ORC 2018: Designing a MAster Bedroom with a Laid Back style
In my mind, I had BIG plans for this Spring. I had intended to fully renovate and update our rental property kitchen and dining room that we have in Kentucky. But then, 2 things happened. 1). I designed my first hand-dyed capsule pillow collection inspired by my work with Shibori and design 2). I literally just got back from a 20 day adventure across India and Japan, which I hope to share with you soon!
I took a step back and realized that there simply was not enough time to tackle a full kitchen renovation (which would require more cross country travel and likely take weeks!l) First, I looked to a few places around the house that needed my attention. I love our bedroom. I love it's spaciousness and the view from our windows. So, I am jumping in here, fully jet lagged and ready to share with you Week 2 of our California Master Bedroom Design!
Moreover, I'm hoping a streamlined space will provide me with a curated setting to photograph my hand-dyed pillow collection. I would love to share that process with you for anyone who like to hear tips about how to photo shoot bedding.
I'm going to start by sharing inspiration. It is going to feel good to finally pull this room together through all of the beautiful details.
If you know me, you know that I am a big fan of California and mid-century minimal design. I love well designed products and I relish in the details of a space.
I am hoping that by not taking on too much, I can really focus on bringing this room together through those products and details.
We already have a few things that you will see in the before pictures. I share more plans and pictures in a few days!
Until then, if you would like to see the Boys Nature Bedroom that I designed last season, check these out! Calling it Home and House Beautiful for creating this inspiring challenge and space for artists and designers to share their passion and home decor projects!
10 questions with aromatherapist FLIN K. GRANT, M.A.
Are you curious about how to use natural products in your beauty routine and daily life? Have you ever wanted to know more about what it takes to become an Aromatherapist and/or create a beauty line? If so, then this is the perfect interview for you. I am proud to share the next interview in our Working As series, with Flin K. Grant, Aromatherapist and creator of a natural beauty line. Today, Flin shares her background, mission and inspiration with you. So without further ado, here are 10 questions with Flin.
Q: Can you please share a little bit about your current natural wellness business?
A: I'm the owner, artisan and staff aromatherapist at Art of Essentials: Aromatherapy Inspired by Traditional Plant Medicine. I make small-batch, toxin-free body products such as nourishing body balms and hydrating face serums. I also do aromatherapy consultations and teach workshops on the basics of using essential oils and how to make your own blends and products.
Q: How did you become interested in Essential Oils and Aromatherapy?
A: I've dabled with essential oils for 30 years! My dad owned a metaphysical bookstore when I was younger and they sold essential oils there, so that was really my first introduction. And I've always had a keen nose and been attracted to aromatics. Then when I was pregnant with my daughter I developed an aversion to all synthetic smells and stopped using anything but 100% natural products. I became increasingly interested in the science and chemistry surrounding synthetics vs. plant-based materials. When my daughter was a baby I started studying the therapeutic properties of pure essential oils and using them on a regular basis. I noticed such a positive impact on my physical and emotional health.
*An interesting side note is that many women experience heightened olfactory sensitivity during pregnancy. The limbic system in mammals enables this so that the new baby's smell can imprint on the mother!
Q: What inspires you?
A: I'm in awe of the incredible ways that plants have healed humans for hundreds of thousands of years andI'm constantly inspired by seeing the plants that I study and use in their natural environment. I love going on outings and photographing the plants that I find (I studied photography in art school); a giant Eucalyptus tree, a rose bloom or a mint plant. These are common sights that it's easy to take for granted until you realize that, not only do plants give us oxygen to support life and feed us, but they also offer their bodies to us in the form of aromatic herbs and oils, healing remedies that can soothe physical inflammations and calm emotional tensions.
Q: What types of products do you create? Any customer favorites?
A: I make products that I use personally. I create something to fill a need that I have, then test the formula on myself. If I like it, then I'm confident in giving it to others because I know it works! My top sellers (and also my favorites) are: Face Serum #1, excellent for sealing in moisture for dry, mature skin; Atchoo Allergy Blend, to reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies, from which I suffer; Honey Jasmine Everywhere Balm, an all-purpose balm that hydrates any dry spot on your body, including hands and lips, and I even use it to detangle knots in my daughter's hair!
Q: What does your creative process look like?
A: I usually mull over an idea for a while and let it take on a few forms while I'm deciding what works best. Sometimes I gather ideas and images as inspiration and sometimes I do research. I like to live with something and really observe it while it's in each stage of development. Then when all of the elements click, I know it's time to finalize the project and I move pretty quickly. It's a very intuitive process.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing (best part) about using Aromatherapy?
A: It's empowering having this natural tool to use as a preventative medicine because I believe in taking a holistic approach to well-being. I've seen so many ways that aromatherapy can help people. It's a simple and effective way to care for yourself and loved ones on a cellular level and can compliment any other health care regime that's practiced.
Q: What upcoming projects are you excited about on the horizon?
A: I've got 3 new products that I'm launching this year, including an aromatic oil fragrance that I've been perfecting for a couple of years! I'm also co-teaching some botanically-inspired workshops that merge eco-textile design with custom aromatherapy. Those are going to be lovely experiential events! Then, this summer I'm planning to consult at a farm's Lavender Festival and teach guests about the essential oils that are distilled directly on the property from their own herbs. I'm really excited about that too!
Q: If someone is just starting out with essential oils, what 3 oils would you recommend to them to get started?
A: I would want to know what they will be using them for and what outcome they're hoping to achieve. Aromatherapy can be highly individual because olfaction is such a personal experience and so strongly influenced by memory and association. But... as a general rule, Lavender, Frankincense and Orange are a great place to start because they are all incredibly versatile and gentle oils.
Q: If someone is interested in getting more involved with aromatherapy, are there any groups or classes that you would recommend?
A: Yes! Come take our Botanical Bundle Dye and Aromatherapy Workshop!
I also do custom classes and consultations. You can contact me directly via my Facebook group, Art of Essentials, or my website. Kurt Schnaubelt and Robert Tisserand are both highly respected authors to read up on. I also love Mandy Aftel and Cathy Skipper. You can take free online Intro to Aromatherapy classes at Aromahead and New York Institute for Aromatic Studies. They're both great!
Thank you, Flin. This has been so inspiring!
For more on aromatherapy, you can learn to create own DIY Room Spray with Flin too.
Intro to Shibori: Beachy Scarves In Malibu
Hey there! I have some pictures that I have been wanting to share with you. Would you like to see the results of our workshop in Malibu a weeks ago? This event is a part of my Creative Sundays workshop series, which I designed for adults to promote relaxation through creativity, introduce ancient art processes, and foster meaningful connection in a non-competitive way! Our Shibori textile night took place at 98% Angel inside of the Trancas Country Mart in Malibu. It is a hip and original children's clothing boutique, with a space for art-making in the rear of the shop. If you are ever in the area in search of one-of-kind children's clothing, I highly recommend that you visit.
When the idea came up with the boutique owner, Zoe to offer an adult workshop in Malibu, I knew this would be the perfect spot! With plenty of room and a very peaceful vibes. Our event was sold out with 10 guests arriving to learn about the ancient art-form of Shibori to create unique and stunning patterns using indigo dye. For this workshop, I prepared 2 different dye vats. We used a 123 Fructose Vat and a pre-reduced indigo vat using a basic indigo kit. Although, I prefer working with all natural vats, I have found the pre-reduced vats can be really handy for instructional purposes such as these. Next up, I plan to experiment with an iron vat.
For this project, we used 20" x 80" long cotton-jute scarves. I fell in love with this exact blend which is 70% cotton and 30% jute fiber. They come straight off the loom in India and feature a small fringe on the bottom which makes them awesome as scarves or even as beach sarongs- perfect for Malibu weather and other beach cities!
I begin the workshop with a brief history of indigo dyeing and background info on Shibori. Afterward, I demonstrate a few popular folds and provide visuals of the results. Next up, everyone gets busy folding and binding their fabrics. So busy, in fact that I do not have many photos although I will share links to that at the bottom of this post. For this workshop, I focus on Itajime and Arashi shibori techniques. For Itajime, I taught the accordion fold leading up to square and triangle binds. One person experimented with a radial folded Itajime as well. You can see her results below, the second from the right. Below at the far right, the fold is called the "snow flower" which consists of a triangle fold and a clamped rectangle. If all of this sounds like geometric gibberish, then I highly recommend that you take a class and you will learn more by doing it. Keep on reading to see more beautiful results from the event!
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