Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chilewich - Repurpose with Unexpected Results


A friend was frustrated as she couldn’t find suitable shelf paper for the cabinets in her newly-renovated kitchenthat was functional, easy to install, but most important to her was not ordinary. I suggested Chilewich upholstery fabric as it is unique, is available in a variety of natural colors, metallics and brights in two collections: Bamboo and Basketweave. It was the perfect solution and in that is produced in a width of 72” meant a minimum of waste was easy to cut by following the “over/under’ weave pattern. She was thrilled with the results.

Please visit their website as they offer a variety of flooring products, in addition to the "repurposed" upholstery fabric.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sophomore Dorm Room Do-Over!

A huge part of attending college is the decorating the dorm room, well if you a female. It took two vehicles to complete my daughter Kelsey's dorm room at Tennessee Tech. And I noticed driving from Nashville to Cookeville the boys in their trucks with their refrigerators and flat screen televisions. But as we arrived at TN Tech and were were surrounded by fraternity and sorority members assigned to unload vehicles, that the girls had the comforters, duvet covers, coverlets, throws, shams, sheet sets, feather beds, mattress pads, decorative pillows, plus refrigerators and televisions! The unloading process took no more than 3.5 minutes as the only information those willing hands required was the room number. Then off to find a parking spot.
When I entered her dorm room my first impression was where did all this “stuff” come from, and it occurred to me that my daughter’s room mate had an equal amount of belongings plus her mother and two friends. There was so much stuff on that VCT floor (that's the flooring that you see in Wal-Mart) that we had unload to the hall before we could load the room. The futon was the first to be placed and the perfect spot was under the “bunked” bed and with so many busy hands it didn’t take long to finish the new room with this year’s pink. grey and black color scheme. ironically her Kelsey's room mate had also chosen, thereby contributing to the overall success and sophistication of the room. 
But, clearly the most commented element in the room were the “paper butterflies” cut from black paper, velum and from line art printed on velum and then cut. Each butterfly was scored or curled to give it added dimension and then double-sided tape was used to place them on the wall. 
Last year’s Beta fish is now swimming in a new vase (on the desk to the right of the lamp) with reclaimed crystals from a discarded chandelier.

Another find  was the wool area rug from IKEA that was deeply discounted as it was a display rug and had stains. But, being the floor expert that I am, I know wool can be easily cleaned and though it took Kelsey an hour the results were great. 

Sources for Stuff:
IKEA - duvet cover, comforter, throw, vase, lamp and fabulous wool rug.
Neighbor - Futon (which we stained walnut)
Sister - Crystals (in the fish bowl) from discarded chandelier
TJ Max - decorative pillow, oversized champagne glass
Haven, Franklin, TN - inspiration for the butterflies

My last text of the day to her when I arrived home was, 
“Had a great day and enjoy your Sophomore room!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stair Runners...Inspire Me This Fall!

The temperatures here in middle Tennessee have moderated this week, and the children have returned to school. I am taking my daughter, a sophomore to college on Thursday. Oh, and we have a new color scheme for the dorm room...but I am saving that for later this week. Thankfully, there are a few items we can use again, oh woops...I will save the rest.

Anyway, it feels like we are moving toward fall, finally, not that I am trying to rush the season change, but customers will begin to be inspired to new projects for their homes like stair runners. Actually, Apartment Therapy was my inspiration for this post with their "painted" tread / riser stair runner. Very basic, but charming and perfect for a cottage. Of course, there is the more typical "cut-pile" carpet that is turned and tucked on the edges. And then there is my favorite, a sisal runner bound with a 3" cotton twill binding, simple, yet elegant. So, you choose what fits your decor, style and price range.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Big Book of Small Cool Spaces

New Book Find That has Me Floored!              
It's Apartment Therapy's 
Big Book of Cool Small Spaces.The ideas in the Big Book work whether you live in a sprawling Brentwood mansion or a studio condo in the gulch. Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan author and co-founder of the most popular interior design website, Apartment Therapy,  shares forty small, cool spaces that will change inspire you to change your space.  This book was especially appealing as I live in a small house and I believe "less is more". 

The Big Book of Small Cool Spaces is a must buy. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Crystal Upholstery Tacks - Interchangeable Too!

Found this "Sparkly" idea in a trends blog - Crystal Upholstery Tacks!

Change your mind? Change your Tack, not your furniture!!

  • Diamond Head Upholstery Tacks encompass a decorative crystal or stone that adds sparkle, dimension and a dazzling shine and dimension to lounge chairs, dining chairs, headboards and beds, sofas, chaise lounges and wall paneling
  • Diamond Head Upholstery Tacks are completely interchangeable with like sizes.
  • Diamond Head Upholstery Tacks are designed for installation by a professional upholsterer or furniture manufacturer; in a manner similar to a brass nail head, applying it directly into the wood frame.
  • Diamond Head Upholstery Tacks are a two part system enabling the upholsterer to apply the product without damaging the stone. An added benefit is that your client will have the ability to change out the stone setting, replacing it with a new color or collection, if desired.

Let your imagination add sparkle to your life!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Statuary Marble Bathroom

I prefer Statuary Marble over the more common White Carrera as it has a cleaner, whiter background and the grey veins as more sharp. Shown in the photo is the Master Bath at the Dean of the Commons Residence, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. My installers started with a 18" x 18" and cut it to 16" x 16" and polished each edge for the bathroom floors and shower walls as specified by the architect. It was further reduced to 4" x 4" for the shower floor. Of course, in that it was a natural stone, no finishing pieces were required, just a litte polishing on cut edges. A "slab" of Statuary Marble was use on the tub deck and tub surround. A project to be proud of!