Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Get Your blik On

If you are anywhere close to my age group, you probably have the same horrible memories that I do of wallpaper your parents put up in your house. I can still see the 1970's ish wallpaper in my parents kitchen. Its been gone for years but the memory never goes away and it made me swear off any kind of wall decoration for good. Thank goodness there are companies like blik, helping to transform those of us who are still scared witless about the thought of putting something other than paint on our walls.

blik makes adhesive wall decals (stickers) in various styles, shapes and colours. With blik, anything goes, from the funky and fun like the Giant Robots, to the cute and cuddly Wee Gallery series to the hanging Chandelier or Bamboo. Quite literally, there is something for everyone. As quoted from their own site, "blik surface graphics are over sized, self-adhesive, removable decals that allow anyone to quickly & easily create decorative patterns or custom wall murals for home or office". blik designs some of their own stuff and also partners with other various artists to keep their designs fresh and unique. Some of bliks design partners include, Threadless, Keith Haring, Ilan Dei, Mel Lim and Undoboy. You'll find profiles of all the artists on the site.

Visit the blik website for a complete list of graphics available. There are way too many to list here! New things are being added all the time like the Nintendo graphics and SCAD-a partnership between blik and the students at Savannah College of Art and Design. You can go as tame or as crazy as you would like. And if you don't like it, just remove it and put up something else. The only thing holding you back is your imagination. Pick a room, a design and get your blik on!
Graphics are sold online or check the website for a retail location near you. Custom orders are available for personal or promotional use. Contact blik to get an online quote.

blik surface graphics
Venice, CA
ph: 866 262 blik (2545)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I Luv Luxe-Design

Seems to me that I should have timed this entry better since this one also refers to the birthday party I threw for my friends back in the summer. But I’m getting around to it now so I guess it all works out.
Luxe Design accounted for the gift portion of the evening when I had the Chiquita’s over for a joint birthday party. These gifts had been planned months in advance and were too similar to have the gift giving spaced out. Luxe is another one of my great finds from the One of a Kind Spring show in Toronto. I first became aware of them when I clicked onto the link from the One of a Kind website to theirs. It sounded like a great idea and I knew I had to check them out at the show. When I did not count on was not being able to get to the counter at their booth! It was a madhouse. Looks like Luxe is a show favourite. I did what any sane person in that situation would do, I stuck my hand in and asked for a card. Trust me, it was the safest thing for all involved.
Luxe Design is so fantastic because they make necklaces and other types of jewelry that have great words, phrases, names, etc, on them. There is a selection of various shapes and sizes for both pendants and chains. You can choose from a list of words on their site or you can create your own. They are very flexible so ask for whatever you want. If they can’t do it, they will let you know.
For my married friend with children I had the names of herself, husband and children on one side of the pendant. For my other friend, I had “Friends are Forever” stamped on the first side. For all of us, the back was stamped with the three of our names tying each of them together and unique to the three of us. As for myself, I went with the popular words of “Dance, Dream, Trust, Believe”. It was a great personal, unique and memorable gift. Thank you Luxe for making such wonderful keepsakes for all of us.
Luxe Design
Vancouver, BC
ph 604-602-1921
Visit their blog at: http://luxedesign.blogspot.com/