03/7/14
Brian's stop on the ArtWalk

Brian Paquette: Artwalk at 95 Yesler.

Brian's stop on the ArtWalkSeattle’s creative crowd came out in droves last night to support Brian Paquette‘s Quilt Paintings during First Thursday ArtWalk.  Paquette’s original paintings on panel and acetate explore the history of the quilt, textiles and pattern making.  A very fitting theme for this outstanding Interior Designer with a background loaded in Fine Arts and who was recently named ” Next Big Name in Design” by Lonny Magazine 2013. The boisterous stream of ArtWalk patrons ebbed and flowed through the space at 95 Yesler where the designer shares his work space with some remarkable individuals including an outdoor living expert, photographer, PR consultant, cofounder of Seattle Design Foundation and the Founder and Creative Director of coco+kelley.

Detail of Quilt Painting

Brian Paquette Quilt Paintings

Perfect backdrop for a selfie.

Perfect backdrop for a selfie.

Brian Paquette Quilt Paintings

 

02/17/14
Screen shot of the seamless framing process.

Spotlight on Mantle Art Company. Modern Framing Made Easy.

Last November Mantle Art Company launched a free mobile framing app that takes the pain, high cost and wait out of custom picture framing. With an easy to use mobile app, Mantle Art has replaced the traditionally expensive time-consuming process of custom framing in store. The Mantle Art App allows consumers to select, preview and purchase framing for their art at home, or at point-of-purchase, whether that be in a store, at an art fair or gallery.

We first heard about Mantle while we were hopping around the Affordable Art Fair, where they were offering on site custom framing for art lovers who had just purchased new artwork.  Then we were delighted when we were able to work with them on our Gallery Grid Project that we previous posted about here. Framing is a process we’ve always had a love hate relationship with so it was both refreshing and completely fulfilling to experience Mantle’s unique framing process. In today’s technology driven world with too few hours in the day most designers and clients don’t have weeks to wait or hours to spend fussing with over-priced framing options.

The Mantle App process happens seamlessly, allowing customers to see exactly what their art will look like framed right after snapping a photo. With consistent, everyday pricing and bench mark customer service and shipping, Mantle Art Co. make the whole purchasing process easy. Because they use a practical selection of materials and do not maintain a store front, Mantle’s prices are often much less than traditional framing stores.  Mantle keeps a curated selection of modern, classic frames and mats that make deciding on the perfect combo an effortless journey rather than a frustrating time consuming headache.  A proprietary recommendation engine suggest a framing option but it is very easy to customize from a constantly evolving product line of options. All art is insured to protect it during the entire framing process starting at the customers home, to Mantle Art Co and then back again. Mantle Art Company mobile framing app is available for free in the iPhone App Store and in select design showrooms and galleries.

From start to finish entire process was fun, exciting, affordable and supersonic. Not only were we blown away by the uncomplicated application but we were astonished at how streamlined and speedy the whole system was. The carefully packaged artwork was delivered in a timely manner and once the art was up on the wall it immediately transformed the room into a more sophisticated space.

Here is a look at our amazing framing journey with Mantle Art Co.

 

Screen shot of the seamless framing process.

Screen shot of the beginning of the Mantle Art framing process.

Screen shot of what our finished artwork will look like.

After completing the matting and framing options, we get a screen shot of what our finished artwork will look like.

A tube arrives the next day to pack up and ship off our artwork.

A tube arrives the next day to pack up and ship off our artwork.

Two weeks later our frames are delivered!

Two weeks later our frames are delivered!

Carefully wrapped frames arrive and are unpacked.

Carefully wrapped frames arrive and are unpacked.

Using butchers paper trace out mock pictures to use as a guide for installation.

Using butchers paper trace out mock pictures to use as a guide for installation.

Leveling and lining up.

Leveling and lining up.

Lining up frames.

Lining up frames.

Gallery Grid finished at last.

Gallery Grid finished at last.

Gallery Grid Detail

Gallery Grid Detail

* Mantle Art Company graciously donated all framing for this project.

02/4/14
Scratch Off Greetings

Scratch Off Greetings creates the perfect greeting card for those who like to take a gamble!

Scratch Off Greetings combines a love of snail mail with a penchant for lotto tickets. Here the gambling is for sentiment not money, and everybody wins.

Medal_01Scratch Off Greetings is an interactive line of greetings cards in which the customer is involved in uncovering hidden messages. Blank inside, the cards’ potent messages can be found beneath a layer of gold or silver foil.

Apart from the lure and great dream of getting rich, scratch off lotto tickets are successful for offering up a hope, for providing a chance; the possibility to win, and just the possibility to. It’s in this moment of veiled wonder where the person feels like a kid again, some kind of surge courses through the body for what sort of bounty could be out there in the unknown.

Scratch Off Greetings is the brainchild of Angela Deane; working artist/painter, former fashion designer and current owner of Banter Banner . While she designs many of the cards herself, she is also excited to have a growing roster of contributing artists; each of whom get a sizeable cut of every card of theirs sold. Banter Banner recently wrapped up a custom job for a little company named J.Crew and has been featured on popular design blogs.

All parts of the cards (paper, printing, envelopes, stickers and cellophane) are MADE IN THE USA and are environmentally conscious; FDC approved, using post-consumer content, recyclable and biodegradable.  Not to mention totally freaking adorable!

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Scratch Off Greetings

Scratch Off Greetings

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01/5/14

Hashtag Bueller is the new Lao Tzu.

via www.weheartit.com

via www.weheartit.com

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Nope, it wasn’t Lao Tzu or Confucius that spit out that little nugget of wisdom, but The Great Ferris Bueller.  It’s true, life does move pretty fast.

So we’re taking a play right out of Ferris’s book. We’re going to slow things down and take a look around. Over the next few months L+S Guild will be pretty quiet on the blogging front.  We aren’t going to disappear completely but we will be bringing you posts on stand out and remarkable events as they come across our desk.  You’ll hear from us infrequently but when you do, it will be meaningful and noteworthy.

Our garden has become a bit overgrown. It’s time we tidied things up a bit and concentrated our efforts on some extraordinary projects that have come our way.  We still have loads of Life and Style to share with you, it’s a new year for everyone. So, if you come across an artist or business that you’d like to see us cover, let us know.  Wishing you a tidy and prosperous New Year!

12/31/13
NYE

Hasta la Pasta 2013 and congrats to our Candle Giveaway winner!

We’re excited to announce that Megan Pesce of MK Coastal is our big winner for the 7th Avenue Apothecary and Oxford Exchange candle giveaway. Stay tuned for more on MK Coastal as we look forward to featuring them on the blog in the new year.

As we all look back on the events that transpired over the last year we hope that it puts a smile on your face! And if not, that’s what the Champagne is for!  Thank you to all of our contributors, readers, followers and fans for a phenomenal year of blogging. May this next year be full of happiness, harmony and good health for all of us.

xxxooo

The L+S Guild

NYE

12/18/13
Roohi Photography for L+SGuild

The Epicurean Hotel gets ready to open and Awaken Appetites Unknown.

Custom wall feature inside the main lobby of Epicurean

Custom wall feature inside the main lobby of Epicurean

Things are moving and shaking in South Tampa and Christmas presents aren’t the only gifts being opened this holiday season. The Epicurean Hotel (part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection) will be holding it’s ribbon cutting ceremony  this week. Situated directly across the street from the iconic Bern’s Steakhouse on Howard Avenue in Tampa, The Epicurean combines a luxury hotel experience with world class culinary skill and savvy. I had the privilege of a behind the scenes tour of the property earlier this month with the Director of Sales, Brandon Marshall. What I found was a concept and a dream that had been years in the making coming together right in front of my eyes. With Tampa’s own Urban Studio Architects executing the design, the reality is more remarkable than I could have ever imagined and I’m not only happy for the city of Tampa to finally be able to experience this gem but for the entire Bern’s family as well.

Still Life- A photo of Bern Laxer rests in the well appointed guest suite

Still Life- A photo of Bern Laxer rests in the well appointed guest suite

 

Perfectly situated just blocks off of Tampa’s historic Bayshore Boulevard, The Epicurean Hotel will feature so many cutting edge elements that it’s hard to focus on which one to highlight first! We could start with the check in experience which will feature a personal concierge assigned to each guest, or we could talk about the stadium seating cooking class amphitheater where up to 40 students can receive culinary wisdom from acclaimed chef’s, or we could start with Elevage or the full service spa or the pool or Edge,the roof top bar with unparalleled views of Downtown Tampa, or the hand crafted sweets at Chocolate Pi? You get the point. This hotel is getting it right on so many levels that no matter what your personal tastes or culinary experience there is something for everyone at Epicurean.

With the ribbon cutting ceremony just underway and the hotel set for opening weekend on January 17th the buzz surrounding this extraordinary endeavor is reaching fever pitch. I am happy to share all the magic we saw during our sneak peak tour and to help perpetuate the buzz around this property. As with most everything that has the Bern’s legacy attached to it, go ahead and believe the hype. It’s real and it’s about to be open to experience with all of your senses.

Architectural Detail at Epicurean Hotel

Architectural Detail at Epicurean Hotel

 

Floating celieng detail inside Elevage, Epicurean's signature restaurant.

Floating celieng detail inside Elevage, Epicurean’s signature restaurant.

Hand crafted tiles from Central America create the design foundation for Elevage.

Hand crafted tiles from Central America create the design foundation for Elevage.

This Behemoth, located inside Elevage's kitchen.

This Behemoth, located inside Elevage’s kitchen.

Guestrooms

Guestrooms

The custom butcher's block console with built in ice bucket is featured in each suite.

The custom butcher’s block console with built in ice bucket is featured in each suite.

Roohi Photography for L+SGuild

A warm, modern-industrial aesthetic.

A warm, modern-industrial aesthetic.

Design details inside the Epicurean Theater

Design details inside the Epicurean Theater

South facing view of Howard Ave.

South facing view of Howard Ave from Edge Social Drinkery, rooftop bar.

Custom Bikes available for guests to cruise down Hyde Park

Custom Bikes available for guests to cruise down Hyde Park

12/13/13
roohi photography for L+SGuild

Oxford Exchange’s Holiday Bazaar + 7th Avenue Apothecary OE signature scent Giveaway.

Inside OE's Holiday Bazaar

Inside OE’s Holiday Bazaar

Over our relaxing and refreshing Thanksgiving break in Tampa we attended Oxford Exchange’s first annual Holiday Bazaar. We strolled through the upstairs loft where a few dozen local vendors were displaying their products to shoppers. The entire place was a blaze with holiday spirit and the calming but refined sense of enlightenment that OE has become known for.

Dira-made to create-

Dira-made to create-

Since opening it’s doors last fall, OE has gotten ink on a national level from the likes of  Elle Decor, Garden & Gun, and Vanity Fair. Not to mention the countless locals that are fired up about finally having such a place in the heart of South Tampa. It’s impossible to pin point one thing about Oxford Exchange that makes it so special. Everything is amazing from the carefully curated gifts and products available in it’s Shop or the inspiring collections of books in the Bookstore or the cuisine thats offered inside it’s glass ceiling cafe or the full scale Interior Design services located upstairs. (Check out Oxford Design’s Instagram account for some serious design eye candy)  OE gets it right on so many levels that we could post about it everyday for the rest of the year and not come close to scratching the surface of what this place has to offer.

A pair of found barstools curated by the Design team. Retails for pair was $350.00

A pair of found barstools curated by the Design team. Retails for pair was $350.00

Originally built in 1891 as a stable for the Plant Hotel, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard has gone through several transformations in its 122-year history. In the 1920s an arcade of shops ran through the center of the building from Kennedy to Grand Central, a feature that is echoed in the current design. More recently, housed within the brick walls was an insurance company, photo studio, and dentist’s office. If you have lived in Tampa long enough you may have visited Oxford Exchange in a few of its previous forms.

While on a visit to London, Tampa businessman Blake Casper found himself drawn to the architecture, feel, and use of English shops and clubs. Sensing the potential for these kinds of multi-use spaces in his hometown, Casper began to conceive a place where people could meet, mingle, work in solitude, or simply pass a few moments outside of their hectic lives.

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For the adventure of launching this novel concept, Casper assembled a team of architects, engineers, designers, and craftsmen to transform the old building into a state-of-the-art complex: Smith-Dalia Architects in Atlanta; EWI Construction in Tampa; Project Manager James Brearley; and Interior Designer Mary Beth Courier. Then came the team that would bring the building to life: Dave and Susan Ward of Buddy Brew Coffee, and Abigail St. Clair of TeBella Tea Company came on board; Executive Chef Erin Guggino began to develop the menu for the Restaurant; Allison Casper Adams created the Shop, Alison Powell devised the Bookstore, and both started filling a warehouse with finds. You can read more about the history of creating Oxford Exchange here.

Main Lobby at OE

Main Lobby at OE

What was created is a modern day creatives clubhouse that empowers it’s members to find inspiration in everything around them whether it be the food, the ambience, the store, the patrons or the books.  Oxford Exchange has truly created a location that gives Tampa a “Sense of Place”.

The Bookstore

The Bookstore

 

The Life + Style Guild was included in a special blogger event hosted by OE and they sent us home with some goodies to share with you. As part of the new line of candles from 7th Ave. Apothecary we are proud to offer a Giveaway of the signature scent they created exclusively for Oxford Exchange, Teak & Cardamon. Believe us when we tell you it is divine! It smells so good that we were more than slightly tempted to keep it for ourselves.

Leave a comment on our Facebook Page for a chance to win this exclusive gift.

Leave a comment on our Facebook Page for a chance to win this exclusive gift.

 

Just visit our Facebook page for more photos and post a comment with your favorite shot for your chance to win. One lucky reader will receive this signature scent from 7th Ave. Apothecary for Oxford Exchange and L+S Guild. The Winner will be announced December 30th.