Monday, June 28, 2010

Waiting For Cooler Days

I'm still waiting for cooler, or at least less humid, days. In the meantime, these kitchens look like they would stay cool even on the hottest days.



If the kitchens don't, I bet those ultra-organized pantries would be.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Katsuya

I was going through old Hospitality Design magazines the other day while cleaning and came across an article on Katsuya, a Japanese restaurant in LA, designed by Philippe Starck.  It's too hot for words today so I'm going to just post images.










{photos: #1 - annpar; #2 - ericrichardson; #3 - Han Shot First}

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cane Chair D-I-whY

Armed with some fabric, white paint and the caning supplies I need to finish the project, I started un-upholstering one of the cane chairs I found a couple months ago at the consignment shop.  I took a few photos of the chair as it looked in the beginning so I would have some sort of reference as I put it back together.

The first chair I am going to tackle is the one that looks a bit sorrier than the other.  You can see the hole in the caning on the side.



You can see my tools of choice are an ice pick and some jewelry pliers.  Probably not the most appropriate of choices but they seem to work.


The front of the seat and the double cording at the wood.  I may cheat and use a trim or some nail head trim but I think the cord will be easy enough to make.


More cording and the tufting.  I'm betting on being able to put the cane on the back as well.  When I pull off the back I will know for sure.




The underside of the chair is kind of a mess.  The fabric wasn't neatly trimmed and is stapled all crazy.


The chair seat guts.



The upholstery was stapled on so crazily and most of the staples were embedded in the wood so that I had to dig the staples out with the pliers.  It ruined the wood a bit but it was not nice wood to begin with so I will have to fill the holes and do more sanding than I bargained for.  I'm not sure removing all the staples was the best idea but I thought it would be more difficult to have to staple the new fabric into the wood if the new ones were bouncing off the old ones.

I've spent a bit of time wondering why I thought this was a good idea and thinking that it is much more work than most people lead me to believe, but it is my first time and I'm sure the second one will be easier.  My DIY turned D-I-whY will get finished and I'm determined to do a good job in the end.

As soon as my knuckles heal, I'll be ready to work again!

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Red Damask

I was looking at fabric over the weekend with someone else and I fell in love with this red and tan damask fabric.



The best part is that it is being made into pillow covers for me for my birthday {I guess I'll have to be patient}.  It's also incentive to actually reupholster my sofa instead of just planning to reupholster it.  This might be the time to confess I purchased the fabric to reupholster it three years ago....

In the meantime, I'll be rockin' the pillows on my blue sofa.

{photo: jeanine}

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Chair Fabric

I popped into the Garage in Chelsea last month when I was at the ICFF. I was walking up the ramp to the upper section and spotted two upholstered chairs that I fell in love with.  As I walked up further I could see that there was a child sitting in one and someone {Cynthia Rowley, I think} buying them.  First I was disappointed and then I realized she had saved me from myself.  I HAVE two chairs that need to be cleaned up and reupholstered and really don't need two more.

So, I was at the Design Center last Tuesday and on a whim I decided to go to a mysterious and dirt-cheap fabric store that I had heard was kind of nearby.  In my sickness-induced craziness I was determined to just drive around until I found it, and thankfully, I did!

After much debate, and some conversation, advice and encouragement with a super nice customer who does her own upholstering, I decided to purchase some fabric for the cane chairs and upholster them myself.  Luckily the fabric was super cheap and I won't feel terrible if I have to redo them in a few years.  I was trying to get away from having blue in every room but, obviously, I'm having a bit of trouble doing that.  I'm considering this reupholstery project practice.


The fabric is cute, blue & brown, and will go well with my sad, sad couch.  I also went out and bought some high-gloss no-VOC paint for the wood and caning part.  I think I should have enough paint for the couch repainting/upholstering I have planned for the future.  I have the fabric for that but I still need the nail-head trim and new foam for the cushions.

Now I just need some caning for the side of one of the chairs and I'll be ready to go.

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Lonny

There's a new Lonny Magazine issue out online.  I saw it on my facebook page early yesterday morning, got excited about it and then promptly forgot about it.

One of my favorite rooms was this living room.  I'm not sure I would have been drawn to it as much without the silly moose head on the wall.  Without it the room might take itself too seriously - it would still be a beautiful room, just a very serious one.


I enjoyed the article on Kate Spade's Deborah Lloyd country house.  For me, designing windows for Kate Spade would be a dream job.  My favorite detail found in a couple of her rooms were the grosgrain ribbon drapery ties.  They are my favorite way to hold back curtains when you want something that is both inexpensive and informal.




{photos: Lonny Mag}

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Miscellaneous Martha's Vineyard

I found a couple of little shops in Vineyard Haven that looked cute and promising from the window vignettes.  I didn't have a chance to make into these shops but I snapped a couple of photos to remember them for my next trip.

The first one, Beetlebung, seemed to have a couple of shops on the island, I saw one in Edgartown and one in Vineyard Haven.  I didn't go in their clothing shops but I happily visited the coffee shop/restaurant.  I love their modern take on the canvas tote {aka Bean Bag}.


The other shop that looked like it would be a good place to visit was Bramhall & Dunn, it also seemed to have shops on both ends of the island and had another version of a canvas tote.  And, though it's hard to see, a lamp made out of an old bottle in the bottom photo.



They are on my list for next time.

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Midnight Farm

My trip to the Vineyard came at just the right time.  As I was stumbling around Vineyard Haven in the morning in search of coffee I found Midnight Farm.  It was closed when I went by but I fell in love with the lanterns in the window and the rustic furniture.




I did stop inside later in the day and found the perfect bedding that fits the Modern Hippie look for the barn renovation project {that has now expanded to the main house}.



I love the patterns on both the bedding sets but I don't think they sell it as fabric and as bedding it was too expensive for the budget.  But it would have been perfect.  It's a great direction to go for fabrics though.

I also found this chair in the store upholstered in the same fabric, and I still love it but have too many chairs as it is.  What I really would have loved for myself was the bombĂ© commode that was marked way down in price, but I couldn't figure out how to get it home on the ferry.  It would have been really cute as a tv cabinet though.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Martha's Vineyard

Last weekend I went to Martha's Vineyard over night to stay with a friend {possibly the nicest friend ever}.  Not only did she have me stay for free but didn't complain about my frantic phone call that I was at the wrong ferry terminal and had 20 minutes to get to the right one or I would have had to stay for another 3 hours.  In my defense, I was trying to get home between downpours.  The idea of taking a ferry on the ocean in a thunderstorm is not pleasant to me, but I do really need to learn to read schedules and figure out how taxis work.




It was a great weekend despite the crazy rainstorms {tornado warnings in New England, seriously?!?!?!?} and ridiculous humidity.

I have some photos from a couple of design shops on the island but I am sick today so I will post them later.  I managed to drag my sorry self to the Design Center to see Margaret Russell speak and get my book signed, but I might have strep so I've been better.  I'm going to watch a really bad movie and see if it makes me feel better.

Hope you enjoy these summery photos for now!

{photos: jeanine}

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pattern Inspiration

I was watching the show, V, and could help but think the blue and gold structure on the right would make a great pattern for a wallpaper or floor tile.


{photo: hulu}

Cocoon Fires

I fell in love with these tiny mod fireplaces at the ICFF by Cocoon Fires.  They stand or hang from the ceiling and run on ethanol.  It looks like they are currently only available in Australia and New Zealand.  That is a bit disappointing but perhaps they will be available in the States soon.  The only unfortunate thing about these fireplaces being vent free is that many places in the US don't allow vent free fireplaces anyway {NYC & California for sure don't allow them}.


Wouldn't it be great to have one of these on a porch for cold spring and fall nights?

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Invisible Speakers

One of my favorite things at the ICFF this year were the speakers from Amina Technologies.


The speakers are set in the wall and plastered, or drywalled, over.  They sounded great and since they are invisible they look great too {I never find speakers good looking so to hide them would be wonderful}. 

Anything that can be done to eliminate clutter is good, in my opinion.

{photo: jeanine}

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Barn Renovation - Modern Hippie




I was searching for some conceptual images for the Barn Renovation project {the renovation should pick back up toward the end of the summer} and came across these two images that capture the feeling perfectly.  The top image is bohemian and the bottom is modern.  The end result of the barn renovation will be a mix of the two which I am calling Modern Hippie.

{photos: top - Homes & Gardens; bottom - House & Home}
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