i’m in the mood

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for a moodboard, that is! hi guys, how are you on this mid-december night? i’m surprising myself by coming to blog tonight.

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it seems like forever since i’ve had the urge to write about what’s been going on. as you may remember, i’m designing a chair line in high point, nc for the gang at Desirant. i guess i’ve been laying low cause it has a lot of moving parts and it hasn’t felt like they were coming together until today. but whatdda ya know, here i am, feeling like i almost have it figured out. almost.

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it’s been tricky trying to work with someone else’s taste when i’ve always had the luxury of going my own way. the paris apartment’s always been so much fun cause i could use girly colors and fabrics and trims to make things i’d want to have myself. these trim swatches below didn’t make the cut but i just wanted a piece to take with me. guess i’ll always be a sucker for vintage trim that looks like icing on a cake, silk velvet ribbon and celadon green…anything!

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anyway this new line is still everything i’d want myself, only the palette is more neutral. the flavor comes in the form of  texture, color and pattern.

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first of all we’re starting with hand finished frames using traditional patinas, colors and techniques.

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the variety of tacks alone is a rabbit hole. combine it with using 3-4 fabrics, trim and paint and each piece gets pretty involved. and now’s the time to put it all together. i’m heading to high point this week to get to work.  in the meantime i’m creating work order sheets and preparing pics for the website so buyers can customize.

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i probably shouldn’t share these before they’re finished.but i know we all enjoy the process and we’re all good friends here. plus i know you won’t judge me lol

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i’m not saying these are set in stone but as aforementioned, each chair will have at least 3 fabric elements. a leather, a velvet or faux fur and  pattern.

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not going too girly but the fluffy stuff will go on the chairs with frills,

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and i’m trying out some of the same fabric on a more masculine chairs without so many curls. but all the frames are traditional french.

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anyway these were some of the swatches i have at home. most are at the warehouse in HP already and i’ll see what it all really looks like together when i get there.

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i’ll keep updating the progress. it seems like it helps when i blog actually

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i guess i should mention that desirant is in asheville, nc and they’re very earthy. they like things woodsy and natural.img_0354.

so anyway that’s my story for tonight.

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tomorrow i have to name them all and put each with its frame. i’m learning how to do it on photoshop but that’s another story.

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tonight is about being content.

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i think i can take it from here.

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the rest should be a piece of cake! have a great night~

December 13, 2016. Tags: . Desirant, Furniture. 2 comments.

gotta start somewhere

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bonsoir mes amis, ça va? it’s close to midnight and what with it being a travel and full on work day, i daresay je suis un petit peu fatigué…

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i made it to high point and met with local legend, william thorpe.

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he’s kind of my hero cause he has warehouses and a showroom full of swirls and curls

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both attached and freeflowing on everything from furniture to mirrors to lamps and cornices

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if he finds a treasure he creates a mold so it lasts forever and can can be repeated in different applications.

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he’s got legs and flowers and carved bands.

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not everyone is as passionate about this as i am but with him i met my match.

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just being in the workspace is so inspiring and my mind starts racing with ideas.

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focusing is almost impossible!

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but i’m determined to hone in and tomorrow choose chair frames that we’ll use for the first collection.

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and we’ll be taking some trumeau mirrors to desirant in asheville.

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but that’s a whole other story. for wednesday.

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i guess some people are just soulmates, not in the romantic sense. more like undeniable kindred spirits.

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anyway, that’s the roundup for today, it’s a process, that’s for sure, and i am happy to say, it’s a wrap! a demain~

November 15, 2016. Desirant, French Interiors, Furniture, High Point, Manufacturing. 13 comments.

the wonderful story of high point

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hello dear friends. i’m probably echoing in space. it’s been an eternity but hey, no time like the present, right? if you’re here, a great big hi and cyber hug.

so what’s happening?  well i’m heading out in the morning to one of my favorite towns in the good old US of A, High Point, North Carolina.882faff772c4f9989acf2844ef4f83d6

it’s a city actually, but the kind that still feels like a small town. anyhow it’s the place  for people who love home furnishings cause this is where it all goes down.

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well, it used to. (photo from book published in 1961)

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most of the us brands we know were made here like century, hooker, broyhill and many still are including my dear friends at french heritage.

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but for the most part, the upholsterers, carvers, and builders closed up and moved overseas over the years.

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so for two weeks a year the place comes alive with a furniture trade show.  but the other 50 weeks it’s a ghost town.

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i went 10 years ago planning to work on a line with some of the remaining small businesses that still existed.

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it’s taken this long but i’m finally heading back, ready to do just that, working with the brawn behind Desirant in asheville to create something just for them.

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i went to the show last month and reconnected with locals who have chair frames, paint booths, workshops and fabrics.

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i’ll be blogging along and i hope you’ll come for the ride as we celebrate manufacturing in the USA.

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there’s a great article here if you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating town.

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of course i have to check out the town…in my spare time!

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we only have a day or two to accomplish a whole lot, then heading to the store in asheville with some goodies to fill it with for the holidays.

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and the clock strikes 12:30. so i’ll say good night since i have to be up at 6. have a great sunday night!

 

 

November 14, 2016. Furniture, High Point, Made in the USA, Manufacturing. 3 comments.

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