Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday's Windows

Oh, I want to be here!  Sitting in one of these chairs or even those pillows - gazing out of that window.  I wonder what is beyond?  

I imagine a quaint French village square.  
Where would your imagination take you?


image via French By Design

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Repurposing Ideas In Honor of Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, I decided to do a little roundup of some clever up-cycling projects featured in past years' Frugal Houses.  The Frugal House is the major fundraiser for our local Symphony, and is wildly popular. Local designers and Interior Design Students get their creative on to furnish and decorate rooms in a home donated for the event.  All of the items are either used or up-cycled - let your imagination run wild.  Everything is for sale - at a great price - with the proceeds going to the Symphony. I go every year and get a plethora of ideas.  See what you think!

This is a media cart, probably from a school, turned into a bar cart.

A child's bed converted into a bed fit for a dog princess.

Dresser drawers converted into shelves.

Now this would be perfect for my craft room!  
Another drawer filled with paper towel and wrapping paper rolls to keep organized.

Love the paper roll idea.

In the dining room a hollow core door is used as a table. Pieces of light wood have been painted with chalk board paint and used as chargers.  The chairs have been slipcovered and stenciled.

Random white plates and wine glasses were made into a cake stand.

The glass table top had been broken, so a new table top was fashioned out of plywood and then painted.  The patio table lives again.

 A light is created out of an old CD stand and miniature christmas tree lights.

I was so impressed with this idea, I made one for my son. He loves it!

So would you rather have something unique and repurposed, or something brand new?  I'd love to know.

Happy Earth Day - everyone.  Remember be kind to Mother Earth.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Who says Easter has to be pastels?  Tres chic!
This understated neutral tablescape is long on style and doesn't need pastels to convey that it's an Easter feast..  Courtesy of Ferm Living via  My Scandinavian Home
Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter filled with family, friends and yummy food.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter - Are You Ready - Here's a Quick Roundup of Inspiration

I haven't posted much about the Easter holiday - I'm a little late to the party, but hey better late than never.  Here's a few sites you might want to visit if you're still in need of some inspiration, like me.
I was happily perusing Pinterest when I happened upon this centerpiece.  Now a galvanized metal usually has me at hello, and this stacked galvanized tray was no exception.  Flanked with green plants - a sure sign of spring - in simple white pots on top of egg shaped cutting boards that she picked up from TJMaxx for a song, Kim has created a simple but stunning centerpiece.  Visit her at NewlyWoodwards to get the full scoop.


Dana, over at Chocolate and Sunshine has been posting some creative ideas including a killer chocolate cheesecake recipe and Easter Basket ideas for adults.  It's not too late to shop!

Si of French By Design found a few favorites in Easter colors.
Ana from FluxiOnTour shares her recipe for a simple deviled egg alternative.

We won't be coloring eggs, but here's a couple of simple ideas the girls and I did last year...  These are all done with sharpies and felt-tip pens.  Soooo easy.

Happy Easter.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Russell Wright - An American Icon

Unbelievable!  Do you know Russel Wright?  He was an industrial designer during the 20s through the 50s and responsible for a line of popular ceramic dinnerware called American Modern, manufactured by Stubenville.  

The pitchers below were his first manufactured design.  Their sexy curves and color ways made them an instant hit with American households.

Real leaves are imbedded into this line of plastic dinnerware.  

Often known as the first lifestyle designer, he believed that the table was the center of the home, therefore he designed the tableware first then designed other objects - layering outward, to include larger items. The night tables below are his design.  He is often said to have introduced Americans to the modern movement and influenced American lifestyle in the mid-century. Oneida has reinterpreted another Russel Wright line - Iriquois - that can be found on store shelves today.  Interesting no?

Now for the exciting part.  A wonderful friend sent me a care package after my 'little' mishap over the weekend.  It happened to be a Russel Wright cup and saucer - wow!  I couldn't believe it.  

While the cup was sitting on that stool, 
I glanced over at our blond midcentury night stand...and a light went off! 
Similar to the tables above, don't you think? (Sorry for the lack of styling in these pictures, but I'm not very mobile at the moment).

Kismet - Just my design aesthetic and colors.
It's amazing what lies around the corner!  As I said earlier, everything happens for a reason, and although I could have done without my little adventure over the weekend, I never would have received this cup & saucer, nor would I have learned about Russel Wright and his role in the American Modern Design movement.

I can't thank my friend enough for this simple gift of kindness.
If you're interested in learning more about Russel Wright check out Martha Stewart's video. Have a great Easter weekend everyone.


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