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R.Brutz Woodcraft | GIVEAWAY!


maison everett blogHello, my dears!  I am really excited to share one of my favorite new products with you.  If you’ve been around here you know I love to support small businesses that are creating well made beautiful yet useful products.  Newlyweds, Robert and Cali Brutz, have recently started a new business coupling all of those qualities and more into a product that I am happy to welcome into my home: R. Brutz Woodcraft Boards.  I’ve asked them a few questions so that we may get to know them and the story behind their company a little better.  maisoneverettrbrutzwoodcraft5 Where did the inspiration come about for creating R.Brutz Woodcraft?

Robert lived in France for two years (Normandy for one, Paris for another). He is drawn to the rustic simplicity of the French aesthetic, but he also has an eye for modern design and the corresponding principles of geometry and of form following function. In fact, the R.Brutz Woodcraft logo is based off of an experimental sans serif font designed by Paul Renner that reduced the shapes of the letters to their utmost functional simplicity. Elements of both rusticity and modernism show up in his work in a really beautiful way.maisoneverettrbrutzwoodcraft2
What type of wood and technique does he us to create the boards?

Most everything Robert creates right now is made from oak and poplar, which are beautiful and readily-available woods.  That said, he is very interested in the concept of found materials, and he hopes to launch a new line of products using repurposes woods soon!  Everything he makes is made by hand using very simple hand tools.  He even planes his wood by hand, which is pretty unusual in the woodworking world.  This means that his products might have some slight flaws and variations that you might not find in the machine-made products, but we really think this is part of their appeal.  The fact that every board is handmade makes each one unique and imperfect in beautiful ways (in our opinion, we think it makes them a little bit more human:).maisoneverettrbrutzwoodcraft4 Are there any harsh chemicals or treatments used in the making process?

No – none whatsoever – all of the boards are finished with a gentle and food-safe mineral oil or linseed oil, and for the boards that have painted details, the paint we use is a food-safe milk paint (it actually comes in a powder form and has an expiration date! I love working with it!).maison everett, rbrutzwoodcraft, Is there any other tidbits you’d like to share with us?

We love the R. Brutz Woodcraft boards because we love what they stand for – gatherings, community, the rituals of preparing a nourishing meal for people you love. R. Brutz Woodcraft hopes to nurture people and community in the same way Robert nurtures his products. To this end, we have big plans to use R. Brutz Woodcraft not only to share our products, but to support our own community (for example, we style the boards using breads from local bakeries) and to share some parts of our lives (recipes, conversations, and more) that bring us more closely together with the people about whom we most care.
So much beauty – the story and concept, the boards, the work put into each and every one of them.  And luckily, I am able to share the beauty with one of YOU!  We are giving away one  board of choice to the winner of this giveaway.  It’s simple to enter: SHARE this post on facebook and PIN any of the photographs above including info about the giveaway (you can pin directly from this post!).  Then VISIT their site (here) and LET US KNOW in the comments of this post below which board you love. A winner will be chosen at random at midnight on February 6th and announced on Friday, February 7th.  Good luck!  {This giveaway is closed and the winner has been chosen.  Thank you!}

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A New Year | A House Cleanse

Maison Everett Blog, a house cleanse, new years house cleanse These aren’t the prettiest photos you’ll see of my home.  They’re a more realistic look at the particular areas that you don’t typically seen in anyone’s home and that are the most likely to get disorganized and full of nonessentials.  I’m sharing them with you because its part of my first goal for the new year – a house cleanse.  Think of it in the same way as a master cleanse for your body, except for your house.  A couple of months ago I start feeling overwhelmed with all the things that just don’t have a place or that we no longer need.  I tend to put them behind ‘closed doors’ – out of sight out of mind, right?  Not really.  Since we live in a modestly sized home with limited storage, the closets and cabinets started to get so cluttered that I stopped putting anything in its right place.  And when my house becomes disorganized, other areas of my life become disorganized.  So, I finally decided to put the master house cleanse at the top of my 2014 to-do.  I will be going through every room and purging out anything that we haven’t used in awhile or that we simply don’t need.  I have already finished a few rooms, and here are what the spaces look like after the cleanse… Maison Everett Blog, a house cleanse, new years house cleanseMaison Everett Blog, a house cleanse, new years house cleanse Maison Everett Blog, a house cleanse, new years house cleanse
My goal is to have all the rooms cleansed before we leave for our vacation next week.  I put each room on my to-do for a separate day and don’t let myself fall asleep without taking care of it.  As you can see I have two rooms that are awaiting their turn (R’s today, and mine tomorrow!)…
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It already feels better in our home knowing that so much of the clutter is out.  I’m learning to hold on to the things that are truly special and be free of the guilt to get rid of the rest.  I used to be terrible at it, but its getting better over time and this cleanse is surely helping.  Have you ever done a ”master cleanse”?  What are your top goals for starting 2014 feeling clutter free and ready to go?

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Cyber Monday Deals for Little Ones

Happy Monday, friends!  How was the Thanksgiving holiday?  Did you participate in any of the shopping madness?  We didn’t do any shopping this weekend but I’ll be taking advantage of some of the online deals today.  I’ve selected a few of my favorite online shops to share with y’all that have deals going on today for our little ones.  They are small businesses with great eye for design and product details so I hope you’ll join me in supporting them this holiday season!  Simply click on an image if you want to visit their online shop:cybermondaysalesforlittleones5cybermondaysalesforlittleones3
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Do you have any other gift ideas to share with us?  Leave a link in the comments if so!

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Wooden Play Kitchens

As you know, we spend a lot of our time at home in the kitchen.  So it may not come as a surprise that I’ve decided to get little R a play kitchen for Christmas this year!  He loves playing with the pots and wooden spoons so it seems like a good time to give him a space of his own to help while I’m cooking.  Here’s a collection of cute wooden play kitchens I’m deciding amongst…

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I think I’ve narrowed it down between the Hape Gourmet (in white) or the Hape Creative Cookery.  I like the natural color options and having one a little smaller because there’s not much free space in our kitchen.  And, of course, I’m excited to choose a few food and prep accessories to help add pops of color to the mix.

Which is your favorite? Do you already have one you love and want to tell us about before we buy?

hape gourmet | pottery barn | kidkraft | ikea | hape creative

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Fall Backpacks for Traveling Mamas

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We’ve got a few trips planned over the upcoming months, and I’ve been searching to find the perfect bag to use as my carry on.  Is it just me or does a backpack seem to be the way to go, especially to store all the essentials for little Remy and myself while on board a flight?  Here’s a run down of a few favorites I’ve found at different price points.  Have you found the perfect bag or backpack to travel with your little one?  Let us know, if so!  *bisous, holly.

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