Thursday
Aug142014

A Makeover and the Entry Nook

Oftentimes people ask me to spill the beans on my favorite piece of furniture in my own home. I find this nearly impossible to answer, because my favorite thing about every piece is the story that comes along with it. Where I was when I found it, who I bought it from, where they got it from, how far it traveled to get here, etc. 

However, I do have one piece that is quickly becoming a favorite of sorts. It lives in my entry, and it started out it's life like this...

This short little unassuming bench once lived at the foot of my Mother in Law's bed as she grew up. It's seen many years of love and this is my favorite part about it. She used to lay under the bench with her friends and scribble names of all of the boys she was going to marry and all sorts of things that matter to a pre-teen girl.

I knew I wanted to preserve these scribbles, but I couldn't wait to give it a little makeover for our entryway! Here's how it's all fitting together now...

I started off by using our Ryobi Circular Saw {again} to cut off all of the original legs which were a little too short for our needs. Then I bought a set of handmade hairpin legs off of Etsy for a steal. These are 18" legs, so it's nice and tall and perfectly accomodates storage baskets underneath! 

I sanded down the bench really well and gave it a couple of coats of high gloss paint. This color is an all time favorite of mine {Benjamin Moore Lead Gray}. I can't wait to snap some shots of our kitchen for you...this color plays a {huge} role in there too! I also happened to have three of these vintage brass knobs left over from a little dresser refinishing project for my friend @here.

Of course if you've been reading this blog for some time, you know I'm more than obsessed with David Hicks' La Fiorentina fabric {hello- 3 colorways alone on one bench!} and this is where my Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows live, as well. I happened to find 4 yards of La Fiorentina at a remnant shop here in Richmond for $2.99 a yard! It was just enough to make the perfect cushy cushion for this bench, which I didn't feel so bad about having custom made because I saved so much $$$ on fabric.

Again, there's still a lot to do here. I think it would be just fantastic to add a stripe, small scale pattern or a fun pop of color on this wall in the entry. I feel good about where things are headed though, and I can't tell you how nice it is to know I've given this very special bench a new lease on life! xx

Monday
Aug112014

A Pair of Campaign Chests Up For Grabs

While I love refinishing furniture in my own home and for friends, I haven't resold much of it of late. Instead I try to focus more on quality pieces that are in ready-to-love condition for my clients all over the country. However, every once in a while I come across a great opportunity to transform something to resell. On Instagram a while back I shared this before shot of a pair of Campaign-style chests...

These were quality pieces in nice condition, but not perfect and a little dated looking. I hand lacquered them with love in the most beautiful dove gray paint to bring them up to date...

The best part about all of this is that they could be yours...now! Check them out @here on One Kings Lane!

Sunday
Aug102014

Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

A few weeks ago on Instagram you might have seen @this little peek at the outside of our home...

We went {bold} as you can see! We chose BM's Midnight Blue {which is a dead ringer for Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue} for the exterior and BM's Vermilion for the door. Besides the exterior light next to the door, which is handmade by a local Richmond fabricator in conjunction with our beloved Shades of Light, the Euro-style mailbox @here is a favorite...

But our bold little beauty didn't start out her life this way...

So hard for me to picture now, but when I first fell for her she was just a boring beige box! And for the fun of it, let me show you just how difficult it actually is to turn a beige house into a blue house...

For {days} I was on pins and needles convinced that we were going to have to live in a smurf blue house for the rest of our lives! Our contractor, neighbors and my husband were sure that I was absolutely out of my mind at this point!! Luckily, the painters we worked with were awesome and reassured me I had made a great decision and I would love it when they were finished. Three coats later, I'm glad to say they {and I} were right...we still couldn't be happier with our deep blue beauty.

A lesson learned: First impressions are important. Absolutely, do judge a book by it's cover {when it comes to houses that is!}. The excitement around the neighborhood and amongst the crew was contageous after our house got a glossy coat of goodness. Our neighbor was actually inspired to paint her house too and I can't help but think our contractors were proud to come work in our home...and it has shown in all of the beautiful work they did here! I'll share some more snaps from around the house with you this week! Feeling blessed and inspired recently, how about you?? xx 

Monday
Aug042014

Backless in the Dining Room

I feel like in the past two places we've lived, I've always been on the hunt for the perfect high back {or in some way remarkable} hostess chairs for my dining table. You see, I have my 4 Tucroma chairs {@here} that are one of my favorite finds pretty much ever, so whatever I choose needs to play nice with them, obviously.

I'm always searching for vintage, but I've also considered buying something brand new and reupholstering it. However, at this moment I'm loving the idea of pulling up an upholstered, backless bench or stools to one side of the table...

 

I'm sort of a stool/bench hoarder- I've got a few great pieces I've been holding on to for the past couple of years in hopes that the right project would come along. I think this just might be it! Would you go backless in the dining room? 

Thursday
Jul312014

Anti-Mag Feature

We were so privileged to have the lovely Jo Ann from Anti-Mag come over to our home and interview my hubs and I a few weeks ago. Richmond is filled with so many creative people, I'm constantly amazed by all of the talent this city has to offer! And to be considered as being "interview-worthy"...well that's just the coolest : ) You can read the full article @here