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Kipper Millsap has a Dandy New BloG!

"artists", "blogs", "decorate", "friends", "savannah", "shopscad", "vintage"Katie Runnels3 Comments
I've been meaning to tell you to be sure to check out my favorite Man-Craft Magician, Kyle Millsap's new blog: Kipper Millsap! Remember Kyle's adorable place from back when? He's also the Visuals Manager at shopSCAD...so you know he's swimming with creative ideas...and he's sharing them!! So, scooch over Mr. Oldham, and make room for your new bff....Kipper Millsap! xo
Kyle's own collage header shows off his mad vintage-inspired graphic design skillz! I adore his style!

Visit Kipper Millsap to learn how to build your own display pegboard!

Kyle's Millsap original bedazzled bow-tie.
Learn how to make your own just in time to make Father's Day Fabulous!
Kyle Millsap. Hello, handsome.
Kyle is the only man I've ever met who can completely rock
a brooch and he can show you how!

Rubyellen Bratcher {Cakies}

"artists", "decorate", "etsy", "handmade"Katie Runnels7 Comments
Here's a sweet little peek into the darling home of Rubyellen Bratcher. You may already know and love her line of felt flowers and crowns, fabric necklaces, and other vintage handmade accessories called, Cakies. Well, I finally came upon her Flickr album and blog and have fallen in love with Rubyellen and her dear family. They have so much fun together...and of course, its all extremely creative and joyful. I've really enjoyed getting a glimpse of their many adventures, shows, and special days documented on her blog... Thank you for sharing, Ruby! xo
The family room with the ever-changing chalkboard painting.

Two of Ruby's babies nestle in their parent's bed. The heart garland above
the bed was made by Ruby and the blanket is a vintage find.

The breakfast table-love her mix of chippy white chairs!

Rubyellen's cozy bedroom corner for rocking her sweet new baby!

A corner of daughter, Brave's room- Ruby made the felt light garland.

Ruby's daughter modeling one of her Cakies signature felt crowns.

The darling Bratcher family-Thanksgiving 2009 
(before they were 5!)

Kyle Millsap's Mini-Rancho Campo del' Arte

"artists", "decorate", "friends", "home design", "shopscad"Katie Runnels12 Comments
What a treat for me today to share the home/office/hideaway of the crazy talented window dresser, stylist and all-around super-duper shopSCAD Visuals Manager(pant, pant), Kyle Millsap! (I do loves me some Kipper!)
Kyle Millsap with Amy Zurcher at the shopSCAD Holiday Dinner Party last month!

I've gone on about Kyle's incredible work at shopSCAD here before- but was super excited to see updates on his living quarters- which, when I saw it last a few months back- was sad and bare. The gray days are over for this sweet little (and I do mean little-15' x 18' to be exact!) cottage in the heart of Savannah's quaint Ardsley Park!

Bitsy greets guests at the top of the stairway entrance to the apartment. Ok,Baby painting by Tim Wirth- an artist whose work Kyle has already accumulated a most impressive collection!

At the top of the stairs we get our first view of Kyle's cool boyscout kitsch collections of flags, pennants and camp gear. A collection he comes by honestly...Kyle has graduated through the ranks, from Tiger Cub to Eagle Scouts- and he's still a registered Scouter! He mounted an apartment-friendly peg board along the far wall to house his ever-expanding art collection.

Kyle keeps his dandy footwear in sight and at the ready for walkin' his Dogie.

Bitsy rests her sweet self on the the perfect Ikea couch solution for this small space. Kyle found his sweet little coffee table on the side of the road. The colorful handmade quilt over the back of the couch was made by his Great-Grandmother Patrick. The hanging flag pennant was made by Kyle's good friend, Haylie Bird Waring.

I spy some art favorites up there- like Jay Schmetz, Yoswadi Krutklom, and a big screenprint by Jen Jenkins. Can you find the taxidermied blowfish lantern?!

The office corner with his antique desk (dated 1903 in pencil) found at Habersham Antiques in Savannah. This lucky cowboy has a flat screen in his pup tent! Yup, there's another Tim Wirth painting!

Kyle scavenged the wood crates from Keller's Flea Market for $5. each to create a cozy and oddball modern headboard with storage for all his loot! The vintage chenille blanket was found in Little Rock, Ar. The handmade pillow is by Rebecca Davison- available, of course, at shopSCAD!
So nice, I show it twice!

Kyle's Kitchenette- compact storage for his swamp-seed, whistle-berries & eatin' irons. (A former closet and I'm to tell you...a work in progress. Looks perfect to me!)

The layout (them's tight quarters!)
I'm so impressed, Kyle! Thank you for sharing!
Visit Kyle at shopSCAD in Savannah! xo

Holiday Festoonery from around the web!

"Flickr", "decorate", "handmade"Katie Runnels6 Comments
So many of my favorite artists and bloggers are dolling up their homes in the most creative and original ways this season...and thanks to Flickr and blogs we are able to share in their holiday "glee" as sweet Dottie Angel calls it! Here are some that have me swooning...wish I could climb in and admire the pretties in person! xox
Handmade Holiday Garlands by Elvis Robertson
of Lovely Textiles and Snitch-Snotch

Heart Tree from Wood & Wool

Fresh wreath decked with vintage bits and bobs assembled
by Ginny Branch Stelling of My Favorite Color is Shiny!

Dottie Angel's 'Whatnot' Tree thrills
me to no end!!

I think Janice has one of the most inspiring blogs
out there for diy craft ideas and of course, her supply shop
is stellar! Her bottle-brush table centerpiece is simply perfect!

Andrea from Hula Seventy decorated her mantle with
her typical Hula Girl candy colors! (Ok-this was last year-but
its too good to leave out!)

More Christmas past from Girl Hula!

Then there are these precious scenes from
the cozy holiday home of Mr. and Mrs. Nielson.

Thankfully NieNie reminds me of the most
important Christmas blessings!
Have you also been following the most inspiring
family of 2009. They are my heroes! xo

threaded...first friday in Greenville

"Greenville", "decorate", "exhibition", "fibers"Katie Runnels7 Comments
Lucky folks living near Greenville, SC shouldn't miss the First Friday and Saturday group exhibit, Threaded...brought to you by the talented group at Flatiron Studios! Included as always are new treasures from Art& Light Gallery, Knack Furnishings, Lily Pottery, Blue Moss Girls, Kyle Buttram, and several guest artists too! Open tonight 6-9 pm and tomorrow from 10 am-3 pm. Here's a small preview...
This weekend at Flatiron Studios!

Vintage Doily Sweaters and tees from Blue Moss!

Mixed Media by Laurie (tba)

New Furnishings and Treasures from Knack!

Vintage Furniture at Art & Light Gallery

Fabric Accessories by Jen Moreau

Flatiron Galleries located along the Pendleton Ave. Arts District.

Scout Holiday's Wedding Fête

"artists", "blogs", "decorate", "etsy", "wedding"Katie Runnels2 Comments
I realize I'm a month late on this news...but I can't help myself...the August wedding celebration of the artist behind Scout Holiday, Cheri Messereli is just too sweet! She and her graphic designer groom, David Rager spent countless hours preparing all the special homespun festive touches to make their party special. In addition to her famous buntings, they hand painted tablecloths and flags, folded hundreds of origami swans, silkscreen-striped napkins, decorated the cake, and my favorite-created custom bird place cards. I love that they went wild using all kinds of found glass bottles for the colorful and untamed flowers. Truly their art came to life! See more here, here and on her blog, Scout Holiday. xo

images copyright James Ryang 2009

Debbie Dusenberry at Home

"Kansas City", "blogs", "brick and mortar", "decorate", "vintage"Katie Runnels3 Comments
I just saw Debbie's post about her current spread in Romantic Homes Magazine and it is dreamy! Debbie is a true stylist and entrepreneur...she admits to several items in the shoot having been borrowed, hot glued in place, or already placed in her shop. I am lusting over the tufted bedroom headboard which is one of the items already at Curious Sofa...and most likely sold by now. She says she's into texture over color these days. See her full post for all the details. xo

Spruce Home

"decorate", "etsy", "home design", "vintage"Katie Runnels11 Comments
The revamped vintage finds from everyones Etsy favorite, Spruce Home- located in fabulous Austin, Tx - make my head hurt from longing. Check out their home accessories shop, Spruce Home Must Haves too! xo
Oh Deer Wingback Chair
with Skinny Laminx fabric!

Mid Century Lemonade Chairs-pair
Seeeriously considering a bargain with the devil for these!

Who's behind that Fantastic Window Display?

"SCAD", "artists", "decorate", "shopscad"Katie RunnelsComment
Kyle Millsap and Molly Evans sit in front of their window display.
photo by Skip Terpstra

I have been meaning to post about this for weeks but got caught up in a sweet new little baby, guest blogging, and several more excuses. A few weeks ago, you may remember that Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler paid a visit to Savannah for SCAD Style...well, shopSCAD dedicated their window display to honor and welcome the influential designers. In light of Mr. Doonan's pioneer status in the history of window display and Jonathan "color me confused" Adler, well...designing a window display was a tall order! We thought Kyle and Molly did a stellar job!
detail of Simon Say's Window-thanks to Cuyler Hovey-King

Excerpt from SCAD News- April 20, 2009...
Savannah College of Art and Design alumnus Kyle Millsap (B.F.A., illustration, 2006), visual merchandiser at shopSCAD, is the creative genius behind the two eye-catching window displays in SCAD's corner shop.

Based on visuals and words that reflect the design philosophies of Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, guest speakers at SCAD StyleApril 9, the displays use a mix of three-dimensional sculptures and hand-painted lettering.

Millsap and shopSCAD, Atlanta visual merchandiser Molly Evans (B.F.A., fibers, 2006) produced and installed the windows on the eve of the design duo's visit. More than 500 plastic chattering teeth dangle like a curtain in the background of the display honoring Doonan, and speech bubbles with words echoing his aesthetic hang in the foreground: "Simon Says: cheeky, eccentric, bold, irreverent, risqué, provocative."

"I used his column, "Simon Says," as a jumping off point, said Millsap. "Word bubbles display his colorful vocabulary, and chattering teeth provide a dramatic backdrop that was hopefully worthy of such a bold and visionary window dresser."

"For Jonathan I wanted to create an interior space with pieces that were indicative of his style, juxtaposing antique and modern pieces," said MIllsap. "His 'happy chic' approach to design allowed for playful colors and a whimsical arrangement."
Jonathan Juxtaposes Display-thanks to Cuyler Hovey-King

The window honoring Adler features large mod lettering reading "Jonathan Juxtaposes," in front of hand-painted patterns on butcher paper. Each of the five columns contains rhyming words that relate to Adler's "happy chic" approach to interior design, such as "lamps, vamps, scamps." Details, such as a silhouette portrait of Adler's and Doonan's dog, Liberace, give the design a fun, personal touch.
Detail by Cuyler Hovey King
"Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan have very specific design philosophies and seem to have a mutual love for words and language," said Millsap. "Both are visual artists as well as writers."
Cheeky kids! xo
Visual Coordinators for shopSCAD Atlanta, Molly Evans (left) and
shopSCAD Savannah, Kyle Millsap (right).

(photo by Skip Terpstra)


"artists", "decorate", "etsy", "fibers", "handmade"Katie RunnelsComment
I can't seem to get enough chairs or pillows in my life...and I'd love to add these homespun and creatively-reused fabric pillows from woodroots. I love her fiber art as well! The artist (can't find a name) also has a store geared towards kids called woodrootlings. Found via my friend Moran in Israel- thanks! xo
from her children's shop woodrootlings!

Karen Walker Paints

"decorate"Katie Runnels1 Comment
This most clever of marketing ideas had me searching the internet yesterday for mid-century modern real estate and dreaming up my new decor! New Zealand fashion designer, Karen Walker created a palette of paints for Resene Paints based on the Bauhaus school of the 1920s. What set me off were the artist made miniature houses created by Gidon Bing(click his name to see more views in his portfolio) to illustrate each palette she designed. Photos styled by Katie Lockhart. Gotta find me some chartrueuse bubble lamps! xo