Saturday, January 30, 2010
The effervescent chandeliers have classic lines with a bubbly twist.
I am saving this image in the personal style file of my mind. The chair finish looks like silver leaf which perhaps could be recreated with a bit of spray paint if I am lucky enough to discover an open backed beauty. The true va va va voom comes from the tasseled corseting detail. It was held in place by upholstery staples. (Aren’t you glad I inspected this piece so closely for you? :)
Touches of lavender appear throughout the restaurant~ from the gingham shirts and converse sneakers of the wait staff down to this lovely little dresser tucked into a baby blue niche. Eye Candy!
Although I don’t normally take pictures of bathrooms, this one begged for it. The mirrored ceiling reflected all of its fuchsia fabulousness. You may have heard that Arizona has recently been pummeled by rain and tornado’s so dining outside was not an option. But I loved the astro turf green of the benches alongside the tangelo chairs. A true citrusy delight.
Oh and for those of you who are foodies~ I had the pastrami on rye and Fashionista had the Kobe burger. We were both swooning with delight over the accompanying French fries.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Perhaps you have a desire to update your bathroom windows with a bit of decorative trim. Maybe you have been dreaming of adding some dentil molding to your existing fireplace mantle.
Do you have some beautiful plates hung on the wall that would look even lovelier if they were framed out?
It is actually quite easy to add any of these treatments to your home. Depending on the size of the project, it can be very inexpensive as well. Enter in my MITER BOX TUTORIAL.
As well as the popular Ikea Frame out.
For its third transition I wrapped up my mirrored monstrosity in a big pretty frame.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
My Sweet Boy is all boy.
He says that the holes are caused by playing sports, but I wonder if he is secretly doing this:
But there was one pair of pants that the knees were totally shot out and the hems were also a disaster. When pants get to this point they are down graded to weekend only wear. Sometimes though the pants are sneaky and get put on and exit out the door before I catch on.
Trying to avoid this scenenario I decided that if I ironed on the light colored patches onto the ratty dark denim jeans that they would magically transform themselves into a red flag of “Do not wear these to school.” pants. Mr. Decor actually laughed at me and said that in order for Sweet Boy NOT to wear the dreaded pants they would also have to say “To Cool for Skool”. So out came the navy fabric marker.
What do you know, it totally worked and it made Sweet Boy laugh. Do you have patched pants that are “To cool for skool?”
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Last Friday the weather was glorious here in Phoenix. (For those of you shoveling snow just remember for five months out of the year it is hot enough to singe your eyeballs.) I had reserved a spot in Terri Brush’s beginning soldering class. It was held in a lovely home in Phoenix that even had a pond full of koi.
Roses and vinca’s were all abloom.
The event was hosted by Melrose Vintage and they had set up a few of their delightful wares for sale.
Frozen Charlotte’s in a sleigh.
Cupid has landed.
Lunch was beautifully presented. I coveted the chandelier.
We dined al fresco.
Here is a close up of one of the yummy and very chippy Chippendale chairs.
Truly talented Terri and her amazing assistant Kristin.
I first laid out the images I wanted to capture between glass. I created seven charms that were all very different.
I made just one charm for myself. It became a talisman of sorts. I adore the 3D chair.
This is the back of the pendant. I often shop at the grocery store while dressed like this:
I am participating in a Valentine swap and just might be persuaded to enclose this in the package I send off.
I left this charm in it’s original silver state while most of the others received an additional patina treatment.
This is my wish for you.
You have just one more day to enter my GIVEAWAY two posts down.
Go make a beautiful mess and be blessed!
Monday, January 18, 2010
If you are a longtime reader of my blog you know that every now and again I get up on my well designed soapbox made from reclaimed wood and extol the virtues of living green. So when I first saw this wonderful creation entitled “One Man’s Treasure Lamp” by artist Robert Ogden my eyes (pardon the pun) lit up. I had to know more.
Mr. Ogden is an artist who resides in Germantown, PA. He initially moved to Philadelphia for a job with Anthropologie. This came as no surprise to me. I have often spoke of my adoration for that store which is well known for its one of a kind fabulousness. Clearly, this clever man fits their bill perfectly with his extraordinary talents of turning old sewing machine and plumbing parts coupled with general junk into truly one of a kind treasures.
In 1996 Mr. Ogden, a self taught artist and metalsmith, began a company called True Resources. It sold his furniture, brilliantly repurposed decor and of course, lamps. In 2002 he turned the operation over to Ben Beiler and the company was renamed Peddler’s Home Design. Mr. Ogden remains the chief designer and now travels the globe in search of inspirational objects which he magically transforms into metallic feasts for the eyes.
You can find his delightful designs through retailers such as Mothology, Sundance Catalog and smart former employer Anthropologie. At this point and time his objets d’art remain a bit out of my price range. However, I must say that on my quest to create a lamp of my own, I found that just a single component to his designs, such as an antique mercury shade, are quite pricey. Given the materials and work involved his prices are justified and this is saying something as you know how frugal I am. Indeed after many bidding war losses on Ebay, I had to forgo my dream of creating a lamp and sadly wrote a term paper instead. The topic was on Salvaged Lighting. I of course noted my artistic crush on Mr. Ogden and it would seem that my teacher fell in love with him as well. I got an A.
With just one look I know that many of you will jump on the I Adore Robert Ogden bandwagon too. How can you not admire a man who created a beautiful kitchen from cabinets obtained from the As Is section of Ikea? His countertops rival lovely soapstone which are made from… are you ready for this: bathroom stall dividers. Then there is the lighting. I am swooning for his ceiling lamps which are truly whimsical delights.
Although I haven’t yet created my own one of a kind luminary masterpiece, rest assured, the desire is still there. My journey began last Friday when I took a class on soldering. I’ll share my creations from the class in an upcoming post.
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway one post down.
Be lit from within,
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I have accomplished so much during my blogging sabbatical. I have quite a few projects in the works which I will be sharing with you in the upcoming weeks. Recently, I found some sweet vintage treasures at the thrift shop that I repurposed.
For those of you who prefer pictures, I have been playing around with Picasa. Here are just some of the vintage plates and cake servers that are now for sale in my Etsy shop.
Through the next week I will donate 10% of all of my Etsy sales to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.
UPDATE: The Random Number generator has selected Margaret of The French Bear. Margaret will get her hearts desire of a hand painted fruit plate with sterling silver knife.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I am woman, see me squeegee.
There is no reason why rubber gloves have to be toxic yellow.
These sweet tweets might just make you whistle while you work when hanging the laundry out to dry.
Banish your ordinary soap dispensers. (Is anyone else humming the I Dream of Jeannie theme song?)
A master of a scrub brush.
On my to do list this week:
Give the front bathroom a makeover.
Touch up painting on all the walls, moulding and doors.
Continue to scour Craiglist for furniture for the office.
Several sewing projects.
Update my Etsy site.
Taking a class on soldering.
Needless to say I have to ground myself from blogging until Friday when I will return with a Friday Freebie and hopefully several completed projects to share with you.
I am turning off the comments so I won't be tempted. :)
Friday, January 8, 2010
You may have noticed a new look to my blog. It too got the once over. Love it? Hate it? I'd love to hear what you like, dislike, and would love to see more of. (Don't worry, my skin is thick.)