designer and maker katie warren recently launched a brand called auxilium salvage…a new eco-minded company whose focus is to bring the mundane, the disused or the unloved to life again, injecting objects with new purpose and place…product is rescued from its resting place and lovingly restored, one by one back in her workshop. everything about this company makes me excited and tingly all over.
her latest line, the candy collection, consists of rescued old and disused lamps from a cable factory in cologne germany (one of my favorite places to visit and also home to the boy’s uncle), traveling 400 miles to london where katie’s team has transformed them for a second life, hence her tagline, “salvaged from germany, reconditioned with love in london”.
hello lovelies! while perusing the interwebs a month ago, i ran across the most adorable table i’ve ever laid eyes on. from the genius mind of brooklyn based designer katy skelton, please meet, the zelda table.
i mean, hairpin brass legs, a unique engineered concrete triangle top the is simple, classic, modern, smart and sexy (can a table be sexy?) all in the same breath! yowza! get in my shopping cart stat! and that is what happened…it was seriously love at first sight. in fact, i think i would put one in every room if i could. so i pre-ordered this puppy and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. and waited and waited and waited…until today…i might have peed a tiny bit when the ups man ran the doorbell…but that is probably tmi.
gold and brass…i heart it, vases, lamps, bowls, tables…pops here and there…reflecting light all around a room…the shiny surface can give an object more dimension and draws the eye in. even the smallest gold detail can have a big impact…it makes everything just sparkle, and lately, i can’t get enough of it…it’s in my house, on my wrists, around my neck, on my feet…yes, it can easily get gaudy if over done, but when used as an accessory here and there it looks so glam and lux.
got a vintage piece that needs a little sumthin’ sumthin’? DIY that sucka! give that puppy a new life by grabbing some metallic spray paint asap…get creative and stick that pretty little thing on a shelf already. it seriously could not be any easier…just tape it off, go outside, and spray to your heart’s content.
when you use gold or brass in unexpected ways it can be so much fun…spray just the legs of a table…spray the inside of a lamp shade…spray a third of the bottom of an old glass vase unevenly for a fresh dipped look…maybe just the hooks on an old coat rack.
check out what didn’t make the blog on the house of hipsters pinterest board! in case you missed it, check out my last pretty little things for more shopping and styling ideas for your home!
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sometimes people ask me, “hey, how would you define your decorating style?”, and i usually just ramble or stumble upon my words. it’s hard to describe what my style really is? it’s an eclectic, vintage, classic, mid-century modern, industrial, with a dash of mantiques…but really it is hard to explain…i’d recognize it if i saw it someone’s home, hmmmm, kinda girly but not really girly, kinda manly but not really manly…a hint of old granny, but not shabby chic…a little brady bunch sans the color rust but there are usually pops of orange…furniture from leave it to beaver’s home…yes, i have a momofuko cookbook on display…yes, i have vintage cameras (and know how to use them)…how does it all seem to work? i don’t know, maybe some visuals will help?
some of my furniture is new from room and board, pure home or stitch in chicago, but some pieces are from sellers i’ve found who refinish, restore or reupholster vintage furniture…these are usually my favorite pieces. they come with a story. they have held up over time. they are sturdy. they have heft. they were well made…hell, they lasted 30-40 years, and now have a whole new life. my vintage stores of choice…well, i can’t give you all of my secrets today…but if i had to name a few, they would be: scout, brimfield, an orange moon and white attic. and now that you know my secret places, you have to promise to keep them to yourself, and please don’t buy every cool piece or i might have to hurt cha.
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hey guys, so on my first inspiring spaces + places post i was really drawn to collage and gallery walls…it kinda became a thing…but this time i was all over the (pinterest) board. see, i stopped pinning for about a year and recently picked it up again…ever since laura invited me to pin on her staging, styling & shelfies board (which you should check out), i’ve been more inspired. this new found inspiration is a much needed pick me up in this home design funk i’ve been in.
see, what you don’t know is i have this “little” patio project and basement project that didn’t quite happen at the same time, but literally my house has been a crazy construction zone for like 3 years. project after project…contactor after electrician after plumber after carpenter…the basement (which was a complete refinish…barebones, exposed walls and pipes, to now having a bathroom, entertainment room, playroom, office, and storage space) has wrapped on construction, but i’m completely failing in the design and styling department. and to make matters worse, i’m in the thick of things with the patio…it’s one of those projects that never seems to end. and since i like to customize everything it takes that much longer to source and finish…ugh! thank gawd the boy is putting up with all this nonsense.
not that i’m complaining…i know i’m very lucky to even be able to do these things…but it’s been overwhelming and frustrating at times…sometimes i think i’m going to go outta my mind…but it’s exciting as well to see a vision that is in your head come together…although it can be very difficult for a general contractor to wrap his head around the fact that you want vintage doors that have been salvaged from a high school to be sanded, refinished, and custom hung in your house oh and the writing on them all has to read the proper way so make sure to put that light switch on the correct side once you open the door to the room…ya, that was a whoopsies…such is life.
i hope you find these spaces + places as beautiful and inspiring as i do…i swear i want to jump into each room and just hang out, read a book, eat an amazing meal, take a bath…ok, ya that might get weird and awkward…but you know what i mean.
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