Friday ~ Free Ballard: Curtis Steiner

Many of you know that our shop is located in a really great Seattle neighborhood known as Ballard.  In all its history and hoopla, Ballard is also our home and we’re dedicating Fridays to telling everyone why we love it here. 

Those of you who are local Seattlites, may already know of Curtis Steiner’s beautiful shop and gallery. So, please bare with us as we tell the world why Curtis Steiner is the crown jewel of our Ballard neighborhood. If you ever come to shop our little street, his gallery is a must stop on your next shopping adventure. It is a feast for the eyes and a truly a magical space.

From his beautiful hand drawn cards, to his carefully curated collection of turn of the century ephemera and his intricate and delicate designed jewelry it’s easy to get lost in this world upon entering the doors. At any given time you can visit Curtis Steiner and find something that you had not noticed before. Each little vignette is carefully arranged and always displayed flawlessly. Even the drawers of the back counter have little treasures to admire and explore.

Curtis also exhibits and rotates other local artists 5 to 6 times a year. Currently showing are “Paper Cuts” by Jessica McCourt. Beautiful gold paper is transformed into intricate maritime portraits with careful cuts. In November, for the 9th year in a row, Patty Grazini’s paper sculptures will return to the gallery. The show promises to be as exciting and inspiring as in years past.

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Curtis’s ability to discover beauty in the littlest of things and his attention to detail in everything he does is rare and inspiring. Just peruse his Instagram feed and his Pinterest boards and quickly understand why we admire his artistry. Even his pictures taken on his “walks with Mortimer” are ethereal. Curtis is an  artist of many, many talents and we are so fortunate to have him as an anchor in the neighborhood.

Curtis Steiner is located at 5349 Ballard Avenue NW – Seattle WA, 98107

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Present & Correct’s Stationary Compositions

Do you love stationary? I do. It’s starting to become a real problem. I have more journals, notebooks, planners, writing instruments , markers, well lets just say I probably will never run out of the stuff. I am very fond of Present & Correct. A beautifully designed and curated on-line and brick and mortar shop based in London. I visit their site and dream of going to their shop one day. The owners are both graphic designers and go on sourcing trips to find their treasures. How fun is that?!

A few months ago they started an ” extra curricular project” - Stationary Compositions. Clever, graphic and colorful they make the most mundane things look like mini works of art. Here are some of my favorites.

 

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10 Soft Pencil Erasers

 

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Used sticker sheet, 4 pencil top erasers, some pink masking tape.

 

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4 pencils, 20 erasers, 2 index cards.

 

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Three stickers, one envelope, one sharpener.

 

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Divider card, 3 Cuisenaire rods, eraser, old index tabs.

 

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8 Post It Notes.

 

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6 card maths counters, 1 gridded notebook, 1 piece of graph paper.

 

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4 transclear envelopes

 

Aren’t they fantastic? For more clever  Stationary Compostions head over to Present & Correct’s tumblr feed here. All images are property of Present & Correct.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

What to Wear Wednesday: MOMA 71405 Chelsea Boot

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. 

 

What to Wear with the MOMA Chelsea Boot

 

 

Although the weather around the PNW has not turned cool by any means, we are so ready for our fall wardrobes! Especially when you have boots like these from MOMA to inspire your autumn attire. This Chelsea style with its double-gore panels makes it an easy-on-in-no-time kind of boot. Wear it with a sharp tweed blazer and slim wool trousers for work or pair them with your relaxed jeans, a checked flannel and a cozy cardigan for your days off. It really is that versatile. Now, if it would only cool down enough to start wearing boots!

 

Featured re-souL items:

> MOMA 7145 dark chocolate brown chelsea boot, made in Italy.
> Brass Age bracelet by Maslo Jewelry, made in the USA. In-store only, contact for more information.

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Snapshots of the Navigli

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This Monday I am musing about my recent trip to Milan. I stay in an area called the Navigli at a little B&B that I have been fortunate to call home when in the city. I attend a trade show to buy shoes for our shop. I know, rough life.

First a brief history of this charming neighborhood. The Navigli (meaning “fleet”, most likely derived from the Latinnavigium, which means “to navigate”) was a canal system originally built for irrigation and to transport goods into the city. In fact the marble used to build the Duomo in the 14th century was transported along the canal system from Candoglia (near the Swiss border) to the city center. Leonardo di Vinci engineered the first lock system using these canals at the end of the 15th century.

Though today, most of this canal system ceases to exist, the Navigli neighborhood has remained intact and is a romantic area to stroll, shop and eat. Artists’ studios, small shops, romantic bars, flea markets, and summer concerts make it a unique contrast to the rest of the city’s larger scale architecture.

I was lucky enough to be there for the last Sunday of the month to witness the antique flea market. It’s a flea market that changes its venues every month, going to different neighborhoods in Milan. Imagine my surprise to walk out in the morning to find the street filled with vendors! These are snapshots I took with my Iphone on my way to and from work during my stay.

 Thank you as always for stopping by our little blog. Have a great week! xo ~ Maggie

Studio Story: Maslo Jewelry

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Nicole Maslowski of Maslow Jewelry

Maslo Jewelry is one of the freshest collections we have lately started to carry at re-souL. We have fallen in love with Nicole Maslowski’s themes of uniformity and simplicity in her modern jewelry collection. Nicole likes to incorporate into her designs vintage findings, dead stock materials, vintage chains, costume jewelry, copper, brass and silver. All pieces are handmade in her studio in Richmond, VA. We are honored to have Maslo Jewelry in the shop and Nicole was gracious enough to take some time to answer a few questions about herself, her studio and her inspiring collection.

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Copper Standard Necklace

 

How did you get started in jewelry design? Did you always make jewelry or did you have another career?

When I was younger, I loved doing any and all crafts. I liked using my hands to create something. I went to college for graphic design, worked as a display coordinator for Anthropologie, and then decided to go it on my own and started making jewelry.

Where is your studio space? 

Plant Zero in downtown Richmond, VA. It’s an old warehouse that has been turned into studio spaces and it’s fun to be working shoulder to shoulder with so many different creative types. Plus, there is an amazingly good cafe on site.

What is a typical day at work like? 

That’s one of the things I love about having my own business, no two days are the same! I would have a really hard time trying to define any day as “typical”. But it usually includes filling orders, sending emails, searching for inspiration, and playing with the dog.

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Brass Age Bracelet


Your collection has clean lines and simple materials, which we think is awesome, what are your greatest influences and how do these inspire you?

My tastes are so much just a part of who I am that I would really have trouble even figuring out what originally shaped them! I can say for certain that I like classic styles and that I also pull inspiration from books, movies, and the world around me (like the street style I spot in Richmond, VA). 

Which are your favorite pieces? Which ones do you personally like to wear?

My favorite pieces, not just of my creation but all accessories, have the similar quality of being really simple and clean, but still statement pieces that stand out. At the moment I’m loving Chock a Block and Copper Standard-Off White. 

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Chock-a-block Necklace

What are you looking forward to next and why?

I’m really excited for my next chapter! I’m starting to explore producing hand stitched leather goods and it has been a million ideas a minute! Right now I am perfecting everything before I start offering them, I want these pieces to feel just as special and unique as my jewelry.

We can’t wait to see Nicole’s new leather goods! To shop the current Maslo Collection, stop by the store. We would love to help you find your perfect Maslo piece just right for you. ~ xo, the re-souL team