Classes are filling and expanding. I wish everyone could come to my home studio (basement) and learn fast and easy techniques to transform your Goodwill trashy furniture into upcycled beauties. The new class started last night and each one brought a simple piece and a difficult piece. We got started on the easy ones first to get the feel of the tools, staple gun, and to fully understand why upholsterers charge the prices they do. Here's a perfect example of Beginner's Instant Gratification.
Knoll Furnishings, the manufacturers of classic pieces by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Girard, Maya Lin, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (nearly all the MCM heavyweights besides the Eameses and George Nelson), is getting smaller.
"Created for the ones we love, knoll kids™ is a collection of spirited, modern furniture scaled for a younger generation. Each piece reflects our belief in the utility of modern design and commitment to...
My son is five, almost six. His room is very small, about 100 sq. ft at best, with a teeny tiny closet. As frequent a Googler as I am, I cannot seem to pull any inspiration for decorating a boys room. Girls rooms, SURE! Tons of ideas, color pallettes, and frilly accessories. But it seems like the only way to vamp a boys room is by picking a theme. He loves dinosaurs, creatures and camo. The bedding/curtain set is new and I'd like to work with...
As nicely reviewed in The Daily Candy, this new baby mobile is getting some great attention! A glow in the dark planet mobile designed and made by Julie Frith. Done similar to an Alexander Calder styled mobile form with linking balanced arms, this is a new look with a traditional art flair. The planets are arranged in line and constantly glide, slowly moving with the air currents. Hang under a center room ceiling light, this will become the...
Over a Readymade they have instructions for this interesting lamp. It might be equally at home over at weebabystuff as it's creator was inspired by the idea of diapers hanging out to dry. He says that it casts baby-soothing shadows in his little girl's nursery.
To make it you'll need:
- Medium-size wire tomato cage
- Small roll of 16-gauge wire
- Ceramic socket
- Hose clamp
- 3 3/4” zinc plated D-rings
- Electrical cord (preferably clear) with...
By now perhaps you've noticed the big ad in the side bar for Wee Baby Stuff (if you don't see it, try refreshing the page a couple of times). It's no secret that getting ready for a baby means researching, pricing, and buying a lot of gear. Wee Baby Stuff is a community dedicated to helping new and expecting parents figure out what to buy, and where to get it.
Outdoor fabrics are no longer characterized by the rough, stiff canvases of decades past. New acrylic production processes are allowing outdoor...
First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?
- food colouring
- dried pasta of any shape
- rubbing alcohol
I've always loved giving old or antique items a new lease on life by transforming them or re-purposing them for use as something other than what they were originally intended. A perfect example - the dirty, old singer sewing machine base that was picked up for next to nothing at a flea market then left to sit in my garage collecting more dirt and taking up space until I could find a use for it. When I became pregnant and began the fun...
This weekend in Toronto was genuinely rubbish, wet and windy and yuck. The sort of weather that kicks good intentions in the pants. I had meant to Clear, Organize and generally Improve my closet spaces this weekend. (18 months is more than enough time to acquire a bunch of stuff). Instead I curled up reading, which lead me to make these fellows.
They are Harald and Alec, Heraldic Lions and book ends for my baby's room.
Here's what I...
Wow. Creativity, beauty, and a bit o' function...everything great design is all about. Michael from Spool Sewing offers a free how-to and pattern to create this amazing mobile from fallen twigs, some fishing line and eyehooks, and leftover fabric scraps. The fabric bird pattern alone is worth a million. Via.
- Two dowel rods
- Spool of non-absorbent string
Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.
Hemi Housewife wasn't quite satisfied with the baby blue and orange of her son's Little Tykes cruiser, so she spiced it up. Twice.
Then, check out the other models, particularly this Hawaiian coupe.
Via Crafty Crafty.
My three-year-old niece just moved from the nursery to her first “big girl room,” and the only thing holding back her new space’s style is this worn dresser from the 1960’s. It’s in good shape, but the finish is tired, and there are several broken pieces that are simply unacceptable for a toddler’s room. So, as a birthday gift, I wanted to turn this tattered piece into a sparkling pop bureau that suits her personality perfectly.