The Latest Showroom Finds

We did a major showroom shuffle last week, in anticipation of our 7th anniversary open house on Saturday. We had a lovely time and saw friends old and new at the open house!

Here are some images of the newest pieces available in the showroom:

Meet our new Interior Designer, Chelsea Uhl!

Last month, we had the pleasure of bringing another interior designer onto the Hazel Tree team. I'd like to introduce you to Chelsea Uhl.

Chelsea joins us from working recently as a freelance interior designer. She received her bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, at the Savannah College of Art and Design and studied abroad in Lacoste, France.

Chelsea is not only a talented interior designer, she is also an amazing textile designer that specializes in hand dyed textiles and custom pattern design (in fact, they are so striking, that her very first week I decided to incorporate some custom-dyed fabric into one of my current projects.) In addition to that, she's amazing with graphic design and designing with plants!

Until she gets acclimated to our studio, she'll work with me on my current and upcoming group of projects, to show her our process and introduce her to our amazing clients. 
She and I also have some big thoughts about the showroom and what is possible there, and we look forward to working on that together in The Spring.

We are so happy to have her on the design team at Hazel Tree. Please help me in welcoming her!

Fun Kitchen - before and after!

Sometimes a before and after transformation makes such a difference you can't believe it's the same house. This is one of those times! 

We loved working on this fun and colorful West Akron kitchen!

Happy Holidays! We're open through 12/23

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Happy Holidays! There is still time to stop in and shop locally-made artwork, home decor accessories, and gifts for the holiday season. 
We are open regular hours this week (Tues-Fri 11-5:30 and Sat 11-3, and next week as well, through December 23. 
After that, we'll close for our long winter's nap like we do every year, and will reopen in 2017 on Tuesday, January 3.

Stop in before then to check out the new art and functional home decor items. We have coasters, illuminated robots, tree ornaments, psychedelic light switch plates, unique napkin sets, photography prints, and framed art that's ready to take off our wall and put on yours. 
We might even be able to squeeze in a custom frame if you hurry. We hope to see you this week or next!

It's been great to share the year with you, and we look forward to the next. 
Happy holidays to you and yours! Peace on Earth, good will to all beings!

 
 

If This Wallpaper Could Talk - A new book project by Karen Starr and Shane Wynn

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The 2016 Knight Arts Challenge winners were just announced! Karen Starr and her project partner, Shane Wynn, were among 19 winners to receive a grant this year for their new book, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk".

The Knight Arts Challenge Akron is a $3 million, three-year initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts. The arts challenge weighs ideas and picks projects that follow three basic rules:
1. The idea is about the arts.
2. The project takes place in or benefits Akron.
3. The group or individual submitting must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation's grant.

This round, Karen and Shane submitted a proposal for a project called, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk." Part arts-and-culture book, part local history book, it will be rich with alluring portraits and lively stories providing a unique glimpse into Akron’s most interesting wallpaper from the past and the present, as well as the people who cherish it.

The duo will begin work soon on matching the funding and they are already receiving ideas for wallpaper stories to cover! 

To find out more information about the project or to tell us about a cool wallpaper story, check out the website: www.ifthiswallpapercouldtalk.com.

Twitter: @ifthiswallpaper

Instagram: @ifthiswallpaper

Facebook: @ifthiswallpaper

To read about the other Knight Arts Challenge winners, click here.

 (L to R) Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation; Shane Wynn, Karen Starr; Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation

(L to R) Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation; Shane Wynn, Karen Starr; Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation

Fall In Love With West Hill! Saturday, September 17, from 12-5pm

 Greetings, Hazel Tree friends!

I wanted to let you know of an event happening along the West Hill Business Corridor on Saturday, September 17, from 12-5pm.

We are calling it the "Fall in Love with West Hill" event, and we will have a day full of doing what our historic, beautiful neighborhood does best - being home to some amazing shops, homes, artists, restaurants, and community groups!

Here are the event details:
Event: Fall in Love with West Hill!
Time: 12-5pm, Saturday 9/17/16
Location: West Market St business corridor between downtown and Rhodes Ave and the surrounding West Hill neighborhood

Come stroll through the heart of West Hill on this day of celebration of one of Akron's oldest neighborhoods! 
Many activities are being planned for this event by the local shop/restaurant owners and neighborhood groups. 
Event-day specials, community art projects, workshops, a scavenger hunt, the planting of the new community fruit orchard, local realty open houses, and the West Hill City Repair installation will all be happening on this day where the historic neighborhood will come alive.

Park at St VM or Hazel Tree Interiors, grab a map or a scavenger hunt guide at the info booth at the corner of Walnut and Market (in between Hazel Tree and Dominic's Auto Body), and head out on foot to explore all that West Hill has to offer. 
The city trolleys will be circling the event footprint from 12-5pm to bring people back to their cars.

We hope you'll join us!

More info and programing times will be available as it gets closer on the West Hill Merchants facebook page.

Sneak peek of the Bud and Susie Rogers Sculpture Garden at the Akron Art Museum

  A view of the garden from the edge of terrace at the museum. I see a picnic blanket and basket out on that lawn in my future!

A view of the garden from the edge of terrace at the museum. I see a picnic blanket and basket out on that lawn in my future!

Today I had the pleasure of touring the new Bud and Susie Rogers Garden at the Akron Art Museum. The garden and event space will be open to the public on July 16 - with one heck of a kick-off party planned for that day! A few of us out in the community got an inside view, along with lots of cool information on the process, this morning. Here are some sneak peek images of the space, as they wrap up the finishing touches on this incredible new public garden.

If you click here, you can read Mary Beth Breckenridge's story about it for the Akron Beacon Journal. (By the way, that is my favorite thing I ever said that was quoted in the newspaper!)

The public opening will be held on July 16. For more information on that, click here.

A hearty, public "Thank You!" is in order, to the Akron Art Museum and to Bud and Susie Rogers, for the desire to provide a beautiful and peaceful public space for the community, in the heart of downtown!

  That's Mark Masuoka and Jennifer Shipman of the Akron Art Museum talking with Akron Beacon Journal writer Mary Beth Breckenridge. They were discussing the way the space transitions between the museum building itself, through the existing terrace and out into the garden. Mark and Jennifer served as the internal Project Managers over the entire process - from conception to completion of the garden.

That's Mark Masuoka and Jennifer Shipman of the Akron Art Museum talking with Akron Beacon Journal writer Mary Beth Breckenridge. They were discussing the way the space transitions between the museum building itself, through the existing terrace and out into the garden. Mark and Jennifer served as the internal Project Managers over the entire process - from conception to completion of the garden.

  The view from the top of the zig zag path, taking you up to the top level of the garden.  Native perennial plants and grasses are planted throughout the garden, making them smart environmental choices, as well as beautiful asthetic choices. I loved that there were so few staircases woven into the design - it was almost all ramps. Mark commented about how the desire to keep an organic flow to the space was a part of the design directive from the beginning of the process. It surely showed with the end product...simply beautiful. 

The view from the top of the zig zag path, taking you up to the top level of the garden. 
Native perennial plants and grasses are planted throughout the garden, making them smart environmental choices, as well as beautiful asthetic choices. I loved that there were so few staircases woven into the design - it was almost all ramps. Mark commented about how the desire to keep an organic flow to the space was a part of the design directive from the beginning of the process. It surely showed with the end product...simply beautiful. 

  A view from the upper area of the garden. My favorite elements here are: the crushed granite surface as a permeable pavement that allows water to seep through, water plants, and prevent run-off, but still be an ADA-accessible surface for mobility; and Mark's comment that this garden design started from the approach that this was a community space first and a space to view the sculptures second.  As Dominic Caruso, Design, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the museum said, "This is a love letter to Akron."

A view from the upper area of the garden. My favorite elements here are: the crushed granite surface as a permeable pavement that allows water to seep through, water plants, and prevent run-off, but still be an ADA-accessible surface for mobility; and Mark's comment that this garden design started from the approach that this was a community space first and a space to view the sculptures second. 
As Dominic Caruso, Design, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the museum said, "This is a love letter to Akron."

  After the tour we all walked out through the lobby. I loved this shot of the museum alive with activity for kids of all ages on their Free Thursdays!

After the tour we all walked out through the lobby. I loved this shot of the museum alive with activity for kids of all ages on their Free Thursdays!

Akron Tree Project by Michael W Marras

   The Akron Tree Project sculpture under sunny Akron skies...

 The Akron Tree Project sculpture under sunny Akron skies...

A tree grows in Akron!

Last weekend, Michael W Marras, the artist behind the Kickstarter-funded 'Akron Tree Project', installed the remainder of his very first public art sculpture.
We are so honored to have been asked to be the location to hold space for this amazing giant metal sculpture (made with a remarkable 80% recycled content!) and we are happy for him for the success of it. It has been so nice to hear the community's appreciation for it, both on social media and in person, as they share what a truly unique and beautiful new piece of art he's created for Akron's landscape. Check it out!

   Getting the lift all set to begin. Note the mock-up he worked off on the lawn there...

 Getting the lift all set to begin. Note the mock-up he worked off on the lawn there...

   All hands on deck (and on roof!) Hey...I see a Hazel Tree buddy in the hard hat there. That's Paul Mann, one of the contractors that works on our design projects, lending his hand and expertise to the installation. We learned that he is an old family friend of the Marras bunch. :)

 All hands on deck (and on roof!) Hey...I see a Hazel Tree buddy in the hard hat there. That's Paul Mann, one of the contractors that works on our design projects, lending his hand and expertise to the installation. We learned that he is an old family friend of the Marras bunch. :)

   Branches and leaves going up!

 Branches and leaves going up!

Get to know Norwalk Furniture - our locally-made upholstered furniture gem!

  Some of the Norwalk Furniture now gracing client's homes... A sectional with a chaise lounge end.

Some of the Norwalk Furniture now gracing client's homes...
A sectional with a chaise lounge end.

As you may know, I strive to source locally-made items for my interior design projects. Up until three years ago, when I discovered Norwalk Furniture, I didn't have a way to sell new sofas, sectionals, and upholstered chairs to my clients. 
I've been in love with their quality, environmental focus, great style and fabric selections, incredible comfort, and fair pricing ever since...

Check out this cool video about our buddies at Norwalk Furniture, just 63 miles up the road from us!

To view the video, click here.

To view their catalog and fabrics,  you can stop into Hazel Tree!

  An upholstered bed and bed-end storage bench

An upholstered bed and bed-end storage bench

   Curved contemporary sofa

 Curved contemporary sofa

   Sleeper sofa

 Sleeper sofa

  Chairs, sofa, coffee table/bench, dining chairs

Chairs, sofa, coffee table/bench, dining chairs