Meet Lagertha

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I know that I am a day late getting this post up……but Paige and I had a photoshoot for the book all day yesterday….and those days take everything I have physically, mentally and creatively. I put 100 percent of my time there…and then crash when the day ends. It is so worth it though…..to exhaust yourself creatively in this way. The reward in the end is satisfaction indeed.

Even though I am working fervently on book projects…I make time for my other projects as well, and miss Lagertha is my newest furniture makeover to hit the shop floor….today actually. She is tall and proud….sturdy and strong….and neutral with a hint of playful, due to her colorful peach knobs.

Lagertha turned out so beautiful, and this color never stays on the floor too long…so I expect her to be headed out soon. I will enjoy her until then….and be happy for the new life that is about to begin for this one.

p.s. what about those whale tale book ends? I have a new collection of hand carved whales, and these book ends, made by a retired gentleman in North Carolina. I really love how special his work is, and am proud to have it at Knack!

xo,

Barb

Fearless

9ec7a527c8b5e2e666e2874c2739f924Never be afraid to be who you really are. Never be afraid to ask questions. Never be afraid to stand alone. Never be afraid to speak truth. Never be afraid to be……

xo,

Barb

Knack Stories

We are not sure if you all saw this video that the fantastic team at Traveling Storytellers captured a few weeks ago, so we wanted to post it again…{because Sam and Matt are so talented and we are so stoked that we got to work with these guys!}…and we also feel like this video is a perfect introduction for a new project we have been working on for the last two months here at Knack called…….Knack Stories. Angie, Jeanne and I got to talking at our March team meeting…..and we all agreed that the concept of Knack Stories was something we had all been thinking about in some way or another….so, we put our heads together and came up with a plan. Angie created the beautiful illustrations, and Jeanne wrote and edited all of the text…….and I, well….I created the furniture. Go Team!

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Every piece of furniture at Knack is designed and created with passion. Every furniture piece inherits a special new life, a new name, and blank pages to tell a new story. That story does not end when the furniture leaves our shop…..and we want to hear its next chapter.  If you’ve brought one home, we would love to hear about it!

Here is how the story telling begins:

+ What makes your piece special to you?

+ Does your piece start conversations?

+ How do you live with what you love?

Please send us three to five photos of your piece (or pieces), along with a short paragraph telling the story of your home and what it means to have Knack in the mix. The email to send text and photos to is : barb@knackstudios.com

Photos should be

  • Vertical
  • 640 wide by 966 tall
  • High resolution
  • Naturally lit and bright
  • Styled and beautiful

We can’t wait to hear your stories, and feature them right here on the Knack blog! So….what are you waiting for?! Get to typing and photographing!

xo,

Barb

Cream and Navy Stripes + Brass bunny = “Franchon”

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When one of my pickers brought this little piece to the shop to see if I was interested in purchasing her, I instantly fell in love with her size, shape and detail.

The character of Franchon is just so sweet and perfect. The round and soft curves, the little stacked feet, the drawer, the shelves, the side slots. Franchon packs quite a bit of storage and design in her small frame…..and I decided to celebrate that with four inch cream and navy stripes.

The brass bunny head knob has been calling my name for months now, and I knew that it would be the final detail needed to complete this design. Of course, the gorgeous flowers created by Julie Dodds of Willow Florals make this situation fresh and beautiful. When Julie walked in the door with this arangement, my stomach literally flip flopped…..and my soul groaned….literally…I am not just saying that. Fresh flowers….especially ones as diverse and colorful as this…..really make me joyful. You will be seeing lots more of Julie’s work, as she is the floral stylist for Knack book number two! Yay!

I hope all of you are well……and enjoying Spring break, or whatever it is that this week holds for you!

{p.s. Franchon is available for sale at the shop…..but if she doesn’t get snatched up this week….she will find a home with me. This one is tugging at my heart}

xo,

Barb

News from the week || Friday

bookprocess1 bookprocess2 bookprocess3 bookprocess4 bookprocess5It has been a busy, busy week. Lots of planning, sketching, painting, photographing, meetings, consultations, and inventory purchasing………but I was just telling my husband, that I have come to realize I enjoy big projects. When I say “big projects” I am mainly referring to the book….since it is huge, and all encompassing at the moment…..but I get so inspired and feel so creative when producing content for the books. So much time and thought goes into projects, and I am pushed creatively to produce things that are fresh and new…..and that, to me….is just plain old fashioned fun. There are times where I am scared, and tired, and frustrated as well……but usually a good cup of chai, a hot bath, and a good nights sleep have me ready to hit it hard again the next day.

I am truly excited to complete this book. There is so much goodness to share…with lots of color palettes….shooting on location in homes…..styling…..and water color sketches. I look forward to the reward at the end of the work……it’s going to be so great!

I am pleased to introduce you to my team for book two:

Paige French is the photographer for the entire book two project, and is responsible for all of the behind the scenes shots featured in this post. Check out her website……it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Jessica Barley of A Darling Day is assisting me with styling , props, and site planning for the on location styled shoots……and Julie Dodds of Willow Florals is in charge of all floral styling for the entire project.

So….can you see why I am excited? These girls are great at what they do and I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team.

Have a great weekend…and enjoy Spring Break!

xo,

Barb

Are you inside or outside?

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When I came across this quote, it made me pause. I stared at it for a long time deciding whether or not I understood it….and if I liked what it implied. The longer I stared, the more it sank in, and this is what it means to me:

“walking inside your story and owning it” = humbleness, transparent honesty, admitting wrong, forgiveness……real life.

“standing outside and hustling for worthiness”= understanding who you really are, but not wanting to show that to anyone…rather the opposite……thus the constant game of appearances, scrambling, and defeat…..fake.

Don’t hustle for worthiness…..it is a hamster wheel. Instead, choose a life of intentional authenticity….no matter how soul baring that may be.

xo,

Barb

Spring colors and triangles for a coffee table named “Elusine”

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It is definitely Spring, and I cannot even tell you how her colors have inspired this piece of furniture. The blooming trees, the green green grass, and the many flowers opening their faces to the sun have me very inspired.

Remember when I lamented a bit about the Pantone color of the year being radiant orchid? I am not a huge fan of purple in any shade…but I was determined to find a way to use it my work…and at the same time stay true to the Knack aesthetic. In this coffee table design, I use radiant orchid not once…but TWICE! Once in its original state, and then I added a little somethin’ somethin’ {white paint} to create a little lighter shade. I absolutely love the color palette of pink, orange, lavender, gold, and orchid, and this palette was completely inspired by a bouquet of Ranunculus flowers I purchased a couple weeks back.

I think it is fun, yet again, to combine the hard edges and points of the geometric triangles with the feminine and curvy lines of this sweet table. The perfect pairing if you will.

I used FrogTape® to create the custom triangle designs on top of the table, and there is a full step by step “how to” up on the FrogTape blog here! If you decide that miss Elusine needs to come live with you, she IS available for purchase at Knack! {and if you freakin’ love the dish towel hanging on the wall, {me! me!} you can get that at Knack too!} We are all about some goodness for the home around here!

Hope you enjoy!

xo,

Barb

logosmallI received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Decorate with Flowers || A Book Review

7a6c9c30bd1bb0beb2294ce8cc2c74b2 photo 1(1) photo 2(1) flowers1 flowers2It comes as absolutely no surprise to those who know me well…. “I LOVE FRESH FLOWERS!” {yes, I am yelling that as I type it} To me, flowers make all the difference in the world. They add color, freshness, beauty, green….. life to every photo, room, or nook and cranny they are placed in. There is simply nothing better….

So, when my friend Holly Becker and stylist Leslie Shewring teamed up to produce their new book “Decorate with Flowers“…published by Chronicle Books…..I knew I would be first in line to add it to my collection. I also happen to love having beautiful books in my home, that not only make my book shelves and coffee tables look fantastic, but that I can go to over and over for inspiration and relaxation.

As I initially flipped through the book {because I was too excited to sit down and read it} I was drawn to all of the beautiful color, perfectly styled environments, and bright photos. Then, when I got home and actually sat down to spend time pouring over the book….I was absolutely thrilled that Decorate with Flowers is not only pretty styled photographs and beautiful color…..it is also FULL of tutorials and sweet DIY projects! Double goodness indeed.

I was so inspired by all of the projects in this book, that I went out and bought a bunch of succulents and flowers to plant at the shop. Gracie and I spent a whole afternoon planting and creating with flowers….and now the shop is brimming with beautiful Spring arrangements.

Thank you, Holly and Leslie….for a book that is beautiful and inspiring!

Well done!

xo,

Barb

 

A fantastic desk named “Constantia”

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After tearing through layers of warped veneer, {to reveal gorgeous planked wood}, two coats of primer, four coats of milk paint, three coats of poly, and two coats of Danish oil on the top…….she is ready to rock and roll!

I think back on the hours and hours that this piece took to complete…..and they seem to just fade away, as the lens tells a whole new story of transformation and redemption.

I love my job, and this truly brings me joy! Speaking of joy….Matt Ayers and Sam Windell of Traveling Storytellers shot a makers video on me last week. If you would like to check it out, click here! These guys creatively directed this film, and I love that they honed in on the important things: Family, passion, joy and hard work!

xo,

Barb