Our home and gift shopping options are endless, whether we want to run out and visit our local stores, or jump online and order something to end up on our doorstep. So many choices, so fast and right at our fingertips. Increasingly, and through the accessibility of e-commerce and reach to artists worldwide, consumers are searching out custom, bespoke products where they can put a face on the maker, and hear a story of the art in their hands. The Childs Studio has been hand-gilding custom orders for over 25 years and we know why our customers keep coming back:
People Connect To People
More than ever, people like to know that the products they buy are made by a real person who is crafting the piece with care. Factory lineups and machine-produced goods somehow remove the personal connection they want to feel when purchasing a special gift or keepsake for their home.
The Desire To Be Different
We all crave to be creative taste makers, carving our own personality imprint. Whether it's clothes, experiences or our home, we tell our stories proudly outlining our handpicked curated style. Small batch artisan goods showcase this individuality.
The Thoughtfulness Behind a Gift
We've all walked through stores in frustration when trying to find that perfect gift for a milestone birthday or wedding. Hand-designed and artist gifts just seem more special because they say you took the time to search out the unique. If you are also sharing a personal favorite artist of your own, this makes the handmade gift especially thoughtful by creating that future connection on your shared collecting.
Supporting Small Business
Paying people directly for their meaningful work just feels good. You know they've worked hard to bring their vision to light, and it takes determination and commitment to keep it going. Small businesses and the artisans who run them keep our community, design, innovation - and so much more - interesting and creative!
Thank you for supporting this wonderful handcrafted and handmade artisan movement!
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Keeping it Artisan Real At The Tamara Childs Studio
We realize that after all of our own story-telling and materials, people still don't know that we are literally hand-designing EVERY piece. We don't have a team of production people in our studio. Tamara and Adam Childs (mother and son) ARE the design team and producers of every piece.
Here's a peek into our day and the process for getting every custom order out!
Tamara paints the design on the vase.
Tamara gets the metal leaf ready to place on the vase.
Tamara applies the metal leaf to the vase.
Now the piece goes to Adam Childs for finishing!
Adam carefully brushes the excess metal leaf off to expose the design.
Once the custom metallic design has been finished by Adam, he coats it with a protective varnish. All of our products are hand washable!
Tamara's pieces are staged and ready to ship!
If you grew tomatoes this year, you know it's that time when it takes more than some salads and sandwiches to use the massive harvest that's happening within the last few weeks (up here in the Pacific Northwest anyway!). Fresh tomatoes in a bowl on the counter is a favorite sight, and it gets our cook's creativity flowing.
Tomato Soup is always on our list because it's so simple and only takes a few ingredients to make it delicious. We decided to also add mushrooms this time because it feels like Fall this week and it makes the soup slightly heartier.
Our simple recipe follows and please leave comments on how yours turns out, or if you want to add your own variations on Tomato Soup or any other tomato recipes!
Serve with some crumbled feta or goat cheese on top and some side crackers. Enjoy!
Tamara Childs products shown (with Shop links):
10" Slash Bubble Glass Bowl in Gold (tomatoes)
6" Solid Bubble Glass Bowl in Starburst (soup)
5" Slash Bubble Glass Bowl in Gold (crackers)
10.25" Wine Glass with Gold Zig Zag pattern on ball
There's a reason why we make beautiful vases - we love flowers! They look good, they smell good and there is something about bringing nature inside that just feels good. Our indoor spaces are both big and small and there's a floral statement that is just right for every corner of your home. We're here to share some of our favorites.
Small & Single
Some blooms are pretty enough on their own, and it just takes one - especially if you are filling a small space like a bathroom counter, or a guestroom night stand. Fragrant blooms are perfect here because a single stem will infuse a subtle scent to keep spaces smelling fresh.
Our favorites include Tuberose, Roses, Lilacs and Jasmine.
Shown here: Mini Vases in Zig Zag & Swirl
Blooms & Greens
Sometimes it's as much about the blooms as the beautiful greens that make them pop. Think of it like accessories that make an outfit. This is also a great way to break up store-bought bouquets into 2 or 3 more vases for placement in other rooms. Greens can be purchased from the florist or can be taken right from your own yard!
Our favorites include Eucalyptus, Bells of Ireland, several kinds of fern, and grasses.
Shown here: 6 in & 10 in Glass Vase in Variegated Blue
Tall & Dramatic
You want a statement piece - it's an occasion or event where guests are greeted with a dramatic floral wow! This can be the centerpiece on a table, a pop in a hallway or a colorful welcome in an entryway. Think long stalks and colorful blooms mixed with greens.
Our favorites include Gladiolus, Snapdragons, Calla Lilies and Peonies.
Shown here: Leaf Glass Vase in 12 in, 16 in, & 20 in.
Care & Cutting of Your Stems
We're getting ready to celebrate the biggest wedding month of the year here in the Pacific Northwest and are very busy making beautiful custom-designed gifts for lots of couples about to start their new lives together!
Wedding gifts can be a stressful decision for some—this is where wedding registries and the checkbook provide a fool-proof way to give without worry. This route also makes sense when couples are starting a home, or just starting over and their needs are bigger.
If you want to give a gift that's more personal but want to be sure that you're on target, we've created a guide to help you select something thoughtful and perfect.
It's okay to veer off the registry.
Registry items are merely suggestions, not obligations and meant to be a guideline as to what the couple wants and needs. If you decide to purchase something else, it’s a good idea to check out the registry to gauge the couple’s style.
Do your research.
Who are these people as a couple? What do they really love to do and how do they like to spend their time? The best way to make a gift personal is to choose something you know they’ll really love. You can even mention why you chose it in your note, so they’ll know you took the time to pick just the right gift.
Get something they didn’t register for but that goes with their tableware.
Glance at their registry to see what they have selected to guide your personal gift choice. Have they ordered a cocktail shaker and other bar accessories? Are they wine & champagne drinkers? Give a lovely set of unique martini glasses or special occasion champagne flutes to compliment their choices. Even throw in a cocktail making class or a special bottle to further personalize the gift. If they love to entertain, there are so many beautiful serving dishes that can reflect their sense of style.
Go in with others on a larger gift.
If there is something really special you have your eye on that you know the couple would love, but it's a bit out of your budget, reach out to a few friends or family members who might like to contribute. Keep the group small though, because it can get complicated with final decisions, and you also want the couple to recall everyone who gave it to them.
Good luck with your wedding shopping! Enjoy some of our favorite gift ideas from the Tamara Childs Collection slideshow below:
We just wrapped up another year at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and it was such fun! It's so nice to get out of the studio and to work with people directly. We always make new friends while seeing old ones and spending time with our wonderful customers.
The biggest joy comes from actually placing all of our pieces together in settings that the eye can imagine. Nothing can show the Tamara Childs' experience like a single photograph or piece. The sum of all the parts gives such visual possibilities for home decor and dining tables - and let's not forget wedding season and wanting to give unique one-of-a-kind gifts that can start a new bride's collection.
Enjoy some of the Atlanta showroom displays below. A special shout-out to Home World for their coverage on the showroom.
Design Studio, an interior design firm in Denver, was recently featured in Boulder Lifestyle Magazine - The Design Issue. In the article, the team was asked for their favorite picks and they chose the Wabi Sabi Bubble Glass Bowl! Shop this home decor accent here.
See the full issue of Boulder Life Magazine - we're on Page 110.
Tamara Childs Collection introduces bold new metallic design for hand-gilded glassware; Roadz is available now
Seattle, WA (April, 2016)—The Tamara Childs Collection adds a new graphic design to their exquisite portfolio of hand-gilded creations. ‘Roadz’ was created by Tamara’s son, Adam Childs, a master gilder and designer for the Childs brand. Adam was inspired to create an iconic design with a more modern, masculine pattern that complimented some of the bolder glassware.
“Whenever we design something new, we try to let the attributes of the glass we've chosen influence the pattern and treatment that shows up on the finished product. I try to consider things like size, shape, texture, profile, different lines, even the function of the piece if it's supposed to have one,” says Adam Childs. "My influences for the 'Roadz" pattern came from the bold, clean lines and the subtle taper on our large vases."
Tamara Childs Collection ‘blings’ new tabletop designs and patterns to adorn the most stylish holiday tables
As at-home in a Saudi Royal palace as on your holiday table, Tamara Childs Collection introduces vibrant new metallic colors for her popular Wabi Sabi designed tabletop, holiday gifts and home décor
Seattle, WA (December 16, 2014)--Whether for the holiday table, weddings or as unique gifts, the keyword in home décor and tableware continues to be metallic: Tamara Childs Collection’s gold, silver, copper and composites of all create simple elegance for the holiday home. Just in time for your holiday list of must-have metallic gifts, décor and tabletop are the new twists on the Tamara Childs Collection Wabi Sabi-inspired designs. Oranges, golds, reds and all shades in between create a glow that will warm your table.
The term ‘Wabi Sabi’ represents a Japanese world view or aesthetic celebrating the beauty and peace in ordinary things. According to Wikipedia, the characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, irregularity, simplicity, austerity and genuine integrity which the new Tamara Childs design captures beautifully.
Tamara Childs Collection returns to Las Vegas Market (#LVMkt) with new hand-gilded patterns and tabletop treasures
Growing demand for Tamara Childs metallic tabletop, gifts, accessories and home décor brings brand expansion, new showroom, partners, designs and products
Seattle, Washington (July 24, 2014)—The popular Tamara Childs Collection returns to Las Vegas Market July 27th to the 31st with new hand-gilded tabletop treasures and designs. Tamara Childs will showcase her extensive array of glassware, giftware, tabletop, home décor and accessories at her new permanent venue in Las Vegas.
Tamara Childs introduces a new line of metallic gilded designs called Wabi Sabi. The term ‘Wabi Sabi’ represents a Japanese world view or aesthetic celebrating the beauty and peace in ordinary things. According to Wikipedia, the characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, irregularity, simplicity, austerity and genuine integrity which the new Tamara Childs design captures beautifully.