Our Favorite Things: March 2017

March was a pretty great month for us, and we're here to share a few of the fun and inspiring things that got us through the month. Here are our favorite things from around the shop and around our home in March. 

  • Crush It Harder. This month, we were fortunate enough to be invited to speak at an event hosted by Crush It Harder, a pair of Nashville-based business coaches. We're not really used to speaking in front of a group, but it ended up being really fun and inspiring to share our story with fellow small business owners in Nashville. 
  • "If You Build It" on Netflix. We're huge documentary fans over here, and this one hit especially close to home for us. If you're interested in design, woodworking or just happy stories, we recommend checking this out. 
  • California. We're heading out to our hometown in Southern California this month, and we couldn't be happier to get in some sunshine and much-needed family time. We also can't wait to eat our old favorite foods that we can't get in Nashville, especially shabu-shabu. 
  • Moody Blues. Is anyone else loving deep, moody blues everywhere in interiors? We made a whole Pinterest board dedicated to this design trend. 
  • Paloma Cocktails. Now that the weather's pretty steadily warm in Nashville, we're craving all the warm weather cocktails. We're especially excited to whip up a few batches of grapefruit-filled Palomas once the work week is through. Cheers, everyone! 

How-To Series: Decorate a Vignette

While most design blogs make vignettes on shelves or mantles look effortless and casual, some serious thought and planning goes into creating a seriously stylish vignette. While we're big fans of the trial-and-error technique, here are some tips to help get you started with creating displays on all of the surfaces in your home. 

  • Start with something large. While we think a 1767 piece makes a great start to any vignette, we may be a bit biased. No matter what you choose, you'll want to start with something large and eye-catching to use as the anchor of your display. 
  • Decide on placement. We like to place the largest piece (or pieces) first, since this usually helps the rest of the objects fall into place. Try placing a large vase toward one side, or prop an art piece against the wall in the center. 
  • Incorporate a plant. No good vignette is complete without a plant — stick one in there wherever you like and it's sure to brighten things up. 
  • Choose meaningful objects. Sure, you can go to a home goods store and buy some decorative items, but they're not going to make you happy when you look around your home. Instead, start slow and build your shelves full of meaningful, beautiful objects, such as gifts from friends, knick knacks from your travels and found items from your favorite thrift shops. 
  • Keep things useful. Most people would say that they could use a bit more storage space, so make your vignette useful by incorporating items that you actually need. Think writing utensils in an attractive cup in the office, cocktail supplies above a bar cart or dishes in the kitchen. 
  • Take a step back. Like most things in life, you won't know if your vignette is complete until you take a step back and look at it as a whole. There's always time to move things around or remove unnecessary items. 

Our Favorite Things: February 2017

It's been a busy one around here, but we're not complaining. From setting up our brand new workshop and soon-to-be retail space to knocking out commissions and the usual daily grind, we've been keeping busy and looking forward to what's to come. Here's everything that kept us inspired, thoughtful, and entertained this month. 

image via Casa Vogue

image via Casa Vogue

  • Kitchen Inspiration. We've been renovating our kitchen in our own home recently, which means that we're constantly on the lookout for inspiration. Lately, we're really feeling open shelving, dark, moody hues and natural materials. 
  • Spring Cocktails. Is it too soon to start thinking about hanging out on patios and sipping cool springtime cocktails? We've been having unseasonably warm weather in Nashville lately, which has us dreaming about drinks like this jalapeño grapefruit margarita. 
  • Island Dreaming. Lots of our friends have been visiting exotic locales like Puerto Rico and Cuba lately, and it's definitely making us dream about an island getaway. These incredible photos of San Juan's kitschy, 50s-style bars make for some great wanderlust-ing. 
  • Instagram Laughs. Need a good laugh? We're loving this hilarious Instagram account for its ridiculous dog jokes. 

February Featured Product: Knox Dawn

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you likely saw that we're trying out something new this year. We want to make our pieces available to everyone, so we're going to be featuring one discounted piece every month. We'll share exclusive details about the inspiration behind these products, and all month long, you'll get 15% off of that particular piece. 

Our first featured piece is the Knox in Dawn. This is one of our favorites because it really shows our growth, both in its design and in its concept. Knox was an older design that we decided to produce in two new colorways for fall. We weren't quite ready to give up this pattern when it came time to release new pieces; with its avant garde details and its reclaimed lath, it's kind of the perfect blend of all of our favorite, tried-and-true styles.

Rather than scrapping our beloved Knox simply to say that we made something new, we decided to re-release it in two conceptual colorways. Dusk featured charred wood to represent the hazy dark of dusk, while Dawn features whitewashed wood and natural lath to represent the light of dawn. 

If you're interested in buying Knox Dawn for 15% off, just use the code "FEBDEAL" at checkout. Be sure to check this space or sign up for our newsletter to take advantage of all of our monthly deals!



How-To Series: Cleanse a Room

Cleansing the atmosphere, creating a vibe – whatever you call it, sometimes a room just needs it. We're big believers that a clean space is key for getting to work or getting creative, so we've found lots of ways to freshen up a room and make it feel bright and airy. Here are a few of our favorite ways to cleanse a room (or your whole home). 

image by Deane Hearne via  The Future Kept

image by Deane Hearne via The Future Kept

  • Smudging. Smudging involves burning a thick bundle of dried herbs, such as sage or cedar. In order to disperse the scent and the cleansing smoke around the room, many people wave it through the air or walk with it through their home. 
  • Palo Santo sticks. Similar to smudge sticks, Palo Santo sticks are great for cleansing the energy in a room. The sticks are taken from Palo Santo trees in South America, and when you burn them like incense, it creates a really calming, fresh-smelling smoke. 
  • Candles. Sometimes all it takes is the glow of a candle to instantly make a room feel cozy and a little mysterious. We like to light a few musky scented candles when we're sketching out new design ideas. 
  • Open it up. We're all about openness when it comes to feeling inspired, so if you're feeling a little stifled in your office or bedroom, try clearing away clutter and getting rid of any bulky furniture that you don't need. 
  • Essential oils. If you're the type who prefers something with a longer lasting scent, ditch the store-bought air freshener and invest in a diffuser. These devices create a steady stream of water vapor when you fill them with water and essential oils, and depending on which oils you choose, they can even help with lots of different ailments. Try diffusing a nice jasmine oil if you're feeling stressed or lavender if you want to relax before bed. 

How-To Series: Style a Fireplace

We recently purchased our first home, and one of our favorite features is the wood burning fireplace right in the middle of the living room. While our former rental house had a boarded-up fireplace that acted only as decoration, this one is a bonafide, working fireplace that we can fill with split logs all winter long. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace — either functioning or decorative — you might find some inspiration from our favorite fireplace ideas. 

  • Add a custom wood cover. This is one of the first pieces we ever built: a patterned lath cover for the fireplace in our old home. It added so much texture and warmth to the room that we almost didn't miss the fire itself. 
  • Give it a facelift. One of the easiest ways to re-vamp an old fireplace is by adding a fresh coat of paint to the brick. We're suckers for stark white, but we can't help but dream of a matte black fireplace in the center of a room. 
  • Store wood in a beautiful way. Whether you have a functioning fireplace or not, you can fake it with a beautiful stack of wood nearby. 
  • Throw some fresh herbs inside. When you light a fire in your fireplace, toss in a bundle of fresh herbs like rosemary, sage, basil, or dried lavender. When they catch, it will fill your home with a scent that's even better than the fire itself. 
  • Invest in fireplace cookware. You may not realize it, but it is possible to cook in your indoor fireplace. Bon Appetit suggests grilling a steak in there, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend a winter afternoon. 

Our Favorite Things: October 2016

The 90-degree fall days are finally slipping away here in Nashville, and we're feeling pretty inspired by these cooler temperatures and early nightfall. October was a great month for us: we launched our new website, unveiled our Fall / Winter 2016 line, and still managed to make time for some downtime here and there. Here are our favorite things that we came across this October. 

  • Our FW16 line, "Dusk and Dawn". Is it vain to say that our own line was one of our favorite things this month? No? Maybe...? We've been keeping this new collection under wraps for so long, we almost don't care! It always feels great to start new work, and this FW16 line is absolutely our favorite to date. 
  • This incredible dog video. We're suckers for a cute dog video over here, and this one was by far our favorite that we saw this month. 
  • The Japanese tradition of kintsugi. Have you heard of kintsugi? It's the Japanese tradition of repairing broken things (like ceramics, glassware, or even wooden floors) in a way that makes the repair even more beautiful than the original. It's also the title of a pretty great Death Cab for Cutie album, but that's just the icing on the cake. 
  • Urban Cowboy Public House. If you're in Nashville, be sure to have a cocktail at the brand new bar at the East Nashville Urban Cowboy B&B. While you're there, check out our contributions in the form of Art Deco-inspired wood art on the tables and along the face of the bar itself. 
  • Holiday Markets. This month, we're gearing up for what is always our busiest time of the year. Aside from our local favorite Porter Flea, we're heading out to a number of other craft shows and makers' markets outside of Nashville. 

8 Tips to Make Your 1767 Candles Last Longer

When we first started experimenting our line of 1767 candles earlier this year, we were total candle newbies.  After a ton of trial and error (both scent-wise and ingredient-wise), however, we finally settled on what we think are the perfect candles for burning in your home, your office, your Winnebago — wherever. 

One of the biggest concerns we've encountered from candle-buyers is the lifespan of the candle. If you're like us and you love to leave one burning pretty much all day long, you'll want to know how to get the most bang for your buck, so to speak. It may come as a surprise to the casual candle connoisseur, but there's actually a right way to burn a candle (and on the flip side, there's also a wrong way). 

Here are 8 tips for making the most of your 1767 candles:

  1. The first time you burn the candle, make sure to let it burn all the way to the edges to prevent the wax from pooling in the center. This first burn is very important, because it sets the stage for each burn afterward. 
  2. Trim the wick to 1/4-inch each time you burn the candle. We try to trim ours to that length when we send the candles out, but once you start to burn it, it sort of has a mind of its own. 
  3. If you've ever had a candle that smokes or turns the edges of the jar black, you know it can be pretty unpleasant. Keep the smoke under control by blowing the flame out when it starts to flicker rapidly and by trimming the wick to 1/4 inch. 
  4. Keep your candle away from open windows, air vents or other drafts, as this can cause it to smoke or burn too quickly. 
  5. Instead of blowing your candle out, snuff it out using tweezers (or your wet fingers, if you're feeling brave). This helps to keep the wick upright and prevents the wax from spraying.
  6. Store your candle in a cool, dry space with the lid on to prevent it from collecting dust inside. 
  7. As a general rule, how long you burn your candle is directly correlated to how large the candle is. Measure the size (in inches) from the wick to the jar, and that's how many hours it's safe to burn.
  8. Some people swear by storing their candles in the freezer. The reasoning? The frozen wax takes longer to melt, which extends the lifespan of your candle. 

How-To Series: Style a Vintage Portrait

Adding artwork to your home can be pretty pricey, but we’re all about finding stylish, low-cost solutions to the interior décor dilemma.  One of our new favorite pieces is the vintage portrait, which adds some rustic style to any gallery wall and also makes a curious statement piece. Here are some tips for finding a great vintage portrait and styling it in your home.

·      Know where to look. Chances are, your great-great-great-grandfather wasn’t some kind of duke or general who had his own portraits commissioned, so you’ll need to search to find antique portraits. We’ve had lots of luck at our favorite Nashville Flea Market, but you may also want to find estate sales on Craigslist or visit a local antique store to find your own.

·      It’s all in the frame. The frame makes all the difference between an old, junky painting and a killer vintage piece. Make sure that the wood isn’t cracked or rotten, or if you’re lucky enough to find one framed in metal or bronze, give it a good dust and shine before hanging.

·      Make the necessary restorations. If you find a really great portrait that you just can’t part with, it may take some work to get it looking wall-worthy. You can always remove the frame if it’s in bad shape and replace it with a new one, or even cut the portrait out using an X-Acto Knife if it’s really stuck in there. 

·      Keep the rest of the wall simple. Since most vintage portraits are pretty large and tend to catch the eye right away, we like to keep the rest of the wall simple. Hang it alone in an empty nook, or style it with an otherwise minimal gallery wall filled with more modern pieces.

·      Get your story ready. It’s inevitable that once you hang that bad boy (or lady!) up on your wall, you’re sure to get some questions about it from your guests. We strongly encourage making up your own background story to keep things interesting.