Friday, April 30, 2010

Fabric Swatches and Paint samples

So what's all the fuss about custom? And what does it really mean when we say we specialize in custom made products? We toss this term around a lot because it so much represents the heart of who we are and what we do.

This is the advantage of being the modern day atelier with a virtual workshop and a web store. Yes, we make our products from scratch as they say. This gives us the flexibility to oblige requests for a specific color scheme. But how do we assure the customer that we can deliver a furniture piece that truly matches their decor?
The first step starts here. The customer sent us fabric swatches and filled us in with missing details about the room, such as buttercup walls and grassy green carpet

This is the Barcelona dresser that we created for her. Sure would love to see a pic of how it looks in it's final destination!

Addressing the comfortability factor is a huge part of the process and this is where all the little snippets from the room come into play. Upholstery and drapery fabrics, wall coverings, carpet, floor tiles and a good discussion about the room itself, are all the details that are taken into account when we create a custom color scheme and map out color placement.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Second Helpings

Since we're creating hand made products, there's bound to be some bloopers that come out of our workshop now and then. This is when our mistakes become bargain hunter delights. There's always a better deal on irregular merchandise and there's a lot of hot picks in our seconds inventory.

As you can appreciate, we exercise tight quality control when we're filling our orders and never would we let a flawed knob jump into a box.

So what characterizes a flaw?

We put them in two categories; the invisible (only noticeable to us in our workplace) and the visible (a slight defect that doesn't take away form the beauty of the piece). It's the lucky customer who nabs the irregular with the invisible flaw.

This may be a knob, pull, finial or even a lamp, where the color is a shade off or the size is off by a hair. Sometimes these lovelies end up on our web specials. But a singular piece without a match will more than likely go into our irregulars bin.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Furniture Facelift

Our knobs and pulls are the icing on the cake when it comes to giving old furniture a face lift. I don't think I can say it any better than the Style Struggler in her blog Dressing Up Dressers.

Decorative hardware is a key ingredient for style makeovers and it's not just about restoring a weathered desk or dresser. Even if you're not out scouting the flea markets, just take a look around the house.

Surely you will find a tired or old fashioned furniture piece that can benefit from a sweet knob pick me up. This bedroom dresser gets the glam treatment with our 2.5 in. diameter mini knobs and 5 in. orbit pulls in alabaster

And it doesn't have to be old either. Maybe it's just a mundane piece that's calling out for something special. This kitchen utility cart is wearing our 4 in. Bundle Tiki pull.