KEEP AUSTIN WHIMISICAL
Round Rock entrepreneur reupholsters Austinites' creative lives with whimsical DIY book
What started as a chair reupholstery hobby has now become a burgeoning DIY brand, with a new book on the way in March. Round Rock entrepreneur Wendy Conklin is giving readers a look at how they can bring more fun into their lives and into their homes with her first book, Life Whimsy.
Life Whimsy is Conklin’s guide for those looking to become more creative in all aspects of their lives, with insightful advice and tips sprinkled on every page. In between vibrant photos, readers can expect to find “the secret to unlocking [their] creative genius” even without inherent artistic tendencies, according to a press release.
In a world where simpler, more modern styles are on trend, Conklin breaks the rules and turns a simple beige space into something fanciful. Conklin is a former teacher turned creative professional and is the CEO of Chair Whimsy, a business dedicated to whimsical reupholstery design and education. She writes about simple techniques to meld readers’ newfound creativity into their professions, including the more traditionally-noncreative, white-collar fields. She delves into personal rejuvenation through “the magic of play” and provides advice on how to start and grow a small business.
Conklin explains in the release that finding her inner creative has been the “perfect balm for [her] soul.” She noticed that people often “leave their creative spirit in the schoolyard sandbox” in between everyday distractions and a fear of trying something new. She hopes Life Whimsy acts as a reader’s “permission slip” to embrace their passions.
Cottages & Bungalows editorial director Kelly McMaster describes Life Whimsy as “happiness on paper” with its colorful layout and encouraging writing.
“Wendy’s personal journey is a thoroughly inspiring page-turner, but not only inspiration, Wendy also tells the reader ‘how’ to create a life full of joy,” she explains. “With practical advice, exercises, and tutorials, it’s a gorgeous addition to your library and one you will reach for again and again.”
Life Whimsy is slated for release on March 25 and can be pre-ordered on Conklin’s website.