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Ship Wood Becomes Shop Wood at Aesop in Hong Kong   Leave a comment

Super short post today friends.  Just sharing a photo (or two) of the Aesop shop in Hong Kong via Remodelista.  Check out what reclaimed ship wood can become!


Photography via Cheungvogl.


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Posted January 30, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Swanky Packaging for Your Product   2 comments

Somewhere hidden within the 4 P’s of Marketing (Product, Price, Place, and Promotion) hides another very important “P”….Presentation.  Now their are many elements that come into play whether it is the arrangement of goods, display props, traffic flow, lighting, music, color scheme, and such, but in this little post I wanted to share ideas for packaging.  I am a sucker for good packaging. (*hanging my head in shame)  In fact, I’ll pay more for an item purely out of admiration for the packaging. I reason that much pride, thought, and love was put into the product nestled within and it presents a sense of added value to my purchase.  Packaging should be the supporting cast to the amazing things you create, so let me share a few ideas with you!

  • Butterfly Rice Tossers

Carefully folded papers with sweet embellishments make charming packaging.  Think of the fine art of origami and the precision of the folds. There are gazillions of templates online for all sizes and shapes of product.  Source materials such as free brown paper bags from your grocer, scrap fabric or bits of gift wrap. Posh Paperie designed the little lovelies below and you can find the tutorial here at Style Me Pretty.


  • Paint Chip Jewelry Packaging

Shauna and Stephen of Philadelphia, PA are a stinkin’ cute couple that met…get this…at a kissing booth in college.  Check out more at Somethings Hiding In Here.


  • Earth-friendly Packaging (with Gorgeous Type)

The creative packaging with hand-set vintage type was designed by Shauna and Stephen (again) for their line Forage Bow Ties.  They revive dead-stock fabric into charming accessories, their packaging is made with recycled materials and they design their own printing via old-school techniques. I told you they we’re stinkin’ cute…and very talented!


  • (Re)imagine the Humble Egg Carton

Soy candles and sprouts in ceramic eggs by Revisions Design Studio are nested softly in recycled egg cartons.  Michele Dugree of Marquette, MI recreates common objects into ceramic wonders and I love the purity and weight of her wares.  Although her business has grown tremendously, all products are still made lovingly by her own two hands. Check out her Etsy interview here.

REVISION DESIGN STUDIOAre you thinking outside of the box? (*pun intended) 😉  Send me photos of your packaging ideas at  I’d love to feature them here and pass on your ideas!



Posted January 19, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Luxurious New Starbucks in New Orleans Inspired by 1900s’ Merchant Stores | Inhabitat   Leave a comment

starbucksNew Starbucks in New Orleans Puts “Reclaimation” to Good Use!!! Vintage schoolhouse chairs, tables made from wind-fallen trees….it is a re-purposer’s paradise.

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Canal Street Starbucks New Orleans, David Borgerding, Jason Horton paintings, Tommy Taylor mural, NOLA Starbucks New Orleans, Mystic Blue Signs designs Starbucks sign, NOLA French Quarter Starbucks,

The back room of the store was designed to look like the merchant’s living space, offering a much more relaxed atmosphere. Vintage schoolhouse chairs around huge tables made from wind-fallen trees offer customers a comfortable place to work and socialize. It also features a large mural created by the artist Tommy Taylor, which references the New Orleans’ shipping heritage.

via Luxurious New Starbucks in New Orleans Inspired by 1900s’ Merchant Stores | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

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Posted December 13, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Green Business, Re-imagined

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Visual Merchandising with a (Re)Purpose   Leave a comment

This Wednesday, I’d like to share a few merchandising tips for your boutique or booth.  We know you work hard creating beautiful things for the world & those handmade lovelies deserve to be featured with a bit of creativity!  With respect to that, I’ve collected display ideas that utilize re-purposed objects to act as the supporting cast for your “stars” (i.e. the awesome things you make and sell).

First off, we have a wall display via Tymn Armstrong’s tumbler site.  It is compiled of salvaged wooden crates doused in vibrant colors.  The great thing about this option is that you can place merchandise inside or on top as well as hang pieces within (as shown) or underneath.  This type of merchandising offers good space management and saves valuable floor space.


Next up, I want to share a few ideas featured in Oh Hello Friend’s new retail shop in Fullerton, California. These folks really know how to use commonly found objects to showcase their wares.  Clipboards make simple wall displays for handcrafted prints, but you could also use them to hang necklaces and other fabulous bits of joy.  Vintage bread and muffin pans cradle collections of teensy things and provide organization while conveying a bit of “old school” flair.

If you are more of an outdoor merchandiser (think flea markets & festivals), you don’t necessarily have the luxury of wall space.  But guess what?  Old pallet skids lend themselves quite well to pop-up wall displays! The HomArt Showroom in Georgia state chose worn pallets as the back drop for their shop. I have to share some blog loving with SwirlMarketing for posting this idea (*virtual hugs).  Coupled with hanging grove baskets to hold their merchandise, this display makes good use of limited space.


If you’d like to feature a few baubles in a locked display case, but don’t care for traditional (& EXPENSIVE!) glass cases, look no further.  Cherish Designs‘ blog shared this re-purposer’s dream.  This old, over-sized lantern shown from Kris Lanae’s jewelry vignette is the perfect alternative and you can easily change out the latch for an inexpensive lock.


Create height and visual interest by pulling out that old step ladder and giving it a new life.  Leef Stand featured this (re)-imagined shop display recently and because I have a slight obsession with old ladders, I just had to share it with the crafty world.  While they use it to display quilts here, it is stellar for hanging hand embroidered linens, knitted scarves, and other textiles.  Use each rung as a shelf and/or attach hooks to the side for jewelry, hand sculpted mugs, painted tea cups, or hand-sewn holiday ornaments.


The final three images feature hanging displays.  Sometimes it is smart to create a backdrop for window displays or as added visual appeal within a boutique/booth.  The following all use simple, affordable (or free!), re-purposed objects to add a little vertical wonder to your shop/booth. Think outside of the box and beyond fishing wire when hanging objects.  Go for old neck ties, rusty bike chains, tangled yarn, or zip-lines.  Get CrAzY! Share your ideas by leaving a comment below!!!

Embroidery Hoops and Scrap Fabric via

Salvaged Glass Jars: Photo via Brandy Melville USA

Chair Legs, Spindles, and Wood Finials Via Anthropologie in Toronto (Yorkville)

Big thanks for visiting bibbie&blue today & happy merchandising you crafty devils!



Posted December 11, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Green Retail Merchandising Design   6 comments

One aspect I’ve always enjoyed whereever I’ve worked is visual merchandising and engaging clients through design layouts.  In this post I wanted to tip my merchandising hat to creative retailers that  incorporate up-cycling into their businesses.  From craft fair booths to brick and mortar businesses, let’s celebrate their innovation!

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The images above are posted at, a sassy little blog I stumbled upon.  Urban Heirloom, creators of “vintage and up-cycled bling” made fantastic use of salvaged materials to create a gorgeous booth.  I’m waiting anxiously for her Etsy shop to re-open! Pretty please?

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The photos (above & below) of this unique little pop-up shop are from Retail Design Blog and feature MOMO’s tiny shop made entirely of up-cycled materials in Hong Kong.  The shop was centered in the mall atrium & uses once-loved windows to let in tons of light.  Check out the beautiful floors as well.  The designer, Tong, even incorporated bubble wrap!  The temptation to POP! might prove too great to some, but I think it is pretty darn fun.

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Finally, below are images from a Camper shoe shop in Barcelona designed not only from salvaged materials, but also through coordinating and benefiting formerly homeless folks. featured this shop and the two masterminds,  Curro Claret &  Arrels Fundació in November of 2012.  

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When Camper commissioned Claret for the store design, he chose to hire employees that had been homeless in the past.  I think it was a lovely endeavor to use forgotten materials and allow at-risk folks to benefit from the skills learned in the design process.  What lovely worthwhile work and community involvement!

If you would like to share information on other “re-imagined” merchandising or store designs, leave a comment!  I’d love to do a “Part II” post 🙂

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