Tag: Decor

Back to the Renaissance: A Day of Learning

Back to the Renaissance: A Day of Learning

On the weekend I had the pleasure of joining the group, Renaissance Women, to learn a new craft to me, but one that has been mastered for years! We spent the afternoon in Leola’s Studio at Whippletree Junction learning how to dry felt, wet felt, paint and…

Thrifting: What Story Hangs Here?

Thrifting: What Story Hangs Here?

Another treasure seeking adventure… This time I came across a whole collection of vintage wooden hangers, some marked, and some designed without a name! I thought it would be fun to peek inside a few historical closets, and get a glimpse of what these hangers…

Thrifting… Lamp It Up!

Thrifting… Lamp It Up!

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 Thank you so much, Heather!

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I haven’t had a chance to get my thrift on since before the Holidays. Can you feel my pain? Well, finally that all changed 🙂 A few friends and I hit the trail to look for treasures just waiting to be found! Did you catch my last post? I’ve been doing the January declutter, so today a bag of donations came with me. Donations out, new treasures in!

Something in this pic caught my eye…

Way up on the top shelf…

See them? Yes, the lamps!

I wandered around the store asking myself if I liked them as much as I thought I did, or was I just falling into the gold trap. I sent a phone pic to my hubs, and I badgered my friends, too.

In the end these gold gems came home with me 🙂

And their sad, mismatched shades were promptly removed!

My hubs loves them, and my daughter only likes the gold teardrop section. She thinks I should paint all the wood black. How about you?

I’ve done a little research, and the best fit I could find was this MCM lamp by designer, Tony Paul on eBay.

Danish Modern MCM Lamp c1950s - eBay

 eBay

According to the ad, this one is a Danish modern brass & walnut lamp, c. 1950s. And I say, with a much softer sheen to the brass! Is it just me, or does this wood look like teak to you?

Now I’m trying to decide on a shade. I love this shallow drum, but somehow don’t think that would look right on my new finds. What kind of shade would you pick?

I know I weighed in with you on my Murano glass lamp here

And I did find a white drum, which I’ve been living with and trying to decide whether or not I’ll gold leaf the inside…

Now that you see the white shade on this lamp, what would you do? And do you think the shade is too top-heavy for this lamp?

Can I have your first born, too? No, changed my mind on that!

I’m dying to hear what you think!

I was featured over at Junkin Joe’s!

Why not pop over to see the other great finds 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.

‘Twas Almost Christmas When All Through the House…

‘Twas Almost Christmas When All Through the House…

Christmas is only days away – can you believe? I’ve finished my course, passed my exam, and done as much decorating as I’m going to do! Want to take a little peek? Last year I tried my hand at cedar boughs on the banister, and…

Pillows by Dezign

Pillows by Dezign

This is not a sponsored post, but I was thrilled when Pillows by Dezign offered me a choice of any one of their designer accent pillows to review! Who doesn’t love fabrics by Kravat, Robert Allen, Schumacher… to name a few. And I’m not kidding,…

Shou-sugi-ban… I’m in Love!

Shou-sugi-ban… I’m in Love!

Shou-sugi-ban.

The ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to preserve it for use as exterior siding. Traditionally, Japanese Cyprus was used, but now we’re seeing this technique applied to cedar, and other woods. We’re also seeing the wood being utilized in new and interesting ways beyond exterior siding.

I first learned about shou-sugi-ban on HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, and fell instantly in love. No, not with the cousins! With the distinct and unique look of the wood.

Here’s a close-up.

Delta Millworks on Houzz 

The wood is carefully charred, doused in water and cooled. Once cooled, it’s brushed to remove the dust and loose debris, and then cleaned, meaning washed and dried. The shou-sugi-ban can either be finished with a natural oil or left as is.

Anne and the Architects

Why would you want to do this? Well, its cool factor, for one! But actually, the charcoal barrier preserves the wood and is fire, rot and insect resistant!

Cast Architecture Blog

Here are a few examples of shou-sugi-ban in action.

Colin Conces Photography

Such a great panel look without the nastiness of paneling! Let’s not go back the 70s, okay?

This siding is an example of how the wood silvers once it’s brushed, cleaned, and oiled.

Orchard House Blog

And here you see how it looks cladding a fireplace.

Shou-sugi-Ban.com 

I can’t tell if the wood has been oiled or not. What do you think?

I love this table top burner.

Brasa.co

And the irony behind it and the fireplace… you know, charred wood as a feature where fire burns brightly 😉 But seriously, isn’t this burner pretty awesome?

These stools speak for themselves.

Urban Now Design / Nicholas Wray Photography

 Designed by Steve Hamm and Don Wroth of Urban Now Design, in their words, they “Like to create cool stuff, plain and simple.”

I’ll leave you with this last piece, a table by Materia Designs.

Materia Designs

This is a great example of blending ancient technique with modern design, and topping it off with a little vintage statement… did you guess the table top is made of reclaimed barn board? Hemlock, actually.

What’s not to love?

I’m thinking a shou-sugi-ban headboard would be pretty cool. But, I do wonder how long it takes for the the charred smell to disappear!

So how about you? Have you heard of shou-sugi-ban before? Do you love it… or would you rather leave the charring back at the camp fire?

Thanks for stopping by!

 All image sources credited below each image.

Sparkling, Spectacular Vintage Murano!

Sparkling, Spectacular Vintage Murano!

Yes, I did a little thrifting on the mainland a few weeks back, and even brought home some treasures. My friend Carol showed me the NorthShore stops, and she sure knows how to pick them! Check out what she found here. I looove her antique…

IDSwest 2012: A Final Tour Through the Show

IDSwest 2012: A Final Tour Through the Show

Now that the buzz has died down a bit, I thought I’d do a photo tour through the show with you! And seriously, this is just a snippet of IDSwest this year. But you know how it goes. It’s hard to see and do everything!…

Moving On: A Set of MCM Light Fixtures

Moving On: A Set of MCM Light Fixtures

This weekend I’m hanging out at the Vancouver Convention Centre where idsWEST is taking place. And tomorrow night I’ll be attending Blend 2012 sponsored by IKEA. Did I mention this is a gathering of the Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers West? Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

But… last week I promised to let you in on a little vintage stop I’d be making along the way. Here’s the story.

My Dad’s neighbours were doing a major kitchen reno, which meant replacing all their light fixtures.

Enter exhibit A .

Mid-Century Modern 3-Pendant Chandelier

This is their vintage 3-pendant chandelier they were replacing.

And its matching single-pole pendant…

MId-Century Modern Single Pole Pendant

The insert image is the pendant in place before the owners took it down.

They also had a matching ceiling mount fixture.

Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Mount Light FixtureAnd…

A set of single pendants that had never been out of the box!

Mid-Century Modern Single Pendant Set

Seriously. The packing tissue was brittle with age!

When I asked what was planned for these vintage beauties, the owners handed the matter over to me!

So without further ado…

If you’re looking for something that doesn’t come along every day, as in this FULL set of matching MCM light fixtures – in mint condition, never been out of the box kind of mint condition, you might want to stop in at Attic Treasures!

That’s where my mystery stop was. And that’s where you’ll find this incredible set of Mid-Century Modern lighting.

Isn’t it fun when a circle like this can be closed? The owners are happy, the light fixtures are off to find another good home, and I got to pop into a store that makes my heart skip a beat! Kinda leaves a smile on my face 🙂

Did I mention, it’s not every day something like this comes along?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use.

A Little Lamp Update

A Little Lamp Update

Remember when I posted about this lamp? And showed you the replacement shade I picked up for it at ReStore? Then left you with a cliff hanger and only showed you this much? Well, here’s a little glimpse at how this revitalized lamp looks when…