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Casa Murriguez, also known as Casa M for short, produces handmade usable art for your home featuring hand drawn illustrations by Sharon Murriguez. Products include throw pillows, tea towels, art prints, stationery and other such items that will turn the style knob of any room in your home up a notch.

All Casa M items are handmade in Oakland, California with the utmost care and concern for quality and attention to detail – whether it's the organic cotton we use to produce our tea towels or the step-by-step process it takes to make one 16"x16" gramophone pillow, a ton of research and planning has gone into the creative process and the final product you see. Each item is a unique piece of functional art. All Casa M images are silk screened by hand with water-based inks onto fabric, paper or any other material that calls out to us.

Casa M prides itself on making products that have traceable roots so that you have some idea of how that one-of-a-kind item made it into your life. These are details we like to share, because Casa M customers are knowledgeable and savvy in their consumption and deserve to know. As such, as much as possible, Casa M purchases raw materials from local businesses that have a low environmental impact and fair and ethical labor practices.

This is where the Casa M values of style and conscience intersect. Casa M believes that you don't have to sacrifice style for environmental and social sustainability or vice versa. We deliver modern aesthetics and retro whimsy while keeping our production focused on sustainability. Eco-conscious design can still be bold, fresh and colorful. And if anything, we find that working within these parameters makes us even more creative and resourceful.

Sharon Murriguez, the artist at home in the studio.

Oakland-based artist Sharon Murriguez has been making art since she was 3 years old. It officially started when she drew the cover of the program for her nursery school's annual parent/student talent show. Her mom may still have a copy or two of the program lying around her apartment. Through the years, Sharon expanded her favored forms of visual expression from drawing to photography to printmaking to film. In college, she got really into shooting 16mm film with a wind-up Bolex and made a handful of avant guard films. In 2000, Sharon graduated from Brown University with a degree in Art Semiotics, so in addition to making pretty things, she is a fan of critical analysis and examining everything that crosses her path.

In developing illustrations for Casa M wares, Sharon has found her biggest inspiration to be from the everyday things in her life. Whether it's the view from her living room window, photos taken from a walk around Lake Merritt, images that pop up on Google searches for "vintage audio," or doodles drawn while riding BART, bits and pieces of these experiences can be found in all of Casa M's designs.

Sharon believes in the importance of cultivating communities. So that's why she's a member of the patchwerk press collective, a collectively-run print shop in West Oakland with a fully equipped silk screening facility for textile and paper printing. She gets inspiration from the awesome artists and business owners that are a part of the collective. In this spirit, Sharon looks forward to the potential of cultivating a community of like-minded designers who push the creative envelop while also demanding a vision for a different manufacturing supply chain that is focused on environmental and social sustainability.

What does Murriguez mean?

Sharon answers:

Murriguez means "a union of two that is stronger and sweeter together than its individual entities." Okay, so that is not the etymology of the word or anything, but that is what Murriguez means to me. My husband and I got married in May 2009 and instead of me taking his name, us hyphenating our names or him taking my name (ha!), we decided to merge our names together into a new, stronger, sweeter, way more awesome, last name. So Murray (his former last name) + Rodriguez (my maiden name) = Murriguez. And so I couldn't help but make Murriguez a part of the business name too.

Do you sell and ship internationally?

Yes! We ship all international packages via first class US mail. The cost depends on the order. If you are ordering via Etsy, please contact us to get a shipping estimate for international orders that do not have international shipping prices listed.

Do you ever make custom pieces?

All the time! We love to work with you to get you the perfect pillow, tea towel, print, or any other fabric-centric home-décor item that you envision. We've got our seasonal fabrics and our library of images for your perusal. We are also available for custom illustrations. Contact us to let us know what you have in mind and we can take it from there.

Can I purchase Casa M pillows, tea towels and more to sell in my retail store?

Casa M is happy to partner with retailers that are a good fit with Casa M aesthetics and values. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us to inquire about setting up a wholesale account. In that email please tell us a little bit about your store (including website or any other online presence), the type of items you typically sell, where you are located, buyer contact info, what Casa M products caught your attention and any other information you think would be useful. We will follow-up with details about setting up an account and placing wholesale orders.

When will my order ship?

All items listed on Etsy are ready to ship (unless otherwise indicated) and will ship within 1-3 business days via the shipping method indicated in the post. Additionally, Casa M includes free delivery confirmation for all first class and Priority mail packages (some package dimensions may not allow for this) because we want you to be able to trace the whereabouts of your Casa M orders. Delivery confirmation codes will be sent via Etsy convo or email within 24-hours of shipping.

What's your return policy?

We want you to be thrilled with you Casa M purchase. And we are pretty sure that you will be! But in the instance that you are not totally satisfied, we would be happy to exchange or refund your purchase. All items that are exchanged or returned must be done so within 7 days of receipt and must be in mint sellable condition. In the extraordinary case that an item arrives damaged please contact us immediately.

In any of these instances please contact us and include the following in your email: name, email address, shipping address, item you want to return/exchange, reason for return/exchange. We will respond to your inquiry within a 24-hour period.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Sharon and she will get back to you within 24-hours.