All About Egyptian Revival

I saw a similar stool in a storefront off of Melrose a couple of months ago, and it was love at first site. Now I can’t get enough. Imagine the statement one of these would make. Egyptian Revival furniture was really came in style throughout the 19th century, and continued to be popular after the turn of the century. The original boho chic?

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Rehab Diaries: Sorting Through The Trash

I’ve got this problem… Well, maybe it isn’t such a problem. I can’t drive by a curb that has something on it without stopping to look. It’s like this compulsion, this need to look at the items. My poor car is covered in dirt and grime from roadside finds. The other day, on an evening drive, I even made my boyfriend drive through alleys looking for trash treasures.
It is a little out of hand, but this girl knows when to stop (I promise?).

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I stumbled across this cute high chair in a pile of trash yesterday. It has major potential, but would need a lot of TLC. Notice the missing tray and wood pieces at the top. It also seriously needed to be stripped. Normally, I’d snatch it up to make an attempt at beautifying such a classic piece, but I have 4 other projects at home right now and I’m seriously on the edge of hoarding again.

See? So not a problem! (I wonder if it is still out there…)

I am NOT a Seamstress

I love the idea of making cushions, curtains, table runners, heck, even my own clothes.

As a child, one of my hobbies was cross stitching (I was a weird kid).

For a while, I was into hand-stitching pillows, and last year, my mom gave me a sewing machine for Christmas to help with my pillow obsession. I used it a grand total of two times before putting it in a storage container under my bed. The curtains I was attempting ended up a completely crooked mess. After that, I ended up resigning myself to liquid stitch, iron-on seem stuff, or my favorite standby, the staple gun (hey, I love power tools!)

Sometimes, though, that just won’t cut it. Last week, I pulled out the sewing machine, re-read the manual and got to work making a new cushion for one of my roadside finds.

I used some fabric that didn’t work out for another project but that would fit in my bedroom for practice. I have a really pretty coral fabric with white seahorses that I will eventually make for the cushion and move the chair into the living room.

The first attempt didn’t turn out well.

Seems that I had a measuring issue (no pun intended).

Seems that I had a measuring issue (no pun intended).

Frustrated with my lack of skills, I ripped the seems out to try again.

Not bad for a second attempt, huh?

Not bad for a second attempt, huh?

In the end, I decided that this was a pretty good try. I got better at sewing in a straight line, and those pesky corners were a pain. It took a few attempts to get the cushion tight enough but not too tight, but I ended up with a product I can live with. Next time, I may even try to line the top up with the middle part of the cushion.

I can live with this. The chair is over by my closet, but I wanted to show how it complemented the curtains in this photo.

I can live with this. The chair is over by my closet, but I wanted to show how it complements the curtains in this photo.

It wasn’t a perfect process, but now I can say that I’ve made a cushion without cheating. That doesn’t mean I’ll be using the staple gun any less, though.

Rehab Diaries: When You Just Need to Fix: Part II

Sometimes you just need to rehab something, but time (or energy) may not permit you to do all that you’d like.

Doing even a little something creative is better than nothing. Remember when I talked about shortcuts in Part One of Rehab Diaries?

Shortcuts generally don’t work out, but a quick fix isn’t exactly a shortcut, right?

My favorite way to get a quick fix?

A stain pen. It is total instant gratification. It’s cheap, too, ringing in at about ten bucks.

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I used this pen in ebony to go over some chips in my faux bamboo chair and freshen up the contrasting bindings.

I like the pens by Minwax. Simple, easy, and a great way to get a quick fix.

Be sure to be safe and use them in a well ventilated area. They are stain, after all!

Favorite Finds: Big Daddy’s Antiques

I’ve been digging on Big Daddy’s Antiques for years.

A great place for unique finds and rehab inspiration; it has been really wonderful to watch them grow so quickly.

They even have a new branch of stores called Georgia Brown (Big Daddy’s daughter!) cropping up. (Look for a Beverly Hills location soon.)

Here are my favorite finds from a trip to BD’s this weekend:

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Everyone knows I can’t resist a wingback!

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Loved the finish on this.

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Sold, but this fabric is divine.

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Love the look of these chairs, and they’re numbered!

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Wasn’t sure if I was allowed to sit here, but I like breaking the rules.

Visit Big Daddy at 3334 La Cienega Pl, Los Angeles, 90016

I need one of these…

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Talk about giving something old new life!

I can just imagine a pallet filled with fresh herbs out on my patio.

A friend was telling me her hubby is planning on building some for strawberries and hanging them on the fence because their dogs can’t resist the berries they grow each year.

Urban gardening at its finest!

Rad Finds at Raj

Loving the boho chic vibe right now, and Raj on 3rd has all kinds of items that you can use to build that look in your home. Some are expensive (they have lots of gorgeous inlay items) and some are more suited to a rehabber’s budget.
Highlights from my recent trip:

Love this chair. The sales girl said it came from Iran.

Love this chair. The sales girl said it came from Iran.

I'm all about lanterns. And those of you that have been reading for a while now know about my obsession with anything orange or grey!

I’m all about lanterns. And those of you that have been reading for a while now know about my obsession with anything orange or grey!

These stools are awesome! They also have some really cool poufs made with similar fabrics.

These stools are awesome! They also have some really cool poufs made with similar fabrics.

Last but not least, the inlay! I love, love, love the white on white coffee table.

Last but not least, the inlay!
I love, love, love the white on white coffee table.          Liberace-tastic!

Raj is located at 7961 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

 

Spring Break!

Ahhhh, Spring Break!

Apparently in grad school, it is that time of year when you catch up on work, do papers, and work on the extra assignments professors felt were necessary because you’re not actually making the trek to school.

That’s okay, though, because I will save approximately 7.5 hours next week in just drive time (I live/ work in West Hollywood and school is in Malibu, it’d be a trade off no matter where I lived.)

That being said, with my 7.5 hours of free time next week, I am planning on going a little rehab crazy.

Here’s the “To Do” list:

I have a side table I’ve been dying to start.

I have another bamboo side table that needs a sanding and some paint (bought it at Fairfax this past weekend!)

A set of chairs that need to be upholstered (I can’t seem to find the “right” fabric.)

And I want to put finishing touches on and make a cushion for a doll highchair that has been sitting neglected.

Add in that I want to go through my closet and donate a ton of clothes/ shoes, and it looks like this week is gonna be busier than normal! Think I can get all this stuff done?!