Sunday, September 16, 2012

DIY: Lakewood Subway Sign Art

With so much house preparation work being done, it's hard to even think about what's going on our walls (aside from paint, of course). But since we've pretty much gathered all of the furniture and little touches we can right now, our thoughts have finally drifted towards thinking about art. We got the new Restoration Hardware catalog last week, and as it usually does, it featured these delicious vintage subway signs. Jim has actually been wanting one for a while, so it seemed the perfect time to not just get one, but make a custom one with our new street name on it!

We had the perfect frame, so within a couple hours of me agonizing over street names, typefaces, and kerning behind my laptop, we finally have our own custom print for the living room.

The original prints are longer and narrower, but I wanted to do something with a slightly different proportion. We still wanted it to be large and dramatic, which is what we loved so much about the Restoration Hardware prints. This one is sized at 18x26", and we got it printed at Kinko's for about 30 bucks. 

The vintage ones were also hand-painted, so the irregularities in the lettering would be impossible to achieve without hand drawing the whole thing. However, I think we got pretty darn close and we love the result!

I included a lot of the obvious main Lakewood streets, but chose some for variety of length or punctuation — and put in a couple neighborhood streets so ours would fit in. So, can you guess which one is our new street?!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ragged Row Opening Party

A few weeks ago (I can't believe how fast that's gone) my friend Brigitte opened her new store in Sewickley, PA with private party and preview. All of her hard work over the last year produced one amazing result and I'm so excited for her new adventure as a business owner!

Window looking out to Beaver Street — flanked by Mother denim

The fitting room features this incredible metallic chevron wall - that she painted herself! Girl is crazy talented with painter's tape.

Shore Society has hit Pittsburgh! Brigitte has featured some of my prints in her store (thank you!) in addition to selling some of her own prints and cards (the chevron watercolor and the cards mixed with mine are her designs). She and her boyfriend Dave have also designed some PA-pride prints and silkscreened t-shirts with the designs. They look awesome.

We had a great time at the party and I wish I could have bought everything. She's carrying quite a range of styles and brands for fall — my favorites have to be the snakeskin leggings she had, and a Milly wool triangle skirt. She also carries some of my favorite jewelry lines — Gorjana, House of Harlow, and low luv x erin wasson. If you live in the 'burgh or are wanting to take a road trip, definitely stop in and check it out. Sewickley is such a cute neighborhood (Clevelanders, think Chagrin Falls but bigger) and I wish we could have explored a bit more. Next time!