Aunt Ruh’s Attic LLC

Aunt Ruh’s Attic was inspired by my mother, Ruth…Ruh to all her family. My mother was the quintessential reclaimer of all things; give her an old piece of furniture, a few tools of the trade, and she would turn it into a spectacular new addition to our home. I don’t think she ever saw a piece of furniture and thought: “That’s junk.” There was always some part of the piece that could be salvage, and made into something new. She instilled in me a love of Design and Art from an early age, a love that I carry with me to this day.

I suppose (for my mother and I both) we inherited our love of furniture form and construction from my mother’s uncles. They both worked for Baldwin Piano Company, as master cabinetmakers, from the 1910’s through the 1950’s. Some of the grand-pianos they made are still in use today.

It is that love of design, art, and family history that brought me back to college in 1996 to major in Interior Design at Mount Saint Joseph University for a Bachelor degree, and then onto the University of Cincinnati to major in Fine Art for a Master Degree. For years now, I have put my education and experience to good use in the residential design industry, but there was always that part of me that longed to return to my roots.

So many pieces of furniture, architectural trim, knick-knacks, utilitarian items, and industrial items are discarded as junk, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With a bit of imagination, a love of design, and a song and a prayer, useful home furnishings become new once more. Suddenly, the idea becomes the plan, and the plan becomes the finished product. It is in that moment that I find my connection back to my mother and my family roots.

I hope you enjoy Aunt Ruh’s Attic’s Blog, and I’d like to welcome you to the Aunt Ruh’s Attic family.

Thank You,

Kelli Fox-Kieffer