September 10, 2014
While on a visit to Goodwill of Orange County, I spotted two Cesca style cantilever chairs. The chrome tubular frame was tarnished and the cheap seventies tan velveteen fabric upholstery on the seats were not doing this pair any favors. My husband in fact was looking at me with that look, you know the one that says “what in the world?!!” I got them for a song and I knew they were a treasure. They were not the real deal, but I still loved the simple lines and the cane backs were impeccable.
After removing the backs and seats, a little Brasso did the trick to renew the chrome back to sparkling. Since I am a pattern FREAK, I just about screamed when I spotted this Thom Filicia for Kravet Ikat linen in creams, golds, & grays. I knew the pattern would go perfectly with the chrome & blonde wood.
A million and two staples later, the seats were covered in my beautiful linen. Attaching the seats and backs on to the polished frames was a euphoric moment.
A match made in heaven.
I had a little fun and staged them as accent seating. And now, these chairs are destined to go to a clients home that I am working on. As if the fabric choice was not perfect enough for the chairs themselves, they go wonderfully with the mid-century style room my client is going for I have called a Heywood Wakefield Dream. I will show you the space with them in it as soon as it is complete.
And just because you have to see the difference again, here is the before and after once more. Now that is ReInvented Vintage!
September 8, 2014
Besides being an interior designer and loving everything beautiful for the home, I am slightly obsessed with fashion accessories. I have a closet at the end of my hall that has acted on and off again as an accessory closet, and a sad looking one at that. Yes, it is a little embarrassing to show you the state of this section of my personal space, but I have plans, BIG PLANS! This mess of a nook is going to become a Dream Accessory Closet ready to be shown off to all that view it.
These plans include several DIY projects to display jewelry, belts, purses, & scarves that I will be sharing along the way. Some of them will be items repurposed from thrift stores, while others will be things made from nature. I may just plain old shop my house. Sometimes things get new life when they are put in a new place. OK, who am I kidding, I may just have to make a trip to HomeGoods along the way. The ultimate plan is to be big on style and low on cost. I want this thing to be blinged out! Like, I want you to be blown away by the glam-fest that is about to take place.
The first thing on the list is to go through and see exactly what I have and donate items that I really don’t wear any more. Next will be a fantastic paint treatment in gray and gold. The theme is vintage glam and I inadvertently gave a clue away when I showed this trunk on my Instagram.
I hope you follow me along on my journey towards my Dream Accessory Closet and if you are as fortunate as me to have a dedicated space for accessories, I would love to hear about it too.
September 4, 2014
Vintage metal typewriter tables have been on my radar lately. I still remember having a typewriter while in school, pecking away all my reports, hoping I did not make an error, or the whole thing was goofed. Even with the corrector cartridge, it made an awful presentation. This bygone tool has left us with these absolutely cool tables that need another purpose. Just because we all don’t have a typewriter in our home, it does not mean these versatile pieces can’t be used in another way.
Enter, ReInvention! I am loving this word (even though spell check does not!) This is exactly what I found when I did a little online prowling. People taking this once very one-specified piece of furniture and in a way inventing a new purpose for it.
One of the more utilitarian purposes I found was for a laptop table. This is today’s typewriter afterall, so why not?
Using a typewriter table as a small sideboard in a dining room, especially if you live in a compact space, makes for a great look. I love how this one is placed in front of a chalkboard wall and balanced with a fun word art canvas.
Sometimes bedrooms, especially here is Southern California can be really tiny. Fitting a typewriter table next to the bed is a great way to add character without sacrificing a lot of space. I love how this one boasts a wire basket on the bottom shelf giving more room for storage for books and such.
This one has one of the leaves up for a little extra table top room for the bed side with a woven basket below.
By putting up the side leaves and stocking with glassware, ice bucket, & drinks, the typewriter table becomes an instant bar cart.
Pairing a typewriter table with a modern chair gives a nice modern vintage feel. It is a great side table that can easily be moved if necessary.
As a side table, the typewriter table gives a modern living space a nod to the past and giving an old piece new life.