06/29/14
Hyde Park

There is still sand in my suitcase………

After nearly 24 days of sunshine, family fun and birthday celebrations we are packing our bags and heading back to real life in Seattle. Our trips back to our hometown have become a much needed part of our transient lifestyle. When you’ve bounced around as much as we have, reconnecting with our roots is a critical part of maintaining our emotional wholeness. I am a child of the sun, anyone who’s met me can attest that I am passionate about my upbringing and the people and places that it was comprised of. Living on the total opposite side of the country as I currently do,  I travel home less and less each year but I have gotten smarter and more efficient about how I plan those trips.Shelling

The first week of our vacation was spent on a remote island just north of Boca Grande. The island is only accessible by a ferry and once safely on the other side of the inter-coastal, no cars are allowed on the resort. Golf carts were our preferred method of transportation when we weren’t hoofing it up the beach to search for turtles and other creatures. The island has spotty internet connection at best and after a week of shelling, patio drinking and lounging I honestly didn’t miss it. Our biggest concern was whether to start our day on the beach or by the pool. We landed at a 50/50 split. It was a lovely week of family and sun at a snails pace.Gulf of Mexico

It was the perfect way to begin our lengthy stay in the sun. We quickly adapted to island time and the attitude stayed with us for the rest of the trip. I successfully attempted to pack in an entire summers worth of activity into 24 days. We’ve visited and stayed with almost all of our very large extended family. Like most proper southern families we’ve got a lot of cousins!  We’ve been to the aquarium, the zoo, Legoland, the beach, the park, the pool, and beyond. We celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday, my son’s 5th and my 36th with friends and family. I visited all of my favorite boutiques and restaurants in addition to finding a few new ones. It was a remarkable vacation, one that we will not soon forget. It reminds me how lucky we are to be able to travel as far and as often as we do, and to share it with the amazing family that we belong to.

Pool time

Palm Island

05/1/14

Design Camp + OlioBoard Giveaway!

Design Camp Las Vegas is right around the corner and we want to send you there! The Life + Style Guild is giving away one free ticket to Design Camp Las Vegas July 29-30th. To enter to win all you need to do is head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment under our post about Design Camp Vegas. One lucky winner will be chosen to join us and learn from the industries top experts. Winner will be announced on May 15th.

In addition to our fabulous giveaway Design Camp is partnering with Olioboard and Hayneedle for another chance to attend Design Camp Vegas plus $1000 shopping spree! The Design Camp + Olioboard + Hayneedle Contest goes live this Friday May 2nd. Scroll down for the detail.

Good Luck!

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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.

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“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

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