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I think we have a serious problem. All of us here at SGD. We're obsessed with wallpaper. It started out small, a bathroom here, a laundry room there. Most clients are game for adding wallpaper to a small space like a powder bath and we are uber giddy when a client says, "sure! I trust you!". It's seriously like Christmas. I think we are turning a corner though to incorporating wallpaper on a broader scale. There's just so much good stuff out there!! Please, just give us your foyer, your powder bath, your dining room. Our wallpaper sample bin is overflowing and don't you want your room to be Instagram famous?
Sorry. Clearly we need help. BUT, if you DO have a room in need of a mini face-lift, check out some of our favorite projects incorporating wallpaper.
True story, we posted an image of this bathroom on our Instagram feed recently and someone commented, "I saw this on another blogger's post?" I guess you know you've gone viral when someone thinks you stole your own photo!
Wallpaper: Angelina Coral by Tilton Fenwick. Available at Hygge & West.
We love this wallpaper so much, we used the blue version here. Can you believe the transformation? Seriously, so good!
Let's face it, few people love doing laundry. Kalen does, but she's weird anyway. Imagine the buzz of the dryer and the joy you will feel when you walk in to your bright, happy laundry room and retrieve a dryer full of warm towels. It's the little things, y'all.
Wallpaper: Anthropologie Abstract from Anthropologie
Beyond bathrooms, your foyer is a great place to incorporate wallpaper. We love this trellis design from Thibaut and with this orange/pink color combo, if people don't walk in to your house with a smile on their face then I don't know what's wrong with them!
Wallpaper: Downing Gate by Thibaut
OK, so maybe wallpapering a whole room might be too much for you. Consider an accent wall. We painted the wainscoting in this dining room a bright blue and contrasted with this terracotta chevron pattern wallpaper.
Wallpaper: Terracotta Feather from Serena & Lily
The wall behind the bed is also a great place for a wallpaper accent wall. If you change your bedding seasonally, just make sure the wallpaper color will work with both sets. Or not, clearly we will mix anything with anything!
Wallpaper: Dashing by Anthropologie
Now. Here's a peek in to our basket of goodies just waiting for the right project.
Target is celebrating 20 years of designer collaborations by bringing back some of the most favorite pieces from previous collections. Encompassing both home and fashion, these collabs with names such as Missoni, Marimekko and Michael Graves bring high end style at affordable prices. The collections launch in store and at Target.com on September 14 but we have a sneak peek at some of our favorites.
The innovative Spinning Whistle Tea Kettle led the way in inspiring the balance of form and function. As said by designer Bobby Berk, "It....reminds you to have a cup and slow down."
The iconic zig-zag pattern in bold colors speaks to us like few designs do. It was one of the most successful Target collabs and we can't wait to get our hands on these!
1. Stacking Espresso Set
2. Stacking Stoneware Bowls
3. Long Sleeve V Neck Cardigan
4. Zig Zag Silk Scarf
Inspired by summers in Finland, which are so short, you have to make the most of them, the Marimekko and Target collab features bold, happy prints with a nod to nature.
1. Melamine Salad Plates
2. Melamine Dinner Plates
3. Reversible Cotton Table Runner
4. Melamine Tray
These "pieces of paradise" feature bright colors, joyful prints and whimsical details that celebrate the Palm Beach life. "Style isn't just about what you wear, it's about how you live." --Lilly Pulitzer
1. Cocktail Glass Set
2. Porcelain Bowl Set
3. Print Cotton Napkin Set
4. Giraffe Bottle Opener
Check out all the design collabs here and be sure to "heart" your favorites for a quick and easy purchase on Sept 14. These definitely won't last long!
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We recruited the token male in the office once again to help us out with a post on that favorite fall past-time, tailgating. We are all big TCU fans here, but luckily this tailgate fare is Switzerland in its neutrality. Good enough for all fans. Mostly. Go Frogs.
Disappearing Buffalo Chicken Dip
If there are two things we like more than anything, it’s dishes with “Buffalo” and “Dip” in the title. This super easy recipe screams “TAILGATE” and your friends will devour it!
Stadium Meat and Cheese Tray
We feel like your tailgate food needs to represent what a tailgate is all about…the stadium! Check out this super clever, and really tasty, edible stadium by Sargento. Yes, THAT Sargento.
When it comes to tailgate drinks, we know that beer and wine are king and queen. Throw in an assorted case of White Claw for the Millenials and you're good to go. But, seeing as how we ARE Horned Frog Fans and all, how impressed would your fellow tailgaters be if you whipped up one of these "Purple Cocktails that Don't Suck" courtesy of our friends at Cocktailpartyapp.com. Some are easy, some, not so much but all impressive.
So, you’ve picked out food and drink for your tailgate party. How are you going to get from your kitchen to your tailgate? Might we suggest this little gem from Wayfair. It’s like your suitcase and your picnic basket had a baby.
We love these striped throws to throw down (ha!) on the table or tailgate as a place for all your yummy food. These classic rep stripe blankets from Wayfair make the perfect backdrop to your tailgate party. Or order several for your guests to wrap up in on that rare chilly football-weather day. Available in all the best game day colors.
If you’re going to really tailgate, your peeps are going to need somewhere to sit. Rather than pack up a ton of folding chairs, check out this contraption from Wayfair. It knocks out six birds with one stone. This foldable sports/camping bench will make your life and your friends and family think you’re a genius!
And for those awkward moments when there are too many party crashers that you don't know, a good ol' game of Cornhole is just the answer. Wayfair has a game with the school logo of pretty much any team you are cheering for so no one is getting left out of this party.
Have fun. Be safe. Go Frogs.
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Our monthly Artist Spotlight series feature for September is Allison Castillo. We have been huge fans of Allison's work since Shauna started this whole adventure and well, we think she is definitely someone worth getting to know.
SGD: Can you briefly walk us through your story? How did you get started and how did you get to where you are today
AC: I come from a long line of artists and grew up in Fort Worth, TX. After formal design and art education at Stephen F. Austin University and University of North Texas, I began a career as a graphic designer in the corporate world, transitioning to digital and mixed media as my family grew. I returned to painting again seriously about 4 years ago and haven’t slowed down! Large scale abstracts are my current fav and I love to work closely with families and designers who are looking for something to liven up their space. I also have a line of bold and colorful scarves that are sold all over the state of Texas (www.spiritsnob.com)
SGD: Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
AC: Ha! Is it ever a smooth road? My marriage of 17 years ended almost 2 years ago and naturally has been a huge adjustment to my myself and our three children. Doors have opened up for me across the board that I never would’ve imagined and I have seen the Lord’s hand all over it. I fully believe he has not set me up for failure.
SGD: What are you most proud of and what sets you apart from other artist?
AC: Like most moms I am proudest of my children- and the fact that I have an orchid green thumb ;) I have a few that are a 4-5 years old. ( kids are 6, 8 and 15)
I never imagined that I would be an entrepreneur single-mom at 44 !
I think the one thing that currently sets me apart is that I continue to explore many different styles, techniques and color combinations. Basically if I get an idea in my head it has to come out! I struggled at first because I don’t have a certain constant “look” like a lot of abstract artists, but I realize it’s ok because it keeps my motivation to create flowing and I have many repeat clients because they can have 3 of my pieces in their home and each one is unique.
SGD: What advice would you give to someone at the start of his or her career?
AC: Do something creative everyday. Find someone who has the job you want , take them to lunch and ask them what they did. Network and use social media to it’s full advantage. It’s hard to be vulnerable as an artist but it gets easier the more you do it. Surround yourself with other like minded people and pick their brains. It’s ok to not know what you are doing! I didn’t really start my current “career” until I was 40 but I am not afraid to ask for help - people respond to authenticity.
SGD: What artists do YOU admire and why?
AC: That’s such a hard question. Currently obsessed with Ashley Longshore out of New Orleans, she has a killer work ethic and is blazing a huge trail for women and artists alike. A lot of people can paint or draw incredible things, but to create a brand around yourself and sell your art - now THAT is the challenge. She’s the best.
SGD: If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
AC: A spelunker. Or and an Egyptologist :)
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