Raise your hand if you’ve ever worn yoga pants and yesterday hair and spent a Saturday watching a Fixer Upper Marathon.
And that is exactly why we are friends.
If you’ve watched Fixer Upper, there’s always a part in the show where Joanna is working on the kitchen or office or backyard and she decides that she needs this incredible one-of-a-kind-over-the-top desk or table or kitchen island or front door and she drives across town and walks into the shop of this amazing, creative carpenter and draws a sketch out of the design and he nods understandingly and then at the end of the episode the perfect piece of furniture shows up at the house.
This is that shop.
Harp Design Company.
This weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Harp Design Company.
It had me at the door.
It was hand-crafted from reclaimed wood with vintage hardware and when I opened it…..
….I felt like I was walking into an episode of Fixer Upper.
The walls were made of wood and the ceilings were high with white beams and the columns were hand-crafted and it smelled like sunshine.
And I knew that I knew……that I knew.
This is where all the tiny, forlorn, forgotten and discarded pieces of wood…..
…..find a home.
This is a shop where an old set of columns becomes a table.
This is a shop where doors become whole again and windows become pieces of art and cast-offs from old houses become tables….
…..and abandoned and discarded wood becomes letters.
This is the shop of an artist.
I walked around and laughed and talked with Kelly’s mom and smelled the candles and bought one of these chippy, amazing hand-crafted letters….
….and left the shop inspired.
The message and meaning and purpose behind the experience left me with a smile.
Nothing is too small or too insignificant to be overlooked.
There is a beauty and wonder and joy behind every abandoned house, behind every chippy and broken corbel and every discarded piece of wood.
Everything has a design.
Everything has a purpose.
And that everything has a story….
….it just takes an artist to tell it.
PS If you can’t make it to Waco, you can check out Harp Designs online shop.
And you can follow along with their blog because Clint and Kelly are filming two specials right now for HGTV’s DIY network. If it’s well received it might be picked up for a series!
PPS You can also see my tour of Magnolia Market….here.
Here’s a Periscope I took this weekend when I was shopping there. Make sure you tap it twice to watch it. And sorry for the abrupt ending to the video….I forgot to charge my phone before I went into the shop. 🙂