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!

 

Rise up

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Well, I have exactly ten days until the final deadline for Knack book two is here! In those ten days I have a final photoshoot and much sketching and writing to accomplish! I am nervous, sick to my stomach, excited, coming out of my skin, and everything in between! The nervousness comes from wanting everything to be in on time, but that will go away as soon as I hit the send button. The excitement comes from knowing that months and months of planning and hard work are coming to an end and it feels good….oh so good to turn in this work and get excited about what it means for me and for my family.

Thank you to all of you who continue to cheer me on and let me know that you see me! Your friendship and words of encouragement are so awesome and life giving! I absolutely cannot wait to share this project with you all!

xo, Barb

living with :: siolella

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Siolella is a deep charcoal beauty with gold scallop detail.  Needless to say, she doesn’t need much adornment! A set of repurposed lilim coasters with a modern patterned glass will top her nicely, next to a sweet little vintage Scandinavian bird. Hang a handmade planter nearby and set a basket for storage on the lower shelf.  Siolella will sing.

in the heat of the moment, remember

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These past few weeks {and the next two weeks} are so full. We are charging toward the finish line of Knack Book 2 and it is both exhilarating and painful all at the same time. I compare writing a book to the marathons I have competed in. That finish line is such a beautiful sight, the emotion runs strong, and the tears flow because you are so excited and empowered by what you have just accomplished…while at the same time your entire body hurts from the huge task you just asked it to complete. Marathons are physically and mentally challenging and tap into every ounce of strength that you have in both of those areas…..and a book is no different. By the time a project of this magnitude is finished, both the body and mind are tired yet strengthened and exhilarated by the work that has been accomplished.

I am so proud of this work. I am super proud and thankful for the team of women who have helped accomplish this work. I absolutely know I could not have done it without them…and am at a loss as to how to put into words my grateful heart.

It is awesome to look back and remember, and even better to look forward with a renewed strength and confidence in what can be done when you set your sight, heart, and mind on one of life’s marathons.

knack life

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  1. hanging some Spoonflower wallpaper for a #knackbook2 project
  2. everybody wants a shot of Julie‘s beautiful florals
  3. bright greens and blues in the morning light
  4. our feature in the Greenville News!
  5. reflections in our wide windows on a bright October day
  6. our book, Furniture Makeovers, standing tall and proud in the shop

living with :: zephy

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Zephy is a desk with punchy style.

Bedecked in mint green, his quirky-cool sensibilities shine through in details like a single gold-dipped leg and a sunburst pattern on top.  We think he shines even brighter adorned with a bright background for a laptop and a leather pouch to store it, an unexpected lamp, and a classic fiberglass shell chair.