the old and the new

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book news || a few secrets revealed and the title

secretbook3 secretbook2 Well, as you all know….I have been working away on my second book for the last year. In one way it seems like the year has taken forever, and yet in another way it seems like a very fast and vivid dream.

To say that I am excited about this project would be the worst understatement of the year…..I am STOKED! I am thrilled that with every passing day, we are closer and closer to the release of ……..wait for it….. FURNITURE MAKES THE ROOM!! You see what I did there? So, we go from my first book which is called Furniture Makeovers, to my second book which will be called Furniture Makes the Room.

There will be many new and exciting aspects to Furniture Makes the Room….for instance….we shot in actual peoples homes….we styled furniture multiple ways in order to show the versatility of color, we amped up the technique and really created some out of this world designs, and I do a lot of heart to heart sharing about the concept of home and what that looks like to me.

I am super proud of this body of work and cannot wait to share it with you all! Thank you for your friendship and support throughout this entire journey. I am truly thankful for your words of encouragement.

Things are looking really really good and I am in the world of editing and copy editing at the moment. This is the hardest phase for me since writing takes much effort for my feeble little mind, but I am thankful to again be working with the super thorough and talented team at Chronicle Books!

It wont be too long now….and I promise to keep you posted along the way!

xo,

Barb

(gorgeous photos by Paige French)

etc :: details

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When you look at a Knack furniture piece, it’s important to look closely.  Take a step back, take in the whole piece.  Take a step in, take in the sweet details.  Great care is taken in our design process to enhance the beauty of the furniture’s form and to tell a complete story, from top to bottom.  Hardware, color, finish, drawers, fabric – there’s beauty in every inch.

Spoonflower love

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We are all about some pretty patterned paper here at Knack, and no one does it better than Spoonflower.

Spoonflower offers custom fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap.  There are thousands of designs to choose from on the site (including more patterns from the designers of our favorites above), and you can even upload your own patterns.

We recently tried Spoonflower’s newest product – peel and stick wallpaper.  The rolls can be customized to whatever size you desire, and hanging the paper couldn’t be simpler.  Not to mention the lush, woven quality of the paper – it looks and feels beautiful.

The possibilities are endless with Spoonflower at your fingertips. Check ‘em out!

stay sparkley

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Sometimes, in the heat of the moment it can be hard to not let the pressure boil over and out and onto those around us. It is in times like these that it is important to remain humble, exercise mind over matter, stay focused on the task ahead, and know that life is full of seasons….that all come to an end.

Let your sparkle and joy be the thing that others remember about you, and may we not wound others because of our own discomfort or frustration.

Love.

knack life :: final shoot

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What a week it has been, and it all started off with our final styled photo shoot on Monday!

Monday’s shoot was seamless, a quintessential representation of the creative partnership of these five women.

The locations, for example, have ranged from right here on Knack home turf, to our own homes, to the homes of generous folks around town.  On Monday, we shot first at a charming and idyllic farmhouse – complete with chickens, turkeys, pigs, and bunnies – and were able to bring Audra’s (the homeowner) winning style into our shots.  We then moved on to Jessica’s home, and ended the day at sunset right outside of our very own studio, next to the train tracks and old brick buildings.

This constant change of scenery is emblematic of the lithe nature of this team, and the ease and enthusiasm with which they have taken each turn and interaction during this knack book 2 process.  We have learned, together, to take a vision and carry through to fruition, and that sometimes plans change and you just roll with the punches to the collective beat of the drum.

It’s hard to believe that this creative partnership has come to and end (for now).

#knackbook2 will be here before we know it.  The only thing left to do is celebrate, and wait.

yes….just yes

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I am three days away from the final deadline for Knack book two, and even though the tiredness and stress are present……the excitement is even greater!

So thankful for this wonderful opportunity, and I do not take it lightly. I appreciate each and every one of you so very much.

Make it a “heck yes” day today!

xo,

Barb

knack life :: shoot day

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As you undoubtedly know by now if you’re a regular reader, our book two deadline is fast approaching, and so our photo shoots as a team are coming to an end.  This seems like a perfect time to let you peek into a day at a styled shoot.

Mondays on set are always whirlwind of heavy-lifting, arranging, re-arranging, errands, photo-taking, heavy-lifting again, collaboration, and laughter.  By 10:30 am, everyone has gathered and gotten down to business carefully unloading furniture pieces and props at the shoot location. From there, the styling team gets to work putting each set-up together, checking angles, getting Barb’s final approval, and moving on to the next set-up.  Paige is always close behind with her camera and her professional eye, getting the shots we need to make book two great.

Wash, rinse, repeat until it’s done (which can range anywhere from 3 to 5:30 pm!)

These photos were taken behind the scenes at our most recent shoot, at the homes of Jennifer Bedenbaugh and Joseph Bradley.  We can’t wait ’til we can show you guys the finished product!