turquoise and coral hand painted patio umbrella in the garden with trees and hanging lanterns

My First Hand Painted Patio Umbrella

the hand of the artist painting blue lines onto a canvas umbrella

As my mind begins to turn to the promise of Spring, I start planning to make hand painted patio umbrellas. This year, outdoor spaces and alfresco entertaining are more important than ever. My hand painted garden umbrellas add a festive quality to any outdoor space. (So start pondering that right now.) 😉 While digging through past projects a few days ago, I came across photos of my first painted umbrella. So today, I thought I’d share that story and some Pro Tips with you. (It hard to believe how far phone cameras have come since this umbrella was painted!)
Gorgeous fall floral arrangement

7 Things We Love this Winter – The Feature – November / December

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home • heritage • culture • leisure
– Pearl and Maude’s favorite things –

In November/December’s Feature: “7 Things We Love this Winter” – florals for your late fall dinner table, hand embellished prints from the studio, an easy fall dinner, heirloom quality hand painted ornaments, our Charlie stripe (!), a family tradition and jewels we’ll have to learn to live without.

And don’t forget there are only three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! Additionally, all shipping serviced expect higher than ordinary demand. So if you’re planning to send or receive shipments, get your orders in early.

Gorgeous fall floral arrangement

Home, Heritage, Culture and Leisure – The Feature – October 2020

October's Feature - Spooky Home Heritage Culture and Leisure

home • heritage • culture • leisure
– Pearl and Maude’s favorite things –

In October’s Feature: spooky home decor for your Halloween night, 120-year-old footage from a flying train, the most gorgeous rotting fruit, Brewery Open Studios are on (!), new products from Pearl & Maude and more…

Don’t tell anyone (hi internet!), but I’m a spiritual soul. I sense that the barrier between “here” and “there” is thinnest in October and I revel in my proximity to the vast field of wisdom and energy which can sometimes feel difficult to tap into. This time of year, I’m comforted and invigorated all at once. Which is good because it’s bustling around here! Also, October has the best parties. (Even this year, albeit much, much smaller.) How will you be celebrating Halloween? May we make some recommendations for October’s home, heritage, culture and leisure?

spooky halloween dinner decor

Fall into Autumn Gracefully – The Feature – September 2020

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Fall into Autumn gracefully – exactly what and how does one do that? Many cultures celebrate September, with its Autumn Equinox of equal lengths day and night, as a month of balance and meditation. The seasons shift whether you’re ready or not, so why not be ready with a quieting of the mind, a focus on comfort and the creation of personal rituals?

In September’s Feature: make a date to drift aimlessly in a hot tub with a view, see the golden hour in the dusty saturation of our Desert Diamonds wallpaper, harvest jewel-toned pomegranates for these recipes, find optimism in a sunset painting from Teale Hatheway, revel in an haute couture runway show in an ancient temple, hunker down with a terrific Impressionist art mini-series, escape to nowhere in a book of artificial architecture, and stirred, not shaken, please.

Stay warm while adventuring into fall: A wooden hot tub boat floats on a lake.

The Dog Days of Summer – The Feature – August 2020

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The shadows are becoming *slightly* longer and the dog days of summer are upon us. *pant*  A capricious dance begins during the waning days of Summer: one partner drives you to surrender to the HEAT, whispering in your ear, “Slow down. Sway with me.” The other partner has you by the shoulders, “Grasp the last days of freedom until we go back to school!!! Back to work!” Take this moment to escape into the fleeting vibrance of Summer with us; before we slide straight into Autumn.

In August’s Feature: enjoy fanciful fish drawings of yore, cool off with blue and white patterns, a luxurious (and meta) glamping retreat, the ultimate outdoor lounge chair, art conceived to brighten spirits, a nostalgic American road trip in photographs, good news from our nation’s capital (for real!), and a spicy cocktail to beat the heat.

 

Colorful drawings of fanciful fish are pure summer inspiration

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Colorful Summer Home – The Feature – July 2020

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…from Pearl and Maude (the design studio) and Teale (the artist)

We’re BACK and we’ve missed you!!! It’s *interesting* around here, isn’t it? We’ve been working and thinking really, really hard lately, which has left little room for communication. Maybe it’s just as well because words seem to run a little thin these days. Never mind that. As we work to keep our heads screwed on straight, we know that our greatest joy is to bring you great joy and our mission is to inspire you and wrap you in the warm hug of culture, connection and self expression. We hope the following list of ideas for inspired living will feed your soul, crack your smile and remind you that your colorful summer home is a reflection of your vibrant personality, now more than ever. Read on, friends! xoxo

Coltrane home with the national trust of historic preservation

Colorful Home Zoom Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings

Are you like me and video conferencing on Zoom a lot?  Now that we are all working and socializing from home, it’s astounding how quickly the clutter takes over… and let’s be real: no one wants to see the messy bed or dirty dishes behind you. Pearl and Maude has you covered with these free, colorful home Zoom backgrounds for more inspirational meetings! I created six designs so you can have meetings from a different stylish room in “your house” nearly every day. I also created a range of moods because some meetings are all Wes Anderson, some meetings need a boss attitude, and some meetings are a bottle of wine with girlfriends. So inject some personality and magic into your video-conferences with these pretty virtual backgrounds. After all, we could each use a little fun, upbeat decadence these days. Don’t cha’ think?

Pearl and Maude x Teale Hatheway – Bohemian Poolside Lounge

Marrakech meets Palm Springs in Pearl and Maude’s cozy yet slick bohemian lounge. Sparkling reflections from the pool beckon you outdoors.
New wallpaper coming soon with Colorado Street Bridge Painting by Teale Hatheway

How to Easily and Reliably Estimate Wallpaper

How much wallpaper do I need? That’s a great question! And it isn’t hard to figure out.

One solid search on the internet for “wallpaper calculator” will turn up a bunch of results for automated engines that will crunch the numbers for you. How handy! But I’ll admit that I don’t trust someone else’s code when I’m trying to figure out how much wallpaper I need for a project. PARTICULARLY when that wallpaper has a repeat pattern, which is most of the time. I really prefer pencil, paper and a calculator.

Viva Las Vegas!

Have you heard the news? Probably not… But let me tell you… it has been a flurry of activity in the studio since I found out Pearl and Maude is headed to Las Vegas Market in a few days. We were a late addition to the Artisanal LA program, but we are super excited to be packing up to head on out!

Pearl and Maude x Matrushka

                    Matrushka x Pearl and Maude x Teale Launch Party Saturday, June 16 | 5-8pm at Matrushka Construction 3822 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026 A week from today, we are launching Pearl and Maude's first capsule apparel collaboration with Matrushka Construction in Silverlake. These summer dresses are breezy, unique, stylish, made entirely in the USA, and tailored on location. Pre-launch sales have me pretty amped up and more fabric is already on its way. :) We will also have a selection of beach towels, outdoor pillows, bags, the last painted umbrella of the season and peach mimosas. Oh! And some new Teale paintings. It's a full-house of creative treats and I hope you will join us...

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