Thursday, May 31, 2012

Restoration Hardware Inspired Table Display

Well, I finally honed in on a cool compilation of items for my repurposed saucer sled. If you recall, the organic spheres in my last post were a quick fix and really didn't make the statement I wanted to achieve.

Those who are familiar with Restoration Hardware know they are big on minimalism. Does that make sense? They are also "big on" . . . well BIG things. Over-sized focal elements sprawled across cool, reclaimed, industrial pieces now posing as coffee-tables are the norm. Giant light fixtures that had prior lives hanging in factory setting are now trendy floor lamps for chic living rooms.

My saucer sled reminds me of a large bowl I'd expect to see on a RH coffee-table; in my case, on a dining table. Within it, an old piece of thick rope (another repeated accent RH loves throwing into the mix), a vintage, gallon jug and a metal orb made from scrap metal.

How much did this display cost? Well, a free sled, a $2.00 piece of rope from a second-hand store, a $1.00 gallon jug from another second-hand store and a metal orb I made from free scrap. Hmmm, RH may be unhappy to hear this cost me $3.00. I think a similar, recreated ensemble such as this by RH would retail in the hundreds. Nevertheless, they do amazing things and I sure love pulling inspiration from them!

Keep inspiring me with your cool industrial ideas Restoration Hardware!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Repurposed What?


Organic Accents

Do I need a giant cup to go with my giant saucer?  Yes, another reclaimed item and yes, again from the woods.  What the heck is with people disposing of their old contents so inappropriately?  Why am I complaining?  I have gotten too many cool things lately to complain.  Their junk = My treasure I suppose.

I found this many months ago.  It has a lot of authentic scuffs and dents from its prior life as a sled.  I actually brought it home with the intent of making it a giant, industrial clock.  I'm still planning on doing that but for the time being (haha)  I decided to put it to use rather than simply storing it.  (I'm still looking for giant clock hands.)

I'm getting a little bored with the same spherical accents (as shown above) but that was all I could scrounge-up for staging.  I think a ton of green apples would look visually stunning displayed within . . . or perhaps a bunch of artichokes.  Hmmm, how many apples can I consume?

For now it is a much needed change from my bark bowl and its oversized-ness (I create words when I need to) demands attention. So, what would you display within this centerpiece? Pinecones? Lots of multiple height candles? Glass orbs? (I'm keeping my eyes peeled for the later!)

Until Next Time . . . Happy Repurposing!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rustic Shelf Kitchen Island

My chippy paint rustic shelf which I originally made for outdoors has found its way inside.

Remember Me?

A few months back I found a small kitchen island out for trash which I rescued and fixed up. It has been sitting in my kitchen for the past several months in the above location however I decided to sell it. I never had anything in this spot before (just a large open kitchen) but its amazing how quickly we get accustomed to our surroundings. I decided I wanted something else to fill the void.

Hello Rustic Barn Wood!

So, what do you think? I love merging design styles. Rustic and Modern actually work quite well when combined. The shelf looks super in its new spot and I'm rather glad to have it indoors without fear of the wood deteriorating from weather conditions. I unfortunately will have to cut a good 4 inches from both sides to allow for better flow around it - however, I know it will still be a great addition to the space.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Industrialize It!

It's no secret that I love old industrial "things" - farm implements, vintage tools, cogs and gears, etc.  These items can lend themselves to numerous design styles depending on the other accents you choose to incorporate in a space..  Old farm implements can read country-chic for some folks while may read steampunk-cool for another due to different staging and color stories.  Old signs look great in modern and industrial settings but can also be quite fitting for a vintage farmhouse.  All the other accents and accessories are what unify your intended design direction and help tell your story.

My personal office has always been a bit on the "industrial side".  I hate being "themey" with rooms but I had a motorcycle vibe going on in this space and just went with it.  Metals, blacks, leather accents and the like seem to nicely mesh.  The room has gone under some subtle changes over the years.  The addition of a silver, horizontal, color block helped make some bike art POP.  Two opposing walls, once white, gained some tough attitude with a coat of flat black paint.

A look BEFORE the simple "industrial additions".

Other unique items were introduced to the space such as a rough-hewn and crafted crate, reworked to become a coffeetable.  This piece could easily fit a rustic-styled space but due to the other room accessories, incorporates perfectly.

Some recent additions, to add a bit more, relevant character to the space, were a burlap sack with a simple font that screams "industrial" and an authentic sign from a gas station (another fitting element for a "motorcycle room".)

Excellent Alpha-Numeric Font!
Cool, authentic signage.  The flip-side says "GASOHOL".

By the way.  The burlap sack was $1.50 from a second-hand shop and I found the old sign in the woods (talk about a score for frugal decor!) with a few other signage items from a gas station (like random, giant, pricing numbers for a gallon of gas).  

So, easily add some "INDUSTRY" to your space - if you so desire.  You don't have to spend a lot to do so.  Look around for cool items.  Farm auctions can be great sources!  Add and subtract items as necessary until you fall upon the "sweet-spot".  I think I've found my sweet-spot . . . at least for a while.

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