on the patio : glass mosaic tiled tabletop

Posted on May 14, 2013 by

The use of mosaic tiles can transform furnishings into a unique work of art that adds textural interest to any space. With the assistance of Ritter Tile, LLC, we took what was originally an indoor table with decorative ceramic tile inlays and modified it into an outdoor dining table with a custom glass mosaic tile tabletop.

Before starting the tile installation, the table was painted by Cassidy Painting in the same glossy brown as the other patio furniture.

From the Tile Market of Delaware, we chose a beautiful hand-crafted glass mosaic ‘Estrella‘ pattern by Artistic Tile for the new tabletop.

Local tile installer, Gary Ritter of Ritter Tile, LLC meticulously cut each 12″ x 12″ interlocking mesh-backed sheet of glass mosaic tile using a wet saw with a diamond blade.

Making the necessary cuts, Gary created sections of tile to accurately fit within the tabletop dimensions. He then pieced together each section, like pieces of a (complicated) puzzle and adhered them to the tabletop with mortar. After filling the entire surface space, he applied a silicone-based grout that would protect the table from the elements.

Here is the finished product! Evidently, Gary did a wonderful job creating the mosaic tile tabletops.

Paired with dining chairs from the Janus et Cie Sonnet collection and the other recently redone patio chairs, it creates a great outdoor dining & entertaining area.

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show her you care : mother’s day gift ideas

Posted on May 2, 2013 by

From a vintage birdhouse and a delicate vase trio to fragrant candles, we’ve gathered some great Mother’s Day gifts, perfect for any special mother in your life – all available locally. Make her smile; show your appreciation for all she’s done over the years.

mothers day gifts

(1)  anthropologie : Spice Market Infinity Scarf

(2)  A.R. Morris Jewelers : Lagos Chain – Oval Link Bracelet

(3)  terrain : Linneas Lights Sea Salt Candle

(4)  anthropologie : Kitchen Garden Cookbook

(5)  anthropologie : Horizontal Chemist Vase

(6)  Peter Kate : Gretchen Scott Matisse Blue Beach Bag

(7)  anthropologie : Cadiz Serving Bowl

(8)  terrain : Hexagon Birdhouse

(9)  A.R. Morris Jewelers : Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings

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We’ve also listed some of our favorite local shops and restaurants to treat the mother in your life this Mother’s Day.

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS & GARDEN ITEMS
Terrain   •   glen mills, pa
Petals : Flowers & Fine Gifts   •   montchanin, de
Flowers by Yukie   •   wilmington, de
Longwood Gardens   •   kennett square, pa

PAMPER HER
Houpette   •   greenville, de
The Spa at Montchanin Village   •   montchanin, de
Polished Salon   •   locations in DE & PA
SpaFinder.com

GIFTS & SUCH
Peter Kate   •   greenville, de
Ellie Boutique   •   locations in DE, PA & MD
Everything But the Kitchen Sink   •   hockessin, de
Pro Kitchen Gear   •   greenville, de
The Pink Turtle   •   greenville, de
Anthropologie   •   locations in DE & PA

DAZZLE HER with JEWELS
A.R. Morris Jewelers   •   wilmington & greenville, de
Indulgence Jewelers   •   greenville, de

A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN
Eclipse Bistro   •   wilmington, de
Culinaria   •   wilmington, de
Moro Restaurant   •   wilmington, de
Takumi   •   wilmington, de
Sovana Bistro   •   kennett square, pa
Krazy Kats   •   montchanin, de
Orillas Tapas   •   wilmington, de
Chelsea Tavern   •   wilmington, de

HEALTH & FITNESS
Plexus Fitness   •   wilmington, de
Empowered Yoga
    •   wilmington, de
Delaware Running Company   •   greenville & newark, de
Pure Yoga Pilates Studio   •   wilmington, de

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restoration : the art of antique garden decor

Posted on April 25, 2013 by

Gardens and outdoor spaces have developed into an extension of the home, creating an intimate area for people to relax and entertain. Sitting areas adorned with vintage and antique outdoor furnishings add charm and personality with timeless appeal.

A distinct fixture of the traditional English garden, an armillary sundial is a unique piece that is functional as well as a decorative focal point for the garden. Cassidy Painting, Inc. repainted it in a glossy black after sandblasting off the original paint and rust damage. Restoring authentic garden antiques with a fresh look is a wonderful way to preserve its character while giving it a style of your own.

What is an armillary sphere?

The original armillary sphere was designed almost 2,000 years ago to illustrate the idea of a universe that revolved around the earth. As the sun travels across the sky, the gnomon (or arrow) of the armillary sundial casts a shadow onto a surface that indicates the hour. Learn more about their history here.

The now growing trend of metal patio furniture was originally inspired by formal living room sets. Designed with inspiration from formal living room chairs in the 1950s, the first metal patio furniture was curvy and very decorative.

This distinguished cast iron grape vine style garden furniture transcends the graceful, ornate Victorian style of the late 1800′s.

To complete the look, Cassidy Painting, Inc. repainted this furniture set in the same glossy black after sandblasting off the original paint and rust.

The complete look!

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homage to an heirloom : patio furniture redo

Posted on April 18, 2013 by

In continuation of last week’s post on revamping patio furniture, we’d like to share the progress photos of several pieces recently redone. Passed down from my grandmother, these pieces not only hold sentimental value, but many cherished childhood memories. This playful tribute to the original pieces added a modern twist to their vintage style, while coordinating with my other outdoor furniture.

Cassidy Painting sandblasted all of the original paint and rust off, then finished the pieces with their industrial spray painter using a glossy enamel matched to Benjamin Moore Brownstone. New Life Furniture Systems created the sofa cushions using a beige ribbed Sunbrella fabric. We used the remaining Perennials fabric from the round seat cushions for the sunburst springback chairs with the addition of Perennials Zig Zag in Oasis to make up the bolster and throw pillows. A nice way to frame out your cushions, is with a contrast welt. We used bright, solid Sunbrella and Perennials fabrics for the trim on the throw pillows, bolsters and sofa cushions.

Restoring and refinishing outdoor metal furniture, especially that with family history is much more economical and special than replacing it all. Nothing beats the charm of vintage outdoor furniture. Here’s how to give it a fresh look!

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Vintage Sunburst Springback Chairs : Revamped

Posted on April 10, 2013 by

For quite some time now, I’ve had my eye out for a set of these unique vintage Carre sunburst patio chairs. Ones that I had come across thus far were either beyond repair or priced extremely high.

While on vacation in California last summer, I happened to be looking through the LA Times ‘Lifestyle’ section and on the front page (pictured below) was a set of four vintage sunburst rocker chairs photographed outside the Brainworks Home storefront. I contacted Brainworks to get more details and after learning the chairs were still available and in great shape, I took the plunge and had them shipped cross-country to Delaware. When the chairs arrived, I decided to repaint them to match some other iron furniture I was working on (more info on those pieces to come over the next few weeks). Below are the various stages of refinishing the chairs.

As we are all spending more time outdoors in this gorgeous weather, we felt that it was appropriate to post a series on revamping vintage outdoor patio furniture. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see more ‘before and after projects.’

A few fun facts:
1) originally a mid-19th century design by Francois Carre known as the ‘pinwheel spring steel’ chair
2) this rare-style chair is known as the ‘Casablanca’ chair, was used in the 1942 classic film, Casablanca & is currently on eBay for $20,000
3) these chairs also appear in the original film version of ‘Grey Gardens’

Cassidy Painting sandblasted the original paint off and primed the chairs for repainting in my selected color.

We painted them a rich, glossy brown – using Benjamin Moore Super Spec HP Urethane Gloss Enamel Paint in Brownstone (CSP-240) from Shinn’s Paint.

New Life Furniture Systems made four outdoor, double-welt round seat cushions using outdoor fabrics by Perennials we had selected. We did two cushions using Bazaar in Oasis and the other two with Odyssey in Oasis. All cushions had a double contrast welt by Sunbrella Fabrics in Spectrum Grenadine.

Voila! Here’s the finished product…a nice, updated feel for timeless, vintage patio furniture.

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