Saturday, April 14, 2018

Design Trends in Furniture, And Staying True To Yourself

I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about design trends - in furniture specifically, and in interior design in general.  This little business of mine has given me insight over how to follow design trends, and over the past 6 years I'd like to think I've gotten pretty good at it.  :-)  Wondering what to watch and how to know what the "next big thing" in interior design will be?  Check out these four things you can follow to help point the way to your home being on trend!

Number 1:  HGTV

    We all know and love HGTV.  And they do their fair share of determining what the new "thing" is when it comes to home design.  A few years ago, nearly every home featured on HGTV had some kind of painted furniture in it.  I call this the "Joanna Gaines" effect.  ;-)  Don't get me wrong - I adore Joanna and all things Fixer Upper, so I love that she's a major influencer when it comes to home design.  We've watched their show evolve over the years - in the first few seasons, there was a TON of painted furniture, mainly in the french/white genre.  Things like this:

Over the past few seasons of the show, there has been more and more emphasis on midcentury furniture, with lovely wooden finishes on display.  We've seen pieces like this one featured:

It's been so fun (and interesting!) to watch the progression of Fixer Upper and other HGTV shows,  and see the changes they've made to design style over the years.  Definitely proof that a little binge-watching of HGTV can be helpful when trying to stay on top of current design trends.  

2.  Furniture Stores

It seems like a no brainer, but wandering Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware is an awesome way to stay on top of the newest things in home design.  These stores are always looking to have the latest and greatest design trends featured in their stores, so it's worth it to look around in these stores every few months.  I was just in Pottery Barn a few days ago - and while I'm not a huge fan of their wood furniture (can you say fake wood and overpriced? ;-)) ... I do love the inspiration I find in their displays and particularly in the textiles they're featuring.  If you want to know what bedding/fabrics are all the rage - Pottery Barn is a great place to scout!

3.  Flea Markets/Thrift Stores

This is a source of inspiration that a lot of home owners overlook.  The Goodwill around the corner from you is actually a great place to gauge what's hot!  Sound counter-intuitive to you?  Consider this:  flea markets, antique stores, and yep - even Goodwill are all businesses looking to increase revenue. It's in their best interest to be sure they're putting merchandise on their floor that will be appealing to a buyer.  I've been amazed at how many on-trend items I've found at my local Goodwill. Over the past year or so, I've watched them expand their "wooden items" from one aisle to two, doubling the amount of store square-footed dedicated to wooden decorative items.  This absolutely corresponds to the current focus on wooden decoration in the design world.  It's defiintely worth some time to see what your local flea market or Goodwill is stocking - and the bonus here is that you can score some awesome deals in the process!

(Image credit: NY Times)

4.  Your Neighbor's Home

Don't you love it when you walk into someone's home and it immediately grabs your attention? The next time you're struck by a room in someone else's home, stop for a minute and think about exactly what got your attention.  Was it the wall color? The flooring? The furniture or wall decor?  Chances are it was a combination of all of those things - but your friends' homes can absolutely be a way to keep tabs on what's new.  Take time to figure out what you're drawn to in other people's homes, and use that as inspiration in your own!

There you have it!  Four easy ways to keep an eye on what's currently popular in furniture/home design.  However - the most important thing to remember here is that trends will forever come and go. While it's a lot of fun to keep current with what's "hot" and what's "not", it's difficult to predict which trends will have staying power and which ones will be gone and forgotten within a few seasons.  If you see something that speaks to you, by all means grab it.  If it fits into your personal style, your budget, AND it makes you happy, it's the right piece for you - regardless of whether it's painted or wooden or today's "it" color.  If it makes you feel good about your home, that's really all that matters!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Midcentury Beauty - Now Available!

Hey y'all!

I decided to bring that gorgeous Johnson Furniture Co piece inside to give it the photo shoot it deserves.  :-)  Sometimes I get so excited when I find an awesome vintage piece that I'll just photograph it on the spot, right in my driveway.... which doesn't always do the piece justice.  So - here you go!  Enjoy these gorgeous pics!

That hardware....

And those drawer interiors.  So clean and gorgeous. 

The finish is just amazing on this one!

This one is available at the moment - although I have a feeling that now that it's been properly photographed, it won't stick around for long.  If you've been looking for a one-of-a-kind statement piece for your home, jump on this one while you can!

The details - Johnson Furniture Co, eight dovetailed drawers, awesome brass pencil legs, super cool original hardware. And solid wood all the way.  :-)  72'' x 32'' x 22'' - $795.

Shoot me an email ( if you'd like to purchase!  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A new piece - and some blog news :-)

Hi guys!

I haven't been posting on this blog much over the past couple of years but that is about to change!  I'm missing this writing outlet and I'm going to try to post here much more frequently.  While I will continue to post my pieces on my Facebook page (, I'm also going to be posting them here.  I miss writing about my painting process, and I miss feeling like I'm connecting with my followers. This blog format seems much more connection-friendly so I'm ressurecting this puppy!  Please be sure to follow this page so that you'll continue to get updates when something new has been posted.  As always, if you see something here that you'd like to purchase, you can send me an email here.

Speaking of new pieces and purchasing... this midcentury beauty is in my workshop and is currently available to purchase just like it is - in all of its wooden glory!  Every so often I come across a piece that is just so beautiful in its natural finish that I don't want to paint it, and this is definitely one of those pieces.  The sleek lines of the body of the piece, combined with the brass pencil legs and the french-inspired original hardware make for a one-of-a-kind midcentury stunner.  The hardware is so unexpected on a piece of this style, and I think it's my favorite part.  I love the unexpected.  :-)

Made by Johnson Furniture (one of the very best midcentury makers out there), this sweetie has eight dovetailed drawers and room for just about anything you'd want to store.  Use it in your master bedroom, or wow your guests with it in your guest suite.  Put it in your family room for extra storage (and some awesome style) under your flatscreen.  Use in as a sideboard in your dining room - it's sure to get compliments at dinner parties.  Or - put this guy right in your foyer so everyone who comes to your home gets to see it right away.  :-)  It's truly gorgeous, y'all.  72'' x 32'' x 22'' - $795.  Shoot me an email to claim it!

I look forward to getting back in the groove of writing here... I've definitely missed it!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Photos of recent pieces - lots of great midcentury!

Hi guys!  I've pretty much moved completely over to my facebook page - so if you're looking for my newest pieces and want to keep track of what's available, be sure to head over and check it out!  Here's the link -  I post new pieces at least weekly there, and sometimes will post previews of pieces that end up selling before they ever get officially listed.  :-)  If there's something in particular you're looking for, be sure to both like and follow my page so you don't miss anything!

These are a selection of my most recent pieces.  Most are currently available (as of this posting) - but some are sold.  I'd love for you to join me on Facebook!  Thanks!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Now Available - this French STUNNER!!

Swoon, swoon, and swoon again.

Don't you think "swoon" is a word that we should use more often? :-)

Check out the listing of this beauty on my facebook page at - I have a feeling it'll go quickly!


Friday, March 10, 2017

New beauties available!

Hi Everyone!  Thought I'd drop by and post a few photos of pieces currently available.  Check them out below, and as always you can find me posting daily over here!

Farmhouse Red Dresser: $395
Pair of vintage matching chests: $895/pair
Midcentury Mod Cabinet: $895

Contact me at to purchase!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New year, new pieces, and an awesome mod sign!

Hi guys!  I'm trying to remember to stop by my blog on occasion and post a few photos - as I've mentioned in the past, I've moved my business to my facebook page, which you can find here. Please head over and like my page so you can stay up to date on current (and future!) pieces.  I'd love to have you join us!

In the meantime - here are a few photos of recent work.  Also - check out this awesome (and HUGE!) sign I crafted over the past few days.  I've been searching for something large and retro-modern for our master bedroom and couldn't find the perfect thing.  So - off to Home Depot I went.  It's really massive - 4' square - and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Have a great day!  :-)

Friday, November 11, 2016

A few of my favorites over the past few months....

Hi everyone!

Ok - first things first.  Obviously, I've not been keeping this site current.  I've moved everything over to my facebook page at  I'm listing all available pieces there, and it's updated daily.  If you follow me here but haven't yet liked my Facebook page, please head over there and do that!  I would love for you to stay up to date on what I've got available.

I thought I'd post a few photos of my favorite pieces from the last few months - Enjoy!  :-)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I'm still painting!

Hi guys!

I know I've been silent over here for quite a while, and I'm sorry about that!  I'm still here, still painting, and still doing well.  :-)

I've been posting my pieces almost exclusively on my Facebook page (, and they're selling well there -so I've not posted anything on my blog in the past several months.  I miss writing though, so I'd like to get back to it.  Maybe after the craziness of the spring season?  It seems as though as soon as the weather warms up, my business traffic increases ten-fold - which I'm incredibly grateful for, but it doesn't offer much time for writing over here.  I'd love to get back to it over the summer - but for now, here are a few of my most recent pieces.  The first two are available and the rest are sold - I'll put the prices under the two available pieces for you.  :-)  Thanks so much for sticking with me on this blog, through our many moves and transitions, and through 6 years of painting furniture.  I so love what I do, and hope to do it for decades to come.  :-)

Authentic Dixie Campaign Dresser - $895

Gorgeous Blue Antique Buffet - $695

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Antique French Provincial in Old White (SOLD)

It doesn't get more classic than this.

It's been a while since I had a french provincial piece in my workshop, so I was beyond thrilled to score this beauty a few weeks ago.  I've had a long list of custom work to take care of first, though… so it sat there.  Calling my name.  :-)  Finally, I had the chance to work on it last week and WOW.  It is just as gorgeous as I'd hoped it would be.  

I'm going to let the photos do the talking here.  Basic details - Nine dovetailed drawers, gorgeous original hardware, made by Drexel Furniture and from the 1960's.  Swoonworthy french legs.  Classic french finish - distressed in Old White.  There is absolutely nothing not to love about this piece.  Use it in your foyer, use it in your family room, use it in your dining room or bedroom or even in your kitchen.  It. Is.  GORGEOUS.  :-)  71'' x 35'' x 21'' - $695 (SOLD).

If you want this piece for your home, please send me an email at, and I'll respond quickly.  :-)  Thanks!