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.

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?


Sunday, July 14, 2013

My House on Houzz

Kitchen designs, bathroom designs, and more ∨

Ideas for your living spaces, lights and landscape design.
As you revamp your house, browse photos for inspiration on everything from fireplace mantels to crown molding and wainscoting.

If you haven't discovered the ultimate on-line interior/exterior design resource, Houzz, you need to check it out NOW.   You can browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your very own idea book.  I've been following for a while.  They cover all home-decorating related topics.

One of their features is the Home Tour.  Imagine my surprise and excitement when one of the Houzz editors contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in having my home photographed for their site. 
 Of course I said yes, and before I knew it, one of their photographers, C.M. Glover, called me and scheduled a time to come to my house.   She is an experienced photojournalist who specializes in the use of available light photography.  She spent the whole day taking pictures of my home for Houzz.

If you've been following my blog, the featured rooms are all ones you've seen before with the exception of the brick patio.  What a difference when a professional takes the shots!  She was so good and a pleasure to work with.   She took photos from angles and perspectives that I'd never imagined.

I am sooo excited to share the feature.   To see my Home Tour Feature on Houzz, go here
or click on the Houzz logo.

A big thank you to Houzz and C. M. Glover for capturing my collected-over-time-mix-and-match-DIY-style and for the wonderful opportunity to be included in their fabulous design resource site.


I've been reading the sweet comments on the site and smiling.
Be sure to check them out too if you visit Houzz.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

It's All In The Details--Candle Sleeves

You know I'm always ready for a change up.  This is one of my faster and easier ones--maybe. 

If you've been following you know I painted a yellow chinoiserie faux bamboo chandelier orange.  No, it's not moving out.  I still love it.  Here it is in place in the family room.

This is another view from the foyer.

I was very happy with the way it turned out until I saw this image on Pinterest.  
That Pinterest really gets you, doesn't it?  I've decided that it's a very fun time sink.

With all the black accents I have in that room I just had to re-paint the candle sleeves.
 Off they came. 

Here's my chandelier with its new black detail.

I have to confess that I'd also moved the Trina Turk fabric that I framed from
 above the Draper dresser to the opposite wall beside the chandelier.
 I think it picks up the orange and black in the chandelier.

Hint for painting the candle sleeves:  Use an egg carton or an inverted box lid.  I pushed some pencils into the cardboard for support, balanced the candle sleeves onto the pencils, then attacked them with
some satin black spray paint. (I took them outside of course.)

I also found some candle sleeves in patterns on Amazon.
Here are a few of the selections.  I'm sure that you DIYers could cover your own.
I'm loving the houndstooth of course.

Available on Amazon

So, are you a fan of candle sleeves in colors or patterns?