Tag: reuse

Jazzy Statement Chairs

November 18, 2013

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Don’t you just love one-of-a-kind statement chairs? A chair that is full of personality and uniqueness?:

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I have to admit I was pretty excited when One Kings Lane contacted me last week to help introduce their new Decor Resource Center to my blog readers. They knew I loved accent statement chairs and asked if I would share one of my favorite chairs. Here is a chair I just finished painting and had reupholstered:

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I have always loved the shape of this chair. According to the resource guide, my chair is similar to Renaissance Revival Chair, 1870. Their resource guide is great that you can look up the history of your chair from Ancient civilizations to Modern American Design. There are illustrations of each chair that includes a detailed history:

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When designing a statement chair, the first step is finding a chair that you love, a piece that gets you excited(no matter what it looks like before):

 

Then I decide where the chair will be going, so I can work with the existing furnishings. I put together this fabric palette that will work well:

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I think statement chairs add life to a room by being a centerpiece that accents the rest of the decor. When people enter the room, their eyes are drawn to it. Here are a couple of my favorite chairs I have saved:

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Sometimes a room needs a chair as a finishing touch once everything is in place. Do you have any statement chairs in your home? Now is the time to search the internet or flea markets for a signature chair that can be reupholstered, repainted or restored to finish off the room!

PS I wanted to add a couple pictures of the whole fireplace that a reader requested. She wanted to see the whole thing. Here you go Terri!

If you need help accessorizing your home, contact me today.

Redesigning Your Window Treatments

February 5, 2013

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Have you ever thought about taking your existing window treatments and transforming them into something fresh and new?

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Everything is now being renewed, reused and repurposed in our quest for a greener future. I think it is a great idea to take those yards of fabric from your window treatments and make over into a brand new look.

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If you have ever had window treatments custom made for your home, you know it is the fabric that is the most expensive part of the custom made treatments. If you use the fabric you already have, you can really save yourself a good amount of money!

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One way to change the look using your current treatments are stationary versions of shades, drapes and swags. Stationary means the treatment does not function; it is just there to look pretty.  Since the window treatment is not functional you don’t need as much fabric.

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Or another option if you have pinched pleated window treatments currently, you have enough fabric to make new simple tab tops or clip ring window panels. My favorite redesign look right now is the simple look of window panels with grommets:

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Adding other fabric pieces or trim is also a possibility to create a stylish new look:

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Fabric window treatments are a great way to add color, pattern and instant style to a room. Do you still love the fabric of your curtains but feel they need a fresh, updated look? Take a look and see if they can be redesigned into something new!

If you need help with window treatments, contact me today.

Restored Love

November 28, 2011

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See my old hope chest? My parents gave this to me as a graduation present when I was 18 years old. A hope chest is what us girls all got as a gift around our 18th birthday so we would have a place to store what we would buy to prepare for our wedding and future household.

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These advertisements sought to equate the ideal of domesticity with a Lane “Hope Chest,” in which a young woman stored clothing or home furnishings in anticipation of marriage. This was summed up in the company’s tag line: “The gift that starts the home.”

Lane advertisements reached a high point during World War II, persuading thousands of GIs leaving for overseas to purchase a Lane Hope Chest for the sweethearts they were leaving behind. Ads combined romantic images of men in uniform and their fiancées with patriotic slogans and the well-known face of national spokeswoman, and symbol of all things American, Shirley Temple.

I have used my chest all of these years to store all my cherished items: wedding mementos, all my children’s special items and many other important memories. I still love my chest but knew it was past time for a makeover:

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This is the fabric I found earlier this month that I loved:

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Of course I wanted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint– it makes the project so much easier! I choose the color Old White. No prep needed, I just unscrewed the top:

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Here it is after the first painted coat:

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I wanted to keep the antique brass hardware not only because of the cost, but I thought they looked good together with both the fabric and the off white paint:

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All finished painting:

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So pretty! What a difference!

Here are some of my special loves in my hope chest:

My son’s blankie that my mom made for him:

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My daughter (who is getting married!) holding my wedding veil:

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Awwww.. Here is a picture of my Christening hat:

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Do you have a Hope Chest? What do you keep special in yours?

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Similar topics you may enjoy:

Fabric Workroom Visit

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Before & After Annie Sloan Transformations