breaking news: arete collection

Arete Collection in NYTMark my words, friends.  Jaws are about to drop!  My dear friend Brad Clifford has collaborated with master sculptor George Sellers on Areté Collection, an exclusive collection of lamps, furniture and objets d’art, debuting next month at Flair.

Arete Collection Sneak Peek at Mecox GardensIf you follow Areté Collection on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ve already seen some sneak peeks … and it is incredible.  When a company’s first press is the New York Times?  You know it’s the start of something great.   I will look forward to sharing more photos as soon as they are public.

Congratulations, Brad and George!

Top photo by Brad Clifford via The New York Times.  Bottom photo by Brad Clifford via Instagram.  

studio saturdays: project organize part deux

Once again, it was a busy week at Studio 202.  Project Organize continues in full force, thanks to our awesome shelving by IMPACT Design Resources.  We’ve doubled up — hahaha, unintentional twin pun — the hanging space so we can maximize the number of fabrics we keep on hand.

MarcheBasketsAll_xLisa and I both have a lot of fabrics … so we’ve ordered another 1,000 hangers and caused a run on the Marché Baskets at The Container Store.

Shark RocketThanks to fabric threads, general installation mess and after-school snacks for my messy twins, I’ve also done an obscene amount of vacuuming.   Drum roll, please: the Hero of the Week goes to our Shark Rocket.  Love. That. Thing.  I thought I may have killed it when I vacuumed an incredible amount of drywall dust earlier in our reno, but, to steal a phrase from Timex, the Shark Rocket takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Shark dustcupA quick rinse of the washable filters and a wipe-down of the canister, and I was back in business.  I probably didn’t even need to do that, but — if you saw what I vacuumed — you’d know I owed it to the Shark.

Twin Tested Traci Approved

I haven’t awarded one of these in a while, but the Shark Rocket is definitely Twin Tested and Traci Approved.  

Studio 202 KitchenLast but certainly not least, the week wrapped up with the installation of our so-gorgeous-I-can-hardly-stand-it backsplash.  Well, the first step anyway.  The Flair mosaic — part of the Scribe collection by Ann Sacks – still needs to be grouted and we’ve got more work to do in the kitchen … so you’ll have to settle for this sneak peek.   Ann Sacks isn’t otherwise carried in Charlotte, but Lisa and I would be delighted to help you select one for your kitchen project!   For those of you in other parts of the country, here’s a list of their locations.

If you follow my Pinterest boards, you know I’ve been coveting that acrylic and brass hardware for a long time.  Ummmm, pinned two years ago!  I’m loving the opportunity to use so many of my favorite things.

vertuo_experience_about_machineLisa and I are still deciding on a coffee maker, but we’re leaning towards the convenience of the Nespresso Vertuo-Line.  If you have one, I’d love to know what you think!

Step Aside CoffeeNevertheless, this was the Joke of the Week.  Haha!

Did you have one of those “step aside” moments this week?

All product photos via their respective websites.  Graphic via Quollective

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