Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Hawaiian Bedding Pattern Added

Dean Miller Surf Bedding has added a new design to its already expansive Hawaiian print bedding collection. This classic Polynesian design features fun Hawaiian motifs as canoes, ukuleles, pineapples, ocean turtles, and hibiscus flowers.
All of these tropical symbols are set upon an artistic background with multiple colors. The beauty of this particular pattern is the fabric was printed to look like a patchwork quilt. Designing this piece of textile art with quilted blocks in mind, the artist was able to capture little scenes of aloha throughout the bedding design.
With so many colors to work with in this design, you have so many options to choose coordinating throw pillows, matching sheet sets, and paint color. You can basically pick any color you like and this design will be able to go with it. This new design is called "Sunset Beach" and is available as tropical island comforters at our online store. Mahalo!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Beach Signs

We added some great new surf signs to our Hawaiian bedding store today. These new signs are hand drawn and feature Southern California local artist, Wade Koniakowsky. Wade Koniakowsky is known for translating the power and magic of the ocean to canvas, and capturing that surfer feel He has been deeply involved in art and surfing his entire adult life. A Hawaiian sign drawn by Wade is featured above.

Wade has served on the board of The American Institute of Graphic Arts, San Diego chapter. His work has been featured in Graphis, Art Direction, Communication Arts, Print and Novum magazines. His work has been recognized by the New York Art Director’s Club, The Houston Art Director’s Club, The Los Angeles Advertising Club and The Clios. He has been a guest lecturer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Artists & Art Directors Club of Sacramento.

Wade resides in San Diego, California with his wife and two daughters. Dean Miller is proud to be carrying his hand drawn surfer signs at our shop.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

We just wanted to say Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone out there. As you know Cinco de Mayo means the Fifth of May in Spanish, and this day is used to celebrate the Mexicans defeat of French troops in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. It's kinda like America's Fourth of July celebration.

But since we are surfers here at Dean Miller, we decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the only way we know how, to add a great new cowboy surf sign riding waves, or "las olas", down in Mexico. We love packing up the truck and crossing the border in search of adventure and empty waves. Baja California might be a little sketchy these days, but once you punch through TJ and get a little bit further down it becomes old Mexico again. Nothing but beers and waves greet you in the Mexican desert.

Of course we have a full selection of signs to choose from, including a wide selection of Hawaiian signs, but today we featured this cowboy in an epic barrel south of the border. Mahalo!

Monday, May 2, 2011

It's our 12th Birthday!

Dean Miller tropical bedding has turned 12 years old this May! It's hard to believe that a couple of guys who were only trying to find some cool bedding for themselves have been selling our line of surf decor for 12 years.

It all started as a dream, and a quest to find some Hawaiian sheets. Back in 1999 this type of look didn't exist, and nobody had ever thought to make a comforter out of a Hawaiian shirt. Well 12 years later Dean Miller is still designing and bringing you new and fun beach themed products. We have expanded our line beyond just duvet covers, and now carry surfboard rugs, lamps, signs, custom pillows, and a whole lot of other fun surf themed decor.

The word surf bedding didn't even exist, the owners of Dean Miller had to call their line of bedding something, so they decided to make up their own category of home textiles. Dean Miller was the first company to bring you a bedding set covered in surfboards, and now almost every home bedding manufacter has their own version of surf bedding.

It's fun to watch, hard to compete sometimes, but considering the fact that a simple idea started out of a spare bedroom in Laguna Beach, California has influenced countless interior designers is something that Dean Miller can always look back upon.

Happy Birthday to us!