Feature

BLOG by SUQUET HOME

It's always an honor to be on someone's mind! I've been thrilled to work with Suquet both as an Interior Designer and now as a Product Designer - they're all lovely humans, and their stock in shop and online is ON POINT. 

You can find the full blog post here > Suquet Blog

Working with passionate, creative people is probably the best part of what I do!
— ak HOME
 Photo: Heather Ross

Photo: Heather Ross

XO ak

Kitchen, Product, our SHOP

INTRODUCING | The Kitchen Collection by akHOME

We are SO VERY excited to introduce you all to our latest project here at akHOME! We're FINALLY launching our first line of dishwares, along with a beautiful set of kitchen items!!!

The Food Tables are our first venture into #foodfurniture. Two nesting - or stacking - tables to elevate your food at any event, especially weddings!

It's been an absolute honor to work with local artisans on this project, including Birdman the Welder and Kristine Weber c e r a m i c s. As a result, every piece is truly one-of-a-kind. And, of course, includes an "artful element" herb leaf to help showcase your delicious edibles!

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Complimenting our new Food Tables are a NEW Wallpaper art print - the Herbal - which we're already in love with, and have in TWO colors in our own Kitchens :) And a matching Apron, printed in a gorgeous Champagne color, as well as our already popular Vintage-inspired Tea Towels!

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We can't wait to see how you all ELEVATE your Dining this summer!

XO ak

Product, our SHOP

INTRODUCING | The Cacti Print!

I love bringing out new prints!! This bright, colorful one just makes me HAPPY for Summer!!!

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Introducing the Cacti print - direct to you from my trip to Phoenix, Arizona a few months back :) Yes, many of my prints come from trips around the world, and this one is no exception.

Fabrics and ready-made products are avail on Spoonflower.com or Roostery.com as "akHOME" - what can you imagine with this print??! With the help of amazing local fashion designer, Kim Legler, I made a skirt that was perfect poolside in Palm Springs (see below)!!

Can't wait to see YOUR creations - be sure to tag #MYakHOME #artfulelements!

XO ak

Product, our SHOP, Feature

Shop Local, Be Part of a Story!

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Probably THE best thing about creating a "thing", is the weaving of story that goes into every piece. While I hope the result is simple to love and appreciate regardless, it's the story that fascinates me deep down.

Our Laguna print is one beautiful example! It started on a trip to Paris Fashion Week - I was noticing all kinds of stripes on the runways and wondering how I could re-create this most basic of patterns. When I got back to the Studio I took a simple piece of silk, and drew stripes with a Sharpie. Not fun yet... I played with it and eventually ended up dropping it to see what patterns could be created.

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VOILA! The spark of an idea!
A repeat pattern was created, then traced with Calligraphy brush pens and scanned back into Photoshop where every line was cleaned. (Yes, this is about as painful as it sounds...)

Now these stripes started to resemble waves, or maybe it was because my next trip had been to Maui that struck me, but OBVS now a "watery" watercolor underlay HAD to happen!

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Meanwhile, an Interior Designer friend had connected me with Healing Waters International / the HER Initiative out of Colorado. I called to chat with the Founder, Kayla Fruchtman, and we wondered how we might one day work together cross-border. As it came to being, this design proved to be the perfect thing to collaborate on - and the name "Laguna" - reflecting bodies of vibrant water running through communities in need - came to being.

Since then, proceeds from every Laguna pillow sold have gone to help these amazing, generous efforts, and every dollar you shop on this local product keeps this - and the next - story going.

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WHEW!
Who knew so much went into ONE LITTLE PATTERN?! Turns out the painting is often the easy part - learning Photoshop was the hard part!! But I'm continually learning and creating, and as I do, the stories get more and more interesting. At least I think so ;).

 

You can find these beauts online in our shop and in select stores!

XO ak

 

Event

Daffodil Ball 2018

INTRODUCING > Happy Hour at HOME!⠀

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I'm SO excited to once again be curating a vignette for auction at @cancersociety's Daffodil Ball 2018, gathering local Designers, Makers + Businesses together to #FIGHTCANCER!!⠀

This years' theme centers around a GORGEOUS bar cart designed by Interiors and Cabinet designer, Jamie Banfield Design ♥⠀Jamie's beautiful line of cabinetry, The Banfield, features a minimalist look with clean lines. You can definitely see the beauty of them in the custom bar cart, a collaboration he's created specifically for the Daffodil Ball with local creative master Birdman the Welder.

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And to top it off? SO. MANY. THINGS. !
From candles and feature lighting to set the mood, to vintage crystal to decant those fine wines, from hand-crafted snack bowls to a custom set of bitters, the lucky bid winner of this vignette will not only have a stocked bar, but an amazing conversation piece!

Here's the whole gang supporting this years efforts to #kickcancersass 
The Banfield Birdman the Welder Karice Enterprises LTDMiriam Aroeste WALRUS Heather Ross natural eclectic Three Corners Artisan French Seventy SixAlison Kent Born to Shake West Coast Liquor Company Odd Society Spirits :)⠀

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Stay tuned on our Insta Stories for more info!

XO ak

Feature, Launch, Product, our SHOP

INTRODUCING | The Hummstooth Print!

GAH! We're already in love with this one!!
Meet our newest print, the Hummstooth! These beautiful Hummingbirds are flying to you in the ultra classic Houndstooth formation, and we just can't get enough :)

This original watercolor art print is shown here on 100% Linen.

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Available in INDIGO or AUTUMN TEAL, this print is destined to become a new classic!

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You can shop this print as a Fabric on Spoonflower, or as Wallpaper, Bed Linens or even Kitchen Linens on Roostery! We can't wait to see what you do with it - be sure to tag #MYakHOME and #artfulelements.

XO ak

Product, our SHOP, Decor

PANTONE : Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Voilet

We're so excited for Pantone's #coloroftheyear, that we've REVAMPED our Fraser Pillow!! Now featuring 100% Silk SOLID front and a 50/50 Linen/Cotton back, it's definitely upped it's luxury factor! How are you incorporating Ultra Voilet this year?

While we don't always follow specific trends, once in awhile they serendipitously match up with colors you already know and love. Just as fortunate - our Laguna Violeta also matches!

 We love "Painting Days" :)

We love "Painting Days" :)

 Quality input, quality output! Silk, Linen/Cotton and satin tags - LOVE!

Quality input, quality output! Silk, Linen/Cotton and satin tags - LOVE!

 Samples for a project with Becky R Designs. We love working with Interior Designers!

Samples for a project with Becky R Designs. We love working with Interior Designers!

 Dreamy :) The reversible Fraser + the Laguna match up perfectly! 

Dreamy :) The reversible Fraser + the Laguna match up perfectly! 

 The re-vamped, reversible Fraser and one of our metallic Accent pillows!

The re-vamped, reversible Fraser and one of our metallic Accent pillows!

The Fraser SOLID (shown here) and STRIPE (reverse), as well as the Laguna prints are available as pillows in our online shop, or as fabrics, wallpapers - or even gift wrap - over at Spoonflower.ca. Be sure to tag #MYakHOME on your projects so we can see them! 

We love purples - this is one trend we can stand behind!

XO ak

 

News, Feature

FEATURE : The EVERYGIRL with Healing Waters International

 Photo : Tracey Ayton Photography

Photo : Tracey Ayton Photography

It's been an absolute pleasure to get to know the lovely Kayla Fruchtman at Healing Waters International and the HER Initiative down in Colorado. Her passion for providing struggling communities with fresh, clean water is contagious - so much so, we decided to donate proceeds of every 100% Linen "Laguna" pillow sold! 

Recently, Kayla and her gracious work were featured in a little blog by "The EVERYGIRL" (haha). Ok, they're huge. And - they mentioned us! Check it out, visit Healing Waters/the HER Initiative and help spread the love! 

Empowering Women: How Healing Waters is Bringing Clean Water to People Around The World [Quote excerpt below]

You must have some favorite pieces in your office. Tell us some of them and why.


Oh man, there are so many! My very favorite is a painting that my mom actually did — it’s the iconic photo from The Her Initiative website where myself and three other influencers were doing a “water walk” for the first time in the Dominican Republic. A few other favorite pieces are pillows from Alison Kent HOME — a textile designer who has a line of pillows that give back to us.
— The Every Girl Blog - Kayla Fruchtman

[Photography Credit : Healing Waters International]

Decor

DESIGNER Feature : Becky R Designs

WELL, that was so much fun, I think we'll do it again!
This past week we had local Interior Designer Becky Runacres in to match up all her samples with all our fabrics! Take a peek, get inspired - and join us for a glass of wine... ;)

P.S. Ignore the messy Studio backgrounds - it's a creative space!

 Featuring Fraser Stripe and Fraser Solid Fabrics - a collaboration with Kendall Ansell Interiors.

Featuring Fraser Stripe and Fraser Solid Fabrics - a collaboration with Kendall Ansell Interiors.

 Featuring Laguna Violeta Fabric and Wallpaper.

Featuring Laguna Violeta Fabric and Wallpaper.

 Yeah, ok. This is just all messy, but I did get some great flatlay pic in between glasses of wine!

Yeah, ok. This is just all messy, but I did get some great flatlay pic in between glasses of wine!

 Featuring Vintage Peony fabric in Black/White (also avail in Grey/White).

Featuring Vintage Peony fabric in Black/White (also avail in Grey/White).

 Cheers! AND featuring Laguna fabric, wallpaper and - the 18" 100% Linen pillow, proceeds of which go to Healing Waters International / the HER Initiative.

Cheers! AND featuring Laguna fabric, wallpaper and - the 18" 100% Linen pillow, proceeds of which go to Healing Waters International / the HER Initiative.

Holiday

INSPIRATION | Maui Vacay + Art

I rarely go anywhere without a pen, and usually also paper. But for our recent VACAY in Maui I packed up all my watercolors, sketch books, calligraphy pens - the works! Hubby was less than impressed with my *overpacking* ;)

Whether working on a specific piece, or just stretching my hands, the tropical colors of Maui were truly inspirational.

Don't forget to check out our INSTAGRAM ak_alisonkent for some videos, too!!

 

XO ak