Unique Hardware on Etsy

August 12th, 2014

I was working on a dresser makeover yesterday, I inherited a plain Jane dresser from Matt’s late grandmother and I want to repurpose it so I added some trim to the face and will prime and paint it later this week. I have a thing for giving furniture a facelift, I love to modernize something second hand and give it new life. I frequently pin inspirational pieces with great knobs or pulls; it’s a universal truth that unique hardware will make cabinetry or a piece of furniture shine, case in point:

asian gold pulls

I pinned this photo months ago, it was captured by Zeke Ruelas and I’ve been fixated on those Asian motif gold pulls ever since. I found a similar style on Etsy and when they arrived they had a duller brass finish so to brighten them up I gave the hardware a dusting of a favorite spray paint, Krylon’s Gold Leaf, the same I’ve used here and here.

gold hardware

I’m also crushing on gemstone knobs right now, jewelry for your cabinets! How cool is this idea to add crystal or agate to your drawers? You can be consistent with one stone or eclectic and mix it up. I want to use agate pulls on a bedside chest someday soon, so elegant!

agate cabinet pulls

via Casa Sugar

Last week I ordered a vanity from Home Depot for the downstairs bathroom remodel in the Nevada house but plan to upgrade it with some pretty knobs I found on Etsy from Knucklehead Knobs, here are a few others carried in the shop:

gemstone pull knob

The shop sells DIY knobs so you can created something like this with any stone, shell, or bauble. 

brooch door knob

better homes & gardens

We adorn ourselves with jewelry, why not our cabinets too?!

Landi Designs sells some pretty agate pulls, knobs, and napkin rings.

agate drawer pulls

 

Also visit The Hob Knobery for more gemstone selections:

hob knobbery gemstone

 

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If you know of any other sources for unique hardware on Etsy, please share!

** also apologies for any loud video ads popping up on the site, I am trying to get them removed!

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A Ceiling Fan Design Challenge (Gulp)

August 11th, 2014

I’m not one who’s ever desired the spotlight on a design related reality television show (stress) or one to enter many design challenges but I got talked into one in June.

The challenge by Del Mar Fans was to get creative and design a space around one of their ceiling fans. The "gulp" part comes in because as always in design challenges you’re pitted against TALENT and I get nervous sweats thinking about it, but then they said they’d pay me some money to cover the rest of the room makeover (twist my arm) and that it was all in good fun and no one would be shamed or sent home or anything like that so I said yes.

Then Del Mar showed me the fan I’d be working with and I was like "Oh, hmmm. That’s really purty." Know that I have never uttered those words about a ceiling fan in my life ever. It reminded me of a sleek airplane propeller and its polished nickel + trio of cherry wood blades totally seduced me. Then I had visions of it in a bedroom paired with other pretty things and so I took the Design Challenge bait and agreed to create a budget guest bedroom.

design challenge kichler fan

 

So as all of you regular readers know I’ve been blabbing on and on about the home we’re remodeling in Las Vegas this summer and it is the desert and everyone here knows in the desert ceiling fans are a must because MY GOD the heat is intense and circulation necessary for sanity. Like if you committed a crime and your defense attorney proved it was because of THE HEAT you would be found not guilty. 

I was really judgy about ceiling fans before and now that I’ve lived in 100+ degree temperatures on a daily basis for a month I have come full circle. Now I would walk in a parade on behalf of ceiling fans or vote for them for President.

So back to the Design Challenge. I’m big time crushing on Palm Beach style these days, fretwork or geometric patterns paired with crisp white and vivid color. It completes me.

palm beach style coastal living

meg braff palm beach style

meg braff x 2

Also this favorite space featured in House Beautiful. Coral + white + botanicals + dark stained trad wood furniture = luscious and lovely.

palm beach living room house beautiful

palm beach living room

 

I have long loved this room by Thibaut, it is so "Pretty Palm Beach" to me and I adore the coral + aqua combo so I’m going with the same palette for the guest room.

thibaut

Here is the room "before" and so far we’ve removed the popcorn ceiling, painted the ceiling and walls, moved the HVAC vent away from the fixture (will share that process soon), removed the old ceiling fan and window shades, and replaced the flooring with porcelain wood tile.

guest room before

We also installed the new fan.

Hey good lookin.

kichler fan installed

 

Here are the items I’ve assembled so far from my favorite sources: thrift stores, flash sale sites, Etsy, and discount retailers. I call it Transitional With a Touch of Tropical.

del mar fans design challenge bedroom plan

I’ve got seven days to pull it all together – tune in next week for the reveal and sources!

*Yes this is sponsored by Del Mar Fans. Opinions are my own. #ceilingfansforPresident

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