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

shop knack :: fall faves

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We’ve been heralding fall around here for the past couple of weeks – stringing gilded leaves in our windows, sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes, picking apples, the whole gamut. This past Tuesday, Fall answered.  Cooler winds are blowing through Greenville, bringing that unmistakeable urge to be with folks you love, to share a meal, to gather.

In honor of autumn’s arrival, we’ve corralled some of our fall favorites from around the shop.

  1. Old Greenville Cutting Board
  2. Gather Sign 
  3. Low Basket
  4. Vintage Handwoven Rug
  5. Skeleton Matches
  6. Beechwood Spoon
  7. Campfire Candle
  8. Buck Hook

knack life :: festivals and fall

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  1. beautiful new signs from Olive + Grey are getting us in the mood for dinner parties and gatherings
  2.  gilded leaves all around our shop, heralding autumn
  3. our table display at Indie Craft Parade showing off our new tea towels
  4.  a special sofa project
  5. back to work on #knackbook2 with a beautiful tabletop
  6. iconic flag banners hanging over the Indie Craft Parade

behind the scenes :: projects and products

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1 // candles and matches sitting pretty on our mint green desk

2 // new PF Candle scent, Neroli & Eucalyptus, smells like a west coast dream

3 // sketches for an upcoming project

4 // even our workshop drop cloths are fair game for doodles

5 // fresh flowers by Willow Florals for a styled shoot

6 // the light in our shop during a #knackbook2 photoshoot

behind the scenes :: preparations and visitors

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1// working on our display for Indie Craft Parade this year (don’t forget — Sept. 12-14 in Greenville, SC!)

2// paint and frog tape make our job FUN

3// glass and candle cubes brightening up our shop

4// Man pillow (or Abe as we call him) making our bed “Viviette” look super sexy

5// curb appeal

6// longtime blog follower Paula and her family popped into the shop this week… all the way from London! It was such a treat.

behind the scenes :: hard work and saturday treats

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1// piles of blocks waiting to become candle cubes

2// styling a new frogtape project for photographing

3// intern Tiffany sanding away and sitting pretty

4// new bowls in our shop, handmade by Jennifer at Crave Studio

5// working out the details in the shop with new tags

6// a new Saturday situation – Circa Doughnuts and Vagabond Barista serving coffee and doughnuts in our shop! 

Turning 40 :: Celebrations

knack birthday couponWell you guys…..my 40th birthday is just around the corner and it is also Independence Day here in the USA this weekend! Two very fun things that are definitely going to be celebrated by me {wink!}…..but here at Knack we want to share the celebration love! So, this little coupon gets you 40% off {forty percent off folks!} one item in the shop. Any item you choose…..including furniture…..but it can only be one item, so choose wisely! You all have been shopping away here at Knack, and we want you to know how much we appreciate your support! Come snag that special item you have been dreaming about! The coupon code for online shopping will be: “40isfun” so….all of our online shoppers… this is for you too!

There are only a few items that are excluded from the sale and here they are : Custom carved whales by Gene Claiborne, Emily Jeffords paintings, and rugs. The “40 is fun sale” will only run THIS Friday July 4th and Saturday July 5th from 10am -3 pm, and you must either print off your coupon {above} or show it to me on your phone to receive the discount!

Come on….let’s celebrate! Sale starts in 47 hours!

Faces to put with names :: Knack Book 2

athens, ga athens, gaA few weeks ago, I wrote this post about the awesome team of women that I am working with on the Knack book two project, and I thought it would be nice to put faces with names.

Here is the lineup from left to right {in the bottom photo}:

Jessica Barley – Styling + Props

Angie Thompson – Knack store manager + all around creative master

Barb Blair {Me} – I do what I do

Julie Dodds – Florals

Paige French – Photographer

There is no ” i ” in team…….and I am so thankful for this.

 

Newness

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This is just a small sampling of the beautiful products that hit the shelves at Knack this week! It has been so exciting to fill the shop with such pretty and useful things.

Tonight we have a group of young professionals holding an event at Knack, and then tomorrow night we have First Fridays from 6-9pm. We have plenty of gifts and special treats for both keeping and giving. Remember…..Mothers Day is coming up on Sunday May 11th!

We are trying to get everything new loaded in the online shop, but it is no small task….so hang in there with us! If you see something you must have, email Angie {angie@knackstudios.com} and we can get it right out to you. Keep an eye on the online shop, as new products will be added daily!

Have a great Thursday everyone!

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