Category Archives: inspiration

What’s New with Simon+Kabuki

Screen shot 2014-06-25 at 9.34.04 AMWe have several new products that just launched and a lot more in the pipeline. Our agent just returned from the Licensing Show and is meeting with a company about a possible bedding line. So exciting! Hope it goes through. For the last year or so we’ve been working on new check and accessories designs and new phone and tablet cases. Here are some of our fun new designs. The cases can be found here and here. You can find all of our check designs at

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SURTEX – Are you going next week?

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Are you going to SURTEX next week? SURTEX, May 18-20, is the big art and licensing show held in New York every year. We have lots of new stuff that will be at the show, new design collections, bedding, dishes and other fun stuff. Our agent, Jewel Branding, just did a huge overhaul of their website and now you can register to see all of our portfolio in one place. Check out their site if you get a chance, it’s great. You can also see our new brand sheet below. We hope you have a chance to swing by and say hi, check out some of our new art and pick up a snazzy little S+K note pad. See us at Jewel Branding, Booth 406, May 18-20.




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Comfy Guest Room

My daughter went away to college and when she didn’t move back home after the first year my sons went on a campaign to put a pool table in her room. So we did. After 4 years away, she came back home for a few months until she could afford her own place. Since her old bedroom is now the Pool Room, she moved into our guest room. With her effin’ cat. Who tore up the carpet trying to escape.

This is how a lot of my home projects start, with one repair that snowballs into a total makeover. I figured if I have to replace the carpet, I might as well paint while the room is empty. And now that I’m painting a new color I’ll have to get new bedding. And since I’m starting over, I might want to rearrange the furniture because I haven’t hurt my back lately.

Vintage-y guest room

Vintage-y guest room


Sitting area, comes with a free dog.


Vintage family photos mixed with antique prints warm up the room.


Homey collection of prints and photos in a simple arrangement.

The afternoon sun shines on the bed so this room might have to double as the Afternoon Nap Room. Now I just have to redo the attached bathroom, stay tuned!



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Setting up a Home Office

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We’ve decided that when our lease is up at the end of the summer, that we will move our office to our homes. Erin and I live within a mile of one another so getting together for meetings and brainstorming will be easy. Most of our corporate clients no longer come to our office. We either go to them or everything is done by email. Our licensing manufacturers are all over the country and world so we get together with them only occasionally at trade shows. It’s a changing world we live in.

One of my problems with moving my office to my house is that I won’t have a dedicated room just for my office. I will need to have a multi-tasking area, like the corner of my bedroom or my living room. It will be a big adjustment but will also save us some money (rent, insurance, phone bills, etc.). I’ve just started thinking about some space ideas and also getting to the difficult task of cleaning out an office that has accumulated 20 years worth of stuff! Here are some ideas that I really like. I’ll keep you posted with before and after pics when I finally get around to making changes at home. And check out my Pinterest board for my ideas.

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