Archive | April 2013

The Inspiration behind Ex Voto Vintage….

  • TRUNK SHOW

We are pleased to be Tallahassee’s exclusive retailer for Ex Voto Vintage Jewelry. And with Mother’s Day right around the corner we are hosting an Ex Voto Trunk Show this Thursday through Saturday, May 2nd – 4th at our 1495 Market St. location. Sometimes our Mother’s Day shopping elves need a little help getting pointed in the right direction and we want to make it easy for them.

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  • WHAT IS EX VOTO?

Ex Voto is based on classical design, yet it is in no way predictable. It is vintage patina expressed in a way that is current and  fresh. Each piece of Ex Voto is as individual as the woman who wears it, and when  she sees the one for her, she is smitten. She feels as if she has found a treasure.

Ex Voto jewelry designer Elizabeth Adams grew up surrounded by art. Her family home was a revolving art gallery of her father’s paintings and her mother’s hand-woven textiles. She was taught to see the beauty of the Creator in all things and, on those lazy Southern summer afternoons, to “go do something creative.” Her inspirations, now and as a youngster, are often found in things from the past. The house in which Elizabeth was raised was built in the 1920’s and is but a few blocks from the Montgomery home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.  Time spent in the antique shop owned by her best friend’s mother was where Elizabeth believes she developed her eye for antiques and the deep appreciation for that warm patina that comes only from time.
The architecture student, turned educator, turned jewelry designer continues to find vitality in creating. Creating beautiful paintings with watercolors, hand sewing for her children when they were young, always needing to keep her hands busy.MG_0196-1024x682

After her youngest child died from a brain tumor, her hands needed busyness to bring solace. Elizabeth began layering paints and mixing different media, such as vintage jewelry and brass pieces, and this became her outlet. The collages brought focus, creating one from many. Changing the format became healing. This “pushing it around”, as her father would say, led to revelation; her collages looked more like jewelry. So, she sat down at her dining room table and began creating necklaces from vintage pendants, keys, medals and lockets. Lockets hold special meaning for Elizabeth. When she was born, her father’s mentor gave her a beautiful locket that contained a blessing, “May your life be as beautiful as you are”. Elizabeth knows that life is not always easy, but it can be beautiful.
And so Ex Voto, which means offering of gratitude, was born. As Elizabeth’s friends, and a few strangers, complimented her on these unique pieces she was creating, she began making necklaces to sell. The dining room no longer could contain her growing business as all pieces are handmade, and so she opened her studio and showroom in 2011.

Each Ex Voto piece is hand made in the USA and a portion of each sale is given to The Cure Starts Now Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research. A small brass charm inscribed with one of four blessings comes inside the lockets in the Ex Voto limited edition collection. The Couture to Cure collection is a special collection made from pieces chosen by Elizabeth out of her private collection; all proceeds from the sale of these pieces go to The Cure Starts Now.

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Chamber Award Finalist

2012 Finalists - Health & Wellness

We are proud to be a member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. The continual leadership and support the Chamber delivers is worth so much to our small business.  This year we are most honored to be named as a finalist in the Chamber Awards 2013. Small business is hard work, but we love what we do and we love our customers. Thank you Tallahassee!

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Gina Proctor Named to Cinda b Design Advisory Board

                      BUSINESS NEWS

Bedfellows Owner Gina Proctor Named to Design Advisory Board for Atlanta-based Cinda b Headshot 2012-7

 TALLAHASSEE – Gina Southerland Proctor has been named to the Design Advisory Board of Cinda b brand handbag, travel bag and accessories. The MADE IN THE USA product is one of the fastest-growing in the industry combining bold unique modern prints with casual chic functionality. 

Made in the USA
For founder Cinda Boomershine, it was as important to produce American handbags as it was to create American jobs. Teaming up with one of the most experienced, well-known handbag sewing companies in the country, each and every cinda b product is proudly made in Fort Wayne, Indiana. One of the fastest-growing handbag, travel bag and accessory companies, cinda b combines bold unique modern prints with casual chic functionality. All products are made from the latest poly/nylon fabrics, making them durable, water-resistant and machine washable.

Gina Proctor teamed with cinda b in 2011 to bring the best lines to Tallahassee. “Our customers love the cinda b handbags and travel bags for themselves and for gifting. Because the bags are both durable yet soft enough for monograms, the fashion forward styles have been well received. The fact that they are made in the USA is important as well for our national economy.”

Cinda
With a passion for color and design, Cinda Boomershine started her interior design firm in 2002 in Atlanta. After earning industry recognition for her fresh and functional approach, Cinda joined the cast of TBS’s Movie and a Makeover as the on-air design expert for 8 years. Running from client to client, and all places in-between, Cinda found herself searching for that perfect, everyday bag that was just as stylish and fun as it was versatile and functional. In 2004, she launched the cinda b brand.CINDA-B-USA-LOGO_small

Casual Chic
Cinda finds inspiration for her designs and patterns in all facets of her life, from her frequent travels to classic artists and modern fashion trends. The silhouettes for her handbags and accessories are born from her own on-the-go lifestyle. Always looking forward to next season, Cinda’s search for inspiration is unending, and her unique styles, fashionable patterns and fun color ways give fresh meaning to “casual chic”.

Gina Proctor is pleased to be part of the cinda b Design Advisory Board saying, “I met Cinda last summer and so connected with her. I look forward to teaming with Cinda and the Design Board on product style, design features, color ways and more. This is an exciting opportunity!”  This brand offers hundreds of style and color combinations. The product is carried in more than 1,000 specialty shops and boutiques in all 50 states. To view the product locally visit Bedfellows, 1495 Market St., Tallahassee, FL. 850-893-1713

a day in the life of Gina!

Periodically we want to highlight a day in the life of Gina Proctor, owner and chief bottle washer at bedfellows; wife and mother of two!

Now life can be measured by the fun we share with friends and family and how we respond to the surprises that come our way- both in retail and at home!  And as many know first-hand, balancing a professional career and a treasured family life can often become a bit challenging to say the least.  Amazingly however, Gina handles it all with a great attitude and a house full of laughter.  We love her, and we love the stories she shares about her children, Anna Grace (AG) and Henry (H).

This morning was yet another adorable adventure with H aka “Robin” as testified by Gina’s morning post, “I took “Robin” to school today! I know we will miss these simple days! If only life stayed this easy!” (G)

Henry aka Robin

What a wonderful way to start the day! Thanks H for the adorable smile!

pillows that pop with personality!

kayakCozy and inviting, woven cotton and wool micro-hooked decorative pillows charm with cheerful colors and playful patterns.

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Annie Selke has gotten crafty with these distinctive pillows, featuring acrylic embroidery on her signature indoor/outdoor polypropylene. Bold beauty for the bedroom, the backyard, and everywhere in between! Hoseable and bleachable. Air dry. Do not machine wash or tumble dry.

Flora Crewel Navy Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

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Poppy Fuchsia/Blue Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

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StripeFlowerBlue[15091]Stripe Flower Navy/Light Blue Indoor/Outdoor Pillow – Pillows that pop with personality? We’ve got ‘em, like this cheery number in shades of grass, lemon, crimson, and tangerine. Spot clean. Professional cleaning recommended.