Monday, April 29, 2013

May's First Friday

We can't believe we're getting ready for our fifth first Friday this week!

This month, we're featuring a small collection of paintings by multi-talented Laura Miller, who is floral designer by day, painter by night. :)

And we're also rearranging the shop to add some new pieces.

Haven't made plans for next Friday?  Stop by, say hello, and have freshly brewed Kombucha as well as some wine and cheese.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Temescal Alley's First Friday
470 49th Street
Oakland, CA  94609

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yellow Painted Chair with Black and White Striped Seat

This little chair got refurbished with a coat of super-glossy cheerful yellow paint.  We upholstered the seat in a black and white striped canvas.  A great accent chair to dress up a lonely corner or brighten up your desk.

Measurements: 38" tall (seat at 17" tall)
16.5" wide x 16.5" deep
Seat is 18" wide

This chair is available for purchase in our store or on etsy for $90 plus S&H:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Taylor Blue Design

One of the fabulous things about opening our storefront has been meeting incredible and generous people who stumble upon our shop.

One of those people is Lani who owns an interior design showroom called Taylor Blue Design.  We had a chance to interview Lani recently and wanted to share photos of her showroom along with the interview.


I started working in a furniture store as a designer in Honolulu Hawaii. I married and moved to San Francisco 30 years ago and got a job as a showroom manager for the Sherrill Furnture Showroom. After working as the manager for 10 years, I bought the business from Sherrill Furniture and it became The Sherrill Collection. We were located in The Galleria Design Center for 20 years, selling to the trade.

In October, we relocated to 2907 Claremont Avenue in Berkeley. I live in the Berkeley Hills and  wanted to be closer to home. In this location we are able to provide an elegant environment to view our collection of fabrics and catalogs. Our website www.taylorbluedesign is a comprehensive overview of the many lines that we represent. The style we like to create is casual elegance,from contemporary to traditional, with our emphasis on transitional furnishings for your home. Anyone is welcome. We will help you find a designer if we feel it is necessary.

Keeping Inspired 

I travel to High Point, NC, twice a year to set up the Sherrill National Showroom. I am involved with the latest trends of color and design. I also travel to Paris to the Maison Objet furniture show. This show is amazing and allows you to see what will be coming here within the next few years. I just got back from there and was delighted to see strong accent colors, pinky mauves, teal blues, lemon yellows, mixed with neutrals. The trend is always to combine classic with new.


The best advice that I can give to anyone is to stay aware and inspired. Absorb and constantly edit your environment. This process does not have to be complicated. A new colorful pillow or accessory can liven up a room. Sometimes taking away is as important as adding new.
Most importantly....keep a sense of humor in your design and life and do not take anything too seriously.

We love what Lani has to say about interior design -- mixing old with new and color with neutrals. 

Lani has been to visit us twice and is interested in our reuse ethos.  She recently generously offered us two huge bags of  fabric samples which were discontinued. 

Here's Wendy checking out the fabric sample room after a recent visit to Taylor Blue Design.  We've been hard at work figuring out how to reuse the fabric samples and have come up with a few ideas. 

We've made tons of pillows...

As well as these wall pockets, which are the perfect size for a pair of glasses or a cell phone... 

We're also working on a prototype for a larger wall pocket using the grommets that are part of the original sample for hanging.  Those are coming to Walrus soon.

The East Bay is sorely lacking in good places to find fabric, so we were thrilled to find Taylor Blue Design.  Lani is located at the top of Claremont Avenue in Berkeley right next the Claremont Hotel.  Honestly, Lani is really the nicest person and so welcoming and down-to-earth.  You won't be disappointed by your visit.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Vintage Black Silk and Beaded Purse

This is a sweet little evening bag made from black silk with small black beads sewn in a scalloped pattern.  It has clasp at the top and a small loop for carrying along with an elastic pocket on the inside.

In very good condition for your next dressy event.

Measurements: 4.5" tall x 6" wide
3.25" tall loop handle
Main pocket with small inner compartment

This item is now available for purchase for $30 plus S&H on etsy:

Beaded Silk Chocolate Evening Purse

This vintage beaded clutch was originally a very deep dark brown silk but has faded to chocolate.  It is adorned with gray crystal beading and has a small pocket inside for keys, ID, or lipstick.

The silk near the beading shows some discoloration, but there are no rips or tears in the fabric. A gorgeous vintage piece for your next dressy event.

Measurements: 9.25" wide x 6.5" tall

0.75-1" thick (depends where measurement taken)
Main compartment with smaller inner pocket

This item is now available for purchase on etsy for $30 plus S&H:

Oval Green Jade Bowl

This beautiful oval green bowl is made of real jade.  Would be perfect for an entry as a place to drop your keys and sunglasses, in the bathroom to hold soaps or cotton balls, in the kitchen for fruit, you name it.  Gorgeous with lots of beautiful veining and a perfectly carved oval form. 

Measurements: 10.5" long x 6.5" wide x 2.75" tall/deep

This item can now be purchased on etsy for $75 plus S&H:

Monday, April 1, 2013

April's First Friday

Mark your calendar for April's First Friday.    That's this coming Friday!

We'll be showing the work of artist, Erin Althea.

Erin will be showing bout 20 pieces of art ranging in size from 5x7 inches to 20 x 24 inches. 

A bit about Erin:

Erin Althea works as an illustrator and gallery artist, currently living in Berkeley, CA with her family: fellow artist/illustrator Mike Bertino and their twin daughters, Scarlett and Juniper.

Erin graduated from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) in 2008. Partial client list includes Levi Strauss & Co, McSweeney's, Passion Pictures (for Linda McCartney Foods), Traver HMG (for Pepsi Co), Curious Circus (interactive books for the iPad and iPhone), The Chicago Reader and Women's Day Magazine. Erin has also shown her work in galleries in NYC, Portland, and Los Angeles.

For treats, we'll have a honey tasting!

 Morgen, of Honey Underground,  will be conducting a honey tasting in the shop.  There will be fresh bread from Acme and goat cheese and wine to go with.

A bit about Morgen:

 I am a beekeeper living in Oakland, California. My relationship with our country's most prolific pollinators was conceived while farming in Portland, Oregon. As I entered into the community of young farmers and environmental activists I discovered the imperative role bees play in culture and agricultural practices. Realizing the bees are our allies and collaborators, I decided to study agriculture and apiculture simultaneously. In 2011, I moved to the Bay Area to study Landscape Architecture and continue colony care. I have recently started a local club for apiarists and those interested and am now selling honey under the name of Honey Underground.

Friday, April 6th, 6-9pm
470 49th Street
Oakland, CA

Looking forward to seeing you!