Thrift store treasures…..are items that you see in a used furniture store, antique store, vintage store, garage sales or along the roadside. If you see potential in the piece and have a use for it in your design….this makes it a treasure. Sure the piece may need a bit of work but that is the fun part.
Finding an old chair which has the right frame and style….grab it! Make your deal and have fun with it. I am suggesting that you don’t just throw any old fabric on it and paint the frame yourself (only if you can do it perfectly), have it done properly. Beautiful fabric and a professional upholstery re-do, voila, you have the perfect chair for your home. The best thing too….is NO ONE else has this chair, it’s a one of a kind.
Just be patient and have a bit of a vision and you can do it.
Here are a few examples of some treasures re-wound. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me.
Thrift store find..new fabric and new antique silver leaf frame
Free treasure so this had 3 cool fabrics added to body, arms and back with contrast welt
Reupholster what you already have to match other items in the room
Spice up your existing furniture by adding a funky fabric with twist
Maybe you can’t imagine what colors to put together. My suggestion that you do most of the room in neutrals or whites or grays and then add lighter or darker tones of that same neutral that you chose and then add that 1 crazy color. Here are a few ideas. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or call at 561-254-5821. Here are a few examples.
Baby Nursery – what a great delight in a family’s life. This adorable unborn child is already loved and the parents are so thrilled that they want to make everything beautiful and perfect for the arrival of the baby’s birth.
This is my newest grandson’s nursery. The wait for this child to arrive was 15 years so of course this happened to be a huge event for my daughter and son-in-law…..well and of course myself and other family members
Since my daughter was raised in Florida, a tropical theme was her roots so even though she now lives out west in the desert, she still wanted to make it a tropical dream…..and that we did.
When she knew it was a boy….the decorating began. Everything was made by my workroom, SBD Workroom here in Florida as well as the tropical fabrics came from Florida and the seashell trim. The sheers, the awning type cornice and the blackout roman shade were all done in Florida, wrapped and crated and sent to the new parents. Everything was well thought out from design, to sleeping of this new baby and convenience for the parents to be able to attend him. The pieces of artwork are originals painted by me, Sandra Bunn, especially for me new grandson and tropical theme. The huge baby safety pin was purchased and then I added the baby’s name and hand painted each letter with a sea creature that also hangs from the pin. This was absolutely fun and of course personal.
If you would like to have anything like this or another theme designed for you, please give me a call.
Tropical Baby Nursery
Baby Nursery with tropical theme
Tropical Water color original artwork by
Nursery with tropical theme for boy or girl
Flooring and kitchen cabinets – which is 1st?
This subject is gonna make and break the situation when you want to re-do the kitchen cabinets and the flooring at different times. I know this may not be a wonderful exciting subject to talk about, however, there are very important things that you need to consider.
Flooring should always go down 1st and under the kitchen cabinets. This also applies to bathrooms too. There are issues and consequences that will arise if this is not done in the proper order.
If you wish to do the floor 1st then you will have the heights of the counters compromised depending on the flooring you select. Say your existing floor is ceramic floor which is laid with thin-set and is only maybe 3/8″ thick and the new flooring is 1/2-3/4″ thick. Your counters then become lower because the floor is thicker and this also effects the toe-kick space. If you wish to lay marble, travertine, or a large porcelain these products need to be laid in mud making this double in thickness….say maybe now the total thickness is 1 1/2″- 2″ Big difference to top of counter now. If you are a tall person, you will really notice the height issue
It is also more difficult to change a floor after new cabinets are installed because the flooring has to be cut out around the cabinets and possibly taking a chance in gashing the cabinets when removing the old floor.
Hope you find this helpful and good luck with your project. Any questions, please feel free to ask.
This is something special. A little too much time on someone’s hands to think of all of these. Which one do you like? Artwork for toilet paper……what’s next?
This window is difficult to treat and I have seen many of them. They seem to be very popular in homes in the northeast. I guess the architect did not want to have a large vacant wall so adding additional windows very high lets more light in however this is tough to handle for window treatments. I have done this window and only treated the lower part of the window instead of trying to go for the arch of the window. If you are on a budget then treating the lower part is perfect. If you have a larger budget then a more glamorous treatment can be done maybe with long panels and swags but they need to be important enough to compete with this large scale window.
2 story window
2 Story Arched Window treatment
2 Story Window Treatment
This drapery treatment appears to be perfect at 1st glance. It’s a great design, plan and execution and then you look again….oh what is that on it? So that something is… a loose piece of trim to dangle on the top of this beautiful window treatment. Please don’t over think…..this was perfect before.
Woven roman grass blinds are expensive and beautiful but hold it people….how about spending just a wee bit more and actually cover the entire window all the way. I never saw anything like this as to begin the blinds lower down from the top of the window! Did the factory make them too short or whose decision was it to agree this is better?