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Vintage Barbie and Ken

I came across the amazing work of David Parise on a late night Instagram session and immediately ordered one of his works. He takes vintage Barbies {and Ken dolls} and sets them up in the most realistic and fun settings. I am in LOVE with my piece and can’t wait to see the conversations it starts. If you are in New York he sets up around town too! Follow David on Instagram @vintagebarbieandken!

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Social Shopping

No black Friday or cyber Monday for me this year! This year, I’m turning to my favorite social channel and shopping my instagram feed. Instagram has introduced me to so many fabulous artist and makers that I can’t wait to support this holiday season! See below for my favorites.

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@homemalonenola  

@suiteonestudio

@laurelmburas

@thegrovestreetpress

@hayley_km

@loomednola

@markettestudio

@gaiaforwomen 

@lionheartprints

 

Markette Nola

My local West Elm and Juley {of Upperlyne} hosted the greatest Etsy Pop-Up shop a few weeks back. I had the best time browsing local vendors and even picked up a few things. I scooped up a small original piece from Markette and absolutely love her work. The perfect addition to any gallery wall and the prints {and cards} make great gifts!

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Bulls and Beaches

I’ve mentioned artist Teil Duncan {here and here} before and now she is back with a few, new prints! I’ve always been a fan of her beaches and have a print myself, this time around I’m picking up a bull print! Such a unique take on the animal! Her prints go fast and these are only available until December.

Teil Duncan

 

DIY to Try

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I love a good DIY and to be honest I’ve really been slacking in the DIY department. For several reasons, but mainly I really don’t have room to add anything else to my tiny apartment. When I came across these four recent DIY projects I knew, one, they didn’t take up much room and two, I would actually use these {or gift them}. Adding these to my summer project list!

Terracotta Painted Pot {Triple Max Tons}

Embroidered Drawstring Bag {The Glitter Guide}

Summer Camp Appliqués {Little Tin Soldier} 

Summer Floral Arrangement {Style Me Pretty} 

insta love

Lets face it, I’m a social media junkie. I love being able to follow all my favorite people and brands and having custom news feed at my finger tips. Instagram has to be my favorite. I love the constant photo stream and all the creative people I have come across on the platform. Below are a few of my favs!

First up Donald “Drawbertson”, a suburban dad making waves with his fashion forward and creative approach to art {think duct tape and cereal boxes}. Second, a long time fav, Amber Venz Box, the most fashionable girl on the internet. Thirdly, Teil Duncan Art. I would have never known about Teil, if it wasn’t for instagram. I am in LOVE with her beaches! Lastly, Eva Chen, the Editor in Chief at Lucky Magazine. I’ve been following her since the beginning and love the way she shares her daily shoe and handbag pics {just look up #evachenpose}. Who are some of your favorites on instagram?

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Doorman Designs

New Orleans is constantly inspiring young artist, business owners and entrepreneurs to find their way, and create a living of their own. One of my dear friends happens to be doing just this. I’ve been able to watch his business grow and seen him turn his dreams into reality. His pieces are unlike any others and I recently had the pleasure of playing around his shop. Today, get to know Alex, the man behind New Orleans based Doorman Designs, handcrafted southern made furniture with a storied past.

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Q. Tell me a little about Doorman Designs and how you got started?

A. I founded Doorman Designs two years ago after graduating from college in Mississippi and returning to Louisiana and a job in New Orleans.  Limited by a dismal post-graduate budget, I desired to furnish my 1880s apartment with furniture that embodied the charm and grit of the Crescent City.  So, I decided to start making my own pieces. My first creation: a headboard crafted from an old growth cypress, five panel door salvaged from house flooded in Hurricane Katrina. I inlaid the panels with ornate, 19th century ceiling tins to give the piece more character and history.

From there I started to make and sell more headboards and eventually began designing lighting, coffee, and dining room tables.  The materials I use are architectural salvage with an emphasis on reclaimed wood from New Orleans homes destroyed or damaged by Katrina. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I know how much history is to be found in New Orleans’ architectural details. After Katrina, my heart broke seeing the city’s soul, flooded and ruined, and being torn down. I’d like to think that I’m keeping those stories alive through my designs and furniture.

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Q. When you are looking for inspiration where do you head?

A. Right now I’m drawing a lot inspiration from two different eras of design-1950-1960s modern design and also French colonial style. These are two completely different styles but they both seem to agree that more is not more when it comes to the details of the furniture. Both looks rely on the simplicity and functionality of the furniture to make a statement and allow the material that they’re made of to create the furniture’s personality. I appreciate the refined, and sometimes primitive approach. And even better, these styles work great in almost any type of architecture and can be mixed in with an eclectic blend.

Outside of furniture I draw a lot of inspiration from folk art. I’d like to think this style of art is no longer conceived as a hooky, cliché depiction of rural country life. But instead, it’s a bit abstract, a bit modern, and has a very simplistic reality that a lot people can relate to. A lot of folk art has this layer of grit to it that I really gravitate towards. It appreciates imperfections and I try to emulate that gritty vibe by using reclaimed, weathered materials that have lots of patina to it.

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Q. What role does New Orleans play in the pieces you create?

A. Living and staying based in New Orleans has almost all the inspiration you could ask for. Sometimes I get a little too inspired living in a city with so much flare and culture! New Orleans has adopted a new mantra of looking forward but still appreciating and respecting its historical past. Down here we appreciate all things old so I get a lot of inspiration from the way people used to live, work, think and operate their lives.

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Q. Not to play favorites, but it there one piece that sticks out in your mind as a favorite?

A. That’s a tough one but I have to admit that I love making lamps. Don’t get me wrong I love making beds almost as much but making lamps are like this little compact puzzle that has lots of twists and turns that challenge me. No two lamps are created equal and each have its own obstacles. Plus there’s nothing better than placing a really great lamp shade on a piece and then turning it on. It’s the perfect light bulb moment!

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Q. Do you have any advice for young designers/artist trying to make their dreams a reality?

A. Sure, no one can ever question your motives or personality if you’re being authentic. It’s that simple. As humans we all have this internal sensor that says “you’re not good enough” or “no body will like what you’re doing”, “you suck”. I like to think of that sensor as a screen on a computer that you can minimize and make go away. I named my sensor Rex (get it? he Rex things) and every time he shows up, I try to minimize him back below. My best advice is to not let our sensors get in the way of our authenticity. If that sensor weren’t there, what’s the absolute best design or creation you could imagine in your head?

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Thanks Alex for sharing your story! Be sure to check out more of Alex’s work at DoormanDesigns.com and follow along on Facebook 

 *Photos a mixture of my own and from DoormanDesigns.com

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