October 16, 2014
I can’t believe we are already on week 3 of the One Room Challenge! Be sure to check out my design concept & before pics here and my West Elm shopping trip for some of the major pieces in the space here.
The midcentury modern sitting room aka the “Heywood Wakefield Dream” is coming together quickly and my focus this week will be on the vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces. The side table and cocktail table that were found at a consignment shop and were the inspiration for this whole design. My client also wanted a desk in the space so when this one popped up on Craigslist, I immediately inquired about it.
This was a keeper and the price was right. It had a few flaws, but nothing major. Like the other images of the tables, it is hard to tell, but it needs refinishing as well. That whole top portion of the front is one long, ginormous drawer. The display shelves on the right are just wonderful too. This particular style is called a Student Desk (M783W) that was manufactured from 1952-1961.
The desk, cocktail table, and end table pieces are solid blond maple and birch from the Modern line produced from 1936-1966. To get the yellow cast stain called Wheat that is to resemble the tones of natural, ripened grains, I ordered a reproduction stain from a vendor called needful_useful_things on eBay.
Boy is that some yellow stain!
Let the sanding commence.
Ready for stain!
It was interesting finding a little more history on these two tables too. The back one is the 2-Tier End Table (M791G) and was manufactured from 1952-1953 with signature arched legs that were seen in several other Heywood Wakefield pieces so they would harmonize together. Sexy legs! The one in the front is the Cocktail Table (M319G) with sculpted guardrails to prevent cocktails from falling over the edge. You know, for all those crazy parties my client is going to throw!
As the desk was drying, I was searching online for the perfect desk chair. My client was open to something different and was not really wanting another wood piece. Now here is the funny part, as I was searching with nothing striking me, I leaned back in my office chair and turned slightly away. My office also contains several pieces on my Etsy shop and there it was, the perfect chair was sitting right behind me. A pair of them to be exact. I had recently purchased two metal cantilever chairs that I made over here.
I rushed with one of them out to the studio to see if it would work and of course, it was like it was meant to be. Now one will act as the main desk chair and the other for next to it. Then they can be pulled across from the love seat and placed side by side act as extra seating for the conversation area.
This sitting room is coming along and I am loving all the history behind these wonderful vintage pieces.
Now the room is painted in Sherwin Williams Ibis White (SW 7000) and the room is starting to totally transform. Here is the West Elm Canted Wood Rug in Salmon in all it’s full glory! It will eventually get turned the other direction, but I had to show it in the room.
This beautiful floor lamp at HomeGoods called out to be in this room, so I listened to it.
Be sure to keep following me as I continue. I have to deal with some issues I know are looming. It’s those kinds of things that you keep thinking about at night. They MUST BE SOLVED!
Check out all the others working on the One Room Challenge on Calling It Home.
October 14, 2014
Inspired by West Elm, I was able to upcycle some thrifted glass vases. I would love to hear if anyone else tries this great home decor project.
Originally posted on Goodwill of Orange County Blog:
If you are anything like me, I have a love for home decor that has a high price tag. On a recent shopping trip, I was browsing in a home store in the mall for a client when I fell in love with some stoneware vases that ranged from $39-$49 each. Of course, to create the look I wanted in my master bedroom, I wanted a cluster of three which would have cost me upwards of $140.
Now as much as I enjoy those pricey accessories with their handcrafted goodness, I am also continually looking for ways to upcycle items to keep them from going in the landfill. So, for this episode of DIY Thursdays with Janeane, I am going to take an item that is always in stock at Goodwill of Orange County: glass vases. In every Goodwill store location I have been to, there is a total aisle…
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October 9, 2014
The One Room Challenge continues today as I give you an update on the “Heywood Wakefield Dream”. Last week I showed you my midcentury modern concept board and things are coming along nicely. A shopping trip to West Elm was fruitful as I ordered the large seating pieces in the room and picked up the rug and the throw pillows that were in my Polyvore set. I seriously cannot wait to see these in the space.
The Peggy Loveseat is so perfect, so orangey scrumptious, so tufted adorbs. I ordered it with the fabric shown on the sofa version on the showroom floor in Heathered Weave, Cayenne. I bustled around the store taking pillows and making myself at home as the sales associates were oh, so kind. I finally arrived at the decision to cluster the Solid Silk Hand-Loomed Pillow in Platinum, the Stamped Dot Silk Pillow, and Crewel Circlet Pillow in Cayenne on the sofa.
I got the last Canted Wool Rug in Salmon in stock at the store because the platinum, cream, tan, horseradish, salmon, & cayenne colors gave wonderful connections to other pieces in the room. You can see the little sample on the bottom right. The yellow horseradish tone will tie into the finish on the vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces that are being refinished.
And now to round out the seating, I present the Anders Chair in Slate topped off with the Scalloped Crewel Pillow. The chenille tweed fabric is so full of texture that it gives umph to a solid gray chair. I love the simple lines this chair has with its flared arms.
Now as for the room, the dismemberment of the bed proved to be challenging. It was truly a bear! So many parts, so many pieces. Just when I thought I had removed all the screws, another one was still attached.
My client was ready to part with this metal bed and I seriously had visions of revamping it. Call it the overachieving designer in me.
I mean, can you blame me? Just look at this detail on the back!!! My vision was to paint it green much like the Crawford Queen Bed from Anthropologie.
As soon as I showed the image to my husband/business partner, he squashed it, snapping me back into reality. Especially because he did most of the heavy work taking the darn thing apart and getting it out of the room, down the stairs and packed away in the car. I also have absolutely no time, nor the space to store it waiting for a client to fall in love with this piece. So, on to Craigslist you go and off to a wonderful new home, as is.
Now the room is clear and while the painters move in to cover the walls in Sherwin Williams Ibis White, I am working on refinishing the vintage tables. Next week I will be showing you the Heywood Wakefield finishing process and their history.
Be sure to stop by Calling It Home to see all the other participants in the One Room Challenge. Until then!
October 8, 2014
Several weeks ago I introduced a new blog series I was going to do creating a Dream Accessory Closet. Well, as you can tell, I have not posted about this in a while. It seems like every time I had slotted to work on this it was so blasted hot in the house, I just could not bear the thought of working physically. There has been a long term heat wave in Southern California that is still here. In OCTOBER! With no air conditioning it has risen to over 100 degrees in the house. I finally got to the point where I was getting up early in the morning to work on the closet walls and was totally drenched in sweat my the time I finished each step. So, here is the first part of the actual work on the Dream Accessory Closet.
The last time you saw this closet it was a mess to say the least. I took a whole afternoon on a weekend and went through each piece deciding if it needed to stay in my life or if it needed to be donated, gifted, or consigned. It felt really good to pair down.
After clearing out the closet, I patched all the holes (where in the world did they all come from?!!!)
Then I added two coats of Sherwin Williams Gray Screen.
This color is in several spaces in my house and I just love it. It has a touch of blue that is lovely.
I had been toying with ideas of what decorative pattern I was going to place on the back wall, knowing all along I was going to do it in gold when a trip to Target proved to be the final inspiration I needed.
A plate there covered in gold arrows was just what I was looking for.
Now this is where I become a bad blogger in explaining how I did this. I played around with how to lay it out on the wall and decided that dots with a pencil would be my best bet, then connect the dots with gold paint afterwards to create the arrows.
I made a temporary template with a paint stir stick and it took me quite a while to get them all in place.
Then it was a matter of painting in the arrows that did not take nearly as long as placing the dots.
And finally, the painting was done!
This pattern is just what I was looking for. It adds a little funky glam while not being too overwhelming.
I am now on to working onto a storage/table piece that is from repurposed items that should be previewed on my next post for the Dream Accessory Closet.