furniture

MIA – Grad School Take Over

Hello all! My apologies for being MIA – I have started grad school this fall… and reading has taken over my life. I’ll be taking a break from posting! But I thought I would share this great link my friend sent me about Anthropologie… (Anthro, I love you and your magical smelling candles that I can’t afford and your artful staging – but this is very funny).

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“Here’s this gross fantasy they’ve created of an art student who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a paint-splattered flea market find. It’s like all their customers are aspiring to be Charlotte in Tiny Furniture (a loft-dwelling trust fund dilettante).”

Soooo true, I know I would love to live in magical loft with velvet furniture covered with mixed upholestery and tiny dogs…

To read more of “Let’s Make fun of: Anthropologie Furniture” – click here.

May Brimfield Loot

Check it out guys! My brimfield loot have made a new home..

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I picked up: Vintage dog art and some more sexy grandma goodies… for my lounge area – plus a butterfly chair frame! Now I just need to find a leather seat cover for it.

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But my favorite thing, is this print from an old ad proof:
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I ended up getting two, one with this orange and mint drink and these kickass bananas.
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Bruin approves of everything:

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Q & A with Designer Kelly DeWitt

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I first found Kelly’s beautiful work on instagram (follow her at @kkdwco).  And as you can see from all of the photos (all Kelly’s!) You can understand why MSD wanted to know more about about her! photo
I love your design vibe – where do you think your Texan flair fits in?
I admire the simplicity and thoughtfulness of traditional American design and sort of naturally fell into creating pieces that are inspired by that. I found myself building furniture that carried that same attention to quality and functionality, but that also played with scale and material to produce something that appeals to my modern sense as well. I grew up in Texas, but my family also moved around and traveled quite a bit, which exposed me to design of all styles, allowing me to sort of absorb it all and now, as a furniture maker, create things that are a happy amalgam of what I’m drawn to most. 

How did you get started with wood working and welding?
I learned my way around a workshop by building wooden boxes, which may seem like a strange start, but something that I think laid the groundwork for all the theory behind my furniture-building. My box design is based on traditional cabinet drawer engineering—using only joinery, no nails or screws. I spent a great deal of time and material finessing and work-shopping the box design to what it is now, and I think that understanding the quality that should go into something that will outlive you, even if it’s a box, is an important lesson that I’m fortunate to have learned early on. Travis, my partner, is the welder behind the steelwork that’s incorporated into my designs.

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I have plant stand envy – Those pieces are beautiful! How long have you been making those? And typically how long does it take you to complete a stand?
The plant stand design had been floating around my head for a year or so before any prototypes were built. Finally, after several failed attempts at scale models using dowel rods or pipe cleaners, we just went for it and welded the design together in steel. It worked, and the design hasn’t altered much since those first prototypes (which still reside proudly in my home).photo-2
Besides selling your pieces in your online shop – where else do you sell your work?
At the moment, KKDW goods are available in a few brick-and-mortar shops, and I’m looking forward to expanding the KKDW online shop in the coming months to include a variety of plant stands, furniture, serving boards, and other projects I’ve been working on.

What would be the your dream piece to make?
Travis and I spend a lot of time daydreaming about the workshop-living space we hope to build together. While we’ve both witnessed firsthand the pains—literal and physical—that building a home from the ground up can cause, I’m very excited to one day take on that labor of love.

Where do you see your work heading in the future?
I’m looking forward to focusing on a cohesive line of furniture and home goods in the coming year.DSC_0059
Thank you to Kelly for sharing her story with Munro Shea Designs and for allowing us to share her beautiful Instagram photos! For more information about Kelly and her work, check out her website here.

Design For Your Walls

My love of design all stems from my artist roots – and having that little something extra on your walls really makes a room feel like home. I’ve been in the market for something new since I rearranged our dining room into a home office (there is all this dead space above and between two lamps on my desk).

Here are some artists that I have been browsing through…

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These prints from Michelle Morin

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And I love this series from Danielle Kroll

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I want it all!

We’re Digging – Butterfly Chairs

I have been crushing hard on these leather covered iron butterfly chairs…

But I do not have an extra $300 lying around to purchase one of these bad boys! So I’ve been looking for an alternative…

You can purchase the chair from Pottery Barn Teen for $99 and then…

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Purchase a new cover such as this beauty off of Ebay for $150 – totaling $250… Or

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You could go for this option from Urban Outfitters at $179:

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Which is also a great deal! I’ll keep you posted if I find something better!

We’re Digging…

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I first fell in love with 2of2 when I saw them on Etsy and with over 8,000 admirers you can see why!  I was looking for a present for my Dad and I thought something for his office would be best, and that is when I laid eyes on this bad boy:
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I can’t even begin to explain how perfect this was for my Dad. It had all the elements that we bond over –  fine motor skills, wood structure of some sort, design and love of architecture. And the fact that 2of2 is run by a brother sister duo, Dan and Mer, makes it even better.
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“We opened the shop on what would have been our mother’s 61st birthday, 10/27/12.   She passed away in July 2012 after a year battle with cancer.   It was during that time that Dan and I put our careers on hold  (so did our other 4 siblings 🙂 to be home with our mom.   While home, Dan, always an artist, began creating what we now call Ghost Houses and Tabletop Forests.   And I started to reevaluate how much time I spending in the office instead of with those I loved.   So we made the decision that summer that in honor of our mom, we would pursue 2of2 goods.   When we opened it was as much a healing exercise as anything, but as business grew, we knew we were beginning an exciting new chapter of our lives. “
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“The first house was probably made a year before we opened our shop. The original design required us to hand cut each individual piece of wood and glue the frame together one tiny piece at a time – it could take a day to make one house!   We now laser cut pieces of the frame, which we then have to assemble. “
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“Working with the wooden frames are the easiest because they are the most consistent material.  The reclaimed wood is a different adventure every time and the acrylic houses can be “temperamental.”  429868-610x610-1372610799-primary.png
(All the bases are made out of reclaimed wood) “We search farms in Pennsylvania (where our dad lives) for the reclaimed wood – a fun Sunday activity! We tend to work on batches of different steps (i.e. carve 100 trees, cut 50 bases), so hard to say how long it takes or how many we make.   We are still very new to this, so we are constantly brainstorming about new designs and ways to make our existing designs better and more quickly.”il_570xN.497063509_ew61
In the future we hope to expand our company and our designs – we have more ideas than we could ever possibly keep up with, but right now we are just happy to be doing what we love and chasing a dream 🙂
And they are constantly updating their Etsy page with their creations! Every time I look there is something new in their shop. In true artist fashion they are taking risks with their craft. Dan and Mer are such inspirations – true artisans. Their little homes are pieces of artwork created with so much thought. Read their tumblr blog to see more of Dan and Mer! And thank you to both for sharing their story and work with Munro Shea Designs!