Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jack be Nimble ...

It's so in vogue right now that every shop I go in to seems to have these chunky candlesticks asking me to buy them. I gave in the other day and bought two of the most beautiful apple green ones for a pretty penny in TK Maxx (well not exactly a pretty penny!) I've been searching for this particular shade of green, particularly in kitchen accessories for ages because my new kitchen will be grey wood and I'd like to add some highlights with this green. Then I came across this candlestick revamp by Chelsea ... how beautiful?! I really have to open my mind a lot more to painting accessories as well as furniture!

Chelsea has got a wonderful Etsy shop called Paper Cakes, click here to visit.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Going Dotty

I'm just weak for this revamped polka dot dresser by Katrina in Eclectica. Based in Miami, Eclectic sells salvaged furniture & accessories for the style conscious decorator on a budget ... which is pretty much the majority of us these days. Katrina's store is truly inspiring, click here to check it out. You can also shop her vintage collection here, or her home decor collection here.

Katrina has recently launched a home ECOnomics workshops in her studio in Miami where you can learn all about her mantra of 'making things better' ... seems Recycle-Chic & Katrina have a lot in common! Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rest Up

This is a beautiful restored footstool by Caitlin Clark. The fabric and paint colour work so well together ... this is a really happy piece! Caitlin has the most wonderful blog, which you can read here and her photography is some of the most wonderful I've ever seen. You can also visit her Etsy store here.

A soft spot

More beautiful work by textile designer Ruth Singer. These cushions are made from different recycled fabrics and remind me of snuggly clouds. The extra details make each one so unique. You can check out Ruth's Etsy store here, which features some beautiful pieces. She also has her own website which you can visit here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

You be the Judge

Such a funky piece by designers Ross & Tom, who bought this table from a charity shop. Using some Judge Dredd comics which he picked up for £12, he rallied his friends to help him out with his restoration venture. What I like most about this is the understated colour scheme but the comic strip gives it real presence ... and monochrome is so in right now!

You can visit Ross' website here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

With Flying Colours

Another case of believing that an old piece has potential, completed by the lovely Carlina. After spotting this piece at a thrift store she just knew she could give it a new lease of life. Following hours of sanding, painting and finishing off with a gloss coat, her hard work really paid off ... Isn't it just stunning?

You can visit Carlina's blog here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Something Old

Restored pieces that have been handed down by a relative must really be the most special. These were originally bedside tables belonging to Adriana Oliveira's grandmother. She restored them beautifully and now they work perfectly in her hallway. Seeing the potential in older pieces of furniture is probably the biggest challenge. I have an old kitchen cupboard from the 40's that's badly in need of some tlc. I'm hoping to convert to a dressing table without alterting the piece too much but I'm still not sure if it'll work out ... I'll keep everyone posted.

You can visit Adriana's website here, or her Etsy store here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Top Drawer

I just love this drawer restoration by Brian Kyle. Again it's a case of taking something quite everyday and doing something extraordinary with it. His colour scheme is truly fabulous and I really like the contrasting green drawer interiors. I've done something like that myself with a sideboard that I'm restoring at the moment (except I wasn't half as brave with the colour palette). I'm nearly there with it so hopefully I'll be able to post it up next week!

Inspirational Spaces

When I came across Tif’s place I had that sharp intake of breath that’s reserved only for very special things. Her eclectic mix of pre-loved pieces is perfectly complimented by her retro colour pallette and nostalgic patterns. I’ve never come across a place that’s so airy, joyful, that oozes buckets of personality. These pictures made me smile and I hope they do the same for you.

You can check out Tif’s blog here, or visit her Etsy store here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chair Necessities

Okay, I'll admit it ... I'm now officially obsessed by restored chairs. But isn't this one just stunning? Ruth Singer is a professional textile designer from the UK. Creating bespoke fabrics for interiors using skillful hand-sewing techniques, Ruth uses almost entirely sustainable and recycled fabrics in her work. Check out her Etsy store here, which features some beautiful pieces. Ruth also has her own website which you can visit here.

Funky Fresh

I have two very sad chairs sitting in my house waiting to be loved again. I suppose the main thing that's stopping me from beginning their transformation is that I know nothing about reupholstery and there is a big cost involved when sending it to a professional. Jennifer's restored chair above has really inspired me to start looking at funky fabrics again and I'm definitely going to aim to have two amazing Jennifer-esque chairs in January (I hope!). You can check out Jennifer's Etsy store here.

What a transformation

It's amazing when you open your eyes to see the potential that an existing piece of furniture has. I absolutely love this locker transformation by Vickie Howell. By removing the upper doors this piece now also works as a bookshelf and the new colour is absolutely stunning. You can find out more about Vickie's work here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Before & After

I've only recently tried my hand at furniture restoration. Previously I used to admire from afar but since work began on my house I've had to think long and hard about how to fill it with furniture. Because it'll be a mix of old and new (the initial structure on the site was an old cottage while the extension will be a contemporary structure) it made sense that the style of the furniture would be more of an eclectic mix of modern and older pieces. To make sure that this merge of styles comes together I've decided to restore the pieces with a modern twist through bright paint and patterns. Needless to mention, I've kinda become obsessed with this type of restoration. The cabinet restoration by Jana above is just fab. I love the new lease of life that she's given it and the funky colour pallette is so different. You can check out more of Jana's projects on her blog here.

Something to write home about

Isn't this restored writing bureaux just stunning? Check out Hannah's blog here where you can see more of her beautiful recycled pieces as well as some seriously delicious recipes!

Pining Away

I love Christmas. This year I'm making Christmas dinner for the first time and I'm already thinking about how to decorate my table. I've been really inspired by the table settings in Meadows & Byrne this year with their large glass vases holding beautiful decorations as centerpieces. Because I'm on a major budget because of the house build I just can't afford to splash out in there so I've had to think about how I'm going to recreate that look for less. When I'm on a budget my first stop is Penney's and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have a range of minmalistic decorations made from wood which I snapped up right away.

To continue this natural theme through to my centrepiece I decided to collect some pine cones. So I loaded up the car with the dogs and we set off on a pine cone collecting expedition! They're all sitting at the base of the fireplace now because I'd like them to open out a bit before I clean them out and spray them. Not sure if I'm going to go white or just a simple sparkley glitter or maybe a mix of both. I'll keep you posted!

Away with the Fairies

It's getting closer to Christmas and as everyone knows we're all searching desperately for the perfect gift, but more importantly something that isn't going to leave us penniless. Here's an adorable idea from Pam which featured on Jumbletown. All you need is a jar, some leftover fabric, some shredded paper and a little magic fairy dust : )

Sweetness & Light

This lamp is a real statement piece by mixed media artist Tracy Nors. Addicted to all things vintage, Tracy works with recycled furniture and acessories in a variety of mediums such as textiles, papier mache, painting, collage and print and creates fabulous interior pieces. Check out Tracy's blog and more of her amazing designs here.

Make a Note

As a designer I'm always looking for unusual notebooks to bring along to meetings with me to jot down my notes. I know it may sound a little weird but I think producing the regular foolscap is just lazy. At the moment I've got a lovely large polkadot print notebook that I got in John Lewis when I was in London last year. I just came across these beautiful journals on ReForm School. They'll definately be appearing on my Christmas Wishlist!