Monday, April 13, 2009

Setting up my Store

A few of you may have noticed that I've been a little scarce around PGD. I am putting some very long hours in setting up my store, Sustain, and have simply run out of waking hours to pay PGD due attention. As a result, I'm just letting you know that I'm still thinking about you, and not to worry, I have a long lists of post ideas for when the store is set up. At the very least, some photos of the finished product!

Thanks for your support!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Yianni Doulis Twig Lights

I came across these on Yianni Doulis' site, the architect husband and project collaborator of the fab Jessica Helgerson - it was love at first sight! The lamps are handcrafted and made of peeled vine maple branches. Such a perfect way to add a little nature and whimsy to your room!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wary Meyers - Vintage Design

I first came across this photo on Desire to Inspire, then I found it on Domino's (which is sadly no more) website, and since I have seen it time and again. Imagine my surprise when, during a search for other green designers, I came across Wary Meyers, the firm responisible for said photo! This is actually their own home - a 'constant work in progress', as they say - how true of any home! I admire these guys- they can be called green because they decorate exclusively with vintage stuff! I have never come across anything like it! Their homes have a distinct feel - not stuffy "designer", but comfy, lived-in and real. I love it! While the look may not appeal to all, you can really appreciate the individuality of their work, and how hard they must have to scour the markets for such vintage scores!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Vintage Friday - The Old Cinema

Lately I have a thing for vintage industrial filing cabinets and banks of drawers - mostly because I'm looking for display material for my store. I love The Old Cinema - they have the most amazing selection of vintage industrial furniture. I also hate them because their stuff is out of my price-range, and its waaaaay too far away (UK)! Oh well. I can still admire - the only problem now is that my standards are way too high! At the very least, I decided to feature the most drool-worthy items today for Vintage Friday, just to give you all something to lust for...

I really want this one....

this one too...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pure Green Living - Barb from Knack!

I'm really excited for this one today! Its no secret that I love Barb and everything she does at her can see an earlier post I wrote about her fabulous work here. So I was really excited when she agreed to submit some material for Pure Green Living, a series on Pure Green Design that documents individual and unique acts of green. No matter how small, I'm hoping to inspire others to find little ways to make your life greener! So, without any further's Barb on living green:

"I live in Greenville, SC and run my own little studio called knack where I take pieces of furniture that are unloved and transform or recycle them into useful pieces of art to love and appreciate for years to come. I don't claim to be the best at living green, but this is one small way that I can keep furniture and other recyclables out of the landfill and do my part to help cut down on mass production."



She never disappoints with her use of beautiful, nostalgic papers.

Thank you Barb! Be sure to check her out for more green-with-envy shots of upcycled furniture.

If you'd like to make your own contribution to Pure Green Living, no matter how small, contact me - I'd be thrilled!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Left Over DIY - 11 Wallpaper Projects

Ever wonder what to do with the little scraps of wallpaper left-over from a remodel? Maybe you found some great vintage paper in your grandmother's attic? These projects add a little graphic punch to any room, while making the best of waste!
Create a little privacy, or fold it behind the bed for an instant headboard.

Get some discarded plates from a thrift store and update them instantly.

Frame it.
(from AT)

Create custom wastebaskets or magazine holders.
(from Parents)

Adhere paper to plexiglass for easily cleaned but graphic placemats.
(From Parents)

Adhere to glass coasters for instant style.
(From Martha Stewart Living)

Love this one. Make one for each member of the house.
(From Martha Stewart Living)

(From Martha Stewart Living)

This one is classic.
(From Country Living)

Original and Bold.
(From Ferm Living)

Add interest to anything at all.
(From Design*)

* For another wallpapered beauty, check out Barb Blair from Knack tomorrow on Pure Green Living.

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