Monday, January 28, 2013

February's First Friday

We just hung up our credo. 

It's a way for folks to understand what it is we do. 

As well as what we believe. 

We wanted to have it up for our second "First Friday" which is happening this week.

 In addition to some new pieces in the shop, we'll be featuring the work of artist Susan Anglin.

Come to Temescal Alley to say hello, meet Susan, and have some wine and cheese, on us!

Temescal Alley's First Friday
470 49th Street, Oakland, CA
Friday, February 1st from 6-9pm 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Upcycled File Cabinet -- SOLD

This file cabinet sold before we had a chance to post it on the blog and list it on Etsy.  When we found it, it was the drab office-y beige.  We painted it this cobalt blue, added a rope handle, and a basket in the file interior for storage.  A great, moveable storage piece. 

Woven Jute Side Table/Stool

The inverted u-shaped side table can also be used as a stool.  We wove the frame in jute upholstery webbing inside and out for an industrial/rustic look.

This is a versatile piece.  It is light-weight and small enough to be transported anywhere and tucked out-of -way or under a table when not in use.

Measures: 21" high; 14" square top

Come to our shop to purchase or buy this item on etsy for $130 plus S&H:

Kid'sSide Table/Cabinet

This sweet kid's cabinet can be used for so many purposes.  As a bedside table, as a mini kitchen with a place to store tiny dishes underneath, or as a special hiding spot for favorite toys.  We hand-painted and distressed the exterior of the cabinet with an off white paint and added a bright orange interior behind the hand-sewn curtain.  On either side are two vintage black knobs which can hold a variety of things in the old white bucket it comes with.   A fun, bright addition to any girl's room.

Measures: 15" tall; 18.5" wide (19.5" wide with two lacquered handles) x 11.5" deep
Comes with two black lacquered handles and one old white bucket
White bucket is 3.5" tall; 4.25" x 5.75" bucket mouth opening

Come into our store to buy this item or purchase it on etsy for $40 plus S&H:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Eclectic House Tour

We recently went to the home of one of our clients to take photos of a few projects (like the refurbished rocker you see on the porch) we've recently completed. We were so blown away by her house, we asked and was granted permission to take photos for a house tour.

This coyote howling at the oval mirror moon is what greets you as you walk in the front door.  It's just a taste of this colorful, personality-filled Craftsman era house in Oakland, California.

From the entry hall you are led directly into the dining room:

 The eyeglasses on the wall are from an old optometry shop.  We covet them.  We think every formal dining room needs a pig on the table too.

You may have seen this photo in a previous post, but our client ordered this custom ladder for her quilt collection.  Is that not the best wallpaper you've ever seen?

From the dining room, you enter the eat-in kitchen with this little seating area at the end of it. 

And here we are looking in the opposite direction.

A peek from the eating area into the kitchen.  Yes, that's a huge glass of milk you see on the wall.

Ding! Order's up.

As you exit the kitchen from this doorway, you are led back into the entry hall.  I opened that little door on the left to show you that they have a dumbwaiter.

And just a little further down the hall is the elevator.   The sign above it says "lift."

On the other side of the entry hall is the living room.  This is the view you get as you walk in.

If we had to pick a shelter magazine to match the style of this house, it would be Elle Decor.

We love this turquoise painted sunroom at the end.  Our client painted the ceiling gold. Which echos the huge gold coffee table in the living room.  We're not in prime bouganvillea blooming season here in the Bay Area, but you can probably imagine that vine you see through the windows bursting with hot pink blossoms (called bracts) in the summer. 

Let's head back to the entry hall and go upstairs.

Here we are in the upstairs hall with some of our client's gorgeous collection of rugs and more huge art.

We've said it before, but we adore bathrooms with vintage tile.  We 'reso glad they haven't redone this bathroom.  It's perfect.  How cool as that mirror on the floor?

A beautiful display of jewelry in the bathroom, which is big enough to put a piece of furniture in.  You don't find that much these days...

The master bedroom.

Our favorite shot of the bunch.  Her textile collection is unbelievable. 

And finally a shot of the powder room back downstairs.  We do love a teensy corner sink.

Here's the pretty scene just above the sink in front of the window.

There are a number of other rooms in this house, but we didn't include pictures of them all, though they were just as creative and collected.

We love seeing an historic house filled with treasures and fearless decorating.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Embroidered Equestrian Wall Art -- SOLD in shop

This embroidered fox hunting scene was originally part of a pillow.  We turned it into an art piece by stretching it and hanging in a hand-painted orange wood frame.  We have two of these!

Measures: 14" x 17" (10.5" x 13.5" inner frame)

This item or the set can be purchased at our store or in our etsy shop for $40 each plus S&H:

Upcycled Pallet Wine Rack

We create gorgeous shelf/display pieces out of old shipping pallets.  Use them for wine bottle/liquor storage, books, art, framed photos, you name it.  Each rustic rack comes with three eye hooks for securing to a wall.  We can make these to order in any finish you choose: natural, stained, waxed, or painted. 

Measures: 12" tall (8" tall backboard) x 30" long x 5.5" deep
Comes with 3 strong eye hooks to hang on wall

You can purchase these wineracks at our store or on etsy for $80 plus S&H:

Monday, January 14, 2013

Orange Bentwood Cafe Chair with Caned Seat

We love the graceful lines of a bentwood chair and this little beauty called out to us to be orange.  We used orange chalk paint and clear wax to re-do and preserve this little beauty.

The chair is sturdy and the caning is in good condition.  There are a few slight cracks in the bentwood near the top of the chair that are consistent with a chair of this vintage, but it doesn't affect the overall quality or look.

Use the chair to spice up the corner of a room or as a bright addition to your desk or vanity.

Measures: 35" tall with 16" diameter seat
Seat is at 18" high

You can purchase the chair in our shop or on etsy for $75 plus S&H:

Painted Black Mid-Century Chair with Jute Seat -- SOLD in shop

The seat on this solid wood, well-made mid-century chair had a tattered rush seat when we found it.  We removed the rush, painted the chair black, waxed with dark wax, and created the hand-woven seat with jute upholstery webbing and upholstery nails.  Lovely in the corner of a room or as a desk chair, this hand-made piece was created with pride and care.

Measures: 33" tall x 17" wide
Seat is 16.75" x 15.75 (at 17" high)

You can purchase this chair in our shop or in our etsy store for $85 plus S&H:

Black Ladder Back Chair with Woven Jute Seat.

The seat on this solid wood, well-made ladder back chair had a tattered rush seat when we found it.  We removed the rush, painted the chair black, used a dark wax, and created the hand-woven seat with jute upholstery webbing.  Lovely in the corner of a room or as a desk chair, this hand-made piece was re-created with pride and care.

Measures: 37.75" tall x 18.25" wide
Seat is 17" wide x 13.25" deep at 16" high
You can purchase this chair in our shop or in our etsy store for $85 plus S&H: