Design Tips | Kaypee Soh Pillows

Looking to brighten up or update a room without spending a fortune or buying new furniture? Bliss 101’s newest pillow line by award-winning designer Kaypee Soh is the perfect solution! Inspired by Hawaii and the Pacific lifestyle, the completely hand-printed and hand-sewn pillows are a balance of bold patterns and colors with organic natural shapes and graphics.  With the soothing blues and neutrals to deep hues of greens and rusts, you can have the sandy beaches of Hawaii in your home all year long. Plus, every pillow comes with two different, coordinated designs on each side. You can continue to give your couch a fresh look just by flipping the pillow over!

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Reclaimed, Repurposed furniture designer Thomas Bina at Bliss 101

Thoughtfully designed and consciously created, Bina will change the way you think about home furnishings and lucky for you we carry lots of Bina and Four Hands at Bliss, including this bed headboard and frame!

Created by renowned eco-conscious furniture designer of 16 years, Thomas Bina, the namesake brand employs Old World, hand-crafted techniques using solid, reclaimed South American hardwoods, black walnut, ironwood, brass and blackened steel. From the collage of patinas (a result of the various species of wood used) to the steel and hardware, the collection is abundant with a sense of history and timelessness. Because every piece is crafted by hand, no two pieces are exactly alike.

Bina dining tables, dressers and nightstands are all the result of refashioned, reclaimed materials, including telephone poles, old barns and demolished buildings (which can be 1,000 years old). In certain cases, Bina takes reclaimed woods and combines these pieces with new American hardwood to lend the results a range of colors and dimensions.

Bina doesn’t stop at wood; couches made from recycled and repurposed canvas taken from original army and truck tarps are another item that certainly come with a compelling story. Whatever the project, Thomas Bina has a knack for beautiful yet discarded objects, favoring them to anything he could purchase new off the shelf.

Bliss 101 Proudly Launches a Photography Exhibit from Local Surf Icon Rob Machado

On Saturday, May 5th from 6 to 9 p.m., we will be launching an exhibit of select photography from local surf icon and Cardiff native Rob Machado during a free event that is open to the community. Bliss 101 will be the first and only local gallery to offer the surfer’s photography, a collection of images from Machado’s worldwide travels as well as his life in Encinitas and Cardiff, for sale to the public.

During this event, a percentage of proceeds from sale of Machado’s photography and autographed t-shirts will benefit the Rob Machado Foundation. The Rob Machado Foundation’s primary mission is to provide funding and initiate educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution towards a healthy earth. Locally, the Foundation supports various causes, including Cardiff SEA, a program of Cardiff Schools working toward enriching students’ educations through an array of green initiatives.

“I’ve been interested in photography for years, always taking photos on my surfing trips, but one of my favorite places to shoot is my hometown area in North County,” says Machado. “Because Bliss 101 supports local artists and the community, it’s a great fit to launch the exhibit of the images I’ve taken throughout the years.”

Machado will be present at Bliss 101 during the May 5th event to mingle with guests and personally autographed t-shirts and prints supporting the Foundation. The evening will include live music, food, drinks and face painters for kids, and Bliss 101’s own collection of locally sourced and reclaimed gifts and décor.

“We’ve wanted to showcase Rob Machado’s photography since we opened our doors in Encinitas over a year ago, so you can imagine how happy we are to be hosting this exhibit. Rob is an icon within the Encinitas community, committed to environmental philanthropy and giving back to his community – which is what we are all about,” says Helen Zeldes, owner of Bliss 101.

This event will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Bliss 101, located at 687 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite 151, Encinitas, CA 92024.

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