High End DIY to Try

March 6th, 2014

I love to look at high end design for inspiration and if I see something I love, I try to figure out how to get the look for less and throw my own spin on it too.

I’ve been eyeing this abstract bookcase at Zinc Door for a year, I want a set of them but at $2,845 each, that’s never happening. A similar look could be achieved with strips of balsa wood gilded and carefully glued to the edges of this display cabinet for $188 at Overstock.

abstract bookcase diy

 

Gwyneth is selling a malachite keepsake box for $1,200. Create an imitation version with an unfinished wood box from a craft store with this or this DIY technique.

malachite box diy

 

Love fur and gold together?  I do! This brass + Tibetan fur chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams retails for $1,345. I can’t help but think you could recreate with an inexpensive metal chair spray painted gold and upholstered with a mongolian lamb throw blanket

 

mongolian fur and gold chair diy

 

Meg at Oliver and Rust created her own impressive DIY mini kitchen island/prep space inspired by a much more expensive version at Williams Sonoma.

mini island diy

 

Get the look of Ethan Allen’s $719 Warren table with a similar style pedestal table from Overstock for and a can of gloss spray paint. blue pedestal table diy

 

I love mirrored furniture but as we all know it’s pricey. This dresser by Vanguard retails for $3,415 on sale. You could mimic Courtney’s approach and drill holes with a diamond bit through mirrors attached to an IKEA Tarva or Hemnes dresser. (Lowe’s cut’s mirror on site or ask your local glass shop). Trim around the mirrors like my textured panel dresser from last year and add nickel ring pulls.

mirrored front dresser

 

I’m working on my own “high end DIY to try” project today, assuming it turns out well, I’ll share it next week. Got your eye on any high end pieces you’d like to recreate?

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Watercolor Florals for Spring

March 5th, 2014

When I was a girl, I would water down my tray of Crayola paints and create a little garden of petals and leaves with a single brush on a pad of paper. To this day, watercolor florals appeal to me as a reminder of those late spring afternoons spent at the table or on the floor attempting to capture in an artistic way what I was observing outdoors.

The painterly trend in textiles and design continues in 2014 with watercolors having a big moment in the spotlight. Spring is just around the corner and today the focus is on delicate blossoms in watercolor form. I believe so much what appeals to us in interior design comes from our fondest memories, both adult experiences and those from childhood, from exotic travels abroad to something as simple as your grandmother’s dishes.

Watercolor florals appeal to me in that same way. They remind me of the wild field of poppies that grew in the open space behind our backyard fence, the ones I tried to paint as a girl. 

watercolor fabrics

textiles by blue bell gray

watercolor floral bed pineconehill

pine cone hill watercolor floral duvet

 

Whether your style is bright and bold or soft and subtle, if you’re as drawn to watercolor florals as much as I am, here are a few accessories to bring them into your home.

watercolor floral home accents

from top left: peony wallpaperbouquet pillow cover / flower art / watercolor triptych / poppies print / watercolor petals in orange / watercolor upholstered chair / shower curtain / pink floral pillow / peonies clip art

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