Big sales going on this week at online retailers are coming at just the right time since, you know, we should be staying close to home. All Modern is a Wayfair brand that specializes in Scandinavian, Modern, Minimalist, Industrial, and Farmhouse styles, and one of our "go-to" places to find amazing pieces that fit any budget. Plus all of the furniture ships FREE (most in just 2 days) so buy today and by the weekend you can have a whole new room. Seriously, you are not going to believe some of these deals.
And as if these prices weren't amazing enough, save an additional 15% with code GOFORIT. Shop more of the sale here, and don't wait! Take that vacay budget and spend it on a home refresh. It'll feel like a brand new place!
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We are officially back in the swing of things here at SGD. One nice thing that came out of the Covid Quarantine was a surge of Virtual Clients. I suppose all those hours of staring at the same rooms in your home and coming to the realization that you really hate that sofa inspired people to do something about it. In addition, we've ramped back up on current projects, are planning some photo shoots, and have some exciting new projects to share with you in the coming weeks.
And as much as we love Wayfair, West Elm and the like, we also think it is important to support smaller home furnishings brands. So, the down time has also given us the chance to find new shopping resources and we are excited to share some of those with you in this post.
Custom upholstery can be crazy expensive. With their range of over 120 fabrics including designer collaborations with Scalamandre and Peter Som, The Inside makes custom upholstery affordable. Their zero-inventory supply chain and water based digital printing make their process eco-friendly as well. AND delivery times are in a matter of weeks, not months. So, now that chair you love can be a one-of-a-kind treasure that you can say you designed.
The first thing we fell in love with about Jayson Home is their amazing assortment of vintage furniture and accessories. Up until now, our "go-to" for vintage home decor has been Chairish, so it's nice that there's another game in town to have as a resource. What started as a retail store in Chicago over 20 years ago has grown to a significant online business yet with the customer service standard you expect from a local retailer. If there was ever a reason to road trip to Chicago, this would be one of them.
With brands like Jonathan Adler, Seletti, Orla Kiely, and Missoni Home, Amara showcases the best of luxury home brands. We also saw pieces carried by our friends at Scout Design in Dallas (go buy from them though), so when you are looking for a special gift or an amazing show-stopper, this is the place to go. Their private label brand, A by Amara offers curated collections twice a year in addition to the Essentials Collection with elegant basics for every home. Based in the UK, but shipping to the US is free with orders over $175.
Find links to these retailers and more of our favorite places to shop on our Resources page.
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For those of you who have lost track of months, weeks, or days, it's June 12, 2020 and Father's Day is a little over a week away. I daresay that Dads who have been working from home these last few months have gone above and beyond juggling work, kids, home life, honey-do lists, etc and may deserve a little more love and attention than in past years.
We have always been big fans of the products sold by Uncommon Goods, primarily because they sell designs made by independent artisans. These days it is more important than ever to support small businesses and artists so we are 100% on board. Check out our picks for great gifts for Dad.
FOOD AND DRINK
FUN AND GAMES
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And just because we, as significant others and children, take on SOME of the responsibility of making sure Dad always looks his best, some fresh summer looks from Bonobos will keep his style game on point.
In celebration of all things beautiful and those people who create beautiful things, we felt it was a good time for another installment of our Artist Spotlight Series. We think we found Marianne on Instagram, but it's quite possible that she is the one that found us. A Filipino-American artist, Marianne specializes in abstract contemporary art and based in Covington, LA. She has lived all over the world and her work definitely shows her global influence. As stated on her website, "I make joy-inducing contemporary art for the color-obsessed." It's no wonder our paths crossed!
SGD: Can you briefly walk us through your story? How did you get started and how did you get to where you are today?
MAR: I was on a student visa upon finishing my second degree shortly following the recession, and after months of job hunting, I couldn't find a company that wanted to sponsor/hire me. This served as the catalyst to pursuing a long winding road as a freelancer. I started painting intentionally in 2016 and after selling my first large original on canvas, I brazenly (without having any business plan) took that money to pay for the deposit on my first art studio. I was officially in business as a full-time artist in 2017 when I just hit the ground running.
SGD: Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
MAR: Hardship is inevitable when you're going against the grain and pursuing a life of creative autonomy and making that your livelihood. My parents weren't completely on board with me being an artist. They had other aspirations for me, and it took 8 years before we reunited and they saw my work and proudly accepted my career choice.
One devastating moment when I was starting out as an artist was when my car was stolen, the car itself was 5 months new and had been packed up just before a local art fair with all of my brand new equipment and supplies. All that I had invested in with my savings was instantly gone. It was a heartbreaking chapter but it added fuel to my fire.
SGD: What are you most proud of and what sets you apart from other artist?
MAR: I'm a first-generation immigrant in the US. Despite years of uncertainty and fighting for stability, I'm grateful to my parents for their sacrifices which taught me how to stubbornly fight for my dreams. I'm proud that I've built a career that I love and deeply enjoy, and I am thankful every day that I get to share my creativity with others. I moved out of that first studio space and am looking forward to opening the doors of our new gallery next month.
My nomadic upbringing has always been an unusual facet of my background, so I try to bring the global perspectives and influences that I was exposed to from an early age into my artwork.
SGD: What advice would you give to someone at the start of his or her career?
MAR: Be organized and put in those long work hours. Avoid social media as a source for your creative inspiration, explore your environment, and strive for authenticity at every turn. A high work ethic and gratitude will get you to where you need to go.
SGD: What artists do YOU admire and why?
MAR: I'm always blown away by El Anatsui's work - I love the drama in the scale of his art and the fact that he uses recycled materials as his medium.
I look to past masters and am infatuated with Klimt and Matisse - color, pattern, and composition perfected.
SGD: If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
MAR: I'd either be running a Filipino food truck or operating a rescue-dog sanctuary.
I don't know about you, but I am hurting. Hurting for our country. Hurting for our fellow humans who are treated unfairly every single day. Hurting for the people of law enforcement who leave the house every morning with the intent and fortitude to do the right thing. Hurting for my daughter and her African-American boyfriend who live in the middle of Washington DC and are fearful to leave the house to take the dog for a walk. Hurting for our faith leaders who preach love and peace daily only to have it fall on deaf ears. Hurting for the business owners who might have seen light at the end of the tunnel when they were finally able to open after the pandemic restrictions were lifted, only to be vandalized and looted in the midst of chaos. Hurting for the journalists who are getting attacked for just doing their job. Hurting because I feel like I don't know what to do to make it better.
So. I decided that first and foremost, I needed to be educated. And secondly, I needed to give to organizations who are supporting advocacy and equality. Organizations that those in the know tell me need the funding. Not those that I, as a privileged white woman, feel are worthy of my money. If you are feeling the same way and want to learn and grow and know more, please continue reading. If you come here simply for beautiful pictures of homes, advice on design and home furnishings, or shopping tips and recipes, we are going to take a pause on those things right now. We hope that you will come back later because we WILL have great things to share with you, but feel it is necessary to address the bigger and more important issues in our world right now.
Thank you for your support and love.
The Shauna Glenn Design Team
1619--An Audio Series from the New York Times on how slavery has transformed America
Code Switch--An NPR podcast that tackles race from all angles
Seeing White--A Scene on the Radio podcast
Still Processing--Another series from the New York TimBoes focusing on culture
Jemele Hill is Unbothered--Featuring award-winning journalist Jemele Hill
Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness by Jane Lazarre
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
Just Mercy A film based on a civil rights lawyer's work on death row in Alabama
The Hate U Give Based on a YA novel about current race relations in America
Becoming The Netflix documentary that follows Michelle Obama on her book tour
When They See Us The Netflix documentary by Ava Duvernay about the Central Park Five
Selma A film about the marches during the Civil Rights Movement
Who to Follow:
@laylafsaad Layla Saad, Author of Me and White Supremacy
@blklivesmatter Official Instagram for the BLM global network
@taranajaneen Tarana J Burke, founder of the "Me Too" Movement
@rachel.cargle Rachel Cargle, author and lecturer
@mspackyetti Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Co-host of Pod Save the People
We compiled this list from sources including Medium.com. Click here for their complete list of resources
Organizations that support racial liberation, justice, and an end to police violence
Black Lives Matter Global Network
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Black Visions Collective
There are also Black Lives Matter local organizations that have a need for supplies for the protesters. Items like masks, face wipes, hand sanitizer, bandages, first aid kits, water, etc are being collected so check their website for local needs. It takes a village, my friends, it always does. Be human, be kind, and remember that loves wins.