BEFORE & AFTER: THE RIGHT KIDD FOR THE JOB

THE JERRY MCGUIRE MANIFESTO #13: A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND

BEFORE & AFTER: THE RIGHT “KIDD” FOR THE JOB

These are the wonder years at Tiger Lily’s and we get by with a little help from our friends. I love colloborations and believe in the idea that by giving you receive, by sharing you get more.

Truth be told, the idea of giving to get more was not a gut instint for me. At times in my life, I admit that I operated from the perspective to keep what I earned, found or discovered to myself ¬†exlcusively. Hello! My name is Samantha Knapp and I am recovering non-sharer ūüôā

I have come full circle from that perspective and it is why I am now so passionate about sharing what I know and who I know as I plot my future path and campaign on Rockethub to write a book.

THE SHARE:

Mitch Kidd from Wellbuilt Co. Here’s his website (¬†http://www.wellbuiltco.com). Here’s his work below. The pictures tell an amazing BEFORE & AFTER transformation of a guest rooms statement wall in a New York City apartment. Kidd’s team did a brilliant job, creating a rustic space in an urban enviornment.

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AFTER:

I am thrilled to share the transformation of this space complete with the built in light fixtures in chrome. Together we styled the room, launching from the vibe the rustic wall created in the space.  Wellbuilt Co is growing into the Greenwich, CT market and I look forward to more opportunities to work together.

It true what they say about colloborations. They truly set the right energy in motion.

When it comes to working with others I have learned many things, in part to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses where incidentially I met Kidd of Wellbuilt and had the opportunity to learn from Mori Taheripour faculty at the Wharton School of the University Of Pennsylvania.

Taheripour excels at understanding bargaining and leverage. Those who bargain the best come to the table with Goals, Targets and a Bottom Line. The exercise in the Positive Bargaining Zone and  Shared Interests in partnerships.

So I leave you with this quote:

BC Forbes said this: “The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated

Do it right folks, seek out friends, network and understand that by coming together for common interests and sharing in that place you can indeed come out with more. Respect balance and it will continue to introduce to new areas of level playing fields.

##ONE LOVE

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CASTING A SPELL IN THE FORM OF A HEX

BEFORE & AFTER: CASTING A SPELL: IN THE FORM OF A HEX

I wanted to do something new. Something that I had never seen done before. The definition of Hex is to cast a spell and bewitch. I like the idea that something can be so appealing to the eye that it literally cast a spell and becomes a must buy. It was fitting to start with the shape of a Hexagon.

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BEFORE:
HEXAGON BASE IN RAW STEEL

Working with a shape in mind, I then backed into some simple math to get the height, shape and angles to work. I wanted a standard finished height near 19.5″. I had my welder mount inside brackets for concealed legs and positioning to mount the upholstered seat.

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AFTER:
FINISHED BASE WITH UPHOLSTERED SEAT
MONGOLIAN SHEEP PELT

Once we had the shape and the seat set, I brainstormed fabrics to cover the upholstered seat. My design style is always deep in contrasts so I went for organic hide against manufactures’ metal, deconstructed finished against measured angles. To unify the juxtaposition, I kept the elements joined in neutral gray tones.

When opposites attract only good things come of a space. The finished product of the hexagon ottoman is that magic spell, I was trying to achieve when I set out to create the shape. I love the way the piece fits in this contemporary Westside Apartment. The play of textures and materials adds balance to the neutral tones that are layered in the living space. ¬†Andy Warhol said, “The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.” I like the way that sounds and how it develops when we set our minds into creating new forms and pieces that are sculptural perhaps like art, but on which you plop down and have a seat.

#ONE LOVE

BEFORE & AFTER: CASTING A SPELL IN THE FORM OF A HEX

BEFORE & AFTER: A VANE LITTLE VANITY

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A VANE LITTLE VANITY

BEFORE & AFTER: A VANE LITTLE VANITY

BEFORE:

Call it vane, but this little vanity wanted to look good. It’s a little treasure I discovered at a little antique store North of Greenwich, CT. I give away a lot of little secrets but my super special stomps are a secret I still need to keep! ¬†What I will scream and shout, ¬†is the price of ¬†this bad news bench. I got it for $55.00!

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BEFORE:
BAD NEWS BENCH

I thought tired teddy bear when I first brought it back into the workroom at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. It had stuffing coming out and was all sorts of browns. The first thing I wanted to do was lighten the frame up. I decided to paint.  To paint or not paint is generally an easy answered question. When the frame has nice decorative details, I always say yes. Carving in wood can conceal mistakes and adds elements where highlights and lowlights in your painting style can be achieved. The piece had great lines, especially the fluting in the legs.

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FRESH LOOK STARTS WITH A COAT OF PAINT

The paint treatment is has a few steps involved. I started with a white-wash, then sanded down to reveal some of the original wood. I then focused on the carved details and when in with a golden artisan finish paint. Using a small brush and wiping excess as I went, I brush on the finish then wiped it back off. It the old “wax” on “wax” off from the original Karate Kid. ¬†

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PAINT TIP:
KARATE KID STYLE
WAX “ON” WAX “OFF”

The  bench was then gutted and reupholstered in China Seas New Batik in Turquoise.  The entire piece took one yard of fabric with the medallions centers on the seat and back.

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UPHOLSTERED:
CHINA SEAS NEW BATIK

China Seas in an amazing and fairly exclusive brand. The minimum order on most fabrics is five-yards and each piece is printed to order with the richest and vibrant colors available in textiles.

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AFTER:
WWW.TIGERLILYSGREENWICH.COM

AFTER:

I shot a few different angles of this vanity bench. Webster’s defines vane as “Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.” I think in this case rightfully so! The bench deserves to be seen and celebrated as something that was truly transformed from old to new. ¬†Vanity isn’t a bad thing!

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VANITY:
BABE LOOK AT ME NOW ūüôā

 

I leave you all with a quote as I close most of my BEFORE & AFTER blogs with. ¬†From Gunter Grass in The Tin Drum comes this:¬†‚ÄúYou are vain and wicked- as a genius should be.‚ÄĚ When it comes to design, take the good, the bad and the ugly. With a little creativity or genius you can create something to boast about. So what if people call that vanity!

 

SAM ON THE SCENE: A TASTE OF HOPE

SAM ON THE SCENE: A TASTE OF HOPE

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FULL STORY LINK ON VIMEO
https://vimeo.com/67856156

I am a firm believer in you get what you give in life. I give, spreading the karma of gratitude and generosity. The American Cancer Society hosts an annual fundraiser Taste Of Hope at New York’s 82 Mercer. I volunteered to tell the story of a wonderful night. Check out the link attached:

BEFORE & AFTER: I DON’T WANT TO GILT YOU BUT….

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GILT HOME SALE FEATURING TIGER LILY’S
GO BUY: http://www.gilt.com/home/sale/furniture-77435632

BEFORE & AFTER: I DON’T WANT TO GILT YOU BUT….

I don’t want to Gilt you but… Go buy! ¬†Here’s the link:¬†http://www.gilt.com/home/sale/furniture-77435632. ¬†It is a proud moment when a powerhouse like Gilt Home choses your furniture to highlight on thier One-Of-A-Kind Furniture & Art sale and it sells. We do a lot “Before & Afters” at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. Most of the pieces we highlight are vintage, antique or special to someone at sometime. When the furniture arrives at the store our focus is revitalization, renew and reuse creating something that has new life.

BEFORE:

There is another side to what we do. The “Before” starts in my head. This is another special part of my interior design business which centers on the fabrication of my creative exclusive designs into home furnishings.

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BEFORE:
AN IDEA ON PAPER

Ottomans and benches are my favorite way to add flare and character into your home. You can have fun, add texture and the risk is small. As a designer, I have seen a lot of different takes on ottomans and benches. I set out to do something I have never seen. I started from the bottom up  with careful attention to the base. I created a triangle base. To get the proportions right, I had the piece scaled on Autocad.  I decided on metal for the base  and added triangle inspired design on the sides to play up the shape. The design is created by a laser.

AFTER:

It is an exciting moment when paper idea turns to a product. The bases were fabricated by a dynamic artisan couple who live in Brooklyn (http://gospad.com)  I finished the top with deconstructed  cowhide upholstered seats. I love accomplishing goals and seeing an idea or an experience through to the end. It is the way that I live my life.

It is icing on the cake that our products at tigerlilysgreenwich.com are celebrated beyond our workroom and Greenwich storefront  to e-commerce websites. On this platform I can share my designs and ideas on a larger front. Check out our sale on Gilt Home ( http://www.gilt.com/home/sale/furniture-77435632)

Before searching I leave you with this:

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
Napoleon Hill

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BEFORE & AFTER: I G-OTTOMAN!

I maybe single but “I G-Ottoman!” The ottoman below came into the http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com workroom as a giveaway. You can get a sense of why given the stains and the dated fabric.

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BEFORE:
I G-OTTOMAN

As a single girl living in the city and working in the suburbs, I like to keep my options open. Everything and everyone I see has potential. It is the old glass half-full trick. I liked this giveaway ottoman immediately.

BEFORE:

The appeal was the tufts and the wooden legs with castors.

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TUFT IN MUSLIN FIRST
ADD FABRIC NEXT

Even with the tufts already in place, we still take every piece down to the frame to ensure the quality of the interior foam, dacron and webbed seat. This is where you begin to see the difference in quality of what you buy. In this particular case, there was no muslin between the fabric and the base. That is the first indication of a cheap job. Or in terms that relate to dating, it like going out for first cocktails with a guy only to discover he is a recovering boozer who doesn’t drink. This is how everything and everyone gets weeded out ūüôā

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LAY OUT THE PATTERN
THEN CLOSE THE SIDES

I chose a think natural Belgium linen to reupholster the ottoman with. When you are working with deep tufts, it is up to the upholster to fold the fabric evenly, make sure the sizing on the tufts are the same and pull evenly across the frame.

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HAND TUFTING
TIP OF THE TRADE
“MEASURE THE FOLDS”

This takes time and experience and when complete you can clearly distinguish between hand & machine tufts. Inside the tuft we finish with a button in the same fabric as the face.

The outcome is stunning. Back to the dating analogy or perspective its that moment that makes you smile when you leave thinking, “I am glad I gave that guy a shot.”

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TUFTS FINISH WITH BUTTON

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IN YOUR FACE BABY:
SQUARE TUFTS

AFTER:

How do you know which and what everything and everybody is meant for you? I say it is in the details and what people but forth that makes it special and unique.  I finished this ottoman with a french natural nailhead design that connected a string of squares. We centered the pattern on the center tufts and worked out way out in a measured repeated line.

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AFTER:
TUFTED OTTOMAN WITH SQUARE NAIL DETAIL
BUY ME: http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com

I like to finish the blog with a quote and I think after looking at this after, It feels like I should kick up my feet and do just that. “I g-ottoman” just not a man. Dating ladies and gents is tough, so I leave you with this:

‚ÄúLife is hard enough as it is without choosing someone difficult to share it with‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬†Greg Behrendt,¬†He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

#ONE LOVE

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BEFORE & AFTER: JUST SIT RIGHT BACK AND I WILL A TALE…

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AFTER:
FABULOUS FRENCH

BEFORE & AFTER: JUST SIT RIGHT BACK & I WILL TELL A TALE…

Just sit right back and I will tell a tale, the tale of a faithful french chair. Ok~ It doesn’t rhyme and you may have thought by reading that I would transition into a nautical themed “Before & After,” but sometimes that is the way my mind works. To create something new out of something old, your mind always has to be working and I would argue in different ways!

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BEFORE:
OLD FRENCHY 

BEFORE:
The old french chair came in with a dated wood finish and silky orange fabric that was torn through years in the sun. A “Tip Of The Trade #1”¬†when selecting fabrics for different use is to think about the where and how the piece will be used. Silk is organic, delicate fades and gets eaten by the sun. Upholstered on furniture in an environment where it gets a lot of tushy-time and you have a case of a gladiator in a ring without a weapon to fight.

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TIP OF THE TRADE #1
“SELECT SOMETHING DURABLE & UPHOLSTERY WEIGHT”

In this case, we went with a Belgium linen damask print. Once I had the grayish toned fabric, it made sense to add some light white-gray to the frame to bring out the new modern fabric tones.

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PULL BACK FABRIC BEFRE YOU PAINT

 When I paint a frame, I spend the most time going into the wood grooves and carvings that originally made the piece great. It can be a messy venture, so when and if possible remove the surrounding fabric so you can really get into the contours of the piece.

Once the paint is dry, we went into upholstering the chair. The scale of the Damask is big. When you are using a print,¬†“Tip Of The Trade #2,”¬†It is especially important to center the pattern on the center of the piece, working from the outside in.

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TIP OF THE TRADE #2
“WORK FROM THE OUTSIDE IN”

The finishing touch is the welting to conceal where the staples meet the wood frame of the chair. In this case we created a welt with the same fabric. Sometimes it is fun to pop a color or add decorative nails,

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FINISH WITH WELTING

AFTER:

The end result is a beautiful bedroom Bergere chair upholstered in a durable Belgium linen damask print. The contemporary colors bring this piece fashion forward without taking away from the traditional beauty of the style and frame.

For more information on “Before and Afters,” questions and more log onto our website, tigerlilysgreenwich.com.