plywood wall shelves :: weekend project

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We just made these awesome shelves for display at the shop, and I absolutely love them! The tools, materials, and time needed to make these beauties is so minimal but the end result is something so aesthetically awesome and functionally quite perfect.

The full tutorial and materials needed for this project are available over on the FrogTape® blog! Check it out, and spend a couple hours this weekend creating fun new shelving for your home or office!

xo,

Barb

my new chai tea obsession :: the sophisticate’s tea

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IMG_1655I must start this love story by telling you that …I cannot and do not drink coffee in any way shape or form, I have tried and tried but can never get past the “what the heck is in my mouth and when can I spit it out” phase. However, I have been an avid chai tea latte drinker for the past 5 or so years. My mom gave me my first taste one day when we were at Starbucks and I was hooked. Then I found out I could buy the Tazo concentrate at my local supermarket and make my own at home! That day was a big day for both my wallet and my drinking habit. Now I could have a chai tea latte every day! And so it began…..

Now, I became quite picky about chai tea lattes…..(more like quite snobby)….and even though I bravely tried other brands…I never ever wavered from my beloved Tazo. I got to the point of not even trying other brands because I knew I would not like them. (so bad!)

Well, my Tazo chai tea latte days were forever changed the day that my favorite little coffee shop, The Village Grind, opened around the corner from Knack! The Grind’s sweet proprietor Lindsey told me I had to try their chai latte because it was the BEST and ….because I wanted to support my local peeps….I tried it. It was not love at first sip for me…..but rather a one eyebrow raising intrigue. How dare this newcomer tantalize my taste buds in this way. A slow love affair began that deepened more and more with each sip, and by the time I had finished my cup I was already wanting more. The smoothness, the lack of overwhelming sweetness, the fact that I could almost taste a hint of lavender (not really…but I swear it was there), I know the people who micro brew it, and the amazing fact that there are only six ingredients… and I can pronounce them all.

People….I am a convert…and clearly you all can see what a huge momentous occasion this is. Truly….a big dealio.

I can still enjoy making it at home, or I can stop by The Village Grind for a fresh and frothy tall one. If you are in Greenville, stop by the Grind for a hot one of your own, or stop by Knack for a bottle of concentrate so you can make your own at home. Our shelves look beautiful with both the chai tea and the black tea, and I am super happy to have it for a limited time at Knack! If you are not local, go to The Sophisticates Chai website and hook yourself up.

Don’t blame me when you can’t go a day without it. I’ll swear I never met you.

xo,

Barb

fun with FrogTape® :: geometric wall

Ftgeometricwall8 Ftgeometricwall10I love sharp lines and geometric patterns….of this I am sure. So, it should come as no surprise that we created a colorful geometric wall at Knack, to brighten up the shop…and  to serve as a backdrop for this beautiful new bed!

Hop on over to the FrogTape® blog for the full tutorial, and step by step photos!

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merry christmas :: 2014

PicMonkey Collage2014 was a year of incredible opportunity, leaps of faith, stretching growth, saying no, saying yes, pondering, intentional direction, and focusing on joy. I am thankful for each and every moment given to me this past year, for all of you who continue to befriend and support me here, and for the many, many blessings this life brings.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

xo,

Barb

gifting made easy :: cyber monday deals

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Its Cyber Monday! For all of you lovelies who cannot physically make it to the Knack store, we have not forgotten about you! Shop knackstudios.com today only and get 25% off your entire purchase! We also have a milk paint sale going on, so all milk paint is 40% off!

All you have to do is load up your cart with your favorite goodies and then enter coupon code milkpaintlove or cyberfunday at checkout. From there, we will take care of getting your goodies to you!

Happy Shopping!

( offers cannot be combined and are two separate sales)

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)

a walk down memory lane

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I did a lot of smiling…..remembering…..pondering…..celebrating.

I hope you can humor me in my nostalgia, and maybe even leave here inspired to create beauty with your hands that is fueled by the passion in your heart.

eye spy :: lighting + a basket

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I always love a well designed piece that is functional and affordable, and so….I thought I would give you a heads up on a couple noteworthy pieces. This light from IKEA and basket from Target have successfully made it into my shopping cart….and therefore my home.

I specifically love the cord detail on the clamp light. I am a huge advocate of the fact that details are so important, and love that this cord is a black and white fabric cord vs a plain black plastic cord. I also love the touch of gold on the neck of the lamp. To me, these two things set the fixture apart and make it desirable. The 19.99 price tag isn’t too shabby either, and seals the deal.

The basket is also on sale at Target right now for 19.99, and you just can’t go wrong with a soft jute basket. {remember this post about my sisters house?} My first jute basket purchase influenced by my sister has successfully been made!

{p.s. my friend Jennifer went to IKEA yesterday and bought me two of the fig plants as well! They are a really good size and super affordable at 12.99 ea}

Happy shopping!

 

 

Indie Craft Parade :: Made in the South

Made in the SouthWe are super excited about participating in the upcoming Indie Craft Parade! We have some really wonderful new things to debut, and we are looking forward to meeting and hanging with all kinds of creatives from all over the Southeast!

Indie Craft Parade is only one week away! Friday September 12th from 6-9, Saturday September 13th from 9-6, and Sunday September 14th from 11-5. Make plans to be there so that you do not miss one of the best creative events ever!

my visit to the northwest :: inspiration

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I just returned from a trip to Oregon to visit my sister and her sweet family! I would not trade this trip for the world and our time spent together was so special. We got to snuggle our brand new little niece and give lots of hugs and kisses….plus a visit to the coast, shopping and eating in Portland, hiking, and playing with the boys. We made the most of the time that we had, and enjoyed each minute. It stinks to live so far apart…..but it is what it is for now.

I was raised on the West Coast {Northern California}…..and so whenever I get a chance to experience the West Coast……it always stirs up the nostalgia in me. I enjoy the weather immensely….it is so different than the sticky South {even though there is beauty in sticky…sometimes}. The Oregon coastline is so rugged and beautiful….it reminds me of photos that I have seen of Ireland. It literally takes my breath away. I so enjoyed the mountainous cliffs, the cool mornings, and the fact that my sister and her beautiful family are there.

I also enjoyed my sisters house…..so much so that I promptly went to Target and purchased some plus sign pillow cases. I came home wanting to simplify, and only keep those things that are truly meaningful and useful. I definitely live with what I love and have things collected that are meaningful and useful but there are also the endless stacks of paper, the wireless headphones collecting dust that were purchased two years ago {that we never figured out how to use with our tv}, the 50 plastic cups from tennis, baseball, and football games that come tumbling out every time I open the kitchen cabinet, the assortment of random mugs that also tumble and shake as they get stacked higher and higher and the fifty bajillion other things that are excessive. You feel me? My sister has mastered the art of having only what she needs in the cabinet,  baskets for toys and books, cleaning up every night before bed, hand made blankets and comfy sheets on beds. I love this.

This little round up is a few of my favorite things and inspirations from my sisters house.

Enjoy!