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THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

 
Did we ever tell you the story about how the friendship of Blik and Knock Knock began? Way back in February 2003 when Blik and Knock Knock were just wee ones, the two companies met at the San Francisco International Gift Fair. It was the first trade show for both companies. Jen Bilik (of Knock Knock) stopped by Blik’s booth because she was excited to tell Scott and Jerinne that Blik was similar to her last name – and at first glance she thought our name was Bilik. A fast friendship soon began and the trio realized they had both just started new ventures in Venice.

Over 10 years later, with two successful companies, Blik and Knock Knock are still neighbors and share a similar playful, witty style. Jen recently asked Blik for graphics to decorate her beachy Venice rental home. We were very impressed with the results and how the house now pops! And the best part is that anyone can rent the home. Check out the beach bungalow on Homeaway and spend part of your summer in sunny Venice, California.

THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

 
THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

 
Blik graphics used:
Bedroom: Rococo Pop by SCAD
Kitchen: Days Stuck in This Room and Hole to Another Universe by FUNBUS
Living Room:Verdant Flow by Rex Ray
Second Bedroom: Habitat ~ Pattern Wall Tiles by Threadless

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Happy New Year (yes, we checked and you can still say that until January 31st!) We’re back with a new Blik in our Homes. This time around we headed to the home of Blik’s PR and Marketing Director, Heather Koopman. We asked Heather to give us a tour of her sunny beachside home and convinced her charming kids to pose for a few pics.
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

“I live with my husband Michael and our two kids Sam (3 yrs) and Kate (17 mos.) We moved into the house three years ago after living in a condo in Marina del Rey. Moving from a one bedroom into a house meant we had a lot more wall space to cover. We’ve been fans of Blik since its inception (years before I started working here) and had tested out Organic, Eames Crosspatch and Fly in our old place.”

“The first Blik graphics were in Sam’s nursery (now Kate’s room.) Seeing that we live in LA, Blik was my go to option for what could safely hang over the crib. We picked Mel Lim’s Bambinis in custom colors. My thought was that they could easily work in a boy or girls room and I liked that the designs were kid-friendly, but not babyish. When Kate was born, we traded in the blue decals for pink ones. Now that she’s getting older, I’m thinking about what her next wall decals should be…”

“The painted striped walls are my favorite part of Sam’s room, but if you ask him he’d tell you the best part is the robot sheets. A friend recommended the robot and martian canvases from Oopsy Daisy and they turned out to be perfect match for his robot-themed big boy room.”

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

A stroll down the hall leads us to Sam and Kate’s playroom which is filled with brightly colored toys and what’s that we spy? A retired Threadless wall graphic, “The Day The Fire Brigade Went on Strike.” One of our favorites.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Downstairs leads us to the living room. Behind the couch are a series of photographs by Mickey Smith: Word Study and More Books. “We searched for months to try to find the right art for the living room. When we saw the Volume collection by Mickey Smith on 20×200 we were sold. Not only did the colors match the pillows to a T, but we loved the story behind it – an ongoing project documenting bound periodicals and professional journals in public libraries.”

Above the fireplace sits “Hannah” by LA-based photographer Alex Prager. “Michael and I went to Alex Prager’s first solo show in 2007 and it was love at first sight. We know that it’s the kind of piece that evokes a love it or hate it reaction.”
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Last, but not least we take a peek into the family room and kitchen where it’s clear that kids live here. Our eyes stop on the Slim Aarons photograph “Poolside Gossip” taken at Neutra’s famous Kaufman House in Palm Springs. We immediately have leisure-envy and wish we were sitting by the pool with a cocktail in-hand.
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

The kids break our trance and happily show off their easel where the budding artists are learning to color and paint. Hanging above the easel on an industrial metal clip is “We Are So Good Together” by Dylan Fareed, also from 20×200.
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

And what we assume is an homage to living close to the beach, the family has collected sand from various beaches both far and near. Ok, now that has us wanting to slip off to the beach.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Thanks for the tour, Heather. We’ll see everyone back in April for the next Blik in our Homes.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO-FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

In August, we gave you a look inside Scott Flora’s home and this time we are back with the other Blik co-founder, Jerinne Neils. We asked Jerinne to give us a tour of her sleek, Venice apartment.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

“After living in the infamous Oakwood section of Venice for 10 years, I moved into a new apartment complex in Venice designed by Kanner Architects with plenty of smooth walls perfect for Blik. My old place was where Blik was born. It was used as a testing ground for new products and materials and there was Blik everywhere – but not in a homey kind of way.”

“Now our office is where we do our testing so I bring only a decal or two home to live with for a time; I like the mix of Blik with other accessories and artwork. Right now I’m living with one wall decal (Mulher Skull which is so creepily cute, I like how you only notice them looking at you when the door is closed) and two Pattern Wall Tiles – Psychedelic Garden and Fishwall.

I’m thrilled with the Pattern Wall Tiles and how easy they are to install and the way they can completely change the look and feel of a room. Fishwall really warmed up my living area; I love it. And yes, that’s me in the Fishwall product shots.”
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 
Next to Fishwall in Jerinne’s living room, your eyes gaze up to the striking painting by LA artist Liz Brizzi. The bookshelf is sprinkled with various objects from Africa and Thailand. As a former food editor, she has (what looks like to us) an extensive cookbook collection, although according to her, that’s just what’s left of it.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 

That leads us to her kitchen, where “He is not hurt badly” by LA artist Walt Hall rests next to her stove and two African figurines. In Jerinne’s bedroom, a Psychedelic Garden wall tile frames her bed. We are digging artist Gene Guynn’s “Catching Bullets” on the nightstand. And as she mentioned, Mulher Skull peeks out from her bedroom sliding door.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 
Stroll down the hallway and you’ll see her Amy Ruppel collection. The pieces were the inspiration for working with Amy on a line of wall decals. Jerinne first came across Amy’s work through a mutual retailer, Velocity Art & Design, six years ago and has been collecting her work ever since. “Amy is an artist close to my heart, because of our shared Portland roots and she represents the transition from owning art to then working with that artist on a line for Blik.”

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 
Thanks for the tour, Jerinne! We’ll be back in January with another chapter of Blik in our homes.

Blik in Our Homes: Co-founder Scott Flora

As part of our extra special birthday month, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our homes. Every other month, we’ll take you on a tour through a home of one of the Blik founders or staffers. The first stop on our journey is the crib of Blik’s co-founder Scott Flora. While many of the walls in Scott’s house have Blik graphics, we present to you three distinct rooms.

In his living room, we see Hybrid Design’s “Heart Breakout” in a delicious cotton candy hue. The striking David Bray graphic “I Never Saw the Sign” is prominently featured on the back wall with a glimpse of “Anise” on the far right peeking in from another room.

His daughter Aja’s room is bright and cheery with “Flutter” decals by Christy Flora. In the midst of the butterflies, lies Christy Flora’s original handmade paper butterfly box.

Lastly, one can gaze into the large “Fernwood Mirror” in Scott’s guest bathroom. It adds a perfect touch of elegance and boldness to the space.

If there’s one thing you can learn from Scott’s home, it is you can never have too much Blik. We’ll be back in November with another chapter of Blik in our homes. Stay tuned!

Blik in Our Homes: Co founder Scott Flora“Heart Breakout” (left)  “I Never Saw the Sign” (middle) “Anise” (right)

Blik in Our Homes: Co founder Scott Flora“Flutter” Re-Stik                                             “Fernwood Mirror”

Blik in Our Homes: Co founder Scott Flora“Invisible Robot”

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