look what i did!

Ok, so I design for Anthropologie… which has been my dream job ever since I can remember. I joke that I get to draw and paint all day, but that’s kind of, sort of what I do get to do all day. I am really excited about what I do and so very lucky, so here’s a little series I like to call “Look what I did!”

Ever since a furniture design studio my senior year in college, I have loved furniture design, but in my career I just didn’t get the chance to work on any pieces. However, last fall {after only working at Anthro for a few months!} I got my chance to design that bed there on the right. That thing was my baby. I stressed over each curve, wanting it to be just right. At first it was supposed to only be a headboard, but at Anthro, we love what we call a ‘statement piece’ and suddenly, the headboard evolved into a full-blown bed! Then, a few weeks later, I got to do the upholstery for that sofa on the left. The photos were taken in Venice by my team member, then I manipulated the images and laid gold architectural drawings over it. The finishing touches are the turned raw wood legs.

Each of these pieces was a labor of love and I am beyond happy to finally be able to share them with people!

images via Anthropologie’s fall catalog

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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  1. 10.2.12
    Ali said:

    That bed is awesome. I love the dramatic curves. So cool!

  2. 9.30.12
    eva b. said:

    shut up. I can’t even talk about how impressed I am.

  3. 9.27.12
    Bekka said:

    Daaaang. I love that sofa, it’s beautiful.

    • 9.27.12
      joanna said:

      thanks, bekka! it’s pretty comfy, too. i’ve been tempted to nap on it many times.

  4. 9.27.12

    yay!! dream job for sure! those pieces look great!! huge congrats to you :)

    • 9.27.12
      joanna said:

      thank you!! so nice to hear people like my work :)

  5. 9.27.12

    Congrats, lady! Such beautiful pieces!

    • 9.27.12
      joanna said:

      thanks so much for your kind words, kristin!