BEFORE & AFTER: THE GIVING TREE

BEFORE & AFTER: THE GIVING TREE 

BEFORE: Enchanted Forrest Tree

BEFORE’
LACKLUSTER
THE GIVING TREE

Life happens and before you know it, the things you meant to get yesterday are a week’s time into the future. I had planned to write this blog on Monday, before that right after this tree delivered to Enchanted Forest in late November. The holidays come hard and fast. So move quickly and enjoy every moment.  The opportunity to show people you love them exists everywhere.

BEFORE:

This is the giving tree. It is one of dozens that decked-the-hall of the Hyatt for the Greenwich Junior League’s “Enchanted Forest.”  Money raised goes to the charities the Junior League cares about. I care about that. Giving is the first part of the lesson. You give, you receive. It is that simple.

The tree comes in a box and with it an opportunity for the ultimate use of your imagination. It begs the question what does the holiday mean to you? How can you express that in the decoration of a tree.

BEFORE: Peace Garland

THIS HOLIDAY
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Tradition says Romans, Egyptians and even Babylonians brought in their various species of evergreen trees to signify that come springtime, life would return to the winterized lands. Germans are credited with popularizing the modern day version of the tree in the 16th century. Christians would bring trees into their homes and light them with candles.

The most popular trees are: Scots Pine, Easter White Pine, White Spruce and Colorado which have the longest needles.  Ours was plastic. I used that to my advantage and added more plastic to it! The peace symbols came from #Party City in Port Chester.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

A VERY GRATEFUL CHRISTMAS
JUNIOR LEAGUE’S ENCHANTED FOREST

This holiday, give peace a chance. That’s all I am sayin’ 🙂  It is the overall theme of the tree. “A Very Grateful Christmas,” by Tigerlilysgreenwich.com. The 2013 tree dates back to the 1960s peace movement. The backdrop was music. One of which the Grateful Dead. One tour they played drums over 1,400 times (http://www.setlist.fm/stats/grateful-dead-bd6ad4a.html) , covered their lead two songs Playing in the Band & Not Fade Away over 600 times. The first time they played my favorite song, Box of Rain, was at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco on October 9th 1972.

“It’s just a box of rain. I don’t know who put it there. Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare. And it’s just a box of rain or a riboon for your hair. Such a long, long time to be gone and a short time to be there”

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
BOX OF RAIN

I put everything I could think of on the tree to give it an authentic feel. Flowers and granola bars were a natural touch. The rest is a combination of store bought items and a few we hand made. When you are looking to do something different, artistic and authentic use my favorite rule:

1.Opposites Attract

To sides balance the scale.   Always look to balance the yin to the yang. In this case it’s fake tree with the real elements.  Jerry Garcia himself is quoted as saying, ” I mean, just because you’re a musician doesn’t mean all your ideas are about music.” Look for more then what you think is destiny for yourself. See beyond clouds. There is always sun.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

THE IDEAS ARE FREE.
THE EXECUTION COST MONEY.
http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com

On the subject of the sun or gold anyway, here come my sell. Tigerlilysgreenwich.com is all custom. It is one-of-a-kind. It is hand-crafted in an era of mass production. Spend with us and I stay in business.

BEFORE: Enchanted Forrest Tree Skirt Design

TIGER LILY’S WORK ROOM
154 PROSPECT STREET, GREENWICH CT

Our artisans  hand-sewed the Christmas tree skirt. Tiger Lily’s can do anything you can ask for. It is all produced by one-family.  The Knapps.  If you go to the store 154 Prospect Street, you can ask for anyone of us by name. We are proud of that.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

AFTER:

“And the tree was happy” That’s Shel Silverstein. If you know the book, you know that tree loved a boy very very much-even more then she loved herself. That is the thing about love. You have to do it like you mean and like it means the world to you.

This Christmas, beyond religion see the trees, the lights, the presents as symbols of love, peace, graditude and possibility. The truth is you can do that at any time and any where. Still, it is never a better time to believe in the magic and spirit of christmas.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

AT AUCTION
MONEY RAISED GOES TO CHARITY

I end every blog on a quote and today is no different for this Jewish girl who believes in Christmas.

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”
― Charles DickensA Christmas Carol

For more information log onto our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com

#ONELOVE

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BEFORE & AFTER: THE PAST IS THE PRESENT

BEFORE & AFTER: THE PAST IS THE PRESENT

I like the sound of this, “The distinction beween the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” It is one of Albert Einstein’s infinite and profound discoveries. It is up there with his Theory of Revelativity.  The speed of light is nonetheless invariant, the same for all observers.

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TIGER LILY’S GREENWICH
ORIGINAL, NEVER DUPLICATED

If it is only an illusion, then the past is just as much present as the current day. The drapes I bought in August 2013 were vintage B.Berger Jacques Toile from 1982. The insatiable trend for vintage is as popular in interior design as it is on the runway.

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CUSTOM WORK ROOM
TRADITION OF OLD STILL NEW

There is something special about a custom workroom, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. That’s Germania at the work table. She is our master-cutter.  We are preserving a trade that is hand made. That’s my fabric on the work table. More then 45 yards.

Back to August, when I first walked into the cottage. I knew it was home. I new it as much seeing the pictures as the day I met with Larry the Fabric Guy. The textile peddler from outside Boston came to visit nter again that peddler in August to our design workroom, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. There are still wonderful little traditions in this life that we come to count on. Larry the Fabric Guy is a regular at our store.

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MASTER BEDROOM
AT FIRST SITE

BEFORE:

That was the master bedroom of my cottage BEFORE. It was taken on my Iphone the first time I walked through the doors. I knew it was home.

Seven windows in one room is pure living and a ton of drapery fabric yardage. I have Larry The Fabric Guy.

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AFTER:
TOILE TELLS THE STORY

AFTER:

Toile tells the story. That is the after. That is lesson I learn and celebrate every day. On my drapes in the after is a vibrant historic toile. It is the story of a generation and a story that is all of my own. I am as proud of this after as I ever was.

It is the high light in the November issue of Lonny Magazine. That’s tomorrow. That is the day that my after will be celebrated nationwide.

Supporters, family, peers, trail blazers, readers, designers, peace makers, creatives, Lonny editors, photographers, god: I thank all of you.

Read it tomorrow: http://www.lonny.com

I quote Holly Golightly.

#ONE LOVE

SAM BEHIND THE SCENES: LONNY.COM COTTAGE SHOOT

SAM BEHIND THE SCENES: LONNY.COM COTTAGE SHOOT

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I want to start with gratitude. I am so thankful for the amazing opportunities that continue to tickle my life and put a smile on my face. It takes support, energy and overall positive well being to create opportunities like the one bestowed on me yesterday when Lonny Magazine, lonny.com came to my house in full celebration of my creativity!

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To be recognized for your craft, skill set and definition of living your best life provided for me an inexplicable feeling of achievement that kept me fueled all day.  For the crew, I fueled them with some food. I have to admit living in the suburbs inspires me. I suddenly find inspiration where I never knew it to exist. Tiger Lily’s Tip, plant the seed, it will grow.

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The ponies ate dinner at my place too. The last part of the shoot was catching the property in autumn’s best light.

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There is so much to share from this experience, but it is not mine alone! For the rest of the story, we all have to excitedly wait for the November issue, lonny.com.

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In celebration of new beginnings at any time. In celebration of life and the beauty of every day experiences. I leave you with this quote:

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”
― Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany’s

May your days be forever new. May life keep giving you the sweet stuff that makes it all worth it.

#ONELOVE

TIGER LILY’S: SECOND SHOUT OUT

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I am happy to announce that Tiger Lily’s is now featured on Second Shout Out! If you love my blog and are eager to find out more about where my inspiration comes from go to http://www.secondshoutout.com/interview/tiger-lilly  Don’t forget to view our storefront and shop the latest in Tiger Lily’s antique finds!!

XOXO

SAM

THE “I” OF TIGER OR SHARK: IAN ZIERING SHOPS OUR STORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE “I” OF TIGER OR SHARK…IAN ZIERING SHOPS OUR STORESHARKNADO

Millions of viewers tuned into SyFy channel two-weeks ago to watch our very good friend, Ian Ziering take on man eating-sharks and a natural disaster in the made for TV movies that mixes kitsch, imagination, humor, animal terror, hotties, surfers, LA in a way that caused a viral twitter sensation world wide. In fact, not to be morbid but I will in the interest of all the blood and guts, it was the very last thing Glee star Cory Monteith tweeted about before he overdosed.

Moving on, I caught up with Ian Ziering at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com this week. Just a short time later and all this super hype, Ian still the same old down to earth, true friend kind of guy. I am a long time supporter of the skin products that he uses to keep his skin as amazingly youthful as the very days he graced the halls of Beverly Hills High School in 90210.  That’s how we became friends.  Nuskin (http://www.nuskin.com) has a laundry list of products that keep your body both internally and externally feeling and looking great. This isn’t a celebrity endorsement, it is me talking. I use the goods. Try it yourself!

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I have to say that I loved that he wore the shark tee-shirt on the visit to the store. Ian told me that the feedback for the movie is like its own perfect storm and completely worldwide. Plans are already in motion for the sharks to take on New York City and more. He’s a busy guy so we moved quickly onto interior design. From sharks to tigers, we worked the beginning stages of a project, that also plays to wild side. Ian selected a few cheetah prints for a pair of chairs.IMG_2395

Back to sharks and the ocean in which they swim, friends understand this… there are many fish in the sea. My advise is to chose the right one? If your out fishing for interior design services or before & after needs, hook Tiger Lily’s. We are one-of-a-kind, respect and remember old friends and clients while looking forward to the new.

ONE LOVE!

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 🙂

 

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: “You are vain and wicked- as a genius should be.” 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!