Monday, March 20, 2017

Rattan Revival

Rattan has been making a comeback for the past few years. And, it is really mainstream this year! Have you noticed the big box stores are introducing their version of rattan furniture along with their spring/summer outdoor merchandise? Ikea has launched the coolest Boho rattan furniture called Jassa. This line also includes bright colored textiles that are perfect for the warmer months. Target also has a smaller, more conservative rattan set called Latigo which includes 2 chairs and a small table. It is already in limited stock which tells me that it is one of their more popular styles! Of course, if you are looking for original vintage rattan from the 70s, you can always search antique stores or online sites like Chairish. They have an extensive inventory of vintage rattan from clocks, bar carts, name it, they probably have it!

Ikea's Jassa Boho line which includes stylish vintage inspired rattan and bright colored textiles.

 Vintage dining room chairs from Chairish. You can find many vintage rattan pieces on
their site from furniture to mirrors. They also offer white glove delivery.

A more modern timeless style of rattan called Latigo from Target

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Eat, sleep, beach and repeat

The east coast is getting hit by a late winter snow storm this weekend. However, I am working on a design for a beach house so I'm sitting at my desk dreaming of sunshine and trying to ignore the yucky weather outside. While constructing a design board for my client, I found a few beachy accessories and ideas that I thought worth sharing. These are the extra little touches that take a typical beach house to unique and interesting level.

Love this idea of using wallpaper patterns on the stairs. It's a peel and stick
so it can be easily removed and replaced. (paper from walls need love)

More wallpaper/fabric patterns...these are from Spoonflower (their site is addicting!).
You can choose from thousands of designs to have wallpaper or fabric printed for
your dimensions. Perfect for an accent wall or pillows.

Another design tip that I love for a home on the coast is to bring in a darker blue color.
I like using it on furniture and/or trim and then using it in one room like this master bedroom. (Photo: Elle D├ęcor, Designers Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman)

I also suggest using pops of color throughout the house especially on furniture and linens.
This was a  chest that I painted many years ago using SW Decisive Yellow.

Buying vintage pieces from a local thrift store to repurpose as art is also a favorite of
mine. I love it when I see a collection of old bathing suits, straw hats, or maps on a wall. (Town and Country)

I'm always on the hunt for cute cabinet hardware and decorative hooks. These are all coastal themed from of my favorite sources for knobs and handles.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A great tutorial

I love wallpaper but I struggle with installing it. I finally found a great tutorial by Barb Blair on Design Sponge where she gives her simple step by step process of how to use wallpaper on furniture. It's perfect timing because I am currently working on a piece that I am going to try using wallpaper. Maybe, I will post the finished product if it turns out decent! I found a few awesome wallpapered furniture examples while searching for Barb's tutorial. Here are some of my favs...

 Barb Blair, Knack Studios

Lolly Jane

Ferpie and Fray

All papers used in above photos are from Spoonflower.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Inspiration by Annie

I love to watch Annie Sloan paint! She does it with such ease. She also seems not to stress on perfection...which is why I love chalk paint. If you mess up, it's no problem just to paint over it. Check out her latest project on You Tube...where she paints a vintage "fiddle back" chair and adds a couple of stencils to add character. I'm not a fan of stencils but this finished project is awesome!

Monday, February 6, 2017

What's "in-store" for February

 I love this gray stool (ASCP French Linen) that I reupholstered
in a modern vibrant white and blue dot fabric. (sold)

 A great collection of brass that I picked up from an estate sale.

 These are small trinket boxes with cute miniature felt flowers. I thought I would put
these out in time for Valentines Day. They are left over from my Felt Happy Flower
business that I had a couple of years ago on Etsy. (round box is sold)

This is vintage mahogany Butler's Table from the early 1900-1920s.
This was a rare find...these tables are usually round pie crust style.
The leather top is fair condition and needs a little TLC.

 I gave this chair a face-lift... with a fresh coat of white and
new fabric. This piece would make a perfect desk chair!

And, as always, I usually find a few new decanters to add
to the store inventory. I've acquired quite a collection!

Come check us out at The Sleepy Poet on South Blvd.
There's tons of great new product in store!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A good chair day!

Are you familiar with Rifle Paper Co.? Not only are they the creators of the most beautiful vintage inspired paper goods but also furniture. Check out Rifle Paper Company's new beautiful chair line sold at Anthropologie....
Signature colorful whimsy floral design on a contrasting black background. 

Love this vintage map design!

I'm not sure if I can pick a favorite fabric pattern...I love them all! I am betting that these will sell out fast! For more info, check out Anthropologie.