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.

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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!

Kids Wall Art: Renditions by Reesa

Are you beginning to decorate your expected bundle of joy’s nursery or just looking to give your child’s bedroom a makeover? Look no further than the sweet pieces from Renditions by Reesa. All of the pieces are hand-painted reproductions from Reesa Qualia’s original art and are the perfect addition for any theme!

One of the biggest trends in nursery design is gray and yellow. The combination is both soft yet modern and is great for a gender neutral room! The Gray and Yellow Imagination Squares Canvas Wall Art pair geometric shapes with a monogram to create an eye-catching focal point. Reesa pairs some of our favorite furry friends with a chevron stripe if you are looking for something that is a more on the traditional side. The Chevron Elephant and Chevron Lion print can find a cozy place in your modern nature-themed nursery!

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Your little girl is a princess and deserves to be treated like one! Display her inititals in a scroll-like wall hanging! These adorable Shabby Rose Hand Painted Wall Hangings come in a variety of colors and look great above her crib or changing table!

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What do boys love? Sports of course! These timeless baseball prints give your sports themed nursery a vintage feel, but what is even better is that they are personalized!

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Not all of Reesa’s designs are strictly traditional! Check out these super trendy Chalkboard Birth Announcements, a traditional idea with a modern twist!

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With so many options to choose from Renditions by Reesa is sure to have something for you. Some pieces have a touch of nostalgia featuring vintage cars and airplanes. Other compositions are quite modern, and there’s much to enjoy in between. Playful animals, space exploration, boys’ sports, fairy tales, butterflies, flowers and princesses all make a delightful appearance. Regardless of the theme, one thing is certain: This collection is strictly for kids.

 

Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year Bedroom Inspiration

New Year’s Eve is here! 2013 seemed to fly by so fast that it is hard to believe we are hours away from ringing in 2014. With every new year Pantone releases the ‘Color of the Year’ and this year we are loving their pick of Radiant Orchid. Our Delphine Bedroom is inspired by this rising color trend that is described as “expressive, creative and embracing”.

DelphineBedroomThe Bird of Paradise Reversible Duvet Cover by Whistle & Wink features exquisite and intricate embroidered Birds of Paradise nestled in floral vines with contrast piping. This luxurious bedding is 240 thread-count 100% cotton sateen. Your little girl will be inspired in this lovely purple paradise.

DelphineBedroom_BeddingArtwork by Reesa and Oopsy Daisy, lighting by Jubilee, a plush shaggy raggy rug in café au lait, and an exquisite scalloped mirror by Howard Elliot complete our purple Delphine Bedroom.

DelphineBedroom_ArtworkWe have paired our bedding and room decor selections with furniture from Seabrook Classics. This collection of hand-built furniture is inspired by the Lowcountry of South Carolina and will bring coastal charm to your girl’s bedroom.DelphineBedroom_Furniture2

DelphineBedroom_MemoMore purple fun can be found in other decor items like the monogram wall decal and the Sweet Dreams Memo Board! Just remember that purple is made to be fun! A new year is the perfect reason to do a complete room make over! Why not start the new year off in trend by going crazy over Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid as well as Rosenberry Room’s Delphine Bedroom!

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