For Friday’s Finds today, I am featuring a friend with remarkable artistic and design talents!! She’s also the kind of person who makes you feel important when you’re with her because she is genuinely interested in how you are doing! She cares.
Her name is Tami Howse and the first time I attended a meeting in her home, I was blown away and humbled by her hospitality. I rarely hosted meetings at my home at that time, because I felt intimidated. Tami made hospitality seem effortless, and I copied, yes, I admit it, and I continue to use her methods when I entertain! That will be another post!
Today, I asked her to post about her intriguing business! With no further ado…….. (WAIT…what is the phrase? It looks very wrong LOL)
“You’re going to put your couch there?” My Mom just didn’t understand my new living room arrangement. You see, my living room is rectangular shaped, and with the TV, it’s a little difficult to arrange. So, I thought outside of the box and placed my couch in front of the ugly fireplace that we don’t even use. It never has worked well, and it just looks like a big, black hole in the middle of the wall. So, I covered it up.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my mom to bits. She is probably my best friend. However, when she said that, I second-guessed myself. Then I snapped out of it.
My sense of “normal” was questioned- first by my mom, and then by me. However, that didn’t last long. I quickly recognized that I really love my sense of style. I mix wood colors- in the same room. Bronze, brass, silver, and brushed nickel items cohabitate. Fancier furniture pieces dance with yard sale finds. Drop cloth curtains, fabricated with a glue gun, adorn my bedroom windows. And, I have been known to paint white over perfectly good cherry tables that I had originally bought from Ethan Allen.
This year, my youngest daughter went off to college, which afforded me more time to pursue some of my own interests. I started a business called Howsewears (a play on my last name), which quickly became a fulfilling way for me to express my creativity and share it with others. I specialize in customizing painted furniture for the home, as well as custom subway art (word collage) signs. Please visit my blog (my business site is currently under construction) and take a look at some of my projects. If you have a piece of furniture that needs to be updated, or a custom sign with a particular theme, I’d love to create for you
And more importantly, express your own style!