Wednesday, September 7, 2011

feeling the love!

Featured Vendor—Interior Bliss

August 31, 2011 | Filed In: Blog, Featured Vendor

Have you met Nutmeg, the Weimaraner? (She's pictured below, sitting pretty.) Then you've definitely set eyes on the Interior Bliss booth, a lovingly curated collection of reconfigured, recycled furniture and found objects from partners Kimberlee and Spencer.

Interior Bliss is more than a Flea stand—the business also incorporates interior design services that focus on the artful arrangements of objects both old and new, for residential, commercial and custom projects. Kimberlee (the designer and collector) and Spencer (the furniture-maker and woodworker) split their time between Hunterdon County in New Jersey and Manhattan (with weekends in Brooklyn, of course), working on a constantly changing collection of "cool junk," as Spencer calls it. For their picking excursions, they generally stay within a 200 mile radius of home, but Kimberlee admits that they have done some great buying as far away as Georgia and Vermont. When they first started at the Flea in the spring of last year, "initially we were just freeing up space in the barn," Kimberlee says, "but it was so much fun that we kept coming back!"

Their one-of-a-kind custom pieces, like the hand-painted, hand-pieced chairs, above, are striking in their sense of color, craftsmanship and creativity. On one of the hottest days this year, the pair cobbled together a makeshift shade structure of random objects and materials that rivaled any tent in town! It all fits neatly into their ethos of "recycle and reuse," where old objects are reconsidered, refashioned and given a new lease.

The Flea scene is surely part of the draw, with Kimberlee shouting out the real community between the vendors. "It is an incredibly talented and authentic group of artists, craftspeople and fashionistas… lest we not forget the incredible food! The energy is very positive and it is a great way to spend the weekend selling and enjoying the process." Visit their booth (they set up in both Fort Greene and Williamsburg regularly) and do your part to recycle and reuse.