Meet Wendy Conklin:

               Award-winning author, speaker,
and chair stylist

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Wendy is an award-winning author, speaker, and chair stylist with a passion for helping others live more creatively.

She helps clients create surroundings that truly reflect their uniqueness, zest, and personality through bespoke chairs and fabric selections.
And for those students who need the challenge of learning a creative craft, she’s their teacher of choice.

Her work has been featured in top-shelf publications including Cottages & Bungalows, Where Women Create, Cottage Style, Austin Home, and Austin Woman magazines.

Wendy lives in the Austin, Texas area with her husband, two daughters, and two furry friends, Zeus & Nike.

Expert Topics:

The art and joy of crafting antique chairs
How to take a side hustle and catapult it to a full time gig
How to be a more creative thinker

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TV & Magazines

ABC 10 Your California Life: DIY Ugly Chair Challenge

Austin Home Magazine: Sitting Pretty: Chair Whimsy Offers Customizable Chair Creations

Austin Woman Magazine: What Inspires Wendy Conklin’s Whimsical Chairs

Better Homes & Gardens: Chairs Featured in Cottage Style Magazine

Chicago WGN Channel 9: Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist, Shares Tips on How to Design and Upholster Your Chairs

Cottages & Bungalows: Chairs featured in A Great Romance

Cottages & Bungalows: Transform any space in your home with amazing, creative, custom chairs

Flea Market Home

Good Day Stateline: Making Over Chairs That Need a Little TLC with Wendy Conklin

News Channel 8: Bringing Old Chairs to Life

News Channel 9 WSYR-TV: An Ugly Chair Challenge: No Sewing Required

Where Women Create Magazine: Ways I Practice Mindfulness in the Studio and Expand My Creativity


Side Hustle School: Crafter Fashions Upcycled Chairs into Six-Figure Shop

Stories of Change & Creativity: Chronicles my journey from side hustle to entrepreneur and how I turned my hobby into a full-time gig.

Mental Health News Radio Network: Wendy Conklin — An Encore Career Specializing in Creativity and Fun.

Make Space Podcast: Spills the beans on how I style fun chairs, mix and match prints, and make eclectic chairs work together as well as amazing tips for giving furniture pieces a makeover.

The Design You Podcast: How to be a Creative Thinker with Wendy Conklin.

Thrift Diving: This Woman Makes Six Figures Reupholstering Chairs!

Diversified Game: Wendy Conklin Gives the Game on Chair Whimsy her Boutique Chair Design Co


Newspapers & Blogs

Apartment Therapy: Here’s How a Pair of $50 Vintage Bistro Chairs Became the MVPs of My Tiny Apartment

BuzzFeed: 26 Furniture Pieces That Reviewers Say Are Gorgeous, Stunning, Or Beautiful

BuzzFeed: 52 Pieces Of Furniture And Decor That Basically Say "Why Yes, I Am A Sophisticated Adult"

Austin American Statesman: Chair Whimsy Owner Donates Table and Chairs to Lugo Family

Create Whimsy Spotlight: Wendy Conklin Artist and Chair Designer

GoDaddy: Tips for scaling up your Etsy business

Thrive Global: Wendy Conklin of Chair Whimsy: “Add fun books stacked on a table”

US News & World Report: How to Make Money on Etsy


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