Cultural Revolution

Ye Shall Know Them By Their Hats February 26, 2011

Filed under: Fashion,hats,Local Events,Style,Uncategorized,Vintage Clothing,Vintage hats — David Heffernan @ 5:26 pm

There is  a select group of ladies now gracing the town of Maplewood; they are stylish, they are confident, and they are wearing hats…Lisa Battaglia originals to be exact. The cocktail party launch of Lisa’s designs was a huge success and we are grateful to all who were able to attend. The evening had the welcomed effect of producing an instant LB fan club; ladies vied for space in front of the oversized mirror, lisa Battaglia hat 3eagerly and giddily trying on hats.

I must say, while Lisa’s Winter line offered the promise of super stylish warmth, the Spring collection provided a much needed splash of color to what has turned into a long, gray winter. Everyone left happy. So…if you spot a gal in town with a little attitude to her swagger, check out her hat. We have a pretty good hunch where she got it.


Love is Always in Fashion February 14, 2011

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Le Baiser de L'Hotel de Ville, Paris 1950

The stress of planning a romantic evening for your significant other notwithstanding, Valentine’s Day has got to be one of the most beautiful days of the year. It has elements of the best of so many other holidays.  It is a day of fireworks (figuratively speaking). It is a day of gift giving. And most importantly, it is a day to give thanks… for the special person in your life. Celebrating love, well, that just never gets old. Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all.


We’ve Got Great Things “In Store” for You January 31, 2011

Filed under: Fashion,Style,Uncategorized,Vintage Clothing — David Heffernan @ 8:37 pm

What does Revolution have in common with W, Marie Claire, and Glamour magazines? Stay tuned for the answer. Hint: It will make your head spin.


Staying Connected January 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Heffernan @ 8:45 pm

As  relative newcomers to the blogosphere, and in fact, social networking in general, we are learning as we go. Based on what our customers are telling us, a little bit more of everything is in order. So, more pictures, more notices about sales, and more info will be forthcoming. (Big sale coming up soon…more about that later).

Something new that we are working on  is an Ask David feature which would allow you to post your decorating, refinishing, and restoration questions and get expert advice from David. We get so many queries in the store, it makes us understand how many of you want to take on small projects at home. So, be sure to look here in the coming weeks for our latest offering.

David and Lorraine


Home for the Holidays November 27, 2010

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A new place for favorite magazines

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? “It’s holiday season, friends and family will visit. How do we spruce up the place?” We’ll be the first to admit that it’s always fun to make a run to Target and buy all new sheets and towels, or dishes and party ware, but you can’t always take that approach with certain things. The bank account may not allow for new suites of furniture for example.

David and I are firm believers in mixing the old with the new, and for that matter mixing the old with the old. What do I mean by that? On several occasions I have taken furniture from one room of the house and used it in an unexpected way in another room. Case in point, I have an ever growing stack of decorating magazines (never met one I didn’t like). Rather than put them on the book case or in baskets, I retreived an old wicker coffee table from the back deck, revived it with a coat of Krylon in Sage, put it at the end of my bed, placed a gilded tray in the center to hold a note pad, post its, pen and readers and flanked that with the magazines on either end. It added instant charm to the space and I did not have to throw out a single magazine:)

A section of wrought iron with votives behind it is an unexpected element on a plain shelf.

As far as mixing old and new. Nothing adds warmth to an otherwise cold and/or sterile environment like a well worn piece of furniture or accessory. So, if you find yourself with a brand new glass coffee table for example, why not adorn it with an antique teak bowl full of green apples (or pinecones for the holidays)? Or if you have a stark relatively modern bookcase, add a conversation piece made of wrought iron. Feel free to reuse items in new and unexpected ways. The contrast will be more than interesting, it will be artisitc.



Change is Good November 5, 2010

One of the things I love about this business is the element of discovery in working with a piece of furniture. Although I may set out with an intended goal in mind, the end result may be quite different; usually in a most pleasing way.

A customer of mine came into the store the other day to offer me a set of dressers at a reasonable price. As it turns out the dressers had lovely lines, and were of a good size. Many people today are not looking for oversized furniture but rather midsized pieces that will be unobtrusive and still stand out in their decor.

While the form of the dressers was attractive, the finish was quite dated. They could not be sold as is. I immediately went to work, mixing up a paint finish that would at once bring them into this era yet retain their original charm. For many years my paint of choice has been Benjamin Moore.  Although I keep my actual formula a well guarded secret, I always tell customers who want to do it themselves that in most cases it pays to go with quality. I have been disappointed time and time again when using lesser paints.

David painting dressers in front of store

Take a look at the two dressers side by side, one in its original state and the other in the process of transformation. I could not have anticipated how well they would have turned out…the dressers sold two days after receiving their new coat of paint.

The moral of this tale, don’t be afraid to experiment; change is good.



Welcome to cultural REvolution September 29, 2010

REuse, REpurpose, REinvent. These words express the basic philosophy by which we live, both privately and in business. Welcome to our blog.

Allow us to introduce ourselves; David- I am a painter, furniture maker and decorator. I have worked in the music industry designing album covers for a variety of bands including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Spyro Gyra. I currently own and operate the store REvolution in Maplewood New Jersey where we sell furniture I make from reclaimed barnwood as well as refurbished older pieces, antique jewelry, old vinyl, and retro housewares. I believe the past is invaluable to our way of living today. Reclaiming old objects and giving them a new lease on life is my joy and my passion.

Lorraine-I am an educator by training; I create enrichment programs for afterschools throughout New Jersey. One of the many hats I wear is decorating consultant at REvolution.  My tastes and temperament are different from David’s but we  are likeminded in that we readily see the beauty in old, forgotten pieces. We have been known to wax poetic describing a rusted section of iron fence. No kidding. I love rearranging the items in the store as one piece leaves for its new home and a new treasure arrives to claim its place. For me, the coming together of the new and the old is pure magic.

We’re glad you found us and we look forward to sharing our musings and discoveries with you.