Thursday, March 31, 2011

IN THE KITCHEN {lime green}

Could you commit to a color like this? I think I could. I love the elegant style of the table, chairs and chandelier, but the bright colors and the overall playfulness of the room create a nice balance between formal and casual. Love, love love this space!



images via Elle Decor

If you were to paint your cabinets...what color would you choose?














Wednesday, March 30, 2011

GRANDPA'S FLICK OF THE DAY {the band wagon}

I'm so lucky to be able to bring Miguel {my dog} to stay with my Grandpa every day while I'm at work, and I'm even luckier to be able to spend that time with him when I pick Miguel up after work. Whether a story was told or an old movie clip was played, I always leave his house amazed at how much he has to share, and how much he knows...about everything! 


He spends his days reading the local papers, magazines and library books from beginning to end with an enormous dictionary by his side {and we all wonder how he knows almost all of the answers to Jeopardy}! Lately he's been on an old movie kick {I mean old flick kick} so I've started a list of the flicks I've caught a few minutes of as I pass through his house each day. Yesterday he was watching The Band Wagon with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, and he made sure to rewind it just enough so he could share this dance scene with me. 


"He's the only one who can really pull off a dinner jacket." ~ Gramps {about Fred Astaire}



With all of the nonsense on TV these days {and yes, I'm guilty of watching some of it too} I'm going to try to explore these old classics and share the list of movies that my grandfather is sharing with me. 











Monday, March 28, 2011

KITCHEN REMODEL {recycled}

Designing a kitchen is like putting together a puzzle, but unlike a puzzle, there is not just one way to go about fitting the pieces together (which is why I love the challenge). Each space may hold the same number of pieces, but depending on how one uses the space, it could look and function very differently.


With that being said, I was put to the challenge last summer when a couple walked into the showroom and asked if they could buy one of our kitchen displays. It was our oldest display and we thought it would be a good time to update that part of the showroom. Instead of having the freedom to design from scratch to make the layout work, I had to take the cabinets from the showroom display and reconfigure them so they would fit into a completely different space...so let's see how it all came together.


The old showroom display...




The homeowner's kitchen BEFORE...




The homeowner's NEW KITCHEN!


 







This framed photograph is the door knob from their home in New York City, and will also be the front cover to a book written by the homeowner (with some graphics done by yours truly!) due out in April. 



I had the pleasure of joining them for dinner in their cozy home in January, and it was great to see how happy they were in their new space. 











Sunday, March 27, 2011

SPRING IS IN THE CHAIR

With record braking snowfall and enormous gas bills {hopefully} behind us, I'm so excited to see the sun shining this beautiful Spring morning. I think a walk around town to a few thrift stores is in order. I might be on the lookout for chairs that I can reupholster with floral fabric...either that, or a fresh bouquet will take care of my floral craving. 

via rue

via rue

via rue



Saturday, March 26, 2011

I'M GOING TO TRY HARDER...

I can't even begin to explain how busy and stressful the last couple of weeks have been...so I'm not going to try. However, I am going to try  harder to keep the posts coming. Let's start with this very cool photo I found of a polka dot room...


via Italian Vogue




I promise there's more to come.











Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SPRING CLEANING {furniture for sale}

With warmer weather in the horizon {as I stare out my window at snow flurries} it's time to begin cleaning out the apartment to make room for new projects and fresh decor. I would normally post these items on Craigslist, but I'd rather pass them on to all of you...so...I'll be starting a "SALE" page on my site. Feel free to contact me if you would like to see or purchase any of the items. I will also deliver {within reason}. The items will eventually end up on Craigslist and then off to Goodwill if there are no takers. Here is the first item...


Blue Metallic Mini Hutch {or whatever it's called} 
$50 / OBO SOLD


Purchased at goodwill last summer, I sanded down the dark stained finish, painted it with Benjamin Moore's Metallic paint and replaced the old hardware. 


32" wide x 36" high x 16" deep


Email me @ solothais@gmail.com if interested...I'll even throw in a small jar of touch-up paint. 











Monday, March 21, 2011

WEEKEND PROJECT: MY {ice cream} PARLOR CHAIRS

A couple weeks ago I came across these chairs in the new Anthropologie catalog and fell in love {see post here}



Since $250 {per chair} is out of the question, I decided to make over my two ice cream parlor chairs using the Le Versha Chairs as my inspiration. 




Let me start by saying this wasn't easy! I'm not sure I ever want to take apart/put together another one of these chairs...but now seeing the finished product, I'm glad I did. 

Although my inspiration came from four chairs that were each a different color, I decided I would start with orange. I also couldn't quite bring myself to paint the natural metal chair, so I left it as is but added matching fabric to the seat cushion. 

Here's how it all came together. 

A can of spray paint...

 A stack of cloth napkins...

A staple gun...

And scissors {matching nail polish just a coincidence}. 


I can't wait for warmer weather so these can live out on the porch. I may even search for one more with a different shape to the backrest. 






Okay...so I'm clearly going through an orange and turquoise phase, but I thought the chairs really came to life next to my DIY turquoise table {maybe the nail polish wasn't a coincidence}!


Someone please stop me next time I'm at CVS!













Thursday, March 17, 2011

FOR JAPAN WITH LOVE

To all of my wonderful followers...I'm joining bloggers from all over the world tomorrow {March 18th} to take a day of silence and try to raise awareness about the devastation in Japan. The images of the disaster have saddened my soul and up until now I have felt helpless. Thank you to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours for creating this wonderful support group and bringing the world together during this terrifying time. Japan needs us. 



If you have a blog and would like to join, click here.

If you would like to donate, click here.








SORRY FOR BEING ABSENT...

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly hectic and I'm hoping after this weekend {Home Show Weekend} I can get back to a normal work routine. However, all of our hard work has paid off and our displays look fabulous! Here are a couple inspirations boards for the home show displays...




I'll be there all day Saturday {March 19th} if you want to stop by!