Pretty lamps from Remains Lighting
Such great materials, scale and shapes.
I realize I am tardy, but Happy New Year! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was gifted a technology upgrade at Christmas. It is taking me a bit longer than expected to figure out the idiosyncrasies of blogging on an iPad. Honestly, I probably will still mostly post old school, from my clunky old laptop.
In other news, starting next week I will be once again working in Interior Design. I am so excited for the opportunity. I can’t really anticipate what that will do to my professional or blogging life, so hold on. It will either drain my creativity or multiply it, we’ll all have to wait and see.
Lastly, I have a new plan for the blog for the new year. I am horrible about following through with weekly features, but am going to give it a try again. Monday will be “Make Something Monday”. I am not much of a DIYer or crafter, but really feel like little inexpensive crafts are a great outlet. My plan is to make something this coming Monday evening, but likely not post the results until next Monday. That takes into account that I am not home much during daylight hours these days. Summer, when their is more time to photograph in the evenings will be much easier on the blogging schedule. I will, of course, continue with Craigslist posts and finally, another new weekly feature. I don’t have a name for it yet. I will introduce you to a hypothetical (or perhaps eventually real) person, couple or family. Then I will show you hypothetical rooms I have designed for them. I will post the client on Friday and then post the design through out the following week. I would love to have submissions about how you would design for the clients as well, so by introducing them on Friday, you have a few days to design before the rooms are featured the following week. Here is our first “Client”
An outdoorsy girl who is fashionable but still looks like she has spent some time on snowshoes, perhaps even knows how to use a chainsaw or an ax.
I will be designing a living room and bedroom for this no nonsense gal. Not too feminine, not too masculine. Feel free to post and link your interpretation of how she would live. My design boards will not be complete, concise or perfect, just a collection of ideas that convey the concept. Honestly, this is a project for my professional development suggested by the podcast the Accidental Creative. I listen to episodes while I commute and find them exceptionally inspiring and centering. One episode encouraged you to create every day, it doesn’t have to be something elaborate or perfect, just create for the sake of creating (paraphrasing and perhaps getting it a little bit wrong). I am just posting it here publicly to hold myself accountable. In a change from other design boards, I will be posting my resources, so if you see something you like, you will know where to find it. I generally post design boards for real clients and don’t share information for something that I have been paid to create specifically for their needs and aesthetic. Since these are hypothetical (and imperfect) projects, I am happy to share the resources.
See you next week!
I’m giving up for this year. Craigslist again. I have some tentative new inspiration for the new year. Right now, this is what you get:
Listed as “warm silver”, this might be the coolest finish. Hard to say – $425
Table – $290
6 chairs – $1000
Big ol rug – $300
Pair of nice tufted chairs – $600
Super amazing lovely retro sofa – $175
These don’t look particularly comfortable, but would be great in an entry way. Just a spot to drop your purse or sit for a second to put on your shoes – $60 for the pair.
Versatile dining table with some drama – $500
Always a sucker for campaign furniture – $75
Happy Holidays! See you after the new year!
I’m not sure why I can’t find time these days to do anything but Craigslist posts these days, but anyway….
Totally use this as a jewelry armoire – $600
A quick little round up of Chicago Craigslist finds.
Fun little chair – $40
I love this stool – $40
Eames Bikini Chairs – $200 each
Hard to tell how cool this table is when it the top is babyproofed – $400
Great looking cabinet – $500
Barbara Barry Chair – $600
Pretty little marble table – $65
This chair would be great at a vanity table – $175
Fabulous barstools – $50 each
A bunch of Craigslist fun:
Cool Curved Sofa ready for an upholsterer – $100
Console Table – $50
Fun ottoman – $450
Amazing dresser -$30
Coffee Table – $75
Adorable chair – $40
Barstools also ready for a makeover – $45
Another great chair – $125
Dining Set, I would split it up. Chairs with a Parsons Table or the table with some Panton Chairs – $400
Another cool modern coffee table – $125
The pattern of this chair is perfection – $50
Sofa – $595
I can imagine a super fun girly room designed around this sofa. Greek key pillows….a little bit of zebra….a spectacular wallcovering. Hmm, maybe you you will see my vision via another post this week.
$25 Bamboo Mirror
I love this chair – $65
The best coffee table yet – $??? not listed
What a great collection this week, huh?
I found some fun stuff this week. I hope some of you in Chicago-land find something great for your home!
So cute in plaid, these chairs would be such a good start to a dining room – $79
A dresser waiting for a makeover – $75
If you need a little brass in your life, this console table at $40 is a great start.
A beautiful pair of linen chairs. I could think of a ton of great rooms that would incorporate these chairs. $200 each
Another nice chair – $575
A frame with an interesting shape. This would be great for a chalk board or a mirror frame. $40
Cool sofa, perhaps for a sunroom. $300
A very tempting light fixture – $150
An interesting collection of locks -$120 (I would hope that is negotiable)
Another cool chair – $50
Bamboo Mirror – $30
I have a friend who recently relocated to the Bay Area and is feeling completely uninspired about decorating their rental house. I thought some Craigslist finds might get her excited and I’d share them with you all, too.
Nice quality sofa, clearly a delusional seller at $2,100
I think I could make this lavender headboard work in a room – $280
Lots of great stuff at this moving sale including this credenza – $250
I’d buy this loveseat in a heartbeat if I was anywhere near California – $299
Side table – $88
Pretty bed for a 6 year olds bedroom- $140
Another nice addition to a little girl bedroom – $55
Console table – $100
Amazing bench – $350
Interesting coffee table – $60
The post doesn’t show the entire rug, but this would look amazing with the above coffee table – $400
Fun and frustrating at the same time to find great stuff in another city. I have no chance of buying it, but my wallet thanks me.