It's been a long, long, long time since I've been able to blog. I've been working on design boards for the shop and I really wanted to make more of nursery design board including our art blocks. Most of our clients send me paint chips, crib sheets and art as their inspiration piece for their nurseries. From those colors and designs, I put together a mix of our designs + custom palette to create a one of kind piece of art. I am taking some of our popular color palettes and creating a nursery design board. Hopefully it will give you inspiration for your space. Enjoy!
2014 has almost come to an end. It's really hard to believe. We've had a wonderful year and I thought it would be fun to go over some of our adventures. Throughout 2014 we added lots of new designs to our art block collection. I think we have about 300 designs now. Our goal in 2015 is to get them rephotographed and easily viewed here on redtilestudio.com. We also have new designs on the way. Stay tuned for a set of cat and dog art blocks.
In addition, since I've been doing a lot of traveling I am going to start selling photo blocks again. We had them in our shop back in 2011 and 2012 and they were really popular, but we started focusing on nursery blocks. I'm very excited about this. I just bought a brand new camera and my next adventure begins next week in Panama City, Panama.
Year End Review :: In Photographs
2014 was a fun filled year of travel. After visiting Peru and Machu Picchu in 2013, it really got me inspired to start traveling to ancient sites and ruins. For New Year's we went to Cancun, but we were there to mainly see Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan ruins.
Just a few of my favorite images from our trip to Chichen Itza.
I then spent most of the Spring and Summer in Dallas, but had plans for trips starting in August until the end of the year.
In August we did a big family trip to Rosemary Beach in Florida which we've been doing since 2005. It's the perfect family beach destination.
September I had a trip planned with my mom and a very close friend to go to San Francisco, California. We stayed at Cavallo Point right on the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The main reason I picked this hotel was for the spa and it did not disappoint! We also visited the Marin Headlands, Sausalito ( Heath Ceramics Shop), Point Reyes Station and did a full day walking tour of San Francisco.
In October, I went with another very close friend to Seattle. We met up with another friend from school (middle school!) and visited the Space Needle, Pike's Place Market, West Seattle, Ballard and stayed over night at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
November took us to La Paz, Bolivia. It was my first time to Bolivia and I was a bit worried about the 13,000 ft altitude. We both had a bit of a headache the first day, but were fine after that. This is definitely more of an undiscovered spot. We barely saw any tourists and when we visited Puma Punku a Pre Incan site we were the only ones there. Quite a difference from the crowds at Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu. If you ever make it to Bolivia, Puma Punku is worth it. They have stone carvings that are unlike any other site. To round out the trip we took a boat made of reeds onto Lake Titicaca.
Next week we will end the year in Panama City, Panama. We are celebrating New Year's eve there in the Casco Viejo at the American Trade Hotel. We hope to visit the canal and are taking a tour of the nearby rainforest preserve.
Wishing everyone a wonderful and happy 2015.
I'm not new to blogs. I've actually been blogging since 2011 over at Elite16.com. That actually keeps me pretty busy so I've put off updating my shop blog for quite a while. I had a blogspot site but never posted there and once I found a format I liked ( squarespace) I figured it was time to finally start the shop blog.
Red Tile Studio began in 2010. It was named after the 1938 Spanish Eclectic home that I've called home for the last few years. It has a red tile roof and it's where I do the design portion for the shop so that's how our name came about. My mother and I run the shop. She's the artist and creates all the paintings for the shop. I'm the designer and I create all the designs that end up on our art blocks, iPhone cases, magnets and 1901 miles line. Neither of us are formally trained in either field and that suits us just fine. We create because it's what we love to do.
Most of our designs are inspired by nature. I love geometrics so I create designs to mix in with the nature elements. The nature + geometrics = art blocks. We now have hundreds of designs. I try to create at least 2 new sets of designs a year, but I usually end up creating more than that through custom requests, etc.
We just launched our latest collection of art blocks. We make them in two different sizes and three different wood finishes. You can choose from 5x5 or 8x8 inch designs and walnut stain, light gray paint and our new gray stain. The gray stain is very light and I love that it shows the natural wood grain.
Our new collection contains nine designs in a color palette full of bright colors that are representative of local wildflowers found right outside our front door.
Writing this first blog post for Red Tile Studio is somehow bittersweet. The house that inspired the shop and it's name will be for sale in the near future. We've outgrown the space. We never intended on using it as a studio space, it just evolved that way. The good news is that our new space is much larger and has southern light, plus an amazing view.
I can't honestly say how often I will write on the blog. I do want to put relevant updates for the shop here and share things that have inspired us. Stay tuned!