Category Archives: Local Loves

30% Off Entire Store This Weekend!

Posted on November 23, 2016 by

Kick off the holiday season with big savings! Join us on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday and take advantage of 30% off the entire store. This two day only sale is the perfect time to purchase that piece you’ve been eyeing on our site. Visit our showroom browse our unique gifts or fuel your imagination with ways too refresh your interiors this holiday season.

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Don’t forget, our showroom is also the perfect place to reconnect with friends and family! Our Champagne & Shopping private parties allow exclusive after-hours access to the Kurtz Collection showroom, champagne and refreshments provided by us and 20% off full priced merchandise for all guests. Email Josephine@KurtzCollection.com for more information or too book your party.

Rebuilding With Our New Moon Family

Posted on July 2, 2015 by
New Moon weaver in Nepal

New Moon weaver in Nepal

On April 25 the world stopped to observe the tragedy that struck Nepal in the form of a 7.8 earthquake, which shook the country’s core and claimed more than 7,200 lives. But May 7, the Nepalis proved their resilience by partaking in the Hindu tradition to end mourning exactly 13 days after the tragedy. There were prayers, ritual baths, and most importantly, a silent vow to rebuild Nepal. Continue reading

Nod to Wilmington’s Art Scene

Posted on August 16, 2014 by

KurtzCollectionWilmingtonPrideWilmington, Del. is a hidden gem for the art community. Not many would immediately agree, but if you look closely, the love of art is a constant beat throughout the city. It might not always get the positive attention but the talent is bubbling here with a signature Wilmington style of tradition and urbane mixes. With the Wilmington Art Loop, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Firefly, DCAD and tons of local artisan designers the city is a hub of creatives.

Growing up in a “designing” family, we were able to see first-hand the beautiful pieces from under acknowledged Wilmington artists. Today in the showroom we celebrate everything from paintings, to jewelry, and furniture from locals  including Caroline Chen, Rosanne Cox, JKB Designs and of course, John Kurtz.

Who are a few of your favorite Wilmington artists present and past? Share their pieces with us.

Kurtz Collection Named Best of Delaware in Home Furnishings

Posted on June 28, 2014 by

bodfbcoverIt’s been an incredible start of the year for Kurtz Collection. We are still on a high from updating to a sophisticated and updated site. With the help of Social Stylate we were able to make our web presence match our view on home decor – clean and unique.

Then, this week we were named Best of Delaware in Home Furnishings as a Reader’s Choice (that’s the best part). We are so thankful to our customers and clients that they would think enough of us to nominate us to such an award.

Delaware Today magazine is celebrating all the Best of Delaware winners July 17th, but we want to show our appreciation as well.

July 14-19th please join us for a laid back Happy Hour in our showroom. We will have wine and hors d’oeuvres available while you shop for your home accessories.

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Let’s Talk Design with Nile Johnson

Posted on May 2, 2014 by

Choosing a career in interior design may be a dream for some, Nile Johnson feels the choice was made for him.

“I never pursued design, but design pursued me,” says Johnson, “it’s how I move through the world – I can’t turn it off.”

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Johnson is a national award-winning interior designer and the Principal of Nile Johnson Interior Design. His design firm is located just outside of Philadelphia, but he has crafted living spaces for clients as far as Los Angeles, Cali.

In just one conversation with Nile it is abundantly clear that he is passionate about his work. But it doesn’t stop there. He has a thousands of followers tuned-in to his daily posts of  favorite products, designers, music, inspiration, and anything #NJIIDapproved.

Let’s sit and chat with this local designer on the move:

HEADSHOTWhat is your interior designing “motto”?

I believe that everyone should live beautifully – not just aestectically but in all aspects of life, which is why I strived to produce distinct yet timeless designs to reflect my clients’ lifestyle. The crux of interior design is creating moments throughout a space that is layered wih thoughtful and personal elements.

What was your defining design moment thus far?

NJ: Honestly, I am just so grateful being able to do what I love to do everyday. I see this as the defining design moment for me. However, a recent major achievement will be receiving the amazing honor of The African American Top 20 Interior Designer along side some of my other design heroes such as Daryl Carter, Michele Boyd, Joy Moyler and Elaine Griffin.

What is one element that a room could never go wrong with?

NJ: Accessories. They are the jewelry on the room.  They complete the space, and unfortunately they are often overlooked.  They are just as important as the sofa.

What or who is your design inspiration?

NJ: It depends on my mood and the day.  I am very diverse; my iPod has everything from Patsy Cline to Jay-Z to John Mayer.  I am inspired by everything from music, furniture, art and fashion.  I have such an appreciation for artists of all forms, types and genres, and all these things influence my approach to interiors.

nilejohnsonwork copyLiving Room Details from NJ: This room was a bit of a dance. You know the saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” The clients did not want heavy window treatments so I designed the room around the room architecture. I selected subtle, yet interesting pieces that would not take away from the view but bring life into the space. Careful selection was key.

Bedroom Details from NJ: This Master Bedroom was a labor of love. It was a part of the show house project with Oxford Art Alliance. I wanted to take a fresh and fun approach on traditional. The room palette was centered around the amazing rug (found at Kurtz Collection). It was colorful and soft, but grounded the space in an interesting yet unobtrusive.

Dining Room Details from NJ: I was able to mix several different styles and patterns to create an eclectic yet soothing space to dine and entertain. I love being able to use spaces for dual functions and the expansive walls in this space were the perfect spot for the family’s beautifully curated and growing art collection.

Nile Johnson is an interior design graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and received his masters in interior architecture from Chatham University. He is an adjunct faculty member in the interior design department of two local colleges, and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). 

Local Love : Lift, Tuck, and Tone at Pure Barre in Greenville DE

Posted on April 12, 2014 by

Get to Pure Barre Greenville to start lifting, burning, toning, and tucking today!

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Pure Barre is quickly becoming a Wilmington area favorite thanks to Mollie Devine and Maura Markley, co-owners of the location in Greenville, DE. (Read more on the workout here.)

Not only is it a great way to have a low-impact workout, but the location acts as a true community. Just one click to their Facebook page and Instagram and it is clear that this is a group workout that people believe in. They provide a network of support, encouragement, and tips for barre newbies.

Josephine, Showroom Manager of Kurtz Collection, has been an active member at Pure Barre for the last few months and swears by it. Check out photos here:

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Josephine poses after class with Maura, one of the co-owners of the Greenville location.

Check out some of the cool pieces that the location has from Kurtz Collection in their studio!IMG_1376 IMG_1373 IMG_1375

Pure Barre Founder Carrie Dorr welcomes you to Pure Barre, providing tips on what to expect in your first barre class. Carrie shows newcomers a few key moves and encourages you to relax and have fun in class!

Sporting a New Look

Posted on March 7, 2014 by

WE ARE LIVE!

Our new website design is up and ready for you to peruse. It has been a long time coming, but we wanted to make sure our site was user-friendly and reflected the sophistication of the store. Now we have a clean layout, easy to find products and – the best yet – ecommerce.

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A special thank you to the Social Stylate team for working with us over the last few months to make our site a reality. They listened to our needs (and we had a lot of needs) and delivered.

Also, thanks to our latest showroom addition, Andrew, for his tireless work on fine-tuning the back-end of the site.

We hope you guys love it just as much as we do. Don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Best,

Josephine

 

Art & Furniture Exhibit Sheds Light on Talented Local Artists

Posted on November 11, 2013 by

In a battle between steel and wood, which would win? The answer is EVERYONE.

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Local artists Bill Spiker and Jim Buckley, showed individual and collaborative pieces in the Steel and Wood Works in the Warehouse exhibit held November 7, 2013. Together they entertained about 150 guests with unique sculptures, paintings, and one-of-a-kind furniture.

Kurtz Collection was thrilled to have the opportunity to host such amazing artists and have a night dedicated to them. Each of these artists have a special draw to their pieces which leave customers asking for each by name. For them to collaborate on furniture is colliding two worlds in the most beautiful way.

With the almost 40 pieces of exhibit art, The Sin City Band created the soundtrack to the night as guests enjoyed live-art from sketch artist, Ed Przelomski.

Both artists are dedicated to the expanding the Delaware design circuit by encouraging the appreciation of all art.

The event was held at the Kurtz Collection warehouse, located 1914 West 11th Street Wilmington, DE 19805.

Bill Spiker’s art career, like his formal education, reflects two “personalities”:  one centered around making art, the other driven by running business ventures. Bill sold his business in 2000 and returned to his alter ego as artist. Bill Spiker has painted in watercolor & oil and sculpted in wood, plaster, plastic resin and welded steel.  He has studied welded steel sculpture under Tai Pamora and Stan Smokler. His first gallery show as a sculptor was with Stan Smokler at Wilmington’s Blue Streak Gallery in June 2006.  He has participated in group shows at The Blue Streak Gallery and Old City Philadelphia gallery Bruges.

Jim Buckley‘s work as a professional cabinet maker and custom woodworker spans 17 years of creating custom pieces ranging from traditional fine furniture to one-of-a-kind contemporary pieces. Jim’s work highlights the importance of water in nature and how its smooth flow nurtures and shapes everything around us, even a fallen tree. Each piece of wood has its own mysterious character, especially the unusual or imperfect specimens. Jim finds each piece’s opportunity for re-birth while preserving the integrity of its original form, spirit and voice.

We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves at the event. The pieces were a hot commodity as most found new homes that night.