Topic - Sustainability

Karen Starr

If This Wallpaper Could Talk - A new book project by Karen Starr and Shane Wynn

Posted October 31, 2016

The 2016 Knight Arts Challenge winners were just announced! Karen Starr and her project partner, Shane Wynn, were among 19 winners to receive a grant this year for their new book, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk".

The Knight Arts Challenge Akron is a $3 million, three-year initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts. The arts challenge weighs ideas and picks projects that follow three basic rules:
1. The idea is about the arts.
2. The project takes place in or benefits Akron.
3. The group or individual submitting must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation's grant.

This round, Karen and Shane submitted a proposal for a project called, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk." Part arts-and-culture book, part local history book, it will be rich with alluring portraits and lively stories providing a unique glimpse into Akron’s most interesting wallpaper from the past and the present, as well as the people who cherish it.

The duo will begin work soon on matching the funding and they are already receiving ideas for wallpaper stories to cover! 

To find out more information about the project or to tell us about a cool wallpaper story, check out the website:

Twitter: @ifthiswallpaper

Instagram: @ifthiswallpaper

Facebook: @ifthiswallpaper

To read about the other Knight Arts Challenge winners, click here.

(L to R) Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation; Shane Wynn, Karen Starr; Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation

Karen Starr

Get to know Norwalk Furniture - our locally-made upholstered furniture gem!

Posted May 31, 2016

Some of the Norwalk Furniture now gracing client's homes...
A sectional with a chaise lounge end.

As you may know, I strive to source locally-made items for my interior design projects. Up until three years ago, when I discovered Norwalk Furniture, I didn't have a way to sell new sofas, sectionals, and upholstered chairs to my clients.
I've been in love with their quality, environmental focus, great style and fabric selections, incredible comfort, and fair pricing ever since...

Check out this cool video about our buddies at Norwalk Furniture, just 63 miles up the road from us!

To view the video, click here.

To view their catalog and fabrics,  you can stop into Hazel Tree!

An upholstered bed and bed-end storage bench

 Curved contemporary sofa

 Sleeper sofa

Chairs, sofa, coffee table/bench, dining chairs