sourced from the earth

Here at home [with holmespun], we are celebrating Mother Nature by sourcing all things local. Nothing compares to the ability to decide what and how to utilize your own soil, local resources and the food we live off of. While Kevin and I work towards sourcing our nourishment from our own backyard, for now, we are blessed to be surrounded by local farms. Our small town of Honey Brook graces us with “an eggs place”, a cheese, meat, produce and greenhouse place all year round.

Food runs a strong parallel to our business. We believe in the power of supporting local – we find comfort in having a connection to where our money goes. We chose to support honest humans who strive where they are gifted - it feels good to make others feel good and blossom where they are meant to be.

Tonight, we slow roasted a farm fresh chicken (all day long!) from Hartz Natural Food Store. Some say local or organic is too pricey to keep up with and sometimes – it is. For us, making the life change required a slight shift in the thought process: quality vs. quantity and we try to use every food scrap we can. I’ll take our $12 chicken roast and not only get a dinner and a few chicken salad lunches out of it, but I will also simmer the bones with vegetable scraps (peels from onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes; the tops of celery, beets; herb and broccoli stems etc) to make bone broth. My lovely midwife, Kate Aseron, published a cookbook that covers the basics of bone broth making along with a slew of other hearty, earthy recipes. You can find the Kindle version here).

(recipes follow)

where, Oh, where has holmespun been?

There is something in the April air.

We're breaking our [blog] silence with the arrival of the Spring Equinox. As the warm weather graces us with it's presence my creative side has returned the favor. You know that feeling when lightening strikes? That same lightbulb that went off when you met your fated signif other; or when you graduated college and realized (all too late) what sort of impact you want to make on this world? I had a moment just as so this week.

For those who may not know, holmespun is a side job for Kevin and I; one that we hope can be OUR full time gig someday. Life as we know it today consists of Kevin working full time managing his Father's furniture store & I, part-time for a separate furniture + interior design company. I have recently taken over their social media department and am actively working on finding their brand's persona {enter recent & unintentional holmespun-social-media-hiatus}. Between my job, holmespun, mothering Oliver and growing another little human inside my womb, I've been micro managing every hour of the day (some of those hours may or may not include salt baths by the candlelight).  The holmespun front has been busy with the construction of our (soon-to-be-released) benches, styled shoots, 2017 wedding planning and networking with local vendors - all very exciting stuff that has kept us especially busy!

final bench design being released May 2017

final bench design being released May 2017

photography by: Schon Photography // florals by: Fresh Design Florist // tablescape by: Modern Relics Rentals // sweets by: Love Bites by Erika // venue: The Lakehouse Inn

photography by: Schon Photography // florals by: Fresh Design Florist // tablescape by: Modern Relics Rentals // sweets by: Love Bites by Erika // venue: The Lakehouse Inn

photography by: Rebecca Shivers Photography // sweets by: Amy's Sweet Bake Shop // florals by: Forte Florals

Since Kevin does the building and that beautiful dance of moving tables around, the planning, visuals and book-keeping falls in my department. It's the kind of organizing that I thrive on - creative freedom + excel workbooks. This new venture that came to me is heavy on the creative / homemaking side which feels a little bit like the restoration of my soul after 4+ months of cabin fever.

It may be a belated 'New Year - New Us' campaign but like...isn't Spring all about being reborn? 

planning by: Love & Lace Weddings // photography by: AGP Collective 

chair vibes

Making the home (or apartment in my single years) has always been my muse; but designing it with antiques - that's what really makes my home. There's something about the real deal (not a target replica) and knowing each piece has a story....says the owner of a 1750 Victorian farmhouse.

Rental chairs have always been a part of the master plan; it's a given most party-throwers need chairs. There are so many dreamy table:chair combinations that I'd like to bring on all at once but alas, all good things come to those who wait.

When Kevin isn't working weekends (ha!) we're usually hitting our favorite antique nooks - Delphi Antiques (Schwenksville), Antiques at Silver Bell Barn (Downingtown), Smithfield Barn (Eagle), and our numero uno love: Resellers Consignment (Malvern). Even days after Oliver's arrival earthside, we were fulfilling our semi-addiction.

So this is not only the style that reflects holmespun, but it's what made complete sense - to first bring on that whimsical mismatched chair vibe. To make your planning easier, we have added 120 (clean & coated) mismatched beauts to our rental inventory!

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In other really great news, for those who seek that fine balance of old & new, we will have another single styled chair option in 2017. Be sure to follow / like all our social media outlets for the latest and greatest announcements!

 

all of our love,

Alexa

please touch

A picture is worth a thousand words.

...but like, what is a real life first impression worth? For us, our response to people seeing and feeling our farmhouse tables for the first time has been quite humbling and a great bit flattering. It makes these early, new business days all the more encouraging. 

On top of making holmespun tables, Kevin helps run his Dad's furniture store in Phoenixville. We've had a holmespun table here and there at the store in between events and each time, someone has admired and inquired about purchasing 'that table'. Someday we hope to be there but for now, holmespun in focusing on rentals only.

With such positive feedback, we thought it was a no brainer to design a little nook in the warehouse and dedicate it to a table display. We believe in our product and we believe the images our dear photog friends have captured do our tables beautiful justice. But we also recognize there are people of all kinds; if you are a visual person who appreciates seeing products in the flesh before putting down that deposit, come visit us at the Home Furnishings Market (see map below)! Ask for Kevin and put a face with a name...we can't wait to meet those we are destined to meet and to work with you for some of life's grandest celebrations.

all of our love,

Alexa

 

ryan + cindy - john james audubon center

Ryan is one of three boys; all dear childhood friends who lived across the street from my family. They are bound to be a part of every fond memory on Waterview Road. For Kevin and I to be a part of this wedding day, in even the smallest way, was such an honor. To top it off, Ryan + Cindy were our first rental since launching holmespun; talk about a beautiful entry into the future of our business!

& his bride, Cindy. I couldn't dream up such a good-hearted soul for Ryan to share this life with. Their many days ahead are destined to be a sublime one stuffed with worldly travels, many cats (chasing Phish) and them beaming smiles.

Her flawless taste in finding just the right wedding vendors / design certainly contributes to all the magic in their day. I mean...a photographer who snaps in digital AND film?! Talk about high school, photo-student nostalgia!

(ladder, shelving and stumps provided by holmespun)

 

Venue: John James Audubon    |    Photography by Schon Photography    |    Florals by Beautiful Blooms Events