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! 

never stop

e44e5f96f65ff338c7953bfe57241f99I hear myself say this to myself, aspiring creative business owners, my children, my friends…..and it is so true! There are always new things to learn, always new things to challenge our minds with, and being open to learning vs closed minded is the only way to growth.

{P.S. I just found out that this print is available for sale here…..and I really want to buy one! I have loved this print for years!}




This modern world allows for a high degree of self-presentation.  Social media provides a platform to curate and edit our lives, and to dictate the way we are seen.  Behind the screens and usernames and likes and filters, there is a life that is complex and beautiful and impossible to sum up in an “about me” section.

Thank God.

There are two important things here:

1. You are so much more than you do, say, and present to the world.

2. So is everyone else.

There is so much brewing beneath the surface – good, bad, and in-between. Let’s remember this week to give ourselves and others the benefit of the doubt.


basil dreams :: “viviette”

greenbed1 greenbed2 greenbed3 greenbed5 We finished a new piece this week! Yippee! It felt good to get the paintbrushes out and swipe them across some smooth wood! Lately, we have been happily busy with secret book projects and shopping with customers….so it is nice to be able to actually show you a piece of furniture that we finished!

Angie and I both said that it is dangerous to have such a bed on the shop floor, because she beckons us with her soft curves and her sculpted finials! We may just decide to make sitting reclining on her softness a daily activity…while we still have her!

Sweet dreams!

* Viviette is available for sale in the online shop here, or you can always come by the shop at 11 Lois Ave!

living with :: Aronia



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The heat has set in for the summer, and we are dreaming of popsicles, pools, and backyard parties to make the most of the hot southern months.

The heat’s also got us dreaming in bright hot colors and understated elegance.

Today we’re setting our coral chest “Aronia” up on a hot date with some seriously spicy finds.  From a strikingly cool print to hang above her and a simple planter box that won’t take away from her details, to a stunner of a ring for your finger while you flip through the latest issue of “Collective Quarterly”.

Stay cool, hotties.

a little magazine holder :: orabella

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Every now and again…. a tiny little piece catches our eye, and we can’t resist saving it and giving it a whirl! The beautiful details on this magazine holder….like the scalloped handle, the cut out design, and the turned legs make it extra special….. and super fun to paint!

Details make all the difference in the world my friends! We used General Finishes milk paint on this little lady, and the color is Persian Blue.

New life. All good.

quotage :: name it, claim it


It’s usually the other way around.  We’ve all heard it – maybe even said it – “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  It’s a decree full of distrust, cynicism, and doubt.  But when you think positively and declare joy, peace, and victory into your every day life, you’ll soon see the results of that belief.  It’s not magic, it’s simply that we live what we believe.  If we expect the bad, we usually see the bad.  And if we expect good?  Let me tell ya, good will follow suit in some way or other.

Look for the good & believe that it exists.

Turning 40 :: Celebrations

knack birthday couponWell you guys… 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!

living with :: Aureliana


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Aureliana, our deep blue square side table, is the color of a clear night sky, and has a bold sturdy presence in whatever room she lives in.  Patterned with a delicately graphic black and white surface, she adds depth and charm instantly.

This babe begs to be beside a comfy couch, complete with a warm throw and a sassy pillow, ready to hold your popcorn while you watch a scary movie.