Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Sphere Accent Pillows

Sphere Accent Pillows Here’s an uncommon accent—ball-shaped pillows. Taryn showed me her groovy Recycled T-shirt ‘Sphere Pillow’ from her Talking Squid Etsy Store and I was hooked. Superb in her client’s space, don’t you think? Here’s a closeup of her shredded, recycled t-shirt pillow. Then I found some more texture in Realm Dekor’s rockin’ ‘Retro’ and ‘Fuzzy’ spheres: You and the kids can have a killer pillow fight […] Read more »

Makeover — Ribbon Upholstered Chair

Makeover — Ribbon Upholstered Chair by Diana Durkes We are in for a treat today, when furniture makeover and upcycler specialist Diana Durkes joins us as a Contributor. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. I’m a plaids and stripes kind of person. Something about vibrant colors arranged in sensible lines and angles will have me forever gravitating to a […] Read more »

Bambeco — End Tables with Eco Flair

Bambeco — End Tables with Eco Flair Do you have a thing for funky end tables? I do. I adore a whimsical and unexpected spot to hold my magazine and cup o’ joe. Crisp-painted cottage end tables, worn flea-market trunks, shiny new aluminum numbers; they have me at “Hello.” So I smiled when I came across these unusual end tables over at Bambeco. Cool shapes and tactlie textures that add an unexpected […] Read more »

Go Green to Get an Affordable “Decorator” Look

Go Green to Get an Affordable “Decorator” Look by GraceAnn Simoni Today we are joined by Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, a Redesign Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. From time to time, GraceAnn will be sharing budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — “Green” design and decorating goes way beyond just purchasing the new products on the market. Each of us has the ability to apply “green” […] Read more »

Drive That Coffee Table Over Here

Drive That Coffee Table Over Here Isn’t it interesting how we can stumble upon a way of doing something? That’s how it was for Joel Hesterof The Weld House. Joel told me how he came to build these one-of-a-kind tables that he creates in his Mesquite, Texas studio. “I had a 30-something customer bring me a small, metal, original beer sign to incorporate into the top of a coffee table I […] Read more »

Yin-Yang and a ’74 Kawasaki

Yin-Yang and a ’74 Kawasaki You know when you walk into a store, and you draw an immediate impression of what’s available there? That’s how it was when my friend and I entered Mark & Vanessa Bell’s Omega Too in Berkeley. We looked around and thought, “Okay, brimming with period-correct lighting: Art Deco—check, Art Nouveau—check, Arts & Crafts—check.” Then we looked more closely. I spotted the ’74 Kawasaki gearbox pendant […] Read more »

Recycled Art and Furniture

Recycled Art and Furniture We all need to do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle. So in honor of Earth Week, take a gander at these items made from recycled materials. Thanks to WebUrbanist and The Alternative Consumer for pointing me to some of these. I’d love to try my hand at making something like Mitch and Susie Levin’s Pop Art Mirror CounterEvolution’s Brooklyn Bowling Alley Table is […] Read more »

Architectural Salvage Safari

Architectural Salvage Safari Have you explored your local architectural salvage yard lately? You’ll likely find one of these treasure troves in a city near you, and you’ll be amazed at the variety of reclaimed goods in stock. Last week, my buddy Lisa and I went on a hunt at Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley. Here’s a little light reading and some architectural eye candy from our finds. Enjoy! I’m […] Read more »

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