What happens when you give a camera and full access of your offices to a four year old model? During our July catalog shoot, that’s exactly what we did. Levi, one of the child models for the July catalog and the son of our Digital Media Manager, Mike, roamed the office taking candid snapshots of the Wisteria family. After looking at these pictures, I think I see how the Hipsmatic iPhone app came about: There is something innocent and fun about a grainy, out of focus picture…
To see Levi and his sister, go to page 13 in our online catalog.
We recently had the honor of hosting Lisa Newsom, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of VERANDA, for a book signing of her new book, The Houses of VERANDA.
Lisa Newsom is not only mom to Andrew, Wisteria’s President, she is also a very accomplished business woman. She founded VERANDA magazine in 1987 as a showcase for fine design. Trained in fine art, she possesses an eye for composition and an understanding of color. From the very first issue, VERANDA distinguished itself with beautiful visual presentations as well as substance behind the beauty.
In her first book, The Houses of VERANDA, she takes the reader back into the world’s most beautiful homes. Decorated by prominent designers, the spaces range from classic to modern, romantic to peaceful retreats, and are brought together by an elevated sense of quality and style. These homes from around the country are filled with breathtaking rooms—some of the most spectacular ever featured in the magazine.
Thank you, Lisa, for all that you do and for being a role model to all who know you. Your kindness, generosity, and grace are inspiration beyond the pages you have created.
We are so excited to be a part of the upcoming Thrift Studio by Dwell with Dignity! Thrift Studio in Dallas is a bi-annual 30 day pop up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell with Dignity through selling the overstock of donated, gently used furniture, housewares, accessories and high end designer finds to the public.
Our Style Director, Mary Jane Ryburn has been busy putting our vignette together using Wisteria items along with repurposed items from Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Store. Chairs have been reupholstered, walls painted and pictures hung on the walls. Mary Jane has created a beautiful space that is a must see! Here are a few pictures of what happened behind the scenes…
The pop-up thrift store will be open from April 14th – May 12th, Tuesday – Saturday from 10AM – 5:30PM. Sunday noon- 5:00PM.
It is located at 1250 Slocum Drive, Suite 550 in the Design Center
All proceeds go to benefit the future work, growth, organization and structure of Dwell with Dignity!
The magic that happens behind the scenes of a catalog shoot! Friends are made, ideas are flowing and visions become reality! We thought it would be fun to show you a few sneak peeks from our upcoming May catalog. We were shooting at our Style Director, Mary Jane Ryburn’s house, and had the best day…Thanks to everyone who was involved!
We have a new addition to the Wisteria family. She is a life-size wooden elephant that has traveled with her baby all the way from India to join us. They will be at our store for anyone to stop by and see.
In India people have been worshiping the elephant for many centuries. Elephants are a symbol of Lord Ganesha or “the remover of obstacles”. People would go and worship him before doing anything new like getting married or starting a business. The elephant represents obedience to the dharma, the ability to not repeat mistakes, and respect and care towards their peers. It is believed that the spirit of Lord Ganesha lives inside the elephant and if an elephant face his/hers trunk up towards you it is thought that Lord Ganesha is blessing you. Elephants were used during war to protect the king and they are still seen as part of the natural landscape in India.
The elephants help to represent our travels around the world as well as Andrew and Shannon’s love of them. They have been collecting elephants for quite some time and were very excited when they came across this life-size one. Andrew did mention that both the mom and baby elephant are the largest ones in their collection.
What does a weather map of India’s monsoons have to do with our little company in the states? Well, the other day I asked Andrew and Hudson to relate some milestones from the ten years since we put out our first catalog. And as we all know, such a stroll down memory lane can sometimes result in your beginning every new recollection with the phrase, “Now it seems pretty funny, looking back on it, but…”
So borrowing the countdown formula from a popular late-night show, I’ll offer here Wisteria’s Top Ten Things We Just Happened To Notice From Our First Decade of Putting Out a Catalog.
10. Having Andy Rooney hold up your catalog on 60 Minutes could be considered good PR.
9. The nuances of making sure a shipping container full of Christmas merchandise arrives on time at the warehouse is a lot like landing a jet on an aircraft carrier.
8. It’s possible to get so carried away with bubble wrap that you actually overlook packing something inside it.
7. Ordering a new product with the specifications, “white upholstery/weathered wood” will create a thing of beauty, but swapping the adjectives can result in something else altogether.
6. Zeros, not only how many but also where they’re placed, are really important.
5. If two different suppliers in Daryapur, India are late with their orders, one claiming monsoons and the other claiming drought, could one of them be fudging a little?
4. If a factory owner impresses you with a picture of a building and it turns out to be a stock photograph, he probably just meant, “My building looks like this one. Sort of.”
3. Archaic cultural symbols carved into every piece from your big order of vintage Asian animal sculptures can bear an uncanny resemblance to the insignia of the Third Reich.
2. In the exhilarating rush of opening your first retail store, twenty thousand square feet may not sound like all that much.
1. The Rusty Paper Clip Rule: A rusty paper clip that, for years on end, has served faithfully to hold together broken plumbing parts will wait until the rush of the Christmas season to break, thus flooding a warehouse crowded with employees, half of whom desperately needed to use that very restroom.
Earlier this year Andrew gave each department the challenge of decorating their own common spaces after we moved to our new corporate office location. The hard part was deciding what theme to choose and what pieces to use. All the departments are very different and the challenge really brought out the individuality within each.
Human Resources turned one of their offices in to the dream room. They created this space to be as serene as possible, because they want employees to feel comfortable when they come to speak with them. Our merchandising department decided to go with a global theme. The two buying/design teams chose items from their respective countries: China and India. Marketing chose a more rustic look with natural wood shelving carts and oversized chairs for a comfortable escape from their desks. The creative department selected one of our large dining room tables as a centerpiece for the space where they can come together to work or to eat, just like they were sitting at their own kitchen tables.
We heard a rumor that a contest was supposed to be held to determine which team had the best design, but a winner has not been picked yet. Maybe you can help us decide!
Fall isn’t complete without a Halloween party! And it doesn’t have to be too scary to be fun and festive. In fact, for our September photoshoot we “had” to have a Halloween party just to photograph all our Halloween items. Food, pumpkins, fake spider webs, and spooky ghosts were all brought in to make it feel like the real deal.
To make a Halloween party of your own, we have a few suggestions! Create a candy bar, like the one seen above, using glass jars for the candy and our chalkboards. Cut a pumpkin in half, carve out the insides, and fill it with ice and colorful drinks. Add spider webs and spooky decor to your room. Set out fall food favorites, like candy apples. And fill goodie bags with candy for take-home party favors.
Take a look at some of our party ideas and seasonal inspiration. What’s better than kids, costumes, and candy!
Pack your backpacks, grab your books, and go catch the bus! It’s back-to-school time once again!
We loved remembering about all the questions swirling around in our heads just before the first day of school: What will I wear for the first day?; Are my teachers going to be nice?; Will I make new friends this year? We had so much fun reminiscing, we just had to ask some of our employees to send over their favorite childhood photos.