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Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters? They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best. Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...
"We've seen vintage TVs turned into storage units and even aquariums to house our scaly friends, but we've never seen such a shag-a-licious chair like this before! It's an image from the 1986 architecture book "Freestyle: The New Architecture and Design from Los Angeles" by Tim Street-Porter"
I guess the how-to goes like this: remove the screen, remove the guts, applied shag, and sit!
Filed in the 'how clever is this?!' folder is Candy's use of an old card table as wall art. She noticed a stack of them at the side of the road. When she spotted the black and white table in the pile, she knew where it was going and what she was going to do with it. Home and on the wall!
The students in my beginning upholstery classes never fail to be shocked by how much work is involved in tearing old upholstery off of a deliciously vintage chair. Teardown is bad, no doubt. It is, however,
The fine folks at Atomic Addiction have been doing a little window shopping...web browser window shopping, that is, and they've been peering into UrbanOutfitters.com, the website of the tries-to-be-too-hip-for-its-own-good-but-still-a-great-place-to-get-all-the-cool-stuff-you-see-online brick and mortar store found near university campuses and other metropolitan neighborhoods.
Among the finds include two 50s-inspired but not kitschy...
Call me underpriveleged but I had my first IKEA experience yesterday here in San Diego. I scampered through the maze like a crazed rat looking for food, only I was searching out the fabric section. What I finally found out first hand is that
I'm on the hunt for this exact color of green velvet upholstery fabric. The velvet studio sofa is from Nate Berkus' furniture collection for the The Home Shopping Network. Other photos of this piece don't look like the green in this photo. I'm specifically looking for this deep shade of green velvet.
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Why do they call it "oil"cloth? Probably because the recently advertised "real oilcloth" that is all the rage is made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum based coating. However, genuine oilcloth, the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table was made from cotton duck, canvas or linen that was
One sure sign of a creative thinker is to throw some odds and ends in front of them and see what they come up with. (Now wouldn't that be a more constructive premise for a reality show?) Over on JunkMarket Style, MeretriciousCreation gathered up a number of the many many tea tins that had been stashed away, found some inexpensive prisms at a local hardware store and
It's heartbreaking to come upon, consider and ultimately pass up a behemoth like a fab retro TV cabinet or stereo console due to the logistics of hauling it away and extracting the innards. Our friends over at ApartmentTherapy found photos of this clever TV to dry bar conversion that some brave souls undertook.
So you found a fabulous chair by the dumpster. It's unique, solid, and the price was right. What a find! The only problem is that you need to rebuild the entire chair seat, jute webbing and all.
Where do you begin? This is fairly simple if you can see how it breaks down in three parts.
With thrifting and garage sale season upon us, no doubt we'll find a 'can't pass up' piece of 60's or 70's chrome furniture with some nasty rust spots. If you research the best techniques for removing rust from chrome, you'll find up to nine different techniques people swear by to clean up their bike frames, chrome wheels, chrome furniture and more. See Before and After results on rusted bicycle chrome using Ted Carl's 'Old School' Oxalic Acid soak (from VintageBMX.com's Forum)
Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.
Do you, like me, find vintage Valentine's cards irresistible? If so, then you must take a trip back in time to the Vintage Valentine Museum. They have compiled a images of those darling tokens of love. Some of them are available for sale, others are just documented for our enjoyment. Here's a few that caught my eye.
Being socked in today inspired me to finish my oval ottoman. The VIBRANT plaid was gleaned from a huge vintage pleated skirt. Once the waistband and pleats were removed, there was a piece of fabric measuring 6 yards by 36". Before the transformation, the red striped ottoman had clunky legs and the fabric had been stained.
Sometimes nothing else will do but a rosette. Now add a fancy button or vintage piece of costume jewelry and WOW!
Before: Mid Century Modern chairs from Goodwill for $8.99 per chair. One had a broken stretcher that had to be repaired. And......
It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia. Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity. And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and 70's.....