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Benton + Clo Custom Lucite Trays

 

You all know I’m a bit obsessed with Lucite lately.  Today is no exception.  Pursuing Etsy is a series in which I feature an Etsy shop that has caught my eye.  I’m positive Benton + Clo will catch your eye, too.  Take a look at these custom acrylic trays with interchangeable inserts!  That’s right!  Change the insert to complement your evolving decor!  Or change the insert depending on your mood!  LOVE-IT!

 

 

Kasey Boone is the woman behind Benton + Clo.  She is located in Richmond, VA, so right away she got Brownie points from me: a Virginia girl and she has the same name as my little sister!  She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her business, even though she is about to give birth to her second child any second!  (Girl! Get some rest while you can!).

Pursuing Vintage: Your trays are beautiful! How did you get started?
Kasey: Thank you! I actually was searching for something for myself, and couldn’t find it – so naturally {I’m do-it-yourself to the core} I decided I should create it. Designing patterns and prints has always been a passion of mine – it’s just until this point I had only been designing paper goods with them. Now I’m having way too much fun exploring the home decor category!

Pursuing Vintage: Does the name Benton + Clo mean something specific?
Kasey: Benton is my first born – he is just about to turn two, and we’re expecting another any day now actually! Her name will be Chloe, but Benton tends to refer to her as “baby”, “coco” or “clo”. I really wanted the line to be something close to my heart, and nothing is closer to my heart than these two.

Pursuing Vintage: The tray inserts are a genius idea – they make the trays so versatile! What inspires your insert designs?
Kasey: There are of course a couple of key fashion designers that I’m in love with {namely Kate Spade, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch…} but ultimately I design the trays based on textiles and colors that I see and love in the every day. For instance, I fell in love with pinstripes when I was decorating our new house, so there they are in my shop. My husband and I met in North Carolina – and the fact that I love ocean-inspired colors led me to incorporate “sea foam” green – so the concept evolved into “sea foam green pinstripes”.

Pursuing Vintage: Do you have a favorite (insert design)?
Kasey: Sea foam green pinstripes with Chloe’s name in gold.

Pursuing Vintage: What is your favorite use for the tray?
Kasey: Right now, it’s become the ultimate “nursery catch” and closet organizer. It’s perfect for the newborn diapers, wipes container, creams, lotions, powders on Chloe’s {future} diaper changing table. And I’ve got about three in my bedroom, one as a clutch organizer in the closet, another one with about ten books that I {sincerely} plan to read this summer on the bookcase, and one on the bathroom counter {where the general rule is, if it doesn’t fit on the tray…it doesn’t belong on the counter} haha.

Pursuing Vintage: You also have a stationary shop www.confettigrey.etsy.com. Does one inspire the other? Do you see overarching trends?
Kasey: Yes, of course! Sometimes you’ll see a pattern that’s a part of the Benton + Clo collection, as an envelope liner in the Confetti Grey stationery line, or a monogram on Confetti Grey cocktail napkins incorporated into a tray! As far as trends…stripes, stripes, stripes – every girl seems to love the preppy stripes right now!

Don’t you agree that these trays are fabulous?  I know I need one!  Be sure to check out Benton + Clo to see the other great tray designs.  And, Kasey is offering FREE SHIPPING on your order of a large tray until April 5th with the code PURSUINGVINTAGE.  (Thanks Kasey!).

You can find Benton + Clo on Etsy and Facebook!  Please head over and take a look around!

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Last November I did a post featuring Etsy shop Mapleton Drive.  Remember these fantastic boxes?

 

 

Well, run on over to One Kings Lane today and check out Kelly’s beautiful boxes included in their Lust List Sale!  Congratulations, Kelly!

(By the way, I have one of Kelly’s lucite square boxes (like the pink one above), and it is just a fabulous business card holder.  It looks amazing on my desk and I highly recommend it!)

 

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A person’s decorating taste and preferences change over time. Mine have changed a lot this past year. I’ve redecorated the majority of my downstairs living space. I’m finally happy with it!
But then the Christmas season happened. Or is happening.
I’ve pulled all of the holiday decor out of the plastic bins, and just kind of thrown it all up. My sons have loved having the whole nutcracker collection out on display. And the fabric snowman. And the Feliz Navidad singing chihuahua. And the miscellaneous other decorations that have accumulated through the years.
You don’t get a visual. I’m sorry. I’m too embarrassed at my lack of pretty holiday decorating to take a photo.

So, I’ve decided that it’s kind of too late to do anything about it this year.  It is what it is.  But next year, things will be a-changin’!

I’m going to try incorporate more vintage into my holiday decorating.  I love it every other time of the year, why not at Christmas?  I don’t have to be stuck with what I pick up on my weekly Target runs, I can scout Christmas decor all through the year as I’m out pursuing vintage.  I went to Etsy for some inspiration.

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Large Brass Deer, Vintage Ornament Wreath, Black Leather Skates, Gold Snowflake Tumblers, White Satin Ornaments, Vintage Books, Yankee Clipper Sled, Scalloped Bowl with Ornaments, Deer Candle Holders

Some of these ideas are so simple – the books, filling a pretty bowl pretty vintage ornaments.  And some require some hunting – the brass figures and glassware.  These are not rare items.  Just fun and beautiful vintage holiday decor.  Classic.  That’s what I want.  A sophisticated and classic Christmas home.

Do you think the Feliz Navidad chihuahua will need to find a new home next year?

~Kristen