Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lovers Lane

Lovers Lane was designed to showcase the friends in my life who share a special gift of creativity in the arts. Every week I look forward to introducing them to you; and I feel honored to have this space to celebrate them and all of their wonderfulness. But there are also people who I have crossed paths with in some random way, who I do not know personally, but who I have an immediate admiration and respect, for who they are and what they represent. They are the inspirations of my dreams. So recently, I have decided to get in touch with a few of "these people," and offer them a space on Vintage is for Lovers. Hey, why not, right!? We are all on this journey together . . . and mine would certainly not be as authentic without them.

Lovers Lane: Kim Ludy

Meet the most creative eye on Etsy, Kim Ludy of Trampoline. Kim has turned her lifelong Love of collecting antiques into one of the most successful and admired shops on Etsy.com. I vividly remember the first time I came across Trampoline, a shop that sells beautiful vintage and antique treasures, as well as Kim's original art. I was searching around for inspiration for my own Etsy store, when I saw one photo from her shop. I was immediately drawn, with mouth and eyes wide open, into her magical space.

Kim is a master of grouping together treasured objects and photographing them with exquisite detail and artistry. The literary definition of a vignette is, "a short, impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a particular insight into a character, idea, or setting;" and there is no one that accomplishes this task better than Kim Ludy. Her photographs give life to objects that one may have previously not given a second glance. Kim has the amazing talent of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Although she calls herself, "just an ordinary girl with an eye for the extraordinary."

Three years ago, Kim walked down into her basement, looked at all the great stuff she had, and said, 'Aha! I think I might have something here.' Her son was in school full time and she couldn't imagine heading back to work in her previous job as an event planner; so she picked up a polaroid camera and began taking pictures of collages and selling them on Etsy.

Kim is an inspiration to all Lovers of Vintage dreaming of turning their passion and Love for collecting treasures into a business. Kim says that "turning Trampoline into a full time job was easy, simply because having an online shop is A LOT of work, more than I ever thought." Fortunately for Kim, having a remarkable eye and capturing her objects so vividly and artistically, has set her apart from others. She is also grateful to all of the bloggers who featured her early on; including Ellie of The Mint Design Blog, who did a wonderfully insightful and informative interview on Kim and her "5 C's of Photo Styling," that you should most definitely check out here. It is an article that I refer to on a regular basis, as well as Kim's Flickr Photostream

Today, Kim is packing up her home in Massachusetts and heading West to Portland, Oregon. She is moving to be closer to her family; and with the "grand dream of a brick and mortar shop in (her) new city someday." I have no doubt Kim is going to fulfill her dream with the same passion and success of Trampoline. And I am incredibly excited to continue to learn from her, and to be inspired by her along the way . . . beginning with her answers to the Lovers Lane Questionnaire. 

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration?  Like all of us in the art and design field, I am a highly visual person.  Much, if not all, of my inspiration comes from my daily interactions and photographs...pictures on design, lifestyle, and photo blogs, in print magazines, and what I see when I am out and about.  I am constantly taking mental pictures and committing them to memory, only to pull them out for ideas and inspiration when it is time to style and shop for Trampoline.  It usually starts with a play of colors, or a collection of something I spy at the flea market or thrift store.
2. What is your most treasured item in your home?  This is a tough question for me.  Everything and nothing I suppose.  I love everything in my home for one reason or another.  Some have sentimental value, other things are just really pretty to look at.  Yet, I could probably give it all away in an instant if I had to.  I am constantly riding the line between wanting things and needing to rid myself of them. I think the only thing that I would be sick over losing, would be all the photographs of my son.
3. What is your favorite comfort food?  Tea.  It reminds me of kitchen tables under dim light, and home.
4. When did you realize that you were an artist?  I guess it would have been when I realized I couldn't get through even one day without thinking in terms of color and composition, about almost everything.

5. Best advice you ever received?
  From my brother...The measure of success is how well you have lived your life, not the reverse.
6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist?  Leave your ego at the door.  You will, at once, leave a legacy,  and also the opportunity for someone else to trump you.  That is just how it works.
7. What is one thing people would not know about you?  Patience and restraint might not be two of my best character traits.
8. Are you a Lover of Vintage?  I am honestly a lover of every era, (present and future included); but yes, Vintage ranks up there at the top.
9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily)  In Portland, OR. I'll be moving there this summer, and hope to open a brick and mortar sometime soon. And at www.ethanollie.etsy.com in  the meantime.
10. What is your favorite thing to wear?  Cotton pajamas, and a tiny bit of a suntan.


  1. i will have to check her shop out, looks like she has quite the eye for goodies

  2. great new feature! her shop is amazing! happy belated btw...!

  3. this is so great! i love trampoline! such a cool piece you put together!

  4. I'm so in awe of these pieces!! What gorgeous work!

    Happy Wednesday Darling! xo

    Oh, and pop by for my perfume GIVEAWAY!!

  5. I have a bag full of home goods I've collected wanting to start a home store as well as the jewelry...this has given me more inspiration to make it happen at some point! xo

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