Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rust and Feathers

There's a new shop in the town of vintage shopping, Lucketts, Virginia.  It's a little bit of rust--AKA industrial, and a little bit of feathers--AKA soft and frenchy, with some chippy sprinkled around.  It all blends well in this multi-vendor shop with something for everyone---Rust and Feathers           

I've known the owner, Syd, for a while.  Not only does she maintain a booth and the shop, but she is also an incredibly talented upholsterer.  She's known for her meticulous work and her eye for fabric selection.  
She's the one to go to when you're in need of some fabulous furniture or if  your furniture is in need of a fabulous fabric update. 

Syd, owner, Rust and Feathers

Please enjoy the shop tour.

Please stop by if you're in the area.  You're sure to find some treasures.


Rust and Feathers

14928 James Monroe Hwy (Rte. 15)
Leesburg, VA 20176
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-5
Sun 12-5
(Closed Tues and Wed)

Please visit the Rust and Feathers blog for inventory updates here.
Or, follow on Facebook here.

I've written about another local shop owner/friend, Mable, who owns Le Petit Marche in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
If you missed her shop tour, go here.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Is Rule Breaking Bad?

I love breaking rules when I'm pulling a room together.  Breaking rules is good, not bad.  It adds interest and a surprise.

The "normal" way to hang objects or artwork vertically involves all art to be one size, or hung from largest on the bottom to small at the top.

It's so much more interesting with the heavier piece on the top.

Here's another example.  I love the dark walls too.


Why can't columns be alongside each other instead of flanking either side?


It's the same way of thinking with these lamps.  Why can't they be next to each other lighting this wonderful over-sized painting?


Same idea, but this time the chandeliers are together.


Why do you have to hang a print on the wall?
Put it on the front of a china.


Hang them on a window.

I love the way these shelves are styled and of course the surprise of prints layered on them.


I love when a mat is larger than the art.

What about a whole wall with over sized mats??

Here's another example;  and I love the belts around the pillows too.


No need to fill up a clam shell.  It's much more interesting upside down on the floor.


Put nesting tables in front of your sofa instead of alongside.


Turn a mirror on its side.  Make it a piece of art.


Off center art works for me too.


Here's another example.  The lantern balances it out.


Come on, break some rules and add some interest to your decor.  Aren't rules made to be broken?


Friday, July 19, 2013

Grates Are Great

Grates make backdrops for vignettes and they also offer support for plants.  Here's how I've used them.   The grate on my chimney is new.  In the winter it's purely decorative and adds some dimension and interest to the chimney.

Decorative Grate on My Chimney
At Christmas it supports a wreath.

Holiday Wreath on Grate

But, in the summer it is my trellis for my climbing hyacinth bean plant.

Climbing Hyacinth Bean on My Grate

Inside I frequently swap out some vintage iron window grates.  I have some that I painted black.  This one provided a back drop for some antlers, floats, a bottle and books.

I used these citrine window grates frequently because I have many citrine accents in the family room.

Citrine Grates, Chevron, and Feathers

Same grates, same feathers but a different look.

Fall Mantel

I framed some vintage bookplates and added some natural elements to this vignette.

Framed Bookplates and Coral

This is new.  I think it's the most simple mantel I've ever done.  I really like its minimalism.

Topiaries and Grates

Here's part of the room.  I changed the arrangement on the Draper dresser too.

 I have another smaller black grate that I use in the kids' bathroom.   I suspended an architectural print from it.

Kids' Bath

 Here's a closer view.

Iron Grate in Window

Not quite a grate, but I used an old garden gate as a backdrop for a tutorial on layering.

How do you use architecturally interesting finds?
I think grates are great.  How about you?