Robin Millichap of Robin’s Nest Furniture
Q: Tell me how you got into owning your own furniture business.
A: Well I’ve always been interested in design, furniture and color and trying to put everything together. I think growing up I used to rearranged my bedroom a couple times a year, I used to change up the colors to see what would look good. As I got older I would pick up pieces of furniture from the side of the road and repair them, repaint them and then use them. So the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is true in my case.
Q: What are the joys of being able to own your own business?
A: It’s always great to be your own boss or everybody thinks it’s great but then all of the responsibilities fall on your shoulders. When you get in that situation you tend to think that no one else can do [your work] as well as you can so you can have a hard time delegating your work or finding someone to help delegate your work.
Q: What inspires some of the pieces that you have in the shop?
A: When I get the pieces, some of them are pretty beat up and drab and missing handles and things like that. I really feel like I need to sit with a piece for a while and look at it and get some inspiration. I know it sounds silly but I have to really feel what the piece wants to be. If I want to use bright colors and change up the handles to be something funky and fun or if I want it to be more of a traditional piece. But I also have to think of the buyer and what they might be interested in and what room of the house are they going to put this in and how are they going to use it.
Q: What is one of your favorite pieces that you have worked on?
A: That’s tough. I did work on a piece for Habitat for Humanity and that was pretty special because I was able to pick a piece of furniture from the ReSale Store and repaint that. They used it in their anniversary auction to raise money for Habitat. So that one was pretty special to me. I feel a connection to all of my pieces. Some of them are harder to bring to the store because I want to keep a lot of them but I wouldn’t be able to do that.
Robin will be a vendor at this year’s Massive Barn Market in April! Some of her pieces are currently in the shop but act fast because they usually fly out the door!!