Archive - October 2010

Karen Starr

Meet Laura Lee Wack

Posted October 28, 2010

Laura Lee walked into Hazel Tree about two weeks after we opened. She saw the article in the Akron Beacon Journal and was interested in the type of design we were doing and the showroom concept we had just started.

This bright, happy gal bounced on in one afternoon and told us about her recent degree from Akron U, and how she focused a lot of her energies there learning about the world of sustainable interior design and architecture. She hung out for a long time that afternoon, talking with Jon and me about all sorts of things. We filled her in on what we were all about, what we were working toward – and she got it (us) right away. She understood what we were trying to do with redesign and repurposing…and when I asked her what her strong suit was when it came to design, she said, “Well…I actually do what you do. I’ve been repurposing for years!”

Excellent! A kindred spirit…

Soon thereafter, Jon and I became determined to help her in any way we could as she started out in a career that there are very few opportunities to break into these days.

And, since that day, Laura’s been our biggest cheerleader! She, her family and friends are huge supporters of us - and what we’re working on building at Hazel Tree in the coming months (more on that soonish.)

She is a huge help when we need a helping hand (see picture below!), a great person to bounce ideas around with, has a very sharp design and style sense, and turns out she’s mighty handy with a paintbrush too (more on that soonish too.)

She also really cracks us up, knows what I’m gonna say before I say it most times, makes up sign language with me, and has the cutest little boy who simply loves hanging out with our cutest little girl.

If all goes as we think it will, we plan to hire her as our first employee real soon.

Yep, she’s great. And today is her birthday.
Happy birthday, lady!


One hundred.


Karen Starr

Progress Through Preservation Holiday House Tour & Tea

Posted October 15, 2010

I know it’s still too early to start with the holiday talk just yet but I wanted to just mention this quickly so you can save the date if it interests you.

Hazel Tree Interiors will be participating in a fundraising event on November 5 and 6 that benefits the local organization Progress Through Preservation. The Holiday House Tour and Tea will take place in two separate historic homes just down the street from each other in West Akron. The tea will be held at the O’Neil House Bed & Breakfast, and the tour will be held at the home of Sarah Vradenburg, on South Rose Blvd.

Quick side bar here…I LOVE Sarah’s big, old home. It’s one of a handful of historic Akron homes that I have admired from the street for decades, wondering what it looks like inside, wishing I could find out. (Yay for finally finding out!)

Tickets for the tour only are $10 and $20 for the tea and tour. Hours for both days that weekend are 10-3. We have tickets for sale at Hazel Tree, so you can stop in to buy them in advance there or online via PTP’s website. They will also be available at the door both days of the event!

I’ll tell more about the project and how we’re involved over the coming weeks. Until then, you might enjoy reading the public sale record about the land for her home. This priceless book was delivered to Sarah’s front door one day by a previous owner of the home. Here are the pages about the land Sarah’s home now sits on, from 100 years ago. Note that the original owner was a woman…

Happy weekend everyone!