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Furnish 123 Champagne and Confection Back to School Celebration

On Tuesday, August 30, 2011 we hosted a champagne and confection Back to School celebration at our store.

Party time!

We toasted the new school year and all the nostalgic memories it brings with glasses of champagne and mouthwatering morsels from SugaPlump Pastries and Cornucopia Gourmet Popcorn.

Dill pickle and sundried tomato basil flavored popcorn from our friends at Cornucopia

We couldn’t get enough of  the delicious popcorn and pastries.  A big thank you  to SugaPlump and Cornucopia for providing the treats.

Lemondrop cake pops & white chocolate Irish creme infused cakeballs & mini french vanilla and strawberry cupcakes from SugaPlump Pastries & Catering

Guests met our “artists in residence” Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper and Maureen Stevens of Inglenook Decor and Inspired Mrs. Stevens.

Room designers & guest bloggers Maureen & Tolly

Both Tolly and Maureen designed spaces at F123 and were our “You Never Forget Your First” guest bloggers. We unveiled their well-styled spaces at the party.

Maureen's Furnish 123 Room

Maureen used Furnish 123’s Riverton sofa in Spa, Cubit ivory cubes, Aaron Spa chairs and  Marsha lamps in her relaxing room design.

With its soft blues and vanilla tones, we felt like it was a room one would want to retreat to after a long day. A little “seaside” get away.

Another shot of Maureen's beautiful room

In Tolly’s room, she used our Oakmere Truffle Leather Sofa, Showwood Accent Chair, Flanders coffee table and Natane lamps for her awesomely styled space. We called it “the cigar room.”  Tolly remarked that she was used to have male roommates in college and that she was accustomed to designing for the male color palette: deep browns and leather.

Tolly's room design

Tolly's dashing room

Guests also wrote on the Conquest Wall/Wall of Shame on the days leading up to the party and during the party and we gave away a free throw blanket to all contest entrants.

Checking out the wall of shame and wall of conquest

Posting a first furniture purchase story

We drew from the first and worst furniture purchases on our Wall of Shame/Conquest Wall from our Never Forget Your First Contest and awarded the winners a FREE sofa, a dinette set with chairs and a table, or a dresser drawer chest. Contestants to be called this week.

Furnish 123 owner, Kyle Gage, drawing our contest winners

Here’s to memories of your first day of college, your first dorm room, your first apartment, your first home and your first adult furniture purchase.

Cheers!

Thanks to all who joined us for our Back to School celebration. We enjoyed meeting new people and seeing some of our regulars. We also enjoyed reading all of the fun and creative  You Never Forget Your First contest entries. For more photos of the party,  like us and check out our Facebook page.

Blazing Bovine

At Furnish 123 we love to support our local Austin artists so each month we feature Austin artists‘ work at our store. It’s great for Furnish 123 customers looking to add a little something to their furniture purchases, great for the artists to show off and sell their work and great for us because we get to look at inspiring artwork all day!

One of our featured artists, Doug Naugle, was recently commissioned to paint a life-size cow for Austin’s public art event CowParade.

Doug's cow pre-painting

CowParade, a traveling art show, has just recently come to our city of Austin. Cows will be on parade all over the city from July 28, 2011 – October 16, 2011. Here’s what CowParade is all about straight from the horse’s cow’s mouth:

CowParade is the largest and most recognized public art event in the world. CowParade exhibits, held in 75 cities in 30 countries on six continents to date, have produced more than 5,000 of the signature cow canvases by local artists. Partnering with the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, CowParade Austin will display between 100-150 cow sculptures all around town.

Doug’s cow took him about two hours to complete and we think the result is spectacular.

Not your average cow

Doug’s completed cattle, Blazing Bovine, will soon be put out to pasture somewhere in the Austin area. We can’t wait to see where this Blazing Bovine ends up!

Blazing Bovine ready to be released into the wild

What does it take to paint a life-size cow? See this awesome time lapse video of the first stage of Doug painting his cow featured on KVUE.

 

Have you seen these cows around Austin? What’s your favorite so far?