Post-Holiday Checklist

Wrecked Table Before

Now that the holidays and their attendant festivities are over, we hope you find our “Post-Holiday Checklist” useful. We actually recommend our clients go through this checklist at least twice a year, if not at the change of every season – just to make sure everything’s still up to snuff. It’s a lot easier to address damage when it first occurs!

  • Dining room chairs
    Are they wobbly?
    Broken, chipped, or chewed on*?
    Any upholstery damage?
    Any seat re-weaving necessary?
  • Dining room table
    Water or heat damage from glasses, serving dishes, etc.?
    Leaf mechanism still functioning properly?
    Still have enough leaves?
    Damage / staining from dripped candlewax?
    Edges broken, chipped or chewed on?
  • Bureaus, sideboards, side tables, etc.
    Ring marks?
    Holes / damage from decorations?
  • Armchairs
    Damage from fire sparks?
    Any burn marks from cigarettes, cigars, etc.?
    Arms & legs broken, chipped, or chewed on?
  • Decorative objects
    Anything knocked over, dropped, or chipped?
    Silver serving pieces or place settings need reconditioning?

*by domestic animals, small children, unruly adults…

 

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January 11, 2014 · 3:36 pm

ASID Tennessee Chapter 2013 Conference

If you are an ASID designer, we look forward to schmoozing with you at the upcoming Chapter Conference, during the Industry Partner Innovation Gallery. We hope to learn about your latest projects and what’s top-of-mind for you as you strive to exceed your clients’ expectations. We’d love for you to see examples of our restoration, and expect we’ll have some great discussions about strategic partnering and how we can best work together in the future!

If you’d like to tell us about any upcoming projects prior to the show (or if you won’t be at the show, but would like further information) fill out the contact form below. We’ll be  in touch pronto! (Be sure to replace our name and email with your own.)

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Repurposing as Alchemy

Repurposing as Alchemy
Webster’s Dictionary defines alchemy as “a power or process of transforming something common into something special.”

Repurposing at Rosewalker
We see repurposing as more than making an oak door into a dining table or a golf trophy into a lamp. Repurposing can be a creative and exciting way to incorporate a client’s existing furniture into a new interior; preserving its meaning & value while extending its usefulness.

The pictures below show one of our repurposing projects. While the original table was far from common, we think we succeeded in both transforming it into something special, and in providing the client with something that was far more functional in her newly designed living room.

BEFORE:

Horse Hoof Dining Table - not appropriate in newly decorated space...

Horse Hoof Dining Table – not appropriate in newly decorated space…


AFTER:

One of two new consoles on either side of arched doorway - a perfect, tailored fit!

One of two new consoles on either side of arched doorway – a perfect, tailored fit!

You can see a video of this transformation at our YouTube channel, Restoration in Action! So… have we got you thinking about performing a little alchemy on one of your pieces?!

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19th Century Chinese Lounge chair

Totally restored, newly woven seat – $600 this weekend only. Cool AND comfy!

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Home Show – Day One

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September 6, 2013 · 11:02 pm

In which Rosewalker experiments with masks…!

Masks have different meanings from culture to culture, but what fascinates us is their ability to transport the wearer/owner to new dimensions and impart wisdom from beyond our ordinary reality… Our masks are not based on any particular culture’s spiritual practices; rather, we are interested in how our hand-carved wooden molds impart their unique shapes and “wisdom” to fabric and other media.

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When hung, the masks are intended to inspire, amuse, and protect their owners. In fact, two have already been sold to collectors in Orlando – we hope they enjoy them!

Masks in Orlando Collection

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Nashville Home Decorating & Remodeling Show

We’ll be there – September 6, 7, and 8! We’re so excited to be a part of the first consumer show at Music City Center – Nashville’s new, state-of-the-art convention facility. We’ll have a 20 foot booth this year – come look for us at Booth #1124/1126. We’ll be devoting space to restoration consultations and a gallery of our newest products. We’ve also been invited to display a selection of our  new decorative masks in the Home Show’s New Products Booth! If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to consult at the Show, leave a comment below, or visit rosewalkerarts.com and email us! Hope to see you there!

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Aristotle said “Man is by nature a social animal…” So… check out this social animal at facebook.com/rosewalkerarts! And hopefully then we can quote Sally Field in saying “You like us, you really LIKE us!!!”

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August 7, 2013 · 7:48 pm

Tree at The Hermitage

Tree at Andrew Jackson's "The Hermitage" - Nashville, TN

Tree at Andrew Jackson’s “The Hermitage” – Nashville, TN

We were taken by the different shapes and textures in this tree trunk. What do you see?!

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Interesting stats from Houzz.com

Interesting stats from Houzz.com

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We recently attended an event put on by Houzz.com. They shared the results of a 2012/2013 survey of homeowners – and here’s what they had to say about Nashville:
  • 91% are homeowners – average age is 50; average household income is $106K; average home value is $326K.
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  • In the next two years, 81% of homeowners are planning to decorate or redecorate.
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  • Top projects planned among Nashville homeowners are bathrooms (25%), kitchens (20%), and landscapes (17%).
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  • Also in the next two years, 59% are planning to hire a general contractor; 35% a kitchen & bath pro; 21% an interior designer; 21% a landscape pro; 17% an architect, and 10% a design build firm, among other home professionals.
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  • 37% of Nashville area homeowners went over budget on their last renovation project, and 21% had no budget specified at all.
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  • 78% said improving the look/feel/flow/functionality was an important motivation behind their projects, far higher than the 50% citing increasing home value; however, home value did increase as a motivator vs. last year. Other important motivators? Storage & organization at 48%, energy efficient at 29% and incorporating new technologies, cited by 16%.
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  • Biggest challenges for Houzzers when it comes to renovation & design? Finding the right products and defining their style.
Do you feel these data are representative of your current experience? We have certainly found that the decision to restore a piece or pieces of furniture is taken as seriously as if it were a total home remodel – as it should be. We think the choice of a restoration professional should be considered as carefully as the choice of an architect or designer!

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August 3, 2013 · 7:44 pm