home furnishings

Hello March by Kathy Hochstetler

Are You READY for Spring?

Okay, so it’s not just me, then…

These Ohio winters never seem to end, am I right? During these winter months, we take the time to put our heads down and create. John and I have been working hard to add some new furniture and decor to the studio.

What do you think of this reclaimed coffee table? The concept with this piece is multipurpose. It would be perfect to do homework, computer work, even eat your meal while watching a movie and, of course, it is a great place for your coffee cup and favorite book. John and I found the reclaimed legs at the last flea market we attended. The layers of paint were hard to pass up!

Around this time last year, I learned macrame. It was something that had intrigued me and I searched out tutorials to figure it out. These days with the internet, you can learn anything you want with the search bar. This year I have added an extra layer to my macrame wall hangings by incorporating weaving. It is therapeutic and I love it! It’s never too late to learn something new.

To be Creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you Love life enough that you want to enhance its Beauty, you want to bring a little more Music to it, a little more Poetry to it, a little more Dance to it.
— Osho

This console table features maple with a dark gray glaze and reclaimed cast legs. The shelf is a great place for extra storage. I can see this table being useful in a foyer or for serving food in a dining room. The uses are endless.

We have added to our camera collection this winter featuring cameras from the early 1900s to 1960s. Not sure what it is about cameras but I love to clean them up and find unique ways to display them.

Plan a trip to Amish Country to explore what’s new. If you aren’t able to shop with us in person, check out our Etsy shop and Facebook page.

Don’t worry. Spring is just around the corner! Until then, enjoy each day that you are given.

Cheers! ~Kathy

Express your style by Kathy Hochstetler

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Create a Home You Love

 

Start with what you love

When it comes to styling your home, start with what you love.  Your instincts are right.  I hear so many people say that they love a style but it can't be incorporated into their home.  I beg to differ.  Styles and textures mix to create your own unique style.  You do not need to stick with one distinct look.  That's what is great about today design, anything goes.  Don't be afraid to create a home that is a unique expression of you.  Be bold.  Be different.  Find things that not just anyone will incorporate into their home.

Start with that one item that you really like and build around that, whether it is a piece of furniture, art work or a plant.  Add accessories with similar content, color, or texture.  Take your time with this process.  Be sure to find the things you really like without compromising.  Before you know it, you have a cohesive look that is uniquely you.

Color

Adding color into your space can easily be done.  Generally, the way I use color is to repeat it at least three times in a space.  I am a color lover and enjoy adding pops to any space.  The trick is placement of the color, making your eye dance around the room to take it all in.  Plus, different textures are important.  Although, there is something striking about adding a stand alone bold colorful piece into your space.  

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Texture

Different textures and mediums help to soften your space and add warmth and interest.  Bringing in the outdoors with plants helps to soften hard lines, whether they are real or faux plants.  Pillows and throws with varying textures adds another layer.  Especially if you are sticking with a neutral pallet, texture is important.  It creates contrast and helps everything to not blend together.  I find that keeping things simple and clear of clutter lends to a more relaxing setting to live in.

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Get started today

Don't hesitate on starting to change your home.  Start today and take small steps towards your ultimate goal.  No matter your budget, you can make simple changes that will have a big impact.  A lot of time is spent in our homes and we might as well enjoy them.  I would love to see how you are making your house a home.  And if you have any questions, ask away.  I will do my best to answer.

Much Love, 

Kathy