Lots going on in the Hood

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I cannot believe it is May, and we are flying through this month. I have so many projects going on I cannot keep up. I am the bottleneck in my company running smoothly. I should seriously get written up or something, but there is no time for such things 🙂

Right now I am juggling 17 design projects. That does not even count 2 BIG exciting projects, that are still being planned out or all the proposals I am working on or recently sent. Plus the website re-design and me trying to find time to create my own art just for me to push myself, which seems to never happen. Where oh where does the time go?

I could work all day everyday and never catch up. I usually have to leave it up to the universe to decide when I am not going to work and usually it does when I least expect it. Like when I was out of town, I took my laptop and my top 3 critical design projects that HAD to get finished while I was away. Photoshop on said laptop would not work, no matter what, so instead I laid by the pool for 4 days and enjoyed it. Then had to stay up all night when I got back to do my 3 critical projects, but oh well.

Now I am back to running 1000mph.

So, while I have been lost in my work and not paying attention to…anything else…a bunch of press has been piling up.

I already had a bit which you can see here, here, and older stuff here.

First up:

Mountain Living. May/June 2012. I am honored to be in a magazine that features that cute of a dog on its cover.

Next up: Luxe. One of our wallpapers was picked for the Materials section in the wallpaper issue. We also had 5 designs being considered for one of the regional covers, but unfortunately they didn’t use any of them. I know it was probably because they were SO AMAZING, your brain would explode when you saw the cover and then you wouldn’t be able to buy the magazine. The people running Luxe are pretty damn smart.

I will say that I know that they mocked them all up, I would kill to have those mock up images just to see how it looked 🙂

Here are the non Black Crow Studios covers of Luxe for the Los Angeles area and the National cover.


You can see a 2″ section of a 15 foot wallpaper design. It is the far left on the first page and the top left on the 2nd one.


It is not a big picture, but I will most definitely take it and am honored to be included amongst the 16 or so designs picked. Here are a couple images of the actual design so you can see a little bit more than the magazine shows. It is one of my personal favorite wallpaper designs we have.

I did a little interview and photo shoot for Angeleno Interiors.

It came out and then I found out it was also in Riviera Interiors. That would be the Orange County version of the mag. So that was kind of cool. A nice little write up and the wallpaper looks pretty sick in the photo. I think it turned out really well and so if you can get your hands on a copy you should!


Lastly, BCS was featured in D Home magazine. It is a Dallas based magazine and they were interested in putting our stuff in the mag and then saw that I grew up in Dallas, so it was meant to be.

I told you it had been piling up! I have to get all of this added to my new website and on Facebook now, but at least you all know it is out there.

It has been crazy to get all this magazine attention, especially since I don’t work with a PR person and I didn’t initiate contact with any of the magazines. They were contacting me. Thank goodness because I have been way too busy to even think about getting press, let alone making it happen.

Cheers to all the magazines! I am truly honored to grace your pages. xoxo



Published in Canadian House and Home March 2012 issue!!

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This year is starting off great! We were published for the first time in January see oh.my.god post. Then a couple of weeks later we were published in Canadian House and Home and we have been so swamped with projects, proposals and requests I am just now getting it posted!!

So here it is! They chose to feature a design stretched on canvas for their Colour Issue (very fitting I think). To subscribe to the mag, purchase individual copies, or get the ipad app go here.

A big THANK YOU to Canadian House and Home for including us in the issue!!



Filmore Clark!!!

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A few weeks ago the wonderful Lee Nicholson, owner of Filmore Clark whom I met via twitter, told me she was having a little summer party and wanted to know if I wanted to put a wallpaper design up in her showroom. I was totally excited!! I went over there and we decided on doing something for a window that looks out onto a construction site and a wall that she can’t hang any tile on.

I went back to my studio, came up with a bunch of ideas and she made a decision. I was actually surprised that she picked these two because I presented quite a few safer options, but these really made a statement and had a slight street/graffiti vibe to them! I printed them on our self adhesive/removable/reusable wall covering so I could install it myself (the installers always make it look so easy to do). I had never installed this to a window before, but it was no problem and since it is slightly transparent you could see it from the outside at night when the lights in the showroom were on.

The wall we were installing on was a bit trickier than I thought. It is curved and it was f*cking hard to install on. That is why I always tell people to just hire a professional, it is faster and it is so worth it. They can do it in no time and they make it look super easy. I wrestled that wallpaper into submission (sort of). We got it up and it looked great (but don’t look too closely). Lesson learned (once again) always hire a professional. The party was a great success and I am glad I was able to be a part of it!

So if you want to see what the hell I do in person – head over to the Filmore Clark showroom in West Hollywood and have a look and then give me a call when you are ready to do your own.

Filmore Clark

607 N. West Knoll Drive

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Black Crow Studios is on Extreme Makeover TONIGHT!!

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So many of you know that a couple of months ago I reached out (over and over) again to Extreme Makeover Home Edition to pretty please use some of my wallpaper for their show!! Well they did, they used a lot of it and I almost had a nervous breakdown during the process. It was so much work and such a short timeline to get it done, but it got there and to be honest, I was so damn tired by the end of it that I didn’t care if they used it or not (so I said to my sleep deprived self)…thankfully they did. So, as of now I have not seen any pictures of the project, but the episode is going to air tonight! I will be getting pictures, but not until after it airs (so there are no spoilers). I will do another post when I get the images so you all can see exactly what we did and I will tell you as much as I can without getting in trouble about how it was working with the extreme makeover team. hint: they are actually super cool and work so hard it is kind of unbelievable. I don’t know how they pull it off week after week, I would be a walking zombie by 3 days into the season.

So, from what I was told this was the biggest build they had ever done because it wasn’t for a single family it was for a great organization called Girls Hope. There was some MAJOR weather issues that caused quite the commotion  so tune in tonight and see how it all went down for the 2 hour season premiere!! . Seriously you know you have nothing better to do (or maybe that is just me). Watch on ABC tonight 7pm/6 central.

Thanks as always to everyone for all the support over the last year as I got this little company up and running!!


Black Crow Studios on the TODAY SHOW!!!!

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ok, this is very exciting news and I have almost no information, BUT Black Crow Studios has a wallpaper being featured on The Today Show tomorrow morning – that is Wednesday 8/11/2010. I know the Today Show goes on for 4 hours and I am not sure what time it will be on, so I will be sitting on my couch watching the entire thing looking for our stuff. It is actually an in studio segment recapping the recent makeover for a teen room featured on Open House NY. Here is the link to the clip from Open House. http://lxtv.com/openhousenyc/video/10772

If you have stumbled upon our blog after seeing the segment you can go to the website and see more of our work here!!


Here is the link to the Today Show segment!! It looked great, I’m so happy! Watch it here!

Can Social Media help raise $$ for a project for LA Downtown Women’s Center??

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I was recently approached about working with the Downtown Women’s Center here in Los Angeles (servicing homeless women in the skid row area) on their big renovation Project Home. I’ll go into all the details in a minute, but the short version is DWC is well underway into a huge expansion project and I offered to donate a wallpaper to the reception area of the building.  As I met with the architect, the designer I am working with, and the director of DWC I learned that they had originally planned to have a large scale wallpaper on each of the residential floors just as you step out of the elevator. It was something they wanted to add to welcome home the residents.

Well, the budget for that has been reallocated to other areas of the building. When I heard that, I offered that if we can find a way to raise money to cover the material and printing costs I would design and take care of doing wallpaper for each floor. So, it is on me to raise the money and I thought at the same time this would be a great experiment on social media. Can we raise enough money for the project by just word of mouth(or tweet)?

We need to raise $2500 but I would love to raise $5000 and also do something special for the common living areas on each floor, but that is just a crazy dream at the moment. Anything that is raised above what we actually end up spending on the production of the wallpaper will be donated to DWC.

So, all I am asking from everyone out there reading this is to spread the word and make a small donation if you can. We are hoping that a lot of people will make small donations and spread the word until we meet our goal. How amazing would it be to see people from all over the world donating to help??

So there are a couple of ways to donate. You can click on the donate button below and make a donation of $5/$10/$20 or whatever you feel you can afford. This will come directly to our paypal account and will be flagged for this project. Unfortunately these will not be tax deductible donations. That has to be done through DWC. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation or just feel uncomfortable sending a donation directly to Black Crow Studios then please contact Brooke Lykins, the Capital Campaign Manager, brookel@dwcweb.org or 213.680.0600 ext. 203 and let her know it is for the wallpaper by Black Crow Studios and she will make sure the money gets flagged for our project.

I am really looking forward to seeing how this works out and I am excited to see if we can meet our goal using social media! So please pass this around to anybody and everybody you can and urge them to make a small donation. Thank you in advance!!

So now you know what I am specifically raising money for, I am going to share with you the history of the shelter and the services they offer and I am sure it will touch you as much as it has touched me.

The mission of Downtown Women’s Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a  safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability and to advocate ending homelessness for women.

The following is copied from the DWC website:

Creating Safe Space for Women

Before DWC opened our doors in 1978, homeless women in the heart of Los Angeles had no place to turn for shelter and support.  Skid Row and its surrounding  streets were in every respect a man’s world — its shelters, pantries and social services accessible only to men.

DWC began as the result of one woman’s deep concern for the well-being of mentally ill women who found themselves destitute and on the streets of Los Angeles following the closure of psychiatric hospitals in the early 1970’s.

The Day Center

The majority of the women who drop in to the DWC Day Center live on the streets, in encampments, or in night-to-night shelters.  The Day Center provides a respite from the rigors of street life in a nurturing and safe community environment.  On average, 140 women a day drop in to the Day Center where three meals — breakfast, lunch and a hearty afternoon snack — are served seven days a week.  Women come to use clean, private bathrooms and showers.  They rest in day beds, use laundry facilities, make phone calls, secure a mailing address, or get a fresh change of clothes. Most participants of our Day Center endure the extreme stress and difficulty of life on the streets. Mental illness, substance abuse, physical disability, and victimization are their most prevalent and persistent issues.  Their individual stories, however, vary widely.  Some are second-generation homeless, having never experienced the stability of a home life.  Some gravitated to the Skid Row community after aging out of the foster care system, escaping violence, or as a consequence of drug addictions developed in their youth.  In contrast to our Residents, many Day Center participants are young – below the age of 30.

The Residence

DWC’s  Residence provides service-enriched, permanent housing for women who once lived on the streets.  Each Resident has her own private apartment with a refrigerator, desk, full-size bed, and closet.  Each floor of the Residence features a cozy community room with comfortable seating, a library, and TV, a common bath area, and a kitchen where residents can share in meal preparation and clean-up. On-site Residence Managers – available 24 hours a day – work with residents on an individual basis to assist in meeting each woman’s needs and goals, providing community building and other support services.  In addition, for many of our Residents, paying the nominal monthly rent is an important step toward self-sufficiency and regaining and reclaiming life beyond the streets. For formerly homeless women, the DWC Residence is home.  They are safe to create a community of friends and be part of a family that accepts and cherishes them.  Our goal is to help the women to break isolation by providing ample opportunities for residents to cultivate a sense of belonging – outings, celebrations and other activities encourage connection with other women.  At DWC, women gain a sense of safety and stability which encourages reconnection with a world that was once lost to them.

The DWC Residence contains 47 apartments, offering permanent supportive housing and a community environment.  Residents typically share certain characteristics – a mental illness, physical or emotional disability, and circumstances of aging and misfortune that have led to homelessness.  Even so, in important ways, they are a richly diverse population.  Differing socio-economic backgrounds account for a wide range of educational levels and life experience.  Some of the women have never held a job, as a result of mental and/or physical illness or having relied on husbands or other family members  for support.  Others have advanced degrees and progressed in professional careers before the misfortunes such as mental illness or domestic violence which led to their homelessness intervened.

DWC’s services include meals, personalized case management, a weekly on-site medical clinic, health workshops and screenings, computer literacy classes, government benefits advocacy, support groups, and job counseling.  Self-expression classes, art workshops, creative writing workshops, and poetry groups help women communicate feelings that are often difficult to express.  We celebrate every holiday and each woman’s birthday, and conduct outings to cultural venues. These regular social and cultural activities are designed to create a community for the women and our team of over 700 active volunteers.

Project Home is DWC’s dramatic expansion to:
– increase Day Center services by 75%
– increase housing by 158%
– open downtown’s first medical and mental health clinic for uninsured women
– launch an innovative social enterprise
—all in a LEED-Certified green rennovated historical building!

Then after all of that, they are going to renovate their current building and that is more housing for more women!

What do you Crave LA?

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I had a GREAT week last week!!!!! I have so many great things I want to tell you all about, I won’t go into a lot of details on some of them because there will be blog posts for each coming up. Plus if I say it all *out loud* on the blogosphere I run a high risk of jinxing all of it and that would just be tragic.

First big news is a phone call from a designer on a tv show doing a makeover of a room and she wants to feature one of my wallpapers!!! Woo Hoo!! the coolest thing is it would be on NATIONAL TV and she also happens to write for a big time blog and wants to do a post on the makeover and then later a 2nd post just about my company!! Double score! I don’t want to say any more because this project is a super tight turn around and I’m not 100% positive we will get it to happen this time. I am hoping so, if she is as on top of her shit as she seems we will knock it out of the park. So I am just going to leave it at that and hopefully have an update for your guys in a couple of weeks that all went well and look for our television debut! hehe.

That was Tuesday morning then I turned around and that night I had the Launch Party for the amazing Crave Los Angeles book that my little company was picked to be featured in. It  is such a cool concept, it features 125 women business owners and has a profile of their company. It was exciting to finally see this book come to fruition and it was amazing to see the women who were also in the book, as I am huge fans of some of the companies featured. It was also fulfilling to see my brand new little company sitting there amongst all the other very well established and kick ass companies that I look up to. The party was a blast and was completely PACKED! I ran into many friends and made some new ones too! So it all went better than expected, oh and I gorged myself on mini red velvet cupcakes…so delicious.

The great thing is I have copies of the book for sale if anyone wants one for $25 including shipping. More importantly I am sending them to all of my family!! 2 exciting things happened when I got home and was flipping through reading about all the cool businesses, (1) there was a furniture store called Weego Home (I love the store) and they had one of the pieces I made at Soicher Marin hanging above a bed in the store photo! (2) Melissa Joan Hart ummmmm….hello….Clarissa Explains it All for all you 80’s kids was featured in the book too, I guess she has a kid’s candy and yogurt shop out in the valley.

(terrible photos from my phone, I know.)

The last few things of my action packed week are only going to get a brief and very vague mention because they are still a ways from being official. I will do blog posts for each if they come through so you have all the details!!

1. got an email from a HUGE hotel chain that saw my stuff and took my info at ICFF!! I almost fainted when I opened the email saying they were interested and wanted to get more info….holy crapola…keep your fingers crossed it goes further than that!

2. went and toured a women’s center that is being opened in downtown LA and I am donating a wallpaper for the reception area, possibly doing a lot more through out the building, looking for sponsors or donations to offset costs to do a wallpaper for each floor. Lots more info coming about this one!

3. Have the owner of a very cool company flying out to meet me and we are going to hash out the details for a very exciting collaboration. I am so excited about it and I think it could be very good for my company…or disastrous…but fuck it, I’m going for it!

I know, I know, STFU, enough about me. I am just so excited that I started this little idea of a company 6 months ago and only really started pushing it about 3 months ago. To have all of this coming about is just bananas and I am very excited to see how it all plays out! You all will be the first to know what happens!