Posts tagged ‘vintage’

March 21st, 2013

The Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens 2013

Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens


Get an inside look at our latest completed project as well as several other Historic District residences this weekend on March 23rd during The Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens. You’ll be able to tour three stories of newly renovated space that has been completely furnished and designed to both fit the needs of the family and express their unique personalities – from every finish and furnishing to stemware and silverware! Because we are so excited to reveal what we have been working on for the last year or so, here are a few sneak peeks of the progress leading up to this weekend:


For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens website.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see the latest leading up to the big event. We hope to see you soon!

November 21st, 2012

Project Breakdown: Kid-Friendly Living Room

Remember the mid century style cocktail room we showed way back?  This is the playroom / family room, which was a design challenge as we had to accommodate the whole family.  The room is geared towards the kids overall, but we wanted to create a space equally as comfortable for adults.  This was accomplished by blending neutrals with pops of bright color and furniture that is child friendly AND has great design.  In addition to the large living and playing space, there is a small office off to the side.  Although it is an office for the parents, we carried the “fun” element into the streamlined space with a bright alphabet wallpaper, which is a nod to Architect and Textile Designer Alexander Girard.   Girard made a name for himself in the 50’s and 60’s working with designers like George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.  His work was often vibrant in color, bold in pattern and graphic.  (Note that we ended up with a Nelson clock and an Eames chair in the space…just a couple of the greats).



The above image is the proposal rendering we drew of the space. As you can see, not much changed from the rendering to the final implementation, except for some small details like the rug and coffee table.  We incorporated a few custom pieces of furniture such as the long floating walnut credenza, built in walnut shelves, and finally the lacquer and bookmatched walnut veneer office area.  These pieces are  important because they are; (a) appropriately scaled to the room and (b) sophisticated elements that help tie the playroom into the style of the rest of the house.



Rethink Tips:


Try starting with a neutral background and add in pops of color through the use of accessories and bold graphic patterns.

Maximize play-space by maximizing storage availability. Think vertically!

No need to waste empty wall space. A blackboard or corkboard are creative tools that both children and adults can take advantage of.

When designing a space intended for children, try adding in furniture that is scaled appropriately, this will help break up the heights in the space and make it more personal to them.




To  Get  this Look:

1.  Eames Fiberglass Rocker

2.  Maharam Alphabet Wallcovering (designed by Alexander Girard)

3.  Nauris Kalinauskas Puzzle Rug

4.  Room and Board Lind 42r Cocktail Ottoman

5.  Robert Abbey Havana Floor Lamp

6.  Angela Adams Birch Morning Rug

7.  Johnathan Adler  Graphic Pillows

8.  Blu dot Paramount Sectional

9.  Offi Nest Play Table

10.  Girard Wooden Dolls

11.  Maharam Bespoke Stripe

July 12th, 2012

10-Step Scandinavian Style

image via Nordic Design

We have all fallen in love time and time again with the dreamy Scandinavian interiors sweeping the design world. The all-white spaces with hints of black and washed-out natural tones swoon us with flooding natural light and make us want to get rid of all our vibrant belongings and live the simple life. One of the most prominent features of this clean international look is the lightened wood floors. Wood bleaching is one way to achieve this look and is a great alternative to regular paint – it allows you to lighten the look of a space while still maintaining that natural wood grain. Don’t let the word “bleach” steer you away – there are tons of no-VOC products on the market that keep this DIY toxic free! For this tutorial we transformed a pair of antique doors we thought were slightly too dark for the space they were going in. You can easily apply this tutorial to wood floors or any other wood piece you have in mind.

Let’s get bleaching!

Here are the basic materials you are going to need along the way:

1. Sanding Sponge (80-grit)

2. Orbit Sander (120-grit pads)

3. Bucket/Plastic Container

4. Craft Foam Brushes

5. Terry Cloth

6. Latex Gloves

You can find any of these materials at your nearest home improvement store.

Step 1: Get rid of any jagged rough spots with an 80-grit sanding sponge. The lower the grit number, the coarser the sandpaper.

Step 2: Proceed to sand the entire surface of the door with an orbit sander until even. We used a round sander with 120 grit. For tight corners, you can buy sanding sponges with a cornered or beveled edge to help you get into any tough spots.

Step 3: Wipe the surface area clean of any debris.

Step 4: Using protective latex gloves, pour a 50/50 mixture of Klean-Strip Wood Bleach A and B into a bucket. Only pour what you are going to use for that day as the mixture will weaken over time.

***Note: We chose this two-part bleach product because the VOC-Free alternative product was on back order. For a non-toxic bleaching method, check out WOCA’s wood lye.

Step 5: Apply the two-part bleach mixture to the wood using a nylon paint brush or, in our case, a craft sponge brush. Spread evenly for a balanced coat. Bubbling may occur and is natural – just make sure you don’t leave any puddles of bleach.

Step 6: Let dry for up to 2 to 3 hours. If you still have not achieved your desired coat, repeat the process. We found that two coats were sufficient.

Step 7: Once you are happy with the shade of wood, pour linseed oil into an open container.

***Note: Normal linseed oil brings out the warm tones of wood, so we found an oil that gives a nice milky coat. Make sure to order WOCA linseed oil in a “White” finish that keeps all your hard bleaching work from going to waste!

Step 8: Take a terry cloth to dab into the oil and rub generously and evenly onto the wood. This acts as a natural sealant.

Step 9: Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

Step 10: If excess oil can still be seen, go back with a dry towel and gently rub around the moist areas.


And voila! With only two coats and one afternoon we gave a pair of antique wooden doors a much needed update!

For detailed bleaching instructions straight from the manufacturer, click here.


June 27th, 2012

Etsy Finds: Vintage Goodies


Don’t get us wrong – we love spending hours scouring the local antique markets to find a unique vintage piece that can either be restored or up-cycled into something new. But, sometimes it is nice to have someone else do the work for you. The “Vintage” section of Etsy’s website is a favorite place for us to score killer deals and insert some age and character into our spaces. Today we’ve put together a few of our favorite quirky vintage pieces that will add some good old fashioned style to your home:


1. Make a bold graphic statement with these vintage art posters from Etsy shop OsbornWoods. Keep that old fashioned feel by displaying them on a line with clothespins (as seen) or get them framed for a sleeker look.

2. This pair of brass ram’s head bookends will not only keep your limited edition collection of Nancy Drew novels looking pretty, but would also look great alone on a desk or mantle. Don’t be afraid to paint them a fun color to make them really stand out!

3. Timeless design gets tricky with clocks but we’re sure this vintage farm clock will be perfect placed on your kitchen counter or inside a shelf. Take a closer look to notice the best part about it: the backside is an unexpected pop of mint green!

4. What better place to put your plant than in this doe planter? She’s durable enough to last in the garden or in the home and would look great holding a large succulent or a stack of pencils on your desk.

5. You can’t go wrong with a clean, mid-century piece such as this orange desk lamp. Unlike many vintage lamp finds, this lamp comes in great working condition and, as a bonus, the bulb is already included.

**Note: be sure to read any item description in detail before purchasing- some vintage lighting may need to be rewired.  If you have questions about a sale, contacting the Seller with questions is super easy.

6. A large vintage furniture piece such as this walnut dresser can really set the tone for the space. Keep your house from getting cluttered by letting the furniture speak for itself and keeping the knickknacks at a minimum.

7. We tend to forget that today’s design trends are usually a return of a previous fad, and these embroidered and ombre throw pillows are a perfect example. Stay current, the inexpensive way, by always looking for the trend source.

8. Vintage goes international with this moroccan rug. We love the primitive geometric lines that will anchor the space without making it look too busy.

9. The minimal lines of this magazine rack make it classic enough to go with any interior.  It’s integrated handle allows for easy transport when you want to grab that stack of books you’ve been meaning to crawl into bed and read.

10. Umbrellas aren’t the only thing this vintage stand is good for – place it in a foyer or awkward corner and turn it into an art piece to hold your vintage ruler collection or (as seen) those trendy indian arrows you just bought on impulse.

***Also be sure to follow our “Vintage Goodies” board on Pinterest to stay current with our latest online finds!

March 23rd, 2011

Urban Hip- unisex accessories (and bike)

I love menswear inspired fashions on women and these days things are getting more and more ambiguous.  Accessories, especially, seem to be easily shared between men and women alike.  While pulling this list together,  I noticed a few commonalities between the items- leather, tailoring, a sort of simplicity that embodies both sophistication and casualness, and just a touch of nostalgia.

1.  R6 Gyro Bag

2.  Levi’s Japan Vintage Elk Leather Suspenders

3.  iPad Sleeve- Grey wool felt & brown leather

4.  Uniform Wares 200 Series Calendar Wristwatch

5.  NYC Vintage Cruiser

6.  The Hill-Side Selvedge Lightweight Gingham Check Scarf

7.  Paul Smith Felt Trilby Hat

8.  Ray Ban RB4125 CATS 5000 sunglasses

9.  Tonia Welter München USB bracelet