FOUND AND MADE inspiration for what's ahead

FOUND AND MADE inspiration for what's ahead

It's been many years of dreaming and a couple in the making and we are now here! The opening of FOUND&MADE was the start of an intention to create for ourselves. Our wish is to share what we love found and made and pass the goodness along. To live a well loved life. 

We first started up in Santa Monica and are now living up in the great Pacific Northwest.  We really feel inspired by the mix of both.  A carefree ease of California style mixed with the natural modern beauty of the Northwest.  For FOUND&MADE we relate to having a West Coast vibe with a bohemian twist to modern living. 

Today I'm working on a new inspiration board for what's ahead...Thinking about a mix of old and new, modern and rustic in a blend of styles.  And very much feeling like it's a time to take it all a bit slower and enjoy the beauty in everyday living.  

Inspired now by modern cabins and a mix of texture with a blend of relaxed, cozy textiles and handmade bits that give warmth to a space.  It could just be the Winter or it could be something that sticks a little longer! Neutrals and greenery in plants and indoor outdoor living is what I'm craving now.  And in this way, the plants work as the color.  And if you like some more color I have more thoughts on how to bring it into your home without being overwhelmed. (more on that later) So for now I'm going to dig into the first part and get started on that board! 

Hope you feel inspired to create something new and are starting out the year with much good intention!



image book credits: Modern Rustic/Emily Henson, Handcrafted Modern/Williamson, Rock The Shack/Gestalten, Beach Houses Andrew Geller/Alistair Gordon, Malibu Magazine

A Well Loved Life

A Well Loved Life

A Well Loved Life is the name of our blog.  We'd love to have you follow us along the way.  

Here is how some of it all started, our Signature Bench story...

When it was time to dream about our wedding and make plans.  Joseph and I knew, true to how we are, we both wanted to create a lot of it ourselves.  I wanted to create beautiful details to remember and Joseph aspired to create something for us that was apart of him for the ceremony.  Growing up in Portland he was surrounded by nature and amazingly beautiful trees.  As a boy, he climbed on the Doug Firs that surrounded his family’s house they built together.  Those trees have been apart of his metaphorical roots for awhile and given the chance he wished to pass them along.  So he had some that were fallen in a windstorm and decided to design benches for the ceremony.

Living together in Santa Monica, California at the time, he drove up and back to Oregon to handpick and prepare the wood and get it ready to bring back home to handcraft.  Working in our garage it was really the beginning for us both.  You know all the curious city folk walking by wanting to know the story of what was going on in there.  Joseph shared how he was making benches for our wedding to host our family and friends and create our new family tree.  I’m lucky he’s a romantic one!  Of course I had ideas on how they should be laid out …but Joseph wanted it to be placed like a tree with all of our friends and family being the branches.  So guess who got their way on that one! It’s charming I know, but it’s true to us and how it all started in a way…

Our signature dovetail benches are the beginning of a dream for us.  We want to pass it along. (And of course I won’t let him sell any of the originals! ) So we are offering some equally special ones in the same design.  Found in our shop in Handcrafted Furniture. We hope you like our story and would love to know you are creating yours with much happiness. 

Joy & Joe


outdoor bench photos credit: Annie McElwain photography