Meet the Talent Behind Eclectica Kiddo!

A little bit vintage, a little bit abstract and a whole lot of fun! Eclectica Kiddo believes art can create a positive, creative and inspirational space for your child. They offer a collection of fine art and unique designs by talented artists from all around the world. If you are looking for art just for kids that will transform their room into a modern, magical and fun space you have found it! Meet the ladies who make this magical collection a reality!

Name: Laura Liatis (& Emily Mann)
Business: Eclectica Kiddo
cofounders-emily-mann-and-laura-liatisHow would you define the style philosophy and style of your work?
Eclectica Kiddo is really all about presenting modern and imaginative artwork of the highest quality, designed especially for children. We believe in good design for everyone, and we have a strong conviction that beautiful spaces inspire creative thinking.

Why did you choose to create children’s art?
Emily and I spent many years working in fine art consulting, which we both loved, before starting our own families. But when we had our own kiddos, we both decided we needed to take a break from the non-stop travel and long hours and do something that would work better for our families. Also, we very quickly realized that we could not find the quality of artwork that we wanted for our own kids’ spaces, and that was really frustrating for two gals who had always loved art so much! There are so many gorgeous and finely crafted cribs and dressers available now, but it seemed like there was a hole in the market for some amazing, high quality artwork for kids. Emily is a very creative person and talented artist in her own right, and I have a long background in dealing with the business side of art and am obsessed with quality control, so we decided to pool our skills and challenge some of the talented contemporary artists that we knew in order to see what they could create especially for children’s spaces — and the results blew us away!
cribWhat is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
It is truly such a pleasure to work with images and artists that we believe in so strongly. There are few things more rewarding than searching for and finding the perfect artist and imagery. I am not an artist myself, so the entire creative process always completely and totally amazes me, and it is fun for me to watch ideas unfold and see the work in progress sketches evolve into the final image.

It has also been very interesting for us to see which images in the line people are responding to best and how they are using them in their design. Between Emily and I, we have four kids preschool-aged and under, so we have a totally amazing in-house test audience to interact with who will always tell us exactly what they think about our new ideas and imagery! (Honest Toddler, anyone?) We are looking forward to continuing to find new artists and to produce fresh imagery which will appeal to design-minded parents.
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What sets your products apart from others in your industry?
The most unique part of Eclectica Kiddo’s products is the amazing, inspiring imagery. We love that many of the artists that we work with had never created artwork specifically for children before, so the imagery they created is distinctive and playful, but also sophisticated and multi-faceted.

Also, we are completely fanatic about quality. We only work with the most talented artists, craftsmen, and framers in order to produce products which we are very proud to carry. By having both wonderful imagery and very high standards for quality, I think we can offer artwork which can be enjoyed and loved for many years – beyond the nursery and the playroom years.

And, although our artists may come from around the globe, we are deeply committed to creating all of our products by hand here in the USA. I think this is something a lot of our customers appreciate as well.
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Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
Yes!  There are lots of exciting things in the works here at Eclectica Kiddo.

We are working with some of our current artists as well as with a few new artists to collaborate and see what inspires them next as we will be adding fresh new imagery to the line about twice a year. We also will soon be releasing a series of adorable small works on panel which can be hung as a grouping or in a gallery wall.

And there are lots more ideas floating around EK headquarters about new products, special art events for kids we will be hosting with our retailers, and lots more, so please keep your ears open to see what comes up next!

What is the inspiration behind the ‘Sweet & Modern’ design inspiration board? What style/mood does the artwork give?
“Morning on the Lake” and “Under the Lanterns” by Kelsey Garrity Riley are just such wonderful images and a couple of our very favorites. She has an incredible talent and is so unique in that her artwork combines a charming, vintage flair while still being a bit quirky and fun. And it is so compatible with contemporary design, so it is perfect for the style of artwork at Eclectica Kiddo.
Rosenberry-Rooms-KGRWe thought these pieces would be wonderful in a nursery, especially a nursery for a lucky little girl. These images are so very feminine and sweet without being overly traditionally pink or girly. They are images which will inspire a child to imagine a whole wonderful fairy tale with these fanciful scenes — every time I look at them I see some new, sweet detail. But I don’t think they are strictly nursery art; they are elegant enough to be treasured for many, many years and move into an older child’s room. Actually, I have these pieces hanging in my personal office because I find them so delightful. They are framed in a gorgeous natural maple veneer frame which blends well with the natural woods which we are quite popular now in nursery design. We selected a variety of products by amazing companies like BlaBla, Ouef, and Ferm Living that produce distinctive, high quality children’s décor, with which we are proud to be associated. I love the combination of different textures – the juxtaposition of tones gives this nursery a more sophisticated look which will allow it to grow with the child for many years.

If your a mom who loves a new take on traditional styles then you have found a perfect match with Eclectica Kiddo. The sweet characters and playful scenes shown throughout the collection are sure to be loved by your child and you!

Meet JP of Oliver and Mabel!

oliver shoot1We have an artist we cannot wait for you to meet! This creative mind is also extremely giving; JP Kilkenny donates 7% of sales to help keep stray dogs healthy and cared for. If that is not enough to make your heart feel warm and fuzzy, the name of his company, Oliver and Mabel is named after JP’s own adopted dog, Oliver, seen above. How sweet? You can truly feel his love for dogs and all animals by looking at the bright and whimsical designs.

The latest employee and newest member of the family is Petey. JP shared Petey’s story and it had a few of us at our desks in tears! Hint: grab a tissue!

“Petey is known by the state troopers in our area as “Red”.  Apparently someone dropped him off and abandoned him on the interstate. For over a month and a half, he returned everyday and waited for hours – in the spot he was dropped off for his owner to return for him.  The State troopers did not have the heart to pick him up (as they knew he would be destroyed) – so they looked for him everyday and threw hamburgers out their windows for him to eat.
Beginning of December – my photographer called me about the dog (Petey) that was hanging out at his business.  He was very thin, skittish and shaking with the cold.  He was sleeping outside under wet leaves near their heating oil tank. That was all I needed to hear.  After a month of going back and fourth – providing an igloo and food twice a day, – I could not take it any longer – so on Christmas morning we went and brought him home.  Oliver immediately adopted Petey as his brother – they sleep, eat and play together.
You will be seeing him in future artwork.”

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As if we needed another reason to love JP and his amazing company! The work he does is truly amazing and we are beyond excited to share it with all of you.

Name: JP Kilkenny
Business: Oliver & Mabel

How would you define the style philosophy of your work?
Oliver and Mabel all started when a little stray puppy came and sat at my feet and leaned against my leg. . This little guy was so full of love and wonder that he captivated our hearts. Oliver inspired me to “give something back” by “paying it forward”. It was at that moment that Oliver and Mabel was created. Not only do we donate part of our profits to the rescue and welfare of stray, unwanted dogs but promote a universal message of love and respect for all creatures, embracing those who need our help and assisting them on their journey to a better life.

Why did you choose to create children’s art?
If you want to make an impact on society what better way than through our children. It is important to me that every child has the opportunity to express their imagination and their independence. In “Butterfly Girl” or “Kite Boy” – I want a child to gaze into the piece and loose themselves in a land of wonder and limitless possibilities.

SideBySide4What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is the most rewarding?
It’s usually in the early afternoon when I am sat at my desk, focused on the project in front of me. Music in the background, pups fast asleep after their walk. I am focused on the image in my mind and painting without distraction.

SideBySideWhat sets your art apart from others in your industry?
There are so many talented artists out there who are developing great images for children. I feel that my work has a “voice”. It’s not only a pretty picture but carries a positive message that communicates to children across the globe. The paintings are timeless and can be passed on from one generation to another. I hope the children of today will see a butterfly or a kite or a dog years from now and remember my painting that hung on their childhood bedroom wall that expanded their horizons and gave them joy and wonder.

If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection what would it be?
POP DOG is my favorite piece. The idea came to me in a whirlwind. The image was so clear in my mind that I was able to break it down into steps and compose it like a jigsaw. I wanted the piece to be interactive, educational and fun. Oliver – takes center stage – but represents all our dogs. Children can color-in the image to match their own doggie at home – or imaginary best friend. Along side the dog image are words that your child can learn how to spell that are associated with their pooch – ex. SIT, BONE, WOOF, e.t.c Children can also seek out the bones in the painting and count how many there are.

PopDogDo you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming lines or introductions to your line?
I am always working on new ideas. Besides developing more artwork, I am currently working on a line of T-shirts, pillows and small wire sculptures. I am thinking about writing and illustrating a children’s book using my pups as the main characters.

Now, just for fun:

Favorite Food?
Cheese! I could have cheese with anything. Unfortunately I am one of those “fussy” eaters and have not eaten meat in over 30 years – but give me a piece of cheese and I am perfectly content.

Favorite TV show?
No matter what I am doing – where I am – everything must stop for Project Runway! I love to watch the creation of a garment from idea to runway ready. I am constantly inspired not only by their creations but their speed and focus meeting their short deadline.

Favorite movie?
My favorite and first movie I ever saw was Mary Poppins. I remember the whole experience – My father took me to a beautiful red and gilded cinema in Yorkshire, England. I was completely mesmerized by the film – captivated by the colors – animation and music. As soon as I got home, I started drawing characters for my own imaginary world, creating elaborate stories – all set to the music of Mary Poppins.

Favorite weekend activity?
There is nothing better than being able to paint the weekend through. My family all around me – pups snuggled on the sofa, watching old black and white movies, the smell of food cooking. I love to be deeply engrossed in a painting and to look up to see everyone snoozing and content. There’s nothing better!

Favorite band?
I cannot say that I have one favorite band in particular. I listen to all types of music from English Nun’s chanting to Island Reggae to current Pop to 80’s New Wave. It really all depends on the mood I am in at the time. For the past couple of years I have been obsessed with French music. Most of the time I cannot understand what they are singing about but the language is so beautiful to hear. I am able to paint/create without the influence of lyrics yet I can feel the mood of the song and the spirit of the French culture.

MabelGreat art and a great cause! Oliver and Mabel offers original and inspiring kids art that will fill your nursery or playroom with instant joy anytime you look at your piece and remember this heart warming story!

A Royal Promotion and Giveaway with Dish & Spoon Productions!

Inspired by the upcoming arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s baby, we are doing a Royal Promotion and Giveaway! From now through July 1st, save 10% on the entire collection of wall art, fit for your little prince or princess, by Dish & Spoon Productions!

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Dish & Spoon‘s team of talented artists offers an extensive collection of sophisticated and whimsical wall art designed to bring magic and style to a child’s nursery, bedroom, or play area! Custom-made and hand-crafted in the USA, their delightfully detailed product line includes canvas wall hangings, name plaques, stretched art, portrait décor and growth charts.

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You can also enter to WIN the artwork of your choice from Dish & Spoon’s Royal Collection!

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There are multiple ways to enter through the widget below. The more entries you have, the better your chances of winning! We will randomly select a winner on June 14th after the giveaway ends at 3pm EST. Good luck!

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Meet Artist Shelly Kennedy, Creator of Children’s Art!

Shelly Kennedy is not only a talented artist, but a mom and business owner as well! Her business and passion merged when she hand-painted a canvas for her own daughter’s nursery. Shelly loves to combine chic themes with a pastel color palette to make classic art for kids’ rooms and nurseries with a timeless style. Check out a few of her favorite pieces below and be sure to shop her full collection of children’s art at RosenberryRooms.com!

Artist Shelly KennedyHow would you define the style philosophy of your work?

Colorful and fun… classic yet current… meets.. sophisticated whimsy.

What inspired you to become an artist?

I have been an artist since as long as I can remember. I’m not exactly sure what originally inspired me . I have always been captivated by creative activities – painting, drawing, crafting, sewing… all of it!  When I was little, I’d spend hours decorating my doll house (wallpapering, painting tiny wall art to hang, sewing bedding, I once hand-painted mini bricks for the entire exterior of my dolls house and added mortar detail with a tooth pick – it took all summer!)

Why did you choose to create children’s art?

I tend to gravitate towards children’s illustrations and artwork with elements of whimsy and humor. When I was younger (high school and college) I painted many murals for children’s rooms (for friends and friends of friends – it was my side job!) When our first child was born we were living in an apartment and could not paint on the walls- so I hung up a large canvas to cover the walls – and started painting a magical scene with a swimming swan and the man in the moon! We still have that very first one… it has moved from and to many houses with us!  That is how drooz studio started… that first wallhanging in 1997… I started to sell to local baby boutiques in the Chicago area – and then branched out nationally a few years later.

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Vintage Paris Bedroom

What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

I enjoy when I get a chance to talk to customers (which unfortunately is not very often) I like to hear the stories about how my art has touched them or their children – how it inspires a first word or bedtime ritual, how it was celebrated in a move to a big “kid” bed or new house, or how drooz art has become a family tradition gift for each child or grandchild.

Sweet Sayings Artwork by Shelly Kennedy

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What sets your art apart from others in your industry?

I try my best just to “design from the heart” – keeping in mind current color trends and themes – but always creating a piece that I’d be thrilled to hang in my own home. Over the years this industry has just exploded with art & artists – there are now so many choices for consumers… it is really a challenge to stay fresh and ahead of the game! I find it an interesting challenge to balance the maturing of my style and the direction it takes – nurturing it to grow, but not change it so much as to deviate from the look and brand of drooz I have worked to developed.

If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection, what would it be?

That’s not easy but I’d have to say the You Are A Work of Art Canvas Reproduction. I, of course, love the image itself… but more importantly love the message it illustrates. A gentle reminder of how special we all are – all different, all masterpieces, all meant to inspire others..sometimes praised, sometimes criticized, sometimes lifting the mood, sometimes depicting loneliness or darkness, but always a precious, treasured, individual creation that should be celebrated.

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Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?

I’ve just developed a collection of travel inspired pieces for Oopsy Daisy – “come away with me” featuring Paris, New York, Venice, India, Japan & London. I’m looking forward to adding to the line – I’m headed to Morocco and Madrid next week… so I know I’ll find more inspiration there. I feel a shift happening in my design style. For over thirteen  years I designed art geared towards infants and toddlers. Now, and as my own children are growing up, I have been inspired to “grow” my design style as well.

I’m  working on more designs for teens, home and family.

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Now…Just for Fun

Favorite Food – Lately I cant get enough of Edy’s Mango Fruit popsicles. So summery and tropical in these cold Central New York winters!

Favorite TV Show – Loving Downton Abbey, everything & anything on SHO.

Favorite Movie – Out of Africa. It takes my breath away each time I watch it.

Favorite Weekend Activity – Good coffee & Sunday paper, followed up by a solid day of antiquing! We live in an area full of country road antique stops – it’s like treasure hunting, my whole family really gets into it. We each have our favorite items we look for & collect.

Favorite Band – Hummmm. Can I elaborate on this one? Favorite singer: Norah Jones. Favorite “band”: Train. The music I favor most while creating: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) over and over and over..

Meet Lisa of Wallflower Art Boutique and Enter to Win!

The Wallflower Art Boutique line is one of the newest collections of children’s art available on RosenberryRooms.com! The collection includes colorful and whimsical kid’s art created by talented artist, Lisa Keys. Lisa has a passion for creating fun and playful characters that your child is sure to love and the quality of each piece will ensure that you love them too! Not only do you get to learn more about Lisa and her art below, but we are also giving away a $155 shopping spree to shop her collection for one lucky winner! Giveaway details are also below.

How would you define the Wallflower Art Boutique style philosophy?

We strive to create fun and whimsical designs that both children and adults will like. Our canvas giclee prints are made using the highest quality materials available while keeping all design and manufacturing in the United States.

What inspired you to become an artist designer and start a business?

Following the birth of my first grandchild, I began visiting and shopping at children’s boutiques. Seeing all the new and wonderful art for children inspired me to try my hand at children’s art. Being an empty nester allowed me time to concentrate on my art. We began selling at art shows and soon found it necessary to have my art reproduced to keep up with demand. This has allowed me the time needed to work on original ideas. I have always enjoyed painting and never really intended to start a business, but it just seemed to follow a natural progression due to demand and my desire to create original pieces.

Why did you choose to design children’s art?

My love of bright colors and wild imagination allows me to paint so many different and fun subjects. It makes my studio time exciting not knowing what new creations will arrive each day!

What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

My favorite is when I’ve almost completed a painting, that’s when I have the chance to add the little details that make it come to life. I love painting the details and sometime don’t want to stop, but when I show it for the first time and it makes people smile I know it was worth it.

If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection what would it be?

It changes all the time, but right now it’s the Circus Collection. I love the vintage colors and the friendly circus animals.

What sets Wallflower Art Boutique apart from other designers in your industry?

There is so much great art out there, but we hope our attention to quality and detail will set us apart and help us find a place in the children’s market.

Do you have any news you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?

I am inspired daily (I have more ideas than time) so we are always adding to the line. We will be coming out with more designs that can be personalized for your child’s room.

Now, Just for Fun

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite TV show: Dexter

Favorite movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Favorite weekend activity: getting together with the whole family for fun and food

Favorite band: The White Stripes

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Win a $155 Shopping Spree to shop the Wallflower Art Boutique collection on RosenberryRooms.com!

To enter:

1. Follow Rosenberry Rooms on Pinterest.

2. Pin your favorite piece(s) from the Wallflower Art Boutique collection found here to Pinterest.

3. Leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us why you chose to pin that product and include a link to your pin.

The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced Wednesday, July 25th at 3pm EST. The winner will receive a coupon code for $155 to be used toward anything from the Wallflower Art Boutique found on RosenberryRooms.com. Anything purchased over the $155 limit, will be the financial responsibility of the winner.

Brand New Kid’s Art from Oopsy Daisy!

All new art from Oopsy Daisy has arrived on RosenberryRooms.com! From bold and energetic, to warm and whimsical, to sweet and playful, the Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids collection has everything you need when searching for the perfect wall art for your child’s room. With over 100 new additions including canvas reproductions, growth charts, table lamps and night lights, you are sure to find a great piece or two or ten to match your nursery theme or kid’s room color scheme.

Below are a few of my favorites from the new additions but you will definitely want to check out the full collection!

These first two inspirational canvases are from the talented artist, Mary Beth Freet. I like to call them “To Do Lists for Kids” because what else should a child be doing besides laughing and playing?!

For the more modern kid’s room, I love these Modern Giraffe Canvases on a chevron background by artist Stacy Amoo-Mensah as well as the adorable Olivia the Owl and Modern Blooms canvases also by Stacy!

Add a modern yet whimsical touch to your little boy’s bedroom or nursery with the Cars on the Move and Flying in the Skys Canvas Reproductions by Vicky Barone!

How fun are these canvases by well-known artist, Eric Carle? If you look closely you can spot his Very Hungry Caterpillar in each of them! Your kiddos will love having these friendly pieces on their bedroom walls.

Art inspires children and adds color and fun to their world so it’s important to have playful kid’s art everywhere they look, even the bathroom! These adorable Splish Splash and Rubba Dub Dub canvases by Liza Lewis will do the trick!

If it’s bold and vibrant color you’re looking for, you are sure to love these beautiful Peacock Canvas Reproductions!

Oopsy Daisy gives you amazing creations and has such an attention to detail and quality that it’s easy to see why so many people love their art! To view the complete line of Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids, click here.

Meet Elisha Bailez of Peek a Boo Rooms!

Inspired by her three young children, Elisha Bailez started the company Peek a Book Rooms and began creating imaginative, luxury bedding and artwork that are admired by both children and parents alike. Whether you want a complete designer nursery, an adorable kid’s gift, or a child’s bedroom makeover, this custom-designed collection allows you to create a unique look for your little one. Elisha has created adorable characters from Hi Flyin’ Monkeys to Ballerina Bunnies that are sure to come alive in your child’s room and make them feel surrounded by friends and fun! I had the pleasure of meeting Elisha at last year’s ABC Kids Expo and it’s so inspiring to see how passionate she is about her work. The interview below reveals the same, so I invite you to meet Elisha and check out some of her beautiful designs!

How would you define the Peek-a-Boo Rooms style philosophy?  

My company philosophy is Mommies making beautiful products for other Mommies. There are 7 Mommy artisans & professionals that work to make up a Peek a Boo Room:  Elisha (artist), Maria (cut & sew workroom), Mary Scott & Catrice & Maria (embroidery), Suzi Q (canvas printing & fab), and Diana (accountant & genius).  I am a huge believer in the Toyota Lean style business. The entire process for the business takes place in Atlanta. Every detail, from the design, materials used, packaging, and on time delivery represents our top-notch quality. Always!

What inspired you to become an artist and start a business? 

I grew up with art. My Mom is and artist and we always had a studio in the home. She had her big wood easel and canvases all over the place. She kept a little easel next to hers with a jar of sour candy balls. After having my own children, it seemed natural to start painting and set up a studio. I have my own big wooden easel and my Mom bought the little one for my “little ones”; it was natural.

Why did you choose to create children’s art and room decor?

I have three children (3yr, 5yr, and 7yr) and my art moved from figures and landscapes to storybook murals. Murals on their walls, churches walls, schools walls….I eventually ran out of walls so canvas was the next step. All the paintings come from a story I have made up for my children: Monkey’s flying airplanes, Shy little Lambs, and Little Buddy the boy’s best friend.  From the art comes the inspiration for embroidery, color, texture, and design.  It unfolds easily to make a whole room that has both art and practical function.

What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

Inviting my children into the world of art on a daily basis is such a rewarding  gift!

How do you balance being a mother and an artist? Do you have any tips for other moms wanting to start their own business?

OK, so we all know…it’s all about the kids but to find time for yourself and your interest with little ones around is a challenge that can be done.  Having boundaries works well for me; I have set times that are for the kids (like after school homework & fun Fridays) and set times that are for me (Peek a Boo Rooms, Wine with friends, etc.). And I have to schedule it or it won’t happen, one will gobble up the other.

Starting a business is easy, keeping it is tough.  If you’re tough, go for it!

If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection, what would it be?

Beach Baby on the Seashore large landscape. It was my first one for Peek a Boo Rooms and takes me back to the beginning days of the business. It also is a painting from a difficult time in my life when I was trying to get pregnant. I took many trips to the beach; which is my healing place. I’m a cancer birthday, my mother is a cancer, and my first born child is a cancer.

What sets Peek-a-Boo Rooms apart from other designers in your industry?

As artists, we all have a particular style of art. My style is very easy to see. The soft colors, storybook compositions, and sweet little animals are certainly a standout. I make the art the center of the design, from there I pull my colors from my pallet and search for textiles.  The final step is pulling the shapes & patterns in final room design. I think that is unique process and creates a design that is equally unique.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?

It has been a very busy and “fast out of the gate” 2012!  I have  3 new designs coming out in the Spring at Rosenberry Rooms. First, is Little Dreamer:  a sleepy owl who just can’t seem to stay awake. Next, is So Coco:  a black beauty who stands out in a sea of pink.  And then there is, The Boys are Back in Town:  a tribute to my two sons who love the classic Thin Lizzy rock song and love to dance and air guitar when it’s on.  And what a sight that is ;)

Now…Just for Fun

Favorite Food – Grilled shrimp tacos & a margarita, yum!

Favorite TV Show – Dr Oz, a bit obsessed really, I DVR all the shows

Favorite Movie – Who has time for a movie?

Favorite Weekend Activity – Hiking with the kids and some occasional trail running

Favorite Band – Kings of Leon

Meet Artist & Designer Aaron Christensen!

Today I am so thrilled to introduce to you Aaron Christensen, the amazing artist and designer behind some of my favorite pieces on RosenberryRooms.com! Inspired by vintage details, Aaron Christensen is especially known for his boys’ art that feature themes such as sports, racing and rock & roll. His style is also perfect for girls who want princess themed rooms with an antique twist! We are so lucky that Aaron has agreed to become one of our ‘Creative Contributors’ because his work is so innovative,  detailed and well, creative! Father of two, Aaron also owns his own design company known as Embellishments Kids, where he creates his unique art pieces which are also published by Oopsy Daisy, Fine Art for Kids! Check out some of his awesome work below as well as an inside look into the inspiration for his designs.

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What inspired you to be a designer of children’s spaces? 

My two and a half year old son who loved cowboys and my daughter whom was still in the oven at 6 months.  I was a blanket fort and theme park builder, as a kid and wanted them to use their imaginations just as I did.  I don’t remember my room being just a room, I always had some walk though attraction for my friends and siblings to experience.  Haunted houses were my favorite, with all the toilet paper ghosts hanging from fish line.  There were pirate ships made from chairs and blankets, trips to outer space with cardboard box rocket ships and plenty of superhero adventures whizzing around in capes and underwear to rescue friends.  As, I matured….not really, I found that the skills and training I gathered through the years being in department store design, specifically window display and prop building could be combined with my love of art to create rooms for my own children.  And this time, I wouldn’t be using blankets and toilet paper. I built a cowboy room for him and a cute little bird nursery for her.  Those two rooms caught the eye of a magazine publisher and the rest is history.  It’s been 14 years and I’m still playing like a kid.

What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

Most days, I start with drawings or rough ideas, whether they are of custom items I want to create in the studio shop or art I’m rendering.  Minute, by minute and hour by hour they turn from ideas into something real, you can touch, hang on the wall or experience.  While it’s not David Copperfield “poof” magic, it sometimes feels that way.  The feeling is just as thrilling and rewarding with every project.

What is your most memorable design project? 

There are so many great memories, but the one that sticks out in a humorous way is the time we created a truck bed for a client.  This was to be an entire truck sculpted in three dimensions to look like a shrunk down vintage truck, rust and all.   The client’s house was still in the rough framing stage.   We remembered the old adage and measured twice, referenced the blueprints and consulted the finish carpenters on the final door openings.  After all, we had to make sure the truck could fit through the door in parts to be assembled in room.  Well, despite our diligence the manufacturer had sent doors with a slightly different clearance.  There we were on installation day with a truck bed that wouldn’t fit in through the door.  Cutting the door frames was not an option.  Luckily, removing the second story window was.  So utilizing two extension ladders like a sloped track, tying rope onto the truck we drug and pushed it up the precarious system and into the room.  It was quite the sight, two guys pushing what seemed to be a truck up two ladders.  We were obviously preoccupied, so taking pictures was never on our mind, but I’d give anything to see the pictures passers by were snapping.  Luckily, everything went smooth from there.

If you could design a room for anyone in the world, who would it be? 

I can honestly say, I’ve never thought about it that way.  I’m so grateful to design for any child.  They are young for such a brief moment, it’s rewarding to have my work or art be part of their childhood memories and nurture their imagination.  Although, if Katy Perry and Russell Brand are ever expecting, I’d love to be on the short list for a tricked out nursery.

What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?

With most projects I get to meet a new child.  My goal is to design for that child and the moment they realize I’m there to facilitate their ideas and not just those of their parents is the event that inspires me.  It’s tangible and moving.  They love to be heard and appreciate it when their daydreams, of how they want their room to be, are included in the grander picture.   Artistically, I was recently inspired by our family summer vacation.  We visited Southern California, my old stomping ground.  Seeing familiar sights from my childhood brought fond memories to the forefront of my mind.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a SoCal sun, sea, sand and surf influence appears in my forthcoming art.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?

While I love big cities and the urban art and design culture, my heart and creative soul longs for the beach.  My wife, Angela and I fell in love with a little spot in Cerritos on the outskirts of Mazatlan Mexico.  It’s rustic and simple with only a neighboring coffee shop, a few restaurants and miles of beach.  It’s the quality of our down time that makes it so appealing.

Where in the world are you dying to go next?  

I have yet to visit Europe.  Antiquing in Paris, junking in London, the history, the sites, the people, I’d be in heaven.

What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product? 

Right now, Russell & Mackenna‘s furniture has my full attention.  Their pieces are a handsome blend of vintage styling and modern aesthetic.  Also, Jamie Young’s Steam Punk lighting has me inspired.  I’ve always loved the Steam Punk culture.  The pieces would shine in a boy’s room with antique maps, repurposed industrial accents and of course vintage styled art.  As far as bedding goes, New Arrivals’ Stella Gray crib set is gorgeous.  It would be a great foundation for a chic urban nursery.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects? 

I’ve teamed up with several manufacturers and retailers in my continued effort to reach out beyond wall art and am launching a collection of accessories and decor.  While some of the products are not specific to the children’s market they follow my neo-vintage style and could be used in kid’s spaces.  They will be debuting with a national craft store and with retailers in late fall and into 2012.   I’ve also partnered up with one of the top Mom children’s room designers, in the industry, to work on branching out into new media, collaborating on projects and some top secret stuff that is oh so exciting.

Here are just a few more of Aaron’s amazing designs and art pieces. To see his entire collection, visit RosenberryRooms.com or click here!

Now, just for fun:

Favorite Food-

Anything spicy, five star hot!  As of recent, I’m hooked on roasted hot peppers bedded on a smear of cream cheese and rolled in a spinach tortilla.

Favorite TV Show-

While I’m an intrigued haphazard watcher of Design Star, I am a faithful fan of American Pickers and Modern Family.

Favorite Movie-

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  As a child Roald Dahl’s books nourished my imagination.  The movie versions, while they interpret the book differently, both speak to my inner child.  It’s all about being the good kid, being true to one’s values and family and maybe someday you’ll get your share of the chocolate!

Favorite Weekend Activity-

I have a true love of gardening and plant collecting.  I live in complete zonal denial landscaping our yard with tropical plants that I have to baby through Portland, Oregon’s winter wet and cold.  What good is it to have a hammock without two palm trees to hang it from? Ha, Ha.

Favorite Musician/Band-

When I’m painting in the studio, I enjoy creating playlists that inspire and correspond to the art I’m working on.  Right now, my itunes play count would say my favorite is the swedish band Movits!  Which is funny, because I’m certainly not working on swedish swing art.

 

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Meet Kelly of Kelly B. Rightsell Designs!

A beautiful piece of art is the most simple and quick way to liven up any child’s room or nursery. With so many children’s artists out there today, it can be pretty difficult to find the perfect art piece or pieces for your little one. Well today I am happy to introduce a wonderful artist of adorable, hand painted art that you are sure to love! Kelly B. Rightsell creates beautiful children’s art that is designed to bring a smile to your little one’s face and open up a world of imagination with dancing bunnies, leaping frogs, elephants and ducks at the same tea party and so much more! Kelly’s two major influences on her artwork have been her children and her love of animals and it sure shows in these delightful pieces! Each and every whimsical piece from her collection can be mixed and matched to make any child’s room a playful retreat! Now, it is my pleasure to introduce our interview with Kelly of Kelly B. Rightsell Designs!

Enjoy and be inspired!

How would you define the Kelly B. Rightsell style philosophy?

I try to keep my style what I consider to be “classic”.  I have always been drawn to vintage children’s books and designs that stand up over time.

What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?

I was searching for artwork for my first child’s nursery and noticed there wasn’t much to choose from. I started selling original work to interior designers with some success.  I knew of artists who sold artwork in a reproduction form for other rooms in the house, so I thought, why not for the nursery? I took several pieces to the Atlanta Gift show that were well-received and my business was born.

Why did you choose to design and make children’s art?

I have always loved children and children’s books.  As a child I would draw from “The Little Golden Books” for practice. I was an elementary art teacher for years, so I was always around the children’s world. When I had children of my own, I became immersed in their world and creating art for them came naturally.

What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

I always keep a sketch book with me, especially in carpool lines.  I jot down sketches for ideas and then go home to elaborate on them.  It’s always fun when a new product sample comes to my door, or when I get a thoughtful comment from someone who has enjoyed something I’ve designed.

If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection, what would it be?

One of my favorites is the “Mimi’s Tea Party” piece. I really loved the fabric design.  It was inspired by real tea parties at my grandmother, “Mimi’s house” in S.C. My cousins and friends wore real vintage clothes (even my uncle’s Citadel hat) and ate off real silver settings in my grandmother’s yard, surrounded by camellias, azaleas, and yellow roses. It brings back many happy childhood memories.

What sets Kelly B. Rightsell Designs apart from other designers in your industry?

I think I was one of the first artists to really create art specifically for children’s rooms, then design coordinating fabric, wallpaper, rugs, bedding, etc. I know now there are lots of artist’s doing it.  I also draw and paint by hand…no computer-generated imagery.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?

I am always working on new things.  I now sell originals and work on art for other rooms.  I have a few new things in the works, so keep in touch. I am slowly attempting blogging on a daily basis..not easy since I am “technically-challenged”.

Now…Just for Fun

Favorite Food: I love to cook lots of creative recipes. I especially love seafood.

Favorite TV Show: My favorite was “Friday Night Lights”. I also love “Modern Family” and “Madmen”.

Favorite Movie: It’s a tie between “Rudy” and “Shawshank Redemption”.

Favorite Weekend Activity: I love going to the Farmer’s Market, antiquing, and sports with my family.

Favorite Band: My favorite band right now is probably Zac Brown Band.

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