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Austin furniture designer enters the spotlight on Magnolia Network show
Keep your eyes peeled for this Austin-based furniture designer making her way to your TV screen. Wendy Conklin, the founder and CEO of reupholstery business Chair Whimsy, will make her creative debut on the Magnolia Network show In With the Old on Wednesday, November 8.
In With the Old shares the stories of designers and old-home lovers while they breathe new life into abandoned historical homes and buildings all over the United States, from small towns to big cities. The show first debuted in 2021, and is now in its fourth season on Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network.
Conklin will be showcasing her DIY skills and transforming Victorian-era dining furniture for the season's seventh episode, entitled "Minden's Mysterious Yellow House." The home belongs to Sara McDaniel, a home renovation expert and mastermind behind Simply Southern Cottage.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the episode will center around "a Louisiana home from 1905 that was used as a private residence, a boarding house for single unmarried teachers, and was rumored to harbor a speakeasy on the third floor in the 1920s."
Conklin shared her positive experience working her creative magic on the show for McDaniel's home in a press release.
"Getting to mix and match a variety of blue and green fabrics on an eclectic set of antique chairs and settee helped create the perfect southern-cottage vibe that Sara was going for," she said.
Conklin has been on a roll while expanding her whimsical creative empire in 2023. In March, she released her first book, Life Whimsy, which is her tell-all guide for those looking to become more creative in all aspects of their lives. She shares simple techniques to meld readers’ newfound creativity into their professions, including the more traditionally non-creative fields.
"Minden's Mysterious Yellow House" will air at 9 pm CST on November 8, and can be found on most streaming platforms.