30 March 2012

Giving furniture new life~from Pure Wow.

 from Pure Wow.
If you've ever wondered what to do with furniture that's lost its luster, think twice before kicking it to the curb. Below, three easy resources for giving dilapidated decor new life.
Chairloom Third-generation reupholsterer Molly Andrews, owner of the adorable Pennsylvania-based company Chairloom, transforms heirloom pieces into contemporary furniture with wonderfully quirky textiles. Send her an old wingback chair or sofa or pick a vintage settee or ottoman ($200 to $3,000) from her site and she'll reinvent it with a fresh checkered or zigzag fabric. Custom orders start at $450.
Prettypegs At long last, there's an alternative to the clunky legs that bolster Ikea's love seats and beds. Prettypegs sells a wide array of bright, artfully designed bases (including a set modeled after Alexander McQueen's famed armadillo shoes) that easily screw into the bottoms of Ikea furniture and make these mass-market pieces look anything but.
Chalk Paint Here to help you salvage that decrepit armoire--and give you an incentive to hit the flea market for antique finds--is Annie Sloan. The British designer's chalk paint ($35 a quart) gives both old and new furniture a shabby-chic, timeworn finish (no sanding, stripping or priming required).

25 March 2012

House Beautiful's Kitchen of the month April 2012

This is a great issue of House Beautiful and the kitchen of the month by Nicole Hough is fabulous!
 The chalkboard panels on the refrigerator and over sized island provide handy reminders and extra seating for a young family.
 Open shelving provides lots of storage and that gas range is heavenly. :)
 The original molding on the windows goes perfectly with the new herringbone patterned floor, the lighting is great for the period of this house.
 Who doesn't love the charm of a farm sink? and there is more seating tucked in the corner.
Wouldn't it be great to cook and hang out in this kitchen?
all photos from Nicole Hough Designs

17 March 2012


I must have a thing for breakfast nooks, love this from the current issue of Lonny.

13 March 2012

upholstery boot camp

Over the weekend I met my faraway bestie and we took a three day upholstery boot camp.
 modhomeec is located in the SoBro section of Indianapolis
 After a brief overview, we got started tearing down our chairs, it was a lot of work.
 first day's work, ready to rebuild and make it like new
 covered in soft dacron
double welt was needed to trim my chair, it's very easy to make and looks professional
Getting closer

before + after

And here it is now, it's not perfect but I'm very happy with the new look.  If you have any interest in this type of class, I highly recommend modhomeec.  It's a fun, inviting atmosphere and we learned so much in just a few days.  Shelly Leer is a great teacher and students get lots of individual attention, plus her husband bakes a different treat for the boot campers each day :)
  A little about SoBro--what a great area!  Lots of great restaurants, unique shops and the Monon trail is a wonderful place for a walk, run or bike ride.  Indianapolis is a friendly city with so much to do--the choices are endless and affordable.
 A few of the shops.
 Monon Trail
 Locally Grown Gardens carries an eclectic mix of food and kitchen items.

06 March 2012

breakfast nook

There are so many things right with Ali Wentworth's New York City kitchen~I love this breakfast nook!
From the tin ceiling to the Vaughan lantern light fixture to the children's artwork to the banquette with print pillows to the David Iatesta chairs to the shoes on the wall to the dogs sitting on the furniture. 
Designed by Michael S. Smith photo from Architectural Digest