2 Kilians Art Studio

For the last 7 months I’ve been pre-occupied with this guy.

Banks at Halloween

 

And this girl.

Cici having a tea party. Photo by Carriesmithphotography.com

 

And frankly, I could not be happier. I have not been able or willing to schlep Banks around to Estate Sales and Thrift Stores like I thought I could. Luckily, Grace is more on top of her game than ever and has been procuring amazing find after find. I am still shopping, its just only when the kids are at home with Daddy or Sally and I am on my own, which is not too often. I wasn’t ready to turn on Days of our Lives and eat Bon Bon’s though. ( I mean isn’t that all stay at home moms do anyway?) When my people are at pre-school or napping, I’ve been able to work on client design boards and even better, custom paintings.

I love furniture with a passion, but art has always been my first love. My dad’s side of the family has a strong artistic gene that has been passed down from my great grandfather, Pop. Pop lived until he was 99 and painted daily for as long as I can remember. He was a classical painter and I am so honored to have several of his works in my own home. My grandmother, Bebby, my father, and my sister are all extremely talented classical painters. Pop, Bebby, Dad and Lauren can all paint animals, people, and still lifes with amazing accuracy. Me, not so much. I am all abstract all the way. I have a “Rainman” type color sense, so much so that I assign colors to all numbers in my head, so rarely do I forget any number or sequence of numbers. It makes for an interesting bar trick, but also is the trait that drives my abstract art. I love working with various shades in unexpected ways. Fortunately, the paintings that I have always just done for our home, have been well received by my furniture customers here in Dallas.

I am looking forward to growing this segment of Gypsy Soul in the coming months. All paintings are signed “2 Kilians”. The reason for “2 Kilians” is that inevitably when I am painting, I have a sidekick working on her own gorgeous masterpiece. Caroline is said sidekick, and we share the same middle name, Kilian. We were both named after Clarence Kilian, my great grandfather or better known as “Pop”. Pop is where the passion for painting began and it only seems fitting to honor him with my current works.

Coolest pic ever! Pop showing something to my dad and uncle.

Coolest pic ever! Pop showing working on a car with my dad and uncle. So Norman Rockwell huh?

Below you will see examples of some of my favorite pieces from the last couple of months. Most are sold, but the ones that are still available are marked with pricing below. It is also not too late to order gift certificates for Christmas! I can send these electronically for any denomination and will work with the recipient on color, size and style of their custom piece. Please email at gypsysoulinteriors@gmail.com with any questions you may have! Enjoy!

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!

Kristen

 

 

Chevron Painting Available 30 X 40. $475

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gypsy Soul Favorite Christmas Gift #2 – Thymes Frasier Fir Candle

I am pretty picky when it comes to scented candles. Ok, I am actually really picky when it comes to everything. I have a strict white/cream candle only rule (yes, similar to my white sheets and towels rule). But during this time of year, I do make an exception for the Thymes Frasier Fir candle. Have you all smelled this? Whoa, seriously, I have never loved something so much. If I had to describe the scent it would be clean and woodsy. There are many different choices of sizes, containers and colors which would all make excellent Christmas gifts.

I purchase my candles through a friend, Audrey Liethen, who is a rep and can offer discounted prices. You can also pick the Thymes candles up at Central Market, various gift shops and at thymes.com.

If you would like to contact Audrey to order, she can be reached at (214) 680-6133 and her email is audrey.liethen@jhilburnpartner.com. Even better, she is hosting a gift party this Thursday in North Dallas, so if you are close, you should stop in! Audrey is a super woman, and actually reps several different brands including J. Hilburn, which are some of Ben’s favorite dress shirts. I’ve included information for the party below. You may just want to shoot her a text or email if you plan on stopping by. I am telling you, you must pick up these candles they truly are amazing. Only two types of candles enter my house ever, Votivo Red Currant year round and Thymes Frasier Fir during the holidays!

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HOW LONG IS YOUR LIST?

  • Host:
    Audrey Liethen & Jane Williams
  • Phone:
    214-680-6133
  • When:
    Thursday, December 13 from 9:00 AMto 8:30 PM
  • Where:
    Join us for a Day of Shopping…
    without the crowds!!!
    Thursday Morning 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Thursday evening 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    J. Hilburn Men’s Clothing
    Stationery Girls
    Audrey Liethen
    PJ Lady
    Cindy Wiegand
    Stella & Dot
    JoAnn Hodges
    Bring Friends for
    Shopping . Chatting . Noshing
    HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!
    Kristen

Gypsy Souls’ 10 Favorite Christmas Gifts! #1 – We’re Nuts About You!

Merry Christmas to all you wonderful readers out there! I am sure you are all in the full swing of Christmas shopping, and I thought I would offer a little help! I will be posting 10 of my favorite Christmas gifts for 2012 for the next week or so with links for ordering. I have asked some of my most talented, creative and successful friends to contribute this year. Hope everyone enjoys!

 

First in line….”We’re Nuts About You!”

Contributor : Corrie Watson of Frank Kent Auto Dealerships . (Check out the Frank Kent website and see Corrie and her brother, Will, in an amazing video showcasing the history of Frank Kent).

I adore everything about this first gift idea for several reasons. #1) Its a home based business #2) Its a sweet treat! #3) Its a Texas based business #4) The sweet lady who owns this company put both herself and her boys through college on the money she made from her home based business!

Here is what Corrie has to say -

“Do you like Cinnamon? Brown Sugar? Nuts?  Then you are going to love We’re Nuts About You! It in my opinion has the tastiest treats around that are perfect to give as gifts for the Holiday season, serve over a salad, or just to curb that sweet tooth that kicks in every so often.  This little home based company was started by: Debbie Callas from Fort Worth.

Debbie is a single mom who was looking for a way to make some extra Christmas money to buy gifts for her 2 boys when she started this business venture out of her home.

Debbie makes all of her savory treats in her own home and uses only the freshest ingredients. You can have these flavored nuts in the form of Pecans, Walnuts, and the newest arrival Almonds.  The Almonds are my personal favorite just to eat by themselves, as I am doing while I am typing this up. There is Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, and I am not sure what else, but they are heavenly!

My husband loves when I put the Pecans in a Spinach Salad that has Feta, Strawberries, Spinach, and Balsamic Vinaigrette.  I have no doubt that they would also be tasty if they were warmed up a bit and then put over a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

Debbie has a full time job, has gone back to school to complete her degree, and operates We’re Nuts About You in her free time. She has tirelessly worked to put herself and her 2 kids through college with the additional income from her home based business.  She makes these savory treats year round for birthday gifts, corporate thank yous, and just because people call her and have a craving.  Once you taste them, you will completely understand. You can truly taste the love and dedication she has to her family, her customers, and to ensuring that Wer’re Nuts About You nuts are only the best.

Yummmm!!!!

Her Holiday orders are already starting to roll in. The current pricing is per pound and does fluxuate based on market prices.  The Almonds are $8.00 per pound, Pecans are $15.00 per pound, and the Walnuts are $10.50/pound.  She will ship anywhere in the US, the prices do not include shipping. She can also ship them in decorative tins, to gift to your neighbors, or anyone else for the holidays for just the cost of the additional packaging.

Debbie can be reached at: debbie.callas@yahoo.com or 817-583-9535.  She is currently developing her website, so keep a look out for that soon. ”

Debbie and her “little” boys! Isn’t she so pretty?

See? How great is that? Keep in mind, these are available year round. Being from Alabama, I have a weakness for Pecans, so those would definitely be my choice. What sounds good to you?

 

Hope you are having a great Holiday Season and your home is displaying a festive Gypsy Soul!

 

Happy Shopping!!!

Kristen

 

 

Come Visit Us at Scout Design Studio!

Long time no post huh? Well I will readily admit that being a mommy of 2 is way more busy than my old leisurely life as a mommy of  1! Banks just turned 6 months the other day, and while he is still not sleeping through the night, I feel like I am getting my groove back. I thought I’d give you all a little update on Gypsy Soul Interiors, as some things have changed over the summer! Grace and I are still working our tush’s off to find great unique vintage pieces, only now, we have a real store to sell them out of! We have our garages back to *gasp* … park in! Most all of our inventory is now available at Scout Design Studio at 155 Howell Street in the Design District. Store hours are Tues- Sat 10-6, and Sunday and Monday by appointment only. I say most because we are both super busy with design jobs, and most importantly, little people, that it sometimes takes us a few days to get pieces to the store. Therefore, we are still listing on Facebook as soon as we get pieces in and you are able to purchase/ view at our homes. 

Pair of Amazing Chairs! Still at Graces house for now :) (See you need to check Facebook too!)

Most paintings are also still available at my house too. These made their way to a clients home before I got them to the store.

If you haven’t been to Scout, you are totally missing out. If you haven’t been since the soft opening this summer, you will be shocked. Tiffany and Brittany, the owners, have created the most beautiful store in Dallas. The furniture is organized by category so for those of you who do not enjoy the “hunt” like we do, never fear, its a super easy store to navigate. There are tons of brass, lucite, chrome, art, upholstery and accessories to choose from! Best part? All of our customers are shocked at the price point in the store, we pride ourselves on being priced well below the competition. Tiff and Britt can also help coordinate painting and upholstery right from the store. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Scout Grand Opening Party on Saturday, November 10th from 1-6Pm. There will be food, drinks and music!   Here are some of my favorite recent shots from Scout!        

Oh yes! There is a play area!!!! Bring the kiddos!

I even recently updated my patio with finds from Scout! Happy Shopping! Kristen

Come Visit Us at Scout Design Studio!

Long time no post huh? Well I will readily admit that being a mommy of 2 is way more busy than my old leisurely life as a mommy of  1! Banks just turned 6 months the other day, and while he is still not sleeping through the night, I feel like I am getting my groove back. I thought I’d give you all a little update on Gypsy Soul Interiors, as some things have changed over the summer!

Grace and I are still working our tush’s off to find great unique vintage pieces, only now, we have a real store to sell them out of! We have our garages back to *gasp* … park in! Most all of our inventory is now available at Scout Design Studio at 155 Howell Street in the Design District. Store hours are Tues- Sat 10-6, and Sunday and Monday by appointment only. I say most because we are both super busy with design jobs, and most importantly, little people, that it sometim

Another confession, a cleaning product and popsicles. How is that for random?

Anyone else ready for pre-school to start? I almost drove both kids to the liqour store today to pick up some Skinny Girl Margaritas. Unfortunately, I couldnt get my Sh** together enough to make it out the door before 3. Luckily we had friends coming over who brought wine. That being said, I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately. Especially blog posts that are not remotely thought provoking or even design oriented at all.

Todays post is a melange of a few mommy tips that may or may not be helpful at all. Gosh I am chipper this evening huh?

Here we go.

#1 ) A confession. I color my own hair. Well for the past 10 months I’ve colored my own hair. I have had it professionally colored for almost 20 years, yep, since the 7th grade. I was literally.  Dark roots since birth, coupled with the fact that I have horse hair, as my grandmother referred to it, I have never received compliments on my hair. I would be interested to know how many kitchen remodels I could purchase with the amount I have spent in salons over the years.

When prego withBanks, I was sick as a dog. I was able to get my hair half colored once before puking in the salon. So I had to move on to plan B. Plan B was to highlight my own hair at home without all the salon smells. I paint on canvases so I figured I could paint on my hair too. Lord knows I have seen enough stylists do it. I headed to Sally Beauty Supply, where for a whopping $8.93 I was outfitted with the tools to highlight my big horse hair. The ladies at the store showed me what I needed, and ask them what level of developer (look at me throwing around lingo) you will need based on your natural color. For my dark blond/ mousy brown base, I use a level 30 developer. I also chose the “Blue” highlights instead of “Violet” to eliminate any brassiness.

The highlights I use.

 

Developer

The ladies at the store told me to mix the developer with highlighting powder until it looks like jello. Yep, it is just that technical.

It looks like this when it is correctly mixed.

I am too lazy to write all the steps on where to brush the color, but its really pretty easy. Basically grab a 4 year old who has a similar hair color to you and observe where the natural highlights hit. Luckily, I live with a 4 year old who has the exact same hair that I do, sans the 20 years of highlights.

Brush it on and leave for approximately 30 minutes. You will look hot during this process. Like this.

Hot I tell ya.

 

Ok, so after 30 mins, you simply wash out. I use a Redken product called ” So Silver” shampoo and condition to eliminate any brassy tones. It works wonderfully.

As you can see the highlights are super natural. I have to admit, I have never felt more confident about my hair color. I knew I was on to something when the uber stylish Sam Sano commented on how great my hair color looked recently. I have never in my life received compliments on my hair so it was kind of a big deal. Hmmm, maybe I should forget furniture and start “fixin hair”? j/k

 

If anyone out there hates the cost/ smell/ experience of a salon, you may want to try your local Sally Beauty Supply. Don’t go buying hair color at the grocery store though. Those products are totally different and will turn your hair orange.

 

Tidbit of Info #2 ) If you want to have your 4 year old help you clean, give them their own spray bottle filled with water, vinegar and lemon juice. Caroline calls it her “squirt cleaner”. The combo of liquids is obviously non-toxic, smells great and cannot hurt finishes. She had a ball helping mommy clean today!

 

The flower crown helps too.

 

#3) My last potentially useless tidbit of info is what fun we had making watermelon popcicles the other day. I am sure there are fancier recipes for watermelon popsicles, but this is what we had in the pantry and they were delish.  I put watermelon in a colander centered over a glass bowl and let Caroline go to town. She squeezed and pounded all the juice with joy. Once she was done, I took a knife and shredded the watermelon into tiny pieces. We filled popsicle molds 3/4 full with juice only, then added a squirt of Agave nectar, squirt of lemon juice and small chunks of watermelon to each mold. Once frozen, we each had one and they were so delicious. I also highly recommend this popsicle mold with a straw to suck all the potentially white sofa staining juice from the bottom. (And yes, that is a Bumbo seat on my counter, and yes I know they have been recalled. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you go. Hope these little bits of info may help you out around your house with little ones!

Happy Shopping!!

Kristen

 

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