Local Artisans Featured in the
Spring Box Add-Ons:
Note Cards, Set of 6 - by Julie Norkus of St. Charles, Il.
After studying Art, Interior Design, and Business in College, Julie landed in the world of residential & commercial design, until starting a family in 2000. While a stay at home mom, Julie would sneak away to paint murals in friends’ nurseries and paint small canvas commissions here & there. Feeling the nudge to have a real business, Julie made the jump to painting murals and selling her children’s art at local Baby Shops in the Fox Valley area. 20 years later Julie has run the gamut from painting in many of the amazing homes in the Fox Valley area, doing one of a kind commissions, fabricating a line of custom serving trays, and everal other casual living home décor items.Her love of all things vintage inspires her easy-going style and painting of everyday objects. She keeps her paintings fresh, on trend, and not too serious. Her art is reproduced on Tea Towels, Pillow Covers, Stretched Canvas, Loose Reprints, and various other curated home décor.
Julie currently sells her art goods online, at local shops, and at artisan markets in the West Chicago Suburbs.
Candles - Sara of Jackson Rose Candles, St. Charles, Il.
Pillow Covers - Stephanie from Returning From Grace Designs, USA
Fabric Prints - Renay of Soot Studio, Geneva, IL.
After creating a process to make fabric-print decor for her own home, Renay started designing, printing, and selling images for every occasion - prints, prints on wood and even carved wood signs using a CNC machine. These "Simple Prints" are designed to be placed in a frame and changed from season to season for a quick decor update, year-round. Multiple images, like the botanicals, look great as a grouping in a larger frame. Renay works from her home in Geneva while juggling three very active boys, a traveling husband, and a sweet dog who thinks she should get at least 4 walks a day. Currently, she has over 200 images in her collection - all unique designs, many including elements curated by other talented artists.