Thursday, August 28, 2014

Before & After: Mid Century Danish Chairs

I scored a pair of these fantastic Mid Century Danish chairs for only $5 a piece (complete with a made in Denmark inscription)! I still don't know where exactly I want to put them, but I knew I couldn't pass them up. They sat in my "I-may-need-this-one-day" pile for almost a year before I decided to finally tackle the project. They actually weren't in that bad of shape - minor scratches all over the body of the chair and a horrendous all black wood-grain patterned iridescent fabric.

S T E P  O N E | D E S I G N  P L A N

I decided to keep the look clean and traditional by simply restoring the natural wood color (rather than staining) and upholstering with black vinyl leather-looking fabric. I found some fabric in the sale section of Joann's that was the perfect mix of the real-leather look with a buttery soft texture (sorry I didn't catch the name).

Via Cen City

Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk With Cord Management
Via Etsy

S T E P  T W O | R E S T O R I N G  W O O D   F R A M E

I know a lot of bloggers have used Restore-A-Finish successfully and swear by it, so I had pretty much settled on using it too. However, I came across a DIY for restoring wood that seemed too easy not to try - oil & vinegar. I figured, if it worked I would save myself some money and if it didn't, then nothing was lost. Well guess what?? It worked beautifully. I used 1/4 cup white vinegar mixed with 1/4 cup olive oil. Check out the results:

| B E F O R E |

| A F T E R |

Keep in mind that the top parts are covered by the seat, so they are a little more beat up and I also didn't bother trying to make them look pretty. The after pic looks a lot more red, but it must just be the lighting. The oil/vinegar duo did darken and brighten the wood up but these color change isn't as drastic in person.

S T E P  T H R E E | R E U P H O L S T E R I N G

The seat cushions were in great shape, so I didn't need to add any extra padding. I will skip the details on recovering the seat as it's pretty straight-forward and most of you have already seen it (or done it) a million times.

To cover the backrest, I carefully examined the way it was originally done and tried my best to mimic that, but ultimately I couldn't get the backrest done perfectly enough for the OCD person in me, so I got some help with this part. Looks like the issue was the fabric I chose made it hard to tuck without any puckering. We went with two pieces, piping, and nail-head trim on the edges.



S T E P  F O U R | F I N A L  T O U C H E S

If you don't already know, I'm obsessed with painting things gold, so it should come as no surprise that I thought these chairs could use a little bit of gold accents. After scouring some pictures, I noticed that a lot of mid-century chairs had little gold caps on the legs. This gave me the inspiration to dip the tips of the chair legs gold. I tested it out by painting some painters tape gold, and then putting it on the chairs to see if I liked the look. Of course I did. So then I measured the perfect height (2 in) and taped off each leg with painters tape. I used a foam brush and liquid gold leaf to paint the feet.

F I N A L  P R O D U C T | B E F O R E  &  A F T E R

Aside from the backrest, this project is definitely fit for beginners. Part of me wishes I had done something more exciting, but ultimately I decided that drastically changing such a classic piece was something I may regret. Who knows, maybe one day I will go wild with some bright paint and patterned fabric!



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trending at Anthropologie

Occasionally I like to make a trip to Anthropologie just to admire the beautiful displays and get some inspiration. I love that Anthro has so many items that are "out of the box" so to speak. Their decor is original and creative and oh so adorable. Here are some trends I noticed on my most recent visit:

The paring of blue and white is a classic combo. Usually this look would be way too traditional for me, I associate it with traditional porcelain china dishes, but Anthropologie modernizes the look by using large flowers and animals. The addition of gold details takes it up a notch.

Anthro doesn't limit the use of animals to their dishes, no sir, they include then in their office supplies, jewelry holders, an lampshades among other items. The bright colors with tropical animals would add a pop in any room.

True to form, Anthro uses the brightest and best patterns out there. I completely admire how they can take something so traditional and add a contemporary touch. For example the shape of the chair is super classic, but the fabric is so stinking cute with the black and white flowers and pop of coral. Their bright bedding is the best for a layered look especially since they use so many textures. I really like how they don't arrange the pillows symmetrically, but rather they incorporates different colors, styles, and sizes to make their look truly unique, and that my friends is style!


animal shaped bench, bright fabrics, blue/white rug & art

via House Beautiful

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

STEAL HER STYLE: Miroslava Duma

I cannot even look at all of the pictures of Mira without utter amazement at her ability to create the perfect fashion ensemble EVERY FREAKIN' TIME! The current freelance writer/humanitarian/creator of the fashion site Buro 24/7 and former Fashion Editor at Harper's Bazaar Russia, has been one of my (and the entire fashion world's) style icon for many years. Follow her on Instagram HERE and keep on scrolling to Steal Her Style!

Miroslava Duma Style Blue Shift Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Yellow Dress Cork Wedge Sandal

Miroslava Duma Style Leather Overalls

Miroslava Duma Style Pleated Leather Skirt

Miroslava Duma Style Orange Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Red Coat Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Maxi Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Pant Suit

Miroslava Duma Style Tights

Miroslava Duma Style Tights

Miroslava Duma Style Blue Dress

Even while pregnant she is killing it!

Miroslava Duma Pregnant Style

miroslava duma pregnant style


Statement Necklaces
Bold Prints
Structured Coats & Dresses
Bright Colors
Black Tights
Small Clutches

Steal her Style // Miroslava Duma

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// 6 // NUDE PUMPS

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