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sneak peek: barb blair of knack studios

by Grace Bonney

i couldn’t resist sharing an extra sneak peek today. after all of the server/hosting company drama, a great home tour always calms me down. today’s beautiful home belongs to one of my favorite designing women, barb blair of knack studios. barb rescues and restores vintage and found furniture at knack with such great results, that she’s an almost weekly favorite on our before & after days. but today we’re getting a special look inside her greenville, south carolina home and it’s full of the sort of gorgeous furniture and details that i’ve come to expect from barb. you can see full versions of barb’s photos right here, or just click “read more” below to view the full sneak peek of barb’s home. thanks so much to barb for sharing her home with us!

[stay tuned for a new diy project from lauren and derek next!]

[image above: Our bedroom – loving, loving, loving my malm bed from ikea ….. curtains are also from ikea and the big “b” over the bed is a found piece that was taken off a local subway shop. The faux boise lamps I had custom made from ceramic vases found at a local pottery discount store. The print hanging on the wall is by another one of my favorite artists jessica gonacha]

[image above: the dining room – the table in here is over 100 years old and has five leaves! It gets so big we almost can’t fit it in the dining room! This piece was my first “big girl ” purchase and what do you know my painting wood purist friends I didn’t paint it!! Let me hear a collective hoot from all of you! The light blue hutch is a combination of a dresser that I found and a cabinet I had custom built out of old windows…. providing both function and fabulousness! The lovely print is by traci french of blissful images and again another piece of greatness from paper cloud. That lamp shade really provides a pop of color and was just what the room needed. The bowl on the table is one that I had made from an old brake drum…..love the urban industrial touch it adds.]

[image above: I just recently wallpapered my hallway with this lovely print by Waverly. I love the modern graphic element and the bright clean design]

[image above: I bought this piece at a garage sale for 20 bucks and have never seen another chair like it! I painted it and had it totally rebuilt and upholstered …. I would have to say it is one of the first things people notice when they come to my house! I think it was the best 20 bucks I ever spent!]

CLICK HERE to see the rest of barb’s home after the jump…

[image above: The den is my favorite room in the house ….. I cherish the huge smiling faces of my of my kids and the warmth they bring to the room. The lamps are some of my favorites I found the lamps at goodwill and spray painted them brown then added the fabulous shades by paper cloud. The fantastic papercut is by San Francisco artist Tina Tarnoff. The pillows on the couch are also by paper-cloud … can you tell I’m a big fan :)]

[image above: the living room in the front of the house gets the most light because of the huge bay window]

[image above, left to right: The orange cabinet is back for revenge! I figured that a piece that got that much attention was too valuable to part with, and when I brought it home and put it in the bedroom I was more in love than ever before! The chair I picked up from Goodwill “as is” for a whopping 5 bucks! I love the yellow green alongside the orange- and the fabulous painting on top of the cabinet is an original by my friend and fellow artist kyle buttram. Right: this little chair was a yard sale find that I had reupholstered and then my friend michelle ( who has her own fabulous jewelry line- blue moss) hand stitched all the flowers on for me. It is simply fantastic! The desk in the background is one of my pieces and also my desk/ work station at home.]

[image above: The kitchen- there is still work to do in here …. new countertops are coming eventually, but I painted the cabinets and they are very special to me since this was the job that catapulted me into my love of painting today. They took me three weeks to finish, but I was hooked afterward and have loved them ever since! Much cheaper than tearing them all out and starting over and I think a much more custom, unique look as well.

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  • Just did a search online for Freja Tapet curtains because I have two panels I have never opened out of the package. If anyone is still interested in purchasing, please feel free to contact me.

  • I was directed here from your blog, and LOVE your home! It’s gorgeous! I’ve been trying to find the perfect shade of brown for our dining room too – any idea what color you painted? I love it!!

  • i think you should just take the numbers off your mailbox and call your home inspiration station! i’m floored… and yet i’m bouncing off the walls with excitement!

  • I know I am going WAY out on a limb here, since this blog is almost 2 years old. I LOVE the wallpaper and have searched for 2 days on the internet for it. I finally located it, only to find out it’s been discontinued. I am trying to redo a 1/2 bath and want to wallpaper the top 1/2 of the walls. Just by chance, do you have ANY left that I could buy from you? I love this so much.

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