It’s cover Reveal Time :: Furniture Makes The Room

I’m SO EXCITED to be able to share the cover of my new book “Furniture Makes The Room” with all of you today! It has been a long journey with lots of hard work, and lots of pure joy…..but it sure feels amazing to start launching this baby out into the world! I cannot say enough about my dream team at Chronicle Books… Laura, Stephanie, and Hilary… my wonderful agent Stefanie Von Borstel with Full Circle Literary , my styling, photography, and floral team… Angie, Julie, Jessica and Paige for all of the hard work and passion that every single one of you put into this project! I love you all forever! I also would like to thank John French for putting this video together for me….you all should check out his music!

Thank you to each and every one of YOU for inspiring me, for pushing me forward, for being here in this place to keep up with all of my antics… and for your constant words of encouragement that you leave me here. I truly would not be where I am today without my readers and friends who find what I do interesting and worthy of love….so thank you…..I am forever grateful.

I am very much looking forward to launch day on March 22, and all of the beautiful and fun things that will happen between now and then! To find out more about my book and to get a sneak peek at one of the projects visit Amazon here or Barnes and Noble here!

Throw a little confetti with me!

xo,
Barb

Knack Book 2 :: Furniture Makes The Room

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Exciting times are upon us! We still have a few months to wait, but “Furniture Makes The Room” will be in your mailboxes by the end of March! We will be having a big old launch party on Friday night March 18th….with many more details to come on all of that soon!

For now though…..we did a little photo shoot in the shop this morning…and a little video too….to reveal the gorgeous cover of Furniture Makes The Room! All of that cheesy amazing goodness will launch tomorrow!

Here are a couple out takes that I captured on my phone to hold you over until tomorrow!

xo,

Barb

The night within us, leaving stars :: New furniture designs

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I am really enjoying being in full on production mode for my Fall/Winter furniture collection. The summer collection was soft pale neutrals, so it has been wonderful to head in a new direction with the current collection and embrace all things dark, rich and moody. The title of the Fall/winter collection is “The Night Within Us, Leaving Stars”…and I will share more later on the meaning of this collection…..but for now, here is a sneak peek at a couple of pieces that are currently in the works..

I will be officially launching this collection on November 6th, so save the date!

Fun New Arrivals :: Shop The Website

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We are so excited about these *SAWEET* new arrivals in the shop! It is always a super fun day when we get to unload new treasures…and there are more to unload tomorrow!

These lovelies are available in our brick and mortar store in Greenville, SC and in our online shop as well!

It’s never too early to start the gifting game!

Cheers!

winds of change :: let them come

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The winds of change are blowing strong and hard around here. I have felt their soft urges for the last year, and sometimes, these urges of change can bring fear, doubt and insecurity. But, the cool thing about the winds of change is that they also allow you to stand still….to feel the strong wind blowing through your hair and across your face… to let those winds also stir up your soul, and blow out the cobwebs that have taken over in the forgotten places of joy and movement.

Be open to stepping forward when change comes, and not only stepping forward…. but stepping forward with confident steps.

Much love,

Barb Blair

happenings:: beauty all around

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Every single one of these images was generated by our readers, and when I took the time to look at this collection of photos all together, it really brought so much joy.

To see images of fresh florals, pop up shop photos, people loving our products, furniture makeovers snap shots, and our ever changing inspiration board.

There is such beauty all around. Live and work with what you love!

 

Images via: @emily_jeffords, @thestellabluegallery, @illyriapotteryoxford, @kendramargaret

Trying to Play Catch Up:: Happenings

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I thought I would catch you all up on some images that have been in front of me lately. It is funny to me….June was one of the busiest months on the books….well at least since I turned in my book manuscript…but nevertheless, I feel like I am just now catching my breath. In the month of June, my son graduated from high school, I launched a new website, a hardware line, and a furniture collection….I helped plan and decorate for Gigi’s 90th birthday party (which was a family reunion as well!), and then went on a week long vacation out to the Pacific Northwest. Any one..or two of those things would have made for a busy month….but all of it together was a bit much. However, it seems to be the way that I work best…although I am trying to work on really pacing myself and being even more intentional with my time. What seems to happen, is that I go really hard and push towards the finish…meet all the dead lines…walk away super satisfied….but am seriously ready to check out and not pick up a computer or paintbrush for the next three weeks!

So, for all of you who have hung in there with me through the thick and thin (or completely invisible)…thank you. I see you, and I am so thankful for your presence.

The “Only the Light Moves” collection, and all of the custom knobs are now listed on Knack’s beautiful (and super user friendly) new website here!

See you again soon…I promise!

Cheers,

Barb Blair

Only the Light Moves :: White Sideboard

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There is always that piece that just grabs your heart and tugs…hard. Well, this was that piece for me. I created this piece for my Summer collection “Only the Light Moves”  along with 8 other pieces of furniture…and it was truly a pleasure to create each and every piece. I try not to pick favorites, but it was hard not to favor this one due to the fact that this style of furniture is my favorite style of furniture to buy and paint, and the knobs are a design that I have had in my head for a while! It has been so cool to see the memories and visions come to life in the form of gorgeous handcrafted hardware!

The knobs on this piece were designed by myself and local ceramic artist Jennifer Bedenbaugh of Crave Studios. I am really into indigo at the moment, but even more than that….this design was based off a lightning storm that my family and I watched out over the ocean while on vacation last Summer. The white is for the sand dunes, the indigo blue is for the ocean, and the gold is for the flashes of lightening that absolutely blew us away.

So….yes…sometimes picking favorites is unavoidable, but I have to admit….that while my heart was overjoyed today as this lovely lady was loaded up and taken off to her amazing forever home….I had to swallow the lump in my throat. Gonna miss this frosty beauty!

Now, I’m looking forward to the Fall/Winter collection which will launch the first week in November! I’m super excited about the designs and hardware for this collection!

xo,

Barb Blair

 

knobs :: good vibes and great collaborations

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My friend Lily and I have talked and dreamed about creating a ceramic knob line for years now….but timing and details did not come together… until last Fall. I had been thinking and thinking about what my next step in furniture would be, and where I wanted to head….and all of a sudden it hit me to pursue the knob line again. When that moment hit me, I became determined to not stop researching until I figured out all of the parts and pieces. It is a lot of work and time to get something new running and off the ground, but I am so glad that I pushed through and surrounded myself with talented friends in this venture because already it has been so rewarding. The time spent with my friends creating, literally made us giddy. We have all become so busy with our own businesses and families that we seldom have time to hang out and just create anymore. This project brought us all together again and it was truly a treasure.

I love to collaborate with other artists in order to create truly unique furniture designs, and have done so before with Annie Koelle, and Eric Benjamin which resulted in incredible landscapes and statement pieces. I have come to prefer the texture of the oils and charcoals and exclusiveness of working with other talented artists. It all goes back to what is original, what is unique, what makes my work stand out and feel truly special and beautiful. No detail is ever not worth it to me and pulling out all the stops every time is my constant goal.

After several conversations, meetings, many inspiration boards, and all of my crazy thoughts and ideas…and believe me there were lots…. we were off and running! In these photos, which were captured by the amazing Paige French,  you will see the heart and soul that went into the details of this furniture knob collection. Jennifer Bedenbaugh of Crave, Lily Wikoff of Lily Pottery, and TJ Breil are the three artists that I chose to collaborate with for this first furniture collection called “Only the Light Moves” and I could not be happier with the results. I am so thankful for this opportunity and for these human beings that are just pure gems.

Look for more and more as we lead up to our party on June 27th where we will celebrate the launch of our brand new website AND furniture collection “Only the Light Moves”.

Cheers,

Barb