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.

Ain’t What You Want? Then, Paint!!

Ain’t What You Want?  Then, Paint!!

Ready to add a pop of color to your abode but don’t want to paint an entire room? You can always paint a piece of furniture like a bookshelf, table, stool or even the legs of an upholstered chair! The book shelf above is bright and unexpected. The entire unit is painted white, but then [...]

Easy Mix and Match Tool from Pottery Barn

Easy Mix and Match Tool from Pottery Barn

Ready to refresh your room but aren’t sure where to begin? I always love to start with fabrics from bedding, curtains, or upholstery as inspiration. The fabric is a ready made palette for choosing wall color and accent pieces. Pottery Barn has a new tool that makes the selection process even easier when it comes to bedroom fabrics and paint. [...]

Kitchens in The Pink

Kitchens in The Pink

Pink isn’t just for Barbie houses and bubble gum and sleuthing panthers. Pink is sweet, warm and soothing and a beautiful, surprisingly versatile color for many rooms. With the right pink, natural light creates a flush in the room (bonus: this is flattering to skin tones). We prefer pinks that have more of a peachy, coral [...]

Color Trends for 2011, Part IV: Bold, Vibrant Color

Color Trends for 2011, Part IV: Bold, Vibrant Color

For the fourth and final installment of our color trends series, we bring to you the Sherwin Williams color palette Bold Invention. No shrinking violets in this bunch, the color group features concentrated versions of red, aqua, green and gold tempered by an industrial neutral gray and beige. This color scheme is all about creative [...]

Seen Around Town

Seen Around Town

Curlin and I moseyed over to Uncommon Objects for a hit of South Congress happiness last week and we were not disappointed. Inspiration can be had at any price point in this phenomenal store – some of my favorite discoveries are below. I’m drawn to glass in the garden, especially when it has watery hues [...]

The House That Grey Built

The House That Grey Built

Later that same blog,  the color grey is still my current crush. For the final post in this series, take a look at this lovely home. Featured in Canadian House & Home magazine, “Emily Walker, a designer in House & Home’s merchandise department, and her partner, Mark Holden, turned the interior of their rundown, 900-square-foot [...]

iPhone App: ColorSnap

iPhone App: ColorSnap

Have you ever spied a color you loved on say, a sweater at that boutique, and then thought it would be a great paint shade for your bedroom? Now you can “snap” up that color and slap it on the walls. Sherwin Williams, one of our favorite paint stores, has an iPhone app called ColorSnap [...]