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March 4, 2011

The Neverending Headboard Debacle

I don’t know why, but finding a headboard has handsdown been the hardest design dilemma I’ve faced during our year here. Ok, I do know why- our room is awkward and as much as I love our plentiful windows, they cause their share of problems. The distance between the two windows sandwiching our bed is not equal to that of a queen sized bed, ruling out about 95% of queen beds/headboards that would cut into the window space.

The only reasonable solution seems to be a curvy headboard that slopes down the sides that will make room for les windows (is there a name for that kind of shaped headboard other than curvy?).

This one that I photoshopped in is from Target, and is a beauty at around 300 bones. J’adore.

Pretty, no? I think the style is perfect for our bedroom and certainly solves the window problem. *Note: this was our bed duvet-less and pillow-less. It has since been beautified, and soon to be photographed.*

So what’s the problem if I found a steal of a deal on a beauty of a headboard? Well, as much as I *love* our current shabby-chic-glam look going on, the hubs isn’t totally sold, so in the interest of our marriage I’ve decided it’s not long term. I love the master bedroom style of Dana on House*Tweaking (crap, my hyperlinking aint working! Check her our here http://www.housetweaking.com/2011/01/12/up/). It’s certainly different than my current aesthetic, but I’m a rather ecletic person when it comes to design, so really, I swing both ways.

Until I get to the time that I pull down the wallpaper and paint it a yummy grey, I need a headboard solution that will tide me over for the next year or so until we get around to switching things up. Truth be told, I’d love to keep solids on the wall and patterns on the bed, which is exactly the opposite of what I’ve got now. So a white headboard will be great for now but not for long term. Therefore, an affordable and easy solution would be really really nice.

I really like this ornate headboard wall decal. It’s so pretty I might be able to overcome my distaste for wall decals.

Creator of this fab decal unknown. Fill me in if you know where I can find it!

 

I also love the idea of using an old vanity mirror (the kind that folds and is actually 3 seperate mirrors) to create a unique headboard. I scour craigslist daily hoping to score something similar for a deal.

I also even contemplating DIY-ing an upholstered headboard. I made one a couple years ago using foam insulation sheets instead of wood, and not only was it pretty easy to make, but being lightweight made it super easy to install. Thing is, it looked homemade, and although it worked for me in my freshly married rental suite, I just don’t think I can do that to our little home we now call our own.

My top pick for our headboard solution right now would be inspired by this baby I saw on Colour Me Happy.

I think it’s about as close to perfect as I could ever imagine. Although I don’t ever plan on acquiring this exact headboard (well, maybe I would if I knew where it was from), I do think that I can try and hunt down an old ornate headboard and refinish it to create a similar look. There have go to be plenty old fashioned headboards around just waiting to be rescued, right? Well, as of today- not so much. I can’t seem to find anything on craigslist that even remotely resemble what I’m looking for. But I will not stop looking. I will hunt it down until it’s mine.

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February 21, 2011

Vintage Sideboard Revamp

I went through a serious Danish/ Mid Century modern phase a couple years back. I scoured craigslist hoping to find some incredible treasures that someone didn’t want anymore for a great price (aka- had no idea that their grandma’s piece of furniture was an iconic piece of design history). It took some time, but boy did I score! Although my vintage-hunt has slowed, some of the pieces I acquired during that phase are still some of my favourites to this day. And because sometimes you shouldn’t save the best for last, here’s my fave.

I found this Danish tulip sideboard on CL for $40. Really, just $40! I later found the EXACT same sideboard on a website for vintage furniture listed at $800. Yup, it’s  a winner. I feel kinda bad that I defaced its’ (teak?) wood surface, but I’m a sucker for all things white, so white it went. After using a power sander to sand the surface down (who am I kidding? The hubs did the sanding), we painted it completely wrong using who knows what kind of paint that required close to 10 coats to prevent some weird orange streaks from bleeding through. In the end though, baby turned out like this:

Please excuse the rando vignette on the sideboard. It was purely temporary and has since changed, but this was the best pic I could find that showed our sideboard in all its glory. And frankly, I’ve got a wiener dog sleeping on my lap, so getting up to take a picture of it now just wasn’t an option.

February 19, 2011

Gone be the Gallery

I’ve been working on a picture gallery wall for our dining room for weeks now. Despite loads of inspiring pictures out there, I just haven’t been able to come up with the right collection of images to frame. This is the wall that is screaming for some lovin’.

 

A few inspiring photos?

There’s just something so curious about picture gallery walls. I love how no two are the same, and you can really be creative with what you use. I take art seriously, and because I absolutely HATE hanging art, I want to make sure I know exactly where I want before that nail hits the drywall. That’s why I did this:

Yes, I made a rendering. I used approximate sized frames and filled them with art and oddities that interested me. But not all of it interests me. In fact, some of them I just plain don’t like- but I didn’t know what else to put in there. That FABULOUS woven hanging art that adorned the wall in Carrie’s Apartment in the SATC movie looked incredible in it’s massive, original state. Shrunk down to a teeny print just didn’t work the way I was hoping. The others? Well, they’re alright I guess. They just feel so forced to me. And a collection should be just that, a collection. Not an “I slapped these photos together because I was anxious to get my dining room decorated” moment. A collection takes time, time to find things you fall in love with, things that are worth collecting. So I’ve decided to keep my little graphic rendering project on the go, and as I fall in love with art/sculptures/trinkets, I will slowly add to my gallery art collection. Maybe one day I’ll have a really stellar collection that won;t keep me stressing about what to put on the walls. And oddly enough, as soon as I gave up my gallery wall dreams, my eyes fell upon this great big canvas I bought months ago with no purpose in mind. It’s been sitting in my guest room, protective packaging still on, just waiting for a place to call home. And I think I’ve found the perfect place for it…