Buffalo Prints + Puppies

March 15, 2011   //  Posted in: Decor, Dog-Related, Helping The Economy   //  By: Emily   //  5 responses

We took a little vacation time from the 9-5 last week, which yielded enough free time to jet (as in, drive, not literally jet) to Buffalo and explore Hero Design, a design boutique in the Allentown district of the city. Not only were we excited to see their prints in person, but we also got to meet the owners and 6-month old Seri:

Seri Manos-Brickey (presumably) at Hero Design.

Ooh, puppy snuggles. I’m still giddy over her cuteness. Please control me.

Before you head over in for yourself, realize that the owners are actually shutting down the brick-and-mortar boutique and focusing on their flourishing online shop and opportunity to travel to shows all over the country (SXSW, for example!). We love seeing a business grow grow grow. And with that said, the scratch and dent merchandise will be sold at clearance in the upcoming weeks, so if you’re local, considering stopping by for cool art at a steal. You’re not going to be sorry.

During the visit, I picked up some new artĀ for the enormous IKEA RIBBA frames I was gifted at Christmastime. The final picks (and these even won out over the ones I hand-selected when I wrote about Hero Designs here) were commissioned by the Buffalo Public Library and encapsulate the architecture and history of the city. Plus, the color palette of the prints fit really nicely with that of my own house without being matchy-matchy (you can compare against my home palette here).

One depicts Buffalo during the year 1860, at a time when the city was much busier and more stunning. The other depicts Mark Twain’s house located at 472 Delaware Ave. The city’s home to many historical and architectural gems, this one included.

I bought both because I’ve never had a collection of prints that fit into a series, and together they look great. They’re each 16″x20″. And yeah, sometimes I use my phone as a paperweight.

Two purchased prints from Hero Design. Both were commissioned by the Buffalo Public Library.

Still in the process of figuring out exactly where they’re going to go. One will be on the mantle in the living room, that’s certain, but I haven’t decided if they should live side by side or separate. Wait and see, I’ll get to it one of these nights.



  • Cait @ Hernando House
    7 years ago - Reply

    I love them, and I big puffy heart my Zelda print that I bought after your first post! (She’s hanging in the hallway at the moment).

    And it’s ok, I use my phone as a paperweight, too ;)

    • Emily
      7 years ago -

      I’m so excited you bought a Zelda!! I was excited to see that series in person; they’re beautiful prints! Thank you for supporting Buffalo artists + the animal shelter!

  • Rebecca @ the lil house that could
    7 years ago - Reply

    You had me at puppy!! But I love the prints too, there’s nothing like great local art!!

    • Emily
      7 years ago -

      I know. I need a Bull Terrier. Like, pronto.

  • Katrina
    7 years ago - Reply

    I was just reading about this shop recently! Very happy about their success – their print designs are awesome and I love that they focused a lot of their efforts on local Buffalo sites and stories. I’m looking forward to seeing where they go with their business!

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