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Designer Spotlight: Elizabeth Wheaton

Designer Spotlight: Elizabeth Wheaton

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How did you get your start?

I have sewn my entire life. My grandmothers both taught me growing up, and my mom is/was always down with a “I think I’ll make my Easter dress this year” statement.  My husband and I had only been married about 90 days when I found out I was pregnant! We were SO excited…but I quickly realized that “new house” budget was about to be chopped in half (or more). Instead of sacrificing nice things, I started making them. I made a few pillows for myself, and a friend mentioned that I should try selling them! I put them on a local buy/sell/trade site, and the rest is really history. Since my shop opened a little over 3 years ago, I’ve sold almost 10k pillow covers! EEK!

Did you always want to work in interiors?

No, definitely not! I have always loved retail and clothing, but interiors are really more of a “last 10 years” kind of thing for me. I’m still no expert (I can pick your fabrics and tell you what coordinates), but I still struggle with an entire room. Luckily, I’m friends with designers who take over where I leave off.


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What would you say makes your design style / technique like no other?

There are hundreds of pillow makers on Etsy. For the most part, I think we all have the same quality/craftsmanship. What sets me apart is my willingness to work with people (I have people send me pictures of their space with the words “help me” in the title!), and my ability to match patterns and colors. I also know fabrics. I can pretty much tell you who makes any fabric. Of course every now and then someone sends me something I don’t recognize…but that is rare.

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Who or what is inspiring you right now?

It has been cold & rainy here for the last 2 years it feels like. Because of that, I’m loving color. Gimme gimme gimme! I’ve also been on a big velvet kick for the last several months. I know most people don’t purchase my pillows for comfort, but that soft finish is just an added bonus

How important is art to a home?

My designer friend Jenny (@jennykramerdecor) would argue that art is the most important thing, and I’m beginning to think she’s totally right. I hosted bible study at my house the other night and my friend said “your house just feels homey” and that was the greatest compliment I’ve gotten. I don’t have a bare wall ANYWHERE. And it doesn’t have to be original art. I have photos on every.single.flat.surface in my house.

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What’s your best tip for someone who isn’t sure of their “style”?

I tend to work backwards. Oftentimes ppl don’t know what they like, but they do know what they dislike. For example, when someone needs fabric help I always start with 3 questions: “1- do you have anything existing that going to be tough to match? 2- is there any color you hate? 3- how do you feel about Asian inspired designs?” Once I find out those things, it makes it much easier to suggest fabrics/textures.

What the most rewarding & challenging part about being owning your own business?

Rewarding – I get to support my family and give them the life they deserve. I joke that our house is the “house that’s paid for by pillows”, but it’s actually so close to the truth. I do still work a 9-5 (in employee benefits/insurance), so that’s a real challenge. And it really is hard when someone wants something at 7 at night and I’m at home with family and disconnected (and they aren’t gracious). I’m learning to be upfront about my priorities. I feel like people understand when they know beforehand how things are handled.

How do you find work/ life balance as a business owner?

HAHAHAHA, I don’t! I feel like every business owner says that. It’s SO easy in the beginning and you are so desperate to just get business that you’ll talk to anyone for any amount of time at any hour. If I could go back and tell my newly founded business self something, it would be to set boundaries early, be willing to say no, and never make your family feel like backseat.

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Anything else you want us to know about you?

I absolutely LOVE my customers. A large majority of my business is repeat customers. Some have been with me since the beginning. I’ve done their house, their nurseries, their vacation home…I just feel like I’m a part of their life!

Your favorite Katie Kime print why?

My favorite print is Bees Knees. The colors are great, the design is perfect, and the scale is great on any size cover! 

Austin Mural Tour with Carrie Colbert

Austin Mural Tour with Carrie Colbert

There so many things I love about Austin, but one of my favorite things Austin has to offer is the amazing street art. People come from all over to see the creative wall art done by talented local artists. I’ve been wanting to do a mural tour for years now – and when I saw my friend and fellow creative Carrie Colbert’s Austin Mural Tour I was so inspired!

Carrie Colbert of carriecolbert.com is an inspiring women who started the “More Color, Please” movement, a movement focused on adding color back into every aspect of life.

After 17 years working in the energy industry, Carrie left the corporate world behind to embrace her creative side. In addition to being an author, investor in numerous female-founded businesses, and a champion for multiple philanthropic causes, Carrie also is a proud mom to her daughter Elle.

Wall 1: Love is the Question Love in the Answer Mural
Location: 1115 W. Lynn St., Austin, TX 78703

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Wall 2: Colorful Stripes House at 508 Tequila Bar
Location: 508 E. 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Carrie’s Note: Colorful stripes and tequila? A winning combination! Stop by this laid back tequila bar for a drink and photos.

Wall 3: Blue and White Diagonal Stripes
Location: 1500  W. North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Carries Note: Wall is very tall and design wraps around the building. You’ll find these fun stripes on the north and west sides of the building.

Wall 4: Purple Stripes at Parts & Labour
Location: 1704 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Carries Note: Note: Sadly, this business has now been demolished for a new development. Nevertheless, we had to include it, as it was a favorite of ours from the Austin wall scene.

Since its re-development, you will still find amazing wall art in this location. We stopped by to see the new art work that has since be created. The wall has many different sections with different color stories throughout

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Product: The World is your Oyster Journal

Wall 5: Yum, Fresh mural at Steel City Pops
Location: 3001 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Carries Note: Particularly during the hot summer months, you’ll find a snack at Steel City Pops especially refreshing! Wall faces south, so it’s often in sun, but that only enhances the summery feel of the location.

Wall 6: Cornflower blue graphic tile wall at Lick Ice Creams
Location: 6555 Burnet Rd #200, Austin, TX 78757
Carries Note: This wall faces west, so morning light is best.

Wall 7: Heart Wall at Jack and Lola
Location: 503 W. Mary St, Austin, TX 78704
Carries Note: These colorful hearts aren’t a huge wall, but it’s a fun small vignette worth checking out.

Product: Goddess Journal

Wall 8: Groovy blues at Uptown Modern
Location: 5111 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Carries Note: We can’t get enough of the 70s vibe of this wall!

For more inspiration from Carrie follow her on Instagram @carriec.

KK Cocktails at Picnik

Founder Naomi Seifter started her wildly popular health food and drink concept Picnik in 2013 in a shipping container on Austin’s South Lamar Boulevard. It quickly became the go-to spot for grabbing to-go gluten-free breakfast and lunch items, butter coffee, and bone broth. She opened her first brick-and-mortar restaurant in 2016, and it’s now a buzzing spot from the sunny morning breakfast (the harvest hash with change your life) to the dimly lit cocktail hour. We took a seat at the bar to learn the secrets to their low sugar take on a margarita.

 

Wearing our Tye earrings in black, bartender Taylor Trees mixed up the tasty concoction. When it comes to cocktail ingredients at Picnik, they take the same approach as they do with food when it comes to sourcing the most fresh and clean ingredients, like potato vodkas and gins paired with muddled fruits and herbs and a house-simple syrup made from pure maple syrup and raw, local honey. And, keeping things seasonal is a priority. Think warm citrus, spiced butternut and maple for fall and winter, and bright berries and herbs for spring and summer. Cheers for this margarita (which is always in season in Austin)!

 

Ingredients:

– 2 oz Organic Blanco Tequila

– 1/4 oz Raw Honey 

– 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 

– 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

– 1/2 oz of your favorite seasonal fruit pureé (Acai, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Mango) 

– Pink Himalayan Salt

– Lime Wedge

 

Directions:

Combine tequila, raw honey, orange juice, lime juice, and fruit puree into a mixing glass or tin. Add ice, top with shaker tin, and shake for approx. 6 seconds, until properly mixed and diluted. Over ice, strain liquid into an ice filled rocks glass, garnished with Pink Himalayan Salt and a Lime Wedge. 

 

 

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The Kaki Pants – Fashion Blogger Kaki Gaines

The Kaki Pants – Fashion Blogger Kaki Gaines

When fashion blogger and wardrobe stylist Kaki Gaines isn’t pulling together looks for the latest Kendra Scott campaign, she is working on her blog, The Kaki Pants, where she shares styling tips and outfit inspiration from her bold and fun style that’s full of color and pattern play. We caught up with the girll about town to see how she styles her KK leggings.

You really know how to rock a pair of leggings! What are all the different ways you could see yourself styling these?
With my cropped Cotton Citizen sweatshirt and Golden Goose high-tops for running around during the day, or with my favorite Onzie cotton top and white Nikes for a workout class.

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What are you loving about the KK leggings?
The adorable prints totally make the outfit! I also love how super soft the material is.

Your job as a stylist is a physical one that involves lots of running around, so in addition to that, how do you stay fit?
I am a big fan of mixing it up, so I don’t get stuck in a rut! I subscribe to Class Pass, so I generally rotate between barre, yoga, and pilates. I love to try out new studios and different classes within those three categories.

And where do you go for a post-workout healthy meal in Austin?
You can’t go wrong with True Foods! I am obsessed with their ancient grains bowl and Kale Aid.

Kaki Gaines Katie Kime Yoga

 

 

Katie Kime x Supply Showroom

When we are having one of those inexplicable days where we are feeling in a creative rut, we just drive over to Lake Austin Boulevard and walk into the doors of Supply Showroom and inspiration is found. Each of the three co-owners, Kristin Gish, Callie Jenschke, and Kim West, each have an enviable style in their own rights, so when they came together to open their showroom that’s filled with gorgeous textiles, wallpaper, fabrics, fixtures, and more, it was pure magic. We stopped by the colorful bungalow that’s filled with whimsy and design goals to see how each Supply gal wears their Katie Kime.

Callie Jenschke in the Katie Kime In Check Maxi Dress

How did you style your KK? 
I rocked a pair of gold Golden Goose sneakers and a pair of KK earrings. 

What are you loving about this frock? 
The length! As a tall girl, it’s always a special find to have a maxi dress that hits the ankle! 

What are three staples in your wardrobe that you can’t live without? 
A sequin covered something, sneakers, and a pair of high-waisted jeans. 

What are you looking forward to for Supply in 2019? 
I am looking forward to our new website! Coming spring 2019.

Kim West in the Saharan Sunset Maxi Dress

How did you style your KK? 
With a bold lip of course.

What are you loving about this frock?
I like the maxi length with a waistband to give you a little shape.

What are three staples in your wardrobe that you can’t live without?
I can’t live without fancy sneakers, Nars lipsticks and prints.

What are you looking forward to for Supply in 2019?
Spending time with our incredible team and seeing how our clients use our beautiful things in their projects.

Kristin Gish in the In Check Bow

How did you style your KK? 
I styled the darling neck tie with a crisp collared white button down, big earrings, high-waisted jeans, and of course a bright lip!

What do you love the KK tie?
Love that this accessory is feminine with playful mix of masculine.

What are three staples in your wardrobe that you can’t live without?
I am jeans girl–so jeans in every shape and form, big statement earrings, and I have a dress fetish. I don’t know where I will wear all the dresses I have collected, as my life is pretty casual, but I do love a good frock!

What are you looking forward to for Supply in 2019?
Lots of fun things happening at SUPPLY! We have grown so much this year. We have a special team that cares as much about the company as Kim, Callie and I do! We have a lot in store for SUPPLY 2019, but it’s a secret!


Camille Styles + KK Paperie

Camille Styles is one of our dearest Austin entrepreneur friends. Her wildly popular website is a source of daily inspiration for us that’s full of healthy lifestyle tips, beautiful recipes, and inspired entertaining tips. We stopped by her charming bungalow turned stylish studio to see which of our new paperie prints suited each member of her team best. Each one has a style all of its own, so we couldn’t wait to see which pattern spoke to them the most, how they personalized the designs with our monograms, and what we most look forward to is seeing how the ideas jotted down in these notebooks will be brought to life with stories for her thousands of readers, like us, to enjoy.

Camille Styles, Creative Director

Camille describes her style as casual and effortless, and we love that she chose the Safari print with a simple C monogram. “This print is on trend, but also timeless,” she says. Camille is super tech savvy and uses apps like Evernote to keep her busy life organized, but she always has a notebook on hand too—“The act of actually writing something down always fires up my creative juices!” she says. Her tip for keeping her office and desk space organized? Clear off the surface of your desk at the end of every work day.

 

Jenn Rose Smith, Art Director + Travel Editor

We are a big fan of Jenn Rose Smith’s enviable style—it’s glamorous meets surfer girl chic. Jenn Rose who loves to wear anything with ruffles, sensuous fabrics and soft pieces that make her feel happy when puts them on. She chose the Saharan Sunset print with the modern monogram in black. “I love the pretty peach color and the luxurious amount of pages,” she says. She will be using it to sketch on her upcoming travels. “It’s fun to kill time on a plane by drawing, or to sketch out little details from the trip you want to remember,” she says.

Chanel Dror, Executive Producer

Chanel is Camille’s right hand gal and has worked with her since she graduated college eight years ago. She can’t live without her notebook, which features a running to-do list of everything going on in her life. We love the combo she selected—the In Check journal with a 3D monogram style in mint. “I love that it’s just the right size to be able to take proper notes in, but still small enough to fit into just about any handbag!” she says. She oversees the production of all of the Camille’s gorgeous photo shoots, and we love her personal style, which she calls “pretty simple with inspiration from urban street style trends.”

Megan Leihgeber, Production and Styling Assistant

We couldn’t agree more with Megan’s philosophy on the important of a notebook—“Important tasks and notes get lost in emails, Word documents, and sticky notes. Having a notebook keeps it simple to remember what my priority for the day is. Plus, it’s so satisfying to physically check something off of my list! Megan picked the Out of Africa journal with the stripe monogram in yellow and orange. 

Katherine Fluor, Associate Editor  

Katherine’s style is both boho and comfortable, so the Monstera journal was a perfect fit for her. “It adds a fun pop of color and looks trés chic with my black moleskine notebook that I use for lots of note taking as well,” she says. “I also love that it reminds me of summer and warm, happy, fun times!”