Apr 21 2014

Rustic Design and Furniture

Rustic: (ru.steek) adj. A blend of modern and rustic industrial design.

That pretty much sums up the style of this amazing furniture. Built by Justin of Red Rooster Trading Company this furniture is heirloom quality and will be that piece you can’t stop admiring. Visit www.redroostertradingcompany.com and check out their line of furniture. They also love to build custom. Scroll below for more images.

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Rustic Industrial Wine Bar: Using a salvaged metal frame with awesome!! casters, hand.antiqued mirror and vintage hardware using century old barnwood.

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red-rooster-furniture6 Rustic Industrial Coffee Table: Using salvaged metal frame, original yellow paint, and century old barnwood.red-rooster-furniture5

 

 

 

 


Jun 22 2013

Interior Design Defined & Re-Defined

Sometimes you have to take some time away from the daily grind and do something you love! I love love to design and make things beautiful whether it is a website, logo, wedding invitations or in and around my home. ThereĀ are a lot of things I love, but today I am focusing on interior design. I think it takes years to make a home your home. We have lived in Biblegrove for 7 years in July. We are still making this home our home. Along the lines of Interior Design we have remodeled bathrooms, painted walls & then repainted, built furniture & signs, hunted {or haunted works too ;)} auctions, junk shops & antique stores, made memories {some great, some not so great}… and we still have some unfinished projects. But we have come a long way baby! We have also had a lot of help along the way.

This is the definition of Interior Design from dictionary.com

Interior Design: noun
1.the design and coordination of the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features.
2.the art, business, or profession of executing this.

I think that kindĀ of sums it up. But it sounds too stuffy. Interior Design to me is surrounding yourself with things you love, from the images I share you will probably get a good feel for the things that I & Justin love. I am very thankful to have a husband that has amazing taste and can build me anything we can dream up. › Continue reading


Nov 26 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!

Happy Small Business Saturday! What a great idea! Read more about it… {http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/}

A few ideas on how to Shop for Small Business Saturday.

1. Gift Certificates – Most local shops & restaurants offer gift certificates which make it easier for that someone special to get exactly what they wished for! I was talking to my aunt the other day and she had the idea of getting a gift certificate for carpet cleaning, I think that is a fabulous idea!! Something that you might put off with your own money but would love to have done.

Check out Violet Love Brands, Inc. – they offer gift certificates that you can redeem online if you can’t find a location near you to buy everything from headbands to loungewear to evening wear and all in rebecca michael’s signature soft fabrics.

2. A Clean House – Why not hire your favorite cleaning crew for your mother, auntie, sister, friend… ! I don’t know about you, but when things are busy, which they usually get even more so during the Holiday season, it is a wonderful feeling to have a clean, fresh house.

3. Photo Shoot – How bout paying for a photoshoot for your favorite family! Everyone loves family pics and if you are like us don’t get them done often enough!

Check out these fine photographers for the NE Missouri area {www.laceimage.com and www.jten21.com} & the Austin, TX area {www.vagabondstyle.com}

4. Handmade – Make something! And even if you aren’t the crafty type, something purchased that is handmade just makes it that much more special.

Check out Red Rooster Trading Company for some hand.built, beautiful & functional gifts. {www.redroostertradingcompany.com} Use coupon code SMALLBIZSAT for 10% off all products!

There’s also A Girl Thing – Teresa and her girls repurpose vintage goods & clothing into fashionable pieces of clothing, jewelry & accessories.

I would love to hear what your gift ideas are and how you will shop Small Business Saturday!!

~Britta


Oct 19 2011

Justin the Builder.

I am not the builder. I love to design, paint things, create my cards, cook, dream etc… but I am not the builder. And sometimes I am not even the designer. I just had to share pics of these pieces that Justin my builder not only designed but built from reclaimed barn wood for our anniversary and my birthday. I know… I am a lucky girl and so thankful to have my very own builder! I am in love with Justin and the furniture he builds! :)

We both had to work a little for these pieces… I was working away at my computer and he says ‘Let’s go!’ — When Justin says that I never know what to expect… it may be a drive over the farm to scout for deer or go rock hunting {yes, we have to hunt for rocks in Biblegrove — but that is another story in itself}, it may be a spontaneous trip to the city for a date or to find that tool needed for his latest project. On this day ‘Let’s go!’ meant something entirely different. We headed to an amazing old barn… a tall barn that we climbed and climbed to the top. From there we hauled out some old barn wood that had been milled years and years ago… it was stored in the barn. And it was work! But work that was well worth it, as you shall see.

FIRST: A beautiful coffee table made from reclaimed barn wood. Justin surprised me for our anniversary with this piece… he wondered what I would change about it. NOTHING!

SECOND: This rustic console/buffet/whatever you want it to be – amazing!! This one he surprised me with for my birthday, which is only a few days away from our anniversary.

THIRD: A Garden arbor that goes perfectly with our fence — as you can see I am trying to get climbing roses to take off up and around it. Can hardly wait to see how it looks next year! Another birthday surprise… I had gone to town and came back to him, Branton & gpa & gma all helping to get this done before I got back.

June was a good month for me. :) Justin & Branton sure know how to make a girl feel loved and they went above and beyond with these amazing works of art. And did I mention it is work! :) Barn wood is usually really hard and not easy to work with… but that is part of what makes these pieces that much more special. This isn’t really a DIY, it’s more of a Justin did it… but you never know, you may just be able to find your own pieces by Justin someday… Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your time here and maybe got a little inspiration!

PS Did you see the really cool Red Rooster Felted silhouette pillow on my couch? Well, if you fell in love with it you are in luck! You can find these pillows at viAnnelli on etsy {http://www.etsy.com/shop/viAnneli}. Rumor has it she will even do custom silhouettes… all I said was, could you do a Red Rooster and she came up with the perfect, felted Red Rooster silhouette… can’t beat that!


Oct 4 2011

Handpainted Business Signs

I believe in ‘curb appeal’! Especially when it comes to your business. When you have a storefront it is important to show on the outside that you care about your customer and what you are offering them. A hand.painted business sign is one way {and not as expensive as you may think} to show that and draw your customers inside for more! The hand.painted part is not the only beautiful part of these signs… they also have logos & a color palette that make them stand out and allow the sign artist to shine! I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Meyer on a few different signs… he has been hand.painting signs for a long time and it definitely shows. Not only are these signs beautiful, but since Mike has the experience he knows how to make them so that they last for years to come. Check out the signs he hand.painted below using custom logos by Bb design… now don’t you just want to stop in and see what’s going on behind these doors. If you are in NE Missouri Area… you may have seen these signs… I am hoping to get a few more up in the area. Aren’t they beautiful! What a fabulous and cost effective way to show a little pride in our community & businesses.

First up is the Scotland County Pharmacy… I had the privilege of building their logo a while back and was so excited when they decided to get a sign made using their new logo. Mike is pictured with his wife, Aileen, in the first picture… it was so much fun to meet this couple. They love life & really enjoy what they do together!

Mike Meyer Signs

Scotland County Pharmacy

Next up is Memphis Area Pregnancy Care Center. With the combination of the new sign & the vinyl decal in the window, this really makes their curb ‘appeal’ just that much more and makes people take notice. Mike graciously hung up the sign for us as we are not the experts in sign hanging.

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MAPCC Hand Painted Sign

And last but definitely not least… The Willows Lakehouse. I have been working with The Willows for several years on different projects, starting of course with their logo… if you have not discovered the Willows, you must check out their site and plan a visit. Especially if you are in NE Missouri area… this is the perfect getaway that is not too far away! {www.thewillowslakehouse.com} Mike took the Bb sign design & hand.painted it to make a sign that I would even love to decorate my home with!

The Willows Lakehouse Retreat

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OK, just one more… Red Rooster Trading Company… Mike took the logo I built for Red Rooster and knocked this one way way outta the park. I actually do have this one hanging in my living room cause we loved it so much! Mike sent me some behind the scenes pics of the Red Rooster sign which I will blog about soon! He really takes care in his work & it shows, what a gift!

Red Rooster Trading Company

Thanks for stopping by! And if you are interested in pricing for a hand.painted sign by Mike Meyer & Britta burrus design. give me a shout… call or email and I will be glad to discuss your needs/wants for your business. 509-429-1989 or design@brittaburrus.com

PS… I think a personal sign would also be wonderful… so if you are interested in one for your living room, kitchen, hanging outside somewhere {barn, garage, house} or bathroom… whatever your ideas, I know we can come up with something beautiful!


Mar 28 2011

The Bb blog gets a makeover, slowly… but surely…

Spring is in the air and with that comes the need to reorganize, clean things up a bit and work on a little marketing for Bb. :) I have all these ideas in the back of my head for Bb & Red Rooster… it’s finding the time to work on them that’s the trick! Clients projects of course come first and with Spring on its way, the flower & veggie gardens are calling my name. Anywhooo… I am working on reorganizing the Bb blog. Don’t you love it when things are organized & all in their place! I reorganized the blog into the following categories…

Bb {Portfolio} : featuring Bb projects to give you ideas on what we can do for you
Design, Marketing, Social Tips : Everything from Marketing, Design, Brand, Social {e.g. facebook etc} and maybe even a garden & cooking tip or two thrown in.
Inspiration & Gift Ideas : What inspires me, what inspires you? and Gift Ideas
Quotables : inspiring, provoking, funny, clever quotes
Fabulous Freebies : Fonts, Textures, Software, Bb Notecards — who doesn’t love a good FREEBIE!
Behind the Biz : Featuring some of the businesses that I have the opportunity to work with and the who & inspiration behind them. My clients ROCK and I want to share a little more about them and how they got to where they are today.
DIY {Your Way} : Do it Yourself Projects
I {heart} cooking/baking : Recipes… :)
Red Rooster Trading Company : posts and pics about what Red Rooster is up to.
RiBbet : Most of you might know that I love to make cards, still do, just haven’t had a lot of time to spend here. RiBbet will be the place to find the Bb cards. Someday, I plan to have an online shop exclusively for them.

I went through all the previous posts and organized them according to category, so, you can start browsing. Hope you have some fun and get some ideas & tips along the way. Thanks for stopping by and hope to have you again! Look for Mondays post next!

~Britta


Dec 14 2010

Red Rooster Crush Grinds…

Since we started Red Rooster Trading Company we have been brainstorming other hand.built products and we are so excited to introduce our newest. They are so beautiful and I am so proud of Justin! He has been working hard to keep up with the Camano Coffee Mills & Mabana Pepper Mills but managed to find some time to build the Red Rooster Crush Grinders… See the pics below, we will be adding them to the site {www.redroostertradingcompany.com} soon.

{DETAILS}
Salt Crush Grinder: light edges & a dark middle
Pepper Crush Grinder: dark edges & a light middle
Seed Crush Grinder: medium edges and a dark middle {We use our seed mill for flax seeds, it works great! It can be used for other seeds or spices as well.}

These beautiful crush grinds are made of hand.picked hardwoods, hand-hewn & finished with a food grade stain to bring out the natural beauty and lines of the hardwood. The top twists to grind and it also comes off so that you can fill it, our 1 oz peppercorn scoop is the perfect tool to use for this. Then hold your mill directly over whatever you want to season and the grinds sprinkle right out the bottom, you can adjust the grind from coarse to fine. It took us a while to find the right mechanism, since we wanted to be able to grind salt we had to find one with a ceramic crush grind! Not only will they work great to season your meals, but they will be a topic of conversation and look amazing on any table, shelf display or countertop. Beautiful & Functional.

handmade wood salt grinder

handmade wood pepper grinder

handmade wood seed grinder

handmade wood salt and pepper grinders


Apr 5 2010

The Camano Coffee & Mabana Pepper Mill Photoshoot…

Once in a while I get to put on the hat of photographer. I don’t claim to be a photographer, but I do have fun with it and sometimes you gotta get creative and use what you have. So, I lugged an old, yellow chest that I have out to the deck, brought a couple props and took advantage of the natural lighting.

These are product shots for Red Rooster Trading Company. The Camano Coffee Mill & Mabana Pepper Mill: they are not only beautiful but functional too. If you love coffee you have to try out the Camano Coffee Mill… it adjusts to consistently grind from coarse to fine. So, not only do you get an even better cup of coffee, but it looks great sitting out on display. They both make great gifts too!

The first few shots were taken today and the one with the beautiful blue sky was taken a couple days ago. I might have to try it out on another sunny day… that lighting is much nicer. But I don’t think they turned out half-bad and will def use some on the Red Rooster site {www.redroostertradingcompany.com}

Check out a few below and see what you think…


Apr 2 2010

Red Rooster Trading Company

Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to have a shop. What would that shop have in it? Cards :), hand made stuff… but not the crafty stuff that you regift or put on a shelf and never think about again. I wanted to have stuff that would be cool, beautiful… yes mainly decorative, but that you would be excited to display in your home. And of course there is the idea that things being handmade in the USA is a good thing.

Well, recently Justin & I have had this great opportunity presented to us! Out of the blue a dear friend of ours, a lot of you might know him as Nate, contacted us with a proposition. The first emotion was excitement… what fun… Justin could take care of the hand.built part, I could handle the design & marketing and ‘they will come’, right? :) Well… we were still excited, but it took us a little longer to take care of the details and there were more of them than expected. We finally got our end of it figured out and viola! Red Rooster Trading Company was born.

Justin is now in the shop quite a bit building ‘The Camano Coffee Mill’ & ‘The Mabana Pepper Mill’ and I have had such fun in building the logo, website & some online ads. Nate has been so patient and kind in training us in the biz. We are keeping the same ‘hand.crafted quality’ of the original Mills and we have some ideas up our sleeves for some other hand.built goods. And not only are these mills cool, beautiful, they actually work and work well. The Camano Coffee Mill will make your morning cup even better! We have even had several orders for each, yahoo!

You know that saying? ‘Things just aren’t built the way they used to be’ — well our goal with Red Rooster Trading Company is to ‘make things the way they used to’. Missouri is known for its quality hardwood. We travel North of us to Amish country to hand.pick the hardwood that is used for the mills. A food-grade stain is used to finish the wood so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals. Justin builds each mill with care. And have you seen them? They would look great anywhere! Even if you don’t drink coffee you will want to get one of your own for display.

You might have noticed while reading, but we are still really excited and can hardly wait to get some other things added to the shop. Check out the pics below of the logo and website. And be sure to check the store often for our latest arrivals. You can also find Red Rooster on facebook here {http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Rooster-Trading-Company-Handbuilt-Goods/108355095853363} and visit the site here {www.redroostertradingcompany.com}

Thanks so much for stopping by! And come again soon…

On a side note: Nate had actually hired me a couple years ago to do some of his marketing materials… logo, mailers, labels & online ads for Camano Coffee Mills. What fun!