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! 

Our Favorite Things: January 2017

Happy New Year, friends! 2016 was a doozy, but when all was said and done, we had more things to celebrate than to lament. From collaborating on creative projects with people who we admire to achieving business goals that we could only dream of when we first started out, we had a lot to be thankful for in 2016.

We think that with a new year comes a fresh start and time for introspection, both in work and in life. With that being said, here's a look back at our favorite things from the past year.

We started the year with a huge project stretched out ahead of us: creating custom art installations for the new Nashville expansion of the Urban Cowboy BnB. We could never have imagined that the project would turn into creating floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall wall installations, huge copper headboards, and eventually a custom bar for what would become one of Nashville's coolest new restaurants, the Urban Cowboy Public House. 

We've always wanted the company to move in the direction of full-fledged interior design, and this year we finally got to flex our design muscles. One of our favorites was this custom floor in the lobby of the Thompson Hotel in Nashville's Gulch neighborhood. 

One of our biggest honors in 2016 was getting to build a custom dining table for Husk owner Sean Brock's new Nashville home. The process and the finished product were both featured on the PBS series The Mind of a Chef, which made this huge project even cooler. 

We've been itching to collaborate with like-minded artists for a while now, and in 2016 we finally got to do some really cool things with some really cool people. We're especially fond of this massive piece that we created with San Francisco-based woodworker Aleksandra Zee.  

10 Best Indie Craft Shows in the Eastern and Southern Regions

We've done our fair share of craft shows over the years that 1767 has been in business, and we love them because they're great ways to connect with new customers and meet makers from other cities. Whether you're a shopper who wants to invest in some awesome handmade goods or even a new maker who is just starting the craft show circuit for the first time, here are our personal favorite indie craft shows in the Southern and East Coast regions. 

  • Porter Flea (Nashville) - This is by far our favorite craft show every year, and not just because it's in our home city. Porter Flea is held twice a year (once in the summer and once around Christmas), and it always draws a huge crowd of both makers and shoppers. 
Porter Flea | Image via ginkaville

Porter Flea | Image via ginkaville

  • Made Market (Louisville, KY) - Made Market takes place at the end of the summer at the Pointe in Louisville, a warehouse-style building that's full of exposed brick, high ceilings and other charming details that make it an enjoyable place to spend the day shopping. 
  • Indie Craft Experience (Atlanta, GA) - Indie Craft Experience is a series of ongoing craft shows in the Atlanta area. The Holiday Market is, of course, the largest of them all, but there are also pop-up markets during the summer and fall months. 
  • Crafty Bastards (Washington, DC) - This one is held every fall in DC at the popular Union Market. It's an outdoor show, and it boasts more than 30,000 shoppers throughout the weekend. This year, they're even expanding to include a fall date right here in Nashville. 
Crafty Bastards | Image via WTOP

Crafty Bastards | Image via WTOP

  • Renegade (Nationwide) - With locations in New York, Denver, Portland, Seattle, LA, Chicago, Austin and even London, Renegade is one of the biggies. We always try to make it to at least one of the Chicago dates every year.
Renegade Craft Fair | image via squareup

Renegade Craft Fair | image via squareup

  • Indie Craft Parade (Greenville, SC) - This one is held in early fall at the Huguenot Mill in downtown Greenville. It has an intimate feel, and all of the makers are from the Southern states. 
  • Handmade Arcade (Pittsburgh, PA) - This is the largest indie craft fair in Pittsburgh, and it's always held a few weeks before Christmas at the downtown David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
  • Indie South (Southeast region) - This is a series of craft shows with locations in Athens, GA, Columbia, SC, Chattanooga, TN, and Nashville, TN. Instead of taking place once or twice a year, it offers lots of smaller events throughout the year. 
  • Urban Craft Fair (Detroit, MI) - Urban Craft Fair is a holiday market held at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. There are 100+ maker booths and a always a ton of shoppers. 
  • Made South (Franklin, TN) - This one is also exclusive to Southern makers, and it has a subscription service that goes along with the annual holiday market. It's a great way to put names to faces behind your favorite handmade brands. 

How to Series: Style Your Home Using Macramé Plant Hangers

Wooden wall art and furniture may be our main game, but it's no secret that we love styling beautiful interiors as a whole. There are a few other classic décor items that we think look perfect paired with our 1767 pieces; one of those items is the ‘70s-style macramé plant hanger. This timeless, kitschy item is a must-have in the plant-filled house, and it's a handy way to hang your plants in small spaces. Here are a few ways that we love decorating with the macramé plant hanger.

  • Hang herb pots in the kitchen. No space on the windowsill for herbs? Add some fresh, flavorful zest to your dishes by growing basil, cilantro and other herbs in macramé hangers right in front of the sunniest spot in your kitchen.
  • Clean up the air in your bathroom. Keep your bathroom a bit fresher by hanging plant hangers near the window or even in the shower. Choose a plant that is especially good at cleaning the air, such as a spider plant or ficus.

  • Dress up your windows. Curtains can block out sunlight, and if you don’t have much to spare, you’re likely always looking for ways to allow more light into your room. Instead, hang some macramé plant hangers filled with air plants or draped vines from your window’s curtain rods. 

image:  Wit & Whistle
  • Take them outdoors. While most people think of macramé plant hangers as indoor items, they're actually incredibly durable, which makes them perfect for displaying plants on a porch or patio.

  • Think outside the plant. Instead of using your macramé hangers for plants, use them to display something else entirely. Think bowls of fruit, glass terrariums or other found objects. 

The Beginnings of 1767 Home

Candle samples slowly drying in the morning light.

While handmade wood creations will always be our bread and butter, we’ve been thinking a lot lately about what the next step is for 1767.

We’ve always envisioned a complete line of items that are made with care, by hand, to add something special to your home. Our coffee tables create a place for gathering, drinking, playing; our wall art brings something unique to even the most cookie cutter rooms. With our next collection, we hope to tie those things together in an even cozier, more complete way.

1767 Home will consist of complementary items to fit right in with both our wooden creations and with your lifestyle. The collection will start with a small batch of hand-poured candles made right where 1767 first began: in our own home. We’ve spent months sniffing out the perfect scents, inviting friends over to lend us their noses and tinkering with combinations of notes that bounce between warm and fresh, citrus and woodsy.

What we discovered along the way is a selection of candle scents made especially for displaying on 1767 tables. Notes of coffee, sweet orange, cedar and clove bring to life what we consider the scent of home, the smell of all of our favorite things.

Want to catch a whiff of 1767 Home? Keep an eye out for our Spring 2016 release coming this April, and don’t forget to keep up with us on Instagram.

Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations

Photo by Kate Dearman

Photo by Kate Dearman

Patrick Hayes is the artistic mind behind 1767, a Nashville-based business that breathes second life into salvageable materials. While still in his mid-twenties, the designer’s stunning woodwork has captured the attention of some serious heavy hitters. What serendipitously happened over the last couple years is still a marvel to this hands-on-kinda-guy. By cementing his own path, Hayes is preserving the ever-changing landscape of Nashville. In a city perpetually under construction, he snags hidden gems from a sea of sawdust. It is Hayes’ social consciousness and affinity for human connection that makes his installations, furniture and creativity stand out in the crowd. After experiencing his charm, drive and on-the-money insights in person I was a fan.  

1767— what’s the significance behind those digits?

It’s the distance in miles from my California home to my Nashville digs. However, I love letting people interpret the name as they want. 

 

Why the move from the West to the Southeast?

Prior to moving here in 2014, I had no real direction as far as a career path. My wife had a job opportunity and together, we accidentally stumbled across one of the most up-and-coming cities in America—Nashville, Tennessee.

Moving can sometimes help you find yourself where it was hiding all along. 

It’s hard to break away from the habits of everyday life. My intention was to throw myself into a situation where I didn’t know what would happen. I began teaching myself woodworking because I was jobless, and it was better than sitting around the house.

(Laughs) Did you learn by crashing and burning like me?

Reclaimed wood artwork w/ copper inlay.

Reclaimed wood artwork w/ copper inlay.

(Laughs harder) Yes! And by watching a lot of YouTube videos.

It’s amazing that a guy who salvages century-old materials learned how to through online tutorials. 

I went to school for entrepreneurship so I already had an idea of how to run a business. I learned woodworking through trial-and-error. 

Why the desire to be your own boss?

Before 1767, I went back and forth a lot in my mind about how I wanted my life to look. After high school graduation I ditched college to pursue music and live on the road for a few years. After getting that out of my system I went back to study business because, truthfully, I am a bad subordinate. While my path wasn’t intentional I knew, in my gut, I could not work for someone else. 

You first started making furniture for your home, right?

Yep. My first pile of trash wood came from a construction worker who collected it from the homes he was working on. I had no idea there was a whole movement around makers until I started taking my wares to the flea market.

Do you still pinch yourself about the huge following you’ve gained? 

Yes!

Is social media your premium networking tool? 

It’s everything. When I check the statistics on my website literally 90% of the business is funneled through Instagram. The rest comes from word of mouth and telling every single person I encounter what it is that I’m working on at the moment.

You never know who is in the know. Why are you so passionate about repurposing pieces of history?

While I love the aesthetic of reclaimed wood, the real pull is in the story behind the material. It’s a bummer these homes are being thrown away however, I love having the ability to revitalize them. That’s where the emotional tie is for me.

That must be moving indeed.

Through this business I’ve had amazing, one-of-a-kind opportunities like standing in a house where family photos fell from behind a mantel and onto the floor. Finding stuff that’s been lost for decades is the most rewarding part.

How did you develop your aesthetic?

I mimic techniques and then make them my own. Working with Lyon Porter, owner of the Urban Cowboy BnB, has been so freeing. Our collaboration is about pushing the envelope, allowing yourself to make mistakes, and having fun. He’s on another level altogether. 

Photo by Kate Dearman.

Photo by Kate Dearman.

Are there moments where you think, shit I can’t pull this off! 

If something scares me I usually run at it.

Is every second a learning curve?

Every single day I learn a million new things.  Right now I am transitioning from a woodworker into a designer. Building a team presents a lot of unexpected challenges. It takes a lot of trust to execute the vision. Delegating is my biggest obstacle right now.

To grow you have to sometimes get out of your own way. 

Yes! And the hardest fact to face is that no one is going to care about your work as much as you do. One day I realized, I can’t do everything myself. Otherwise, I’d go crazy.Thankfully, every mistake is reparable so as long as we’re learning no harm, no foul.

What’s the best compliment anyone has ever given you about your work?

Two years ago, I visited a house to collect some wood and a gentleman began chatting me up. He told me that he grew up in the house, gave me a tour and told me some stories. Several months later, I reworked a mantel extracted from that same home into an installation for Porter Flea Market. The same man came out and brought his entire family. He began crying the second he saw what I had built from the remnants of his childhood home. After giving me a hug and thanking me, I never saw him again. It was the first time I realized there is so much value beyond things looking cool. There were no words exchanged yet it was the most surreal moment.

You made his day. 

-By Lily Hansen