a walk down memory lane

memorylane11 memorylane10 memorylane9 memorylane8 memorylane7 memorylane6 memorylane5 memorylane4 memorylane3 memorylane2 memorylane1I somehow got on my own Flikr account {from Pinterest} and got lost down a rabbit hole of memories and experiences.

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!

shop knack :: brand new

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We are ever on a search for treasures to add to the shop.  Treasures that tell a story, treasures that add to the beauty of everyday life.

There are so many new beauties in our shop these days, including the white ceramic platters, handmade olive oil soaps, and mini cast iron horseshoes that you see above.

Check out our shop for these and more treasures.

knack book two :: teaser

3YxFnCbmOwDJP6BKvrhxh3i6GoN7ddNcBUmCgutoISqMdXQN4o7S1IRjy_tjQJtpx_7FMg=w1395-h593 50hRHOvvWSLsHfF2-Tl8su9HfMTEhQ_HdSdi4y87EZQYWjNssyrLeTvjCijYFNkwvrFffg=w1395-h593BvX_zx-P7V4LC4tBqI3OTHQIPHvg3oQusqVU4UKsOwkybIjjyYTNYueDzk8jxFHeY13ZGA=w1395-h593 c1YGG2DKneqOrcbOuzroAONkryIjTDyONNQ04StO53BVhxD6hPh7IBClOdx4Y-uHfUVrLw=w1395-h593 IqhDNG4VGKaAHa2KTSnUNn-f3S0iwEA-Nrvr3S8XgMPCFUzPXvorNfbzyQIS6oU4-1R7ug=w1395-h593 r_d1LIhK_aWdfhCdLva6_t1NrVK4No_GgnmkkqSs4h5W1UnMqUu9-NOwyHqwBXD2QLY_yQ=w1395-h593It is always hard for me when I am working on a book because I am so energized and excited about all of the projects being created but I can’t show a whole lot of the process due to the secrecy of the book!  It is hard to describe how incredibly busy I am while working on this giant project. I have 15 total projects for the new book, writing, and a photo shoot every other week from now until November 1, which is the final delivery deadline.

For this book there is a lot of location shooting in homes, so there is plenty of logistical planning that has to be done as well as a huge props list to make sure we have everything that we need on hand for styling each and every shoot. I am so thankful for the team that I have working with me on this book…..Jessica, Julie, Paige and Angie are amazing and everyone works so hard every single shoot . It is fantastic to be working with such a creative and passionate team, and the pictures that are being captured for this project are truly special. I am very, very excited about the look and feel of this book and the story of home that it will tell. I cannot wait to be able to share it ALL!

So, even though I wish I could show more furniture during this time, I am excited {and I hope you are as well!} about the work being done. Creating a book always challenges me to push myself physically and creatively…and I love being in that place.

As you read this, a photo shoot is already underway and will go on for most of the day….. until we start to lose light!

Enjoy this sneak peek!

painted canvas buckets :: geometrics

FT7 NewFT1 NEWFT2 NEWFT3A few weeks ago Angie and I were thinking about some new products that we could make and sell in the shop… and we have all kinds of fun and exciting new things we are itching to show you! {as we get them made!}

One of the products that we decided on are these roll top canvas “buckets”! Angie cut out and sewed the buckets, and then we taped them off with FrogTape® in a geometric design and painted away! We have so many different design ideas for these little guys and are excited about creating a whole new collection of them for the shop. We are working towards getting all of them completed, and also creating some with handles and added design elements. It has been really fun for us to think of new projects that aren’t necessarily furniture related, but still related to home…. and living with what you love.

Our full painting tutorial of how we completed this first design is up over on the FrogTape blog, so check it out here!

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Simple Pleasures :: Plus Signs

FrogTape1 frogtape8 frogtape9 frogtape10We have been wanting to add a little zing and bling to the doors in the shop, and so we grabbed a roll of FrogTape® and some pitch black milk paint , and in about an hour we were done!

What a difference a few well placed plus signs can make…… and how awesome is it that you can create any stencil you want using tape?! Pretty awesome indeed!

The full tutorial will be up on the FrogTape® blog today, so be sure to check it out! Get creative, and see what walls or doors you can create big impact with! We had all of these simple materials on hand, and pretty sure you all would too! Make something fun today, and enjoy the change!

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Striped Candle Cubes

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My full tutorial on how to make these colorful cubes will be up on the FrogTape® blog Wednesday May 21st, so be on the lookout for that! {I will try to remind you!} We have another project up our sleeve for this month as well, and it involves walls….so we can’t wait to show you that one!

Speaking of projects…….FrogTape® is running a contest promotion right now called Earn Your Stripes! To enter, you will need to create a project using FrogTape… showing before, during and after shots… and get your submission in by July 1st. Every entry will receive a roll of shape tape {which is totally cool}, but the GRAND PRIZE is $ 5,000.00 you guys!! {who couldn’t use a little bit of that?!} So get on it, and create an awesome project using FrogTape! The official rules are here, the most FAQ’s are here, and the entry link and further info are here!

Hope you have had a great start to your week!

xo,

Barb Blair

p.s. Isn’t Angie the cutest in her thrifted cut offs and hat? Angie helped style this shoot and created the flower arrangement…..she’s amazing like that!

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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