I’m a Sucker for an Old Settee

I admit it, I’m a sucker for a settee. French settees in particular are amongst my favorites.  I’ve got an amazing one at my kitchen table that I’ll probably never part with. Just a few months ago I snagged this one on Craigslist. It had two amazing chairs that I’ll be redoing for a client soon, but this little preppy guy was in bad need of a makeover. Here’s how I did it. 

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It Really Is Better to Give Than to Receive

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.” I’m not sure that I really believed that as a kid, though. But now that I’m adult, I know this to be true. A few weeks ago I read an article in the local newspaper about a refugee family who had relocated to the Austin area from Syria. Multiple times, their neighborhood had been the target of bombing.  And, each time, their home was completely destroyed. I can’t even fathom what would it be like to have to start over with nothing but what others give out of the goodness of their hearts. 

When I saw a picture of the kids sitting around a coffee table in mismatched office chairs while they ate, I knew I had to step up and help. And so, I went to work designing something joyful and happy for this family of seven.   Continue reading “It Really Is Better to Give Than to Receive”

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 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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