Farmhouse Chairs take on a Fun Twist

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. 

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A Chair to Honor My Dad

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”

How It’s Done: Mixing Bright Fabrics

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.

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How to Break Free from Grey: Color is the New Black

Many of us have enjoyed the “grey & beige train” for several years now. I admit it…I’ve had beige and grey walls in my house to warm it up. And I’ve even used grey fabrics primarily because I liked them. But every few years I get the itch to change everything up and get a different look. You might have read my previous blog about my entryway and stairwell where the walls went from a golden yellow to pale pink. Well, a few weeks ago I painted over the beige walls in my living room. Bye bye beige! It had a good run. 

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Frazadas: One of my Newest Faves

I’m always on the hunt for new fabrics that I can use for upholstery. “Normal” individuals go into a store and appreciate the tablecloths, skirts, and rugs on display. But evidently, I’m not normal. When I go into a store, my mind automatically goes into high gear thinking about how I could use these textiles on chairs. Often, I don’t have any specific chairs or projects in mind. I am merely just attracted to the vibrant colors and rich textures.  Continue reading “Frazadas: One of my Newest Faves”

Vegas Goes Boho

What do you do when a potential client wants a set of chairs for one of the biggest clothing and accessory trade shows in Las Vegas? You say YES! That’s exactly what happened last month. The initial request was for 6 chairs to dress up a clothing company called Boho Jane. As the name suggests, the client wanted a bohemian look to compliment their clothing line. Now, I could have just done a set of 6 matching chairs, but how boring is that?  So instead, I suggested that I do two different sets of two chairs (one set of arm chairs and the other a set of armless chairs) along with a settee. Here’s how it all began…

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What Happens When a French Settee Goes Boho

I admit it…I love French settees. And anytime I see one that I can afford, I buy it. You never can have too many settees in my opinion. (Read about my love of settees  here.) I found this one a few years ago and it’s been waiting for a makeover. Well, it’s day finally came. A client approached me needing a few different pieces for a special project. (You’ll hear more about this project in another blog next month.) I suggested using this settee and she agreed! Off with the peach fabric! Continue reading “What Happens When a French Settee Goes Boho”