Christine Helen Olson Paintings featured in April

Christine Helen Olson (beware, there is another painter named Christine Olson) is new to CAPERS this spring with her abstract horizons.  Although having lived all over the world, first with family and then on her own, Christine is inspired by her home here in the Pacific Northwest, by travel and by new experiences.

She has been working in abstract for quite a while, but it’s not what she studied in art school.  It was challenging to change from the representational work of academic training to the experimentation of a more subjective perspective.  Still, telling the story utilizing composition, brush, and color still grounds her work.

  • Studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco
  • Has shown in Chicago and Seattle
  • Collectors throughout the US, New Zealand, Australia and Europe
  • Lives with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a cat in Redmond, WA

Featured Artist April-Nicole Pepper

Nicole Pepper is our featured ceramicist for April.  Her grey and white floral and graphic designs have been hot since arriving at CAPERS in March.  Nicole’s method is called sgraffito where the designs are hand-carved in a second layer of slip. 

Nicole is inspired by the relationship between clay and nature:  nature being the source of all design, pattern and texture.  Her designs bring her love of nature to you.

  • Nicole lives here in West Seattle
  • BFA from Western Washington University
  • Inspired by nature and her relationships and how they mix and mold together

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Le Jacquard Francais Coated Tablecloths Make Cleanup a Breeze

The newest collection of coated tablecloths, placemats, runners and yardage are the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Le Jacquard Francais everyday without any fuss or extra laundry. Spills bead up on the coated surface and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. This feature makes the linen perfect for dining both inside and outside. When it’s time for laundering you simply wash and dry the cloth/mat just like the easy-care uncoated tablecloths.

Below are a few of the coated patterns and color-ways we are showcasing this spring. Be sure to stop by the shop by the end of April to enjoy 30% off all coated product, and matching napkins, from Le Jacquard Francais, including special orders.

Provence, an asymmetrical stripe and floral, is a classic design from Le Jacquard Francais. The pattern is available both coated and uncoated and in four color ways.

Jardin de Paradis is a new Le Jacquard Francias design. The lovely botanicals in the center and beautiful border make this an early favorite.

Brooklyn is also new for Spring 2017. The palate is vibrant and modern as is the design. We particularly like the geometrics with florals and the asymmetry to the design.

Jardin de Paradis coated placemats are a perfect way to add color and still enjoy your tabletop. The back of the mat has a non-slip coating and the front wipes off for easy case.

Provence placemats layered on a matching tablecloth adds interest to a tablescape.

We look forward to helping you choose your Le Jacquard Francais summer linens.  Bring photos, paint chips, plates and fabrics you would like to coordinate with your linens and we’ll help you choose just the “right” pattern.

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CAPERS Celebrates Earth Day All Year Round

April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day.
At Capers one of our goals is to support the environment whenever we can through the products that we buy, and in turn sell to our customers. We work with companies selling sustainably sourced products, up cycling and recycling. There’s a lot of creativity out there.

Earth Day arose from the efforts of San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to generate support for environmental issues. The most common Earth Day practice is to plant trees, and you can see these efforts organized around the world by various organizations.

Although we may not be planting trees at Capers, we do work with vendors who support responsible environmental practices. Some of our most beautiful tables and case goods are from Classic Home. Classic Home is committed to supporting sustainably sourced lumber, using planation-grown and reclaimed woods harvested under FSC guidelines, and up cycling with their “Some of a Kind” pieces.

Our upholstery companies, Lee and Cisco Brothers, both use FSC lumber for their frames and offer Inside Green and Natural Lee programs which utilize organic and sustainable fabrics, use no flame retardant chemicals, and apply low VOC stains on their woods.

Rebecca Sofa is part of the Essentials Collections by Cisco Brothers. It is slipcovered for easy maintenance and features feather cloud cushion fill for maximum comfort.

The Seda Loveseat is part of the Essentials Collection by Cisco Brothers. This piece is slipcovered in Belgian linen for easy maintenance. Other sizes of sofas are 84″ and 100″.

 

What does all of this mean?

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. They are the gold standard in forest certification, ensuring that forests are protected for future generations and have strict guidelines for qualification.

VOCs are volatile organic compounds. They have a high vapor pressure which results in them evaporating and entering the environment easily. These chemical compounds can be naturally occurring or human-made. Since some VOCs are toxic and their affects are cumulative and long term many environmentally conscious companies are choosing to use them sparingly or not at all whenever possible.

Parsons Style dining table and bench in Shesham wood that is FSC. The low sheen finish is perfect for the family dining, homework, craft, game night, work party table. And it looks great too.

Upcycling is the process of reusing materials in their previous form with little or no processing. Our Arch console and Sebastian side table are beautiful example of this. Both were built from found pieces and repurposed into their current form. We even have river rocks carved into planters.

Upcycled building parts add interest to this recycled wood console/hall table.

 

How does this differ from recycling?
— Recycling converts previously used materials into another form. The term was originally applied to waste, but “waste” is a relative term and you can reuse, reprocess, and reclaim just about anything. It doesn’t have to be waste material, although that’s a goal. The most eco-conscious factories attempt to reclaim everything, from water and energy to the sawdust on the floor.

Our Dash and Albert PET (short for a complicated name for polyester) rugs are an example of recycling. Water bottles were processed and turned into another product. These recycled “fabrics” are excellent indoor/outdoor rugs and hold up through a good cleaning. Just hose them off and they bounce right back. They come in a variety of prints, colors, and sizes and are available to order as well as in stock at our store.

These PET rugs are perfect for inside or out. They are made of fiber from recycled plastic bottles and are easily hosed down for cleaning.

There are so many opportunities to support our environment. We have manufacturers as well as artisans who are creative and socially conscious. Think outside the box. You may find an opportunity that you hadn’t thought of. We have greeting cards made from pencil shavings and recycled books and newspapers! We have jewelry bangles made from recycled plastic and even vegan cuffs.
We look for opportunities whenever we’re at market. Who says you can’t live well while living responsibly? We’re certainly going to do our best, and help our customers to do so as well!