07 May 2007

Sid Dickens Is Here!

The long-awaited surprise has finally arrived!
Well, everyone, it’s time for us to announce our “tremendous surprise.” Yes, it’s our big reveal: The Blissful Home is honored to be the new, exclusive retailer in this area for Sid Dickens Memory Blocks. Behold our new Sid Dickens wall, below. I encourage you to double click all of these pictures and view them up close.

If you have never seen the work of Sid Dickens, you must come in and check it out. Sid Dickens is an artist from Vancouver, Canada, who along with a team of up-and-coming young artists, creates handcrafted, handpainted, 6x8 inch decorative tiles, called Memory Blocks. Made of painstakingly-detailed plaster, each tile is hand-finished either to a porcelain-like quality or cracked with the look of weathered stone.

Heavy and substanial, these tiles are surprisingly easy to hang. Each one is pre-drilled in the back for a nail or screw; simply install your nail or screw into the wall and hang. Our grouping of 42 took a relatively short time to hang once some easy measurements were taken and marked off.
There are so many ways to display these blocks. They are stunning in a large grouping on a wall that needs to make a statement, enchanting in a smaller group of 2 or 3 or 5, and just one tile can be a magical addition tucked into a shelf with a small collection of objets. From your entry hall to your living room, dining room, kitchen, powder room, studio, office, or bedroom, Sid Dickens can be a fantastic complement to your existing décor, or can provide the inspiration for a redecoration of grand proportions. Each tile bears the Sid Dickens imprint and comes with a poem or insight on the back side to give the owner a window into the story, impulse, or moment that inspired Sid himself. Each tile is finished on all four sides as well as on the front, so no matter what angle you view it from, it’s a thing of beauty and a true work of art.
We are particularly enchanted by Sid Dickens’ work because of the storytelling aspect that is so part and parcel of his Memory Blocks. In Sid’s own words, “there is magic in the past. People like to feel they are an integral part of the story of humanity, and my tiles have the weight and feel of another era, a time when things were more permanent and long lasting. I think it’s this aspect of the tiles that make people want to reach out. In essence, they want to touch history.”

Romance, mystery from times past, fairy tales, ancient Art and Music documents, mystic and mythic symbols, references from board games and botanical books, and historical motifs from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods—these are just some of the influences upon each unique image that comprises the Sid Dickens collection.


Sid Dickens Memory Blocks have received international acclaim and now decorate fine hotels and restaurants worldwide. They have also found a following with celebrities, including Liv Tyler, Hilary Duff, and Vanessa Williams. But this is not a reason to fall in love with Sid Dickens.

Come in and see for yourself and you'll know what I mean.

36 comments:

Deb A. said...

Oh, how enchanting! How will I ever choose my first as they're all so lovely. Anxious to see and feel them in person. Take care. Deb A.

Kelly said...

These ARE wonderful! I think I'm in love (no, REALLY, in love, like, Will you marry me? kind of love) with the artist based on his quotation. Can you say, "kindred spirit?"

The Blissful Home said...

Deb & Kelly--

They are, indeed, really special tiles. I plan on buying some for my own home down the road. A lot of merchandise comes through my hands and a lot of it is really appealing, but often just being *around* such beautiful stuff all day feels like 'enough.' These tiles, though, are something I would want to come home to at night & look at day in & day out.

I'm glad you find them interesting, too!

--Abby

Sadie Olive said...

These are beautiful! And they look amazing in a group on the shop walls! You have a gift with display, and your shop looks gorgeous. :)

Sara

Robin Sherwood frecklefarm said...

Hello,
I came through Elizabeth's blog. You are very brave to open a store. I really admire that. Please stop by Robin Sherwood frecklefarm and say hello.
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Dawn said...

I am so so so so so so happy that I found you! I've been searching for other bloggers here in Ohio without much luck and I came across your beautiful blog, so amazing and inspring.

The Blissful Home said...

Hi, Dawn!

Welcome & thanks for taking the time to leave your kind comments. I visited your blog and noticed that you live in Columbus and work in publishing/editing. Two things we have in common (besides that we're about the same age): I lived in C-bus for 8 years and have a great interest in and passion for writing. I don't even mind the prosaic side of it; I could have been quite a happy copyeditor. :)

Looking forward to spending more time on your interesting blog!!

--Abby

Lana said...

How in the world would one choose a favorite? These are so beautiful, as is your blog.

Lana

Daisy Cottage said...

Hi Abby! Congratulations on your wonderful store! I've so enjoyed my visit to your blog - maybe one day I can visit your store in person!
xo,
Kim

kristin said...

Un vrai régal, une artiste à part entière ! ce que j'ai découvert est une pure merveille ...

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whingsta said...

I have been a collector for years and also have sold literally hundreds of Sids in the last 7 years while I worked part time at a local speciality shop in Michigan- They are magical and will bring any wall in your home to life! I encouraged, and sold, literally dozens of these tiles to people and delivered them myself in memory of a loved one or friend who had passed away, to a funeral home in lieu of flowers and can tell you that the response from those who received them was AMAZING. So, keep that in mind the next time your best friend's mom passes on and she happened to have been a piano teacher- the keyboard sent instead of flowers - well.....they are after all, "memory blocks" so use them to create just that.....memories...and don't wait....get started buying them one at a time....and buy the ones you LOVE that speak to you- I have never collected anything in my life until these and can tell you that I wish I were able to open a store that stocked, in which I could sell, ONLY SID DICKENS TILES as they are an amazing investment in art, in friendship, and of your money- you will never, ever be sorry you started this! What better place and time to start than right here, right now! Christmas is right around the corner- start your children out one each year at a time....one day they will thank you not only for their beauty, but for their VALUE. ENJOY!!!

fiverhighlands said...

I think I may have entered two comments - I am not "whingsta" but actually fiverhiglands and do not know how, but I may have typed it in wrong and now have two postings!!! Sorry!

Maggie said...

Oh Abby your display looks so Anthropologie! Love the brick wall.

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