Let’s Talk Marsala

January 14, 2015


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Pantone has claimed Marsala as 2015’s Color of the Year.  Marsala is an earthy red shade with brown undertones.  This warm color is easily incorporated into the home in small details or large pieces of furniture.  A lighter version like the fun pom pom pillow or bud vase add just a touch of this style.  The dresser has such a deep tone that it will still be relevant beyond the current trend.  I absolutely love this chunky knit throw that I want to just snuggle up in.  And this rug shows how many colors can be paired with Marsala: teal, yellow, light blue, green, & ivory to name a few.


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Cantilever Chair Makeover

September 10, 2014

Cantilever Chair Makeover

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.

Cantilever Chair Makeover

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.

Cantilever Chair MakeoverA 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.

Cantilever Chair MakeoverA match made in heaven.

Cantilever Chair MakeoverI 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.

Cantilever Chair Makeover

And just because you have to see the difference again, here is the before and after once more.  Now that is ReInvented Vintage!







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ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

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?

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

 Second Wind Cabin Vintage Goods 


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.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

My Sweet Savannah


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.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Emily Henderson

This one has one of the leaves up for a little extra table top room for the bed side with a woven basket below.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Farm Fabulosity & the Barn Store


By putting up the side leaves and stocking with glassware, ice bucket, & drinks, the typewriter table becomes an instant bar cart.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Painted Dog Furniture


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.

Reinvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Place Michel

As a side table, the typewriter table gives a modern living space a nod to the past and giving an old piece new life.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Janeane Pittman Design


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The Baskets are on the Wall

For a while now I have been collecting baskets and basket trays from Goodwill to create a gallery wall in my hall.  This blank wall has been staring at me for years and it was high time I did something.  But not just anything.  I wanted something that looked collected and curated over time and that is exactly what this project has turned out to be.  It has taken me quite a while to collect just the right baskets I wanted to showcase.

Hallway before baskets on the wall

Here is the view of the blank wall in the hall from the living room going down to the bedrooms.

Hallway before baskets on the wall

And here is the view from the end of the hall looking back at the living room.  It’s so bare!

Baskets on WallAfter laying the baskets out on the floor, I arranged the perfect way to hang them.  I love how they flow with the living room and entry way.  They give the hallway a more inviting look as if to say, “Come down here too!”

Baskets on Wall

I also love all the different shapes, sizes, colors, & textures each of the baskets have.  It fills the gap between the hall closet and hall bath nicely.

Baskets on Wall

I was also lucky enough to find that white one with a mirror that I just love.  The dimension this basket gallery gives a long, flat, & narrow space is just wonderful.

Baskets on WallI only spent around $25 total for this project, got priceless character, and was able to repurpose.  Thank you Goodwill!  #FindTheGood








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