If you pop in to A Designed Life often, you are well aware of my love of anything crafty. Add furniture to the crafting scene and I am all in! I can’t stop looking at Melanie Porter‘s hand knitted upholstered chairs… makes me want to brake out the knitting needles. Like I need yet another project right now! With a background as a knitwear designer, Melanie takes chairs with good bones and strips them down to the frame herself. She then restores and reupholsters each one with a series of hand knitted panels that she herself creates for each individual shape of each chair! Those buttons, she even hands knits those too!! I bet they are so comfy and warm to sit in, I would never want to leave.
Its Monday, and boy am I having a heard time getting going! I’ll just blame it on the lack of sunshine and the drilling and sawing in my front porch that has been going on for weeks. Although I am super excited to finally have a fenced in front porch! Anyway, back to the blog. I took a virtual spin over at West Elm, and if you haven’t checked out their site lately, do stop by. They are having tons of summer sales and are introducing many new products. A few from their site that not only caught my eye but are pretty nice to the wallet as well.
First up are these cute little animal figurines. Perhaps its my lack of pet these days, but I am loving little additions like these for shelves and little nooks. The Sheesham Birds are made from well, sheesham and come in two sizes, perfect for little additions in any room. The Narrative Animals are a little more animal like in shape but have a touch of irony. White figures with funny decals really make the look, available are a rabbit and top hat, a squirrel and nut and a tortoise with a hare.
Moving over to all things glass, I am loving these Gourd Table Lamps and Hurricane Lanterns. Perfect for tabletops, these will be sure to add some shine and light to any room. The gourd lamps come in either a clear of charcoal tint and come with a natural linen shade. The hurricane lanterns are a perfect accessory for an outdoor table or casual dinners inside. Made from glass and iron, these are a delicate yet sturdy addition.
One of the most common questions I get asked is how to make a big impact on a small budget for bedrooms. I am a fond believer that a headboard can make or break a room, and I am loving these two for modern rooms. On the left, a Metal-Inlay headboard and the right is the Random Cutout headboard. Each would give your room a new focal point and a place to rest all those pillows against!
Never one to pass up a good sale, Urban Outfitters is having a giant summer sale, and there are several things in their apartment section worth taking a look at. Included in the sale: bedding, furniture, tabletop fun, rugs, draperies, pillows, book and tons more. A few of my favs from the site…
Design Within Reach is having a major sale, so why not get in on that action! Above, the Marais AC chair, originally designed in 1934, this little chair has had some history. With the possibility of being used on a battleship in its original days, and used as a bargaining tool in breweries, this chair comes with its own backstory! Made in France and cut from sheet steel, the Marais chair comes in three different colors and is able to stack 8 high. The colors and rights to the Marais AC chair are exclusive to DWR.
If you ever went to art school then you understand the fun and complexity making cardboard furniture can be, and its not as hard as you think. This video (its only 6 minutes long) shows two different examples of making this type of furniture, but the results are endless. It can be so much more then just recycling, so break out those X-acto knives and get to sketching. Don’t have an endless supply of cardboard? Try contacting local stores, most will give you their boxes once used, or check with a local recycling center. Plus, you would be surprised how comfortable cardboard can really be!
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