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.
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”
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…
What’s a girl to do when she has a ton of pallet wood in her garage? I do have friends who have requested signs—and yes, I’m getting to those! But I have so much of this wood that I know I’ll never use it all and it’s taking up valuable real estate that need to be occupied by chairs. It just so happens that I’ve had problem in my studio. I have two lofts with undersides that are unfinished. I tried to cover it with a thick coat of paint, but I realized quickly that paint would not do the trick. Continue reading “Pallet Wood Ceilings”
If you’ve ever had a loved one need hospice care, you find out real quick that hospice workers are the most amazing people to ever walk this planet. About 12 years ago, my dear dad became so sick that we needed hospice to step in. The nurses supported us as caretakers, counselors, and listeners. They didn’t shy away from death, but instead helped us face it with courage. I wish I could do such meaningful work. It’s truly inspiring.
That’s why for the last three years I’ve donated chairs to a hospice charity fundraiser. Last year was my first year to actually attend the event and the keynote speaker was Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild which also was a movie with Reece Witherspoon. It was amazing to hear her personal story. This year’s speakers are the parents of Esther Earl. You would best know her as the main character in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Continue reading “How Chairs can Make a Difference for Hospice”
I admit it…I’ve got a huge crush on the Kate Spade brand right now. It doesn’t matter if it’s the dishes (and I’ve got a huge problem when it comes to loving dishes—ask my family), fabric by the yard, or Kate Spade Keds, I love it all. So, when I discover a cute apron that I want—but know that I’ll never wear—I have to devise a reason for buying it.
I love all styles, but one style that has gotten me particularly excited lately is the popular modern farmhouse look. All that rustic wood has the potential to look so amazing in our spaces. Now, I live in a Victorian house and my furnishings consist of black tufted leather, French chairs, bold chandeliers, gold, silver, and copper accents, and furry pillows—just to name a few. Because of what I do, I naturally think of adding in a chair to bring in that modern farmhouse look. Continue reading “The Surprising Fabrics That Go with Rustic”
Reclaimed wood is all the rage now! And why not? Just a small piece of this salvage adds interest to any type of space, be it your kitchen, living area, bath, or bedroom. No matter what your sense of style—industrial, eclectic, classic, beach, farmhouse, etc.—reclaimed wood can be that little something extra to make your space unique. Here’s a few reasons to consider using it in your space.
I admit it…my most favorite places to shop are antique shops, flea markets, and junk stores. Don’t get me wrong, I love gift stores too, but since my own personal preference is to have an eclectic home filled with interesting things, I am forced to go into dank, stinky shops. I’ve learned to embrace those funky smells because what often awaits inside are one-of-a-kind, special things. And, you only need to find really one cool thing to make the trip worth it. Old tables happen to be a personal favorite. Just imagine one as an island or table in your kitchen. Let’s say you have a party and need extra table space for the food. Believe me, tables always come in handy. Continue reading “Using Interesting Tables in Your Home”