When I saw in my inbox an invitation to an event that promised chocolate, toasty wintry bevs, and stencils, my RSVP was immediate. So, I went down to Chocolate Bar, in the West Village, to check out the launch of the new book Stencil 101 Decor, by Ed Roth.
You may recognize Ed Roth’s work from his previously published book Stencil 101, which is probably available at every cool bookstore and home decor shop from here to Alaska. It provides stenciling tips from choosing your paint and surface to creating your own stencils, while also serving up a collection of cute pre-made stencils like headphones, a boombox, a monkey, a mexican wrestler, and a lady with an afro, amongst others. And while I’m sure many people have used his stencils and their own newly learned tactics to decorate their homes, this new book Stencil 101 Decor takes it to the next level. With more tips and shennanigans, this time you receive a collection of stencils that are made to repeat and create patterns, which can be used to decorate walls, floors, furniture, fabrics, or just about anything you’d like to put a large pattern on. Houndstooth, butterflies, chain, dots, hex, 3-d Qbert-like cubes and more, are all yours for the decorating, and the stencils come with marking notches to guide you to perfect alignment and make your project look that much more professional!
I got to spend some time talking to Ed and he was a really nice guy. His website Stencil 1, complete with a shop and blog, is a great resource for gifts that anyone who is into simple arts and decorating would appreciate. Even kids!
But now it’s time to talk about the chocolate. I’d never been into Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar before. Walked past it, but never went in. All I have to say is ~~~~~ because that is the sound of me drooling. From the warmed and spiked cider (although I don’t know if that’s usually on the menu) to the cake, cookies, and the individually wrapped chocolates, I was more than happy to just relax in there and soak up the warmth. And of course, eat the chocolate. I could have eaten my weight in the individually wrapped raspberry chocolates. When I was halfway to the subway station on my way home, I chastised myself for not snatching a few (and by that I mean about 10) for the ride home. Chocolate Bar has collaborated with Ed, using his stencil images to emblazon their branded chocolates, giving them an everyday urban New York feel and even sell a set of 8 individual chocolates, that come with a surprise mini stencil. In addition, they have worked with other artists like Tim Biskup and Gary Baseman on another series of Graffiti Bars, and have a wide selection of products sure to please any chocolate fan from gift boxes, teas, housewares, a recipe book and a chocolate addicts gift club that lasts from 3 months to a year.
- Todd Oldham Hearts You
- Valentine’s Day Goodies: Sweets!
- Mama’s Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Sweets
- Chocolate Nutella Cakepops Recipe
- Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Sweets For The Sweet