Thursday, January 31, 2013

Making New Friends and Keeping the Old

Our new sign!

Can I just say I have the best friend and partner in the whole world!  (Okay the best two...I love you too honey!)  I don't think I have written a blog post since last October!!!  Thank you Kandi for keeping this part of our dream alive.   I am hoping to never be away for so long again.  It has been so long, I had forgotten how to log on!  I am hoping as I write this it will all come back to me just like riding that bike right?  :) 

So let me catch you up on what is happening with our little Virginia extension of Woven Home....As many of you know I agreed to be a part of a two month long Winter Market here in Lynchburg.  We had a blast, & we sold alot of furniture and pillows over those two months.  However, had it not been for my mother's frequent visits to Virginia, my family would not have put up or taken down our Christmas tree this year!  She was amazing. 

I know this may come as a shock, but  I have learned over the past few months that I really can't do it all, so although I loved sharing a store, I think I can cross that number off my bucket list!  My hat goes off to all of those great hard working store owners!  We are still passionate about getting our product into your home, so I  have made the decision to continue to supply product in a whole sale/consignment manner to our favorite places and we add another location  or perhaps locations to our list.

URBAN MERCHANT in downtown Lynchburg is one of my favorite local places to shop.  We just dropped off our spring line of pillows and covers last week.  For our North Carolina fans, we will be at the FINDER'S KEEPERS sale this spring and we can't wait to see you!

Today was a huge day for us at Woven Home, today we moved into a corner booth space at a "little store" in Roanoke called BLACK DOG may have heard of it because it has its own show on HGTV and the DIY network!!!!   The staff at Black Dog is amazing and so helpful.  If you are in Roanoke please stop by and see our new space. 

Here are a few pictures of our new space.  I decided bright and cheerful was for me.  After all the reds and greens from Christmas, pastel was a nice change of pace.  I also decide we would expand our inventory past pillows to include furniture, baskets, tool caddies, and vintage accessories. 

Spring pillows $48 with down insert, pillow covers $28 & Slubby storage bags $48.
I love these candlestick chairs!
Pillow covers
I decided fabric swatches would be a great additions to our space.  Many of our clients carry our pillow covers around with them when they shop for other "items" so I thought this might be a nice addition.  It is also nice to be able to take the fabric home with you before a purchase to make sure the fabric works with your existing home decor...We also include fabric swatches with each of our covers.

Vintage farm table and distressed chairs.
Pink depression glass plates and candlesticks. Barn wood tool caddies, silver plate trays and lavender sachets....
I love my friend Carolyn's company Turtleworks so much I asked her if I could have a few soaps and lotions for my space!
I hope you like our spring line....more pictures coming soon.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Board and Batten Mudroom Progress

Guess what happens at my house when the husband books himself a 6 day guys only ski trip to Lake Tahoe?!?  Projects that have been but a glimmer in my eye miraculously begin with unbefore seen enthusiasm!  Hey... we take it how we can get it!

Confession.  Since we ripped out the coat closet and put in the entry bench it has been a little harder than expected to keep everything as tidy as I would like.  During the summer it was a breeze, but now that Old Man Winter is here and we all have 3 or 4 coats in rotation it is not quite as easy.  Solution... more hooks!  But, we couldn't just throw hooks on the wall around here and call it a day. 

I've been pinning and loving board and batten for some time now.  I think it keeps with the character of this house and it just looks amazing!  There have been multiple board and batten mud rooms floating around Blogland so it just took a little research and we were off to Lowes to gather supplies. 

One inspiration photo from Casa de Lewis.
From Casa de Lewis
We have a tiny little "mudroom" as you walk in from the garage just off the kitchen.  It isn't functional.  I did have a stool and tiny shelf and a pin board in there where I just piled things until they fell on the floor before I put them away.  I mean.... probably not the best method.

Here it is in all it 4'x6' glory.  On another note... any suggestions on how to get your dog to keep the food in the bowl?!?!

I just need a couple more things before the project is complete.  (One of my new years resolutions... finish Project A before moving on to Project B!)

Other projects that I am sure the  guilty sweet husband will finish up in the near future include the built-in desk for my vintage lockers AND getting the guest room painted (which I could totally do myself but I might as well milk it!).


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR... and what's in store for 2013?

I LOVE a new year!   I always feel so full of possibility and resolve to be better.  Lots better! I will not be swayed by the fact I have made the lists and promises to myself for 20ish plus years now and not followed through!  You couldn't convince me in a million years that I might not finish even one of my goals! While it lasts I'm going to embrace the energy and excitement that the new year always brings me! 

Looking back at last January on the blog I see big things.  Huge room reveals and completed projects... seems like those are the kinds of things that go on in January.  We also made some "resolutions" for our blog... that like most resolutions, we didn't hold to very long. 

For us, this blog is a creative outlet.  We do not post every day... sometimes not even every week.  But, we still love it and you guys still read it so we will keep it up.  Who knows... we might even post like 2 or 3 times a week this year :-)

2012 was an insane year.  So much went on at Woven Home!  Our flagship Holiday Market, Finders Keepers Sale, published in our first real magazine, lots of new client business, emergency surgeries, and maybe even some growing families :-)

Who knows what 2013 will bring but I am so excited to find out what it will be!  We both have lots of projects going on in our own homes and lives that we will share as soon as we can.

But, right now, I'm going to go take my fat before  pictures, make a healthy grocery list, walk through my  house jotting down all the projects I'm going to complete, and then sit down on the floor and play with my kids! 

Kandi and Rebekah

PS. Here is a list of the top viewed posts of 2012.

Entry Closet Makeover: The Reveal! (Published in Cottages &Bungalows!)

Chocolate Silk Cheesecake

Roses and Ruffles: Pillow Tutorial

How to make a terrarium

C Room Revealed!

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