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Women that Inspire Me: Larissa Loden

Women That Inspire Me, Women in Business, One of a kind furniture, Creative Inspiration, Bohemian Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

For my fourth installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, I am featuring Minneapolis jewelry maker, Larissa Loden.

I first discovered Larissa’s jewelry at Art-A-Whirl several years ago. As a long-time rock collector (Yes! Nerd alert!), I love gemstone jewelry. And well, Larissa’s jewelry is particularly striking. I was drawn to it immediately.

According to her website, “Larissa Loden designs for women who aren’t afraid to express themselves. They are strong and fearless, interested in history and love to dress up.”

If that doesn't sound like the kind of woman that most of us want to be, I don't know what does. So yeah, sign me up. :)

The jewelry maker “is inspired by stories behind the pieces and those wearing them, and feeds off seeing her jewelry complete a look.” So Larissa not only gets inspired by the materials she works with, but also by the women who wear her jewelry.  Again, women like you and me.

The first piece I purchased from her was this Lune necklace. Black is my favorite color, and I also am a big fan of agates. After I bought it, I was wearing the necklace almost daily. It is a fantastic piece.

The  Lune Necklace  is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

The Lune Necklace is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

Not only is her jewelry unique, but her offerings are also accessibly priced. Her pieces are mostly in the $30-$50 range.

According to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Larissa states, “I’ve toyed with the idea of a luxury line. I just don’t want to price myself out of what my customers have learned to love.”

As someone who also tries to keep her prices affordable, I certainly appreciate Larissa’s commitment to her art and her customers.

Like many of us, Larissa started out making jewelry as a side hustle. She worked as an art teacher by day and designed jewelry at night. She now creates jewelry full time out of her Northeast Minneapolis studio.

Larissa also sells her jewelry at markets all across on the country, as well as offering her wares “at more than 300 stores, including the House of Blues hotel gift shops, The Getty in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.”

Inspired by Larissa's fantastic creations, I painted this See the World Through Rose Quartz and Turquoise Oak Dresser. The dresser features genuine rose quartz and brass knobs from Anthropologie. I am just in love with this joyful color palette. This vintage oak dresser is available for delivery to Minneapolis and St. Paul Shoppers.

Get this one-of-a-kind upcycled oak dresser for $225!

Have a Case of the Mondays? Or the Thursdays? Here’s Our Secret to Beating the Back-To-Work Blues

Pamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I have a confession to make. When I am having a bad day, I visit the Quotes board on Pinterest.

I scroll through until I find a quote that strikes a chord with me, and I pin it.

I guess you could say, I love an inspirational quote. And I don't think I'm alone here.

Of course, not all quotes are created equal. Some are just silly or trite or both.

Like the saying, "Everything happens for a reason." I find that to be not only trite, but just not true. And not helpful.

But a quote like, “Let your past make you better, not bitter,” I am a big fan of.

It may be a little hokey, but nonetheless, good advice. These words say, move on. Do better things. Be a better person. Let all that bad stuff go.

It is good, if not necessarily easy advice.

Another one I am particularly fond of is, “Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.” I find this phrase often floating around my head.

As a small business owner who also works a full-time day job, it sometimes seems like there is a never-ending to do list. This saying reminds me to put my head down and do the work.

Sand that dresser. Check out that new thrift store. Write that blog. And then wake up and do it all again the next day.

So whenever I am feeling overwhelmed or disheartened, I return to my “Well said” board on Pinterest. I scroll through my inspirational quote pins, and I start to feel better.

I mean, we could all use a little more inspiration in our lives, right?

With that in mind, I have been working with the incredibly talented Jeni Adkisson on a new project for the shop.

Adkisson created the logo for the Vintage Modern shop, so she obviously has some serious graphic design skills.

Within the next week or so, be on the lookout for some new inventory to be hitting the Vintage Modern shop’s shelves.

In the meantime, don’t let Monday or Tuesday or Thursday get you down.

Just keep kicking ass out there, friends. We promise to do the same.

The Vintage Modern shop's Top 5 Sources for Creative Inspiration

Pamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Inspiration is probably the most important element of creating. Without inspiration, you are just a writer sitting at a desk, a musician staring at the keys or an artist with a blank canvas.

Like most creators, I find inspiration in a variety of ways. This week I thought I would share my top 5 sources to get my creative juices flowing.

1.    Design Blogs

My favorite design blog is Design*Sponge. It was started by Grace Bonney in 2004, and it features home interiors, recipes, DIYs, before and after projects, art, business tips, and just about any other type of design you can think of.

I check out Design*Sponge not quite every day, but close. It keeps me up-to-date on the latest trends in interior design, inspires how I decorate my home and also inspires the pieces I create for the shop.

More than just the content she shares, I find Bonney herself a source of inspiration. Her blog has turned into a wildly successful company and brand. She has published two books, and the most recent book, In the Company of Women, is a New York Times Best Seller.

But Bonney does more than market her own brand, she also encourages other women to succeed. She regularly features other creative women on her blog and shares their secrets of success.

When I was creating the Vintage Modern shop, I often looked to Design*Sponge, and Bonney particularly, to figure out the best practices for launching a new business.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I also really enjoy the design, DIY, food and fashion blog, A Beautiful Mess. Sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman have fabulous taste, and their homes are impeccable.

I can also credit this blog for cementing my love for all things blush pink.

2.    Books

I have always loved reading. Reading helps me recharge my batteries. Reading helps me disappear into another world. Reading teaches me to be a better writer. Reading teaches me more about the world I live in.

I try to read every night. And when I start a really great novel, I can wile away a whole Saturday curled up on the couch reading. It feels like the ultimate luxury.

I am currently reading Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. Gay is one of my favorite writers, as well as a feminist icon. With her book Bad Feminist, she not only coined a much beloved term, but also created a legion of devotees. Difficult Women is a collection of her short stories, and it does not disappoint. I aspire to be half the writer she is.

I am also reading In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, as mentioned above. In the Company of Women, as the cover states, contains “inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs.” Also as the name suggests, all these creatives are women.

My favorite profile so far is Genevieve Gorder’s. Gorder is an interior designer and a host on HGTV. She is also from Minnesota. (Twin Cities!) Gorder is beautiful, talented and she seems like just a genuinely lovely person.

When asked what success means to her,” Gorder replies,

“The simplest answer I can think of is to able to live my imagination and give it away to as many people as possible in one lifetime. I’m never worried about having enough inspiration. I’m worried that one lifetime will never be enough to execute it all.”

As a woman who has multiple creative passions, this answer really resonates with me. I worry that I am pulling myself in too many directions, and I will never have enough time to get it all done.

At the same time, being able to create and share my art with the world is the most amazing feeling.

Last Friday, I sold my Shoe Collector Curio Cabinet. After I delivered the piece, I followed up with some care instructions for the customer. She texted me back, “I love it so much!! Thanks for dropping it off…Even my 2 year old said PRETTY when he saw it.”

Receiving that text was so rewarding. She loved the cabinet as much as I did, and I was so happy that I could share my creation with her.

3.    Music

Music is such an important part of my life. I listen to a little bit of everything, and I often listen to music while I write. It helps set the mood for the creation process. (I am listening to the new Bon Iver album, 22, A Million a lot.)

Music can also inspire what I create. Sometimes a lyric from a song will inspire me to write a story or a poem.

But more than just inspiration, music helps soothe my soul, provides me focus and helps me unwind. I mean, is there anything more cathartic than a five-minute dance break?

4.    Pinterest and Instagram

I find so much inspiration scrolling through my feeds on Pinterest and Instagram. Pinterest has a lot of good DIY ideas, and there are so many insightful pins about refinishing furniture on the site.

And personally, Pinterest is my go-to source for recipe ideas. As someone who loves to cook and try new things, Pinterest is a great resource.

Instagram is more than just a photography site. It is an online community where people can share their art and interact with other artists.

And believe me, they are so many people making great art. The beauty shared on Instagram continually blows me away.

5.    Thrift stores and flea markets

I love the thrill of the thrift store hunt. Scouring through racks and racks of used clothing, and then stumbling across that perfect vintage coat is quite a high.

Finding thrift store treasure takes patience, perseverance and a good eye. Through my twenty odd years of combing through racks and shelves, I have developed a very good eye. I am always on the lookout for that diamond in the rough!

Hope you enjoyed my top 5 sources of inspiration, and maybe found some ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney