Living room: Living room refresh
Meet Dallas couple Nicole Morrow and Adam Davis. On the weekends this creative duo is doing it for themselves to create pieces for the home.
Names: Nicole Morrow & Adam Davis
Occupations: UX Designer & Sound Engineer
Be honest, this a collaboration or is one of you more handy than the other?
It’s a true collaboration, but we have found it best to keep two separate toolboxes for sanity’s sake. I would say that I’m (Nicole) more the visionary, but as soon as I explain my vision Adam is already two steps ahead of me technically. Together, though, is the only way these projects get done. A lot of the time it requires two sets of hands – one set to hold the piece steady while the other set works.
What is your creative process? Where do you start looking for furniture.
Usually the inspiration strikes me while driving around town, finding a sad or otherwise neglected peice of furniture on the side of the road. I’ve been known to adopt these “orphans” long before I have a vision for them. I’ve had to be more selective in the things I bring home now, though, because our space is so much smaller. Sometimes, though, you just can’t say no! From there I think about where it will live, and the life I want to give the piece. If you’re quiet, the furniture will speak to you (totally hippy stuff here), and I let that little voice guide me. I sketch up the idea, play around with the color wheel, and then, usually with only a few hours notice, I drag Adam to the hardware store to start diving into the project!
What are you currently working on?
We have been laboring on a wardrobe turned home office for the better part of 6 months. Once it’s complete we will begin writing up the posts for this. We also scored two giant, think, and heavy carrera marble slabs from our favorite junkyard, Orr-Reed. They’re quite sad right now, but we have a plan to make two rolling brass kitchen islands out of them. Be looking for those in the near future, too!
What is your favorite piece you’ve created together?
The green side table. Adam agrees. It was just such a labor of love. At the time, there was nothing funny about finding that extremely sticky green paint residue stuck to you, or having to use mineral spirits to get it off, but I think getting to play with the blowtorch made up for it and we can laugh about it now. I think there’s still green paint left on our outside patio.
A glass shelf in the bathroom. Turns out that wooden dowel-rods warp after exposure to moist environments and after awhile the whole shelf — jewelry, perfume, and all—will go plummeting to its shattered death.
We’re coveting the reclaimed bench featured on your blog. Do you do commissions?
Yes, we do take commissions. Shoot us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org Also, If you have a vision for a piece of your own furniture, shoot us a note and we’d love to consult with you on how to bring your vision to life.
Bathroom: A copper glass shelf DIY
Master bedroom: Reclaimed wooden bench with hair pin legs
(photos courtesy of The Weekenders)