Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm Very Thirsty This Thursday:

*While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
-Henry David Thoreau

*Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.
-Tad Williams

*By three methods we may learn wisom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bitterest.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

File Under "Radaroni"

I just completed a combo dining/office space for some 
cool new clients. 
This husband and wife team needed to convert the room 
previously used as an office into a nursery for their new 
son, due in the fall.  
After reviewing their living spaces and gaining a sense of 
who they are through all their great pieces of art, artifacts, 
and collections, it was clear that they have a love for the 
I've dubbed them the "Global-Mid-Century-Traditionalists," 
for all the factors that make their living spaces unique to 

On a budget, as most thirty-somethings are, the existing 
ho-hum filing cabinet needed to be worked into the new 
The functionality of the filer was perfect, but its melamine 
finish was decidedly not.  

So, using spray adhesive and a staple gun, I re-covered the 
fronts and sides with burlap and added a jacquard band at 
the top to conceal the raw edge of the burlap, while 
allowing the top to stay smooth and black. The jacquard 
edge tied-in with the homeowners' rug, too; an intended 
plus. Using adhesive, natural jute twine, and metallic 
gold paint, I also re-covered the cabinet pulls to reflect 
more of the aesthetic already in place. 

Now the cabinet not only serves as a functional "office" 
piece, but as another "dining" service spot. 
Yay, duality!

They loved it, and I love it, too.  
Patting myself on the back for the uber-coolio 
repurpose/recycle factor.

Here's the filing cabinet metamorphosis:

Standard big-box-store-look:

Oh? Yes, this is a drawer front:

These are the issued aluminum handles, pre-coolness:

I covered the top so the spray adhesive wouldn't go where it didn't  belong:


Woven in: