Hands down my most favorite movie this past year was La La Land. I saw it four times in the theater and I’ve watched it countless times on HBO. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about two people who seek to follow their dreams. One wants to be an actress and the other wants to own his own business, a jazz club. The movie shows the struggles, failures, and pain that happen along their journey. Every time I watch it, I am on the verge of tears for most of the movie. I can identify with their desire to achieve something that seems elusive.
A few months ago, a client approached with with a request. Her new home in Florida needed some dining chairs with an eclectic, vintage vibe. She had purchased a luxurious velvet green sofa and was painting a wall dark blue. Using that as my guide, I went to work designing something special.
A few months ago I began working on a set of chairs for an all-white glamorous kitchen. And, the chairs needed to included these elements: French, color, grain sack, multiple fabrics, and distressed wood. This was a tall order indeed! Continue reading “Colorful Chairs for an All-White Kitchen”
This past month I had an addition built on to my existing workshop. You might have read my blog, Chair Whimsy is Growing. And as of yesterday, it was finally completed inside and out! Construction is messy, but well worth the effort in the end. What I thought would be maybe a week has turned into four weeks. But it’s done and I’m thrilled. Continue reading “The New She Shed is Open for Business!”
This past weekend I made a trip to Minden, Louisiana to visit my friend, Sara, who had ordered a set of dining chairs for her newly renovated cottage-style farmhouse. She has spent the last year renovating this old house. Oh my goodness! The house is absolutely darling. Every. Square. Inch. Driving up, you can’t help but notice the lemon yellow door popping out from the all white facade. Decorating the porch and an overhaul of the yard are still on the list of things to come for this cottage farmhouse, but even so, the house still looks so darn cute.
Yes, I know it’s fall, but lately it has felt like spring in my workshop. And, my latest set of chairs for a client is the main cause. We started out with a cute set of vintage dining chairs that had great curves, but an unsavory color and upholstery. Continue reading “Chairs that Celebrate Spring All Year”
I’ve been holding it in for a while! But there’s no denying that Chair Whimsy is growing… in a few different ways. Many of you might already know that my workshop is in my backyard. Continue reading “Chair Whimsy is Growing!”
It’s been 13 years and counting. My dad passed away somewhat suddenly after being a very active man. The last few days of his life we turned to hospice so we could bring our dad home where he wanted to be. Up to this point, I had no experience or contact with a hospice organization—death was a scary topic that I didn’t care to entertain. But the fact is, it comes to all of us eventually. And looking back, I am so grateful for hospice. Sure, it’s still painful after all these years to look back on those events, but because of this organization I do have some comfort in knowing that we were able to give my dad his last wish—being at home. My brother and I were prepared to do whatever we needed to take care of him, but after an initial evaluation, the hospice nurses said they would be there 24 hours a day. And, they were amazing in their care not only for my dad, but for us. People who devote their lives to this type of service are simply amazing. The nurses are a huge part of this, but it takes a village to run hospice organizations from office staff to counselors and educators.
Every year for the past four years I’ve donated a chair to the annual Hospice Austin’s Beauty of Life charity auction event. This year is no different. And as I’ve selected the frame, fabric, and finish of my chair, I’ve reflected on my dad. He would never have believed I’ve made a career change like this one. But he were still alive, he would be my biggest cheerleader. Continue reading “A Chair to Honor My Dad”
Do you have a home that can handle lots of color? Well, my latest clients do! And from the pictures they showed me of their previous home, they were not afraid of color either. They expressed a desire to have a variety of different bright colored fabrics that would include a stripe. I knew exactly the fabrics I would be selecting to show my clients…a chic, colorful pallet created by Dana Gibson.
I’m in the process right now of planning a set of six multi-colored kitchen chairs. Lucky for me, the kitchen is large and white. It can handle the chaos that a set of chairs like this will provide. And truthfully, this kitchen needs the color. The client doesn’t want to settle for a monochromatic atmosphere. So, how does one go about planning for a set like this? How can you make chaos live in harmony? Well, I’ve got a few tips up my sleeve to show you how it’s done.