Modern Coastal Style

April 14th, 2011
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I’m loving the arrival of spring, and all of the flowers and plants blooming again.  I realize that summer is around the corner and the kids will be out of school in less than two months, so it’s time to start planning ahead for those lazy days. 
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I’m dreaming of the sand between my toes, gauzy sheers blowing in the breeze, and the sounds and scents of the sea.  What is it about the beach that creates such a sense of calm?  I’m thinking it’s time to plan a summer getaway and a trip to a warm sunny beach.  San Diego?  Hawaii?  Who knows, but I’m going to make it happen! 
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So many of us love coastal inspired interiors, so today I have a new contributor to introduce to you.  Meet Michelle of Ten June who is here to share her tips to bring modern coastal style into your home.  Take it away Michelle!
“With summer just around the corner, so many of us are itching to bring some beach chic design into our homes.  Personally, I like to have a bit of a relaxed coastal vibe in my home year-round.  Coastal decor creates a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere that just seems to say “kick off your shoes and stay awhile.”  
Luckily, beach decor doesn’t have to be about bikini-clad starfish art or lamps shaped like dolphins.  Coastal design can be done in a modern way, and with some major style.  Yes it’s true, decorating with a coastal style can be both classic and sophisticated!  Think about using distressed wood paired with clean lines, crisp whites and woven baskets.  Also soft stripes, plus the variations of classic blue + white, and even pops of rattan, or decor as simple as the use of shell, driftwood, and coral accessories. 
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Take a cue from some of these inspirational designs, and notice how these relaxed spaces include fresh modern furniture mixed with elements of the outdoors.  Present in each space is a simple decorative accessory or two that captures a coastal vibe, but doesn’t scream ‘beach house decor’.”
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Silver Leaf Vanity Chair

April 13th, 2011

I finally finished up a chair makeover I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile.  I found this one at a thrift store last year and I bought it specifically for the vanity in my bathroom.  I loved the curve of the legs and the size was perfect, but the fabric?  No thank you.  It was dingy and stinky so the entire chair definitely needed to be reupholstered.  For this piece, I had some fun adding a glamorous feel with a silver leaf finish on the legs, plus I replaced the foam and fabric with a modern geometric. 

Here’s what it looked like last week. 

goodwill velvet chair before

 

And now.

kates silver leaf chair after

 

I went back and forth deciding whether to add some tufting with fabric covered buttons, but decided with the glitzy silver leaf and the swirling detail on this Annie Selke Pearls Slate fabric, to skip the tufting this time. 

I find the best way to understand how to reupholster a chair is to analyze the original upholstery job.  This particular chair was a hint more complicated because of the necessity of tacking strips along the back of the chair.

 

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The Miracle of Cheese

April 12th, 2011

A few weekends ago on a whim, I signed up for a cheese making class.  I don’t know why it’s taken me over 35+ years to do so, because one thing is true.  I revere cheese.  Or should I say, cheese is my Kryptonite.  It weakens me.  Yes, chocolate is tempting, champagne and wine are equally desirable (and quite frankly necessities), but the reason I will never be a Size 2 can be summed up in one word.  Cheese. 

There are several things in life that go hand in hand.  Hot dogs and baseball.  Peas and carrots.  Bert and Ernie.  Bo and Luke.  Around these parts, the two delectables that go hand in hand are wine and cheese.  It’s just how I was raised. 

wine country pt reyes blue

 

I showed up a few minutes late at this ‘advanced’ artisan cheese making class, and they were doing that ‘icebreaker’ thing where they ask everyone to introduce themselves.  Quickly, it became evident I was out of my league. 

To my left was a distinguished Frenchman who’d been making cheese for a decade.  To my right, a Dairy Queen who knew everything there was to know about butter, eggs, and dairy products.  Then it was my turn to talk.  I was the self proclaimed rookie in the room.  All I could muster after a long awkward pause was this:  “Well.  I’ve never met a piece of cheese I didn’t like!”  They laughed.  I don’t think it was at my joke.  It was at my ignorance. 

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