Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What to Wear Wednesdays

Spring Where Are You? I want to wear something like this ultra girly number...

Vintage 1960s Butterfly Garden Sundress

To an outdoor garden party that looks like this...

Spring please come! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Recent Find and curateDE

A pre-painted Mid Century Modern dresser...

My dear in-laws are here all week and I needed an extra dresser, so obviously Craigslist to the rescue! The artwork above is created by none other than the talented Mr. C. And I'll reveal the final English garden inspired guest bedroom as soon as it's complete. But truth be told design for me is always a work in progress...that is what makes it exciting.

The afore mentioned guest room is filled to the brim with collected artwork, plates and prints from flea markets, second hand stores to gifts. It reminds me of this image (but a tad more crowded)...

Photo credit: Timothy Kolk

The pretty vignette above was featured in a recent Elle Decor article titled "How to Hang Art On a Wall." I spotted it on curateDE, 'the design aficionado's digest,' created by Murali Narasimhan and the brilliant interior designer Raji Radhakrishnan. I had the pleasure of working with her last year designing a shelter for abused was one of the most wonderful experiences. If you haven't already signed up for curateDE you need too...

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Fridays Finest Finds

Once again here are my favorite finds on DC's Craigslist...

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Cane and Rattan Table & 6 Chairs $350 {need a patio set?}
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The CL sun porch set above is lovely as is, but also would look fabulous painted black with new fabric...
Inspirational Image via NZ House & Gardens 

White Bamboo Style Wood Chairs, Glass End Table and Lamp $250/all {i adore this set. such a great price for all of that. i even like the lamp and probably wouldn't reupholster the sweet stripes. hmmm, maybe i can get it for my neice.}
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Vintage Phillipinne Bamboo and Cane Settee $250 {this settee comes as a set, see below. would look smashing in a sun porch. wish i had a sun porch.}...
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Or you could use the settee above in your entry...
Inspirational Image by Thornton Designs via Decor Pad

Vintage Phillipinne Chairs $250/pair {this a great price folks. can you tell i like caning?}
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Twin Bamboo Headboard $40 {paint it orange for your daughters tween bedroom. remember to use zero voc paint...i mean come on it's right next to her head.}
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Cane Backed Mahogany Sofa $1750 {this is substantially more expensive than the cane settee above. go check out the listing as the person has had it in their family since the early 1900's. now they're off to italy and can't take it. my advice to them...put it in storage.}
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Wicker Furniture Set $300 {ignore the upholstery, that is unless you like it of course.}
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Paint the CL wicker set above black, reupholster the cushions in white linen and you'll have a gorgeous set for your sun room...
Inspirational Image via Kelley Interior Design (a awesome local interior designer)

Haywood Wakefield Arm Chair $225 {just thought this was interesting. great accent chair for your sun room...yes i said it again.}
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Bamboo Bar Cabinet $100 {for some reason i'm not feeling the color combo. i think i would paint it a solid color instead. either way it's still cool, especially with those knobs.}
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Birdcage $45 {have birds? well i probably wouldn't put birds in it, but this would look nice in a sun room...i'm sorry just had to say it again. heehee.}
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Holy wicker, cane, bamboo, sun room bat man! Now onto more...

Elegant Newly Upholstered Chairs $598/pair {love these chairs. great lines.}
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Wingback Chair $25 {someone help this sad girl. remember that you can have the entire chair stripped to it's bones and new padding and cushions applied.}
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Transform her into the magnificent beauties you see below...
Inspirational Image by Tim Kemp on Elle Decor found via Splendid Willow

Complete the transformation with this fabric by Katherine Rally. I emailed her awhile back about fabric stain repellents and she promptly responded that although their fabric is not organic, they at least don't use stain repellent chemicals. Nice!...
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Leather Wingback Chair $75 {awesome for a man cave.}
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Crate and Barrel Leather Dylan Chair $950 {you'll save over $1000 by buying this used, instead of new at Crate and Barrel. it's stunning too!}
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Baker Credenza $750 {this is just stunning...right? no paint required whatsoever.}
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FREE Antique Dresser and Vanity {would be sad to paint, but looks like it needs it. free remember?}
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Dresser $95 {they had me at the handles. for $95 it's a bargain.}
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Faux Bamboo Mirror $95 {good price. featured on MoS too.}
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Large Dresser $200 obo {change the knobs and you have something gorgeous.}
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The dresser above reminds me of this beauty from Maison Luxe...

Brigitte Large Dresser $1650 via Maison Luxe

How about with these knobs from Anthropologie...
Ripe Melon Pull
Ripe Melon Pull $6/each

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Coffee Table Maison Jansen Style $200 {great price i believe for this beauty.}
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Brass Coffee Table $100  {lovin' the swan heads.}
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Matching Brass Lamps $75 {very regal indeed my dear lassies.}
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Accent Chairs $50/each {should be titled fabulous chairs for an incredible price. get 'em paint 'em reupholster 'em and send pics.}
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Table and Chairs Herman Miller Steelcase Chrome $375/set {for the set? really? naw? let's go on this together. i'll take one chair and the table. which 3 friends of mine want a sexy desk chair?}
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Retro Chrome Chandelier and Sconce $250 {one sconce? kinda funny, but hey who cares that chandy is flippin' fantastic.}
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Occasional Chairs $500 {i think i have a love for carved wood. the arms on these are so unique.}
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La-Z Boy Velvet Wingback Recliner $75 {color doesn't match your home? see below.}
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Can't afford upholstery and the color doesn't match? Why not paint the fabric! Kristy from Hyphen Interiors bought a Craigs chair similar to the one above and decided to paint because the cost of upholstery was too expensive. She was then featured on Emily A. Clark's blog (a favorite of mine) here with a full tutorial on how to paint fabric. Now I have stenciled fabric many times, but truly have never thought about painting a chair. Doesn't the after look fabulous...

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Incredible right? Great job Kristy!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xx Danielle