Another New Venture... a truly "Inspired" One September 17, 2015 14:55


Ask and you Shall Receive..Seek and you shall find...Knock and the door will opened to you...

Those three phrases sounding like trumpets in our heads as we embark on yet another journey of "Inspired" contents. In the past several months we have had the honor of joining another passionate, couple team who are on a God given mission to create a radiant shop that will tantalize your senses on every level.

 Inspired, most appropriately named is in it's final trimester of growth and on it's way to be birthed into the World. All I have to say is this will be the most beeeeauuuutiful baby and undoubtably a most welcomed addition to the Third Ward family. Home furnishings, decor and gifts...a uniquely curated mix of creative, energizing and inspiring brands, including Burly Chic will bask in the presence of this beautifully rustic and refined 3000 square foot spectacular space. 

I will be at the shop (or should I say party) on a fairly regular basis- casting my creative eye, offering my opinion, serving the inquiring inspired and offering my services as a home stylist. Burly will undoubtably be cheering us on from the sidelines and passionately designing, building and replenishing our product line, Burly Chic. There will be much to do in the months to come but something tells me this is going to be a most lovely fact it already is.

We can't wait to see you at Inspired which opens early October and is located at 239 E. Chicago St. in the Historic Third Ward Milwaukee. For some Inspired eye candy visit the website at . And don't forget to share our link and "like" InspiredMKE on Facebook .

Great night at the Art Walk 2015 June 23, 2015 04:29

Thank you to all of you that came to support us this year at the Delafield Art walk for Spring 2015!

As many of you know it's the one time of year that we venture out and bring our online store, into the public so you can touch and feel and experience our brand-so thank you for receiving us with open arms!

We had a picture perfect evening- temperature in the mid 70's sun shine and no wind. Wow!  It was a blast meeting new people- you guys are amazing. One special moment and there were many...was meeting Marilyn Monroe from Delafield! Remember the story I told in my last Art Walk blog post where I shared about the customer who purchased the serving tray for her dear friend who was retiring??? Well I met the dear friend! Was so fun connecting the dots. And a HUGE thank you to our amazing friends John and Julie who served as our checkout and bartender...they were a priceless help to us! And to our family who never fails to support us and be our greatest loving cheerleaders! We love you guys!

You made our night. You guys rock! Until next year!                       Our sweet family.


Introducing Burly Chic's {flea market} Friday!!! Next one Sept 25th! March 27, 2015 05:17

                                                                                                                                  We are pumped to offer an exciting feature on our website called
                                      {flea} market FRIDAY!!!!
Sound FUN? INTRIGUING? INSPIRING?!  We think so!
So this is how {flea} market Friday goes down...
On random Friday mornings (about once a month) we will post a vignette of awesome flea market finds that will be immediately available for purchase on our website {at flea market prices of course!}. You will have the ability to click on the item you are interested in and purchase it right there on our website. Your purchase will be ready for pickup on our front porch the next day! 
You can expect the cutest things... Burly Chic style of course, items that blend rustic with pretty. Some vintage some not...nicknacks, functional furniture items, cute lamps and linens, sweet dishes, fun jewelry, cool containers, outdoor garden stuff, trendy accessories and even signature pieces of clothing!  We'll see what we can intrigue you with!  Many of these flea market finds are items we have personally loved, used in our own home, but have tired of and are ready to pass along to someone else. Or they are things we have picked up on our ventures, stashed away in storage and are finally ready to part with. (I just heard a Burly "amen" in the background...ha)  
Cheers to letting go and up cycling right??
So stay tuned and get ready because Friday, September 25th is our next one!!!                                           And as the old saying goes...first come first serve, early bird gets the worm, snooze you get the idea. ;)
See you September 25th!
Much Love,

The heart behind our brand...BURLY version. February 18, 2015 04:40

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         While he has been working his day job, supporting our family for the past 25 years, I've been granted the freedom to discover my passions and creativity on so many levels. I'm so grateful for that. My new business partner, appropriately named Burly...has not only been an amazing husband but also my encourager, financial investor, confidant, counselor, emergency back up plan but mostly my ROCK. There wouldn't be a Chic without the Burly.  He's not only an essential part of our business as the maker of some of the coolest products ever but a guy with the desire to fulfill his God given purposes.                                             I want to share his heart with the world because it's just that awesome.



I work in an industry where pallet come in almost daily. I would ponder…what else can one do with those palettes- that’s a lot of wood going to waste! I’m not a master craftsman but I love to build things with my own two hands-so I started brainstorming with my wife who loves to design and create. We thought up a few cool product ideas- things we would use in our own home- unique pieces that would not only look good but be useful and inspiring. And so the journey began. 


I guess maybe it's always been in me I just didn't use it.  I come from a family of artists for sure. I've always loved creative "things" like good music, great food, the outdoors...things like that.  I would say my creative outlet was probably and mostly bow hunting, which I'm pretty passionate about. There's something about sitting in nature. I like to refer to it as  my "church in the woods." We did own a small cottage on a little lake in northern WI when our kids were in grade school. That definitely deepened my love and appreciation for nature and the outdoors. We purchased our first plot of land when our boys were very young and spent 4 years dreaming up what kind of home we wanted on it. We designed and built that home on our own and then another one since then. We did most of the work ourselves, one we're still working on 10 years later. Ha THAT- I would say has been an awesome, creative outlet and accomplishment for me. Also having our two sons watch that process knowing that a house just doesn't get built in a day has instilled in them an appreciation of craftsmanship. And that's cool.

 I think working in the industry I have for 25 years has somewhat oppressed my creativity- not that it hasn't been an absolute blessing and a great opportunity.  It has provided so many things for me. Over and above the financial stability, it has also given me great opportunities within our community and introduced me to amazing people.

 My wife has spurred me on, convinced that I have this thing inside of me begging to come out. She would always tell me, "You're so creative!" And I would think to myself...ya' maybe I am- but what does that look like? I would say that Burly Chic has definitely revived the creativity in me and given me a gratifying and fulfilling outlet to tap into using the gifts and talents that God has given me. That's incredibly cool to me.


My wife and I brainstorming in bed on a sunny, summer Saturday morning, listening to The Cilvil Wars- birds of a feather. We decided we wanted to create a brand that blended our different bends on design; my love of rustic, primitive and natural with her love of pretty, inspiring, and chic. I’m an outdoorsy, rugged, burly dude-I like things that look like they just came out of the woods-while my wife is definitely trendy, creative, and chic. Hence the name Burly Chic.


Anybody can walk into a home depot and buy a board but the character of pallet is unmatched. You never know what you’re going to run into. Different kinds of hardwoods mostly. It’s like a treasure hunt for the coolest wood. I’m often inspired to build specific things just because of the unique nature of that particular pallet. No two pieces are ever the same or will ever be again.


I think we inspire each other…and often CHIC will ask me to design an idea out of necessity. Like we needed a sturdy tray to put on our bed for our coffee cups when we’re reading or hangin' out on a Saturday morning- the serving tray was invented. We needed a huge magnet board for our office to display photos and creative ideas- the Burly Board was the result of that need. Our faith is our priority- and the desire for people to be encouraged and inspired is important to us- this brought about the cross with the words on them.
Wine racks- we love wine.  Burly Beverage Box- wanted some cool transportation for a 6 pack of microbrews- Wine Box- transportation for wine. Monogram coasters- a place to set our beverages… You get the idea.


Oh so many but I'll boil it down to three things…

Inventing something cool out of something that may have ended up in the trash or thrown into a fire is gratifying. Using up cycling is pretty cool. And finding vintage and salvaged elements to add to our designs is fun- like a treasure hunt all the time.

Working with my wife- my best friend is a blast. We really LIKE each other and enjoy being together- you know there are always those moments- everybody has moments- but overall it’s awesome.

There’s something so gratifying about building something out of your own two hands. It feels good to make something that somebody sees has value, be willing to pay for it and absolutely love it. Like wow I created that! There’s nothing better.


Well -we’re looking to keep expanding the line. We’re working on an amazing t shirt line. I know Chic wants to add some more accessories for the gals and the guys even. Expanding the jewelry line, which is pretty cool. We use little scrap pieces of wood and add words and vintage buttons. Possible expanding into home styling, somethimg my wife has had an itch to do for years- just never had the time. I’ve general contracted my own homes and had a blast with it. Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll be designing Burly Chic Homes. All I know for sure is the future looks bright! Stay tuned!





February exciting time for BC! January 31, 2015 18:07


Thanks for your patience as we are working on a new blog post for February! Stay tuned for our next blog post where we will be introducing some exciting new products and giving you a good look into the heart of our rustic/pretty passion. Check back in a few days or sign up to follow us to automatically receive our blog updates! 

Much  Love, 

Burly Chic

Thanks for the Great Stories from the Art Walk! May 20, 2014 07:45


It's always you guys- our amazing customers that inspire new ideas and keep us motivated to create new products that inspire you back. The greatest part of our night was to hear the stories you had about the way you were going to use the items you purchased!

My favorite had to be the sweet, adorable chic gal at the very end of our evening. It was almost too dark to see but her eyes caught our serving tray that said, "She decided to start living the life she imagined."  She purchased it for a much loved and soon to be missed co- worker who was embarking on a new journey called retirement;


or the hip and cool couple with two adorable daughters who purchased two wine racks both displaying the words, "On wine time..."  One for reds and the other for whites. They mentioned they were so excited because these were the two colors they had all throughout their new home. YAY! Love that!  


These are just two of the many great things we heard that evening. We are thrilled that you are inspired by Burly Chic. Totally awesome. Mission accomplished.

We heard your ideas! We wrote them down, are pondering them and will get to work designing more great items. Thanks for the great stories! Keep them coming- We LOVE them!!!

As always-Thanks so much for your support. you guys ROCK!


BurlyChic inspiration... April 28, 2014 11:07

The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away. ~William Shakespeare

What we do with our lives has great potential to make a positive impact on another person's life - especially when we do what we love to do and share it. The BurlyChic mission goes far beyond blending rustic and pretty.  It's about inspiring you- encouraging you- bringing you cool products that tell a story, cast a little joy, and have a purpose. Our hope is that you can know and experience that from our brand.

We just got back from and amazing trip to the beach and are so inspired! We've geared up to offer you more new BurlyChic-ness. Items such as edgy, cool t-shirts for the guys, a more trendy, chicy t for the gals, unique accessories like the burlychic necklace, coffee cozies and neat vintage inspired magnet boards that we've named the burly board. Keep checking the website as we will be busy like beavers working to offer you these great products. A few of them are still in the works but some of them are already available! Please let us know what you think!

Also a special thanks to 30West Magazine for featuring our business in their magazine. Thanks to everyone for your loving response. It was a humbling (especially for the Burly) but exciting and honoring experience we will always treasure.

With gratitude,

Burly and Chic



BurlyChic office under construction! January 29, 2014 02:38

Dreaming, designing, creating, constructing. We could do this all day. Excited to get our BurlyChic office JUST the way we dreamed it. Headed to Home Depot last week for everything we need to build a desk, some inspiration boards and a bench. Always LOVE a field trip with Burly.(although would prefer somewhere prettier-ha) Getting ready for an interview with a local magazine on Friday- how exciting is that?! Will have pics of office as soon as we've completed the project. Can't wait to share! Thanks for sharing our website with all of your friends. We are oh so grateful!


Thank you everybody... December 13, 2013 09:52

Thank you everybody for an eventful launch of!
 It's exciting and wonderful and gratifying and the list goes on and on and.......
 We are thrilled to offer exclusive items that inspire- items that cast unique style to your home,
add creativity to your wardrobe and make great gifts to give.
Consistently we will be adding new products to our collection, so check back as often as you can.
Our supply will always be very limited since almost everything is done with our own 4 hands so if you want something- get it fast!! The holiday season is upon us and we still have time to squeeze in a few special items-
especially if you opt for local pickup! And if there is anything you might like done special please do not hesitate to contact us at  We will do our best to make it happen.Thank you again for your enthusiasm and interest in BurlyChic.You all inspire us!!!
Merry Christmas!

Welcome to the first blog post for Burly Chic!! October 20, 2013 11:15

Welcome to our first official blog post!

We'll start here at the beginning of our story.

We are a husband and wife team, married for 21 years, with 2 incredible boys and a cute pooch. We live in a bright yellow house that we designed together and are still working on 8 years later! We've recently decided to merge our creativity and design a line of products that blend his love of rustic with her love of pretty to create a distinct line called Burly Chic.

Many of our items are made using recycled materials.

Our process begins with dreaming up cool items to make- things we have designed for our own home and unique pieces we love to wear; items that appeal to our merging styles. We love the idea of encouraging people through our products so often times a Burly Chic item will come with an inspiring word or witty message.  We don't have a fancy studio -at least not yet- just our Burly garage and and humbly chic sewing room- works perfectly for us.


We hope you enjoy our products. Thank you for your interest in our evolving story- We're quite certain there will be much more to come!