Lessons from Wisteria
August 16, 2010
Most catalogs pile up around my house, and quickly make their way to the recycling bin, but I was glancing at the latest Wisteria catalog over the weekend, and was completely inspired by several of their pieces. What I love about the style on the pages of Wisteria is the mix of old and new, whimsy with tradition, and rustic with modern chic.
This reproduction trumeau was the first to catch my eye.
I spied several expensive reproduction trumeaus on our recent trip to Jan de Luz in Carmel, and am determined someday to have a reasonably priced one in our foyer. I’m so crazy about trumeaus, I may follow Susie’s brilliant DIY tutorial to reproduce one of my own.
Speaking of ‘rugs’ used in upholstery, how stunning is this Bridal Rug Sofa ? What a striking focal point in any room.
What I really noticed this season was the inspiration from Wisteria’s painted furniture.
This Dutch chest has just the right layers of patina to give it the look of a family heirloom. For us DIYers, this distressed look is achieved with a base layer of brown topped with a second layer of paint or glaze in gray applied with a dry brush technique. Gorgeous !
This little French Country Chest gets its pretty look from the two complementary paint colors, and simple trim around the drawer fronts. You could mimic this and upgrade a simple chest with molding cut with a miter box or saw and attached with wood glue.
It’s all in the details . . here’s another example of simple molding attached to the edges of the drawers, under the top, and along the sides adding even more dimension and interest to this piece.
Bring on the distressed white paint with gray painted drawer trim. I heart this chest !
I don’t think I could love this cheerful seafoam Stacked Sideboard any more.
It’s for sale at Wisteria for $399, and looks shockingly similar to the Somerset Bay Santa Rosa server below, sold for $2,200.
This upholstered grain sack look is très chic ~ it works so perfectly on this six leg bench.
Want to see a great grain sack bench tutorial? Check out Miss Mustard Seed’s DIY upholstered bench, love it !
What’s inspiring you in catalogs or design these days?