MOCKINGBIRD MADE IN BUDA CREATES CUSTOM FURNITURE
THE SHOP BUILDS DINING TABLES, COFFEE TABLES, BEDS AND MUCH MORE, BY GENE MENEZ, Published: December 28, 2017
For four years, Mockingbird Domestics was a can’t-miss stop on South Lamar for anyone looking to buy a clipboard to hang interchangeable art or have a custom dining table made. When the retail store and shop, owned by Jeff and Laura Daly, closed in August 2016 due to rising rent, decor enthusiasts and artisans mourned. “Change is hard,” one fan wrote on Instagram.
But a little more than a year later, the Dalys are back in business—albeit with some modifications. Their new venture is called Mockingbird Made, and it is everything that Mockingbird Domestics was without the retail component. Customers can still have the Dalys and their talented craftspeople design and build custom dining tables, beds, headboards, credenzas and coffee tables. Alas, customers looking to buy that clipboard to hang interchangeable art will have to go elsewhere.
“We’re excited, renewed and refreshed,” Laura says. “This is the redevelopment of taking all of the good things that we enjoyed at Mockingbird Domestics and weeding out many things that were busywork and burdens.”
Escaping the rising rent in Austin, the Dalys opened Mockingbird Made in up-and-coming downtown Buda, in a former warehouse that stored antiques. All of the finishing, welding and carpentry takes place in a two-story, 3,900-square-foot workshop and showroom.
Drop by the new space, and you may even see Jeff building furniture and Laura doing the finishing.
“We’re creative souls, and we wanted to touch the furniture again,” she says. “So we’re back to that.”
Mockingbird Made, 107 Ash St., Buda, TX, 78610, (512) 905-5698, mockingbirddomestics.com