Question: What do you get when you combine a passion for design, a chic design aesthetic, and a desire to create products that have a positive impact in the world?
Answer: Raven + Lily: Empowering Women Through Design, a socially conscious lifestyle brand.
Founding partners Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin share a close friendship and passion for fashion and ethical design. They created Raven + Lily as a platform to help to alleviate poverty among marginalized women around the world through an artful collection of “on trend” fashionable accessories that are designed to make a difference in lives of the women who craft them.
Each stylish piece of jewelry, article of clothing or chic home décor item created for Raven + Lily is not only handmade, fair trade, and eco-friendly, it is created with passion and purpose!
Seeking out partnerships with global women’s groups (currently Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, and the United States) to create employment opportunities for marginalized women, they identify not only the women’s potential skill sets, but also what local materials are available to them that can be easily resourced:
- Their Ethiopia Collection features statement jewelry pieces crafted from beads made from melted bullet casings and vintage silver coins.
- Their Cambodia Collection includes eco-friendly bags and apparel made with hand-loomed, natural-dyed, and remnant materials.
- Their India Collection features gorgeous recycled cotton papers, hand-carved wood journals, metallic leather jewelry, and hand-milled natural soaps
- Their USA Collection currently features hand-poured soy candles, infused with incredible scents of the woodsy outdoors or tropical fruits, empowering formerly homeless women in Los Angeles.
Through these efforts, the women and their families receive access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, education, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Now, through an exciting design partnership, Royal Design Studio introduces our latest exclusive Designer Stencil Collection: Raven + Lily. We are very excited that we can collaborate in this way-not only to introduce Raven and Lily’s chic design aesthetic to our own customers, but more importantly to promote their mission to create a positive impact on the lives of marginalized women and children around the globe.
Inspired by the Romantic African themes, patterns, and color palette of Raven + Lily’s forthcoming Spring 2014 new product product release, the collection introduces 8 new patterns that have been re-imagined to create stencils that highlight the natural beauty that is common to Africa: tribal motifs, stylized plumes, organic geometric shapes, and delicate feathers. These new ‘Afro-chic’ stencils have a decidedly Art Deco vibe that makes them perfect for both feminine and masculine wall pattern looks depending on the chosen color application. Several of the stencil designs are also offered in a smaller scale making them ideal for furniture and home accessory projects.
The Raven + Lily stencil collection will be sold exclusively via the Royal Design Studio website and 20% percent of the net sales will be donated to Raven + Lily which they will use toward the Tirzah International initiatives in Africa.
This is only the beginning of this creative partnership between the two companies! Look for more new products, stencils and collaborations in 2014!
Shop the Raven + Lily Stencil Collection now and let us know what Raven + Lily stencil is most inspiring to you? Tribal motifs, stylized plumes, organic geometric shapes, or delicate feathers? All of them is also a great response!
We're still smiling from ear to ear as we read all THREE Royal Design Studio features in the Winter 2014 Issue of Studios Magazine! When our friend, editor Linda Blinn, reached out to us this year, we jumped at the chance to once again be a part of her inspiring publication. Alongside "exploring the creative lives of artists & makers", Studios Magazine shares wonderful organizational tips for artists. If you haven't had the chance to become familiar yet, pick up a copy of Studios Magazine online or at Barnes and Noble and get the deets on some fun studio projects - like our Stenciled Moroccan Canvas Art How-To, for example.
And feast your eyes on the open floor-plan of Peinture Studios, a unique store and workshop curated by Deborah Waltz. We LOVE seeing our Ancanthus Trellis Stencil dancing across her vast concrete floors, adding just the right amount of character and detail.
The Moroccan Stencils painted by Royal Design Studio's group of traveling artists, aka "Peacock Painters" will forever make our hearts flutter, but these photos of past trips to Marrakesh look especially gorgeous on the pages of Studio Magazine. From floor to ceiling, 100% passion goes in to our work, so we couldn't be more pleased to see others enjoying it! Linda Blinn also shares the origin of our annual stenciling adventures with Maryam Montague so beautifully. Interested in going on an life-changing painting retreat? Email us! We have a trip in September 2014 to Venice, Italy and are already taking reservations for trips to Morocco in 2015!
Many thanks to Studios Magazine, we appreciate all the kind words and can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Don't forget to take a look at Royal Design Studio's feature from the Fall 2012 issue as well!
"We never expected to see a wall stencil made to mimic woven ikat textile, what with its blurred-edge patterns, but this one trades crisp outlines for imperfect ones to produce an organic effect," said This Old House as to why they chose our Khanjali Ikat Stencil from Royal Design Studio for their 100 Best New Home Products list!
Closets are created to contain our wardrobes, but they can also reflect our personal style as well. Over-the-top glamour was the look DIYer Jeanette of Snazzy Little Things was going for - specifically, Old Hollywood Glam. As she and her husband were converting another space into their new master closet, Jeanette was inspired by a Royal Design Studio stencil pattern and decided to take the old closet space and make it her own snazzy little dressing room.
Jeanette's describes her favorite design style as "French Industrial" but as soon as she spied the Teardrop Trellis Bari J Stencil from the Allover Modern Stencils Collection, she knew she wanted her converted closet to exude feminine allure with an art deco flavor. She decided on a dark-on-light color scheme and painted her feature wall with a light shimmery gold metallic paint base in a cross-hatch technique. She then used a dark paint color for the stenciling itself.
Jeanette's beautiful work resulted in a stylish dressing room that has both modern and vintage touches, including a vanity bench, a custom-built vanity desk and mirrors with shimmery metallic accents. "My nine year-old daughter says this room looks like it belongs to Marilyn Monroe! She and I have enjoyed our 'girl time' doing our hair and nails here. The boys steer clear, mostly because of the more glamorous additions I've made to the room -- which was exactly the reason we created this space to begin with!"
We absolutely adore the "Mom Cave" Jeanette created and love how the stencil pattern helped inspire the design. Many thanks to Jeanette for sharing her space and project with us and we hope this inspires YOU to let stencils help create your own private oasis!
Where would you put stencil some old Hollywood glam in your home?
Want more stencil ideas for your closet? We have them!
Like many condos, this one features an open-space floor plan that was sorely lacking in architectural details. A very minimal recessed wall area was all that was defining this petite dining space between the kitchen and living areas. Enter the Nova Trellis stencil in a sharp-looking black on white color scheme to accent, delineate, and define the space with a fab Feature Wall Stencil Project that accents the dining table and sets the stage for entertaining or intimate dinners for two.
Roll on a Custom Wallpaper Effect
One of the biggest advantages of stenciling versus wallpaper is that with stencils YOU get to make all the design and color selections yourself, rather that choosing the best fit from limited manufacturer options. For this stenciled wallpaper look in a master bath project, Mandi, of the amazing Vintage Revivals blog, said she chose the Nova Trellis stencil pattern because, "I love it [...] it is ethnic and modern and clean all rolled into one happy package!"
Stencil it Sweetly for a Modern Nursery
- Take a peek at this classy Nova Trellis Stenciled Powder Bath.
- Create an inviting bedroom with Rustic Chic Stenciling on a headboard feature wall.
- We have dozens of great trellis pattern stencils. Find one that fits YOUR style and taste!
Sure, black and white is classic, but pair it with our stencil patterns and it is far from stuffy! In fact depending on the pattern, this timeless element can be bold, sophisticated, clean, vintage or modern. Here are a few of our favorite high contrast stencil projects that are both expressive and beautiful.
Make a small room feel sophisticated with black and white walls as seen in the examples above. Add gold or silver accents to complete this classy space for an overall regal interior. Our Nova Trellis Stencil (left) and Moorish Trellis Wall Stencil (right) share a perfect balance between light and dark, don't you think?
Black and white paint and patterns highlight the unique details commonly found in an older piece of furniture. Our Classic Damask Stencil (right) on this buffet table enhances its overall vintage mood. For just a little of this high contrast look, try stenciling a black and white pattern, like our Eastern Lattice Moroccan Stencil on just the cabinet doors above. The mostly white look creates a very clean look, without sacrificing any style.
Master bedrooms come in all shapes, sizes and styles, so how to design your own relaxing space? Jamie Lundstrom of So Much Better with Age faced that dilemma, including incorporating both her and husband's design tastes into the mix. Her solution? A Royal Design Studio Stencil that added a touch of drama and shimmer to the bedroom and resulted in an elegant design they both loved. Let's check in with Jamie as she shares her easy and fast stencil ideas to decorate a bedroom.
Jamie knew she wanted a wallpaper look, but the thought of installation and future removal didn't appeal to her. "Removing wallpaper again is a job I’d pass on any day of the week! So when I came across Royal Design Studio, I was amazed how much stencils can look like a wallpaper treatment." She finally chose the French Bee Trellis Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencil Collection. She explains, "The hardest part was choosing which stencil I wanted as there was so many good ones!" To complete her planned wallpaper treatment, she also chose the Antique Gold Stencil Creme and 1.5" Stencil Brush.
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