Cultural Revolution

A Time for Building March 24, 2011

Industrial Cafe Table 2

Close Up

As winter bids us a fitful, reluctant farewell and Spring makes shy attempts at a return, my creative urges have been stirred. For several months now I have longed to be outside, building something, a table, a wine rack, anything really. I love to while away the hours out of doors in  creative and industrious pursuit. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day to step back and see what I have made. Here is a peek at my latest design. It is a cafe table with legs of industrial pipe, and barnwood top. This table is available with different custom tops such as marble, glass, or a more rustic naturally distressed barnwood. I still have to stain the top, but I love how it looks already.  What do you think?

Industrial Cafe Table 3

A work in Progress

Industrial Cafe Table

Industrial Cafe Table


Gifts and glitz and glitter, oh my! December 7, 2010

Here’s a peek at the Holiday table. Gift items and ornaments add sparkle to the shop.


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.