February 12, 2014


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new in the shop: brass cuff bracelets

February 4, 2014


the surface studies brass cuff bracelet…

inspired by the textures of the stones and natural findings encountered on hikes or used in our creative practice – these brass cuff bracelets are treated like a painting or drawing – each piece is hand made, applying textures to the surface of the brass,highlighting relationships between markings. referencing the beauty of Wabi Sabi, the end result of each piece celebrates the spirit of the one of a kind object and human mark.

bracelets come in two sizes. small measures 1/4″ wide. large measures 3/4″ wide. the brass is adjustable and can be molded to your wrist at your desired arm location. the bracelets are light weight and comfortable for daily wear.

the bullshit brass cuff bracelet…

inspired by two of my favorite bracelets in my personal collection, a vintage brass cuff that was my mothers (sorry ma not giving that one back!) and another gifted to me by her that reads: bullshit.
i decided to combine the form of one and the wisdom of the other to create this piece so that you too could share the joy i have in owning a lovely bracelet that shares a common voice.

sometimes it really is all just bullshit. and that is kinda wonderful to say out loud. stamped. by hand. on a brass bangle to wear solo or with the wrist collection you got goin’ on.

as always made with love. keep in mind every bracelet is hand made and imperfections are what make these pieces extra special. the brass is adjustable and can be molded to your wrist at your desired arm location.



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November 30, 2013

we have an incredible collection of shops that sell chaparral studio wares and we want YOU to know about them! please visit their beautiful stores this holiday season to find our goods and many other lovely treasures this holiday season and beyond! tell them Bianca sent you! xoxo

in los angeles…

individual medley
3176 glendale blvd
atwater village, ca 90039



new stone age
8407 W 3rd st
los angeles, ca 90048


1932 echo park avenue
echo park, ca 90026


820 east third street
los angeles, ca 90013


10139 riverside drive
toluca lake, ca 91602


reform school
3902 sunset blvd
silver lake, ca 90029


shelter half
161 south la brea
los angeles, 90036


826 LA / echo park time travel mart
1714 west sunset blvd.
los angeles, ca 90026



alder & co.
616 SW 12th Ave
portland, or 97205


No.7 Holiday Gift Guide



check it out! We are No. 7 of the LA TIMES HANDMADE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!
can’t stop smiling / jumping up and down / dancing in place etc.

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a book, friends, a dog, a shop…

November 13, 2013


my super talented friend emma has recently released her book on knitting titled knitting by design and it is awesome! to celebrate one of my favorite stores in all the lands, individual medley hosted a party that was tops! never a dull moment when you have a smilebooth to be goofy in with babe-a-licious friends like miss emma  or miss justina… oh yeah, and that fluffy gal i spend lots of time with… hannah dog!

(the lovely garland behind us was made by none other than the one and only yasmine.)

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obsidian is said to reflect the truth…
we also happen to think this lovely pyramid makes for a nice addition to your mantel, bedside table or altar…

buy yours here before we run out again!

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upcoming event:
pergolina martini party / trunk show

November 8, 2013


i’m super excited about this event – and not just because i get to sell my wares at one of my favorite places but because i will be surrounded by some majorly talented designers that i have admired for YEARS! if you love jewelry this is the event not to be missed! additionally there will be other treasures in pewter, leather, and more…
chaparral studio will be selling a variety of crowd pleasers and one of a kind surprises (perhaps i will show some sneak peeks soon…)!
so come and get a head start on your holiday shopping or personal shopping! have a martini! a bite to eat! and visit me!

xo b

pergolina martini party / trunk show
thursday, november 14th
5 – 9 pm
10139 riverside drive
toluca lake, ca 91602

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arts restore la westwood

November 6, 2013

we are proud to announce that we have been invited to participated in the arts restore la westwood project that is in conjunction with the hammer! check out our terrariums and caves over in the FOR YOUR ART / GIVE GOOD ART / PLANTER SHOW… along with lots of other sexy planters and crystal works by artists matt merkel hess, knotworkla, and otherwild to name a few!

across the street even more of my talented friends have work for sale… visit ermie! tanya! bzippy! and ilko ilko for necklaces by hannah keefe and clothing by nancy stella soto!

for more information visit the official arts restore la westwood project site here.

november 1 – 24.

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la i’m yours


anyone who knows me is well aware that i am a proud angeleno, so its no surprise when kyle of LA I’M YOURS  hit me up for an interview i was pretty excited. also kyle independent of his blog is a pretty fantastic person to spend time with. and when laure offered to shoot my studio… i was all smiles! (and so was hannah. she is obsessed with miss joliet.)

unlike most interviews i have done that focus on the product in this particular story kyle really emphasized questions regarding the cross over between art and commerce. he had me asking myself questions i knew the answers to in my head but hadn’t really spent a lot of time communicating to a larger audience – and thank you kyle for that challenge. often times the chaparral studio “image” is limited to pretty pictures of succulents and crystals so its great to be able to engage and share my relationship and history with art and what business has done to me along with the influence my town, los angeles.

the photos of the studio are all by the amazing laure joliet. she came just in time, as my studio mate quinn built these beautiful custom shelves. hire him! he is amazing!

you can read the full post here. xo b


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hang ’em high

November 5, 2013


i have 3 cats. two of which (the girls) are naughty little plant munchers. with that in mind my house plant selection has had to consist of poison free and hardy greens (and of course all the other considerations such as light conditions also weigh in on the decision making). that said i rarely put a plant at cats reach. in fact 99% of my house plants are hanging high.

i like this solution for displaying plants not only because it protects them from feline teeth but it feeds my bohemian fantasy of cascading ferns and long limbered cacti. while i own many plant hangers and have even made a few, i recently have come across two locally handmade designs that have certainly made my wish list. they are too good not to share with you my fellow green thumbs…

the leather number is by makesmith. the craftsmanship and details are perfection. the other planter hanger that has won my affection is Jo Abellera of KKIBO‘s organic shaped air plant hanger. these little guys are my idea of hippie chic.

do you have a favorite source or plant hanger designer? please share! i personally can never have too many!


(the guilty ladies are the two on the left… yup.)

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