"Cinne Worthington", "art", "home decor", "home", "kitchen", "summer home stylist series", "summer"

Summer Home Stylist Series || Cinne Worthington

In today's Summer Home Stylist Series by Cinne of by Cinne Worthington, we are taken inside an imaginary world inspired by the artist Julian Schnabel.  Julian has been known for walking around the streets of New York in his paint splattered silk pajamas - a sure sign of an artists passion and focus.  Cinne takes that visual and translates it into her own work of art right here - let's call it "The Fine Art of Dining"!  What would it be like to live and work in your PJ's all day?  How would your kitchen be decorated and function to feed both your belly and your creative spirit?  Great questions!

With each of her selections, Cinne has created a world where you keep your artist's inspiration close by your side at all times.  Sitting down for a scone?  Keep the art utensils at your place setting - never know when you have to switch between a fork and a pencil!  Have a stand for your cookbook?  Yup, it's now the perfect place to put artwork for inspiration and offers the flexibility of changing it up depending on your creative mood.  Cinne keeps the furnishings fresh and funky by reupholstering various mid century chairs - a sure way to keep the energy flowing as your eye works from one pattern to the other.  This dining experience would be filled with vibrant colors and light would twinkle off the over-the-top elegance and shine off the contemporary styling - shall we call it roco?  Wall space would be artfully decorated with an eclectic flair and wall spaces above cabinets would showcase artwork.  It's clear that as an artist, Cinne understands how to channel that passion into home decor!

Wow, Cinne - what an awesome space to live in!  I'm inspired to pick up my breakfast plate and step into this world.  I'm glad I get to keep my PJ's on all day too!  What about you?  Will you join me?


All items in The Fine Art of Dining are available on Etsy!   

Vintage Dripping Glass Crystal Chandelier
from Oceanswept

Plates Porcelain Gray Set

Screen Printed Placemat
By Lucien Pritchard

Re-Upholstered 1970's Teak Chair

Iconic Lane Dining Chairs for a whole set (not included in photo layout) 
from oldbonescompany

Architecture Fabric

Script Alphabet Chalkbord Slate Fabric

Custom Laser Engraved Concrete Wall Peg
by Zeitgeistfactory

Men's PJ Set
from Phoenixinfire

Chinoiserie Beaded Maroon Velvet Slippers

Leather Pencil Case
by modulem

Upcycled Dry Soda Bottle Glass
by yava glass

Mid Century Modern Shoe Display Stand
from Bellalulu

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"fashion accessories", "gifts for her", "keys to success", "kitchen", "success on etsy"

The Keys to Success || The Story of Oktak

apron and coin purse available at Oktak

1. When and why did you choose to open an online shop on Etsy?

The first time I heard about Etsy was from a friend, Yukiko of Seabreeze Studio (www.seabreezestudio.etsy.com ), who opened her shop in 2005.

At the time, I had my own website with a shopping cart, but was struggling to expand my customer base. Most of the visitors to my site were following the link from my Japanese blog (oktak.exblog.jp), and probably about 80% of sales were to Japanese customers.

I checked out Etsy with great excitement, as I don't think there was a site that specialized in selling and buying handmade goods before Etsy. When I did, I was taken back by the low prices, and had doubts that it was the right venue for me. 

It took me about a year to finally open a shop in September 2006. I thought I'd test the waters by listing things that didn't sell on my own site.
Despite my naïve expectation that sales would be rolling in as soon as I opened my shop, nothing sold for the first two months! My main focus remained on my own site, and I didn't pay much attention to my Etsy shop until 2007, when suddenly, my items started popping up on the front page. This of course led to more sales, and I began to see the immense potential that Etsy had. 

embroidery floss 

2. What got you started in your craft?

My baby.
I worked for the Japanese Foreign Ministry before I had my son. It was a very demanding job, both physically and mentally. I hardly saw my husband during the week because I worked so late every night. It was fulfilling in a way of course, but very tiring and stressful.

When I found out I was pregnant, I decided I didn't want to continue that life style, and started thinking about a different career that was more compatible with family life. After my son was born, I dabbled in translation, and translated books from English to Japanese while caring for him at home.

One day, when my family and I were walking around East Village, I peered into one of my favorite shops that sold handmade bags. As I was admiring the bags, my husband said, "If you love it so much, why don't you do it yourself?" - this was an eye-opening moment.  I'd always loved designing and crafting, but never thought I could pursue it as a career. It suddenly dawned on me that there wasn't any reason why I couldn't.
Soon after that, I enrolled in a course in handbag design and construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

just a sampling of current coin purse designs

3. Who or what influences your style the most?

I'm not sure, but I love the bold colors and motifs of the 60s / early 70s, and the clean, simple aesthetics of Japanese and Scandinavian designs.  I also love the unusual and striking color combinations in traditional kimonos, and the happiness and freedom that I see in my kids' art work.
There are so many things that I find fascinating, that I really don't know what influences me the most.  

Aki's Muji notebook filled with her sketches and designs

4. How do you stay focused and motivated?

I try to think ahead and scribble new ideas in my 200 page MUJI notebook whenever something pops up in my head.  When I'm not focused or motivated, I look at that notebook and remember all the ideas I wanted to work on. 

the workspace

5. What would be your insight on " Keys to Success on Etsy"?

I think of my Etsy shop as a garden. If you don't tend to it every day, weeds will grow all over it, bugs will eat up the leaves, and the flowers will wilt due to lack of water. Even if it's just switching your 'featured items' or relisting expired items, you need to do some work on it each day to keep it from getting buried, both on Etsy and on major search engines.

Because Etsy is a huge site now, success relies heavily on how much exposure you can get.
Here are some ways I try to maximize exposure:
1. Add new listings as often as possible.
2. Try to make well-curated treasuries, supporting other shops and showcasing my style to the best extent possible.
3. Improve photography. ( I am constantly thinking about new angles/ backgrounds I can experiment with.)
4. Think one season ahead, and try to introduce new products on a timely basis. ( eg. listing items related to a specific holiday at 4 to 8 weeks in advance.)
5. Never say no to requests for interviews.

Having said that, the greatest key to success is your product. Before everything else, you must have an attractive product. I constantly ask myself why certain products sell more than others, what I should make more of and what I should discontinue, how I can be more unique and produce higher quality products. It's always important to look at your shop with the most critical eyes.

Oktak important information:
Owner : Aki
Founded: September 21, 2006

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"cooking", "kitchen"

New Year's Resolution: Cook More!

1. Vegetable Garden Reversible Apron by oktak
2. Porcelain Serving Bowl in Chartreuse by L & M Studio
3. Set of 3 Dipped Wooden Spoons by Wind and Willow Home
4. Garden to Table Screen Printed Tea Towel by Homesteading Roasters

After an amazing 36 hr run of feasting, I'm stuffed!  Our festivities began on Christmas Eve with dinner at my mom's.  My mom loves to cook and even though there were just 3 of us, we had enough food for 6!  She made a delicious meal of pan sauteed haddock with a creamy mustard sauce, salad, roasted potatoes and squash, and roasted asparagus with almonds. Not to mention dessert - which I'm still snacking on - gluten & dairy free brownies with walnuts!  Christmas Day involved more eating as we started the day with homemade gluten & dairy free pumpkin spiced almond muffins - hubba, hubba!  They were amazing.  All this cooking, baking and eating has ignited a somewhat shoved aside passion of mine - spending time in the kitchen and making delicious food!  I love to cook, but often times get stuck in a rut and make the same thing over and over.  So cooking never gets shoved aside, but the passion part does.  So - for one of my New Year's Resolutions - I'm putting down "Cook More"!

Every cook needs the proper utensils and accessories to get ready and inspired - what's not to love about the adorable reversible apron by Aki of oktak, I think I'd wear it around even if I weren't cooking because it's so cute!   I love the simple beauty of Wind and Willow Home's hand dipped wooden spoons as I feel that surrounding yourself with beautiful items helps to feel inspired.   I have a great collection of serving bowls - big, small, vintage, handmade, pink, green, lots of colors - each one with a different mood and feel.  I have yet to add a porcelain item to my bowl collection, so I'm turning to Meg and Lucie's shop l&m studio for this gorgeous chartreuse footed serving bowl.  Something about porcelain just makes me happy - add the green inner glaze and I'm like a happy cow at in the pasture.  Finally, one of the most essential tools in the kitchen?  A tea towel!  I've chosen this lightweight 100% cotton tea towel with a botanical print by Mandy of Homesteading Roasters - I like to make a mess when I cook, but I also like to clean up with a sparkle.

I've put together a collection of kitchen goodies all from Etsy right here.  I'm ready to make more time to cook with passion in 2013 - what about you?

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