Archive | July, 2010

weekend project: sukie iron ons

30 Jul

I debated for a while whether or not to feature this item, but decided to go ahead, with all the requisite warnings.

Found this fantastic book of iron-on patterns at our local art shop the other day.  Designs are by husband-and-wife team of Darrell Gibbs and Julie Harding, who run Sukie, the Brighton, UK-based firm.  They’re known for their whimsical and bright-patterned textiles and stationery.  Needless to say, I love their work.

butterfly iron-on

So I was slightly dismayed to see the reviews on Amazon.com for Sukie Iron-Ons.  Apparently, they’re not incredibly easy to use, a fact that’s led to some disappointed customers writing about their experiences.  But there’s some good news.

I checked out the Sukie blog today and discovered a post (7/2) which read, “New and Improved Sukie Iron-Ons are out now!”  They also reference The Happy Honeybee blog, a craft site that offers tips and tricks on how to achieve the best transfer (basically, use light pressure and a wooden cutting board to protect your fabric).

I’d also recommend trying the iron-ons on some pillowcases and sheets before taking the clothing route.  The patterns do lend themselves quite well to home decor.  I can’t wait to create some of my own pieces as well.

Below, my favorites from the 30 pages of transfer designs:

Enjoy, and have a great weekend.

urban outfitters 50's duvet cover

26 Jul

How’s this for a gorgeous mid-century inspired bedding set?

50's birdcage duvet cover, UO.com

Urban Outfitters surprises me again. I absolutely LOVE the illustration on this duvet cover; the fabric is also available on shams and a shower curtain (which could probably be repurposed as curtains).   It’s only available online, but for $58 (twin) or $68 (full) it’s relatively low risk.

close up

The color palette is pretty fab – you can decorate with the orange-red (shown above) or that beautiful teal blue (at top).  I think it’d look great with a dark wood or maple bed frame.

full size bed by Grand Rapids, Ebay

Check out this modern sleigh bed now for sale on Ebay. It’s $575 plus the cost of freight shipping from Florida.  The birdcage bedding and this bed would make a gorgeous pair.

urban outfitters 50’s duvet cover

26 Jul

How’s this for a gorgeous mid-century inspired bedding set?

50's birdcage duvet cover, UO.com

Urban Outfitters surprises me again. I absolutely LOVE the illustration on this duvet cover; the fabric is also available on shams and a shower curtain (which could probably be repurposed as curtains).   It’s only available online, but for $58 (twin) or $68 (full) it’s relatively low risk.

close up

The color palette is pretty fab – you can decorate with the orange-red (shown above) or that beautiful teal blue (at top).  I think it’d look great with a dark wood or maple bed frame.

full size bed by Grand Rapids, Ebay

Check out this modern sleigh bed now for sale on Ebay. It’s $575 plus the cost of freight shipping from Florida.  The birdcage bedding and this bed would make a gorgeous pair.

mod tree wall decals

25 Jul

Araiya and Tallis's room, featured on Ohdeedoh

Wall decals are everywhere.  And tree wall decals show up all the time on nursery tours and in beautifully-designed kids rooms.  But anytime something becomes really popular, the market gets heavy and over-saturated with less-than-stellar examples of the same item.  As readers of this blog now well know, I’m not a huge advocate of decals – I think they have their place, but I hate when they’re just thrown on the wall to fill empty space.

That’s why one of my favorite nurseries has always been Natalie & Matt’s shared kids’ room (crib image at top), featured about two years ago on Ohdeedoh.com.   Although not a decal (the trees are painted), it fits all my criteria: modern and simple, perfect for the color scheme of the room, and purposeful, filling the space perfectly.   In her post, Natalie wrote that she was expecting child #3 at the time – I’d love to see the progress made since then!

But back to trees.  If you’re looking to do a similar thing without stenciling and painting, here are my three favorites, all super-mod (no woodland creatures here), color-customizable, and large-scale.

"In the Treetops" by Single Stone Studios

1. “In the Treetops” by Single Stone Studios.  Available on Etsy,in a variety of colors, $125.

The Trees by Boodalee Wall Decals by Blik

2. The Trees by Boodalee wall decals by Blik.  Available on the Blik website or at Velocity Art & Design (one of my favorite shops), in three colorways (shown in snow/charcoal), $55.

"Circle Tree" by Leen the Graphics Queen

3. “Circle Tree” wall decal by Leen The Graphics Queen on Etsy, and color-customizable $40.

Have any tree decals of your own? Send me photos!

get a bargain: hollywood regency pieces

22 Jul

Jonathan Adler design, via Apartment Therapy

What I love about fashion and design is how quickly the style pendulum swings back and forth… from maximalism to minimalism, toile to geometrics, mirrored to matte, and so on.  And in the age of mixing-and-matching, and especially due to the growth of ‘interest groups’ (i.e. Retro Renovation), the amazing thing is that a wide variety of styles now easily live together, side by side.  So it should come as no surprise that my modern-design blog has been getting its greatest ‘hits’ all thanks to a post titled ‘Hollywood Regency Nursery Inspiration.’  So here’s another… with some bargains to boot.

Draper residence

It’s funny, because this dichotomy reflects the design style of two of my favorite small-screen couples, due to return to television this Sunday night.  Although much has been made of the fact that the Draper household’s furnishings now appear traditional, ‘colonial’ and quite fuddy-duddy (as opposed to the Danish Modern up-and-coming style of Pete and Trudy Campbell) people today seem to be loving on certain elements in Betty’s (and once, Don’s) old-fashioned bedroom.

The puffy upholstered headboard is considered a staple of the Hollywood Regency style, as are things like mirrored dressers, bamboo patterns, architectural forms (like x-shaped ottomans) and a loud assortment of wallpapers and rugs.  But these things can be expensive.  So, in the vein of ‘splurge versus steal,” I’ve gathered some sensible alternatives to the must-have’s for your child’s bedroom – colorful and full of style, Hollywood Regency can be a great direction for kids.

Left: Hollywood Bed, Right: Nurseryworks Vale headboard

1.  The upholstered headboard

A company named RoomService makes this rocking queen-sized bed (above left) in kelly green! but at $1895 you’d be better off taking a class and learning to upholster furniture yourself.

Which is why I was so thrilled to still see the Nurseryworks “Vale” headboard (above right) still available on the EModernbaby.com website.  It’s been discontinued by the manufacturer, which is why you can now buy a twin-sized headboard for $187.50 (down from a nutty $625).  It comes in a variety of fabrics and colors, but there’s one catch.  Unfortunately, shipping still costs $125.  But you might be lucky enough to find it on one of the children’s sample sale websites … I’ve seen it a few weeks ago and perhaps it’ll show up again.

L: Pottery Barn, R: Target

2.  The mirrored nightstand.

Yes, Pottery Barn’s version (left), at $400, is more intricate and probably more beautiful than the version avialable at Target for $90.  But think of it this way: if you have an older child (obviously, this isn’t the kind of furniture you’d put in a five-year-old’s room) the tabletop surface will be so covered with books, clothes, and other miscellany that you’ll probably only see the legs anyway.  And who wants to spend $400 for a bedside table, especially if you’re thinking of buying a pair?

L: Cyan Lighting, R: Cindy Crawford for JCPenney

3.  The bamboo-framed wall mirror.

The version at left is by a company called Cyan, again available for $400.  But I found this faux bamboo frame mirror (at right) on clearance at JC Penney, reduced from $200 to $80.  It’s not as OTT as the Cyan version, and you may have to overlook the fact that it’s from the “Cindy Crawford” collection (well, I did, snob that I am), but it’s quite lovely.

L: Jonathan Adler, R: Ballard Designs

4.  The X-frame bench

Lastly, to give your room the Jonathan Adler (if you’re East Coast) or Kelly Wearstler (if you’re West Coast) feel, one or two of these benches is really all you need.  They’re super versatile and don’t take up a lot of space.  See them at the photo at top for a sense of how they look in situ.  But “starting at $495”?  Sorry, no can do. And although I hate recommending obvious copies of iconic items (don’t get me started about Eames-like chairs), it’s the only sane thing to do in this instance.  At right, Ballard Designs offers an ottoman in some lovely fabrics, starting at $179 and averaging around $230.

Need help finding pieces for your Hollywood Regency (kid’s) room?  Give me a shout.

teeth

20 Jul

I went to the dentist today. I’m exhausted. This post will be short.

"Toothbrush" print by Molskred Illustration & Design

Fionn now has three and a half teeth (the weird one on the top/side is just peeking through).   And I eagerly anticipate the arrival of every single one.   Maybe that’s why I love this signed print by Marianne at Molskred Illustration & Design. The print measures about 6″ x 6″, costs $25, and features a little boy brushing his amazing new teeth.

Marianne’s website features more of her adorable illustrations – see them here.

UPDATE 8/20: Marianne’s currently working on setting up a new shop, where the prints will be newly available for sale.  To check on the shop’s status, see her blog (link above).  Thanks Marianne!

crazy for broyhill brasilia

19 Jul

Throw me in an antiques showroom and you’ll find me immediately gravitating towards (and salivating over) a few key pieces.  One would be a Paul McCobb wall-divider.  Another, a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair (featured prominently on Apartment Therapy). But the most iconic to me, and the most emblematic of its time, would probably be a piece of Broyhill Brasilia furniture.  Introduced at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, the line was created to evoke and celebrate the architecture of Brazil’s new capital, having itself been created during a four-year period in the late 1950’s.

brasilia

dining room piece

bedroom collection from original catalog, BrasiliaConnection.com

I discovered this website, Brasilia Connection, while researching the origins of the line.  Mad collectors themselves, these webmasters and BB experts restore and sell all pieces they find.   Here’s their note on the unique parabolic shape found om the city’s architecture and repeated across the collection:

brasilia

Brasilia

When viewed from above, the city’s shape resembles a plane or bird, which is mimicked on much of Broyhill’s original fabric and tiles. What stands out most about the architecture is the use of hyperboloid structures, as in the cathedral and it’s parabolic columns, which are said to represent two hands moving upwards towards heaven.

What’s so interesting to me is how, fifty years later, these pieces seem to have captured the popular imagination among people my age, and that they’ve started showing up in nurseries and kids rooms across America.

kids brasilia

Candice's son's bedroom

One: An awesome woman and cool mom named Candice has taken photos of her son’s amazing room, and posted them on her blog, Ragamuffin Design.  Here’s a shot of the double dresser, but please check out the entire room – it rocks.

refinished double dresser

Two: A member of the “Vintage Delight” group (part of the CasaSugar site), named Carolyn has written a post about having refinished a double dresser for her daughter’s nursery.   As you can see, it’s the same piece as in Candice’s house, with a very different feel.  Of course, doing something like this to an original BB piece is akin to blasphemy to many collectors out there (I gasped the first time I saw this photo).  But, hell, to each his own, right?  It certainly ‘fits’ the nursery space very well, and as Carolyn mentions, her entire house is full of Brasilia.

There are tons of stories online of folks who bought their BB for a song at a tag sale. In fact, knowing that this is the stuff my parents grew up with, I’m sure they’ve noticed, shrugged, and passed by pieces like this time again over the years while scouring for vintage furniture.   So I’m sure you’ve got a shot there.

But if you’re of the want-it-now variety, there’s always the Brasilia Collection folks and, of course, there’s  Ebay.

five drawer dresser, available on Ebay

As of today (7/19) you can get a great dresser for a song. . .  if you live near Munroe Falls, OH (or are willing to incur shipping costs from there).  LoisLois123 is selling this beauty for $300.  The matching double dresser (like the ones featured above) is $325.   So for the price of an Oeuf crib, you’ve got yourself two vintage dressers and tons of storage.  I’m jealous already.