from simple to stunning : lampshade makeover

Posted on February 27, 2013 by
Using a beautiful pair of classic gold gilt floor lamps from Karas Karas, we wanted to give the lampshades a polished look by covering the shade with fabric and faux painting the interior with metallic gold. We selected a hand-painted Fortuny silk fabric to cover the lampshade, which allowed just enough light to peek through, while also reflecting light off the metallic gold interior.
The interior of the drum shades were hand-painted with a layered metallic gold faux finish by Vicki Vinton, local faux finisher and muralist. The lampshade covering and trim was done by Janice Colgate of Uchi Design, Inc.
Customizing a simple lampshade with fabric that coordinates with your decor is great way to give your lighting (and space) an updated look and also showcase a fabric you love in a polished, professional way.

Once we selected Fortuny’s Barberini, a brilliant red and gold Italian silk to cover the shade and cording from the Barbara Barry for Kravet collection for the trim on the top and bottom of the shade, we narrowed down our options for the metallic faux finishing.

With alternating brush strokes, Vicki layered varying metallic golds, ultimately creating an effect that looks stunning when illuminated – allowing the light to shine through the fabric and reflect amongst the interior of the shade.

The new Fortuny-covered shade compliments the gold gilt base beautifully!

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DIY: jewelry display frame

Posted on February 21, 2013 by

We wear jewelry to add color and style to our look. So, why not display it like artwork? It solves the issue of pieces getting tangled together and lost in the shuffle. It sure makes things easier when picking out what jewelry to wear for the day.

A display frame serves as a great alternative to the traditional jewelry box or tree and is really quite simple to put together once you have the frame and sheet metal. You can find inexpensive frames at thrift stores like Goodwill. Only a few other supplies are necessary to complete this D.I.Y. jewelry display frame.

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:

>  large wooden frame, 11″ x 14″ (or any size you wish)

>  acrylic paint

Martha Stewart antique-effect paint medium (optional)

>  paintbrush

perforated sheet metal (available at Home Depot in a variety of patterns & finishes)

>  scissors (sturdy enough to cut sheet metal)

>  cup hooks, 5/8″

>  drill & drill bit (for cup hooks)

>  strong bonding glue (GOOP works great)

Before, all my jewelry hung on a jewelry tree, which quickly got cluttered, leaving some pieces hidden & then forgotten about — out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, this DIY is the perfect solution. Now, I can display my jewelry in a variety of ways – and it doubles as wall art that is also functional.

(1) Start by removing the glass and backing from the frame

(2) Brush on a few coats of paint until you reach desired look — I used three coats

(3) Using strong scissors, cut the sheet metal down to size — use the frame insert as a guide to measure as you cut (or you can trace the proper size before cutting)

(4) If you want hooks to hang necklaces, it helps to use a drill to get the cup hooks in without splitting the wood

Depending on the frame, you may be able to use the fasteners on the frame to hold the sheet metal in place. In this case, the fasteners were part of the  frame backing, so I used glue to keep the sheet metal in place. You may also use tape, staples…whatever works, just as long as it’s not visible from the front.

(5) Apply GOOP adhesive along the back ledge of the frame. I used a toothpick to spread it into the corners because this glue is very thick

(6) Lay your cut sheet metal into place and with your fingers (with gloves on) lightly push the metal down along the back ledge to ensure it lays flat and the glue adheres to all edges – allow at least an hour to dry completely

DONE!

This simple and easy project can be altered to suit just about anyone, of any age — and used for different purposes other than jewelry. With options of different paint colors and frame sizes, let your imagination run wild!

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decorating tips : house beautiful

Posted on February 13, 2013 by

House Beautiful is a great resource for design inspiration. Aside from pages of eye candy, their decorating tips straight from top designers are always helpful, simple pieces of advice.

Check out all of HB’s designer decorating tips & tricks here.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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osborne & little : wallcoverings

Posted on February 8, 2013 by

Wallpaper is making quite the comeback these days. There are endless options, including beautiful, subtle patterns and uniform graphic, bold designs — suited for a much broader range of tastes and budgets. Wallpaper can instantly change the atmosphere and create a mood for any room.

A favorite source of ours is Osborne & Little, a British company carrying stylish patterns in papers and fabrics. One of the world’s leading names in designer fabric and wallpaper, Osborne & Little started in London in the 60′s and has since been known to stay current with interior trends by constantly introducing new designs and collections to their portfolio.

Here are just a few of our favorite wallpapers from O&L, but browse their site to see all the full collection of wallcoverings.

Wake up your bare walls with fresh, contemporary wallpaper designs from Osborne & Little. These wallpapers are so stylish you’ll never want to take them down. The tone-on-tone wallpaper with metallic creates a subtle feel of glamour.

(*room images courtesy of Osborne & Little)

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ebanista : distinct home furnishings

Posted on February 5, 2013 by

Known for their sophisticated home furnishings with an old world charm, Ebanista offers an expansive collection of beautiful pieces for your home that are characterized by their elegant, yet comfortable feel.

Their extensive collection includes furniture, textiles, mirrors, lighting and much more. From charming accent tables with decorative hand-painted accents, to unique chandeliers, Ebanista’s distinct look lends to its classically reinterpreted European style.

Below are a few of the gorgeous pieces from their recently released Collection Ten commemorating their 10th anniversary. View the full collection here.

(*all images courtesy of ebanista)

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