Lorena Siminovich

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Originally from Buenos Aires, Lorena is a San Francisco based designer, artist and author. Lorena has written and illustrated over 20 books for children with Chronicle Books, Templar UK, and Candlewick Press.  She started Petit Collage in 2006.  With her team of designers, she creates modern wall décor and home accessories influenced by midcentury design. The studio, located in an artistic hub of San Francisco, is an incubator of new ideas, art, and illustration where creating great design and pushing the envelope on new formats is the norm.

Playfulness imbues every format Petit Collage touches from mobiles and mirrors to dolls, decals and more. Striving to handcraft their goods in a sustainable way using the best-quality, most forest-friendly materials available is equally important. Lorena’s pattern designs show up throughout her work and are particularly playful as packaging tape, shown below.
Lorena has created a wonderful niche, as her products are playful and approachable for children while still sophisticated enough to fit any room of a modern house. Petit Collage products are sold at over 500 stores worldwide including Pottery Barn Kids, Land of Nod and Giggle.
Please join us on August 30th to meet Lorena in person. As a very special added bonus, Lorena is creating gift bags for the first 30 attendees – which will include a signed San Francisco print on wood and some of her patterned packing tape!  Please RSVP here.
Petit Collage website
Lorena Siminovich website

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Flat Vernacular

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Payton and Brian have merged their aesthetic viewpoints with their fine art and design expertise to create, Flat Vernacular, a company that, for now, creates surface treatments for walls and in the future, who knows? I can certainly envision their patterns translating to textiles or product design and their ideas into progressive restaurant and retail interiors.  Presently, we are treated with a collection of wallpaper designs that range from colorful, fashion forward floral to illustrative derby cars that from a distance have a deceptive twist.

Below is another example of how they’ve created designs that from a distance provide a very traditional look and feel while closer inspection reveals their whimsical, playful approach to their work.

Payton and Brian have designed their company with their client in mind, taking great care and time with every project that comes their way. They aim to remain faithful to the tradition and character of wallpaper while taking a more contemporary twist with the designs themselves. Flat Vernacular infuses color, design and their playful spirit into all of their papers.

To get a better sense of the hand-drawn, hand-printed aspects of their work, watch this video by Lilian Haidar.  There are a few time lapse series showing Brian and Payton working together and it is immediately clear what an amazing partnership they have.

And here are a few more of the patterns for your visual delight.

Please join us on August 30th to meet Payton and Brian in person and learn more about their work.  RSVP here.

Flat Vernacular website

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Rusty Arena

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Rusty’s art background combined with an inherently rebellious nature have resulted in a gorgeous body of work that blurs distinction between fine and decorative arts.  A Houston native, his interest in classical art and architecture took him on a journey traveling the world.  He’s returned with his signature style that combines hand-painting and hand-printing techniques.

Beautiful, rich and luscious are all words that describe Arena products. They have a quality of depth that can be attributed to their unique production techniques.  Rusty is dedicated to preserving and developing new hand printing techniques that are impossible to replicate through computer generated imagery. The technical capabilities of Rusty’s facility can be attributed to the engineering brilliance of his brother who designed and built custom curing units that allow for the creation of durable and colorfast textile products.

Rusty has created designs that have a fresh modern feel but are clearly rooted in a great appreciation and understanding of classic design.  The above patterns are printed on linen further enhancing the natural and handmade feel of the product.  In addition to the Arena line, Rusty creates custom couture textiles and wall coverings for clients.

Rusty has the ability to see things in the natural world and imagine how elements would translate to different surfaces – printed on linen or embossed into velvet. His natural eye for color and content is evident in his work, as well as the technical skills that allow him to move between media with such ease.

The above swatches are from his wallcovering collection, he also has a collections of designs printed on jute, linen and velvet.  And have I mentioned that he is also a sculptor, painter, designer and enjoys cooking – kind of a renaissance man, wouldn’t you agree ?  Stop by our Houston store on August 30th to meet Rusty in person and learn more about where he finds inspiration to create so many beautiful things.

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Arena Design website

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Jennifer Hill

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Jennifer studied design, art history and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art + Design. Following graduation, she spent two years developing a finer appreciation of color and pattern at the cosmetic company Fresh.  She boldly stepped out on her own, building a design company routed in imaginary vacations around the globe. Her company has grown from an inspired collection of travel prints to designing custom patterns for individuals and clientele around the globe.

When Jen started her company, her dad had early on-set Alzheimer’s and control of her own schedule allowed her to help care for her father while burning the midnight oil with pattern design.  The first print in her very successful series Places I Have Never Been was Block Island, where her parents went to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. To this day she donates a portion of the sales of this print to the Alzheimers Association.

The Places I Have Never Been series has grown to include over 70 prints – each begins with her imaginings of towns that she had never visited and what pattern represents this locale – from the tourist attractions to the food you would eat and local characters you might meet.  From Bangkok to Bozeman there is something for everyone.  Each year Jennifer picks 12 new places to add to the collection.

From this original series, she has created several new series including the Map Series that was inspired by vintage flash cards.  Each print pays homage to a country or state by sharing a little riddle about that place’s history.  We all have memories that are attached to geographic locals – where we grew up, perhaps a special vacation, or where we live now – these affections for place are what make JHill Designs such wonderful gifts…Jen then went on to tackle the alphabet with a series of Animal prints – each animal silhouette is filled with a colorful pattern … Monogramed baby gift, anyone ?

As an extra bonus, we discovered that Jen is a pretty avid Pinner – creating “mood boards” for each of her locations, not to mention a whole slew of other categories from Pattern Love to lots of interior design love, including Home Sweet Home  - all great eye candy, if you have say, a few hours, to kill ! . The images above are from her Capetown board, ultimately lending itself to her Capetown print below.

I don’t know about you, but I’m anxious to know where Jen is packing her bags for next, or her imaginary bags, as the case may be.  If you are in the Boston area, you can find out first hand, Thursday, August 30th.

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Jennifer Hill’s website

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Annie Elliott

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Annie’s educational background includes English, art history and design. From there she built a career that included several senior staff positions at the nation’s top museums – places where she was able to develop her eye and aesthetic sensibilities.  Seeking a more personal relationship with art and design “consumers” and believing that people’s environments directly impact the quality of their lives, Annie turned to interior design in 2004 and started bossy color.

Having played around a bit with bold color and patterns,  I appreciate how challenging it can be to pull it off in a way that “works”.  Clearly Annie has a masterful eye, mixing bold color, patterns, and furniture (both modern and vintage/junk) in a way that simply works.  The spaces have a great feel, as though no one is taking themselves too seriously.

She writes a very popular blog that has become a showcase for both her design abilities and her sense of humor.  The post that includes the images above reassures her readers that she hasn’t gone too matchy-matchy in the bedroom; furthermore, she points out that these same accent pillows were (accurately) described as “sad” when they lived on her dark blue sofa.  Not only is it fun to read, her approach reminds people that design should ultimately be fun. It’s clear that she approaches her environments with a willingness to experivment – a great attitude as there are always new things to learn and things to try!

She puts together unexpected combinations like these grey-blue walls with a modern red lattice rug; and she remains vigilant to her clients’ needs : When the children grow out of their grab-anything-within-reach-with-their-grubby-little-mitts phase – ah, we remember it well! – we’ll do a floor-length, sheer linen drape on a curved rod on that massive window.

bossy color offers the full range of design services right down to a bossy basic : design guidance in the form of a two-hour design blitz. During our bossy basic, we might move furniture around, choose some paint colors, and decide what’s worth keeping, what’s worth rehabilitating, and what’s worth replacing. You’ll end up with specific recommendations for furniture, lighting, rugs and where to buy them; action items that you can then execute on your own dime and timeframe.  What a great option for those who don’t need / want a full-service designer? And frankly, I’d just love to spend 2 hours with Annie and her team – I know that it would be action-packed and full of laughs.

Annie’s blog is also used as a tool for encouragement to try new things; lately, she has a love for wallpaper, so she provides her readers with advice on how to use it (accent walls and powder rooms) and provides beautiful images culled from the design world.

If you are in the Georgetown area, stop by our FLOR location (Cady’s Alley) and meet Annie and her team in person on August 30th.  We have no doubt that it will be educational, inspiration and mainly a whole lot of fun.

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bossy color website
bossy color blog

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