July 20, 2010
Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Renee From Crash Pad Designs
Today’s post is from Renee at Crash Pad Designs, a cool retro shop that offers some fantastic linens, textiles and homegoods. Renee was nice enough to answer some questions about her designs and her obsession with vintage, and send us some great pics. Enjoy!
Q: How did you get started designing?
A: I used to be a kindergarten teacher, so I have always been crafty. For years I’ve made different things and done craft shows for fun, but I have always wanted to be creative full time, and that has evolved into my textile design business
Q: What designs/products do you offer?
A: I design earth friendly retro textiles, and make lampshades,tea towels, dinner napkins, pillows and cocktail napkins. I will be adding wallpaper soon.
Q:What was your inspiration for your line of retro textiles?
A: I was inspired by my obsession for everything mid century, finding my perfect house that came with my perfect(not really,it needs work) 1963 yellow & white Philco electric stove, but mostly by my frustration with the cookie cutter options I found when I tried to decorate my new home. All I wanted was to fill my house with things that would make me smile. When I couldn’t find those things , I started making them myself.
Q: Which design is your favorite?
A: Right now homer is my favorite, but that always changes.
Q: Do you have any vintage or retro collections?
A: Of course! I told you, I’m obsessed. My favorite and the biggest is the one I share with my Beau, it’s our colored plastic radio collection. I also have a 50’s lamp collection and lots of mid century barkcloth,oh and rotary phones.
Q: Have you always loved retro/vintage?
A: Pretty much. It all started in high school, with vintage clothes.
Q: Describe your house right now.
Q: What is your favorite retro/vintage possession? What is the story behind how you came to own it?
A: I have to say it’s my Philco stove. After searching for a house for two years and seeing over 150 houses I was discouraged and afraid that my dream house didn’t exist. I walked into a house I wasn’t very enthusiastic about and, as silly as it sounds my life changed. We had to enter through the kitchen,and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Yellow and gray plastic tiled walls, immaculate white metal cabinets, a yellow double sink and my stove. Unfortunately, it wasn’t smooth sailing from there,we made an offer that was not accepted and had to walk away from my dream house. I had never been more dissappointed. Miracously seven months later my house was still waiting for me. I guess not everone was crazy about those yellow and gray plastic tiles. We made another offer and now it’s five years later. That first day in my kitchen, looking at that stove, I knew I was where I belonged.