Let’s take a look inside the 2022 Spring Makers’ Decor Box from Susie! This seasonal decor box is a special collaboration with social media influencer Tina Schaible. Read more about Tina and her home, here.
Ashlee Keene, from The Sassy Barn in Wyoming writes, “I’ve never met a DIY that I’d turn down as I’m always up for a good challenge. I’ve gutted and completely renovated two farmhouses, one from 1949 and the other from 1979. However, until four years ago, I didn’t even know how to paint. Now, I own a shop where I hand paint all of my own signs and hand stamp vintage spoons. Our process for spoon stamping is uniquely our own, so we keep it under wraps. Each one is hand picked and hand stamped, so that no two spoons are ever alike! From regular everyday coffee spoons to more seasonal themed pieces, we have something for everyone!”
Tina is the original ‘fluffy coffee” connoisseur. If you follow Tina on Instagram, you’ve seen her make her famous cup of joe alongside her Sassy Barn spoon. In fact, she has quite an impressive collection of stamped spoons. For this box, Ashlee designed a beautiful and intricate piece to capture the florals of Spring and the hot cup of goodness that gets us through each day!
The Bedford Collection has been manufacturing decorative throw blankets in the United States of America since 1982. Styles, textures, and colors have changed over the years. However, their commitment to providing quality and timeless designs remains the same. Design, quality, and development of products has proven to be the cornerstone of Bedford Cottage & Kennebunk Home.
This is the third collaboration with the Bedford Collection for the Makers’ Décor Box. We’ve created a cashmere-like throw and a cable knit throw in the past, but this Spring we wanted something special. What’s amazing to me is their ability to take yarns and threads and weave a truly custom and unique throw. For this season, we wanted to keep it lightweight and neutral, so we chose natural and charcoal colored fibers. What we accomplished is truly special and will look great on your sofas, bedspreads and lounge chairs.
Ben and Lynn McCall from 8FD Designs in Decatur, Texas are a broad range designer and manufacturer of home decor, specializing in private label work for major retailers. Located in Decatur, Texas, their 32,000 square foot facility features a full woodworking, welding and sheet metal shop with areas for screen printing, digital printing, laser engraving, leather working, glass slumping and fusing. Plus, the space includes a classroom and retail store. They are the pivotal business model for shopfromsusie.com featuring one of a kind, exclusive products, proudly made here in Texas.
An exclusive designed by Susie, this Raised Round Tray made of pine with a Magnolia stain has beautiful details without being too fussy. This pedestal style tray is a modern take on a kitchen staple. It features a hand turned base and a thick, sturdy lip. Display it on shelves, organize supplies near the kitchen sink or add height to your favorite decor finds. Will it replace Mimi’s favorite riser for her tidy tray, also made by 8FD? We will find out!
Aimee and Wayne Cox, a husband and wife team from Eureka, California own Rustic Occasions. Aimee writes “over the last 8 years, we have loved growing our business from a hobby into a full time job for the both of us. Using reclaimed wood to create beautiful home decor has become our passion. It feels great to give new life to something that would probably end up in the landfill.”
Aimee does all of the designing, cutting, marketing, and social media. That leaves Wayne to deconstruct barns and structures to acquire the wood. In addition, he prepares the wood for assembly, hauls endless amounts of product from one place to another and does the majority of the heavy lifting.
These particular wooden knots are from old growth coastal Redwood. Wayne removed the wood from the rafter beams of an 1890’s barn. They are one of Tina’s favorite decor pieces and happen to be one of Rustic Occasions’ best selling decorative accents, too. It is the perfect year round accessory to style on bookshelves, coffee tables or styled trays.
Growing up in Cape Cod, Jessica Smith has always loved crafting, giving new life to older finds and creating something unique since she was a little girl. “I have always painted and redone furniture; love to decorate and style rooms and used to spend time in my bedroom repainting bookshelves as a kid,” she describes. A move to Florida introduced her to her husband, Brandon. He is an instrumental part of running Reef Rain Aria’s operations and online shop.
Reef Rain Aria creates custom and personalized made to order items including bracelets and decorative books from Jessica & Brandon’s home studio. Family and community are woven throughout each detail of Reef Rain Aria. The shop is named after her kid’s middle names, and each bracelet collection is represented by a name inspired by one of her kid’s or an outside source of baby names.
Reef Rain Aria books are published with favorite quotes and hand drawn florals on the inside! The book cover is removed to reveal the top page and provide the stack of books with a unique, vintage charm. For this exclusive collaboration, Susie, Jessica and Tina chose a quote that is framed in Tina’s living room, “Breathe…you’re home.” What a beautiful reminder to simply let go and rest in your sanctuary when you style this set of books on your shelves, console or coffee table.
Rachel Rae and Chris created Agapé Candles, a home fragrance company created in 2016. The duo design, produce and ship all of the products from their studio located in downtown Tracy, California. As Agapé Candles grows, they are committed to maintaining sustainability of their products, down to the packaging and reusable vessels. Agapé Candles is not about creating more, but creating better. Domestically grown 100% soy wax makes the candles. The entire line of candles is cruelty-free, phthalate-free, dye-free and eco-friendly. In addition, each candle scent has a story or memory behind it.
The idea that home fragrance should be an everyday luxury inspired the development of Agapé Candles. The clean branded packaging and minimal aesthetic is not an accident. The purpose allows anyone to be able to seamlessly style the candles in their home. Plus, provide small moments of restoration throughout the day. So why the name, Agapé? Simply, it means love. The love that God has for us and what we should have for one another. And who doesn’t love, love?!
Tina’s favorite scent of Agape candles quickly became Susie’s favorite, too. With top notes of grapefruit, mango and citrus, spring and summe feel near! The fragrance ‘Fresh Pompelmo’ is refreshing and sweet at the same time. We have been told that it’s scent is both familiar and nostalgic while simultaneously being new and refreshing. This is the perfect year-round scent for anywhere in the home!
Ruffled Nest Decor is owned by Angie and James Christenson of Wichita, Kansas. Angie says, “It’s always been a dream to share my love of decorating with hopes of inspiring others to create a curated home that they love. In the fall of 2017, a few months after having my third daughter, I started a decor page on Instagram @rufflednest.decor. As creating decor to style our home became our passion, my husband James and I dreamed of starting a business. Two years later, after months of prayerful consideration, we took the leap. Our hobby of crafting items for the home transformed into a business, Ruffled Nest Décor. We have a local booth in Wichita and often do vendor shows where we love meeting our customers.
In 2020, our business grew as we started our selling online, as well. The connections that we’ve made and the support that we’ve received from our customers through Instagram, our blog and website have blessed our family more than we could ever imagine. We love creating pieces that can be used both functionally and decoratively to make your home uniquely yours. Our favorite product is most definitely our home decor bead strands. Our girls are even involved and help string beads in every color of the rainbow! In the garage turned workshop, James and I brainstorm new product ideas and then, bring them to life. We get very excited when our newly handcrafted pieces are well received by our customers. Therefore, we are both honored and proud to offer products that our family has handcrafted into our customers’ homes.
Various sizes of wood beads and African recycled glass beads in a beautiful blush pink hue create this wood and glass bead strand. A wool blend tassel dyed in a variegated gray and pink tone finishes each end of the strand. Each strand varies due to the natural characteristics of the wood, glass and yarn color making every strand truly one-of-a-kind. This particular design and color scheme is a collaboration between Susie, Tina and Angie to create something beautiful, classic and exclusive. To style it in your home, simply drape the beads over a stack of books, gather them loosely in a wooden bowl or lay across the coffee table.
Established in Washington state, BarnYard Coffee was a lifelong dream of Marine Corps Veteran, Derek Peris. Debbie and Derek have been married for 29 years and have 4 wonderful children. In 2015, they started brewing our own coffee and in 2020, the business really took off. The family has since packed our bags and moved from the Pacific Northwest to Minden, Louisiana, a exodus surrounded by God’s provision and direction. From roasting, packaging, and processing orders to shipping across all 50 states, the entire operation is a family affair. Debbie says that they are “so excited for our newest venture Brickstreet Coffee, in downtown Minden. This full experience roastery and bakery is set to open Fall 2022.”
It is no secret on Instagram that Tina’s favorite blend of Barnyard Coffee is English toffee. It’s a subtle, lingering taste like a bite of freshly made toffee rather than an artificial flavor. Additional flavors included in the box are Coconut Infusion, Susie’s favorite and Guatemala, a smooth medium roast for the classic coffee drinker.
I always find the return of tulips to be so romantic in the Springtime! After the long, hard winter, their anticipated return is faithful and enduring. They undeniably bring a burst of cheer and freshness to any room. Raegen, my design assistant, who is happily preparing to throw her own bouquet in August, assembled each bundle by hand at my home in Plano. These spring beauties were not maker-made, but we wanted to include them as a little something extra to say “thank you for shopping local”.
Lastly, with each Makers’ Decor Box is our Homemade magazine, which is available in digital version, here. This beautiful magazine features each of our talented makers. Plus, interior design projects and tips, home tours, inspirational stories, and a recipe and DIY that is totally doable!