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Black and White Frames

This winter, I will be using a lot of black and white to accent my space. I think these two classic colors are easy to mix and if you love modernism then they often provide that clean classic sentiment.

Here is another work in progress, a white frame soon-to-be pin board for my storefront.

Curious how it looked before?

I really like the contrast that the burnished gold had before. I may dab in warm silver metallic paint into the crevices of the white frame,

For this pinboard, I use a large French style museum frame with ornate floral carvings. It was originally in white.

My client preferred it in black to better match the dark wood where it will be used in her kitchen. I’m curious which color to you prefer?

I think I like the white on the dark wall, but imagine the black will look sharp in a tiled kitchen, with walnut wood.

I have some exciting posts planned for next week~looking forward to the weekend, anyone? I really want to see Anna Karenina…who’s with me?

What are you conjuring up this weekend?

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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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Home Tour

I have intended to share a glimpse into our own living space since I started PinkPianos in 2009. While many of these walls and backdrops my look familiar, (I have shot many Before and Afters in various rooms of our flat) this is the most complete peak of the space ’til date. One activity that never bores me is restyling the mantle, since out fireplace is decoration only, I always like to dress it up with different accessories. Our friend and photographer, Amelia took all of these pictures on the way to a photo shoot of my client’s space. One thing I noticed when putting together this post is that nearly all of the rooms in our home have original artworks. Part of the reason is because I know plenty of artists and the flip-side is that artwork is an affordable and fun way to customize a living space. The turntables belong to my husband and they have provided endless amounts of musical entertainment and energy. The last room that I will share with you is my studio. Every artist needs a light-filled workspace. Photo ledges are a great way to organize paintings and visual inspiration. I have plans for a large linen tack board in the works over the next few weeks.

Until next time, I’d love to hear what you think about our ephemeral yet, curated place. Feels good to be back after a weekend of celebration!

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Still Crushin’ on Violet

It feels so good to be back after a relaxing and fun Labor Day weekend, (yes, I did rock the dress:)

She’s all painted up and ready to go. Remember when I debated using Hunter green? Well, I will probably still do a piece that color in the near future, but you all voted for Violet. So, Violet she is!

I will be offering this piece in store and in my shop. The knobs are beautiful textured white porcelain with gold accents. All drawer pulls and trim has been completely rebuffed in Antique gold.

Look forward to my newest crush/designer I just discovered later this week.

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Violet Crush: Before and After

Well, I’ve been working on this Little Red dresser all week! While, I liked her charm and character, I wanted to create a more feminine piece. Plus, she was really banged up!

I opted for a dusty violet paint color that I mixed by hand. I also taped of all of the iron detailing and buffed it gold using Rub n’ Buff. I prefer the antique gold because it is less shiny!

The piece already had great curves. Wanna peak inside the drawer?

I found these knobs at Anthropologie and chose them for the shape, color and texture. There are tiny bumps on each one, which kind of reminds me of a sea urchin! This picture shows how plum-y she can look depending on the light.

I’m still workin’ on her. What do you think of the new shade, is it a keeper?

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Knick Knacks: Green and beige

As promised here’s a peak at what I’ve been sewing at home. Et Voila!

August fields, Amy Butler pillowcase

This pillowcase is for the Designer Tag Sale in Orange County that I’ll be participating in this weekend. Details below.

Designer Tag Sale

Another big reveal…drumroll…is this little side table.

Antique side table

I named her Marlene. I hadn’t planned on naming her, but this one just struck me.

She looked very different before. I also found this shade of beige light and totally appealing.


Today while shopping around for other vintage side tables to redo, I found these alabaster candle holders on 1st Dibs.

Alabaster candle holders

Green and beige can look pretty sophisticated side by side. More on that soon.

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Malibu Flea Market finds

This weekend in Malibu at the Lion’s Club flea market, there was lots to uncover…

Look at this beautiful vintage day bed greeted me upon arrival.

VIntage Daybed

This store was a favorite as we rummaged through deep bins of linens dated from the 1920-50s.


Isn’t this one funny!? My friend, Annie, spotted it and she loved the color.

I had to take home, this linen tablecloth. I haven’t decided exactly what to do with it yet, but I did decide not to cut it up!

Here it is draped over my couch.

Linen applique

Just look at how intricate the cross stitching and applique were. They combine to make such a simply beautiful piece.

Cross stitch detail

Okay~ so I admit I didn’t find this next dresser this time around, but I wish I had…

Anthropologie mirrored dresser

This mirrored dresser is from Anthropologie and I love the aged finish of the mirrors.

Vintage linens, glass containers, and worn mirrors are all things to look for on a hunt like this. Not to mention, I had hoped to find a couple of wooden furnishings to refinish.

On our way out, we stopped at this shop brimming with knick knacks.

Burlap covered stool

Glass bottles with stoppers, vintage baby shoes, even little ink wells that could become part of a collection.

This burlap covered stool could be used in a variety of ways in a modern setting.

Other flea markets in L.A. that I have visited include: Fairfax, Rosebowl, and Silverlake shows. The Rosebowl flea market is by far the largest. Plus, I’m hearing good things about another one in Long Beach that is great for buyers.

If you’d like to see more amazing flea market style and finds, check out this book, Paris Style from Taschen. It has some seriously good pictures inside, plus lots of things to look for on your next treasure hunt.

Bon voyage!

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