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

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

 

Sweet As Honey

49myEi3-PJZw2zMe0mF8_PqG43tJJtKkRzuzxr6lM-4When Bonnie Christine.. of the lovely blog Going Home to Roost … contacted me about participating in a blog tour promoting her new Sweet as Honey fabric line, I took one look at the fabric and said…YES !

I had two chairs that were just beggin’ for fresh paint and new fabric seats, and so this was the perfect opportunity for a new beginning….and a makeover!

Here is what the chairs looked like before: {not horrible, but not hallelujah invoking either}

SAHblogtour7Here is how many layers of fabric were on one of the seats: { three, and lots of straw and moss stuffing}

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I created custom {and very special} milk paint colors specifically for this project. I love how the tones blend with the fabric!

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If you would like to follow along on the tour, and see all 25 projects, click here. Yesterday, Heidi from Hands Occupied created sweet little needle pouches, and tomorrow Caitlin will have a brand new project up on her blog, Salty Oat.

Enjoy!

xo,

Barb

A Modern Tape Treatment Using FrogTape®

 

blue1 blue2My second post for FrogTape® is live! I took an armoire, painted the base in blue milk paint and then chose army green, pink, and gold latex paints to add a stripe pattern to the doors. The brass octopus knobs are bangin’…..and round out the design very nicely!

The full tutorial is here on the FrogTape blog, so check it out….and this armoire is available for sale in the online shop here, as well as our brick and mortar shop on Lois Ave.!

Enjoy!

xo,

Barb

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

Milk Paint and Knobs Are Here

knoborangeandgreenmelon knobpinkglasscenter knobredfloralunderglass milkpaintbarnred milkpaintdriftwoodI know I talked about lots of exciting changes and happenings around here in my post a few weeks ago….but I thought I would let you all know that a couple of those happenings are tangible….and here!

Milk paint is in the shop, and online here  As well as…… the first selections of knobs and hardware! You can stop by the shop, or purchase in the online shop here. Yippee!

Hope you all are having a great Wednesday!

xo,

Barb

Organization, and how it gives me creative powers

studio2 studio3 studio4 studio5 studio6 studio7 studio9 studio10At the beginning of the year, I showed you the good the bad and the ugly while cleaning out my studio. I had let things get out of hand, and it was time to reign it back in. For me, a clean organized space really, truly gives me creative powers. Things have progressed quite nicely since this last post. My work shop is a work horse……so I try to maintain a balance of pretty but yet still highly functional…because let’s face it, it will be dirty as soon as I turn my sander on.

I talk about my organization habits in a little more depth with Heather Powers over on her blog HK Power Studio. Check it out!

…..and I don’t know about the whole “cleanliness is next to godliness” type thought process…..but it does feel heavenly indeed to have a place for everything and everything in its place .

xo,

Barb

A fun project with wooden bowls and FrogTape®

FrogTapeBeauty3FrogTapeBeauty1 FrogTapeBeauty2Well, my first official project with FrogTape® is up, and I could not be more excited about how these wooden bowls turned out!

I have been saving these bowls for months…specifically for this project and am so glad they are finally here in the flesh! I used FrogTape, hemp oil, and old fashioned milk paint in my favorite colors. I even threw in a Knack custom milk paint color. How do ya like that? That blue that you see…is all me, and a new favorite of mine!

Head over to the FrogTape® blog for the full tutorial, and my step by step instructions for this project! Let me know what you think! Oh, and the gorgeous flowers in this post…..those are by Julie Dodds of Willow Florals…..dreamy, right?!

If you would like for one…{or all}… of these bowls to come live with you, they are available here at the shop and in the online shop {right here!} as well!

xo,

Barb

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

This snowy day makes me happy about new candles

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Here in SC we have had snow all day today, and are expecting more snow, ice and wind tonight. They say we may get 6-10 inches, which is almost crazy for these parts. It usually does not get so wintery around here…but we have had our fair share of frigid this year……

I love the chill of a snowy day. Not the chill of outside, {although that can be fun too} but the chill of being inside, warm drinks, staying in pajamas all day, reading good books, and movie marathons. However, it is 6:30 pm and I am just now sitting down to chill . Something got into me today, and I cleaned, vacuumed, organized cabinets, and did laundry! Literally for hours…I worked and worked….but you know what? It makes sitting down with a warm drink, good food, and a blanket all the more rewarding.

You may ask what candles have to do with any of this…….well, I’m getting to that. One of my favorite things…are candles. I love the soft glow of candlelight, I love that candle light means a cozy gathering of friends, a moody evening at home…….or the celebration of a clean house. Do you do that? I mean, the celebratory candle lighting at the end of a long cleaning day……..do you do that? I do.

Candles signify clean, warmth, cozy, sweetness……and I am super excited about this brand new candle line coming to Knack the first week of March! P.F. Candle company, with scents like campfire, teakwood & tobacco, amber & moss, and spruce you just can’t go wrong. I really love that this is a company run by a husband and wife team out of Los Angeles, CA …..and all of the candles are hand poured, soy, and in simple apothecary packaging.

I love candles, yes I do….I love candles how bout you?

xo,

Barb

It’s Time for Catching Up, and Exciting News

For a few months now, I have been contemplating a few really fantastic opportunities that have come my way. Do you all remember this post on my Facebook page back in October?

blog4……yes, that was October. It seems like just yesterday….so much has happened since then, and I am going to try to shed some light on that statement now that I have some clarity on things. There were so many things happening at one time..literally within days of each other…..I felt like I was in a dream. There were TV scouts calling about a network show {something I have said I would never do…..but was all of a sudden faced with}, there was a second book deal on the horizon, product sponsorships, and writing opportunities. Everything was happening fast, and to be honest ….I was a bit overwhelmed. It was all so exciting, but also very heavy and weighty as well. What was best for my brand? ….and more importantly…what was best for my family?

After lots of talking, planning, organizing, considering, weighing options, and the natural process of elimination, here is where I have landed:

1. I will be writing a second book!! Chronicle Books is amazing and I very much look forward to working with these great people again… and everything this second book will be. I will delve into lots more of my design process, color palettes…..and beautiful, beautiful photographs galore. Get pumped….because I’m super stoked about this project….and before you ask about a release date…..you all know that Chronicle Books are worth the wait….so, I will announce release dates when we get closer to time. For now, I’m writing my second book guys!!!!! A book that I hope will inspire you and make your eyeballs pop out of your head…..let’s party!

2. The TV producers quit calling…and that organically faded away. It wasn’t meant for me…and I’m ok with that. But, I also know how these things work….they will call again …and we’ll see what happens next time. It will have to be a pretty sweet deal to get me on TV. I don’t even like to have my picture taken.

3. I am now a member of the FrogTape® blog Squad! I have loved and exclusively used this tape in my work for years, simply because of how it performs, and because I find it to be superior to other brands. I am super excited about joining the team and blogging about this fantastic product!

blog34. I turned down another writing contract, that would have been a really fun opportunity….BUT, they wanted to retain all exclusive rights to my work. Been there, done that….not doing it again for any amount of money. Never ever give up rights to your work…..ever.

5. As of this month, I am a dealer for Old Fashioned Milk Paint! Again, I have been using this product since the early 2000′s and am happy to be carrying it at Knack. This company, and product have treated my furniture well over the years…and it is time to give it a proper place in my store. Some of you have asked if I will teach classes? do demonstrations? become all about paint? Nope. Nope. and Nope. I teach you everything you need to know about milk paint in my book Furniture Makeovers, and I simply wish to make a product available to you that I use and stand behind. I’m chill like that….but feel free to ask questions….I am happy to answer them.

6. You will see fabric, wallpaper, and drawer liner designs from me this year! I have been talking about designing for some time now…and it is finally going to happen. I am really, really excited beyond words about this opportunity…..and you all better get ready for my design craziness.

So…. as you can see, my plate is full. This is why I have not been painting as much furniture lately {although that is about to change}, and why I have been cleaning and organizing like crazy! Being focused, organized, and ready to go has given me such clarity and new creative direction.

I am so thankful for my family and friends…..for how they coach, support, love and guide me through the many decisions I face…..and a huge thank you to each and every one of you who take time out of your day to come here and read my ramblings, leave me wonderful comments of love and support, and cheer me on in all of my ventures. I appreciate it more than you know and cherish every interaction.

Here we go!

xo,

Barb

The nature air that filled our lungs and came out in laughter

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It was wonderful to be out in nature, listening to the water as it laughs and roars its way down the falls, carrying on with silly conversations, breathing in fresh air, laughing, stretching our muscles, exploring new towns, and celebrating being together.

I brought my good camera along this time so that I could capture more of what I saw. I am so glad I made the call to bring it……it was so wonderful to capture these moments…and the beauty of winter.

Winter sometimes gets a bad rap and is associated with cold, dark, wet, and bleak……but the evergreens, the glistening icicles, the bright green moss, the golden dried grasses, the dappled gray rocks, the charcoal mountains and the leathery wood all beg to differ with those opinions. I believe I agree ….

xo,

Barb