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Monday, June 30, 2014

July Calendar Download

We hope that you are enjoying a wonderful summer full of sun, friends, good food and fond memories. Download your calendar here and use it for your computer desktop or mobile background!

Friday, June 27, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found Picnic Inspiration...

...because there are now so many options out there on Pinterest for cute picnic packaging. I love having picnics, especially when the weather is nice. It's really the only time a lot of one kind of food meets another kind of food, like cookies meeting hummus. Otherwise they would never meet! They are not good together but there they are, hanging out just inches from one another.
Summer nights are ideal for gathering with friends and kicking back with some gourmet food (cutely packaged of course). Click on our Pinterest icon in the right side bar to see more of our Pinterest inspiration, which is what our TGIF posts are all about!
-Laurie & Alison

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's Gonna Be A...

Parrot Print Shorts | Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain | Stila Waterproof Eyeliner in Cobalt Starfish Hug Ring | Pineapple Beach Towel  | Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Spray | Victoria’s Secret Swim Separates

Are you feeling the heat? It's summer time! I love the change of seasons we have in Tennessee and summer is always a hot one, but a fun one. My family and I have an upcoming cruise and I can't wait to get away to the Southern Caribbean! This year, I'm obsessed with bright, bold neons everywhere and textured beachy hair. I also want to embrace the symbols of summer like pineapples and parrots. I think this is a good summer to be bold and just kick back and have fun. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Sharing a Shockingly Delicious Recipe

Credit: Dorthy Reinhold
I came across Dorthy Reinhold's "Better Than Trader Joe's Kale Salad" recipe a couple of weeks ago and have made it about 5 times since then. I am so glad she shared this. I don't know about you but I have never tried Trader Joe's Kale Salad and I have no reason to now. Thank you Dorthy! We have about six kale plants in our garden this summer and they are providing the bulk of this fabulous side dish leaving me with some extra cash at the grocery store. The number of compliments I have received from this salad are more than the number of times I have made it.

If you haven't gotten on the kale bandwagon, or maybe you have and are bored, I highly recommend this recipe.

Be sure to visit Shockingly Delicious and let Dorthy know Paper Pearl sent you!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Flashback to Coney Island

One place that I knew we had to visit while in NYC last summer was infamous Coney Island. So much history and so much fun! It is a bit of a subway ride from Manhattan but worth it. I had to have a sit on the beach, a hot dog and a ride on the Wonder Wheel! We made it happen. If you are ever in NYC for an extended visit and have a free half or whole day you must make the trip.

Since the early 1800s, Coney Island, “playground of the world,” has played many roles in the lives and imagination of New Yorkers and the world. From its beginnings as a quiet seaside town, Coney Island went on to boom years in the 1880s, as entrepreneurs rushed to stake their claims and make their fortunes. The area enjoyed brief stability in the late 1890's and early 1900's, the heyday of Luna Park (1903-1946), Dreamland (1904-1911) and Steeplechase Park (1897-1907, 1908-1964), Coney Island’s famed amusement parks, but with the Great Depression, Coney Island transformed once again. The area became a “Nickel Empire” of cheap amusements; a nickel paid the fare on the new subway line, and visitors were greeted by the original Nathan’s Famous, home of the five-cent hot dog. The amusement parks struggled to stay afloat and Coney Island began to experience hard economic times. Nevertheless, Coney Island continued to provide an accessible and affordable opportunity for a diverse population, always looming large in the history of New York.                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Source
As we welcome summer this week take an escape to Coney Island! Happy first week of Summer!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Anthropologie Pop-Up Market: Knoxville

As I mentioned to you all last week, I was able to spend a day in our local Anthro store for a Pop-Up Market. I had a lovely time documenting the event for Anthro! There is no better store to spend a few hours in mingling with customers, vendors and employees. You all are sick of hearing how much I love Anthro, I know, but I also love their enthusiasum for getting involved in the local community. This event provided guests the opportunity to browse products of food vendors in our area as they shopped. And most of the local vendors gave out free samples! Not to mention the lovely lemonade and water station provided by Anthro...there is no better way or place to shop.

The staff and visual team at our Knoxville store are top notch. And there are equally awesome people at the Home Office in Philly I was able to connect with. I love when businesses are able to be so aware of who their customer is and what they value...Anthro gets it so well. They've got me hooked. Knoxville loves having you guys!

Enough of my singing praises...enjoy a few photos from the event and come visit our store sometime! Tell them Paper Pearl sent you!


Vienna Coffee shared a beverage with me that I didn't immediately spit out...that is a pretty big deal.

I not totally sure it is a good thing that I know about Joy and Bradley's Chocolates. Yum!

Always lovely to have Cruze Farms. Even Kaylee from the Home Office got in on the fun. 

Dale's Fried Pies are THE best. 

It was hard not to buy everything Sevier Blumen had.

That is Heather, Knoxville's visual team power house, on the far left and some lovely managers and greeters on the right. 

Tea at the Gallery's Blue Mango Green Tea is so wonderful. 

My favorite wall in the store...those are small paper strips that were hand-dyed, waxed and assembled. Fantastic. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Love a S'more Even More

Outdoor dining is one of the best things about summer. While you can have a s'more any time of the year, it's really fun to play around with fancier s'mores when your daylight hours are longer so that you can see all the different ingredients that would be good with a graham cracker and marshmallow. One of my favorite combinations is the graham cracker, marshmallow, peanut butter cup. Oh my goodness! What are your favorite s'more ingredients? Let us know so we can try more combinations!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hostess Gifts

Parties, showers, teas, a woman, our repertoire of social party going has an extensive list. I have been in the stage of life where friends are either getting married or having babies, so there have been quite a few showers attended, thrown and enjoyed in my 20's. Some situations, like a dinner party or maybe a party given for you, require a hostess gift for those who have done all the work. Alison has curated an array of beautiful, fresh gifts. Gone are the days of the stuffy candles and starched dish towels that never get used. Let's give these ladies a little something awesome that they can use for their next party, like earthy serving pieces and artistry in small everyday forms like a mug. 
-Laurie & Alison

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thank Goodness I Found: In Honor of Dad

Certainly World's Best Dad

Laurie and I couldn't be more thankful for the dads we are blessed to have. And in honor of all those dads out there we thought it might be fun to think of them on this (TGI)Friday! How will you honor your dad this weekend? We have a few ideas!

-Alison & Laurie

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Father's Day Loves

We love our daddies here at Paper Pearl. Alison and I rounded up a few masculine items that were handsome quality products. How will you show your dad you appreciate him this Father's Day?

I-Beam Clock from West Elm | Gathererer’s iPhone Wallet | West Point Bow Tie | Tablet Portfolio | FotoStrap | Griffin Sunglasses from Jack Spade

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Alison's Black Bean & Corn Salad

This cold and refreshing salad is perfect for any gathering, weeknight side or salad topper. It is another dish that came from my Tasty Grillin' night a few weeks ago. Fresh summer corn is one of my all-time favorites. If you have an extra ear or two of corn from a night of grilling this a perfect way to turn it into another meal. And if you are using frozen corn don't be ashamed. I didn't have quite enough fresh corn the last time I made this dish and tossed a little frozen corn in with one was the wiser.

And how fun is this little salad in a margarita glass?! Get creative with your summer parties and serve a side or two in an unconventional way to spice things up a bit.

Happy Grillin' people!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Anthropologie Dreaming

Our Knoxville store has an amazing visual team. 
A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of documenting an event at Anthropologie here in Knoxville. The mini Farmer's Market event hosted at our store was one of many events like it at other Anthro locations but you know ours was THE best. I will share more about the event after I know my friends at corporate have gotten a chance to see their photos. So be on the lookout for a follow-up post from the Knoxville event!

Until then I wanted to bring you a few photos of some of my favorite finds while I was in the store. Anthro is loving the thick embroidery, cool pastels and a few bold pops of color this season. And the displays are always inspirational. I love to wonder through Anthro stores and be inspired. If you have never done that I highly recommend it.

Let me know what your favorite piece is and what you have found in your local store. Every store is different and I would love to see what yours has to offer!


P.S. You must check out this lovely shoppable video set in Savannah (one of my favorite southern cities). Laurie and I just love Anthro and this video just makes my love grow.

Friday, June 6, 2014

First Friday: Burning Fork Studio

Not long ago I was introduced to Burning Fork Studio in Knoxville and I was drawn to the modern, clean lines and beautiful lace detailing. I love dishes. Love them. I also love to have people over to share meals...I should have multiple sets of dishes for each occasion right? ha! My countess dreaming mentality coming out again...

Lahla at Burning Fork Studio discovered clay at a very young age thanks to her artist Mom. When she told me that all I could think about was last month's Mother's Day First Friday piece and how the little ones of those moms may one day have work that is talked about just like Lahla. Makes me so happy. Speaking of moms, Lahla is a new mom herself and learning how to weave motherhood together with her art.

One of the most interesting things I've learned about Lahla's work is her love for interior design and how it plays a part in her work. I was able to see her wonderfully decorated home, just a few blocks from my house, during our visit a few weeks ago. I can definitely see Lahla's style in her work and I think that is one of the coolest things about getting to know the artists that we have featured.

I'll let Lahla tell you a little more about herself.


PP: How long had you been creating pottery before you launched Burning Fork Studio?

LD: I started making functional pottery in college, about 7 years before I started my business. But I developed a love for clay as a child in my mom's after school art lessons. 

PP: Were you creating the lacey work you make now when you started your business?
LD: No, when I started my business I was searching for my own signature "look," and struggled to find it at first. When a student of mine wanted to make lace pottery in our class was the first time I ever tried pressing lace into clay, and I was hooked! When customers really responded to the lace imprints, I knew I could build my business around those patterns.  

PP: What made you decide to have a specific set of forms? 
LD: I like a cohesive look among all of my pieces, so I gravitated toward shapes that complemented each other and would look good together in a table setting or just on the shelf.

PP: How did you decide on the items you wanted to include in that set? What is it about the pieces that made the cut that you love or that makes you decide the public should have access to them?
LD: I wanted to design a set of tableware, and items that could complement simple tableware that people might already own. For example, you could purchase a set of turquoise bowls and mugs to go with your white dinner plates, and the forms are simple enough that they should fit right in. 

PP: Why did you choose white, turquoise and orange as your color options?  Where did the color inspiration come from?  

LD: A friend designed my logo for me, and those were the colors we chose for my logo. At the time I wasn't making pottery in only those colors, but they were part of my color palette. As I narrowed my patterns and forms down I settled on these colors because they were bright, cheerful, and went well with my pieces. 

PP: How did you decide on the shapes you work with? 
LD: I am drawn to simple shapes with clean lines—I think they are a nice contrast to the intricate, feminine patterns of the lace.  

PP: I noticed Domino books and magazines in your home (on top of a well-designed room)...does interior design play into the role you think your pieces should play in a home? 

LD: Yes! I'm always thinking about how my pieces could be used both functionally and to decorate with.  

PP: To me, your work deserves to be displayed in a specific way in certain types of homes. Do you envision your work in certain environments? 

LD: I really just think about how my items could work in my own home—I think as an artist, your work is most successful if it's something you would use or display yourself. If I don't love it, no one else will either!

You can learn more about Lahla on her website or on Facebook and Twitter. To purchase her work visit her Etsy store. Photo credits to Burning Fork Studio.

The creating of a dog bowl

Artist Statement: I’m a bit of a homebody. That’s not to say I don’t like to go places. I just love all things having to do with life at home. The cups, plates, pots and pans, chairs and tables, napkins, blankets, pillows, lamps, rugs, mirrors—all the useful pieces that fill a house and make it belong to a specific person or family. I am fascinated by them—vintage, modern, mass-produced, handmade. They say something about us. If a total stranger were to take a peek inside our houses, our things would tell a good part of our story.

Because I am so drawn to the useful things, I make artwork that I can use. From hand-built coffee mugs to hand-painted coffee tables, I always envision how each piece would fit into my home (or someone’s home) before I make it. I love the idea of my work being incorporated into someone’s daily routine, becoming treasured objects that help define one’s personal style and aesthetic.

Beyond my love for both beautiful and functional artworks, I am drawn to the processes involved in making them. Clay work and furniture painting require a discipline and patience that do not come naturally to me—waiting for clay to stiffen or paint to dry before being able to move on to the next step of the project is sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding.

I never tire of the thrill of getting it right. Of creating something in which someone can serve dinner. Of painting a beat-up old chair into an original, functional artwork. Of making something lovely that you can use, and treasure, and help you tell your story.

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