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Senn & Sons Has Moved!

July 29, 2012

Oh damn! The new website is up and it’s AMAZING! (Okay, I think it’s amazing, you can head on over to judge for yourself.)

That also means that there’s a new home for the Senn & Sons blog and it’s time to update your links if you like to check out the blog for updates.

Click HERE to go the new blog. And be sure to let me know what you think about the new design!

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New Website Sneak Peek.

July 20, 2012

 

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been working with a kick-ass designer in Minneapolis to give the Senn & Sons website a whole new look. Well, the time has come to make it all happen! The design looks AMAZING!!! (Yes, deserving of THREE exclamation points.)

That said, it takes a little bit of doing to make it all work properly on the world wide internet, so the site is going to be down all next week starting on Sunday to make the updates. It’s going to be a massive change, and I can’t wait to see the new design come to life!

More Prints in Progress.

July 17, 2012

I’m so excited about the four new print designs being developed for my shop. While at the printing studio today to check things out and look at some new paper options, I got a peek at some of the canvas prints in progress too. I snapped a couple of iPhone photos of the work being done and thought I would share.

Beyond the new prints for the shop, I’ve been busy working on a nursery design for some awesome clients expecting their first child in December (a baby girl!), a few original paintings, my website redesign, as well as entering the early stages of a couple new projects I’ve got up my sleeve. Only time will tell how much I can fit in before this baby is born!

 

A New Place to Hang Your Hat.

July 1, 2012

I’ve been wanting to update the coat rack in our entryway for a while now. In fact, I posted about it almost a full year ago. So far we’ve started our gallery wall (with intent to add more and change out a few things) and even picked up the rug featured in our mood board. One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is replace our tall coat rack from IKEA with something vintage-inspired that would attach to the wall. We have a pretty small area at the top of our entry stairway, so every square inch of floor space is valuable.

With a reclaimed floorboard leftover from a recent project and some hooks I picked up from Anthro a while back with this coat rack in mind, I put my little elf to work…

… and in a matter of about 40 minutes, we had a new coat rack for the entry!

Anyone else do any quick DIYs over the weekend?

New Work: Modern Americana.

June 27, 2012

My husband thinks it’s kind of weird, but still kind of cool, that I wanted to turn some old redwood floorboards into a piece of artwork.

I’m not going to say it was easy, but it was actually a completely fun process to go through. I guess when I get something in my head, I have to figure out a way to make it happen – even if that means employing cheap (free!) child labor.

From stripping the many layers of paint off this gorgeous, rich redwood to sanding it down and linking the planks together to form canvases, every step of the process was exciting and sort of unknown. We didn’t know if the layers of paint would easily come off. We didn’t know if it would look good to leave some of the old paint on the boards to add character to the piece. We didn’t know if hand-distressing painted floorboards would feel authentic or schlocky.

Now, I’m not saying this was all done completely uninformed. There was plenty of research and testing that went into the process before putting non-toxic paint stripper to wood, but overall, it definitely was a learn-as-you-go experience. I just kept referring back to what I wanted to create – it was in my head – and knew what I needed to do to make it happen.

The project started out as an idea I had after putting together this Modern Americana mood board based on the brief I got from my client, then it moved into a full-blown concept and finally,  a finished piece. I stressed the details. I took my time. And I am really happy with how everything turned out. It’s so different from my other work, yet somehow fits right in.

What do you think?

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See the mood board post here. And a post about the supplies shopping trip here.

J’adore Le Labo.

June 24, 2012

Apparently buying perfume doesn’t have to suck anymore. What was once an overwhelming sensory experience in a poorly lit department store with aggressive sales people spraying fragrances at you while you attempted to dodge them and their musky weapons, can actually be quite pleasant now. But you must go to a little place filled – but not overfilled – with delicious fragrances, lotions, candles and detergents… Le Labo.

The woman who helped me find the perfect perfume (Meg, you’ll love her too) told me all about the company, the founders, the new things coming and we chatted about how cool it is that each bottle is created by hand right in the store’s “lab.” (Aptly named, of course.) Once my fragrance was mixed, Meg handed over the most perfect, simple, personalized package I’ve ever seen.

I’m a sucker for good branding and packaging, and this whole experience pretty much tops my charts. And my goodness, I can’t forget to mention how amazing this stuff smells. I suppose that’s just as important as serving it up in a cute bottle.

(I bought that fragrance with my own hard-earned pennies and wasn’t perked for writing about it.)

Whale Prints are Here!

June 14, 2012

At long last, I have PRINTS in my shop! And I have a new shop! I’m going to call this the “soft launch” of my new print shop, which will be growing and changing and becoming awesomer (it’s a word, trust me) as the summer goes on.

The prints are available in a variety of sizes on paper as well as gallery-wrapped canvas. You guys, they look hot. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be working with an amazing printer in the Dogpatch neighborhood of SF. I won’t blather on about how awesome he is in this little announcement post, but expect full detailed coverage about working with a super cool fine art printer in the near future.

In a few weeks the shop will start filling up with more designs to choose from. So if whales aren’t your thing, just wait a couple of weeks and there might be something else that revs your engine *hint hint*.

But in the mean time, I’ve got whales. You like ’em? You want ’em? You get ’em.