WOODEN FAVORITES

April 24, 2013

Wooden Favorites | House of Harvey

In honor of the launch of Maker Made, our father/daughter wood shop, I thought it would only be appropriate to round up some of my favorite wooden delights.  This list could seriously go on for weeks, but I decided to keep it brief, with a selection of goodies for both canine and human.

And be sure to check out my “Wood is Good” Pinterest board for more wooden inspiration!

Wood is good.  Respect it.

 

chaircake stand / spoon /  dog tag / necklace / dog bowl / dog house / sign 

STYLED 02 // IN THE WOOD SHOP + ANNOUNCEMENT

April 22, 2013

Maker Made Wood Shop

This post has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be MORE thrilled to make this announcement:

We’ve opened up a wood shop!!!  Yes, a wood shop!!

Over the past couple of months, my dad and I have been toiling away at building (literally and figuratively) our own wood shop.  While we have our disagreements (the typical “old-school” v. “new-school” ways of thinking), we love nothing more than getting into our shop–the family garage–powering up our tools and crafting simple housewares for everyone to enjoy.

Maker Made Wood Shop

Woodworking has always been a passion of ours, and now we are sharing that passion with the masses. From  decorative trays and planters, to unique cheese boards and organizational office items, we strive to create one-of-a-kind handmade products for your home.

Introducing, Maker Made, our father and daughter wood shop.

Introducing Maker Made Wood Shop

Recently we tackled a longtime wish list project of mine: a dog house of Mr. Harvey.

I’ve always dreamt of owning a home with a spacious yard, large enough for my pup to roam and also call home with a cozy little abode of his own.  But since that is not currently my reality, I decided to build a custom dog house that was airy, sized according to our small outdoor balcony space and of course, unique in design.

Here is a look into the design and build process.

Mr. Harvey couldn’t be more thrilled with the final outcome.  He’s now a homeowner after all.

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

One of the core tenants of Maker Made (we even have a manifesto!) is that we never apologize for or avoid using wood that has flaws.  In fact, we embrace those scrap pieces that others may deem unusable and transform them into handmade goodness. We are equal opportunity woodworkers!

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

Maker Made Dog House

It’s an exciting time in our House and we are thrilled to be able to share it all with you.

We hope you take a gander at our new shop and let us know what you think.  We are always striving to make products that are functional and well-designed, so your feedback is appreciated!

And if you are as big a wood lover as I am, be sure to check out our new “Wood is Good” Pinterest board for some inspiration. There’s nothing like the wonderful world of woodworking.

Cheers!

THOUGHT FULL FRIDAY 12 // APPRECIATION

April 19, 2013

Week of Pup | House of Harvey

This was one of those weeks.  Beyond the typically petty complaints that come with a new work week, we all felt the undeniable sting of sadness from the devastating events in Boston.

Whenever I hear of such inexplicable tragedy, it always seems to make me stop in my path and assess.  Assess my lifestyle. Assess my relationships. Assess my world.

In the end, after the sadness and self-reflection have passed, I come through with an overwhelming sense of appreciation. I’ve been so blessed to live a life full of good fortune, a supportive family, and endless opportunities, never having to know the struggles that many have to face.

And when it comes to the awful reality that many will have to come to terms with after this week, I can’t help but hold onto my many blessings even tighter than before and remember to cherish and be thankful for everything in life.

I am especially appreciative for all of you.  You are my constant motivation and encouragement through it all.

I hope that next week brings some much needed smiles….especially because I have a BIG announcement that I am so excited to share with you all!

Make it a thought full friday and superb weekend, everyone!

xo,

Steph

 

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FLORAL FAVORITES

April 17, 2013

Favorite Floral Patterns | House of Harvey

When I say I like a “floral print,” I’m not talking about some dainty daisies or bunches of baby’s breath (although they are quite lovely too).  My love of florals comes from the powerful pop of color they offer to any drab room or outfit.  So in keeping with our floral theme for the week and rounding up some of my favorite floral items, I wasn’t seeking out the delicate designs, but more so those patterns that instantly bring you to a vibrant cheerful place, full of life and color.  We could all use a few more patterns like that in our lives I think.

 

shorts / leash / wedges / iphone case / tea towel / card / bow tie /  satchel

STYLED 01 / FLOWER ARRANGING

April 15, 2013

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

You may recall from last week’s Thought Full Friday post that I have decided to switch things up a bit to reflect more of my personal interests and a little less of the things that didn’t feel like a natural fit.  So the time has finally come to launch those “big changes” and start sharing the projects I’ve been working on over the past few weeks.

We kick off this week with my favorite new column: “Styled” which will include curated/styled photo shoots with my very own Mr. Harvey.  The inspiration for this column came from the bevy of bloggers out there that post photos of their daily wardrobe.  While I’ve never felt compelled to share my daily “look” (or the lack thereof), I have thought, “Why should humans be the only species to share their personal style with the world?” (I know….crazy dog lady moment #3,407)

Thus, a new column was born.

In all honesty, though, I really wanted to stretch my artistic muscles and create opportunities to practice art direction and my photography with my favorite subject.  And today is just the beginning of some fun, curated shoots to come.  My creative juices of definitely flowing, so get ready to see some quirky, funny and downright adorable Styled posts in the future.

Today’s post was obviously inspired by the beautiful floral bounty that Spring brings.  I truly can’t get enough of it, and now Mr. Harvey is a floral-fiend convert too.

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

I’ve been switching things up with vases and found these adorable polka dot buckets at the Dollar Store to hold these vibrant yellow buds. Just a whimsical little touch to an already cheerful flower.

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

How fun is this bright pink flower toy? I was cruising the pet aisle at Target the other day and happened across these fun plush toys.  The minute I tossed the flower on the grass, Mr. Harvey pounced.

I love it when dog toys match the changing seasons.  It’s as if Mr. Harvey put away his winter wardrobe and brought out his favorite Spring pieces.

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

Flower Arranging | House of Harvey

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