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21.07 20140

“The Way We Worked” Smithsonian Exhibit

This weekend, a really interesting traveling exhibit by the Smithsonian made its way to Pell City, AL. "The Way We Worked" is on display at the Pell City Center until August 23. You should come out and see it! Pell City was natural choice because of our history. We do not have a museum of our own, but we have an active interest in both our past and the future.  In the al.com article linked above, Pam Foote is hoping that this exhibit will be a springboard for a museum in Pell City. It might be a great way to stoke interest in the regional heritage that makes us so great! A lot of interesting furniture has been made from repurposed items that lived another life as work items around mills, factories, and farms. These vintage items might be kept as-is, and simply preserved. Sometimes the wood is salvaged and made into something entirely different. Either way, a bit of history is preserved. Here's an example of a light fixture made from salvaged wood at Lilly Designs, A Design Resource. Just think, this wood could be sitting in a landfill, rotting. But instead it's a beautiful piece just waiting to add personality to someone's home. Salvaged wood slat pendant light (blue tint) This piece is in my showroom in Pell City. It's a refurbished cart being used as a coffee table now. It was most likely used in an old mill. Pell City's industrial history is a treasure trove for decorators! coffee table   In addition to my normal items, I carry unfurbished and refurbished items. It's interesting and responsible to repurpose these items, and they're great talking pieces, too. I can always find you that perfect item you're looking for to add that touch of history and interest to your living space. You should visit the exhibit in Pell City, then take a stop by my shop to continue to be inspired by the voices of the past!      

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10.03 20140

Books as Accessories

Books are beautiful, and they really can add a dimension to your home that makes a statement. Books are erudite and sophisticated, and make great conversation pieces. People who walk into a home with books will never be at a loss for something to talk about.

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how important accessories are this year as a design trend. Bookshelves and bookends are obvious accessories to a room. This adorable set of bookends can help display your personality, for example.

Roll Tide Bookends

Working in a bookshelf in an unusual nook or creative way makes a bold and beautiful statement.

Bookshelves

It's not just the accessories you buy that make books great to have in a home. This is because books are great accessories by themselves! Even a haphazard shelf of well-loved paperback books can be colorful and eye-catching. Libraries are beautiful places.

paperback books

E. Lawrence, LTD is a recent discovery I'm very excited about. They take books and rebind them in parchment, leather, and any number of interesting and artistic ways. I recently picked up some of the Haute Couture collection below, and mixed it with some other bindings to create an unusual and interesting display shelf.

elawrenceltd haute series

A talented designer has a knack for pulling the colors, designs, and so on together in a great way that enhances the room. Artistically arranged groups of books with complementary bindings are an inventive way to make a statement. The possibilities are endless! Do you decorate with books?

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09.02 20130

Industrial Furniture

Last week, we talked about how a painted finish can change the look of your existing furniture and update your decor. Today I want to focus on another trend in interior design, the industrial furniture trend. Here's an example of a room that incorporates industrial elements into the design. Notice the shelving, in particular. Doesn't it create a unique look? It really adds an attractive element to the overall feel of the living space.

industrial furniture changes your interior's look

Industrial furniture is at a peak of popularity right now. When the economy is having a hard time, mass produced furniture is cost effective. There is a quick turnaround for these pieces. Another feature is their durability. The materials are often heavy wood and sturdy metals. These materials lend themselves well to a raw, unfinished look, that works well with natural finishes. Industrial furniture is also made to take more punishment than ordinary home furniture.

These pieces can be used in our homes combining practicality and usefulness in a way that can be very attractive, if it is done right. The simple, unadorned lines can be elegant and simple and coordinate well with other styles. It's becoming more common to see office chairs, stools, and industrial type shelving incorporated into interior design. Many existing manufacturers are capitalizing on the concept.  You see reproductions of industrial furniture that appears to be old and weathered all the time.

Here's another piece, on display in my showroom at Lilly Designs in Pell City, AL.

coffee table cart

That coffee table has lived another life as a cart in a warehouse. It's durable and practical piece of furniture that has already proven its worth. Instead of a sturdy and useful cart becoming just another piece of trash in the landfill, this cart continues to be useful as a unique and appealing focal point to this seating area.

Are you looking for something elegant and practical for your living space? Would you like ideas on upcycling existing furniture to work with your existing furnishings? I'd love to hear your thoughts about industrial furniture.

Reneesig

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01.02 20130

Painting Furniture Brings New Life

      Painted chest of drawers

Recently, I went to Atlanta on a buying trip. The wide variety of vendors at market means that I always come back with interesting new finds as well as interior design ideas. One of  the most exciting ideas I've been focusing on lately is taking old furniture and either refinishing or painting it to make something old new again.  

Painted Furniture detail

  I am always finding interesting old furniture at estate sales. Sometimes it just needs a little polish and cleaning, but other times the piece is outdated or in desperate need of a new finish. Sometimes, this means a chance at a fresh, vibrant new look. Other times, a weathered, antiqued look would fit in well with someone's existing decor and the style of the furniture. There are really so many possibilities.  

bathroom paint

Americans throw away around 10 million pieces of furniture a year! While some of that is truly ready for the trash bin, think of all the money and resources that are being wasted! Look at your old table and think how you could show your creativity and liven up your room with just a little imagination.

Paint contrast

  If you want to learn more about painted furniture, I would love to talk to you about my ideas for changing an old piece into something new. Martha Stewart has a great article for those with a Do-It-Yourself mentality, but most of us don't have the time or space to devote to the trial and error, though. That's where Lilly Designs: A Design Resource can help you. I can look at your existing interior design and give you ideas on how we can breathe new life into furniture that has become boring and familiar to you. Instead of throwing those pieces out, contact me and let's talk about the possibilities.   Before PaintingAfter painting               .

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27.03 20120

Say Goodbye to Your Dishwasher and Hello to the Dishdrawer!

fp-tall-dish-drawerHave you ever thought about owning a dishdrawer? If you haven’t, you might very soon. The dishdrawer is becoming more affordable and as a result it's gaining in popularity in kitchens everywhere! And it’s not because of the way it looks.  

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