October 14th, 2009
A few weeks back, I scored two vintage Brown Jordan chairs at the flea market for an unbelievable price. The only problem was that they were an ugly, pea green with vinyl cushions that looked every bit their 40 years. I had been obsessed with this kind of chair after it appeared in nearly every issue of Domino Magazine (Jonathan Adler’s version here) so I decided a little makeover was in order.
1. I primed the chairs with two coats of Krylon’s oil-based primer and then spray painted them a glossy white.
2. I went to a lumber yard that custom cut wood to fit the chair seat. My next stop was a foam store where they cut the foam 1/4″ larger than the wood and used a spray glue to adhere the two. I finished the top with batting, that I glued to the foam, so that it would create a clean curve and extend the life of the cushion.
3. I picked out a durable cotton fabric and cut out the shape of the cushion leaving a 4″ border. Once the pattern was centered, I pulled the fabric taut over the edges (starting with the front and back) and stapled it to the frame. I then secured the sides and made sure to overlap the corner pieces perfectly for streamlined edges.
4. Once everything was securely stapled, I trimmed the extra fabric from the bottom.
5. I secured the finished seat cushions onto the chair.
October 13th, 2009
I love the energy at flea markets. There’s such promise as you walk through aisles of antique finds with the hope of uncovering new treasures. With a massive coffee in hand, I made the trek out to Pasadena last Sunday and came home with a faux fur vest (which I had to throw on immediately as seen below), a retro phone for my desk and a plaid Western shirt. Here are some of my favorite images from my trip.
How pretty is the petal pink lining of this vintage suitcase?
I fell in love with all of these colorfully oversized glasses.
After a long day of thrifting, a hot dog is a must.
Ornate brooches in sparkling crystals.
Rows of rugged boots that are perfect for colder months.
October 12th, 2009
Vintage Blazer, F21 Dress, H&M Tights, Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag, Vintage Bracelets, Michael Kors Watch, Steve Madden Booties
When I was younger, I was adamant about adhering to established fashion rules. Whether that involved mixing patterns, tights with open-toe sandals or wearing white after Labor Day, I rarely deviated from the norm. I picked up this white shift dress a few days ago at Forever 21 and thanks to its wonderfully textured pattern, I decided I could make it appropriate for cooler weather with a boyfriend blazer, tights and suede booties.
October 9th, 2009
Despite overflowing drawers of jewelry, I seem to rotate only a few key pieces at a time. Right now the necklaces I’m wearing are long, intricate and bold, perfect for dressing up the simplest of tops. On my wrists I’ve been stacking gold vintage bracelets and an oversized watch and I’m all about statement rings with great textures and interesting shapes. I’m looking forward to tackling the Rose Bowl this weekend in hopes of uncovering new treasures to add into rotation.
(F21, Wren, F21, Anthropologie)
(Grandmother’s cuff, Grandfather’s chain bracelet, Michael Kors watch)
(Gem show, F21, Planet Blue hammered ring, Switch wooden ring, Korcula, F21 double finger)
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