I've just listed my new Lily of the Valley print on my shop. From now through March 14, which will mark the one month anniversary of the horrific Stoneman Douglas Shooting rampage, I'm donating all proceeds from the sale of this print to Everytown For Gun Safety. This is a small gesture- one that seems tiny in comparison to the tremendous challenge that lies ahead on the path to creating common sense gun laws and ending gun violence. But every little step helps, I've got to believe that. I urge you to research and consider supporting any of the following organizations, get involved locally however you can and most importantly, VOTE and encourage other people to vote in November.
Interior Designer Chloe Warner expresses her artistic vision through a unique blend of pattern and color. Her work balances vibrant, traditional florals and textiles, with light and airy geometric pieces, fresh color and modern touches. Chloe's sensibility was enriched from a young age by her mother's and grandmother's elegant interiors and, as she says,"passion for flowers and fabrics," a propensity that has stuck with her and has become a defining aspect of her aesthetic.
After graduating from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 2005, Chloe founded Redmond Aldrich Design. Since then her business and imaginative perspective have thrived and become a well known design beacon. She's been prominently featured in a number of design publications, and this year, her work was featured in the esteemed San Francisco Decorator Showcase.
She continues to cultivate her creativity, drawing inspiration from a well-rounded confluence of sources - patterns, textiles, art, comedy, literature and architecture. While she takes craftsmanship and design very seriously (she doesn't mess around!), she maintains a refreshing sense of humor and whimsy, giving her work that very special something. It's elegant and approachable; inspired, yet always livable and cozy- the ideal combination.
Here are Chloe's reflections on her Five Favorite Tools:
1. & 2. Mechanical Pencils & grid notebook. These are such a staple for me - I use them to sketch plans, render an elevation, take notes, and I love the look of 20 yellow pencils peeking up from a nice cup. Order, you know?
3. Swatches. If paint were the only tool I had I swear I would be just fine. These British colors are my favorite, because of the limited choices (all options are good), and the moody descriptions. For example: Green Smoke No. 47 - “An uncertain green/blue/grey color popular in the second half of the 19th century.”
4. Pinboard. So much of my job is about combining beautiful things that other people have made, and I couldn’t live without a surface where I can see, for instance just how a pink velvet looks with an olive ribbon and a geometric wallpaper. I am constantly adding and subtracting, stealing and editing.
5. Pom Poms. I love having poms of all shades ready to pop into a scheme.
A multi-media artist, with a diverse range of skills, Sara Sandler-Greisberg makes all kinds of creations from paint, collage, vintage and repurposed textiles, and sewing. Since 2009, her main creative focus has been Grass & Clovers, a line of clothing for women and children, home accessories and soft goods that she lovingly co-founded with her mother, Deborah Fell. As a child in the 1970's, Sara watched her mom's creativity at work with her patchwork quilt business, "Strawberry Patch," and was constantly surrounded with colorful fabrics and crafty activity. When she had her own daughters, Sara started making patchwork appliqué clothing repurposing the same vintage fabrics that she played with as a kid. Her sweet, detailed pieces embody modern bohemian life.
Tragically, in 2013, Deborah lost her battle with cancer. Despite this profound, life-changing loss, Sara has continued to be devoted to her own art practice and the expansion of Grass & Clovers. An incredible testament to the importance and beauty of all that she and her mom started together, and the creative spirit that is engrained in her. As you'll see, her tools tell an especially meaningful, intergenerational story.
Here are Sara's Five Favorite Tools, in her own words:
1. Vintage Fabric. I always get inspired by looking at vintage fabrics- I love the feel, colors, textures and patterns- especially in a piece like this- there is clearly a story behind it. Collecting remnants of old quilt pieces- once intended for a project and left abandoned. Someone took the time to cut these pieces, sew them together in such a way and left the final product unfinished.. I like to take these pieces and make them new again.
2. Flea Market Pin Cushion. I found this pin cushion at the Pearl River Mart, when it was still in Soho. It really just spoke to me. up until finding it, I placed all my pins on this ugly tomato shaped pin cushion, and it had no soul. This pin cushion, with all its bright colors and cute little people always makes me smile- and brings me a bit back to my childhood. It is playful and sets the perfect tone for me to become inspired.
3. Color Wheel. My color wheel is a huge part of my every day life. I love working in color combos but need to make sure they work harmoniously! This color wheel has been with me since college!
4. Sewing Machine. This sewing machine is incredibly special and valuable to me. This was my mom's sewing machine. She was the inspiration for everything that I do; I feel closer to her when I use this machine.
5. Sewing Scissors. These are the ONLY small scissors I use to trim loose threads or cut small pieces of fabric. The finger holes are perfectly rounded, the weight is just right and they are perfectly sharp. These were also my mothers scissors and I use them every single day.