Friday, January 22, 2010

New Project: Swan Chair!

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Semester two of furniture upholstery at the BA&CE. During my first semester I accumulated a few diy duds from family and friends. This unique fowl-inspired chair is one of them.

Steve Madden 'Tuxxedo' Flat

Unfortunately for me, this shoe style only looks good on people with tiny feet. For all of you lucky small-footed friends, click here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Central Square Chair Sale: before & after

before + after

It took seven three-hour classes, but my first chair transformation is complete! Overall, it was a very fulfilling experience. Not only do I have something to show for my efforts, I gained a greater appreciation for the craft of upholstery, a better understanding of why furniture costs so darn much, and I have a fully stocked tool box!

The chair has been dubbed "Princess Chair" by my roommates and no one sits in it except the cats. It's not perfect, but my next one will be ;)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Central Square Chair Sale: 21 Hours

double welt trim

The last step of the upholstery process was adding double welt trim to cover the staples. There are other trim options, such as home decor gimp, decorative tacks or single welt cording, but I think double welt was the right choice for this chair. Plus I learned how to use a sewing machine in the process! I took two pieces of welting cord and stitched strips of my fabric around them. It took a few tries...luckily I had plenty of extra fabric. After the trim was finished I simply hot-glued it over the staples. Piece of cake.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How they do it in Sweden

I just came across this Swedish apartment on Living with White (original post from desire to inspire - Aug '09). At first glance it looks like your standard sterile white on white modern design. But as you delve deeper into the design the space becomes increasingly warmer. What the apartment lacks in color it makes up for in the spectrum of fabric textures, furniture styles, surface materials, accessories, etc. It transforms from a cold, standoffish showroom into a comfortable, friendly home right before your eyes! Please look at the rest of the photos at either Living with White or desire to inspire and tell me if you agree.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Blue Birds

The company I work for has a webstore called CAD Garage. This week we decided to set up a twitter account for the store. Twitter is great! Not only can I do my job using poor grammar and incomplete sentences, I get to make loads of little bird buttons!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Harwich House

For New Years I spent the long weekend at my parents' house on Cape Cod. It is one of my favorite places on Earth. The house sits on one of the hundreds of charming little ponds found in the middle of the "arm." Everything in the house is second hand. All items were either bargained for at a flea market, purchased at an estate sale, or found at the dump and painted. Everything is painted white. There is no plastic anything. You'd think Cape Cod isn't an ideal winter vacation spot, but the house is just as wonderful in the winter as it is in the summer. These are a few of my favorite little spots around the house.