It's no secret that the Jen Sconce has been well loved over the years. Since itsinception, it hasbeen seen adorning walls of all breeds. Today we want to share our favorite places this piece has made home. Let's take a look...
There certainly has been a lot going on to say the least. Some despicable, some uplifting and inspiring, some head scratching and some uncomfortable. We are talking about race. And the discussion is hard and charged and complicated and layered with history. We’re gonna be better for it, but it ain’t gonna be easy. And we’ve got a long way still to go...
This week we will be donating 20% of all sales to Amigos al 100 in San Miguel de Allende. Our dear friend Guadalupe Alvarez of Penzi Weddings, (who helped deliver tens of thousands of dollars of aid that we raised directly into the hands of earthquake victims in Oaxaca in 2018), is helping bring aid to those who serve and live around the San Miguel de Allende community. Their goal is to voluntarily get through the pandemic without hunger.
As you know the artisans we work with in San Miguel de Allende are the heart of our enterprise, both in body and spirit. Their dedication, ingenuity and skill breathe life into our vision. Bringing vibrant, artisan-made creations into your homes is the essence of Stray Dog Designs. Our designs are only ideas, sketches on bits of paper, without our talented team of crafts people. We depend on them and they depend on us.
We are eternally grateful for the wonderful press coverage we have received over the past 25 years. There is nothing quite like seeing our products on the glossy pages of our favorite magazines. This winter some of our whimsical lighting and decor has been featured in a few popular publications.
Kendall Simmons is an interior designer based in Nashville, Tennessee, although you will often find her traveling all over the world with her husband and business partner, Kane. She designs comfortable and playful spaces with an emphasis on color and art and also has a thing forballoons in bathrooms!. Kendall's designs are inspired by her travels and she even designs while she travels. We asked her a few questions about her work and what inspires her. Keep reading to learn about designer Kendall Simmons.
The Stray Dogs LOVE color, as you may know. We each have our favorite and they change week to week. We don't follow color trends or pay attention to the color of the year...perhaps we should. When Pantone released their color of the year for 2020, it caught our eye. Classic Blue is a "timeless, enduring blue" and it looks a whole lot like Down Pour Blue by Benjamin Moore, just a little lighter.
We have gathered our favorite images of our products painted Down Pour Blue. It is such a versatile color and really packs a punch!
If you are not familiar with Mi Golondrina, they are a colorful clothing company based in Dallas, Texas. Their dresses, tops and skirts are embroidered in Mexico by artisans who are paid a fair wage. Our shared love of color and mutual values make this a match made in Mexico. Please come visit us at their Dallas store on January, 10th and 11th and their Houston Pop Up on January 14th and 15th. For more info see our events on facebook HERE.
Happiest of birthdays to La Virgin de Guadalupe, the instantly recognizable patron saint of Mexico. Almost 500 years ago, December 12th, 1531, the dark skinned Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego and spoke to him in his native Nahuatl language.
So... next year is our (drum roll, please)...25th year in business! How can that be? It is amazing, astonishing, and utterly inconceivable that we have managed to stay in business for that long...AND stay married, for heaven’s sake! Somebody is looking out for us, clearly...I bet it has been a frustrating task, too.
In 2005, at our first “grand location” at the New York Gift Show on Pier 92, a fella walks up to us and starts some small talk and then says where do you make your product. I say San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He says, me too. We’ve been friends ever since.