February is one of our favorite months because it highlights love, romance and beautiful gifts - something we focus on all year! To spread love you must live it and that means making your home a soothing, inviting and comforting place. Here are some of our favorite home accents that make us feel warm & fuzzy!
1. Fresh flowers and plants.
Fresh flowers in the home bring energy, color and vibrance to your space. Green plants actually can increase oxygen levels and purify the air. Plants also release moisture vapor, which increases the humidity in the air around them, helping decrease dry skin & throats.
2. Surround yourself with art.
Home is where the art is! You don't have to spend a lot of money on art, just pick pieces that are important to you. What's the piece you see when you walk in the front door? Does it make you feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable? Choose artisan pieces that you're connected to in some way. Collecting art pieces from your travels will always remind you of these journeys that you loved.
3. Add color.
We all have a color that makes us feel good. Each color brings a different energy to a space. Yellows usually add radiance, greens spur growth and flexibility, reds welcome prosperity, and oranges bring warmth and cheer. There are so many meanings to color but start with your own favorite colors.
4. Add soft materials.
We love the modern world and it's hard edges but don't be afraid to add blankets, soft pillows or a plush throw rug. Touching soft objects increases our sense of comfort and security - studies show ;-)
5. Light candles.
Candles are romantic, add ambient light and are just plain sexy. Light scented candles in the bathrooms, bedrooms and in living spaces where food is not being served. Use unscented candles in your dining areas.
6. Use mirrors.
Decorators use mirrors to magnify natural light and add room to a space. If you have flowers or a plant in front of a mirror that image is enhanced. Put a favorite vase or bowl in front of a mirror to enhance so you see even more of something you love!
7. Get creative.
Make things yourself. It can be a serious or fun hobby. Pottery, watercolors, amateur photography. Surrounding yourself with things you made elicits pride and self-love. Find your inner artist!
Enjoy this month of love! Here are some of our favorite things to bring it year round in small ways to our home:
Hearts dishes or vases
Tealights - lots of them!
Mini vase - small enough for just a couple blooms
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!
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