Work Hard/Play Hard…Why PLAY Matters with Wendy Conklin of Chair Whimsy

There’s an old adage that says, work hard, play hard, and today on the podcast we’re talking all about the subject of play and how important it is for your mind and your well-being. To do this, my special guest is Wendy Conklin, the Creative Director and thought leader behind the Chair Whimsy movement to live more creatively.

Wendy helps her online course students tap into and cultivate their creativity, giving them permission to “play” and upgrade their joy. Her teaching style makes the challenge of learning a new craft feel accessible and fun! Wendy’s business programming helps other artisans and makers leverage their knowledge, skills, and finished work to build and grow businesses supporting their families and providing financial and creative fulfillment.

You can still purchase from her inventory of exclusive reupholstered chairs and indulge in the multi-sensory feast of her unique pattern play and design aesthetic. 

Whether she’s building a greenhouse in her backyard, revamping her vintage camper, or upgrading her design studio, Wendy brings her audience along for the ride. Wendy’s growing Instagram following goes wild for her sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes tips, and sourcing links. Her work is featured in top-shelf publications, including HGTV Magazine, Woman’s World, Cottages & Bungalows, Where Women Create, Cottage Style, Austin Home, and Austin Woman magazines.

Wendy lives in the Austin, Texas area with her husband, two daughters, and little furry friend, Nike.

I hope you enjoy this episode, and I encourage you to play and feel free to explore your own creative side. By tapping into the creative that you do have by playing, you may discover something that you’re passionate about and even turn it into a business (like I did)!

My accessory course has finally launched! In this course I reveal my secrets, tips and tricks in a simple video course that’s broken up into modules. This will give you the resources, solutions, and really quick wins at an affordable price – all with direction from me. To grab it you can go to my website at, or click the link in my Instagram bio, at

I’m excited to announce that I have the perfect service for you called R.O.O.M (which stands for “Remove the Overwhelm and Overcome the Move One Room at a Time”). With this service you can tackle one room, or you can tackle 9. This result-driven digital service is available in bundles, and I want to meet you where you are in your purchasing path to buy things are get your home furnished beautifully. If you think you’re overwhelmed and need some customized guidance from a pro, R.O.O.M is for you! For more details and to get started, reach out to me on my website at or DM me on Instagram,

As mentioned at the end of this episode, you can also go to to my great new Room Planner freebie that I have for you!

I’m proud to announce that Welcome Home to the Suburbs has been listed in Feedspot’s Top 25 Moving Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021! To view the entire list of shows featured, visit

What You’ll Learn from this Episode: 

  • What the act of play is all about
  • How play has a direct impact on your brain
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with creative friends
  • How creativity can come in many different forms
  • The way that DIY projects give a sense of accomplishment and pride
  • Wendy’s tips for approaching DIY projects without boundaries and parameters

Featured on the Show: 

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown 

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