I’ve got big news!!! My other half is taking over the blog today! Well actually he will be taking it over several times a month! We are starting a new series called Tuesday’s With Topher. Where I am the visual part of the blog, Topher helps me from time to time with the behind the scenes work. So we thought it might be fun if he gives some little lessons on how to get a blog up and running!
Hey there! This is Topher (AKA Mr. Restoration Redoux).
I kind of have a rough idea of things I want to cover … but I promise you, you aren’t going to get design advice from little ol’ me. I can move it. I can fix it. I can sand it. I can sometimes help paint it. And I can help photograph it. But the vision is all Shanna’s, and I continue to be impressed at her eye for the right colors, how artfully she distresses a piece to make it look perfectly aged, and how she can stage something to make it look like it’s been in a home for years.
She’s the designer. I’m the help.
One thing I can bring to the table is a little technical know-how. I’ve been in IT for a long, long time, and have had a little experience setting-up blogs of various types, so I suppose … my design prowess lives in little 1’s and 0’s rather than plaster paint.
This is our story of how we started this web site…
There are literally thousands of ways to build a blog. I understand that the way we went about it may not be ideal, and almost definitely is not how you might do it … but this is our story, and I’ll try to pass along a little bit about what we’ve learned from our adventures (from my perspective).
The Restoration Redoux story starts about 5 years ago … Shanna was a stay at home mom to a middle schooler. Our unnamed child was becoming more independent and needed a stay-at-home mom a little less than she needed a coiffure mom or an ATM mom. As the kid needed her mom less, Shanna struggled with less to do and more and more downtime to fill.
Now for a normal person, we’d say “Bring it ON!”
But not my wife.
As she found herself with less mommying tasks, she found plenty of “Topher you need to…” tasks. I kept trying to point her in a direction of a hobby, encouraging her to take-up things she had talked about but hadn’t done, going out to a movie, take a cake decorating class, or please (dear God please) learn to golf.
Then she found some websites that featured some shabby chic furniture, and she fell in love with the style.
And we found ourselves, often, going to Kansas City for their First Friday events in the West Bottoms district at stores like Good Juju and Restoration Emporium. And she found more furniture. And she bought it. Because she loved the style.
And so she tried it one day.
And she was awesome at it.
By this point, we had been married a long, long time, and I thought I knew about everything there was to know about the Mrs. And I knew she wasn’t artistic. At all. But as I watched her take these heinous, monstrous furniture pieces and transform them into truly amazing works of art … I couldn’t help but stand back and marvel at how amazing she is. For at least the 10,000th time.
And she kept referencing her favorites sites, and I kept snickering at names like, Miss Mustardseed or Roadkill Rescue. (And please trust me when I tell you, that I’m NOT snickering anymore. I’m in awe at the success of these companies, and wish to someday have a sliver of their business savvy).
So she started selling some pieces, and when customers would come to the house to pick them up, Shanna would tell them a little bit about the piece they were buying, show them before photos, talk to them about the process … and they loved it.
I suggested to Shanna she try blogging. I could set up a blog space for her, show her the ropes, and send her on her way. After all, her favorite sites on the internet are nothing more than big (really, really big) blogs.
So after a little more explanation, she got on board. Decided she wanted to write about what she’s been painting.
The subject of the blog was simple: Furniture.
But then we had to face one of the hardest business decisions we’ve had to make to date:
What do we name it?
I’ll tell you all about that process next week.