As Emily Henderson said in her most recent blog post, “When you don’t want a lot of accessories on surfaces, but you still want a lot of personality the best way to do it is through art.” read more about her styling a new york apartment here.
I was inspired to take a virtual trek over to my favorite art shop – Society 6
1. Starlines 01. 2.Monumental 3.Watercolor Colorful Dots Falling 4.Secret Surf Map 5.Colors 201 6.My Favorite Shape
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.
Kinfolk Magazine = design porn. Check out their City Guides for a weekend adventure. Shout out to my Bean Town Brawlers:
Boston: South End
If you know what this horse is… then you must admit that you are former-Breyer-horse hoarder. I saw this on Etsy and my 5th grade self gasped. Obviously, its amazing and obviously I still have my Breyer horses in the top shelf in my old room – in their tiny barn. Check out the rest of this amazing Etsy shop, Equine by Lauren.
Yesterday, I attempted an old school DIY creation – a berry pie.
Why you ask? Well obviously it’s so I can use these really adorable white ceramic berry crates that I got earlier this summer and I am trying to impress my BF.
But let’s get back to the real reason – these adorable ceramic berry crates! Just look at them! They are so cute that I bought several of them and I would like to give two away. That’s right – MSD very first give away, we’ll give it a whirl.
All you have to do, is follow Munrosheadesigns on Instagram and like one of the berry/pie images – boom, easy as pie… (hardy har har) Then I’ll get your email and contact info to send two of these bad boys along.
And as for the DIY aspect of this post – Here is how I made this lovely dessert. After consulting a few Pinterest recipes I went with this one:
1. Buy pre-made pie crust (ain’t nobody got time fo that)
2. Buy assortment of berries (even if they are not on sale)
3. Put berries in adorable ceramic holders (I have extra berries, that I did not put in the pie and they are looking delish in the fridge in all their ceramic glory)
4. Cut up the berries (I used four ceramic containers full), add 1/4 cup sugar, squeeze 2 teaspoons of lemon
5. Dump berry concoction into pie crust – try to gently peel second pie crust for the top layer, fail miserably and decide to go with a ‘flakey’ top look
6. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for 25-30 mins, or until your BF comes home and yell at him, “OMG I MADE A PIE”
*** Couple disclaimers – I will not be shipping out ceramic berry crates that I actually used – don’t worry. And I can only ship to USA, sorry I am a girl on a budget as my Dad would say!
My BF and I took a little weekend getaway to New York City! WOO HOO – a vacation in a weekend, gotta love that. I booked us a room at the Lexington in Midtown. It was so beautiful inside! Apparently they are still in the process of renovating the space, but you couldn’t tell. I want to live there….
My BF has never been to NYC so we did it up in true touristy style fashion. We walked to lower manhattan and along the way went to Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, Times Square and obviously as many irish pubs we could fit in.
New York was magical! I definitely will be going back soon!
Munro Shea Designs is back! And better than ever – a week away to Cape Cod always recharges the battery. Here was my week’s agenda:
1. Eat as must lobster as possible – like everyday
2. Eat my weight in Cape Cod chips and fudge
3. Finish reading my book, ‘The Paris Wife’
4. Actually get a tan this year!
5. Paint on the beach
6. Go to Martha’s Vineyard and Chatham (especially hitting up the Squire)!!
I am pleased to say, I have completed all six things on my list. Cheers to summer vacation!
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!
My Mom and I are official Brimfield groupies, we have successfully ventured to the Spring, Summer and Fall fairs. We even have the t-shirts to prove it! I’ll let her explain how to work Brimfield…
“It was hot and hazy and the bargains were sizzling… Now that we are seasoned shoppers, here are some Brimfield tips…
- The best merchandise is presented in the fall.
-Time arrival is key to the haggling/bargaining equations. Arriving mid afternoon on the last day of the three day run – gets you a $5 wicker-chair and they have perfected fresh squeezed lemonades by then.
- Best bag to carry around your loot, Ikea’s 99 cent special
- Seasons in New England obviously mean weather conditions, May is Rainy ,bring an umbrella, July – bring portable fan, September – wear layers!
- Best area for small antiques would be near the first parking lot. Towards the center of the fair, are the bigger architectural pieces and furniture.
- Don’t be afraid to bargain with these seasoned vendors, they are looking for a quick buck on the last day, and they probably don’t want to load more than they have to back in their trucks.
Although we didn’t come home with many purchases, the most important purchase was Kimberly’s cream filled cupcakes, which can be found at Nipamucks grocers (near the Sturbridge exit), although these cupcakes never make it past the Masspike.