May 3, 2010
Apr 5, 2010
I want to mention since I’ve received a few comments about the topic of Thrifty Treasures that YES, I love the thrill of the hunt and finding a good bargain! The piece has to make sense, but often I find interesting objects on the second hand market. Tomorrow's antique just might be today’s Thrifty Treasure.
Did you know? Technically to be considered an antique the item has to be 100 years old and anything younger is classified as a collectible?
Looking back my power outage turned out to be a very good thing!
Here is one more glance at the Italianate mansion. Don't you think the detailing is breathtaking? I adore old homes and in my book they may not always be thrifty but they are certainly treasures!
Mar 26, 2010
Reproduction of 19th- and early 20th-century European garden objêts
Bulgaria zinc footed urns
Normandie Style Countertop
This zinc hood has elegant lines with graceful proportions.
Zinc Hood Double Sweep With Straps
Framed Apron Sink With Towel Bar
Isn’t this a clever and useful design? I love the way they intergraded the towel bar into the sink.
This farmhouse chic piece originally was a utilitarian garden piece that was cleverly reinvented. It was stylishly adapted into an open shelf vanity with double vessel sinks.
This one of a kind garden table has a zinc surface with a reclaimed antique cast-iron base.
Colorful flowers spill over a zinc garden pot.
I’m a history lover and always interested in the background story so I’m including a little information about the basic ingredient used to make these beautiful and chic pieces.
This photo is of a large old Lead and Zinc mine in Gwydyr, North Wales. This area boasted several mines during it’s heyday of metal mining between 1850 and 1919.
Posted To: Melissa @ The Inspired Room For Inspiration Friday
Mar 14, 2010
Her historical home is truly an inspiration to work on and I’ve done my best to keep its integrity in tact. The first time I laid eyes on it my heart skipped a beat as I sat in the driveway admiring its fine architectural details. It reminded me of the Owen's house in the movie Practical Magic staring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
Her home will be a work in progress for awhile as there are many projects planned for the future. It has excellent bones and was built in the era before power tools by the skilled hands of master craftsmen. There is striking woodworking and stained glass through out. It’s perched on a lake and hosts two decks with accordion doors that swing wide open that is perfect for entertaining. The bathrooms were remodeled in the 60’s and updating them is one of my assignments. Currently I’m working on the large first floor powder room. It’s a total gut job and I’m in hot pursuit of some special pieces for it.
So for three months I patiently twiddled my thumbs and hummed the Rolling Stones Time Is On My Side!
The Markum Console Bar is a versatile piece and can be used in a variety of ways if you think outside of the box. I especially like the dropped down section that holds the wine bottles. If you look closely you can notice the door knob wine stopper next to the vase. I found the stopper in an adorable store called The Lambs Tail Antiques.
Tip: The day I took these photos, I stopped by my local grocery store to pick up fresh flowers. Their selection looked tired, so I opted for this bunch of babies breath instead. I often use babies breath this way and even when they dry out they still look nice for a few months. As I was checking out the cashier asked if I was making an arrangement with them, so I explained I was only using the babies breath, she liked the idea and told me she had never heard of doing this so I thought I would share it here.
This became the music room and holds the baby grand piano. Sun resistant pull down shades were installed to protect the piano. Dan painted the room the same color as the living room. It’s not finished yet, but it’s getting there.
Feb 26, 2010
I believe you should throw that dinner party even though your table is a hand me down from your mom.
I believe there is a maturity and satisfaction that comes from saving up for a special piece that you will enjoy for many years.
I believe in creating a game plan that makes the most of what you have to make your decorating dollars stretch as far as they can.
I believe the most interesting rooms are developed over time.
What are your thoughts on authentic living?
Feb 17, 2010
Did you know when you enter a space your eye notices COLOR first, and paint is the #1 most effective tool that creates the most bang for your buck?
However, finding that perfect chic color can be more elusive then buying a winning lottery ticket, and can quickly becomes a lesson in frustration! Have you ever picked a paint color, with high hopes, which then turned into "what the heck was I thinking" once it was brushed on the wall? Hands down, I'm asked the most questions on the topics of color and paint. So, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things that have worked for me.
Paint is such an important mainstay in my line of work that several years ago I developed the following method for testing paint. I did this after realizing those ridiculously teeny tiny paint manufacturer samples that were offered were not nearly big enough to be effective. What I did to solve this problem was make inexpensive, quick and easy sample boards that are an effective visual aid. I've made many for myself and clients, and they are such a good tool I wanted to share this idea.
Making a sample board can save time, money and the frustrations of color selection. I would rather buy a small sample of paint and test it out before making a final commitment. Even if I have used a paint color before, it can change due to lighting and flooring.
Sample Board Advantages:
- Eliminates marking up existing walls, especially good if you're not going to paint right away.
Boards are large enough to be realistic to visualise what the paint will actually look like in the space.
- Boards can be moved around to see how they work in different lighting, and how they look next to existing furniture and textiles.
They are inexpensive, quick, easy to make and reusable.
Start by purchasing a piece of foam core board from a craft or office supply store. Foam core is thick and sturdy so the paint doesn't leak to the backside. Because of this both sides can be painted different colors. It's sturdy enough that when propped up it will stay in place.
Use inexpensive foam brushes to apply two coats of paint. Let the first coat set up before applying the second coat. Use long strokes, going in the same direction.
Boards are labeled with masking tape.
Sherwin Williams: Svelte Sage, Restrained Gold, Latte
For easy reference the information includes:
- Brand of paint
- Color name
- Paint number
- Type of finish: flat, matt, satin, semi gloss, gloss.