Monday, March 31, 2008
Here's a fun redesign I did recently. This space is a daylight basement that is used as a family room, game room, and TV-watching space. These before pictures are actually "Step 2" in the process. When I first came to this client's house, there was very little furniture, one tiny sectional and a few other cast-offs - but the client was ready for a major change. (In fact, she had already put a lot of work into removing wallpaper and repainting before I even arrived.) I consulted on and recommended new furniture purchases. She went out and bought furniture she liked that fit the recommendations I had given her, and then had me back to put the final touches on the room and pull it all together. It's a highly personal space that celebrates the client's favorite college sports teams, but still manages to be warm and stylish - not too "themey". The college team's colors are orange and black - not easy to decorate with - so you'll notice just a few subtle touches of color placed around the room, which keeps it from going overboard on the theme and still looking elegant.
a blank slate
we left room to add family pictures as the family grows...the house plant adds warmth and softness to the wall
a messy built-in bookshelf that was definitely not being used to its full potential
we removed a couple of shelves and created a display for all the client's baseball memorablia and keepesakes. Removing shelves in bookcases creates a custom look as well as creates space that didn't exist before for framed or other large art.
an old chair, random throw pillows, nothing on the walls...
removed the old chair, added pillows and throws, clock and wall art...
Tomorrow I'll share some of the little details that added warmth and personality into the space...details that translate into any environment and you can easily use in your own home.
Friday, March 28, 2008
*Edited to add: After working long and hard on this post, in spite of Blogger giving me MUCH TECHINCAL DIFFICULTY, I posted it, only to discover that the photo links do not work. However, the links to the Etsy artists do work, so you'll have to go to their shop and then select the piece of art you're interested in viewing more closely. I'm sorry for the extra step - I'm going to be doing more research and troubleshooting today and see if I can fix this.
red chairs noteset (5 cards)
Here's a very chic designer that clearly loves chairs as much as I do. Cricicis Design offers lots of sophisticated stationary and paper goods, including several items that feature modern and iconic chairs, and all at very reasonable prices.
"Olivia" original collage
"Zoey" original collage
Another designer who is paying tribute to the noble chair. Aren't these collages by CourtneyP. just sooo charming? These are original collages on wood frames and are extremely affordable. We're talking original artwork for under $20, people! Don't all flood her shop at once. :-) (And these are not the only chair collages she offers - be sure to check out the complete selection.)
"Tribute to the Hans Wegner wishbone chair"
I love this idea because it's very unique. This original piece by nquinn is sewn by hand on upholstery grade fabric that is an angora micro-weave, then framed in a vintage frame. She has several pieces that pay homage to mid-century iconic designs like this one...but they are done in such a charming, handmade way.
antique copper riveted chair charms
I think these sweet charms by Epoch Beads are for making jewelry, but I don't really know, and it doesn't really matter, because on their own, they are so tiny and cute and different. You could put them in a shadowbox...or create a sweet tablescape...or wear one on a bracelet or necklace chain...the possibilities are endless and one-of-a-kind. Too cute.
*Edited to add: check out this bracelet by Epoch Beads - she just wrote and let me know she's got this gorgeous jewelry that if you look closely, you'll see the tiny gold chairs, like the ones above, in amidst the beads. I love this! Thanks for the heads-up, Tracie!
Designer Chairs Cocktail Napkins (Set 1)
Designer Chairs Cocktail Napkins (Set 2)
I'm feeling a little more sophisticated just looking at these cocktail napkins...imagine how sophisticated I would be if I actually owned them. (Actually, if these are all it takes to make me sophisticated, then sign me up!) Anyway, designer Avril Loreti has fashioned these gorgeous napkin sets, along with other napkin and coaster designs, that are a perfect gift for the design-savvy hostess or friend. Be sure to check out all her fun designs.
"Chair No.5" original painting
"Garden Room" original painting
"Blue Chandelier" original painting
"Triple Fern" original painting
Hey, how did the sofas sneak in? This is a post about chairs! Ah, well, I think they got in because they are so darn cute that I just had to let them in. Besides, they are all by the same talented artist and I had a hard time editing it down to just one or two paintings. Flying Rhymes is yet another very talented artist who not only creates fun and whimsical paintings, but then offers her original works at very affordable prices. This combination always warms my heart. Check out her complete shop - it's so fun.
Well, that's my fabulous finds for this week, folks. It's snowing here in Portland, Oregon, which is extremely confusing for us, mostly because A) it almost never snows here and B) when it does, it's in the dead of winter, not a week into SPRING! My tulips all have very confused looks on their faces at the moment. (Yes, tulips do have faces.) Anyway, have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back Monday with before & after photos from another fabulous redesign! This time it's a family basement/rec room/game room. For now, Happy Weekend to you!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
image via Hostess With the Mostess
...and three cute little Lucy vases...all of which are inspiring the theme for a little brunch I'm planning for a few friends around Mother's Day. So needless to say, I was already having a great day...
Then, I discovered - quite to my surprise and delight - that one of my favorite blogs in the whole world did a feature on one of my parties!! Yep, that's right - Hostess With the Mostess - which is a daily read for me - and helped inspire this morning's retail therapy - included pics from the party I threw for my daughter's 3rd birthday in her feature about parties for kids. Remember the one with the Elmo theme, which I posted about here? See her cute photo collage of my pics above, and check out her article! Thanks so much for the shout-out, HWTM! I am so honored!!
The cupcakes were a hit with my daughter, too - pictured here in her Easter finery.
Monday, March 24, 2008
master bedroom BEFORE...
The bed is blocking the window. Two unused dressers are blocking the entrance to the closet (so the client would enter the closet through the bathroom). The client's professional supplies were stored in amongst bedroom fixtures and in corners.
master bedroom AFTER...
We placed the bed on a diagonal so the headboard wouldn't block the window. The room is very large and can handle the bed in the corner like this. Moved the two dressers (one out of the room completely) to open up access to the closet door. Removed all of the client's professional equipment to another room in the house (encouraging sleep and relaxation ONLY in this room.)
In addition to being used for sleeping, the bedroom was also used for storing various professional equipment. We got that stuff out of the bedroom and stored it in their home office.
Ah...a calming retreat now.
These two extra dressers were not being used, and were blocking the closet door. Even though the client can access the closet from the bathroom too, NEVER block a doorway (especially when the other half of the room is empty, as you'll see below.) We removed one from the room altogether and moved the other one to the other half of the room.
We moved an extra chair from the living room into this unused corner of the bedroom, and created a cozy reading nook. This is where we moved the one dresser that we kept in the room, and also moved artwork either from storage or other places in the house to accessorize. A stool from Ikea is repurposed into an end table, and cushions from the family room couch are used as throw pillows, both on the chair and on the bed.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
photo credits (all from Flickr):
1. "The Cross" by noe_carrillo
2. "The Cross at Sunrise" by s7t7e7f7a7n
3. "Sunrise Easter Cross" by mumbleyJoe
4. "The Cross" by Jacksen
Friday, March 21, 2008
How cute is this? I love artist Karen Miller's use of wood that is "found, recycled, reused, reclaimed, repossessed, reconstituted...on the rebound". Her quirky wooden collages are basically portraits of chairs, individually or in multiples, and no two pieces are alike.
orange chair collage
aqua chair collage
One of my favorite artists is Anne Harwell (whose sellername on Etsy is Annechovie - cute). She has lots of paintings of chairs and interiors in general that I really like. I especially like her original paper collages (the top two pictured are collages) that are colorful & graphic. The colorful and simple way she represents traditional furniture pieces makes them appear really fun & modern at the same time.
This pillow by Decorative Instincts appeals to me in a similar way to some of Anne Harwell's works; a traditional Louis XV-style chair (is that right? sometimes I get my Louis's mixed up!) is presented in a bold and graphic color as a silhouette, making it seem young and hip again. They've got this pillow in a couple of color options, too.
I think this is a great idea. I'm totally smitten with anything letterpressed right now, and this artwork by Paper Stories Letterpress has it all. It features a cool mid-century classic lounge/interior which is then letterpressed onto a paint chip! So many of my favorite things combined into one! I'm digging it. Right now they offer pink and purple but I'm secretly hoping for one in aqua, red, orange, or lime as well. You have to check out the other gorgeous paper products in this shop too.
This stationery by Paper Nosh is just yummy. It features this fabulously ornate chair and is customizable - you can get your own name or wording placed on each card in this set of four. (Some of my other favorites featured chandeliers and birds wearing crowns.)
And last, but not least, this charming letterpressed card from The Paper Peony. This card features an adirondack chair that was hand-printed onto white cardstock using a vintage printing press. Ah, letterpress again...what can I say? Paper love. Check out all her other fabulous cards and custom designs too...they're gorgeous.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend, my friends!