Meet our newest designer and guest blogger, Nancy Gent. This amazing artisan’s urban country creations not only caught our eye, they cleverly capture the contrast between big-city style and small-town charm.
Now, a few words from Nancy…
I’m a huge fan of country music, and like country music my designs tells a story. I was inspired to create a piece of furniture after I heard my son read for the first time, felt the warmth of good hospitality while having supper with friends, and saw the need for smart storage with personality. I have also been inspired not to create a piece when in the middle of the night, after too much wine and many rounds of darts while dancing to Al Green, I was unable to exit the guest room of a friend’s mountain home because I had rolled the trundle bed into the door. I knew in that moment a trundle would never be part of my collection, and two twin LIAM beds would always be my response.
The last several months have provided much inspiration for what’s new at NANCY GENT DESIGNS. Over the holidays I spent time getting acquainted with my biological father and his passion for restoring classic cars. I learned on that trip where I get my attention to detail and love for design. RICHARD, the tool box bed side table with casters, was created after the hospital called to tell me my father had escaped in his wheelchair. He missed his cars…
My big brother, Mike, is a re-use artist, so we collaborated on a platform bed constructed of horizontal reclaimed Cypress boards and vintage license plates, which I named QUINCY, after the Northern California town where he lives.
When it is 40+ degrees, you will find me shooting hoops with my son after school. One afternoon a little boy dressed in a black polo shirt and khaki pants joined us. He was six years old and could shoot an all-net free throw. I introduced myself and told him he inspired me. That evening I created HUTTON, constructed of alternately finished reclaimed Cypress boards in MIDNIGHT and SHOALS.
And after having a serious crush on a guy for six months and wondering if he would ever ask me out, I was inspired to create EDWARD, a rugged bed with 200 year old vertical boards reclaimed from the bottom of Cape Fear River. Call it the Law of Attraction, but when my crush found out I designed a bed and named it after him, 8 days later we were in Vegas. (curtsy)
It all comes from a place of love…
Nancy Gent Designs