Story Design House

Story Design House We create and sell unique repurposed vintage furnishings, home goods, and nature-inspired pieces. We mix wood & metal, classic & industrial, old & new.

12/09/2017

The weather changed and suddenly it feels like Christmas. Loving me some Virginia this evening. Sound on for my fave Christmas tune.

This is us.  I’ve never really made an introduction, so here goes.  I’m Ben and this is my darling Amanda.  We met while...
12/08/2017

This is us. I’ve never really made an introduction, so here goes. I’m Ben and this is my darling Amanda. We met while I was in the Army and she was in college. Less than one month from now we will celebrate 20 years of marriage. We have 4 kids (3 sons and a daughter). As our family grew, we became increasingly aware of the importance of making our home a special place for our children. After all, home is the setting in which the story of our lives takes place. The colors, textures, sounds, and smells of this special place are all woven into all our memories. With that in mind, we taught ourselves to make new things, and to restore old things, and to paint and draw. Our particular style resonated with other people and we began to get requests from other folks who wanted custom furniture and restored vintage items for their homes. This led us to start Story Design House a couple of years ago. It has been such a wonderful blessing. Every day our children see us attempt things outside our comfort zone. They see us succeed, and they see us fail, but they will never see us afraid to try something new.

This is our Story. We’d love for you to be part of it as well.

The best seat in the house. For 24 nights leading up to Christmas, my wife sits in this chair and reads the Advent Story...
12/03/2017

The best seat in the house. For 24 nights leading up to Christmas, my wife sits in this chair and reads the Advent Storybook to our kids. Then, at the conclusion of each night’s story, they start a scavenger hunt for a small present. My darling wife sets this up for them each night. Every. Single. Night. I do not understand how she does all the things she does. All I know is that my children and I are blessed beyond measure to have such a woman in our lives.

Today’s work: an exercise in trust.  My wife gave me free rein to do whatever I wanted to an unused bedroom in the basem...
11/25/2017

Today’s work: an exercise in trust. My wife gave me free rein to do whatever I wanted to an unused bedroom in the basement. She wasn’t allowed to see it until it was finished. I figured we could use a bunk room for the kids and their many sleepovers. I ripped out the carpet, painted the floor/walls/ceiling white, installed tongue-in-groove planks on the walls, and built a couple of bunk beds out of Douglas fir. Then I coated all the wood with a watered-down version of the wall paint. I also made all the lighting you see here. Surplus Swiss army blankets keep everything uniform. Total cost of everything in this photo (excluding the drafting table) was under $1k.
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#handmade #woodworking #interior #interiordesign #design #cabin #furniture #madeinusa #bunkbeds #bunkroom #sconce @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

Custom table for a lovely local family.  The top is two white walnut (aka butternut) slabs joined by hidden black walnut...
11/23/2017

Custom table for a lovely local family. The top is two white walnut (aka butternut) slabs joined by hidden black walnut tenons. Live edges toward the middle, and the gap filled with about a gallon of black epoxy resin. The base is made of heavy steel I-beams.
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#handmade #industrialfurniture #design #interior #interiordesign #woodworking #welding #vintage #vintagestyle #farmhousestyle #farmhouse #madeinusa @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

Dirty hands, clean conscience.Today involved 14 hours of woodworking, welding, plasma-cutting, epoxy resin pouring, and ...
11/23/2017

Dirty hands, clean conscience.
Today involved 14 hours of woodworking, welding, plasma-cutting, epoxy resin pouring, and more sanding than I could’ve imagined. All worth it, in the end. Probably my favorite table I’ve ever made. I’ll post some pics tomorrow before I deliver it to it’s new owners. Makes me happy to know the first meal this table will ever hold will be on Thanksgiving.
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#handmade #woodworking #interior #interiordesign #industrialfurniture #finefurniture #farmtable #vintage #vintagestyle

Growing up in TX, I didn’t know what the heck a “mud room” was.  We just left muddy boots on the porch.  Last night I pu...
11/06/2017

Growing up in TX, I didn’t know what the heck a “mud room” was. We just left muddy boots on the porch. Last night I put our new mud room to good use. Got our rental truck stuck in the mud (fail), tried to dig it out (fail). Called a tow truck, which immediately got SUPER stuck (fail). Tried to rescue the tow truck with my Jeep (fail, but didn’t get stuck 🚙 💪🏻). Finally we got a big-rig tow truck to come winch everyone out. Got home at 1am and ate cold spaghetti with my long-suffering eldest son. Such is the glamorous life of a having a small business.
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#smallbusiness #handmade #madeinamerica #vintage #vintagestyle #mudroom #interior #interiordesign #design #farmhouse

A beautiful day with lovely folks at @luckettstore Holiday Open House.  Many thanks to the mysterious @project_flower_dc...
11/04/2017

A beautiful day with lovely folks at @luckettstore Holiday Open House. Many thanks to the mysterious @project_flower_dc who secretly dropped off this little arrangement at our tent.
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#project_flower_dc #vintagestyle #vintage #design #interior #interiordesign #handmade #butterfly #madeinamerica

All set up at the @luckettstore Holiday Open House!  Our tent is set up directly in front of the main house.  So many gr...
11/03/2017

All set up at the @luckettstore Holiday Open House! Our tent is set up directly in front of the main house. So many great vendors and makers here this weekend. Come check it out!
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#handmade #vintage #madeinamerica #design #interior #interiordesign #industrialfurniture #vintagestyle #farmhousestyle

Today’s work.  A table lamp on a lamp table.  I needed to show the scale of these so I grabbed Amanda and said “Sit ther...
11/01/2017

Today’s work. A table lamp on a lamp table. I needed to show the scale of these so I grabbed Amanda and said “Sit there and look natural. You know, like your reading poetry to a Kudu.”
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This table is one of a pair of custom end tables for @angus_clyde_the_frenchie, a dog of discriminating tastes, and his very hip pet humans. We will have a few of the hourglass lamps (swipe for detail pic) available at the @luckettstore Holiday Open House this weekend. We only do custom orders for our friends. Wanna be friends?
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#handmade #madeinamerica #design #interior #interiordesign #vintagestyle #farmhousestyle #farmhouse #industrialfurniture #lighting @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

10/26/2017

Even chores are enjoyable on an evening this beautiful. Got sidetracked watching our majestic chicken-herding dog Minnie run with our daughter. .
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#handmade #vintagestyle #vintage #madeinamerica #design #interior #interiordesign #countryliving #farmhousestyle #farmhouse @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

Nothing beats a cozy spot by the fire on these cool fall evenings.  This tufted velvet sofa is just one of the many grea...
10/23/2017

Nothing beats a cozy spot by the fire on these cool fall evenings. This tufted velvet sofa is just one of the many great pieces we’ll be bringing to the @luckettstore holiday market coming up in just a few weeks. Come out and see us!

10/15/2017

Fell asleep in the studio today and awoke to find this little fellow checking out my bug collection. Curious little thing. Watch closely.

Happy Birthday to our darling daughter Gabby, who (despite her appearance) turns 13 today!!  Gabby, we are blessed to ha...
10/12/2017

Happy Birthday to our darling daughter Gabby, who (despite her appearance) turns 13 today!! Gabby, we are blessed to have a daughter as tough, strong, energetic, smart, and funny as ONLY you can be. We love you unconditionally and forever.

Still lots of great stuff left at the pop-up!  We'll be here all day today.  We're right across the street from @king.st...
10/07/2017

Still lots of great stuff left at the pop-up! We'll be here all day today. We're right across the street from @king.street.coffee so get your caffeine fix and come check us out.

Open for business!  Our pop-up shop is operating until 9pm tonight and most of the day tomorrow.  Come see us!  We're in...
10/06/2017

Open for business! Our pop-up shop is operating until 9pm tonight and most of the day tomorrow. Come see us! We're in front of the old Odd Fellows building at #3 Royal St in historic downtown Leesburg. Tons of vintage and handmade items, with an emphasis on worn leather, velvet, steel, and cast iron. @ Oddfellows on Royal St. Design

Today's work and a Tale of Two Trees.  An Oak slab stabilized by Walnut bowties.  I think there's a metaphor here.  Year...
10/01/2017

Today's work and a Tale of Two Trees. An Oak slab stabilized by Walnut bowties. I think there's a metaphor here. Years ago, this Oak tree was weakened by a beetle infestation (hence the tiny holes). The tree developed a crack, and when a big storm came through it knocked the tree down. The same circumstances led to the fall of a Walnut tree on the same farm. Now, years later, these broken trees can be combined to make something new and beautiful. The size of the Oak, and the strength of the Walnut complementing each other to find a new purpose together. People are the same; each of us with weaknesses and flaws and vulnerabilities. The trick is finding someone whose strengths and weaknesses complement your own. Together you can survive the next storm.
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We got our hands on another huge, century-old factory cart.  8 feet of old-growth oak and cast iron.  After I take it ap...
09/28/2017

We got our hands on another huge, century-old factory cart. 8 feet of old-growth oak and cast iron. After I take it apart, shorten it, recut the joinery, and rebuild the mechanical parts this will be a glass-topped coffee table. I found a nice surprise when I cut into it (scroll right). Even though it's about 100 years old, the wood inside is in immaculate condition. I counted over 90 growth rings on some pieces. Still lots of life left in this one. Just needs a little love.
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#industrialfurniture #design #interiordesign #interior #farmhousestyle #reclaimed #vintage #farmhouse #diy @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

Another sneak peek at some of the cool stuff my darling wife has collected for our pop-up shop October 6th.  If you're i...
09/25/2017

Another sneak peek at some of the cool stuff my darling wife has collected for our pop-up shop October 6th. If you're in the D.C. area, come visit us in beautiful downtown Leesburg near the corner of Royal and King St.
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#handmade #madeinamerica #diy #design #interiordesign #interior #industrialfurniture #vintagestyle #vintage

Father/son project for the day.  If you're the son of a woodworker you get to make toy weapons in the shop.  If you're t...
09/24/2017

Father/son project for the day. If you're the son of a woodworker you get to make toy weapons in the shop. If you're the son of the world's most INEFFICIENT woodworker, you get to make them from spalted Maple and Purpleheart wood.
I've said it before... when kids realize they can make beautiful things they gain confidence. Confidence begets boldness, and boldness is the heart of creativity.
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#design #interiordesign #interior #woodworking #diy #madeinamerica #handmade @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

Long ago someone modified this old church pew and gave it a style all their own.  I think they had a pretty good eye.  W...
09/17/2017

Long ago someone modified this old church pew and gave it a style all their own. I think they had a pretty good eye. Wish I knew the whole story behind this piece.
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This is just a little peek at one of the MANY cool vintage and handmade pieces we'll be taking to our pop-up shop on October 6th in downtown Leesburg, VA. More previews and details will follow soon.
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Father/son project.  Mallet in black locust and walnut with a handle of osage orange.  Maple dowels and a spalted maple ...
09/16/2017

Father/son project. Mallet in black locust and walnut with a handle of osage orange. Maple dowels and a spalted maple wedge to hold it all together. More jewelry than tool, but a fun project.
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#handmade #diy #design #interiordesign #interior #farmhousestyle #industrialfurniture #carpentry #vintage #vintagestyle #madeinusa

These beautiful Virginia evenings are good for the soul.  We're hoping to plant Christmas trees in this valley in the sp...
09/13/2017

These beautiful Virginia evenings are good for the soul. We're hoping to plant Christmas trees in this valley in the spring. Doing our best to learn about the land and to be proper caretakers of this special place.

Fall is upon us and our thoughts turn to cozy spots by the fire.  We'll be co-hosting a pop up shop October 6th, on Roya...
09/11/2017

Fall is upon us and our thoughts turn to cozy spots by the fire. We'll be co-hosting a pop up shop October 6th, on Royal St in historic downtown Leesburg. The focus will be on vintage pieces in worn leather, velvet, sheepskin, and all the things that make this season comfy.
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#design #interior #interiordesign #industrialfurniture #vintage #farmhousestyle #madeinusa #handmade

I'm currently working on a large dining table for a friend.  He wanted to be involved in making it, so today he came to ...
09/11/2017

I'm currently working on a large dining table for a friend. He wanted to be involved in making it, so today he came to the shop and I gave him a few pointers and he welded the entire table base by himself. He'd never welded before, but he was a natural and did an amazing job.
Often the only thing keeping us from learning something new is our fear of failure. Don't be intimidated. Give it a shot and you'll probably surprise yourself.
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#handmade #diy #design #interior #interiordesign #industrialfurniture #madeinusa #farmhouse #welding

09/04/2017
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When your woodworking project involves tractors, you know you're on the right track. Farmer Pete milling up some beautiful 7/4 red oak slabs for me today.
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#industrialfurniture #interior #interiordesign #design #farmhousestyle #farmtable #handmade #madeinusa #woodworking #diy @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

Sometimes you have to make the things that make the things.  Today  built this mallet from leftover walnut and maple.  T...
09/02/2017

Sometimes you have to make the things that make the things. Today built this mallet from leftover walnut and maple. There are 4 chambers full of bb's inside the head. This gives it a bit more heft and minimizes rebound when striking.
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#interior #interiordesign #design #industrialfurniture #madeinusa #handmade #mallet #diy #woodworking #farmhouse

Making lamps on this rainy day.  Our hourglass lamp in steel and locally-sourced, storm-felled walnut.  Tung oil and @ge...
08/29/2017

Making lamps on this rainy day. Our hourglass lamp in steel and locally-sourced, storm-felled walnut. Tung oil and @generalfinishes Arm-R-Seal really brings out the beauty of this wood. Almost looks like marble.
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#design #industrialfurniture #interior #interiordesign #farmhouse #vintagestyle #handmade #madeinusa #diy #lamps

Fog in the valley, nice sunset, happy chickens, and silence.  Loving me some Virginia tonight.
08/19/2017

Fog in the valley, nice sunset, happy chickens, and silence. Loving me some Virginia tonight.

My favorite room at the "new" house.  Our most treasured times are when we gather all the kids here (no electronic devic...
08/09/2017

My favorite room at the "new" house. Our most treasured times are when we gather all the kids here (no electronic devices allowed) to draw, paint, read, or just sit and stare into the fireplace. A home is a vital thing. It is a refuge for those we hold dear, and the backdrop for our most enduring memories. To all the parents battling to make family time a priority in an extremely distracting world; keep fighting the good fight. You make all the difference.

Combining materials.  Today I used some 1927 Ford Model A axle housings as legs for this console table/desk.  The top is...
08/07/2017

Combining materials. Today I used some 1927 Ford Model A axle housings as legs for this console table/desk. The top is a very thick slab of reclaimed barn flooring, and the bases are made of a maple tree that fell on my friend's farm. The screws are from....well...Home Depot, but the other stuff is cool. Scroll right for a detail shot of the base and walnut inlay.
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#design #interiordesign #interior #industrialfurniture #diy #madeinusa #handmade #vintagestyle #reclaimedwood #industrial #vintage @ Paeonian Springs, Virginia

Our laundry room is finally complete.  We're big fans of using lots of texture in small spaces.  Some tile, a bit of bla...
08/05/2017

Our laundry room is finally complete. We're big fans of using lots of texture in small spaces. Some tile, a bit of black paint, an inexpensive light fixture, and a box full of very old pennants my wife found at an estate sale. Done.
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One of the best improvements we've made to our home.  We knocked out an awkward closet in the rear entry hallway and ins...
08/04/2017

One of the best improvements we've made to our home. We knocked out an awkward closet in the rear entry hallway and installed built-in shelving and a bench. This inexpensive change nearly doubled the width of the space and made it much more useful.
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#madeinusa #handmade #vintagestyle #design #interior #interiordesign

The garden at Kadriorg Palace.
07/29/2017

The garden at Kadriorg Palace.

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