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Brimfield, Massachusetts, a town with a population of 3,000, is home to the largest outdoor antiques show in the United States. Started more than 65 years ago, by local auctioneer Gordon Reid, the Brimfield antiques show now features more than 5,000 dealers and welcomes about 250,000 guests along Massachusetts’ Route 20 during six days.

Check out some of our favorite vintage finds from the most recent Brimfield antiques show. This collection of antique and vintage treasures includes classic pieces for that quintessential New England look.  All items are available for purchase in our brick and mortar shop located in Yarmouthport, MA.

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Artist Profile: Tjasa Owen

We are so excited to welcome the works of artist and friend Tjasa Owen. Her seascapes evoke memories of summers past.  A favorite day on the water, an unforgettable vacation, a walk on the beach spent contemplating life’s many mysteries.

A selection of Tjasa’s work is now available at Design Works. We welcome you to stop in and experience her transformative powers for yourself.  Read on to learn more about Tjasa and to view some of her work.

Tjasa (pronounced Tee-asha) Owen’s work is inspired by her international travels, her love for coastal and inland landscapes and by her colourful sketchbooks and written correspondence. Having grown up by the Atlantic seashore, she is drawn to the ever changing skies and coastal scenes.  Rather than representing a specific place, Tjasa is interested in creating views that feel shared and remembered, as though torn from the pages of a scrapbook. She sometimes writes postscripts and incomplete phrases from her journals or sketchbooks on the canvas, to imbue these new places with a sense of time and history. She likens her process to conjuring a landscape postcard in her head and  reproducing it on canvas. By adding a thought in words on the bottom of the canvas and sometimes an ink stamp, she is sending it back into the world. By making paintings that feel like correspondence, Tjasa invites viewers to invent their own stories about the places she creates in her work.

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If you have visited Design Works in the past two years chances are you have seen the amazing watercolor paintings done by the talented and creative artist – Kate Schelter.

Who is Kate Schelter?

If you aren’t familiar with her, you should be!  “Kate Schelter is an artist, illustrator, creative director, stylist and owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name.  Kate paints commercial work for Dior, Toms, One Kings Lane, Bonpoint, Romy & the Bunnies, Bulgari, Sleepy Jones, Bonpoint, Victoria’s Secret, Diane von Furstenberg and Toyota, as well as private commissions and murals throughout The San Vicente Bungalows. Her work has been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, W and ELLE. She holds a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and their European Honors Program in Rome. She lives and works in New York City and Cape Cod, MA.”

What is Kate up to?

Recently Kate’s New York City apartment was featured on One Kings Lane. Her style and design aesthetic evoke a funky sophisticated vibe that we not only love, but are lucky enough to be a part of.  Check out the photos below for a glimpse into Kate’s stylish abode and find out what pieces Kate picked up at Design Works to help curate her unique decor.  If you don’t want to move in immediately we will be shocked! Kate’s creativity and style are unparalleled and we are thrilled to be a part of her sensational journey. To view the entire article and photo gallery visit www.onekingslane.com.

How can you share Kate’s style?

In addition to her feature on One Kings Lane…Kate will also be releasing a line of paper products this spring including journals, notebooks, and note cards as well as her first book “Classic Style – Hand it down, dress it up, wear it out” A guide to the essential clothes, accessories, beauty products, and timeless everyday objects that define your personal style. All of these inspiring items will be available at Design Works – Cape Cod starting June 2017. For a sneak peek take a look below…

An evening with Kate Schelter – July 21, 2017 6-8pm

Join us for cocktails, art, and a book signing with local talent Kate Schelter as we celebrate the release of her new book
“Classic Style – Hand it down, dress it up, wear it out”

 

Scandinavian upholstered bench from Design Works – Cape Cod

Antique pine dining table from Design Works – Cape Cod

Antique Scandinavian pine plate rack from Design Works – Cape Cod

 

John Robshaw bedding available at Design Works – Cape Cod

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The Book

In CLASSIC STYLE, fashion expert and illustrator Kate Schelter curates a collection of more than 150 iconic, essential classics– clothes, accessories, beauty products, objects, and travel items that exemplify great design, simplicity, and timeless style. Balancing the trend toward minimalism with a dose of charm and personality, Kate shows you how to develop (and celebrate!) your own style by following an easy mantra: buy less, buy better, reinvent what you already have, and own your look. Now in her first book, she guides readers through these principles in a mix of stunning watercolor illustrations, stories, memories, quotes, and advice from a collection of friends and mentors in the fashion world.

A visual gem, CLASSIC STYLE will inspire you to pare down those stuffed closets and storage units, find joy in simplicity and usefulness, and rediscover the one thing that is truly essential to personal style–you! kate schelter

The Notebooks

Featuring Kate Schelter’s loose watercolors of everyday objects, these notebooks capture the sense of an effortlessly chic summer day. The set of three paperback notebooks—which includes two larger notebooks, one lined and the other blank, and a smaller notebook with a graph paper interior—is a perfect piece to toss in your tote for jotting down your thoughts on this and that.

The Journal

Filled with Kate Schelter’s paintings of evocatively paired objects, this journal captures the spirit of a spontaneous trip to the beach, a breezy day on your bike, and a sunny stroll in your favorite sneakers and shades. The deluxe hardcover journal—featuring a cloth cover, ribbon marker and crisply lined pages—is perfect for carrying here and there, and jotting down your thoughts on this and that.

The Notecards

A glass of lemonade after a game of tennis. A bike ride on a picturesque afternoon. A casual gathering around the grill. With just two perfectly paired objects, Kate Schelter takes you there. Her loose watercolors evoke an effortless sense of style and capture the everyday chic of the ordinary objects around us. Inside the keepsake box you’ll find 10 notecards (two each of five designs) featuring Kate’s watercolor art printed on heavy cardstock with stained edges, along with 10 matching envelopes.

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Check out some of our favorite spring finds that are available in the shop.  We are ready for spring and new merchandise is arriving daily!!

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Check out these spring patterns and hues. They are sure to freshen up your decor and get rid of your winter blues.  From sheets to blankets, these luxurious products from local Massachusetts company “John Matouk” are all available by special order in our shop. Stop by and visit us today.

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We are excited to carry these amazing blankets made from 100% wool grown from grass-fed sheep and woven on antique looms right here in New England. These blankets are woven in natural colors and accented with Seacolors Stripes from yarn that has been hand dyed in seawater using solar vats.

The twill weave blankets are woven on antique power looms at a century-old woolen mill, from fiber that is bred and blended for its soft hand and durability, then commercially spun into a light weight worsted yarn.  Antique power looms and New England grown wool preserves a tradition of self-reliance that delivers warmth for generations.

Maine Blanket - Queen size

Maine Blanket – Queen size

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Seacolor yarns

Seacolor yarns

Mermaid napper blanket

Mermaid napper blanket

Sheep from the Meadowcroft farm

Sheep from the Meadowcroft farm

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