This week turns out to be the perfect time to introduce our customers to the fabulous Regina Nouvel of Doodlefish. Since May is the month for mothers, it is my pleasure to write about Regina, who is not only a wonderfully talented and successful artist, but a loving mother of two. And, I must mention, that Rosenberry Rooms is offering an exclusive sale this May on the entire Doodlefish Art Collection…so now is a great time to buy the adorable artwork you have been admiring for so long!
Doodlefish is a fascinating and inspiring company, in that Regina creates beautiful and whimsical artwork in collaboration with Christine Senkiewicz, who designs top of the line bedding and together they offer the complete room look. Decorating for children has never been so easy with all of the coordinating pieces available in the Doodlefish designer line. If you fall in love with one of Regina’s art pieces, you can pick up the bedding and coordinating custom glider to accompany the artwork, and voila, you have the perfect nursery or big kid’s room. On the flip side, the extensive Doodlefish artwork collection is so versatile that any piece can easily coordinate with your existing décor or color scheme. If you already have your furniture and bedding, you can simply accessorize by adding a grouping of Doodlefish artwork as the finishing touch.
Touching on popular children’s themes and current color trends, along with tried and true classics, the Doodlefish artwork line has something for every child’s room. With great boys’ themes, such as transportation, sports, safari animals, aviation, critters or by the sea and sweet girls themes such as, flowers, fairies, ballerinas, princesses, tea parties, and cuddly animals, it’s not hard to find exactly what you are looking for. In addition to the selection of wonderful themed artwork, Doodlefish offers seemingly endless options for size, matte colors, frame choices and personalization. Within each collection you can choose to purchase a few small pieces, one or two larger pieces or if you have the space, you can go all out and get a dozen coordinating pieces in varying shapes and sizes to fill your walls.
The Doodlefish art collection is colorful, whimsical and too cute for words. What I really love is the fact that the Doodlefish line is very up beat and happy, and it transitions very well from nursery to child’s room. Regina has an incredible eye for color and her talent for creating warm, inviting and best of all, FUN artwork is second to none. It’s no wonder why moms everywhere fall in love with Doodlefish at first sight.
I loved reading Regina’s personal interview, and as it turns out we have many things in common, not the least of which is our love for french fries. During all four of my pregnancies I consumed so many fries that I fear my children are part potato. I have had the pleasure of working with Regina for many years, and she and Christine have always been a great inspiration to me. I hope you enjoy learning more about what inspires Regina, and what makes the Doodlefish designer line so unique.
How would you define the Doodlefish artwork style?
Most of the artwork is what I would describe as whimsical. I have done all kinds of artwork, but gravitate towards happy creatures…smiling bugs, frogs and turtles and of course, dogs.
What inspired you to become an artist and start a business?
My mom is an artist and my father is an engineer/mathematician. I am somewhat of a split brain. My artistic passion has always been drawing. I went to Georgia Tech originally to study architecture because it was a good mix of art and science. In the end, I graduated with a degree in Industrial Management and went to work for several fortune 500 companies as a software engineer. I have always loved antiques and specifically architectural salvage. Around the time my daughter was born, I rented a space at a local antique mall and started painting on found objects like vintage tin ceiling tiles. Eventually I started selling my artwork to several local stores and galleries. After a few years of working full time, parenting and painting, I decided to stay home with my daughter and baby son and just paint on the side. The number of stores grew to a point that I could no longer keep up and my giclee business began. I met Christine about 5 years into my artwork business and we decided to team up to create one-of-a-kind embroidery designs. This grew and became what is today Doodlefish Artwork and Bedding.
Why did you choose to design for children’s rooms?
I love to make children smile….there is nothing like a happy child! I don’t understand children’s rooms decorated with adult items. They are young for such a short period of time I think it is important for them to have a space that is fun, whimsical and stress free!
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
I love the design process. Unfortunately, running a successful business, regardless of the product, is not always glamorous. I guess the most rewarding part for me is how what I do sets an example for my own family. My children know that I work hard, but because I own my own business, I have the flexibility to be there for them and watch them grow up. For my daughter, she sees that someday, she too can have it all.
Do you have any advice for other working moms?
I have to remind myself that most of the expectations that I think I have failed, are my own. Children are full of unconditional love and their standards are much lower than your own. I try to remember what life was like when I was a child and encourage the same simple childhood for my kids. The explosion of media has caused us all to be nervous about everything. My kids love it when I have to work late because usually that means Mac and Cheese in front of the TV…I am the only one that feels guilty…they are in heaven!
If you had to pick a favorite design from your collection, what would it be?
My two favorite pieces are Whale of a Tale and Princess Frog. I designed these pieces for the children of my favorite charitable organization – My House. My House is a home for medically fragile children under the age of 5. In most cases, the children have been abused. They are well enough to be released from the hospital, but because of the continued care they require, cannot be sent home or placed. Without places like My House, these children would remain hospitalized with nowhere to go. My House provides a home like environment with around the clock care and most of all love. I created these two pieces of artwork to go in the children’s rooms over their beds. Because there are a lot of volunteers, having their names above the bed, allows the volunteer to say the child’s name when they enter the room. The children can take the piece with them when they go home as a memory of the love and care they received at My House. I decided to add the pieces to the line and donate proceeds from the sale of each piece to My House. If you would like more information, please visit www.myhouseweb.org.
What sets the Doodlefish artwork collection apart from other children’s art?
Besides our smiling happy characters and amazing quality, Doodlefish Art offers a lot of versatility to match any décor. We offer different background choices, frame choices and personalization. I personally create the originals that are used in the printing process. I also offer commissioned pieces if we do not have something that will work or if a customer is looking for a one-of-a-kind original.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
We have some exciting things planned this year to coincide with the introduction of our new Doodlefish Designer for custom bedding…stay tuned.
Now…Just for Fun
Favorite Food – French Fries
Favorite TV Show – Chuck (channeling my inner nerd), Project Runway and Ace of Cakes.
Favorite Movie – Princess Bride
Favorite Weekend Activity – Going to my son’s soccer games, watching the dances my daughter choreographs and hanging out with my family at home. We also have a new family member that we are loving! He is an 18 month old English Springer Spaniel rescue we named Max.
Favorite Band – Bruce Hornsby