baby nursery // art and interiors

SO! I've been vague about what I've been up to lately, I get really superstitious about letting cats out of bags, and also I'm rather exhausted. BUT ANYWAY I've returned to Interior Design as my day job. It's been really fun and challenging so far. I love the gal I work for, we click and she's teaching me a lot about what I've missed in the last 5 years away from Autocad and finish plans. Expect me to post more here about where and what color to paint your bathroom, and crap like that. 

Totally separate, I recently helped a beautiful new mama plan her nursery space, and I made some custom art posters for her.  LOVED doing this, this particular family is just the cutest thing ever. She had most of the pieces in the room already, so I suggested a few dream pieces, and arranged everything in a really crazy intimidating gigantic collage. She happened to pick my most favorite name for the baby! I won't post it here, because I'm going to have a baby named the same thing soon. (not very soon, like in a few years!)

Here's the collage, and the art pieces below.

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xo

ally

 

made in the usa - Spring housewares roundup

Spring is a good time to freshen up your home. Pull back the curtains, rearrange your workspaces, hang some new art on the walls. My main objective in interior design is to create a space that affects people in a positive way. It's always captivated me, how a space can impact your mood and desires. 

We've compiled a few statement pieces that go a long way to freshen up your space. All are made in the states, and represent our love of handmade, keepsake goods. These beauties will live with you way past spring. (besides the soap, obviously)

 scout folks spring housewares roundup - made in the usa

scout folks spring housewares roundup - made in the usa

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Courtney - I love Joinery NYC. I have a few items from them and they have become such adored pieces in my home. I've had my eye on their planters for a while now. A few of the other pieces I've found shopping around LA and online. I think my favorite part about interior design is that it's always changing - you can add a new plant or a new fabric and you feel suddenly lifted

Thanks for reading! We'll do a less crunchy version of housewares soon.  - A&C

a story about the store

So I finally started selling little t-shirts! It's been a long time coming, and I already can't wait for the next 'line,' if we're going to call it that. We're also working on some jewelry and other goods.  The goal is to have a dry goods store that supports artisans and contributes to a charity. 

I know it doesn't look like much, but It's been an emotional process. I'm really happy and proud of myself for actually doing it! l haven't sold a million, but enough to make me feel special and happy/surprised that people want to buy my art. 

There is a LOT of competition. But that's the game--It doesn't have to be a bad thing. I want to stand out, so I'll take measures to be authentic and serve a market. I think I need to try a little harder to be cool.....but for now, we just want to make awesome things. I feel ALIVE when I'm up at night sketching and creating. It's the one thing that wards off depression for me. Besides cookies. 

One of our goals with this project is to convince our kids that being an artist is a job, just like any other job. I have a full time job. Ben, Courtney, Michael and most of my peers have full-time jobs. We all work our tits off to make things work. We're working at night and taking care of a baby at the same time. But we believe in art, and think that eventually economies will come to accept hand-made as the superior product.

SO, cheers to YOUR art, and to you for supporting us as we get a little crazy. We love you, and we want you and your families to believe in yourselves. 

This band played at our friends' fundraiser and Luna was absolutely smitten. I think I am too. Moonsville Collective.

sausage party in Venice // Courtney and Ally

by Courtney and Ally

 [Courtney is the stylish one and Ally always has a baby strapped to her.]

[Courtney is the stylish one and Ally always has a baby strapped to her.]

HELLO! We are the main contributors to Scout Folks (for now), still learning to navigate our voices on this forum. Here's a little intro to our dynamic.

Ally: You can read more in the About Us. But for now: Courtney and I live too far apart, but spend a lot of time together. We've been through a few life changes together, and WAY too many hair changes. We're the kind of people that will send each other the exact same photo at the exact same moment. We are hatching a secret plan to spend every family vacation together. 

Courtney: We were lucky enough to find our tribe in Venice this past weekend. It was a rainy weekend, so we cozied up at Wurstkuche with some heavy German food. 

Ally: I pretty much suggest Wurstkuche every time we set foot in LA. 

Courtney: We met up with the folks over at Girl and The Abode and Styled by Katie. I am blessed to be able to call these girls family; as the years have gone by those lines have blurred between family and friendship. It has evolved into something quite rare and beautiful. The friendship is raw, and we can share our deepest thoughts amongst each other, as well as design ideas. 

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Courtney: I also love Wurstkuche. They have vegetarian smoked apple sage to crocodile to pork andouille to...every flavor of sausage. My mouth is watering just dreaming about it.

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Courtney: Our conversation over exotic sausages and crisp cider is exciting. To think we are sitting at a table of so many creatives; photographers, interior designers, chefs, fashion stylists, illustrators, and graphic designers. It takes my breath away. Ideas bounce off the walls with fierceness; and all I can do is smile because these are my folks.

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Ally: I've been longing for this little artist community for a while, and it's so exciting to be around so many energized people. We walked to the Venice General Store, which is fast becoming the inspiration for my being. 

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Courtney: Wandering around Venice we naturally group ourselves into pairs. I listen to passing conversations and it fills me with warmth. Life can be hard enough as it is, even just with daily routine. I am thankful for the people I am surrounded by. They are my rocks.

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Ally: We finally got into Gjelina!! OMG their panna cotta. I think I'm hungry because my portion of this blog is centered on food. I'm really in love with all my friends right now. They're moving and shaking, and inspiring me to do the same. 


by Ally and Courtney