Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Camelback Sofa Redux Part I

I am the proud new owner of this carved sofa. It was my great-grandparents, and I like the lines of it, so reupholstering it is going to be my new pet project.
I am so excited that I hardly know what to do with myself. There are so many things to consider, such as:
1.) Do I attempt the reupholstery myself, or send it out to a professional?
2.) If I do it myself, should I try to wing it from reading how-to's, or should I take an adult education class in the area?
3.) If I get it professionally done, should I have it done in WV (current couch location) where it will be cheaper, or should I have it done in Richmond where it is more convenient?
4.) Can I afford to have it professionally reupholstered?
5.) Yikes, this is a serious investment, so the fabric choice needs to be something timeless but not boring.
6.) There is the matter of the two club chairs that don't necessarily "match" the sofa but which are currently uphostered to match it.

I was up all night thinking about this stuff people! yikes!

Here is a link to another blogger who just went through the same thing with her couch which she named "sophie".

Foot Stool Makeover Part 2

I picked out two fabrics for my footstool, and depending on what fabric I go with, I will buy a different color of spray paint for the base. What do you think?

Option A is Bazaar from Hancock Fabrics in Ebony:
which I picked out because I really like these:

Seraphina Collection by Pottery Barn, and
This gorgeous banquette featured in House Beautiful which is upholstered in Animal Farm Crewel by Brunschwig & Fils.

Option B is Lock by Calico Corners in Splash:which I picked because I like these:
Neiman Marcus Cane Garden Stool
So which one do you like better? I bought one yard of each, so whichever one I don't use on the foot stool I will have to find another use for.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Foot Stool Makeover

I have had this metal base for approximately 10 years now. It has been a side table in many apartments with a glass circle table top sitting on top of it, but it spent most of its time under my bed until now. I made my parents pack it in their mini-van all the way home to West Virginia when I found it on vacation at Myrtle Beach when I was 16. Thanks mom and dad! God knows why I liked it so much, but here it is!

When I was in high school, I had big dreams to upholster it in leopard velvet. Goodness. Here it is in its previous incarnation as a table:

Yeeeech! I know, right? Sorry old roommates, but when you need an extra end table, you use what you have when you are in law school, right?

Anyway, the thing that has kept me from upholstering a seat for it is that I couldn't figure out how to attach a wooden seat to the metal frame. I had a really frustrating day at the office a week or two ago, and on the way home I went to Lowe's or Home Depo determined to figure out how to attach it. Here is what I came up with:Wish me luck! I will keep you all posted on my progress:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Succulent Inspiration--Hens and Chicks

Lately I have been very inspired by succulents, especially Hens and Chicks:



I think it is their strong graphical quality and shape that attracts me to them (as many of you know I am somewhat obsessed with spirals...see my portfolio...). So I wanted to try my hand at them. I remember being at my great aunt's house when I was young and seeing her flagstone wall with Hens and Chicks growing out of all the cracks, and thinking it was so beautiful! So I thought I'd try my hand at those.

When you go to a nursery, however, succulents are usually sold all lumped together and not differentiated by species or hybrid like most other plants. I wanted Hens and Chicks specifically because they are kind of like spider plants in that they are self-propogating: the mama plant is called the "Hen" and the babies that grow from her are called "Chicks." I looked up the latin name, and it is "Sempervivum," or "ever living." So cool! I'm such a word nerd.

When I went to Lowe's I managed to find a few of the little succulents that said "sempervivum" on the side and picked up a few pots--three bigger ones and two smaller ones. Then I got some sand to mix in with my potting soil, since succulents like to be well drained, and some ornamental river rocks to arrange around the Hens. This is how they come from lowes, in little tiny pots:

Some people like to keep them in little individual pots, like this pretty little thing:

But I wanted more of a rock garden feel. So I mixed up about 1/3 sand to 2/3 potting soil in my beautiful big blue pot, placed the Hens around in an arrangement, and then pressed in the river rocks until I liked the way it looked. Its been about a week--no baby Chicks yet!
Lolly, of course, felt the need to oversee the project...

What does everyone think? Do you have any succulents? I think I see a Hens and Chicks painting in my future!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Front Yard Flower Bed

Wow, I can't believe its been 6 months since I posted anything! I am going to have lots of fodder to write about for a few weeks to get caught up!

I wanted to share these gorgeous pictures of the calla lilies and pincushion flowers in our front garden. I can't wait to start some new paintings based on the photos!

What is blooming in y'alls gardens?