DecorativeDesignWKS

Vintage and retro styled accessories for men and women.

Indianapolis, Indiana · 9573 Sales

DecorativeDesignWKS

Vintage and retro styled accessories for men and women.

Indianapolis, Indiana 9573 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(1998)

Announcement   Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Vintage inspired gifts and accessories for men and women. I create colorful, bold iPhone cases, Ladies' Compacts, Hip Flasks, Pill Boxes and more drawing on authentic vintage design and ornamentation! Renaissance style, Victorian style, Mid Century Mod and more are favorite inspirations. All items are decorated one at a time in my Indianapolis studio, and it is my hope that you will get a daily dose of colorful artwork each time you use them!

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Last updated on Jan 13, 2017

Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Vintage inspired gifts and accessories for men and women. I create colorful, bold iPhone cases, Ladies' Compacts, Hip Flasks, Pill Boxes and more drawing on authentic vintage design and ornamentation! Renaissance style, Victorian style, Mid Century Mod and more are favorite inspirations. All items are decorated one at a time in my Indianapolis studio, and it is my hope that you will get a daily dose of colorful artwork each time you use them!

Tamara Hoffbauer

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Tamara Hoffbauer

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1998)
Lisa B Meyers

Lisa B Meyers on Jul 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This case coordinates very well with my new business cards and has personality. It is adequately sturdy and operates easily. Very quickly sent and wonderfully wrapped. Thank you. Highly recommend.

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Updates

New in the shop! Indiana Flag inspired ladies' long sleeve off the shoulder tees with a touch of sparkle. Just in time for the finale of the Torch Relay celebrations!
#iPhone 7 cases are in the shop now and ready to ship!
Card cases from DecorativeDesignWorks are gift-ready!
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About

My lifetime love affair with art and design...

At the tender age of six, I occupied a corner table of my parent's booth during arts and craft shows where I would sell my own handmade ceramic mushrooms and owls. (Hey, it was the seventies!) Crudely made but cute, I even managed to sell some - and I think it was then that I was hooked on creating things with my own two hands. I would eventually grow up and earn a BFA in Theatre Design, where my lifelong love affair with all things artistic became a profession. Perhaps what I loved most about designing for theatre productions was the exhaustive research time spent trying to capture the authenticity of a period for portrayal to a modern audience. I later left theatre to start a gift catalog business with my mom - but I never did forgot the thrill of selling handmade products at that first art fair!

In 2011, I took a leap and opened my Etsy shop, not knowing what to expect. I had started developing a line of personal accessories that featured classic, authentic vintage designs with a modern day twist. I needed to get back to creating, to working one on one with customers, and to find an outlet for my deep passion for all things vintage. Etsy was the perfect combination!

Today you will find me happily working in my home studio in Indianapolis every day, creating unique accessory items that feature the stunning and authentic vintage art that I am passionate about. I spend a great deal of time researching various artists and am especially fond of those that no one has ever heard of. (Who doesn't like the underdog?) With each new piece that I decide to use in my work, I start by digitizing it so that I can get up close and personal with every pixel. Without fail, every piece requires a lot of work to clean up, sharpen, and prepare for use in the studio. I often make several adaptations to create a more modern color palette, sometimes enlarging one tiny element of a design that intrigues me, and sometimes I combine multiple images into a fresh and unique design. I also create custom backgrounds and new elements that make altogether new and different pieces. The final product allows you, the user, to hold in your hands a link to our collective art history.

While I love the research and the restoration work, I am always happy when I can get my hands dirty in the studio! Once a piece is ready for production, I get to play with tools like my guillotine metal shear to cut and form the aluminum used in so many of my products, or crank up one of my heat presses to 400 degrees fahrenheit to allow the special dye transfers that I use to vaporize images into the surface of polymer coated metals, ceramics, fabrics or wood. I love technology, so this dye transfer process is really enjoyable. I liken it to a high-tech version of kiln firing (which I always was fascinated by as a youngster when my dad would fire our big ceramic kiln.)

In the end, my goal is simple. I want to celebrate beautiful art and design that would otherwise have been lost to the dustbin of history - to bring it into our modern lives and ENJOY it! Art does not belong solely in a museum or history book, but rather in our pockets, our purses, and in our hands. I'm having a lot of fun creating these accessories, and I truly hope you will enjoy using them!

Shop members

  • Tamara Hoffbauer

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Graphic Artist

    Tamara Hoffbauer has a background in arts and crafts, a BFA in Design, and a life long love of classic art. It is her goal to bring long lost bits of great design back from the past and repurpose them for our modern life!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 21, 2017
From Mission to Modern, Art Nouveau to Art Deco and everything in between... browse through the shop to find a new twist on some classic designs as well as some great images you may never have seen before! Classic art and design motifs are my passion, and it's my goal to bring a bit of that style and beauty into our everyday modern lives with unique, practical, quality products.

Specialty Retailers: if you would be interested in carrying unique Decorative Design Works items in your brick and mortar store, please contact me. I will be happy to set up a wholesale custom account for you!

Custom orders are welcome!

Thanks for visiting, I'd love to hear from you!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
Payment is easily done through Direct Checkout or PayPal. Indiana residents, please note the 7% sales tax, which is added to your total automatically upon checkout.
Shipping
CURRENT SHIPPING TIMES:
Current processing time for all orders is 3-4 business days. Please allow an additional 2-5 days for transit in the US, 10-15 days transit for overseas orders.

*IMPORTANT! PLEASE CHECK THE ADDRESS LISTED ON YOUR INVOICE COPY TO INSURE THAT IT IS CORRECT! It's a good idea to double check your email and postal addresses are updated with Etsy as well as PayPal when placing an order.

**INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS - Please watch the tracking information for your package that is sent after shipping, so that you can estimate when to expect receipt. In the UK, Royal Mail is especially bad about leaving delivery notes for some reason, and the Post Office only holds your package for about ten days before they eventually send it back to me. PLEASE be aware of this and call or visit your Post Office if your package is listed as delivered but you have not received it. Most likely it is being held for VAT due. Thank you for your help, I love my international customers!

Packaging is done with the utmost of care and excellent protection for your new treasure! Gift boxing and gift enclosures are available upon request.
Refunds and Exchanges
It is my desire that you are thrilled with your purchase - if for any reason that is not the case, please contact me via email or convo right away so that we can find out what went wrong and make it right.

Refunds or exchanges are happily made within a reasonable time frame of your receipt of the item (30 days or so), unfortunately I am not able to refund shipping costs unless I accidentally shipped you the wrong item or otherwise made an error with your order. Please consider this before your purchase and thank you for your understanding. As noted in every listing, computer monitors can vary in color, and due to the handmade nature of my products, I cannot guarantee and exact color match to what shows on your personal computer screen, phone, or tablet. I do my best to describe and show the color of the item - if you have any questions, please let me know!

If international orders are returned to me as "uncollected" or "undeliverable", I am not able to refund your shipping costs and additional shipping costs will be incurred to replace the item. Please be aware of your country's import duties, Customs fees and VAT, these additional costs are your responsibility and are added at the point of delivery - I have no control over them. If an item appears to be lost in the mail, please allow 30-45 days for it to show up, that is the required time before a claim can be filed. Luckily, I have very good success with most international shipments!

Returned or exchanged items must be properly packaged for return shipping and arrive in resalable condition in order to qualify. Please contact me for instructions and include your name, address, and reason for return or exchange so that I can process your return more quickly.

Custom orders are not refundable, but I still want you to be pleased with your order. If there are problems with a custom product, please contact me so that we can come to a happy resolution!
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale orders are available for custom or stock designs, please contact me for details. I have a lot of experience with custom work for a wide variety of clients and would truly enjoy developing a product that is perfect for you or your company!

More information

Last updated on Apr 26, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

Most items in my shop include a gift box. If you would like to add a free gift enclosure to your order and have me ship it to the recipient, just be sure to let me know how the card should read, and provide the correct address at checkout.

Custom and personalized orders

If you would like to work with me to create a custom order, please drop me a line so we can discuss your project! Custom items are not returnable, and may require a bit longer to process.

Wholesale availability

For wholesale information, please visit my Etsy Wholesale shop at https://www.etsy.com/guest-pass/4f0aa539ff67ba887cead008 or drop me a line for details!

About International Shipping

If international orders are returned to me as "uncollected" or "undeliverable" due to an incomplete address being provided, I am not able to refund your shipping costs and additional shipping costs will be incurred to re-ship the item. Please be aware of your country's import duties, Customs fees and VAT, these additional costs are your responsibility and are added at the point of delivery - I have no control over them. If an item appears to be lost in the mail, please allow 30-45 days for it to show up, that is the required time before a claim can be filed. Luckily, I have very good success with most international shipments and love my international customers!

Returns and Exchanges

Returned or exchanged items must be properly packaged for return shipping and arrive in resalable condition in order to qualify. Please contact me for instructions and be sure to include your name, address, and reason for return or exchange on a note in the package so that I can process your return more quickly. I'd appreciate it if you can let me know you need to return something within 30 days of receipt. If an item is damaged in shipping, please save all packing materials and let me know right away.

Package Tracking

You should receive an email upon shipping that indicates your tracking number. If you do not see that, you can always look back at your Etsy account to see the status of the order and find tracking information there, or contact me. For international shipments, please be aware that once the package leaves the States, tracking will not be updated usually until the point of delivery.