Furniture: From Bland to Grand

Bored with your not-so-new or hand-me-down chairs? Give them a fresh makeover with a can of paint and some fun new fabric! I inherited a pair of  iron bar stools from a relative years ago. When they fell into my hand hands, the stools were white and gold with almond colored “pleather” seats (yikes!)

Immediately, I painted the stools iron gray and recovered the seats in fabric remnants. This is a very affordable option for recovering smaller seat cushions or pillows.  Some fabric stores have bins of discontinued fabrics that are dramatically marked down or sometimes even free! To paint a something like this stool, with lots of nooks and crannies, I suggest several coats of spray paint (primer first) rather than a brush application.

Recently, I had a change of heart and gave the stools yet another update. I repainted the stools a bright, spring green in a gloss finish for more punch. Then, I recovered the seats in Sunbrella fabric for its high durability and ease of cleaning. To tie the stools into the rest of my room, I even made matching pillows for my sofa. . . Instant update for my entire family room!

Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid of change. Always look at the lines and shapes of a piece of furniture before dismissing it. If you can see a purpose for the piece, then all you have to do is find a clever way to personalize it. And if you can’t think of way, call me and I will! There’s nothing better than breathing new life into an old piece and being able to use it for years to come.

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

It is absolutely frigid today in Austin! Yes, I hear you, New York, Boston and Chicago… what does Austin know about frigid, right? Well, um, okay, there isn’t any snow on the ground and spring is a lot closer for us than it is for you. The thing we have in common is this: while [...]

Inspiration pavilions.

Inspiration pavilions.

Snuggling up with friends on an outdoor couch with a fire in the firepit (or chimenea if there is a burn ban in effect) is so attractive this time of year. It just makes conversation flow. A Spark client is considering a structure for her firepit/conversation area so I went to one of my favorite [...]

Shopping Trip for Holiday Gardens!

Shopping Trip for Holiday Gardens!

I buzzed into The Great Outdoors on South Congress in Austin last week to swoop up some plants for winter pots out back (fav find was artichokes – so gorgeous with their outsized silvery blue leaves) and found myself in the midst of some serious Christmas cheer. Loved this green gazing ball ($30), set like [...]

Look At That! Shelf Christmas Tree

Look At That! Shelf Christmas Tree

Today’s post comes from our seamstress, Leslye Womack of Best Dressed Windows. She and her handy hubby came up with a unique solutions for displaying her Christmas village. This is a DIY that you can try too! Need a new way to display your holiday village?  This “tree” has four layers of plywood, covered in [...]

Wreaths O’Plenty

Wreaths O’Plenty

Tis’ the weekend to start decorating for Christmas if you haven’t already done so, like me. Really, I’m in shock that it’s only three weeks until the big day. So far I have three pine trees, 150 feet of evergreen garland, four boxes of decorations and a partridge in a pear tree. Scratch that. But [...]

Spring flowering bulbs… now is the time in Central Texas!

Spring flowering bulbs… now is the time in Central Texas!

We here at Spark are always discussing fresh ideas for design, color ways, and opportunities to support our clients in making meaningful shifts in their surroundings. At our delicious lunch yesterday (thank you, Blue Star Cafeteria), we talked about the joyful impact of spring flowering bulbs. We love the way they look scattered in drifts [...]

DIY garden edging

DIY garden edging

I love a crisp edge in the landscape – I think a slew of garden sins can be forgiven if the edging is thoughtful. If you are willing to invest some time in a do-it-yourself project, artist Catherine Failor has come up with a great way to make your beds sweet at GardenMolds.com. She will [...]