How an Unassuming Pink Chair Helped Define a Tight Space

I need to stay away from antique malls. I really do. I always find something that I can’t resist. Actually, I do resist buying stuff. (You wouldn’t believe this if you saw my garage…never mind that, though). I rarely buy things when I first see them. Instead, I go home and if I can’t stop thinking about it for a week, I go back praying that it’s still there. Well, I saw this chair and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

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The Case for the 10-Minute Chair

You may be wondering, what exactly is a 10-minute chair? I heard this phrase for the first time just a few months ago. And my first response was, What in the world is a 10-minute chair?  It basically refers to how long you can sit in a chair comfortably. You might be wondering, if we could only survive 10 minutes in a chair, why would anyone bother with it? Continue reading “The Case for the 10-Minute Chair”

It’s All About the Process

When a client comes to me wanting an eclectic set of chairs, I get excited.  I have no idea how it’s going to turn out exactly, but I know the end result will be fabulous. That might sound scary to many of you. The problem solving that goes into decisions concerning fabric, paint, and chair frames is quite a challenge, but this type of work is right up my alley!

I long for that type of challenge because it’s the process that pushes me to be creative. I start with a some rules that are determined by the answers to a few questions. The answers my clients give me set the boundaries that I need to work within. One thing I discovered long ago is that creativity needs boundaries and restrictions to thrive. If everything is a possibility, then it’s too overwhelming. In those cases, decisions are too hard to make and nothing gets done as a result. 

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My Great Craigslist Adventures

I’ve got a problem…  It’s my ever increasing obsession with craigslist. Sometimes I drive hours away to get a good deal. I’ve known others who love craigslist, too, but not to this degree. I’ve been buying on craigslist for years long before they had posted pictures! What did I do before craigslist? I can tell you that I was a garage sale fanatic. When I lived in St. Louis they had amazing garage sales. The best day to go was on Wednesday. My friends and I would pile into a Suburban and head out for the day almost weekly to find all sorts of treasures that we never knew we needed until we saw them. That’s how I first began decorating my house. This was in the early 90s. After moving away to Chicago, I missed garage sales terribly as cities are no conducive to these types of sales. So, I found Goodwill stores and other resale stores. And then, craigslist came along. Here’s one of my most favorite sets bought on craigslist that I refurbished with the paint and fabric. Continue reading “My Great Craigslist Adventures”

How Chairs can Make a Difference for Hospice

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”

My Big Crush

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.

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The Surprising Fabrics That Go with Rustic

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”