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wayne o rama

On a cold, blustery day in November, our little family went to visit the Wayne-O-Rama installation on Rossville Avenue. It was the opening day and the place was packed with other curious Chattanoogans. We all wanted a peek into the wild and wonderful mind of artist Wayne White. Wayne is a native Chattanoogan and came back to the Scenic City to create an installation of Chattanooga’s history and notable figures. Inspired by the tourist attractions of his youth in Chattanooga, White describes Wayne-O-Rama as the "Smithsonian Museum meets Gooey Golf," and you can see his kooky sensibility the moment you walk in. 

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Madre

{Image by Molly Winters, via Domino.}

 

We are constantly inspired by our designers and retail stores! It brings us joy to see how they use our lighting and décor in interior design projects and their own store vignettes. One store that has caught our eye is Madre, a Dallas based childrens furnishings shop that also offers design services. You can stop by for a gift or to have a consultation on your nursery. Their colorful esthetic with tailored touches is oh so appealing. At Madre you can find Biscuit bedding, Little Bean Shop clothing and of course, Stray Dog Designs. We are inspired by this store and the three mothers who run it. Mia took the time to answer some interview questions for us, get ready to be inspired...

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mountain meadows holy cross wilderness cabin

In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, Marsi took a whirlwind 2-week summer road trip to explore the mountains and high desert of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, and shares her experiences here:

After four months of planning and anticipation, we set off on our journey west. Although we were eager to make it to the Rockies as quickly as possible, two long days in the car can make one a little squirrelly, so to break up our trip we made several stops along the way out to Colorado. Our favorite "breaks" included a classic diner breakfast at Ernie's Cafe in Columbia, MO, walking the grounds of 2015 world series champ Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium, and "cozy burgers" in Salina, KS at The Cozy Inn (est. 1922).

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 the stray dog designs workshop

Did I ever mention how much I love our Mexican workshop? It is a funny little place, tucked in a neighborhood outside the center of town. It is always busy, usually not the bad, frenetic sort of busy,  but always humming , steady busy. This is our finishing shop where our artisans bring their goods to be painted, assembled, wired and packed. What I like most about it is that there is always laughter. It makes our working days in the lovely in San Miguel de Allende that much more pleasant. 

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Pete Jane Hug

It’s been a big Spring around here. My darling baby boy, Pete Pritchard, turned 18 AND graduated from high school. How is that even possible? There are those of you out there that remember Sweetie Petie as a baby from the trade shows. I’m going way back….to the dark ages... when we barely had the world wide web and long before GOOGLE became a verb. And we all packed up and went to market ALL THE TIME...and Sweetie Petie liked to nurse ALL THE TIME so he was always right there with us in our booth. I’m pretty sure that in his first year of life he made the rounds of the 3 majors (NYIGF, Atlanta Gift, and High Point) 2 times.

Crazy. Carnie. Life.

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The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park in Chattanooga's fast growing Southside arts district took our breath away on a recent visit. The vast scale of the dozens of large-scale sculptures that dot the landscape of this 30 plus acre urban park is both awe inspiring and welcoming, all at the same time. This out-sized, open air, interactive museum where climbing on or inside the sculptures is expected is kid and dog friendly. Kite flying, yoga classes and bird watching are all regular happenings at the Sculpture Fields. Can you imagine that 22 different species of birds have been spotted in this in-town Chattanooga park?

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Jane and I just returned from The Southern C Summit in Charleston, South Carolina! It was an inspiring 3 days of learning, networking and exploring beautiful Charleston. (My only regret is not digging my toes into the sand at Folly Beach.) We stayed right off King Street in a friend's carriage house. On our walk to the Summit we stopped by Bull Street Gourmet for yummy Lattés and breakfast treats to keep our energy up. We passed so many cute shops and restaurants, while we couln't browse them all, the ones we did stop by were so fantastic! The houses are so beautiful and all of the window boxes were in full bloom!

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Italy Photo

 Ahhh Italy...what a fabulous and adventurous week we had visiting Parma and Vernazza and Lago Maggiore! The food, the colors, the clarity of the light, the architecture, the children playing soccer everywhere, and la dolce vita are all firmly planted in my mind's eye.

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Walking into Hope Bailey's’s Lookout Mountain home is like being in a different city or perhaps a design magazine. She and her husband Blythe took their 1930’s summer cottage back to the studs and reimagined it. The house is light, bright, airy and magical, much like her pottery. It makes you want to come inside, take off your shoes and stay awhile.

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Last week we visited the SPA (Sociedad Protectora de Animales) in San Miguel de Allende and presented them with a donation to go towards feeding the animals. Stray dogs are a big part of our family and we wanted to give back to the people who care for the ones still waiting for their forever home. We presented the SPA with a check for $2000, which covers one quarter of their yearly food budget!

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