Holiday Favorites…

Sharing some of our holiday favorites from Design Works International created for Dollar Tree Stores…we love collaborating with our creative clients🌲

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Wynwood Miami-An Inspirational Artists Paradise

Finally had a moment to explore the streets of Wynwood in Miami and they did not disappoint…if you are a fan of graffiti, updated eateries, craft beer and interesting boutiques, this is your inspirational paradise!

Best to park (download pay by phone) parking app and walk the streets to view as much graffiti as possible. The artwork is truly amazing and is varied in style, scale and medium. Some pieces are 3-D, others are etched techniques, airbrushed and mixed media. Colors run the gamet from neon, primary, earth tones and black&white.

As a designer, the vibe I felt was a celebration of the Arts, a restoration of an industrial area that is now surrounded by colorful love through design! Reminded me of the streets of Soho back in the 1980’s….probably because the same family that helped inspire Soho NYC back in the day had a similar vision for Wynwood in Miami.

In 2009, The Goldman Family had a vision for this area and the Wynwood Walls were born consisting of 6 separate warehouses where the exterior walls serve as giant canvases for the greatest street art collection ever assembled in one place. (@wynwoodwallsofficial http://www.wynwoodwalls.com)

Posting some of my favorites and apologizing in advance if I could not find the artist to give the proper “shout out”to! Best to view on your own and fall in love with this creative town paying homage to culture, design, style and artistic freedom!

@kobrastreetart
WYN Wood Block

Cryptik
Earnest Zacharevic Lithuania


Wynwood Gallery Suggestions:

Art Fusion

Bake house Art Complex

Wynwood Warehouse Project

Wynwood 28

Wynwood Blank Canvas Project

If all this art viewing and innovative shopping motivates your appetite try some of the following innovative restaurant choices in Wynwood:

SuViche Wynwood

Wynwood Kitchen

R House Wynwood

KUSH

Morgan’s Restaurant

Joey’s Italian Cafe

Alter Bar and Restaurant

GK Bistronomie

SUGARCANE raw bar and grill

Made in Italy Gourmet

Baccano

MIAM Cafe

The Lunchbox

Concrete Beach Brewery

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill

Juicy Lu (Vegetarian)

Bunbury Miami

Wynwood Brewing Company

Pride and Joy BB

Wynwood Shop Suggestions

Nomad Tribe

Special thanks to the Goldman Family for allowing a space like this to exist…but I have been a fan for years as I was married 28 years ago at The Green Street Cafe in Soho NY owned by this trendsetting family!

Creativity Everywhere

 PS 163 Alfred E Smith Public School NYC

First post of 2016 for colorchaosandcreativity and we decided to change it up a bit…still talking about creativity…but through our local community in NYC.

While passing our neighborhood public school we noticed that they were awarded a Neighborhood Grant by the Citizens Committee for NYC.

Over the past few years we have watched teachers, parents and family members of PS 163 work together to create a better learning experience for the students. Nice to see a community working together for positive change, both inside and outside the school!

The Citizens Committee offers micro-grants for your community building projects. The funds come from a combination of corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donations. They take care of raising the money so you can carry out your project.

Please visit their website to see all grant options and spread the word about The Citizens Committee!

For more info go to citizensnyc.org

HGTV HOME “Celebrating”


Excited to share that HGTV HOME was awarded “Best Corporate Brand Program” at LIMA this year and yesterday on Instagram we hit 50K in followers! Proud to be affiliated with such a creative and dedicated team at Scripps Networks Interactive and of course all our HGTV HOME Partners! As Design Director of HGTV HOME, as well as Creative Director and Founder of Design Works International NYC, I am blessed to be working with such creative, talented and dedicated individuals!❤️

London Inspiration

A quick trip in London before heading to North Devon today….wanted to share some “Global Greats”. Always love being in London especially when the sun is shinning  and the sky is blue!    Mesob Baskets and Kilim Rugs from Liberty of London and embroidered pillows from John Lewis Oxford Street.

  Fabrics, pillows and lampshades from John Lewis Oxford Street.

  Everything Home at John Lewis Oxford Street

  Berners Tavern at The London Edition

Berners Tavern at The London Edition