is up over on the FrogTape blog, so check it out here!

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behind the scenes :: hard work and saturday treats

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1// piles of blocks waiting to become candle cubes

2// styling a new frogtape project for photographing

3// intern Tiffany sanding away and sitting pretty

4// new bowls in our shop, handmade by Jennifer at Crave Studio

5// working out the details in the shop with new tags

6// a new Saturday situation – Circa Doughnuts and Vagabond Barista serving coffee and doughnuts in our shop! 

never stop

e44e5f96f65ff338c7953bfe57241f99I hear myself say this to myself, aspiring creative business owners, my children, my friends…..and it is so true! There are always new things to learn, always new things to challenge our minds with, and being open to learning vs closed minded is the only way to growth.

{P.S. I just found out that this print is available for sale here…..and I really want to buy one! I have loved this print for years!}

whatyouare

 

 

This modern world allows for a high degree of self-presentation.  Social media provides a platform to curate and edit our lives, and to dictate the way we are seen.  Behind the screens and usernames and likes and filters, there is a life that is complex and beautiful and impossible to sum up in an “about me” section.

Thank God.

There are two important things here:

1. You are so much more than you do, say, and present to the world.

2. So is everyone else.

There is so much brewing beneath the surface – good, bad, and in-between. Let’s remember this week to give ourselves and others the benefit of the doubt.

 

basil dreams :: “viviette”

greenbed1 greenbed2 greenbed3 greenbed5 We finished a new piece this week! Yippee! It felt good to get the paintbrushes out and swipe them across some smooth wood! Lately, we have been happily busy with secret book projects and shopping with customers….so it is nice to be able to actually show you a piece of furniture that we finished!

Angie and I both said that it is dangerous to have such a bed on the shop floor, because she beckons us with her soft curves and her sculpted finials! We may just decide to make sitting reclining on her softness a daily activity…while we still have her!

Sweet dreams!

* Viviette is available for sale in the online shop here, or you can always come by the shop at 11 Lois Ave!

living with :: Aronia

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The heat has set in for the summer, and we are dreaming of popsicles, pools, and backyard parties to make the most of the hot southern months.

The heat’s also got us dreaming in bright hot colors and understated elegance.

Today we’re setting our coral chest “Aronia” up on a hot date with some seriously spicy finds.  From a strikingly cool print to hang above her and a simple planter box that won’t take away from her details, to a stunner of a ring for your finger while you flip through the latest issue of “Collective Quarterly”.

Stay cool, hotties.