Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Cool Combo: Prairie Hive and Owl & Drum

Owl & Drum is proud to be a new advertiser in a popular, cutting-edge Oklahoma online style magazine and blog.

Prairie Hive – which recently published its latest edition and describes itself as “collecting style for the sweet life” – seeks to share its news and views on fashion, fun and the finer things in local life.

The pioneering quarterly publication, which is a collaboration of photographers, writers, craft-makers, interior and graphic designers and creative people based in Tulsa, provides readers with insight into the homes and lifestyles of a host of iconoclasts – from entrepreneurs to artists, designers to globetrotters.

Prairie Hive’s stated aim is to share with readers a wide variety of stories about interesting people, places and products in Tulsa and surrounding areas.

“We show readers how they live, work and play, then take inspiration from what we see and demonstrate how to incorporate a bit of that style into home, entertaining, crafting endeavors and elsewhere,” the collaborators write on their website,

“We hope you find some inspiration along the way . . . Each of us has a unique perspective on design, lifestyle, travel and entertaining – and we want to collectively give you something to buzz about!”

And there’s plenty to buzz about in T-Town at the moment.

Prairie Hive’s internet issue No. 7 for Fall 2012 is cover titled “Pop Mod Partnership.”

The colorful, well-designed edition – which debuted in cyberspace on Monday, Sept. 10 – features newly-married couple Nick Rhoades and Jinger Howell, their love of distinctive designs and their stylish, eclectic midtown Tulsa home.

Dozens of photos showcase their love of modern style, classic design, sense of fun and mixing and matching furniture and décor in an open-plan living space. Quality pieces of furniture are nicely juxtaposed with pop art, family heirlooms and fabulous flea market finds.

The happy couple – Jinger is an interior designer; Nick is an intern architect  – call their unique, spacious home in the Wedgwood neighborhood “The Futurama.” Hence, the title of the story about the funky duo and their cool abode:  “A Bright Futur(ama)”  

The innovative magazine features a Q&A with the couple as they describe all the planning and work that went into revamping the rundown former rental property to turn it into their one-of-a-kind dream home.

Other stories in the bumper 56-page latest edition of Prairie Hive are called “Get the Look,” “Stargazing Supper” for a romantic picnic in the park, “Celebrate the Style,” “Fashion Favorites” and “PH Travels,” which details and photographs a road trip to Wichita, Kansas.

Members of Prairie Hive’s six-member editorial team enthusiastically inform readers of the must-have clothes, housewares, jewelry, furniture, interior items, gifts, gadgets  and products they are currently “buzzing” about. There are helpful DIY projects, party planning tips and entertainment advice, too.

And, for food lovers, there are quick and easy recipes for tasty pepper jelly pork tenderloin sandwiches,  appealing apple hand pies and sweet potato chips, a guilty pleasure to be sure. All beautifully photographed and with a clever page layout, of course.

Click here to see their latest issue.

Prairie Hive launched in June/July 2011 with its debut issue cover titled “Atomic Age Archaeology.”

Previous articles and photos can be found on do-it-yourself drip art, Tulsa’s Fashion Night Out, Tulsa Restaurant Week, Goods & Goodies, Labor Day punch, Pinterest Beauty Party, special s’mores, Tulsa’s new downtown park called Guthrie Green, and a Pantone Round-up.

Prairie Hive's issue No. 8 comes out in December and will celebrate winter, the season of sweaters,  short days, hot drinks, log fires, classic dishes and (maybe, just maybe) snowfall.

For more information about Tulsa’s online style guide, visit

For more details about Owl & Drum – which carries more than 100 fabrics made by seven designers, crafts supplies and tools – plus numerous unique gifts, jewelry and baby clothing, visit

The 2810 E. 15th St. store also sells many other items made by Tulsans, Oklahomans and artisans from Portland, Oregon, plus a variety of craft, sewing and knitting books.

Owl & Drum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and from 12-4 p.m. Sundays. The store is closed on Mondays, but it's open every day online.

For more information, call Bianca at 918-742-1404, send an email to, or follow us on Facebook,, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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