This week we wanted to highlight a local artist, Ashley Wingo, that we have gotten to know here at moxii Homewood. We found out about her art and recently asked if we could display a few pieces in the boutique. So, I want to take the chance to introduce Ashley to the moxii fan base.
Ashley was born in Montgomery, raised in Birmingham, AL, and received her B.A. in Art from Auburn University. She has since returned to Birmingham and works as the Artist and Education Coordinator for the Magic City Art Connection, finding artists and musicians. She connects with schools to share what projects the artists will have at festivals, especially the Moss Rock Festival.
Ashley’s style has been described by others as “folksy”. Here’s her piece we currently have displayed in the store. We were fortunate to get this piece, as she has had a lot of success this year selling her work.
This piece is encaustic, a process involving adding color to hot beeswax. For this work, Ashley added oil paint to the beeswax. The encaustic style produces a lot of texture, which Ashley loves. One of her favorite methods is to use colored beeswax in coordination with textile patterns from textile books and using them to create faces, figures, and landscapes.
Currently, Ashley produces her art in 21st Street Studios in downtown Birmingham. She is not seeking a full-time career producing art, although she wouldn’t be opposed if it happened; for her, it is more about the process of making art. Her dream set up would be to have a gallery where local Birmingham artists can display their work for sale in the front of the shop and she has a workspace in the back.
We are glad to have made this connection with Ashley and hope to carry her pieces for a long time. Check out her website where you can get her contact info, see more paintings, and see her prints: http://eawingo.wordpress.com
Here’s my personal favorite, also available to be seen on her website.
If you follow the local art scene, the Birmingham Museum of Art is having its ninth season of Art on the Rocks. Tonight’s event will last from 7-11 with live music, food, and more. Check out the website here to get more specific info on tickets and what’s happening.
moxii Business Development Manager
College season is winding down here at moxii. It’s been fun and busy! So, here’s one more post by a moxii ambassador as we transition into the end of summer and then to fall. Our ambassadors have done a great job for us and we have enjoyed having them contribute posts, adding students’ perspective to the blog. Here’s Sarah Bradford’s post:
“My best friend, Riley, and I have been inseparable since we were four years old. When it came to graduating high school and moving on, it was only natural that we both go to the same college. We chose Auburn because we’ve always loved the school, the traditions, and the city. During our freshman year I lived in the dorms, and she lived in a house with another friend of ours. At the beginning of our sophomore year we decided to move in together. Since she had already lived in a house, she had all the furniture and decorations, so all I needed was bedroom furniture. When she moved out two years later, I had to get new furniture for my apartment, creating a new living space and discovering my own style of decorating
Now, we have decided to live together again next year, which means we are going to have to mesh all of our furniture and together. Her style is more trendy and edgy, while mine is more conservative. When we decided to move back in together, I started thinking about what furniture and decorations we would keep and what we wouldn’t, since our new house isn’t big enough to hold everything we both have.
While our color schemes are similar, the styles of the furniture we have and all the pieces are different. For example, I have more traditional, square backed, chocolate-colored couches with black, square end tables and more modern gold-colored lamps. Riley’s couch and chair are tan with a more curled design of the back and arms. Her end tables are the round, three-legged, easy-to-assemble style covered with a tablecloth with small lamps on each. She also has a hand painted cabinet that is perfect as an accent piece or bar.
After talking about what we needed and how much space we have, we decided to use all of the seating pieces with my end tables, lamps, and coffee table along with her cabinet. The round tables and smaller lamps may be used in other parts of the house. One way to tie these two styles together would be to find a neutral rug, possibly with different shades of brown and possibly even some black in it. I think that the rug will be a great way to tie all of the furniture together, and is also a way to bring a pattern into the mix. Since both of us have curtains, we’ll have to experiment to see whose curtains fit our new window and gives the room the look that we want. Throw pillows will add some color and will be good purchases to help pull everything together and make our house just as comfortable as it was the first time. It is going to be interesting to move back in together and see how our different styles are going to work out.”
It’s getting closer and closer to the most exhilarating time of the year. In the south, football is such a cultural event; conversation is consumed with whom we anticipate will start this year, what our team’s record will be, whether the coach will be able to keep his job or not. Anticipation and excitement fill the air. Even if you are not a football fan, chances are you’ll be involved somehow, because there are so many social traditions in the fall that revolve around it, such as tailgating.
The fact that college football is so prominent and social leads us to celebrate our teams together. That got me to thinking: when I have people over to watch a game, what is important as a host? What makes me comfortable at a friend’s house? It’s a combination of the food, the people, and the atmosphere. People will eat and drink while chatting and watching the game. But refreshments don’t create the atmosphere. It’s the people and the space they are in. The space has to be comfortable, cozy, and conducive to conversation. Most of the time, games are watched from someone’s living room. I personally find it enjoyable to watch games outside, either on the porch or patio. It can feel as if you are at the game, indulging in the weather (especially in the fall when the heat settles down), watching football, surrounded by cheering fans. I’d like to share a few ideas that are appealing to me in hopes that maybe it will spur more ideas for creating an outdoor space that you, your friends, and your family can all enjoy.
I really love wicker furniture with cushioned seats and backs. These withstand the weather year round and visually appeal to me, especially with a natural finish. A chaise or small couch is a great large seating option that allows for lounging but can accommodate a few people sitting together. Place the chaise or couch across from the TV with a wicker chair on either side. If your porch or patio is covered but not screened in, consider using a very light, transparent linen as a drape to reduce glare and the brightness of the sun. Who wants a glare on the TV?A round wooden table with 3-4 chairs set away fromt the TV provides a place for conversation. If you want a break from the game to eat and chatter, this area can provide that setting.
For the base of the room, incorporate an indoor/outdoor rug to make a slightly more homely feel while adding some color and texture. As a guy, I particularly like the catamaran rugs from Dash and Albert. Place it under a table set in front of the couch or chaise. Another great option is a natural fiber rug which adds texture but also a neutral base to the color palette.
I hope this provides a start to some of your own ideas on how to create a porch or patio that you, your friends, and family will enjoy spending hours on this summer and fall.
moxii Business Development Manager
Going to college not only means entering a new environment with new classes and brand new friends, but it also comes with a new home. “Dorm life” is synonymous with sleeping in a bland, closet-sized jail cell. However, university living is being revolutionized by creating a ”home away from home” atmosphere on college campuses.
Small additions can go a long way in creating this new home. A simplistic, attractive, and effective way to do this is to integrate photos from home into your new space! Pictures of friends, family, and pets easily make a dorm comfortable. This unique wire frame does just the trick! It is perfect for holding anything: pictures, memos, invitations, tickets, or whatever you please! This organizational feature makes it functional, whereas, its antique look and girly flair make it fashionable. A picture holder such as this is essential in every dorm, and this adorable wire one will surely be in mine.
By moxii ambassador Meredith Thomley
Leading up to the weeks before starting college you may notice your parents, friends, older siblings, and teachers all try to leave you with some final tips as they reflect on their college experience and anticipate your new journey. They all give great advice like “call home every day”, “remember to use the library and focus on your studies”, or “make new friends, get involved, and try new things”. These are all practical and important, but I quickly realized my first few weeks of my freshman year that there were some things my advice-givers had left out.
Before heading to college and living in a dorm, if you had a crazy day at school, you were able to go home, be with family, and relax in your comfort zone. When you’re at college and a full day of classes ends, you’re still at school. I had never thought about the reality of this until about mid-term of my freshman year.
My freshman year, my roommate and I struggled with creating a space that felt restful. Our room didn’t transform much from the standard issue dorm presented to us on move-in day and the cinderblock walls didn’t make ”cozy” an applicable word to describe our space. I spent most of my time in my neighbors’ room because their dorm emulated a home and felt welcoming.
Some people complain about dorm living or the small space, yet decide they will just endure it their first year. However, I would encourage all rising college freshman to spend time investing in creating an ideal dorm room for the school year because it really does make a difference in your first year experience. Not only does spending time designing your room pay off in the long run by allowing you to relax in your own room, but also it allows for your friends and other girls on your hall to do the same! Trust me, hanging in a friend’s dorm at night after a big test or long day are still some of my fondest memories from freshman year. You meet new people by having a warm, welcoming room and it’s like having a sleepover every night! College is so much fun, but just like any school year you’ve had in the past, there are always going to be some stressful days. This is why it is so important to create a dorm room that makes you feel at home. When you come back to your room after your first all-nighter in the library, your first shift at your part-time job, or even after a late night food run, you want to be able to enjoy your room and unwind. At the end of the day, who doesn’t want to feel comfortable and happy in their living space??
-Maddie Davis, Samford student and moxii ambassador
Here is the first post by a moxii ambassador! Her name is Erin Slay. I hope you all enjoy it. It covers her experience as a new Auburn student and how we at moxii were able to help her out. Let us know if there are ever topics that you want us to cover. Just put your suggestions in the comments. We have to apologize for no pics again! WordPress is still giving us fits.
When I first decided to go to Auburn, I was a little uneasy about the familiarity of it all. I have grown up in the area, been to most of the shops and eaten at the restaurants. It’s practically my hometown. But once I started looking for roommates, I found the perfect situation. I met Rachel at an Honors College day in February and we became walk-around buddies. By the end of the day, we decided to swap numbers and keep in touch. After talking a while, it was clear that we both needed a roommate for Auburn, and our solution was staring us in the face! So we applied for housing together and began building our room. Her grandmother had given her a quilt and pillows for her bed, so I began to plan around what she already had. Since moxii is great for simple and cute designs, I knew that finding something to match Rachel’s bedding would be a no brainer! We even talked about swapping pillows in order to tie our beds together. We want to loft a bed and make a sitting area, complete with cute shelves and throws. Throughout the planning process, the dorm room has become our own and it isn’t even move in day! The cool thing about being a moxii ambassador throughout this spring and summer is that I know girls my age have a similar situation to mine. They don’t really know their roommate, but they want a cute and coordinating room. Moxii makes it really easy to buy a few signature pieces or outfit your whole room in a comfy and cute way, all while ensuring each roommate gets what she wants. I’m so excited to meet Rachel again and to get busy decorating. New roommates, new rooms and new experiences are coming up soon. But I feel so excited about it with the resources places like moxii can offer. Planning a dorm room isn’t so daunting anymore. Moxii makes it easy, and, more importantly, lots of fun.
- Erin Slay
Hello all! It’s been a while since we at moxii have gotten to post. And I’d like to start by acknowledging that this post has no pics. Photos definitely make blogs a bit more interesting, but there have been some problems with WordPress. Hopefully, that will be fixed by the next post. But on to the actual blog… Its’ been a busy time, and a good sort of busy. Babies have been born, the Auburn store moved to a new location (still in the heart of downtown Auburn though!), and now we have a second boutique, nestled in the unique Mayberry-esque community of Edgewood in Homewood. The kids walk from school down to the coffee and ice cream shops to meet their friends and have a snack while they wait for mom to pick them up. It’s the kind of place I dreamed to live in as a kid. Now I have the pleasure of working and living in Edgewood.
Another big happening this spring has been the implementation of the Ambassador Program for high school seniors and college students. It’s a fantastic way for them to build skills in sales, marketing, social networking, PR, and event planning as they begin or continue their college careers. We have all been very excited with it so far and the girls seem super excited as well. They are doing a fantastic job learning moxii’s college bedding and other products, spreading the word, and hosting parties.
I share that about the Ambassador Program because the blog should reflect what is going on at moxii and, well, it’s moxii college season until Septemeber, so the ambassadors are going to cover a lot of the summer writing. I think it will be an innovative way to see what they are interested in when it comes to interiors, what problems they face trying to coordinate with roommates, or how hard, but fun, it is to transition from high school to college. But those are really just my ideas of what they may write; I don’t know exactly what ideas the girls will generate, but they are a young, outgoing, and innovative group. I think their contribution will make moxii’s blog an interesting read!
Erin Slay, a freshmen at Auburn University, will be sharing her experience as a high school student transitioning to college. Look for her story soon!
Mercury glass tableware was originally made from- not mercury, but liquid silver nitrate that was sandwiched between double walled glass. It became popular during the 1850s. Considered a form of glass art, it was often painted, etched, or enameled, and appreciated for its beauty over function. Its lower price point earned it the name “poor man’s silver.” Today reproductions abound and mercury glass remains popular because of its reflective properties.
But who can resist them? The distressed shine, the vintage feel, the silvery glow when used with candles. Every room needs a touch of glam and a mercury glass is a perfect fit. We have lot in stock from candlesticks to votives and even beautiful boxes.
Come see and become a fan of glam. Membership is free and unlimited.
It was my grandmother who taught me how to properly set a table.
“Put the knife to this side turned in, facing the plate. Here, like this… The linen napkin has the edge facing outside, the fold near the plate so the guest can grasp it just so”…
“We put the butter knife like this, next to the perfectly sliced and softened butter.” The “m” word, margarine, was unacceptable in my grandmother’s home. Once, when my mother insisted the grandchildren preferred margarine, she acquiesced and put some on the table. Then she cut out the little “B” and the little “m” from each wrapper and placed them on the appropriate slices. The margarine seemed artificial in color next to the creamy rich butter with the silver knife perched to its side.
Although my grandmother is no longer with us, I still think of her every holiday when I pull out her collection of dessert plates and place them on her sideboard that now resides in my dining room. I smile because it was never about just the place setting, but it was the careful planning and preparation for family that was so important to her.
After all, setting the table is just that– a “setting” of the mood, a backdrop for friends and family to gather. Whether casual, or formal, it says to the guest “come join in, we are glad you are here.” As you race about preparing for the holiday events to come, (I am always trying to slow down) remember you are doing just that “setting” the stage for abundant memories. Take the time to “set” a tone of thankfulness for those whom you love and most of all seek to enjoy EVEN the process of preparation.
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff at moxii to you!
The staff at moxii would like to express our sympathy to those who are suffering the consequences of Hurricane Sandy. We at moxii are in the business of making houses into homes. To see such damage and know all the lives and stories represented in those spaces is painful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost much over the past few days.