A fantastic desk named “Constantia”

driftwooddeskconstantia1 constantia2 constantia3 constantia4 constantia6This my friends….is the girl I have been telling you about. I knew she had it in her, but it took me a few tries to get her ……perfect.

After tearing through layers of warped veneer, {to reveal gorgeous planked wood}, two coats of primer, four coats of milk paint, three coats of poly, and two coats of Danish oil on the top…….she is ready to rock and roll!

I think back on the hours and hours that this piece took to complete…..and they seem to just fade away, as the lens tells a whole new story of transformation and redemption.

I love my job, and this truly brings me joy! Speaking of joy….Matt Ayers and Sam Windell of Traveling Storytellers shot a makers video on me last week. If you would like to check it out, click here! These guys creatively directed this film, and I love that they honed in on the important things: Family, passion, joy and hard work!



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  1. Judi

    It’s so nice to connect your “voice” to you…just as sweet as you come across in your writing. Love the film, your vision & work ethic that truly sets you apart from others.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Judi! I am so glad you enjoyed the video! xo

  2. Katy

    Amazing!!!! Going to checkout the video now.

  3. vera

    Linda !!!!! : ) Which colour ?

    • Barb Blair

      Hey Vera! This color is Driftwood….wit ha little white added in :}….but straight driftwood is a favorite of mine. xo

  4. Oh, you resurrected a beauty!! Well-worth all the TLC you showered upon her…REALLY. I love the drawer liner/paper too. Makes me ‘happy’ to see flowers!

    • Barb Blair

      Jenny, thank you friend! I know you love the drawer liners….I literally think of you EVERY single time I go to photograph…:} You keep me on my toes! xo

  5. A great video. I love it and believe in your approach to furniture design. You’ve set yourself apart from the rest by thinking and sketching before you start. That’s basically an obsession of mine. The sketchbook is my favorite tool. Lovely desk by the way! Congrats.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Martha! I appreciate it so much…..and I agree completely that the sketchbook is so dreamy…..and essential! xo

  6. Kelli

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE HER!…and her octopus knobs! loved the video too! I would love one day to talk “business vision” with you one day. you are a true inspiration!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Kelli! A little octopus goes a long way, right?! {wink!} I love to mix together details…and felt like the octopus balanced out the feminine carvings. I am happy to chat with you any day! Just let me know! xo

  7. Totally inspiring, as always. Love the desk. Love the video. Love your creative passion and your process. Love that you so willingly share your heart. Thank you!

    • Barb Blair

      Kristen, Thank you very, very much! xo

  8. Funny, I stopped by your blog today, and thought I’d thank you for the inspiration … your shared quotes, lovely furniture, and this post about a challenging desk. Then, I watched the video. My creative spirit has been refreshed after a week of hectic soccer schedule, above usual day/career job work demands, oh, and finishing taxes. Thank you!

    • Barb Blair

      Jen, Thank YOU! I am humbled so much by the fact that you find refreshment and inspiration here……xo

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