Pursuing Etsy — Benton + Clo

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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Geodes on One Kings Lane

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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Pursuing Etsy — Mapleton Drive

I am so excited about featuring Mapleton Drive today, that I can’t even wait to show you these creative and beautiful pieces!  Go ahead!  Take a look and get excited, too!

Orange Lacquered Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Black Lacquer Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Office Supply Container – Mapleton Drive

 

White Lacquer Round Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Crystal Druzy Lucite Napkin Rings – Mapleton Drive

 

Set of 2 White Lacquer Stacking Boxes – Mapleton Drive

 

Lucite Box with Crystal Cluster – Mapleton Drive

 

Pink Lacquer Box — Mapleton Drive

 

Lucite Jewelry Box — Mapleton Drive

 

Kelly Wheat is the woman with the vision behind Mapleton Drive.  With a background in the talent business and penchant for devouring fashion magazines, Kelly started creating her own jewelry pieces.  That’s right – jewelry!  Kelly’s decorative boxes are what brought me to Mapleton Drive, but then I realized that her awesome sense of style extends into beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and even hair accessories!

Black Tassel Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Crystal Quartz Cluster – Mapleton Drive

 

Long Green Malachite Earrings – Mapleton Drive

 

Huge Blue Geode Slice Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Mala Inspired Bracelet – Mapleton Drive

 

Green Adventurine Tear Drop Pendant – Mapleton Drive

 

Black Onyx Horn Earrings – Mapleton Drive

 

Turquoise Rock Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Big Pearl Hair Accessory – Mapleton Drive

 

Faceted Jade Rectangle Necklace – Mapleton Drive

 

Long Hot Pink Feather Earrings – Mapleton Drive

 

Isn’t everything amazing?  I love Kelly’s use of natural elements juxtaposed with bright colors.  So feminine, yet edgy.

I asked Kelly a few questions, and here’s what she had to say:

Pursuing Vintage: How did you get started creating such beautiful things?

Kelly Wheat: I started a year ago with my Etsy site, selling jewelry. Pushed by family and friends…. almost a dare really.

Pursuing Vintage: How did you bridge that into decor?

Kelly Wheat: I am addicted to fashion mags and have spent thousands of hours (and probably dollars) to reach the following conclusion: fashion, jewelry and home decor are all interconnected. Home decor trends start on the runway. It shares or even steals ideas, textures and fabrics from the fashion world. Here is an example. One day I just followed my creative fashion sense with a goal of creating something functional and cool to hide those ugly remote controls piled upon my coffee table. My solution: a decorative lacquer box with a natural flair. Bye Bye clickers!

Pursuing Vintage:  What a great solution!  So, I have to ask – why geodes?

Kelly Wheat: I love all elements of nature. Rocks and shells fascinate me by their beauty… I love them!

Here is Kelly’s remote box.  Stunning!

The Remote Box – Mapleton Drive

 

Are you smitten with Kelly and Mapleton Drive?  I know I am!  I think I’ll be hinting to my husband that he can start Christmas shopping for me here (Honey, that’s your hint– just click on any photo above and order it for me!).

Be sure to follow Kelly on Pinterest (obviously she has great taste! I can’t wait to see her pins!).  You can also follow Mapleton Drive on Facebook.

Now run on over to Mapleton Drive on Etsy and see all of the great jewelry and decor!

~Kristen