See vintage loud & clear. If you learn anything from my blog, I hope it is that what you see everything and everday has positive potential. Look deep. At any point the tides can overflow in your direction. Williams James said, “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” That means everything is connected. Even the Before & After.
I found the set of four lucite framed chairs at an antique center in Fairfield, CT. Acrylic is an expensive material to work with. If you can find it vintage and in good shape, it is a no brain buy. It is a money making buy. The odds you will sell it again are very high. Vintage furniture with touches of lucite have value. PERIOD.
Vintage authenticity is great. If the frame has it, celebrate the design by leaving it alone. I left the frame and style of the seats and backs untouched. I just replaced the existing materials and added an updated punch with cowhide. The quick plug is that they are available on our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. That’s the place where you will discover exactly who we are and how we can transform your home. If you haven’t reached our web destination yet, follow the odyessy.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The appeal was the tufts and the wooden legs with castors.
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 🙂
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.
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.”
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.
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:
“Life is hard enough as it is without choosing someone difficult to share it with”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
MONDAY MAKEOVER: BEFORE & AFTER: THAT’S MY BOO
Laura at Tiger Lily’s (www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com) uses “Boo” to describe her “Boo.” Boo is the nickname for her boyfriend Brandon Deaderick. They are adorable together. He’s playing ball for the Jacksonville Jags down South and she’s up here in Greenwich, CT helping me in the design studio and custom workroom and helping me get a handle on slang. Boo means boyfriend folks over 25. For a while there, I had a Boo too! Laura programmed JT into my phone with that name, until he broke up with me. What can I say but BOO-HOO.
So my new Boo. I am talking Bamboo. When I got this table it had layers upon layers of white paint. It actually was hard to distinguish if there was actual wood and grain beneath.
I brought the table into http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com and hit it with paint thinner and a striping agent. The layers were so thick I needed both chemicals. The trick is to wait it out and let layers peel back. I only wish I could say the same about my relationship. That relationship was only surface.
Once the layers start to peel you can take a blade and scrape the paint away. When you are working with chemicals it is important to use gloves and a face mask. Paint thinner smells fierce and burns your skin at raw touch.
I keep some of the paint for intergreity to show the history of this piece. I like the combination of the paint layers positioned against the natural texture of the revealed bamboo. Just like relationships, the golden moment is when the core personality or structure is revealed. For love to be right, you have to appreciate and cherish what you see. BAM! That’s my take on love. Now where’s my Boo 🙂
I end most my blogs with a quote. From the art of doing to the art of love.
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent van Gogh
If you want more, you’ve got it… Fund my campagin on Rockethub. I am trying to write all this down in a book 🙂
BEFORE & AFTER: BUTT IT SOLD!
The perfect little bench for a small little “Butt” or trim “Tush.” The carving alone is worth a makeover. It is like looking a face without make-up and seeing a bone structure that you know with a little highlight, blush make a strong statement.
Pretty worn and tattered, he came to tigerlilysgreenwich.com for a makeover.
First we took off his rags. When we get old pieces I like to go down to the bones and build new. A piece like this cleans up nicely with 3″medium density foam, dacron and a muslin cover.
From muslin we move to fabric.
I chose a print from Travers. It is a large scale with soft neutral colors. To make a small piece look bold, I like to go with a big print. It adds size and scale that otherwise would be lacking with a solid or neutral.
This fabric retails for $258.00 a yard. We only need a yard of fabric, so this is a perfect place to splurge.
We finished the piece with a whitewash that got a second scrub with sandpaper to bring out some the natural hue. I finished the wood with a diluted treatment of gold in water, then clear wax.
“Butt It Sold,” The day I bought this out to our 154 Prospect Street showroom, it got two inquiries. The next day it sold. I love a good ending. I also love to end with a quote. Sit down and think about it, but remember to get up quickly and start moving in the direction of your dreams.
JERRY MCGUIRE MANIFESTO #12: CASH MONEY AIN’T A THING
Welcome back the Jerry McGuire Manifesto and the lesson on giving. From one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of the 20th Century I start with this thought: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Perhaps not the most remembered quote from Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., but one that speaks to volumes as the question arises, will you give and what will you give when the return is greater for the recipient then to you?
Tiger Lily’s Greenwich exercises “Pro-Social Behavior.” That is a fancy social-science term that encompasses how level through which people or organizations empathize with others and give to those in need. On May 11th, the Metro New York North Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted its annual Red & White Ball with media sponsor Cottages & Gardens.
We created a memorable table for supporters and diners at the event. The inspiration for table settings was the Spirit of America. I found in a nod to the water. I also found it in the very theory of giving back. When you give, pick a starting point. I layered the elements of this table around the anchor of a ship’s wheel using a fabric donated from Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils Bamboo Trellis.
Statistically, people give to charity. According to charitynavigator.org, the total giving to charitable organizations was $298.42 billion in 2011 (about 2% of GDP). This is an increase of 4% from 2010. People give when their is need. I took it one step further. Having a charitable heart, I went out to test the waters. Will people give when their is just passion? Will people give when you can technically get it on your own, going down a more challenging road?
I launched a campaign on Rockethub. Click the icon below to see the campaign. Rockethub is a crowd sourcing platform for creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and dreamers who have an idea and need some financial support. I have to say putting your dreams on a public platform surprisingly is a very personal experience. It is interesting to see when it comes to support and giving just who comes out to play ball? Honestly, it runs a range, those who I immediately thought would run to their computers and drop a $10.00 bill have yet to log-on and the random acts of kindness of people I never expected balance each other out.
I still need support. I am asking anyone who has had a dream, or a goal to log-on and fund. There are a couple of neat prizes you can pick up too! I wouldn’t ask for nothing 🙂 Lets start our own statistics about who gives and why? Let be for charity and dream seekers a like. Support in all its forms make the world go around.
Every little piece helps. All the little pieces come together to create something wonderful and big. When you step back and look from above the small little pieces joined by love and support create a big picture.
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