#AnthroEvents

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Well my friends….I am only two days away from my event + book signing at Anthropologie, and I woke up this morning so excited about it that I couldn’t go back to sleep.

As I worked in the studio yesterday with Kendall….my sweet summer intern….she was  asking me if I was excited….and I tried to explain how I felt….which went something like: ” I am so excited….I don’t even know how to physically show it! When I think back to 2001/2002 when I first started using Anthropologie knobs in my furniture work, it just all seems too surreal to grasp that I will now be in the store…..which is carrying and selling my book…..doing a question and answer time +book signing!” Not to mention, there will be an area set apart where I have picked all of my favorite new hardware and tools from Anthropologie to use in your own furniture designs!

I don’t know what to wear..{I mean….really}…I am starting to get butterflies…..and am already praying that I don’t ramble too much during the Q + A…….

….but seriously…this is one of those moments that I had fun dreaming about back in the early 2000′s as I painted in my garage….and I am not quite sure I know how to wrap my mind around the fact that this little dream of mine is now very real.

This one thing I do know……I am so thankful and grateful for all of the many blessings that have fallen on me, because I know that there are many others with talents far greater than mine……

P.S. If you would like to RSVP for the book signing event please be sure to do so here

xo,

Barb

FLASH SALE AT KNACK

FlashsaleWe are trying to make way for new goodies coming in over the next couple of weeks, and so we decided to have a flash sale! Pillows + Mirrors are 50% off and everything else in the shop {including furniture} is 15% off! This goes for both local + online shoppers!

This doesn’t happen very often, so take advantage…. and scoop up those knackalicious treats you have been checkin’ out!

If there is something you would like to purchase but do not see it in the online shop, please email me and let me know!

Hurry…sale ends Friday at 2 pm!

xo,

Barb

Furniture Makeovers Blog Tour

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Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am SO excited to announce the official start of the blog tour for my book, Furniture Makeovers! Here is the wonderful line up:

Friday, July 12 – Chronicle Books blog

Monday, July 15 – A Beautiful Mess

Tuesday, July 16 – The City Sage and Cranny + Me

Wednesday, July 17 – Urban Comfort

Thursday, July 18 – Indie Craft Parade

Friday, July 19 – Simply Grove

Monday, July 22 – Poppytalk

Tuesday, July 23 – The Curated House and Ambrosia Creative

Wednesday, July 24 – The Bedlam of Beefy

Thursday, July 25 – Decorology

Friday, July 26 – Bloesem

Be sure to follow along, as there will be multiple chances to win a signed copy of my book AND a fabulous new Knack tote bag!

A very big “Thank you” to all of my blog friends for being so generous with their time and for helping spread the love about my book!

xo,

Barb

A little blue chest named “Carlonia”

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This little chest of drawers is so sweet and wonderful with her curvy drawers and fancy details. I got her from my parents, who graciously offered her up for a special project I was working on. This very special project was my book promo video that we shot the day after the book launch party. I have been sitting on it, because I am waiting on the blog tour of my book to start which is very soon now. I can’t wait for you all to see this video, and for you to literally watch as this piece comes to life!

Carlonia is painted in a custom {by yours truly!} milk paint color and finished with three coats of water based polyurethane. The knobs were purchased a while back at Anthropologie and the drawer liners are from a roll of vintage wallpaper that I found in my journeys. The lovely little paper mache’ bunny has sold since I shot these photos on Friday…..but I will have more animals in the next few weeks!

I will get Carlonia listed in the online shop very soon….but for now she is available on the floor at Knack.

Happy Monday!

xo,

Barb

Found Goodness: Jon Blair is the best thing that ever “found” me

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Building up to the book launch….which is TOMORROW NIGHT!….. I have thought a lot about a lot of things. The time, the challenges,the people, the stretching and learning, the greatness of the opportunity, and how much I loved every minute of it.

I wrote about friends the other day….friends who came alongside and made things happen even when I didn’t know how to tell them how to make things happen…..and today I want to write about my husband….who was and is my rock.

My husband has always been the driving force behind Knack. He not only created the Knack brand through his skill in logo identity and knowing the marketing and print industry….but he has always been my biggest fan and supporter. Jon is my partner, my best friend. There have been times where I doubted myself {the book was one of those times believe it or not} and he never wavered….cheering me on and telling me “You are crazy if you do not do this!” He is one of my biggest champions and always has been. There are times when we have not always seen eye to eye on decisions, but we always come to a mutual agreement of how things should be done.

I don’t think many people realize that Knack would not be here without the support and sacrifice of my husband and family. I have definitely not built this business on my own and am not autonomous in my decisions and actions. I realize that I have much to be thankful for and too many blessings to count.

The picture above of Jon washing dishes sums up what I am trying to say in this post….I shot this during the book process,and the image is burned into my memory. Day after day…night after night….this amazing man took everything he could off my shoulders so that I could rest when tired, focus, and get everything done. I’m talking all of the laundry, cleaning, dishes, extra running around, being available for photo shoots, next to me in bed as I wrote, and wrote and wrote, providing constant encouragement and laughter all along the way. I could not love this man any more…..he is so special….and I thank God every day that he found such an amazing human being for me to spend my life with, to raise children with, and to grow old with.

Those of you who have had the privilege to meet Jon in person know that I am not exaggerating any of this….he is truly one of a kind….and an absolute gem.

As I left the house this morning he kissed me and said ” You are my favorite girl”…….and I laughed back…”no, YOU are my favorite!”

You are my “favoritest” Jon Blair….and I love you with my whole heart.

xo,

Barb

 

Etcetera: Beautiful printable tags…..& Anthropologie

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I absolutely love these tags that I discovered on the elli blog! I am totally going to be printing some off for myself and using them for gifts and treats! I love the graphics and am always a sucker for chalkboard drawings!

I hope you all have had a wonderful week! It has been an extra special week for me as I found out that my book, Furniture Makeovers, has been picked up by Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters! I’m over the moon excited about all of the wonderful things happening with the book….the fun book party planning…..and the pure goodness and blessings.

Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

Barb

 

Introductions: More Stripes, and another sneak peek at the Knack book

On Saturday morning, a very large padded envelope was delivered to the front  porch, and when I saw the Chronicle Books label and felt the weight of the envelope I seriously had a moment of….really? is this my book? …I was feeling up that package like it was a secret Christmas present under the tree….and then I tore it open……and guess what was inside?! Not the finished copy of my book, but the completed printed proof of my book! It is the final version….printed on the chosen paper……and soon thousands of them will be printed and bound! Woo hoo, I can’t wait for that day!  It is getting closer and closer! I stayed up late Saturday night and read the entire book from the very first page to the last page, {all 192 of them!} and when I got to the last page I finished with a great sense of ” Whew, that was a lot of work and I am really proud of the finished product”. I am so thankful to have worked with the best in the industry. I just thought you may want to catch a glimpse……..I hope you enjoy :}

Also, this lovely little modern striped chest is another custom piece, and will be going home with the striped end tables from last week :} Aren’t they a great trio? I am super excited with how these pieces turned out and the home that these guys get to live in is a super sweet and special one! I am so blessed with the best clients around! Love them…….and love what I get to do every day! So blessed beyond measure!

xo,

Barb

Found Goodness- A very special giveaway

On Monday I told you all about the awesome new venture that my friend Grace is launching…..Olive Box. Well, Grace is an amazing gal and she wants one of you all to win the very package that I got in the mail……for FREE!! You all are lucky readers and I can’t wait to see who wins!

Here is how to enter to win:

> like Olive Box on Facebook

> like Olive Box on Twitter

> leave me a comment here about how much you love paper, and why

….AND, if that wasn’t enough….if you subscribe to Olive Box this week you will be automatically entered to win this amazing typewriter! Yipee…..we love treats and giveaways!

Good luck my friends! I will pick a winner on Monday!

xo,

Barb