behind the scenes :: projects and products

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1 // candles and matches sitting pretty on our mint green desk

2 // new PF Candle scent, Neroli & Eucalyptus, smells like a west coast dream

3 // sketches for an upcoming project

4 // even our workshop drop cloths are fair game for doodles

5 // fresh flowers by Willow Florals for a styled shoot

6 // the light in our shop during a #knackbook2 photoshoot

behind the scenes :: preparations and visitors

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1// working on our display for Indie Craft Parade this year (don’t forget — Sept. 12-14 in Greenville, SC!)

2// paint and frog tape make our job FUN

3// glass and candle cubes brightening up our shop

4// Man pillow (or Abe as we call him) making our bed “Viviette” look super sexy

5// curb appeal

6// longtime blog follower Paula and her family popped into the shop this week… all the way from London! It was such a treat.

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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Cream and Navy Stripes + Brass bunny = “Franchon”

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When one of my pickers brought this little piece to the shop to see if I was interested in purchasing her, I instantly fell in love with her size, shape and detail.

The character of Franchon is just so sweet and perfect. The round and soft curves, the little stacked feet, the drawer, the shelves, the side slots. Franchon packs quite a bit of storage and design in her small frame…..and I decided to celebrate that with four inch cream and navy stripes.

The brass bunny head knob has been calling my name for months now, and I knew that it would be the final detail needed to complete this design. Of course, the gorgeous flowers created by Julie Dodds of Willow Florals make this situation fresh and beautiful. When Julie walked in the door with this arangement, my stomach literally flip flopped…..and my soul groaned….literally…I am not just saying that. Fresh flowers….especially ones as diverse and colorful as this…..really make me joyful. You will be seeing lots more of Julie’s work, as she is the floral stylist for Knack book number two! Yay!

I hope all of you are well……and enjoying Spring break, or whatever it is that this week holds for you!

{p.s. Franchon is available for sale at the shop…..but if she doesn’t get snatched up this week….she will find a home with me. This one is tugging at my heart}

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

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

Introductions

Well, there certainly has been an evolution process in the design of this chair! I loved it when my client brought it to the studio looking like this:

and I used it in several shoots until it was time to tear off the upholstery and freshen up the paint job…..and then it looked like this:

tearing off the fabric and foam proved to be more monumental than I had previously thought…..but it was done, and I moved onto the painting part. {woot!} I painted the frame in a medium gray and used a small brush to add some bronze details to the trim. Then, It was time for little miss to head off to the upholstery shop, and she came back to me looking like this:

For goodness sakes she is even more of a beauty now! I want to say thank you to my client “A” for trusting me with her treasure…and for bringing this beautiful chair back to the studio so I could photograph the end result!

Meet Aletta……and believe me…she is charmed to meet you as well.

xo,

Barb

Etcetera

Here is a sneak peek at a couple pieces that I will finish up today! I will be sanding , staining, waxing, finishing, and then I will introduce the little armoire to you all on Monday! The beautiful chair will take a trip to the upholstery shop and when it returns I will shoot some after shots for you all. It is going to be gorgeous with the new fabric!
Hope you all have a great weekend, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Don’t want to miss out on some awesome Thomas Paul treats!
xo,
Barb

Etcetera

Well….I finally got them all spray painted, drainage holes drilled, rocks at the bottom, and planted with sweet little plants!! I have delivered about half of them to their intended recipients…and hopefully will get the rest delivered today and over the weekend! 
I enjoyed making these as gifts for my friends…..and it was so fun to see their faces light up as I carried in their bright little flower garden :} 
Have a great weekend! I will see you on Monday with a sweet little desk makeover!
xo,
Barb