Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bedroom Va-Va-Voom!



This room looks a million miles away from where it began thanks to Kim.  There are so many details to take in ... the room divider used as a headboard, the beautifully restored wicker chair adorned with funky pink cushions, the fantastic glossy flooring that you would never guess has been painted to look so magnificent ... everytime I look at the images I pick out some other detail that I've never seen before. Truly inspiring.

You can visit Kim's blog here.

Rags to Riches



Another ugly duckling turned stunning swan by Anne in Kerry. She rescued this piece from certain death by dumping and gave a fairly tired piece a whole new life. After running out of fabric to do the seat she had the super savvy idea of using some oilcloth and bolstered with a 20" cushion for added snuggley-ness! Well done Anne, this is fabulous.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Operation Transformation



I came across this fantastic transformation by Sarah recently and couldn't believe how much of a dramatic difference she made. This piece is hardly recognisable and doesn't it look so amazing ... that's recycle chic at it's best!

You can visit Sarah's blog here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Take Cover

Well, I finally ordered the fabrics for my chair restorations from Hawthorne Threads. I have searched high and lo and was really undecided for a long time as to whether I wanted a traditional upholstery fabric with a funky twist or whether I wanted to really go out there with it and choose a sturdy yet light printed fabric. I decided on the latter because there was just so much more choice when it came to the type of fabric. I love Etsuko Furuya's range of fabrics, they're so fantastically colourful and funky. So, above you can see the two fabrics, the Etsuko Furuya's green I'm going to use on my wingback and the floral fabric by Lecien is being used on the other chair. I just have to wait for it to be delivered before I send them off to the upholsterers! You can visit Hawthrone Threads online store here.

Bag Lady

I stumbled across this fantastic bag creation by CERIosities recently and isn't it wonderful? The bag is made from an old book spine and even uses a fab old belt as the handle. It's a really striking piece. You can visit the CERIosities store here to see lots more fantastic upcycled pieces.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Back for Good

So sorry that I haven't posted in a while ... I changed jobs and am coming to the final few weeks of my house build so I've been totally consumed with all things home ... without paying any attention to the blog. But things have calmed down a little so I've been able to put some thoughts together again!

I'm still ignoring the two chairs that I've got to reupholster ... not intentionally of course! Because of time issues I may have to send them out to a professional instead now but I might be able to do one. I've been on the hunt for some suitable fabric for a long time and came across this beautiful restoration project on my internet travels. Doug found this sad looking wicker rocking chair sitting by the garbage and knew he could transform it. A lot of work has gone into this project but isn't the end result worth it? After dismantling the chair, piece by piece, he sanded every piece down by hand then created a new seat cushion to replace the broken wicker. Well done Doug, I really love the side profile ... the detail is just gorgeous!