Re-Imagined Furniture

November 4, 2009

I have been seeing a lot of great pieces of furniture that have been designed with the mindset of reduce-reuse-recycle. Here are a couple of them!

 

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Second Life by William Stranger

William Stranger is know for his innovative sustainable furniture that is mostly made with acquired natural objects such as fallen trees. One of his latest lines is the Second Life line. Stranger took the remnants of a bowling alley and created beautiful works. The line is being exhibited at Fifth Floor Gallery in Los Angeles until November 14th.

 

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Stump Series by Ubico Studio

The Stump Series from Ubico Studio was created when designers started noticing pieces of hardwood in the dumpsters surrounding the Studio. By reinvisoning these scrap pieces of wood, these great stools were created. Each piece is unique and crafted with social responsibility. And at only $195, you can’t really beat the price!

 

 

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Whitewashing 101

October 12, 2009

Normally I am not one for the look of white washed furniture, but recently two friends of mine had a few pieces of furniture that they wanted to whitewash and they enlisted me for some help.

All the pieces turned out great and it’s actually quite a simple process that anyone can do it!

Materials Needed

Sandpaper

Electric Sander

Paint

Paint brushes (the wider the better!)

Water

A metal tin to mix the paint and water

The piece you want to whitewash!

 

1. Prep the piece of furniture which includes sanding down the piece to the bare wood and wiping away the dust

2. Mix 1 part paint with 2 parts water in the metal tin. Mix it well!

3. Take your brush and dip the end of it in the paint and water mixture. You dont want to much of the mixture on the brush because it will start to look like you just painted it. The trick is to start lightly and go over it to the get the desired look. Continue painting until the entire piece is covered.

4. Let dry. Touch up any areas you think need more strokes.

 

Here are some pictures from the work we did:

Cabinet Before

Cabinet Before

Cabinet After

Cabinet After

 

Table Before

Table Before

 
Table After

Table After

 
Have you ever whitewashed? How did yours turn out?

Get This Look!

September 1, 2009

I saw this dining room on Dwell this morning and fell in love with it!

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Pacific Heights Remodel Dining Room by Nicole Hollis

 

The room was designed by Nicole Hollis of Nicole Hollis Interior Design and is located in Pacific Heights. Check out the full article for more information on the entire space.

I thought I would put together a few piece that could help you replicate this space in your own home.

First, the farm house table:

Modern Farm Dining Table from West Elm

Modern Farm Dining Table from West Elm

 

With the farm house bench:

Modern Farm House Dining Bench from West Elm

Modern Farm House Dining Bench from West Elm

Along with the modern wing back chair:

Gates Chair from West Elm

Gates Chair from West Elm

All three of the pieces above are from West Elm

Once you know the placement of your table, have an electrician install two j-boxes above the table and install two of these fixtures:

Besa Lighting Pendant Light- 1KV Tamburo Collection

Besa Lighting Pendant Light- 1KV Tamburo Collection

This fixture is by Besa Lighting and can be purchased from Form Plus Function.

The last major piece is the mirror. A mirror this size can be fabricated by a local glass shop. Have them put a simple frame around it and prop it against the wall and secure it to achieve the same effect as the picture above.

Add some clear glass tableware and you will have a great room!

I saw this great project on MarthaStewart.com. It is a DIY console table

DIY Demi-Lune Console Table

DIY Demi-Lune Console Table

 

To make this great hallway staple, you need an old dining table, some paint or stain, a 2″x2″ piece of wood and some screws.

The best kind of table is one that has a removable leaf because you can then just split the two pieces from each other by removing the extension device underneath the table top. If it does not have a leaf, you will have to saw the table into two pieces.

Sand, prime, and paint or stain the table to the desired finish.

Screw the 2″x2″ piece of wood to the wall at the correct height, then secure the table to the wood by screwing from the top down into the wood. Fill the screw holes with wood putty sand it down and paint/stain to match.

That’s all it takes to create a one-of-a-kind console table which can often cost upwards of $500.

Let me know how yours turns out!

First up today, a house I found on Curbed LA.

3584 Multiview

3584 Multiview

 

I personally love the staging of the home. It is available for rent or sale and there is an open house this weekend. It has many green features including recycled glass terrazzo tile, cork floors, low V.O.C. paint. And has the added design feature of Jonathan Adler lighting. It is renting right now for $7950. More info here and here.

Next up, from The New York Times. You know that surfboard you have lying around or that old door, how about making it into a table?

Re-Vive Table Legs

Re-Vive Table Legs

Richard Liddle has come up with a solution for all those scrap pieces we have lying around- make them into a table! He has created a “clamp technology with an extended leg” that can be attached to practically anything (as long as its 4″ thick or less) without any tools needed. You can get 4 legs for $160 in either black or orange. More info can be found at branchhome.com

Lastly, an article about Custom Furniture from The New York Times

Tori Mellott's Living Room and Custom Sofa and Coffee Table

Tori Mellott's Living Room and Custom Sofa and Coffee Table

It’s all about the details when it comes to design and what better way to get exactly the details you want then with custom furniture. This is a great article about the ups and downs of getting custom furniture and ways to make it worth your while (and your money).

A Few Fabulous Finds!

July 24, 2009

Here are some fabulous pieces that I am loving today!

Hollywood Regency Chair- from Fabulousmess on Etsy.com

Hollywood Regency Chair- from Fabulousmess on Etsy.com

 

I love this chair! The seller reupholstered it in black patent leather and painted the frame a high gloss black. It has such classic lines and details- it would be perfect in an entry or in a bedroom as a reading chair. If you have a chair like this with a not so great fabric- don’t despair! As you can see here- it can definitely be salvaged.

Grey and Yellow Accent Table from OhClementine on Etsy.com

Grey and Yellow Accent Table from OhClementine on Etsy.com

 

Another great piece from Etsy.com! This table is fabulous! I love the color combination the seller chose to paint it. And, it’s another piece you could do yourself with practically any accent table- pick two colors and get painting!

Sunflower Down Throw Pillows from thisisnotikea.com

Sunflower Down Throw Pillows from thisisnotikea.com

 

These two down throw pillows from thisisnotikea.com caught my eye immediately. The colors are great and would perk up any neutral sofa, but what I love even more is the scale of the design. These bold, large scale fabrics are great for the summer and with these pillows, you don’t have to spend a lot to get an interesting summertime room.