From Patrick Swayze buttons to hairpins boasting psychedelic prints, designer Molly Gaines of Vivi Dot crafts her handmade goodies in a home studio as quirky as her retro-inspired line of accessories. This Seattle resident named her company after her grandmothers — Vivi and Dot — whom she credits for her creative moxie and sense of humor. Between crafting and creating, she invited us in for a virtual tour of her stylish space!
“My house and my line of accessories are all about pattern and color,” Molly says. “I love to brighten up a room with a vibrant table or bold wallpaper just like I love to add pops of color and pattern to an outfit with a bright, eye-catching necklace.”
“I love using color and statement pieces throughout my house, but I try to balance that out so no one place is overwhelmed with stuff. I allow myself to break that rule in my office. It’s filled with a combination of tools and items I need to run my business and items that inspire me to create — quirky, colorful things I’ve picked up over the years at vintage shops and craft fairs.”
“This work table is where most of the Vivi Dot production occurs. I’ve got all of the supplies I need at an arm’s length. I also have my collection of tiny, fashionable outfits from Japan on display.”
“When I lived in San Francisco I’d pick up these little fashion outfits at various stores that carried Japanese products. They come in a box that doesn’t say which outfit it is, so you just have to hope it’s one you don’t already own. The little light on the dresser even turns on!”
“SF really was the perfect place to start Vivi Dot and get my feet wet in the thriving local craft scene. Now, I live in Seattle in a neighborhood called Ballard. I love the combination of being able to walk to boutiques and restaurants while living on a quiet block with a chicken coop in my backyard. The seasons and all the change in color associated with them is my biggest source of inspiration these days.”
“I just hired my first employee, Lily, so I reworked this space to add in a desk for her. I organize my findings in that awesome, mustard yellow metal container that I bought at The Apartment in San Francisco.”
“These drawers are just perfect for storing all of my inventory and packaging needs.”
“These are all of the solid colors I use in my collection, usually as accents to patterns or to cover in lace.”
“The hand-painted 500 Club tin is from a friend. It’s where my husband and I met! Our whole bathroom is another remodeling project that we’ll take care of in the next few years. In the meantime, I covered up the floral tile pattern with some bright fabric dots. It’s much more ‘us.'”
Thanks for the tour, Molly!
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