Thursday, March 15, 2012

Master Works by Northwest Artists at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery

Paul Horiuchi
Cascades 72" x 79" Collage on Canvas Over Board 19633

Paul Horiuchi.
Duwamish in the Fall 16" x 20" Gouache on paper c.1980's

Margaret Tomkins
Random Season 78" x 113" Oil on Linen 1963
Margaret Tomkins
Autumn 52" x 72" Oil on Canvas 1963

Morris Graves
Summer Still Life 31"" x 31" Oil on Canvas 1963

Earlier this week, Claire and I took the afternoon off and spent a small part of our day browsing the "Master Works by Northwest Artists" exhibit at Woodside/Braseth Gallery on Ninth Avenue. Featuring the most influential and renowned artists of our region, the exhibit features works dating back from the 1940's until the present.  It was so exciting to see all the work of artists not only influential in the Northwest, but around the world, all in one place. I highly recommend checking it out, the exhibit runs until March 24th at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I am currently helping to design the nursery of my best (and very pregnant) friend. While searching around the web for some much needed inspiration this week, I have truly descended upon the good, the bad, and the ugly in nursery decor. After seeing photo upon photo, I can't help but think, why can't a room for a little one be just as sophisticated as the rest of the house? Choosing pieces that can grow with the child, or even be moved elsewhere in the house later on, ensure a better investment in the items you choose for the room. Mixing these pieces in with items "high on the cuteness factor" will certainly add up to a nursery to-die-for.

Joni of  the blog Lay Baby Lay gets it right! And see that fabulous rug on the bottom right? Why, it's the Sarasa Rug from Company C! (sold at CAPERS of course)

Another pick from Lay Baby Lay. We love this black and white theme! The Dash and Albert rug, the graphic pillow, and the burlap bags really mix things up. What do I love most about the room though? That great wing chair. It's great to have a comfy place to sit in a nursery while your baby is still young, and it can easily be pulled into another room in the following years.  

So here is where I am in the design process with my friend's nursery. As you can see, I have so much to do! We are starting with the basics, painting the walls navy blue and the trim white. The chair I am using is the England Chair from Cisco Brothers. I love this chair, not only is it super comfortable and classic, but the easy wash slipcover makes it perfect for handling messes and spills! The rug is a great nautical find from Dash and Albert. It is indoor/outdoor, so it has a great wash-ability factor! I will keep you posted on what else I choose, so many decisions to be made!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Les Eclaireuses français viennent de câpres {The French Girl Scouts are coming to CAPERS}

Aren't Girl Scout cookies the best? We love them! To celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting (1912-2012), the lovely young gals of the Junior Girl Scout troop from the French American School of Puget Sound will be here on Sunday afternoon. They will be serving tea and Trefoils (the very first Girl Scout cookie), as well as selling their fabulous cookies!

        Where: CAPERS
When: One to Three p.m. Sunday March 11th

Rendez-vous dimanche!

 The founder of Girl Scouts Juliette Gordon Low pins a badge on a young Girl Scout

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

In the store: mixed media artist Susan Mulligan

Calliope and Red Current
Mixed Media, beeswax on panel
Copper with Branded Border
Mixed Media, beeswax on panel
Mixed Media, beesax on panel
Susan Mulligan

Isn't she great? This month is all about Susan Mulligan and her beautiful mixed media encaustic works. Born in Colorado and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Susan''s creative mix of oil paint, beeswax and found objects creates a dimensional work of art unlike any other.

Thursday night we will be open until nine for the West Seattle Art Walk. Stop by for drinks, apps, and to meet Susan!

All photos via Susan Mulligan