Saturday, February 11, 2012

Jarea Art in Coastal Living Magazine

At Jarea Art Studio, we love surprises - which is why we were so thrilled with the discovery that our little studio was included in a recent Coastal Living magazine feature.

The article focuses on a number of small towns located along the Bay of Fundy coast. The St. Andrews section begins with...

"This quaint seaside town erupts in a fall kaleidoscope of red, silver, and gold. Follow the treelined roads to the harbor on Water Street and shop for Greek sailor caps in Boutique La Baleine, crocheted scarves in Cottage Craft, homemade fudge in Scrooge & Marley’s, and local paintings at Jarea Art Studio."
We are so honored.

You can read the full article here:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Now that's what we call quality (floorcloths)

The owner of this floorcloth, just emailed us to let us know that her floorcloth looks as good today as it did when she first commissioned it -- 14 years ago!

Back then, this floorcloth appeared in a Good Housekeeping special interest publication called, Do It Yourself.

So thrilled to hear it has stood the test of time :)

For more on our floorcloths, visit: Jarea Art Studio Floorcloths at


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Building a Dream (Home Office)

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Our first home studio was in the basement of our house. It wasn't pretty, but it was workable. And the dog liked it.

Jantje, Andrea and Bodie - the wonder dog.

That was two moves and more than 15 years ago. Since then, our home offices and studios have been located in a number of spaces - from a dining room and a front hall, to a bedroom and currently, another basement.

Meanwhile, through the years, we've also been lucky enough to find locations away from home to use as work spaces. One in particular was really pretty dreamy.


Still, we always hoped for the ideal studio / office space in our own home. So, In our most recent house, Geoff and my dad revived a sagging shed to create a wonderful, bright space.

It also did double duty as a playroom and storage zone and was never quite large enough.

Fast forward to today. Geoff has been busy building a new house since November and we are scheduled to move in by the end of this month. It has the usual stuff - a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and a living room. But what makes this house so special, is the fact that it is a home built for (and by) artists. Not only will there be two dedicated studios, but also an office/small studio room. It doesn't look like much - yet. But it will.

Here's a sneak peek.