Chris and I started taking an upholstery class last night and it was a lot of work, a lot of fun and so nice to get some of the ugly furniture out of our house! We are taking it in Jamaica Plain at the Eliot School. I am so excited to be doing this, as you all know I love to be able to do things myself! Here are some photos of our first class:
I am working on the red velvet chairs from the living room, and they had millions of tacks in them! It took me three hours just to take the upholstery off! Now I understand why it cost so much to get stuff reupholstered. Also the foam in my chairs had completely disintegrated so it all started falling like sawdust!
Today I awoke to horrible sight, T's favorite blankie had been ripped apart. This is the blankie that we have to take in the car everywhere and that he cannot sleep without. It is rather cumbersome as it is (or rather was) a crib sized quilt. However as of this morning it was in two parts. So off T went to school and I had four hours to fix blankie. The first part of my plan was to removed the beloved part (pictured below). It is an embroidered alphabet, and no I did not make the original!
After the deconstruction I was left with two well loved pieces of fabric. i managed to make them one again with some fusible interfacing and the zig zag attachment on my sewing machine. I then decided that I would make blankie a little less cumbersome, so instead of repairing him with the heavy batting, I used some lightweight cotton batting and backed it with some left over blue pinwale corduroy. I then quilted it with knots of embroidery thread and bound it also with some left over blue polka dot fabric. In all it took about three hours, I used up some of my fabric stash, and after a few initial protest T loves his new blankie as much as the old one! Now he also has a blankie to match a dress of M's. If you have any blankies in need of repair send them my way!
These flowers have never made me smile and the blue tile really darkens up the whole kitchen. So today, with T's help I took down the backsplash in the whole kitchen. A hammer and screwdriver was all I needed and it took about an hour! Goodbye yucky tile, you will not be missed
Please plumber, please come and move my washer and dryer.
At our house it seems that we barely finish a project before we start another one, so in the spirit of that here are before pictures of or kitchen. We have big plans and are starting the work tomorrow so stay tuned and watch this 20 year old, dark and dreary kitchen be transformed.
It is a nightmare mess because I have no functional place to put things and no organization!
So I have been needing (not wanting) new kitchen chairs for a couple of years now. The ones I currently have I got from my grandmothers house and they are wooden folding chairs. They were originally painted avocado with matching vinyl seats. I gave them a make over but now they have just seen better days and are starting to fall apart.
I found these chairs that have great potential on craigslist last weekend. My husband was nice enough to drive a hour each way to pick them up for me and we ended up paying $40 for the four chairs. The are in need of some work, but I foresee a beautiful future for them, one filled with black lacquer, new seats, 1" foam, and fun oil cloth (so easy to wipe down with 2 children)!
Stay tuned for their transformation!
I have finally recovered from my crazy week and my crazy weekend and have put the finishing touches on the pink bathroom. It is no longer pink, and hasn't been for about a year but we still refer to it as such. As you can see the wall paper was a lovely shade of bright pink. The floor, which we had already taken up when this photo was taken, was a sheet vinyl painted cream and then sponge painted with the same shade of pink. I must say that the previous owner of this house had an unhealthy relationship with sponge painting!
When it came down to finding a mirror for this space I had a lot of difficulty, I finally found one i loved but it was too small, so I decided to collect a bunch of mirrors that I love and to cover the wall. This I cannot guarantee will ever be finished because I never know what I will find to add to my collection. I also love the way the light reflects in different directions and shapes from all the different mirrors.
Lately I have been dreaming in Art Nouveau, I find all the curves and asymmetry so interesting to look at. I would love to be able to go back and visit Bing's Pavillion at the Paris exhibition of 1900, or be a guest at Victor Horta's home. I guess I will just have to settle for looking at beautiful pictures and hope to get back to Paris and Brussels soon!
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I was flipping through the February 2010 Architectural Digest the other day in car line (for those of you non mommies it is where you sit in the car and wait for the teachers to put your child in so you can go home) and I came across this advertisement. I guess with my fashion background, and my richard avedon obsession, these would just naturally become a personal favorite! I am still looking for artwork for the guest bedroom, which i also use as my sewing room and these would be perfect. So of course I went online and found a bunch that are absolutely amazing, unfortunately they are a little bit out of my price range.
A little disappointed I filed the conde nast store in my bookmarks for future use and started to think of an alternative solution. I could draw these and color them with colored pencils. Last spring I did take a freehand drawing course and found out that I am actually pretty decent with pencil (I did the tulips at the top of my blog).
then yesterday I checked out one of my usual blogs, katy elliott and found out about the NYPL's digital archive. I checked their site an found a ton of beautiful fashion drawings, that can be printed for $30 each! I cannot wait to order some prints and get them up in the guest room.
So after almost 3 years we finally bought a couch for the livingroom! We had our Friday night date all set up and I found out about the mitchell gold + bob williams floor sample and upholstery sale so we had our babysitter come an hour earlier. We headed off to natick and struck gold. While not the exact sofa I had picked out, we walked in and found a sofa we both love and in the color we wanted.
We bought it in the color pictured and it is perfect! I am now however rethinking the bold floral for the fireside chairs... February's Architectural Digest came today and there was an add for Kravet with some beautiful geometric prints.
I think the juxtaposition of the asymmetric curved chairs with a bold geometric print would be great. I guess I'll have to head back to the design center and check out some other options.
On a completely different note I opened a business checking account today so I am pretty much ready to do business!
I live outside of Boston with my husband, two children, and dog. For the past 8 years I have been working with clients to help them make their home dreams a reality. From helping to build homes from the ground up to helping round out already finished spaces, I listen to my clinets and let their vision guide our process. I have always been a creative person planning spaces and working to make them function better. After completing the Residential Interiors program at Boston Architectural College I learned how to combine my love for funcion and flow with my eye for color, scale, and balance. As a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, I understand project planning and budget management. My experience working with clients, contractors, and architects helps to coordinate and streamline the home building and renovation process, helping my clients to have the home they dream of with less of the stress that comes with building and decision making.