Stylish Kitty Collars

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I am on the hunt for cute collars for our two little kitties! If you follow me on Instagram…..well, then you have probably seen my little Bleeker Olive and Newsie Mae. These two little fluff balls have been the funnest and best things we could have ever imagined and we truly enjoy them every day! I don’t think I have laughed harder or been more intrigued by the personalities and interesting habits of cats.These two have so much energy and personality….they must have a cute collar to match!

I have never ever been a cat person..and we were always that family that said “we don’t do cats”…..until now. I am so thankful that my sweet daughter has such a love for animals and that she talked us into getting a couple kittens.

We are in love. The end. {although I secretly wish they stayed cutie babies forever!}

xo,

Barb

Shelving that I love

ekby-valter-bracket__28988_PE115900_S4 shelving1 shelving2 shelving3One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new location last July {I can’t believe it has been one year already!} was to put up some shelving. I knew that I wanted natural wood, and a very simple design, to go with the white walls and clean aesthetic I envisioned for the shop layout. So, I started searching for the perfect shelving.

I could not find ready made shelving that fit my ideal, and so I decided to create my own. I headed to IKEA and picked up about 26 of the Ekby Valter birch brackets in both the 11″ and the 7 1/8″ sizes and then headed to my local Home Depot for a couple sheets of nice red oak plywood. I splurged on the really nice smooth plywood because it is so great for natural looking shelving.

My dad helped me measure out each piece of wood to create two large long shelves and six smaller shelves. It is a good thing dad is really good at math because these things boggle my little mind and create instant sweaty pits for me! Once we measured and cut the shelves we began the super arduous task of installing them on a brick wall. Just be sure you have a mason bit, hammer drill, level, and cement or mason screws on hand to make your job a bit smoother and easier.

I did put 3-4 coats of water based poly on both sides {and edges} of my wood shelving to protect it and make it easy to keep clean and dust free. In the end, I am so happy with these shelves and would love to incorporate a set of them in my own dining room or living room.

Still working on that goal of incorporating more of the studio design into my home…..but we are making progress!

xo,

Barb

New in the shop: Concrete tea cups + metal numbers

numbers3numbers1 numbers4I always love when boxes arrive at the shop full of new goodies to put out. I have been busy placing orders for all kinds of new Knack finds….including wooden whales, driftwood arrows, chemistry beaker vases, green glass fisherman vases, matches, utility scissors, pillows, etc…….the latest finds to arrive are these sweet tea cup planters made from concrete {$10 ea} and awesome little zinc numbers{$5 ea}. Customers are loving the little numbers for special dates, and we had a couple this past weekend who purchased their wedding date…..how fun is that?!

Expect new things arriving every month, and I will be sure to keep you posted!

For those of you wondering about new furniture designs…aka “knackage”…. in the works? Never fear, because along with all of this ordering of new goods there is also mucho furniture in the works. Two new pieces finished this week, with 7 others waiting in the wings…..not to mention 3 more pieces being picked up tomorrow for a top secret Fall project.

Always exciting…..never a dull moment!

xo,

Barb

This little light of mine……

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Do you all remember me talking about this yellow light that I was coveting for my guest bathroom redo here? Well, almost a year later …..I finally have the yellow light I was wanting for the bathroom! Yay! We finally decided to place our order about 3 weeks ago….. the light came this past Monday and JB got it installed {with the help of our friend Jason} yesterday.

Now to replace those rusty door hinges, find a colorful Navajo rug to use as a bath mat, hang artwork and install industrial shelving……

Slow and steady wins the race…..right?

xo,

Barb

Found goodness: Trip treats

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I can’t even tell you how wonderful the trip away ….aka book tour….was! I will post a recap tomorrow….but for now….

…..check out these beauties that I picked up on my travels. Amazing right? I do believe so.

I just landed a really {big deal, top secret} fun project that will allow me to get uniquely creative and pull together lots of fun design elements….so maybe I will save a few of these for that……

….or maybe I won’t be able to wait……

…jury is out…..

xo,

Barb Blair

Will I see you?

Knack Book Tour Schedule

I am so excited to hit the road and do some traveling! I wanted to let you all know what the book schedule looks like for the next few weeks….and  I sure hope I get to see some of you and hug your necks at one of these fantastic locations!

First off…… Jon, Brynn {my daughter} and I will be headed to Frederick, MD to do a signing at the Stylish Patina Barn sale on May 17, from 10 am-12 pm. The address is 4051 Stanford Ct, Frederick, MD. Books will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own book!

Next up is New York City! I will be signing at Pink Olive in East Village {pinch me!} on Saturday May 18th from 1 – 5 pm. Pink Olive is located at 439 East 9th Street, New York, NY. There is an Eventbrite link here for you to sign up….and the first 25 people to sign up get a super sweet goodie bag! If you already have your book, feel free to bring it with you for signing, but if you are planning on purchasing a book be sure to sign up through Eventbrite!

Last, but certainly not least….I will be selling and signing books at the Maiedae Mixer in Rome, GA. The event will be held from 6:30 pm – 10 pm at the 7-Hills Fellowship Hall 538 Broad St, Rome, GA. There is a wonderful informational page about the Maiedae Mixer here, and only 50 tickets are being sold…..so if you want to come to this fantastic event don’t wait to sign up! I need to start looking for my dress! It’s going to be beautiful!

I will keep you all informed as to where I will be throughout the Summer….but for now I hope to see your beautiful faces at one of these upcoming events!

Yay….and Wahoo!

xo,

Barb

Found Goodness: The light of day

Bookdropcloth Bookartemis2 bookartemisroomshot Bookcouchshot Bookdropcloth2As I was going through literally hundreds of photos that I shot from behind the scenes during book photo shoots….I pulled a few of my favorites.

It is amazing to look back….I remember exactly how I felt as I shot these photos….which was super thankful, and excited to be gifted with this opportunity….and also in awe of the beauty of light and color.

This is how the studio would look before a shoot….pieces of furniture and styling elements scattered here and there…..set up in partial vignettes of how I thought I wanted them……always subject to change……but  just waiting for their moment in the spotlight! My painting drop cloths even made the cut! Did you guys see those in the book?

I am so very thankful for the wonderful friend and amazing photographer that I worked with on this book project….Aaron Greene……I will talk more about him tomorrow :} In the meantime you all should check out Aaron’s website if you have not already…..it is breathtaking and you will find yourselves inspired!

xo,

Barb

Found Goodness: Looking Back on the Book Process

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Pictures 1& 2- The beginnings of “Calvina” {pg 132 of the book} . Picture 3- The beginnings of “Lottie” {pg 124 of the book & the book cover piece}. Photo 4- Floral beauty on photo shoot days. Photo 5- Paint colors for “Lottie”. Picture 6- Colorful little stools and chairs. Excuse the bit of blurry…I’m sure I was in a hurry! Picture 7- My awesome shot list for the book and organizational board. This was hugely helpful….not to mention fun to look at!

Over the next few weeks as I look forward to the Furniture Makeovers launch party….I also want to look back on the last year and a half. All of the experiences, all of the memories, all of the photos…..all of the everything! It was such an amazing experience, and so much personal growth happened for me along the way. I was stretched in ways I never knew that I could be stretched…..but the other side of that stretching was reward.

Some days it was so physically demanding that I thought I would collapse from exhaustion……and some days my mind felt like it would explode with the giant sized “TO DO” lists and shot lists….some days I was flying high……and some days I wanted a complete do over…….but I would not do any of it over…..not for one second! This experience was truly a blessing and I am humbled by it and thankful for it….every single day.

I hope that you all will enjoy these next few weeks of talking about the book writing process, learning more about the people who helped me throughout the entire process, and enjoying a sneak peek “behind the scenes”…. shot mostly from my IPhone.

If any of you have specific questions or requests about the process, shoot me an email {barb@knackstudios.com} and I will try to make sure all of the info is covered! This is going to be fun!

Here we go!

xo,

Barb

Found Goodness: Lovely Lighting

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I came across these beautiful and simple wooden light fixtures while reading Anna’s blog..and drooling over her kitchen redo. If you do not read Door Sixteen, you should…..this girl tackles major projects with complete courage and the results are always gorgeous! I admire Anna’s home projects so very much…and she directed me right to the Etsy shop of one forty three.

I have been trying to figure out where to put a collection of these in my home or studio…..ever since.

Darn you Anna……

xo,

Barb