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After our amazing team Wyoming Adventure, we wanted to share Coral & Tusk’s new Outpost and exciting new fabrics and upholstered pieces with the rest of the West at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! This 4 day conference is an incredible exhibit of furniture makers, fashion design, and an amazing large scale Designer Show House where interior designers and architects create individual rooms of a house, all within the conference space. Wanting to venture into more upholstery and debut new ways to use our embroidered fabric by the yard, we really wanted some “WOW” factor for the booth!

Designer and owner Stephanie Housley got inspired by the gorgeous master bedroom makeover that Emily Henderson designed where she used Rebecca Atwood’s marbled fabric to upholster her bed in. We decided to tackle this gargantuan upholstery project and since we have an amazing builder on the team, our Director of Operations Aggie Armstrong, we enlisted her to make the wood structure base along with other structures to hold our fabrics and pillows for the conference. The amount of upholstering knowledge we had done between was minuscule, and did we mention the 3 day time frame we had to accomplish it?

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At left, our original inspiration from Emily Henderson of a wrap-around cushy headboard and footboard.

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Left: Stephanie’s work studio. Right: Aggie measuring and scheming.

For the bed, Stephanie had a vision of what she wanted in her home to be able to use after the Western Design Conference, a versatile yet striking combination of our Quill Slate Striae Linen and a new custom colorway, Quill Fog Striae Linen. This combo is a perfect starting point for layering many of our bedding and pillow options.

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Left: The custom Quill Fog Striae Linen colorway next to the Quill Slate Striae Linen.This sumptuous fabric was inspired by a Lakota garment that had used quills in the adornment and patterning. Shown on right: Lynsey, who heads the Fabric Division wanted to sew these fabrics together to look engineered in a perfect mirror, so straight pins were key!!

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Left: Sewing the big pieces for the headboard and footboard. Right: Coming together!!

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Here’s Aggie with the bed frame completed! Now we’ll take this apart to upholster each section piece by piece with the fabric we’ve just sewn together.

Coral & Tusk dolls at Grand Teton National Park and Sacred Rim in Wyoming

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The Coral & Tusk team just returned from a magical company retreat to Wyoming to visit founder and designer, Stephanie Housley at her new home! It was an experience of a lifetime and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to explore the landscape that is such inspiration for Stephanie, especially when she was designing our western themed collection.

We joined Stephanie at her new home in Bondurant. Adventures included exploring the Tetons, horseback riding, river rafting and an overnight in Yellowstone National Park! We spotted some amazing wildlife and were in total awe of the beautiful landscape. Bondurant is also near Jackson Hole, where we are delighted to have opened up our new Coral & Tusk Outpost!

We are so excited to share more of our daily activities and photos with you through this journal and guide, and are wishing a very Happy Birthday to our National Parks as they celebrate their 100th year this week!

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The entire crew of C&T pocket dolls joined us for the fun! See all of their travel photos on our instagram #coralandtuskretreat  |   Shop and collect all 10 dolls HERE

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Stephanie’s beautiful home and view

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Guest room with Pheasant Feather Left and Right Pillows, Large Feathers Lumbar Pillow and Plumes Yardage

Stephanie’s big move this summer to her new home in Bondurant, Wyoming was inspired by a trip that she took with her family when she was a child. They visited the national parks and Stephanie knew then that Wyoming would always hold a special place in her heart. She visited many years later with her now husband and then again when they were married. The search for a home of their own became a reality last year when they visited Wyoming again and fell in love with the small town of Bondurant. In fact, the Wolf Cabin Gunsmith pocket pillow is inspired by a cabin Stephanie saw while looking at houses during that very trip!

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Stephanie’s Drawing for Wolf Cabin Gunsmith pocket pillow

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Stephanie’s drawings, inspiration and process for Habitat series    |    Photo by Martin Scott Powell

Stephanie’s move to Wyoming has also grown to include a new Coral & Tusk location, the Jackson Hole Outpost! It opened in June and we are so excited to share this space with Susan Fleming of The Workshop! She is a longtime wholesale customer of Coral & Tusk’s and she’s made us feel so welcome out west!

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Coral & Tusk Outpost located at Workshop   |   180 East Deloney Avenue   |    Jackson, Wyoming

After Stephanie’s big move out West this summer, the entire Coral & Tusk team was fortunate enough to visit her on our very first retreat! Each day was filled with fun, exploration, and one of a kind experiences that will last a lifetime! We’re excited to share our daily journal chronicling each part of this amazing adventure!

CORAL & TUSK GOES TO THE GRAND CANYON!

In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial year, our Wholesale Manager, Alicia and our Owl and Bear Pocket Dolls headed to the high deserts of Arizona and Utah to discover the wonders of our country’s National Parks. Bear and Owl had their slingshot and binoculars in tow, while Alicia packed her hiking boots! They trekked, camped, and were awed by the incredible nature of the Colorado Plateaus!

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View from Point Imperial on the North Rim

After months of dreaming and planning, we finally flew out West to explore! Our first stop, THE GRAND CANYON! Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide in some areas. Words and pictures cannot capture the magnitude of the canyon!

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Travel has been and remains one of the largest sources of inspiration for what we create. As part of our Spring line we are thrilled to launch a line of travel accessories including tote bagspassport wallets and notebooks – a perfect way to collect and cherish mementos and memories!
So whether your Summer plans include a trip overseas or a day trip to the beach, we have selected some key items to accessorize any adventure.

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Embroidered Linen Lucky tote bag
Embroidered Linen Evil Eye pouch
Embroidered faux leather Luggage passport wallet
Embroidered faux leather Lucky notebook
Embroidered Linen Paco pal
Embroidered Linen Skipper Cat pal

Find more in our FEATURED items

and check out our gift guide for the traveler on our website


patches in the window of Hand & Lock, A hand crafted embroidery company since 1767

This spring we could hardly believe our luck to get to travel and sell our goods at Renegade Craft Fair London! It allowed us to meet some inspiring and talented makers, to introduce ourselves to new customers and get the chance to meet some of our existing ones in person.

Coral and Tusk Booth at Renegade Craft Fair LondonLauren and Stephanie setting up our booth at Renegade Craft Fair London

We are thankful to everyone we met for giving us such a warm RENEGADE reception! And a special thanks to our UK friends and shops like Gathered for connecting with us while we were visiting. It was such a treat to meet our pen pals and friends face to face- a HUGE thanks the Emily Chalmers  of Caravan for helping us understand the lay of the land- and to Jeanette Farrier for being a warm and familiar face! We were so happy to meet Amy Worrall and Zeena Shah and shop their booths.

 

Shoreditch LondonOur neighborhood in Shoreditch, approaching Arnold Circus

We had a great time staying in Shoreditch. It reminded us of Williamsburg, where our studio and showroom is located in Brooklyn full of artists, makers, and exciting new businesses and restaurants. We aimed to see as much as possible which meant running all over London – a highlight was definitely taking the bus! (see Stephanie’s drawing of kitty on the bus in our previous post here)

We visited some of our favorite Coral & Tusk stockists, had some amazing dining experiences, browsed in beautiful shops and viewed the work of some of our favorite artists and makers in person!

Not to mention the city itself — we absolutely fell in love with London and all of its neighborhoods. Islington, Notting Hill, Clissold Park and the list goes on!!!! It was an amazing trip!

There is endless inspiration to be found in London and it was no easy task, but we have compiled our top favorites from our visit and must-sees while visiting.

 

CORAL & TUSK LONDON CITY GUIDE