Written by on 5th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I was a bit of a weekend warrior the last few days…. getting a little sun in my backyard workshop and adding to my freckle collection while using power tools…what could be better!!  I tackled my pottery barn inspired bar this weekend. Here’s how it turned out.

First I lightly sanded it and wiped it down with a tack cloth. Next, I sprayed it with a gray primer coat (always use gray when painting anything red) and then about three coats of Benjamin Moore Bonaparte in a semi gloss finish.  Once I had pretty good coverage with the red I sanded the whole piece roughly and paid special attention to the corners and edges and finished by wiping it down with a tack cloth again.  I wiped minwax Jacobean stain on and off making sure to get the sanded pieces and let is set up overnight.  I finished the bar by coating it with about 6 or 7 coats of satin finish polyurethane (spray – otherwise I’d be crazy right now). And Voila.


Here’s the Inspiration Pic from Pottery Barn….

Here’s how mine turned out…..


Here are the steps in photo’s:

Take a look at some of my other projects below where I have re-invented furniture with paint and a little ingenuity…Let me know if you need some help with your project(s).

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Heading for Nowhere

Written by on 31st August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

This song has haunted me ever since I moved to Victoria two years ago. Jets Overhead are an amazing local band who are making it big!! I only just watched this video for the first time yesterday, I always pictured them at the greyhound station downtown when I listened to it….but this video and the song itself have served as yet another musical inspiration for deisgn, see if you can spot the video locations around town. Have a great long weekend!

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Stack Attack

Written by on 30th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Saw these unusual drawer pieces at nood.  You can buy them individually and stack’em. Something a little different.


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Chair Compare

Written by on 12th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

You may need to sit down for this…

The hunt for one of my favourites has begun…the eternally cool Barcelona Chair.  If you follow me, you might have guessed that shopping for a deal is one thing I am GREAT at. I am never satisfied to go to one store and buy the first thing I see, BUT I should qualify that I don’t consider myself cheap…I’m looking for quality and value.  Anyway…. I think a chair this divine deserves a little research…. and so I have set off to do what I do best.

Cast your gaze upon this sweet seat…As Martyn Lawrence Bullard would say…”Delicious”

Compare the prices below for the real deal by Knoll and the reproduction:

$699  or $499 without ottoman (I have ordered leather samples in 3 brown tones)

$5068 The real Knoll deal in a variety of colours


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Written by on 11th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I haven’t had my summer holiday yet and the Halloween stuff is already starting to creep into (pardon the pun) my field of vision. This year, instead of disposable decorations why not try decor? These spooky gems would make quite a statement. Pics are the links as usual


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Under Foot

Written by on 8th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I’m looking for a casual rug, flat weave, indoor/outdoor possibilities and about 8×10 in size.  I found a few options so far…if you’re interested take a look at what could be under foot. I am partial to a good old stripe…. but the chevron is a classic I cannot resist.

Popttery Barn

Dwell Studios


West Elm


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Written by on 5th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

It must be getting close to fall because I have a number of projects floating around in my head….It happens every year:)   One of the more do-able projects is to take this ho hum console table that is currently living out its days in a corner of my house…if you can call that living….

So I’m going to put some lipstick on her and make her into this!!

Thanks for the idea Pottery Barn!  Your Bar is lovely, but I’m going to re-purpose my oldie into a goodie…a re-bar.

stay tuned..I should be finished by end of August.


If you have some furniture you think could be re-incarnated. Email me, perhaps I could help you with some ideas, colours or even some elbow grease. Re-using old pieces is great for the budget and the environment!

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Here’s a few pieces I have painted and re-purposed:


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Stroke of Genius

Written by on 29th July 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Last spring I challenged my husband to select a piece of art from 20×200 because I didnt want to dominate our walls with my own selections.  One of his choices was this one by artist Jorge Colombo, but the intersting part is that he painted it on his iphone using the Brushes App.

Jorge Colombo

The great thing about this medium is that the artists whip up these pieces in less than 20-30 minutes, and they all agree that the convenience and the fact that there is no clean up make it an artists dream! I like this one by Stef Kardos of the Pasadena Club.

Stef Kardos

Not all the paintings are smudgy like these that Ive featured…I just happen to like this style. Check out the app for yourself, or google around for your favoutite iphone artist! Have a great weekend.!

Brushes App





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Table Talk

Written by on 28th July 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week after Million Dollar Decorators the blog world was abuzz over Jeffrey’s purchase of an occassional table instead of a coffee table for his sun room. Gasp…I know…riveting. I think this angle is played out and I’m actually more interested in the provenance of the table itself anyway.  Over a year ago I copied this picture, not knowing who was behind it…only that I loved it’s cheeky chunky and cheerful design.  Now thanks to the show I know it is by John Dickenson.

Lonny Jun-Jul 2010

Now everyone is talking about John Dickenson’s work because of the TV show’s popularity and why not, he sounds like he was a cool guy…and his designs speak for themselves.  If you’re interested the Style Saloniste blog written by Diane Dorrans Saeks has a nice article written about him.

If only Jeffrey could have bought more than one for his sun room…a group of three would have been perfect and cheap…only 51k!

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Console @ Work & Play

Written by on 27th July 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Thanks to Jenn’s question, Ive expanded on my console table post to include some great ideas for the use of console tables in your space.

A console behind the couch is a pretty traditional use … but these examples are a little left of traditional and so they made the cut…

Kay Douglas, House Beautiful

Kerry Delrose. House Beautiful

Ever thought of putting one between two couches…

Traditional Home

My favourite is in the front hall / entryway of a home:

West Elm


covet garden – March 2011

Utility is key; many console tables double as desks or bar / servers

West Elm

Lonny – July August 2011


Lonny July – August 2011

Or maybe you can find the perfect fit for an architectural niche like this one?


Or show your true colours with this brightly painted one?

Adore Magazine

Go a little country….

House Beautiful

Or a little Rock n Roll….(I heart this!)

Nathan Turner

These tables were all styled beautifully for magazines.  You will need to play with your accessories to get the right balance or contact me if you would like some help making the place you live a place you love!

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