141 Design Company welcomes Christmas fun at Ho Ho Ho Workshop

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Beginning Nov. 7 and going through the month of December, 141 Design Company in Williamston is spreading the Christmas cheer with crafty customers from all over Michigan with the Ho Ho Ho Christmas Workshop. 

The decorative piece, made of wood crafted at the in-building woodshop by co-owner Brian Deimling, interchanges seasonal colors on Santa’s greeting. With the O’s customized to look like his jolly outfit, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a snowman resembling Frosty.

Though this workshop is the first Christmas-themed one of the season, 141 Design Company has been holding other workshops all year, with customers painting designs like clocks, welcome signs and magnetic boards; all made by Deimling in his woodshop. 

141 Design Company’s Ho Ho Ho Christmas Workshop features this wood design crafted by owner and woodworker, Brian Deimling. Photo by Claire Heise.

The shop opened in September 2016 in what once was a furniture paint company, Bungalow 47, the custom furniture shop now is a boutique, woodworking studio and craft workshop. 

“They originally opened with Chantelle’s mother, Georgia. She always wanted to have retail and Brian always wanted to have a woodshop,” said 141 Design Company employee, Nella Gentiolozzi.

“Since then, it’s kind of evolved into what it is today. The workshops, the woodshop, the paint, the retail, it’s all here.”

An employee by day, Gentilozzi also hosts the workshops at night. She hosted the first Ho Ho Ho workshop to a class of five, but says the numbers are only going to rise.

“We try to keep them smaller, just because it’s a little more personal, but the next class is going to have about 10or 12 people,” said Gentilozzi. 

For $75, the workshop provides all the materials needed to create the home pieces. All the customer needs to bring is themselves, some clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, and a friend or two. 

The expected finished product of this Christmas craft. Photo by Claire Heise.

The trio of Nicole Sebrey, Amelia Miller and Kate Thiel have attended craft workshops at Michigan Barn Wood & Salvage in Mason, but it was their first time attending one at the Company. 

“I follow them locally on Facebook,” said Thiel, “and then I told these two about it.”

“She sent it to us and we were like, ‘oh my gosh, we have to do this!’” said Sebrey. 

(From L to R) Kate Thiel, Amelia Miller, Nicole Sevrey, Judy Gray, and Linda Ellsworth pose for a picture as they begin their Ho Ho Ho decorative signs. Photo by Claire Heise.

As for the future of the pieces when the paint dries, there were ideas of fireplace displays, porch decoration and Christmas gifts for a new family. 

“They’re fun as gifts because then you can have something to give them you spent time on, there’s those attachments that go with it,” said Gentiolozzi. 

141 Design Company is located behind the red door of their shop on 141 W. Grand River Ave. in Williamston. It can be found on Facebook as well as its website, 141designco.com.

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