Archive for Furniture Design

Celebrating Black and White

With the holidays fast approaching, I stitched these black and white cloth napkins with some fabric remnants from the black and white chairs that I reupholstered.

Have you begun to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday? Will you do any decorating?

I have been working hard on an article for a new Canadian blogazine called The Purple Fig.(I will let you know as soon as it launches.) I am super enthused to share the step by step tutorial for this before and after chair upholstery.

Here is a sneak peak at how the chairs looked before I got a hold of them. I think you will agree they looked kind of crazy. The paint was either chippy in spots or goopy in others.

Stay tuned for the update on how they will be transformed. I have another BEAUTY out in  the workshop today that I am going to begin sanding. Typing fast because I seriously can’t wait!

Have a fab weekend. See you Monday, when I post pictures of the new project!

Hilary

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White French Empire Settee: Before and After

Here she is!! The sofa settee that I spotted a year ago at an antique store, yet always imagined this piece as an ornate white enameled bench with custom upholstery.

Voila! The French Empire Revival Settee is available on Etsy:)

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Sneak Peak: Cartographer’s Table

In the spirit of our trip to Paris, I wanted to share a peak of the new cartographers table covered in antique maps and ready for it’s next adventure.

This table is a salvaged piece. It’s charming rustic shape and all wood construction spoke to me, When I found the perfect dove gray…It was time to start cleaning, sanding, and painting.

I found this antique map paper to be the perfect accent to the dove gray paint.

A silver knob coated in bright white enamel…

Et voila! It will be in shop soon after we return from our European journey. You can see more before and after furniture restorations here.

 

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Celery Green Bergere: Before and After

When I found this French Bergere armchair with caning in great condition, I was inspired to reinvent it as a modern piece. Bergere chairs first appeared during the French Regency and this one was likely created during the American Empire Revival Period. I refinished the wood by sanding, priming, and then layering a coat of glossy black enamel lacquer. One panel of the caning had to be completely replaced.

With the help of a talented upholsterer, this French arm chair has come to life in a celery green cotton linen that is super soft and comfy. This item is in my shop now.
While, I’m getting ready to experience France and Italy firsthand, I will make sure not to leave you hanging while I’m away. Look forward to pictures of Spa styling that I just completed as well as photos from a lighting spree to inspire you.

 

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Shop Photo Friday

I am feeling exuberant about my product photo shoot last weekend. Although, I usually prefer to work with photographers, sometimes it’s necessary to get creative with styling and work up a little photo shoot on your own spur of the moment. Here are the results of my playing around in my studio last weekend.

I’ve taken a bit of good advice from a friend to hone in on my PInk Pianos style story. It’s been fun to think about what I love about design. Global accents like this pillows are one example. 

I often focus on the details…so knobs and hardware are small accents that feel important in designing a piece of furniture.

Another aspect of having a design studio that I love is creating products that I would want to own. These Belgian Linen Gallery style frames are something I plan to create more of as I develop my decor line. 

Last but not last, I’m excited to share with you this vintage modern accent chair. Finding the great vintage shapes and pairing them with modern fabric is the genuinely exciting for me.

I hope you have found my photos and thoughts on shop ownership interesting. Enough about me, I would love to hear from some of you about your Journey with product development. How do you find inspiration?..and how have you developed your brand and style? If you would like to be considered for a Friday feature please contact me. I’d love to bring new designers to the attention and benefit of us all!

 

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Before and After: Antique Dining Table

I think many of you will appreciate the classic simplicity of this dining table Before and After. The table is possibly antique or soon to be antique according to the owner who has had it in the family for 3 generations. The table showed the imperfections of age and need ed to be refinished. In many places you could see the polyurethane finish needed restoration

After plenty of stripping and sanding, I conditioned the wood using a wood conditioner. I also did a little research on the table and it the only distinguishing feature that I noticed were the table slides (the table has 3 leafs and extends over 10 feet, making a magnificent dining piece!). The slides were manufactured by the Jefferson Woodworking Company, a company started in Louisville, KY around since 1920. Also, serendipitous that it was perhaps built in my hometown and found it’s way to me out here in Los Angeles.

The trumpet legs and fluting give the table a neoclassical air.

Here she isin all of here splendor as we prepare to move her into my client’s dining room. I can’t wait to style her. I know she would look fabulously Neoclassical French with all the right high back dining chairs, candlesticks and art.

If anyone has any insights about the period this piece was made, please leave a comment or email. I would love to hear from you!

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Before and After: French Armchair

I love this French Country style chair that my client and I found at a local thrift store. We needed a simple piece for the entryway of her Mediterranean style home.  While the original black and white did pop to begin with, we wanted to alter it to make it a better fit with the home’s earth toned interior and I pictured it as a Scandinavian piece.

The blue gray paint by Dunn Edwards is called tarnished silver and the fabric is a gorgeous block printed linen from Deco Home, one of my favorite fabric sources in LA!

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