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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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…
These prints from Michelle Morin
And I love this series from Danielle Kroll…
I want it all!
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…
Purchase a new cover such as this beauty off of Ebay for $150 – totaling $250… Or
You could go for this option from Urban Outfitters at $179:
Which is also a great deal! I’ll keep you posted if I find something better!
Am I too old, or is it too early to make a Christmas list? Because this chair ($89 on Overstock.com) would be the top of my list!
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:
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.
“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. “
“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. “
“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.”
(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.”
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!
All of a sudden when I move furniture around, everything becomes clear… and in my dining room converted to office space – it’s clear that it needs a decor update… here is my theme.
I already have some antlers and animal art hanging on the walls – so I figured why not go with it?
Ikea sheepskins, Ikea linen curtains, SpoonFlower + print for the valances, Ikea office organizers, Sandra Dieckmann Print, Reupholster chair in worn leather (in my dreams!) and Natural Chunky Woven Rug!
Or what was formally the dining room… Yes, while my boyfriend was away for work, I decided to rearrange the dining room, for several reasons – I will explain.
Exhibit A: Here is a floor plan I have drafted of our space.
It has two openings, two low windows and a built in the corner… what’s a girl to do? What I think is kinda funny, is that for my interior design class this was considered a ‘problematic’ dining space – I thought “pssshh betch please, this is mauh life.“
So since I had that little DIY coffee table hiccup – I have a lot of tables in here. And my BF and I never, ever eat at that huge table that I insisted my Dad and I make prior to moving in. (It’s a pretty sweet sawhorse legged table though!) Here it is in all its pre-christmas party glory:
And then it was time, last night after watching all the Bravo shows I DVRed, it was time to rearrange.
And there is so much more room! Let me break it down for you -
- First step was taking apart the large dining room table and I leaned one of the planks onto both office storage places to create a tall skinny desk (where I am typing this right now)!!
- I shifted over both side tables, ‘side table’ is now in sight line of the couch, which is great because I made it and I love staring at it.
- The DIY Fail Table is lower than the windows, so it actually lets light into the room, whereas the big-ass dining table blocked out quite a bit.
- Brought out the wicker ottoman that used to be in the living room (before I replaced it with my sweet black leather mid century one.)
- And the upholstered chair is hanging in the corner, for staring out longingly into my neighbors windows…
But… now that everything feels right in this room. Still a little disheveled but right. And my BF approves, as he said, “Ooohhh look at all the space.” Poor guy, surrounded by my bric-a-brac.
Yeah… I wasn’t kidding about disheveled! Stay tuned for more on my converted office space!
Or I am about to! Remember when I made that WAY to tall coffee table? Well I am going to try again.
Instead of trying to bid on legs from Ebay (they’re all going for around $40-60 bucks). And that doesn’t include shipping. For some reason while I’m bidding on ebay – the shipping costs magically don’t seem to matter while trying to win the ‘fill-in-the-blank-probably-mid-century-modern-related’ item. I also end up with something that’s not exactly the right size or they are wobbly so – buying REAL vintage for table legs is not the route I’m going for.
I researched for an alternative. And I found this great website Modern Legs, and there are so many more options of a ‘modern leg’ on this site. There are tapered, (my new favorite), hair pin, bench supports and custom flatbar legs. It’s awesome! Aren’t these a beauty?
Here is the iron tapered leg, I am so into. Visualize a poplar wood coffee table with these legs, resting on my new (yet-to-be-purchased) faux cow hide rug…. with a small black dog trying to creep on my table, but she can’t reach it…. all my stars would be aligned.
For more information about Modern Legs check out their blog here!
Every time I go home to my parents, my boyfriend always says, “Don’t bring home anymore furniture or knick-knacks!” He knows me oh to well… On Sunday night I brought home this little gem, but he didn’t seem to notice it since I strategically placed it among the dinning room furniture.
When I went to Brimfield a couple weeks ago with Mama Shea (read more about that here). We got the best deal… a $5 wicker bucket seat. So cute! And on Sunday afternoon, (after our weekend in Chatham) I took it out back and cleaned it off.
It definitely needs some TLC – fresh paint and a cushion. I’ve never made a cushion before so that will be interesting. I was thinking of doing something with a ‘dipped’ paint effect, like these examples I found online:
I gotta go to Home Depot and pick up some spray paint today and decide on a color scheme – then I can get started on my sweet-ass cushion!