Get to Know: Rica Bath & Body
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We’re very excited to have recently become a stockist of a bath & body line called Rica! Ricabody_logo

Owned by Dr. Kristina Ivy (a holistic clinician specializing in women’s health), Rica is a natural skincare line that was born in the South. With recipes dating back to Ivy’s great, great grandmother, Rica products are certainly tried and true. Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 6.15.41 PM

 

What’s cool about Rica is that their products are very fresh- they are made to order daily and are not pulled from an inventory (how awesome is that?!) They mix their products with organic and locally grown ingredients (whenever possible), and everything is made without synthetic preservatives, colorants, parabens, sulfates or petroleum. To top it all, everything is made in the USA in their Brooklyn NY production facility!

Here’s a look at some of their products:

 

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Get to Know: Zoe Bios Creative
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We carry a variety of different artists in the shop, but the pieces we seem to get the most questions about are the works by a California-based design house called Zoe Bios Creative. Let’s get to know them:

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Zoe Bios was founded in 2011 by Minh Nguyen (formerly Managing Director for Natural Curiosities) and Caitlin Dinkins (former Creative Director for Stila Cosmetics). With their diverse experiences, yet similar artistic visions, the duo got together to form an approach to blend the worlds of art and design. The result: Zoe Bios. zbc1

What makes them so unique is that along with Nguyen and Dinkins, ZBC represents 40 artists worldwide. They all contribute to the group’s vision for an artful life. zbc2

From their studio in Los Angeles, Nguyen and Dinkins create repeatable originals in editions of 100, with hand overlay that includes, aging, leafing, gesso and India ink. Check out examples of their awesome, yet diverse work below!

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Ask about Zoe Bios next time you’re in the shop and find out how you can order your own stunning piece! Have a great short week 🙂

 

Get to Know: Bunglo
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This week we’d like to introduce you to one of our new favorite pillow and accessory companies: Bunglo. We’ve been carrying Bunglo for a few months now, but just in case you haven’t heard of them, here’s a little bit of info about the company.

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Founded by Shay Spaniola in 2013 and based out of Austin, TX, Bunglo is a company with an awesome mission: to bring good vibrations into the world through their colorful and unique products. Their eclectic patterns are derived from Shay’s travels around the world, as well as by mid-century architecture and nature. Bunglo started out as a pillow collection, but has now evolved into a multi-product company, including pouches, bedding and shower curtains. Here are a few of our favorites!

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Their bedding collection would be perfect in an eclectic bedroom. You could also get a solid duvet cover and add pattern with a couple of these cute shams!

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These colorful pouches are perfect for all of the little odds and ends that get lost easily in your purse. These and the shower curtains below will be in the shop soon, along with more pillows!
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If you’d like to see more of what Bunglo has to offer, check out their website > http://www.bunglo.co/ 

Have a good weekend!

Get to Know: Eskayel
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Happy Friday! We thought we’d end the week with a ‘Get to Know’ post on one of our favorite textile/wallpaper collections: Eskayel. The company was founded by Shanan Campanaro in 2008 behind the belief that your home should be both comfortable and an expression of yourself. Their mix of abstract and geometric designs (that are like no other) and their focus on environmentally responsible products and business practices are what makes this company so unique.

Although wallpaper and fabric are the main components of their business, they’ve introduced other home decor and accessory products such as pillows, poufs, rugs, bedding, prints, baskets, phone cases, stationary, and, most recently, beach towels.  Take a look!

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Here are a couple of examples of their installed wallpaper…Swoon.

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But wait, there’s more! Eskayel has done furniture collaborations with ABC Home and Dane Co. and they are show-stoppers. The arm chair and ottoman on the left are from ABC Home, and the chair on the right is from Dane Co.

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If you’re interested in any of the products above, or want to see more of what they have to offer, check out Eskayel’s website (www.eskayel.com), or come by and we can order for you in the shop- we have fabric and wallpaper samples for you to take a look at before ordering.

Also, be sure to check out Design Sponge’s interview with founder Shanan Campanaro to learn more. It’s a great listen!

http://www.heritageradionetwork.com/episodes/5193-After-the-Jump-Episode-56-Shanan-Campanaro

We hope you have a great weekend 🙂

 

Apps for Efficiency
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What in the world did we do before apps? Aside from entertaining us, there are many of these portable programs that can make work and life a bit easier to maneuver through. We have a set few that we use on a regular basis that have helped to organize and simplify everyday tasks, both for the design profession and for life. We’re up for trying any apps that can help us stay on track, and we doubt that we’re the only ones who feel this way! Here are a few that we highly recommend checking out:

1) Trello

Trello will organize everything. Seriously. We use this handy app for life and for work. You can create boards (which are the overall topics/projects that you need to get done), and within each board you add ‘cards’ (basically tasks) which can include checklists, attachments and due dates. You can also share your boards with other people by adding members, and assign certain tasks to those members, all within each board. It’s a super easy and effective app once you get the hang of it! Check it out here >> www.trello.com

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2) MagicPlan by Sensopia

For those of us who are not CAD aficionados but who still need to space plan, MagicPlan is the way to go. This is a great app to have because it’s effective and very user-friendly. You can quickly create dimensioned floor plans, insert furniture and fixtures, all to scale, and all on your iPhone, iPad or tablet. Can it get much better? Apparently so: MagicPlan has a feature that allows you to aggregate a floor plan by just taking pictures of the room (WHAT?!) We haven’t tried this feature enough to say how well it works, but it’s awesome that it’s even an option.

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3) Morpholio Board

Combine all of your project finds (or just create a board for fun…) on this awesome app. Morpholio Board is basically a mood board app that lets you document products, ideas and notes for a particular project, collage pictures and create presentation boards once everything is done. You can add images from your own library, sketch on the different boards available within the app, and add text to your boards to help get your vision across. Try it out! http://www.morpholioapps.com/board/

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4) Color Snap

Grab a paint color from anywhere with this app by Sherwin Williams. Either take a photo within the app or import one that you’ve already taken, scale it to the part of the image you want to match your color to, hit done and VOILA, you have a Sherwin Williams paint color. It gives you options of colors that best match your photo, and if you’re not satisfied, you can delete these suggestions and add other colors to create a personalized palette. You can also explore colors by browsing through their color library within the app and save your favorite colors to your myS-W account to access to them from your different devices. http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/try-on-colors/colorsnap-mobile/

Benjamin Moore fan has a similar app called Color Capture – http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-capture

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One to Watch For:

Parlore

This app is still in beta and should be released soon, but with their tag line as “the business of interior design, streamlined”, we can only imagine that it will be amazing. With Parlore, you will be able to manage your design projects from start to finish, organize your products for each project, keep track of pricing, and track your orders, all in one easy to use program. You’ll also be able to work with other members of your team by inviting them into your project (similar to Trello) and communicate within the app itself. They’ll have an in-app marketplace that will allow you to purchase from a variety of vendors while keeping track of any updates they may have. Overall, it sounds awesome. We’ll keep you posted and let you know how it is once we get to try it out! >> http://parlore.com/

 

What apps do you use for efficiency? We would love to know!