Monday, February 28, 2011
We made all our stops, but were ready for some R&R today! SoBo looked great -- Katie is definitely getting her spring on. Love these wonderful paper roses she found. Hope they will be followed by weather warm enough to grow real ones soon.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
First, take a peek at their first "curatorial project realization," a museum-like exhibit at 205 S. State in the heart of Chicago's Loop, done in conjunction with the Chicago Urban Art Society.
While everything is discretely for sale, the presentation begs that you stop and consider each collection of objects for its beauty of form. Gosia said that the non-traditional setting and location, plus the fact that objects are for sale, have challenged a lot of visitors' conceptions about "museums."
Next stop on the tour -- ZAP, Bill's multi-story prop house in an old factory district. Stepping inside is like falling down the rabbit hole. Everywhere you turn, it is well-organized chaos -- a visual catalog of the last 200 years.
Bill's business includes renting props to movies, businesses and private clients for events like weddings or photo shoots. The warehouse also includes separate spaces dedicated to his restaurant decorating clients, restoration/repair/re-creation ventures, and Architectural Anarchy, the shop he shares with Gosia.
There's no way a couple of photos do ZAP justice.
Imagine this -- one row -- times fifty. Literally amazing! Check back later to see more of Bill and Gosia.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Plus, there is also an awesome orchid show going on at the same time* -- what could be better! So make plans now to join us. Come get your spring on! xo
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
But we love making projects for both. The challenge for February is to make an item special enough for the holiday, but with broad enough appeal it can be left out year-round. Color is key in doing just that. Here are a few examples of what we came up with, starting with the photoholders pictured above.*
Grayslake (where these pictures were taken) was a great show -- thanks to all who came out to support it! Garden was hands-down the biggest seller, followed by industrial and then smalls. Guess mid-30s felt like spring, compared to the single digits earlier in the week.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Just print this post and bring it along. Make as many copies as you'd like to share with friends, too. Details are just a click away on the show sidebar. We have a brand new load of furniture, a van full of smalls, lots of new projects and the season's first peek at garden. Don't miss it! xo
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
When I moved back to Indiana, I jumped on the chance to re-christen, but to what exactly I wasn't sure. I liked the idea of rhubarb as a business icon -- it is versatile, tough, kind of quirky and quintessentially Midwestern. Plus my grandma and my mom always grew it in their gardens, so it has a lot of happy associations for me. But "rhubarb" just sounded a little lonely all by itself. My girlfriends and I were kicking it around one day, and they came up with the name "Rhubarb Road." I thought that sounded a little too country, but I liked the alliteration of the 2 rs. Then inspiration struck! I'd seen the logo of a make-up company, which employed a small crown. Rhubarb Reign! Eureka. We could keep the two rs and add crown as our logo. We switched to lower case and the job was done. Joe liked the name once we started working together -- and now its been "rhubarb reign inc" for almost 10 years!
Many thanks to all who came out for the Expo Show -- it was our best to date for that venue! We can't thank you enough for your support. While we sold more furniture than usual for this event, it was the smalls that carried the day. We're headed out now to restock, but take a look at two cuties that I picked up at the Expo for myself:
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Make as many as you'd like to share with friends, too! Now in its second season, the Expo Show has been a huge hit with dealers and shoppers alike, so don't miss it. Details are just a click away on the show sidebar.
"I think my boutique is different because it incorporates interior design with apparel and accessories. It has an eclectic feel, mixing rustic with elegance. 'Panache' means 'elegance and style' in French!"
As for the storm of the century, the first flakes are just falling as I'm writing this, but we heard about it all weekend. It was a topic of conversation in Indianapolis at Midland, where we used this funky group of frames to fill up an otherwise empty wall:
And all over Ohio -- at gas stations, restaurants and hotels, everyone was speculating. We did get a little break from it Sunday when we unloaded at our customer Denise Griffith's sweet little shop, Feather Your Nest, in Pickerington. Not a snowflake in site, plus we had lots to catch up on since we last got together at Burlington. And all the bright, cheerful colors in Denise's store overcome any thoughts of winter weather. Just check out the fabric room:
With all that luscious color, it's hard to think about snow. But once we were back on the road, everyone was back to talking about the storm. At Heart of Ohio, and then again at dinner, it was on every one's lips. So Joe and I did some strategizing; decided to shop on Monday, our usual day off, thinking the auction prospects might be a little grim Wednesday, and work today, thinking we might not even be able to get to the studio tomorrow. Who knows! My theory is that weather likes to sneak up on you; it's just not as much for it if you're prepared. And prepared we are! We have a whole new group of smalls, projects and furniture to share with you this weekend. So do plan to join us. And don't worry, we'll have you home in plenty of time for the kick-off! xo