News from the week || Friday

bookprocess1 bookprocess2 bookprocess3 bookprocess4 bookprocess5It has been a busy, busy week. Lots of planning, sketching, painting, photographing, meetings, consultations, and inventory purchasing………but I was just telling my husband, that I have come to realize I enjoy big projects. When I say “big projects” I am mainly referring to the book….since it is huge, and all encompassing at the moment…..but I get so inspired and feel so creative when producing content for the books. So much time and thought goes into projects, and I am pushed creatively to produce things that are fresh and new…..and that, to me….is just plain old fashioned fun. There are times where I am scared, and tired, and frustrated as well……but usually a good cup of chai, a hot bath, and a good nights sleep have me ready to hit it hard again the next day.

I am truly excited to complete this book. There is so much goodness to share…with lots of color palettes….shooting on location in homes…..styling…..and water color sketches. I look forward to the reward at the end of the work……it’s going to be so great!

I am pleased to introduce you to my team for book two:

Paige French is the photographer for the entire book two project, and is responsible for all of the behind the scenes shots featured in this post. Check out her website……it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Jessica Barley of A Darling Day is assisting me with styling , props, and site planning for the on location styled shoots……and Julie Dodds of Willow Florals is in charge of all floral styling for the entire project.

So….can you see why I am excited? These girls are great at what they do and I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team.

Have a great weekend…and enjoy Spring Break!

xo,

Barb

Spring colors and triangles for a coffee table named “Elusine”

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It is definitely Spring, and I cannot even tell you how her colors have inspired this piece of furniture. The blooming trees, the green green grass, and the many flowers opening their faces to the sun have me very inspired.

Remember when I lamented a bit about the Pantone color of the year being radiant orchid? I am not a huge fan of purple in any shade…but I was determined to find a way to use it my work…and at the same time stay true to the Knack aesthetic. In this coffee table design, I use radiant orchid not once…but TWICE! Once in its original state, and then I added a little somethin’ somethin’ {white paint} to create a little lighter shade. I absolutely love the color palette of pink, orange, lavender, gold, and orchid, and this palette was completely inspired by a bouquet of Ranunculus flowers I purchased a couple weeks back.

I think it is fun, yet again, to combine the hard edges and points of the geometric triangles with the feminine and curvy lines of this sweet table. The perfect pairing if you will.

I used FrogTape® to create the custom triangle designs on top of the table, and there is a full step by step “how to” up on the FrogTape blog here! If you decide that miss Elusine needs to come live with you, she IS available for purchase at Knack! {and if you freakin’ love the dish towel hanging on the wall, {me! me!} you can get that at Knack too!} We are all about some goodness for the home around here!

Hope you enjoy!

xo,

Barb

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

A fantastic desk named “Constantia”

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After tearing through layers of warped veneer, {to reveal gorgeous planked wood}, two coats of primer, four coats of milk paint, three coats of poly, and two coats of Danish oil on the top…….she is ready to rock and roll!

I think back on the hours and hours that this piece took to complete…..and they seem to just fade away, as the lens tells a whole new story of transformation and redemption.

I love my job, and this truly brings me joy! Speaking of joy….Matt Ayers and Sam Windell of Traveling Storytellers shot a makers video on me last week. If you would like to check it out, click here! These guys creatively directed this film, and I love that they honed in on the important things: Family, passion, joy and hard work!

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

Introductions- A mirror destined to be a cork board

I usually do not take on small projects such as this….but this fantastic mirror frame belongs to a friend….and I could n0t…would not tell her no. I have to say it was fun to take on a different project just for funsies! I love that she chose gray too….gray is good.

I will see if I can get lucky and shoot a “real” after shot once the cork has been installed for the bulletin board…but for now, isn’t this frame so pretty?! Love it!

My job is done.

xo,

Barb

Inroductions- How ’bout a little gray with that coffee table

This sweet coffee table is the product of another collaboration between Knack and Lindsay Carmody Interiors! I think you all will remember the previous table and chairs project here…….but regardless, it was great to work with Lindsay again and get to paint with more luscious gray paint!

I thought this piece was going to be a stinker to paint with all of the caning and the double layer shelf, but indeed the actual painting was not the issue…..rather the paint I was given {no names brands in order to protect the innocent….but if you follow Knack on Facebook you may be able to figure it out! hah!} that caused me some rather sweaty moments! I was determined to figure this “sitch” out, and so I pushed up my sleeves and put on my thinking cap! You know what?…..just like with everything hard in life and work… the end result was even more rewarding because of the problem solving, blood, sweat and tears that went into it. Persevere my friends! Never give up! I am so thrilled with the finish on this piece.

Also, with this specific client there was a bit of concern about the extra wear and tear that this table had already experienced before painting, and would continue to experience in the future due to some very attentive and loving little ones in the home {sigh……I remember those days!} and so, I completed the painting and the staining in the studio and then, as an added precaution I subcontracted out a high intensity spray finish for the entire piece. I’s dotted, T’s crossed.

It is smooth like butter, baby.

Happy Monday folks! Welcome to a new week!

 

xo,

Barb

Etcetera- Knack work space progress

Hello, hello! I know that I am so late getting this up today…..but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and do what you can! I have to admit that when I started photographing the work space for this post, I realized how much I still have to do in this space to get it where I want it…but for now though, I am organized, everything has its place, and I can work smoothly and efficiently on all of the projects I have going on in the studio right now. I had two pieces of furniture leave the studio today to go to their homes……and that just feels so great! Much work and progress has been accomplished in this beautiful new space, and I look forward to looking back at these photos in the months to come just to see how it evolves over time and usage.

Remember where we started?

Well, here we are now! This first photo is of the left side of the work space where I keep all of my paint, stains, glues, rollers, trays, etc. and also my big old filing cabinet that houses catalogs, business cards, stamps, papers and tidbits. The jury is still out as to what to do with the stairs, but if you go out the door there you find yourself on the little brick garden patio….so I would love to do something really inviting and fun on the stairs……but don’t want to rush it. More to come on that!

…..now we are moving around the room to the center {ish} part of the studio where my most valuable resources are. My fabulous utility sink {hallelujah!!} and all of my paintbrushes and tools that I use on an hourly basis. I tried to set everything up just like you would your kitchen at home…..everything easily accessible and the best use of the space as possible. I have to say I am absolutely loving the storage system from IKEA for all of my paintbrushes! Woot! I also painted and installed the shelves {which were left by the previous tenant} to house all of my crazy bits and pieces…..and then on the left you can see some of my projects awaiting their transformations….all neatly stacked and ready.

….last but not least we move into the back corner of the studio. This is the area that will probably evolve the most over time! All of my knobs are here, and I would like to create a “half skirt” of sorts for the table to hide all of the storage underneath but still keep the little mustard chest readily accessible since it houses everything under the sun like tape, rulers, drills, screws, craft knives, you name it…it’s in there! BUT….I love this little area even with it’s utility boxes and craziness because there is a window here as well and I can look out as I work and see the train as it thunders by. I re used the curtains from two studios ago as they fit perfectly for now…..until I decide I want something different! {wink!}

I love this place, and it is definitely starting to feel like home. I cannot get over the natural light in this space from the skylight and the window! All of these photos were shot with all of the lights off and doors closed……too cool! It is the small things my friends!

I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of the work area! Have a great weekend!

xo,

Barb

Introductions – faux bois

Do you all remember this chair?

Well…..she has totally come full circle now! My buddy Dale did a bang up job on the upholstery work…..and even though the wood frame was a total bugger to paint {since it is a recliner and there were so many nooks and crannies!} I am thrilled with how she turned out! Take a look…

Isn’t she a beauty?! I hate to give her up, but her owners are ready for her to grace their space! Woot!

xo,

Barb

FYI

There is so much that I want to say, yet at the same time it is very hard to put into words all that has transpired over the past few weeks. I will try to start from the beginning and see what happens.

I think it is safe to say that for the past year I have been thinking about the next step for Knack. Where and how I want to grow my company. How big do I want to get? What really truly brings me joy? What is best for my family? At the same time, preparing for the launch of my first book and along with that, the title of “Published Author”.  So many very exciting things going on and coming up in the very near future for Knack…..things I only once dreamed of happening when I started painting furniture in my garage just a few short years ago now.

I would lay out plans in my head and on paper and made lists of pros and cons……and was very specific about what I wanted in the next step. I have a very close core group of people that I share my dreams and ideas with and I let those people in on what my little secrets were and just kept plodding along. I really, really spent a lot of time honing in on what I truly wanted based on what I enjoy and started moving in that direction. I used to think that I wanted certain things and achievements that I no longer desire….and I am so thankful for the clarity I have been given and for the path that lies ahead. For me it is more about truly loving what you do and not about anything else. I believe when you truly love what you do, you are “successful” on all levels no matter how big or small.

When I planned for Knack’s next step, I wanted a place where I could have a studio/working space in the back and a showroom/store in the front. A place where I could begin to develop my style even more, by carrying unique items for the home that come alongside and compliment my furniture designs. I wanted a place where there would be gorgeous natural light so that I could focus on my photography and styling shoots. I wanted a building with architectural character. I wanted a place that I could hold beautiful events in. I wanted a place that had a loading dock. I know this sounds crazy, but I wanted a bathroom with a shower so that on the days that I have events and don’t have time to run home and shower and change …..no problem! Did I mention that lighting was huge to me? I wanted great light in both the shop and the work space.

I think you will see in these pictures , that I got everything on my wishlist, to a tee…..and more! I got that bathroom with a shower..not only did I get great lighting but I also got a skylight on top of great lighting in the workspace….and as an extra bonus the building comes with a parking lot on one side and a little brick and stone garden on the other side. It is literally the stuff dreams are made of. There is not one thing about this building that is a negative…..it is a Godsend…..it is the only way to describe what has transpired with this space……and how fast it happened.

I am ready to dig in and make the space my own……freshen up the plants and beds on the outside, sweep, dust, and sparkle on the inside….and fill it to the brim with beautiful furniture and found goodness.

I decided to jump…yet again……Thank you for joining me on this journey.

xo,

Barb