You may remember my recent post Ektorp Beachy where I shared some living room ideas for one of my clients. The theme is mostly monochromatic but has an elegant beachy style that is light and neutral with a few rustic accents. Using the Ikea Ektorp sofa and many pieces the client already owns the above mood board shows the direction we are headed (there will be photos soon.) With the living room mostly decided the next phase will be the dining room. This room is pretty much a blank canvas other than an industrial style buffet that the client already owns. We have already decided on a few things, hard work since the options here in Germany can be a little limited when looking for American style furniture. Ikea to the rescue for most items but we are still deciding on the end chairs and lighting for this room. I think both of the options below will work but will result in very different feels, one casual, one elegant. I lean toward the casual because I love the texture but I always love to hear your options, what do you think?
If you’re like me a glance at products on Esty can turn into hours. This week was no different, so many pretty things to see. In my browsing I couldn’t help but notice all the glittery gold and brass in just about every department. The more I looked the more gold I saw and it’s no surprise that the super stars on Etsy are using gold in the most creative ways. Gold, Gold, Gold, I just can’t get enough. Even just a touch of gold instantly adds warmth and elegance, so gild it up.
- I’m So Fancy typography by HarperStreet $11
- Metallic Gold Arrows by MineralandMatter $78
- Antique gold garland by CoutureByAyca – $15
- Mini Gold Colorblock Air Plant Pod (with Air Plant) by seaandasters $15
- Champagne Wedding Heels by ChristyNgShoes $80
- Vintage Black and Gold Atomic Table Lamp by CaprockVintage $125
- Gold Antler Jewelry Hanger by hodihomedecor $86
- Gold Tables with Reclaimed Wood Surfaces by PHweld $550
All summer I have waited for the Nürnberg “Trempelmarkt” which takes place only twice a year. For two days in May and September the Old Town or “Altstadt” of Nürnberg is home to a gigantic flea market. The Trempelmarkt is normally one of the largest flea markets in Germany, with almost 4,000 booths. Here they sell everything from clothing and toys to antiques and collectables.
This past Friday, the first day of the market, was nothing but rain all day long. I had plans to go to the market on Saturday and it was not looking any better. I was bummed thinking there was just not going to be much turn out. Saturday morning came and the rain let up a bit so my husband and I decided to head to Nürnberg. As soon as we arrived the rain started coming down. We were still not sure there would be a market but the “Altstadt” is full of retail stores we could shop if nothing else was going on so we decided to brave the rain.
With umbrellas in hand, we walked to the center of the “Altstadt” and I was amazed to see the number of vender who were braving the weather. Some came prepared with tents or umbrellas and plastic sheeting while others with more weather proof wears were just letting it rain.
We endured the rain for a while as well and then after two days of non stop rain the sun came out. The crowds got thicker and there was junking to be done.
All this hard work paid off because I scored this amazing W. German Fat Lava vase that my sweet husband was kind enough to carry it all over Nürnberg.
Great junk is not the only things you will find at the market. Along with the Trempelmarkt you will also find the usual weekend farmers market vendors selling flower and vegetable along with all sorts of booths selling breads, olives, meats and cheeses.
If you are local or planning a visit and missed the market this go round be sure to plan to visit the next market which will take place May 11th and 12, 2015. There is no excuse not to check it out because now you know, there will be junking at the Nürnberger “Trempelmarkt” no matter what the weather.
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Today a special treat arrived via my inbox, a link to Jonathan Adler’s Fall 2014 catalog, Sigh… I have been a giant fan of Jonathan for years and while much of his merchandise is completely out of my price range it is always inspiring. The Fall 2014 catalog is no exception, with plenty of mid-century references (my favorite) and lots of that “Happy Chic” Jonathon is known for, I am loving every page. Some of my favorites are the newest additions to the catalog like the Maxime Daybed on the catalog cover (above). Look at all those lovely hair pins .
And this Vienna Chandelier, how can you not love this. I can only imagine it all lit up.
And of course work on my shopping list. Check out the full Jonathan Adler’s Fall 2014 catalog if you want to start working on yours…
Photos via Jonathan Adler
From the Victorian style rattan of the early 20th-century to the to the Tropical Deco styles of the 1930’s -1950’s and then it’s resurgence in the 1970’s we have seen rattan furniture go in and out of style. Well guess what guys, today rattan furniture is definitely “In.” Not the room full of rattan from past but instead the addition of one or two well placed pieces that really add impact. I love these rattan pieces because they are open and airy so they don’t feel heavy or weighed down, plus they add a texture you just can’t find in wood or upholstery. Whether it’s natural or painted I have seen some amazing rooms featuring rattan. Here are a few affordable pieces that will help you add rattan into your decor in a new modern way.
Or if you up to it and want a real bargain, get out there and find some of those pieces from an “In” past and feature them in a modern way.
Just about everyone is familiar with the Ikea HENRIKSDAL dining chair. These simple slip covered chairs are probably sold everyday by the thousands and while they have a great look they are a little generic. I only have one HENRIKSDAL chair that I use at my desk which means all you ever see is the back of the chair. I figured this was a blank canvas in need of some art.
I wanted to do a geometric design on the back and since I have the short slipcover add a dipped look to the legs of the chair. I knew spray paint would work best for the legs and I wanted them to match the slipcover. I got the bright idea to paint my slipcover right on the chair using the same spray paint. YES, you can use spray paint on fabric. Better yet, since its fast drying and goes on in light layers it will not bleed out on the fabric. It will also not bleed through so you can paint the slipcover while it is still on the chair.
I started off by masking the back of the chair off with painter’s tape in the design I desired. The options are endless here just remember what you tape off will remain white while what is exposed will be the paint color you choose. If you have not tried the green Frog Tape yet I highly recommend it over the blue painters tape for a project like this. It has much better adhesion and for use on fabric you will need that.
Once you have taped off your design you will need to mask of the rest of the chair. Make sure you tape off everything. Spray paint is fine and will squeeze through even the tiniest crack. I used a plastic garbage bag for the large areas and more tape to finish off the legs and chair. You also want to go over all the tape in your design making sure it is smooth and secure.
Now your ready for paint. I used Krylon ColorMaster in Watermelon. I found upside down is best way to paint this chairs, This allows you to get all angles of the legs and a good flat surface for spraying the back. To paint the fabric you use the same technique as you would for spray painting anything else, thin even coats. The fabric may take a few more coats since it absorbs the paint but be patient and you will get good even coverage. Take extra care at the edges to get good coverage this will make for a crisp design when you remove the tape.
Give the chair some dry time and then remove the tape and masking to reveal the results. This is my favorite part!
Be careful of your hand on this step. The spray paint will leave a dust on the the tape, you don’t want to get this all over you white slipcover so wipe your hands before you handle the slipcover.
Now for about $10 I have a chair with some impact, no more blank canvas…
This is my daughter Katie, she just turned 14 a few weeks ago and she has shot up to 5′-3″ but she barely weighs 85lbs. She is super slim, a blessing many wish to have, but when it comes to shopping for clothes it is more of a curse. On our trip back to the U.S this summer we spent much of our time trying to find something for this girlie to wear that actually fit. Jeans and dresses are the worst, she needs the length of the size for her actual age but she can still fit in a kids size 8 everywhere else. For anyone else who may be having this problem, we found success on the jeans at Hollister in the Ryan Super Skinny size 00 which surprised me at a fair price of $25 a pair. We also found Forever 21 haactuald a Skinny Jean that worked at only $7.90 (not a great a quality but the price was right.) Dresses on the other hand were not so easy. We must have tried on 50 dresses. Either they swallowed her in the top or were way to short in the skirt. Nothing got all the proportions right. Since I sew I have been known to make alterations after the purchase but it was getting a little ridiculous to pay good money only to go home and remake the dress. Instead I decided the best solution was to make a dress from scratch.
After a trip to the fabric store Katie chose Simplicity pattern 1382 for her dress and a cute aqua bicycle print fabric. The pattern had the option for two different back designs and since Katie wanted to save the heart-shaped cutout for a dress the Valentine’s Dance we chose the triangle cutout for the first dress.
I am making the dress but I still have the same problem as when buying a dress. Katie is a kids size 8 around but a size 14 in length. This is where sewing it your self really shines. By cutting each pattern piece to the width of a size 8 but the length of a size 14 you can get the perfect fit. Look at the pattern pieces below. If you have straight pieces like the bodice piece to the right or the skirt just add the length to the bottom. For curved or specialty pieces like the two to the left cut them in the middle and add the length in between.
The end result is a perfect fit.
Thanks to Aunt KK , Katie has some great Tory Burch flats in orange that look super cute with the aqua.
Great details like this cut out in the back keep the dress from looking “homemade” and makes it feel less “little girl.”
Here is my somewhat cooperative model, given the chance all of her poses would have looked something like this!
On Monday my kids went back to school, Momma’s day to celebrate! This week all those kid free hours have spiked my enthusiasm to get things done. I feel like I have gotten more done in the last three days than I have all summer. Those little projects that seemed so big just last week are finally getting done.
You may remember back in May I found these amazing chairs at the trödelmarkt. They were miss matched and one was missing the back rest but I still loved them and for 50€ ($70) I could not resist. They appear to be Yngve Ekstrom Circle Chairs or something similar. Either way I think they were a good deal plus I saw a similar pair on 1stdibs for $1,350 (that’s just crazy business.)
I took them home and found them a place of honor in my entry hall. I even removed the back rest so they would be a better match, but that is as far I got. There they sat mismatched for 3 months.
This week they finally got the respect they deserve. A scrub with a magic eraser got them surprisingly clean. Those scuffs I thought were scratches in the paint came right off.
Next was a fresh new cover for the seats. I used a grey slub linen I found at Ikea to match the existing rug and hopefully work with this amazing Robert Allen Neo Toile Coral fabric I found thanks to a great post by Emily A. Clark.My thought is to use it in this area across from the chairs. It has two grey ottomans that I would love to slipcover in this fabric to bring in some color. This means maybe a small lumbar pillow for the chairs as well.
I receive a lot of questions about my Easy DIY Terrarium post so I thought today I would give you an update on how it’s going in there.
I wrote the original post back on April 30th so it has been exactly four months since I planted the terrarium you see above. I have not watered it (not even one time), I have not interfered with its growing habits in any way, I may remove the lid and wipe off the inside of the glass with a paper towel if it looks dirty but I do this very rarely, maybe once a month. Below is a picture of the terrarium today.
It is growing like wild! I keep it on my kitchen island out of direct sunlight and it seems very happy.
In case you were wondering that is Ozzie my assistant in the background, he likes to tear off leaves occasionally to see if my plants are getting the proper hydration they need.
There is my little dog, lost in the jungle. Look to the left, even the moss is growing like grass.