Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Before and After: From Old Dresser to Vintage Circus Changing Table

Part III: Project Baby G's Room.  I am getting pretty excited- Baby G is due in three weeks!  I am looking forward to her little chubby cheeks, her gummy smile and her little feet.  Oh, there are going to be lots of dirty diapers, too, you say???  Hmm, it sounds like a new project to me!  My mission: To find a vintage dresser and convert it into a changing table.  

I wanted the finished dresser to look beach-boardwalk-y, bright and cheerful, and I wanted it to compliment the fabulos-o circus tent ceiling that my friends already painted in the nursery. Dougie diligently searched Craigslist, and within a couple of weeks he found the dresser.  Craiglist shopping wins again! This dresser was the ideal size for a changing table, it had that vintage circus look, and it had plenty of storage underneath (always important in a small living space.)  I knew I wanted to paint it, so I didn't mind that there was a hodge-podge of hardware.  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Design Thief: Christmas Cheer I "Borrowed" From Union Square

I admit it: Yesterday I was feeling a little bit Bah-Hum-Bug-ish.  I was walking my dog, Jasper, and was looking for a little Christmas inspiration in my neighborhood.  I saw a few trees in windows and a wreath here and there. They did look good....but....nothing was looking truly inspired.  When I am fresh out of ideas and inspiration, I like to get out and see if I can find some ideas to "borrow".  I headed down to Union Square.  First, I stopped off to see the Macy's Christmas Tree.

Now, THERE'S a tree topper!  It's big, bold and cheery.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Before and After: When People Treat Their Furniture Like Criminals

Have you ever gone into a room and wondered what kind of egregious crimes that the furniture must have committed to deserve being placed up against the wall under arrest? Look around your house: is a lot of your furniture under arrest?  Unless your goal is to discourage conversation amongst your guests, or your furniture really is naughty, then it may be time to consider a little rearranging!  In this Piedmont Redesign project, our Revival Room team was able to create balance and conversational seating by rearranging the furniture and artwork that the client already had.

Three of the design crimes that were evident in this living room "before" were:
1.  The classic fireplace, which is the natural focal point of the room, was not being featured.
2.  The furniture placement was off-balance.  
3.  The rug....was just a tad too small for the space!