Friday, March 2, 2012

DIY Showoff Feature of the Week Winner!

Super excited to announce that my little chairs were featured as the winner of the DIY Showoff Feature of the week!
Read more about it:

DIY Chair Makeover – before and after x 2

Thank you, Roeshel! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you need to! She has some great DIY projects to browse through!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

Does this apply to you? Well it applies to me! How else would anyone end up junkin’ for beat up furniture at garage sales or thrifts?
I often say that design wouldn’t be a challenge without a budget. What fun would it be to walk into a high end store and say “I’ll take it!” without even so much as glancing at the price tag? (Okay, let’s be honest, it would be fun.)
But I don’t think it would be nearly as interesting or satisfying to me if there wasn’t a bit of a challenge in it.
As I look over my portfolio and the learning curve since I started doing this out of my garage in 2009, I have to say…I really am proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish with cast-away furniture and accessories.
It makes me realize that design is less about a number and more about how to maneuver around road blocks and see the potential in everyday objects.
I had someone tell me the other day that Urban Farmhouse is “trending” with regard to some of the pieces I’ve done. That really struck a cord with me and reassured me that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be with my career choice.
With that said, let me show you what I’ve been up to this weekend…
My good friend and decorator, Gamze Andrews, has such a beautiful home that it was an extra bonus to be able to photograph them there. (This also made me realize how my paint-infested garage does NOT do my pieces justice for that wow factor!)
But what good would these beautiful pictures do without a shocking “Before” image? It adds to the drama, right?
Remember these guys? Yes, they were hanging around my garage for quite some time until I could figure out what direction to go with for her house. I just knew they had star potential deep down!
and now prepare to be amazed…
She’s kind of my “pimp chair” but I LOVE her!
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…the second cane back was originally supposed to be in the same fabric but at the last minute I had a change of heart and decided to go for a smoky blue to play against the deep brown tones in the room.
Doesn’t she look lovely with that faux fur in rich chocolate brown draped over her in the study?

Sigh, I think I want to build a room around these chairs…no, really, I do, or better yet, a HOUSE!
These pretty ladies are already taken, BUT I always find similar chairs so email me at if you are interested in a custom chair like this one. She won’t cost it, but she’ll look like a million dollars!

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