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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The Year of Me

Last year at this time, I declared to my husband that this would be The Year of Me. He responded with an unsure and nervous “Ok.”  Instead of declaring a list of goals for the year, I decided on a more general goal for the year: To surround myself with things that would make me happier.  I would pay attention to how things make me feel, and I would act accordingly.

And I can honestly report that this was the happiest year of my life. That doesn’t mean it was easy or that only good things happened.  There were many challenges this past year.  But challenges don’t make us unhappy…on the contrary, challenges can bring happiness provided that we rise up to meet them. It’s the struggle—as we look back—that is the best part. 

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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”

Fabulous Fabrics for a Color Filled Home

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

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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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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”