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“farmhouse” finds

When shopping for a retail space or event, I used to just buy whatever I liked and felt I could make a profit on.  A few years ago, I learned that it was easier to focus my shopping/making/painting efforts around a loose theme.  This year, in homage to our new MMS Milk Paint Color, the theme for Lucketts will be "Farmhouse White." Kriste and I have been developing the idea a little further, since  (read more …)

CEO lessons & january goals

Sunday night, I was conflicted.  We had just flown in from our trip to the Vintage Whites Market.  I had been "working" all weekend and I really wanted (and needed) to just spend Monday at home...cleaning, hitting the grocery store, unpacking, etc.  You know the drill.  I own my own business, so I can do that, right? Yes, I could.  But I wasn't going to.  I've declared 2016 as the year I'm  (read more …)

dear reader | to one who feels lost in the crowd

Before I get into my "dear reader" letter, I wanted to share a video series I am a part of.  It's called "Finding the Quiet", offered by my friend and amazing artist and designer, Jeanne Oliver.  She's rounded up some very inspiring creatives to share their experiences on listening to what God has to say to them... In my video, I shared about some of the fears I had early in my business and how  (read more …)

beeswax, lavender wax & typos

I've mentioned Farmhouse White, the new MMSMP color we're launching in January of 2016, a few times, but we also have some other new products coming out. One that's been in the works for a long time is the 100% Beeswax finish... I tested it out years ago, before we launched the paint line, but I wanted to start very small, so we just launched with two waxes and the hemp oil as finish options.  (read more …)

Farmhouse White Cupboard

 A few months ago, Jeff and I made a cupboard around a pair of reclaimed doors I bought at an antique market for $40.  They hung in my dining room for a few years, but I always thought they would be perfect in a custom-built cabinet. The full tutorial will be available on HGTV.com at some point and I will link to it when it is. I must admit, this cabinet gave me the "building bug" and now  (read more …)

busy day at the studio…

The studio was hustling and bustling today.  My mom and Kriste came to help, since we had a huge to-do list.  We worked together to get everything ready for the workshop tomorrow.  We have four lovely ladies attending and I'm pretty excited that it's a small workshop.  I think they are more relaxed and you really have the chance to talk.  I also get to pamper these ladies with a fun "buffet" of  (read more …)

decorating the studio & shop with me in Raleigh

I was home with a sick kid most of last week and, I have to admit, that once I get out of a routine, it's hard to get back into it.  I was ready to get back in the studio, but I was dragging my feet at the same time.  On Tuesday, though, I had a full day to crank my music, create and take pictures, and my motivation started creeping back in. Sometimes I need to work on things that are totally not  (read more …)

look book two cover shoot

It was almost two years since I had my last portraits done and, with as often as I change my hair, an update was overdue!  I also needed some pictures for MMS Milk Paint's Look Book Two, including the cover, that will be coming out in just a few weeks. I thought about just having Kriste and I do all of the pictures, but I think there's a lot of value in bringing in other creative minds in a  (read more …)