Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Catching Up

Things around FINDS have really started to get busy since the first of the year. 

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with Mary Beth Paulson of House of Landor, a new high-end vintage clothing business here in Raleigh.  She brought over the most sumptuous, amazing vintage clothing and let me try on (and pose for the camera, though I'm pretty shy in front of it!) some of her pieces.  Let me tell y'all, some of the most fun I've had in a long time.  AND she's offering her services to those here in the triangle.  $45 and she'll come spend an hour with your at your house and bring her collection for you to try on.  You're guaranteed to find something you like or she'll keep searching for you.  So not only will you have on something different than everyone else at your next event, you'll have been professionally styled (modern-ly of course!) in a fabulous vintage number. 

Y'all know I love vintage furniture...well vintage clothing and jewelry...VERY close second.  Check out House of Landor on Facebook and Etsy and see all the fab pieces she gets in every single week.

Me in the pink kaftan.  NOT a natural at this...

    Finished up a bookcase styling! 
You may remember my plans for this project here:

Very pleased with how it came out and the copious amounts of blue and white ginger jars/platters I was allowed to throw in there. 

Finally got this vintage king-sized headboard reupholstered in a magical blue velvet with cream piping and into my parent's bedroom.  Emme pug and the red-orange grass cloth wallpaper provide excellent color accents.

Working on some special projects with my mom's awesome artwork.  Stay tuned to hear more about that.

My plate is just way too full (except literally I haven't eaten wheat in 2 months with only one cheat for pizza which left me writhing in digestive pain the whole night WTF?) I'm thinking I need to hire someone ASAP.  It will have to be a very special someone though, b/c this business is allllll over the map right now, can you tell?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Before and After: Broyhill Chairs

Vintage Broyhill arm chairs got a lift with some orchid cotton fabric and white velvet piping.


Monday, January 13, 2014

A Book by Any Other Name...Would it look as sweet sitting on your Shelf???

Happy Monday to everyone!  This is shaping up to be a busy month.  Lots of new client projects like styling this bookshelf:  note my excellent magic marker mock up (har har, I'm a terrible drawer)

Excited to get my book color blocking on, and my blue and white ginger jar and blue willow plate placement on.  BUT let me tell you a real concern of mine...finding all of those books that I want to use!  Amassing a ton of books that fit color schemes AND that suit the client's desire to "be books they would actually read" does terrify me a little.  By a little I mean I will hold myself to outrageously high standards of book finding since I was an English major in college, so I get the importance of having people look at your bookshelf and wanting the right kinds of titles to be there.  Do you feel that way about the books you put out on display or is this just me (and I guess my clients too)? 

In FINDS store news I just picked up this vintage Asian style bar for the shop.  It will become our new checkout counter/pug nap spot.

Plan to lacquer this a fun color, hot pink? orange? and shine up that brass at the bottom to make this a stunner, but for right now it's going to be used as is.

Getting an actual checkout counter will finally motivate me to tear down the wall in the front of the shop, paint the ceiling, put in track lighting, and put a shelving system in the back room.  Needs to happen, and all sounds completely overwhelming to me, but I think with baby steps (read blood/sweat/tears) I'll be able to get it done.

Picking up a bunch of fun upholstered projects this week so stay tuned for some fun before and afters!!

PS I've now gone two weeks without eating any kind of wheat.  Will pay someone to smuggle me a pizza.  More on that later.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 what what?!

2014 demands that I blog, because I just realized that I started blogging almost 4 years ago.  FOUR YEARS AGO!  I know...thinking about how this whole thing (FINDS etc) got started with just this little blog is crazy.  BTW fun fact:  this blog was called Post-College Working Girl when I first started writing it.  Kind of embarrassing seeing as how the more appropriate title now would be "I Can't Even Remember What it was like to be in College I'm That Far Removed and Now I Work For Myself and That's Scary as Shit Girl."

Anywho, just a few photos to ease us into the new year.  I got this photo from a client who came into the shop looking for something above her mantle.  I pulled together some blue willow plates we had in the store and did a little arranging of them on the floor.  She liked so I sent her home with a blue print and this is what she did:

At any given point we usually have a few blue willow plates lying around the shop so just ask if you'd like for me to concoct something like this for you!

In other news we are finally getting some new lacquered pieces out.  My favorite one was a vintage Thomasville campaign dresser that we lacquered gray.  The pulls on this thing are just really phenomenal and I like how they are different than your typical campaign piece.

On a personal note, Charlie and Emme got engaged over Christmas break

Super in love, here she is with her ring (pop) that he gave her.

And I celebrated the new year with this guy

We were only sliiiightly inebriated but honestly this was the best photo so you can imagine what the others were like.

So excited for 2014 projects and to share them with y'all.  Thanks for a great 2013 and thanks to (some of) you for 4 years of reading this blog.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Two Makeovers and Yes I know Beyonce Released a Secret Album!

Two quick before and afters to share with you today.  We never got a chance to discuss the transformation of the 6 faux bamboo and caning chairs currently on sale HERE.

Super snooze fest so I knew that this wasn't a "just paint it black or white" situation.  So enter my crazy brain which schemed up chartreuse...

Along with some David Hicks "La Fiorentina" fabric I think these chairs are now the perfect punchy design element.  

Think along the lines of:

The next before and after project has been in my own house, which is oft neglected in favor of client's houses or the shop.  

You know I had been dreaming of black trim for our house.  We have a lot of white walls, which I think is the key to doing black trim, and truth be told we have two dogs who shed A LOT and I was tired of seeing their hair all over the baseboards when I had just swept/vacuumed the day before.

So one night I decided to turn this:


Can you see where I still left a rag and the top to the paint can in the hallway?  I have no patience.  

I chose a high-gloss true black for the trim.  Let me tell you, I'm LOVING it.  However, it took forever to do just this hallway.  Two coats, should have taped off.  Like I said, no patience so I just went in and started free-handing all this trim.  Also, I know you can't tell in this photo but I layered black over that green wall so that some of the green is still showing through and it's actually quite pretty.  That was a happy accident.

Do you have any weekend makeover projects?  What are you dying to try?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekend Musings and One Monster Credenza

I'm seeing all of these pictures of people with snow from this weekend.  Is North Carolina the only place that is just getting nasty, muddy rain?  I took some time this weekend while my brother was working the shop for me to hit up some estate sales in the area. 

Vintage dress in the Pantone color of the year.  I can't tell you how sorely tempted I am by things like this.  Would wear it around the house all day with my hair in curlers.

We added a whole bunch of vintage design books to the store this weekend.  I love reading them all and seeing pictures that I think are relevant to design now.  So many of the things we love today are rooted in vintage design aesthetics.  My brother sneakily caught me reading one of the books through the shop window. 

Please note my Christmas decorations.  I love them and will probably keep them up until July.

 Felt accomplished finally getting this monster dresser set up in the shop.  It's 9' long and won't be moved again until it sells.  The inside is lacquered light blue and it's all kinds of divine.  (available at FINDS for $3500)

Everytime someone comes into the shop and sees it one of the first things they say is: "But where would you put it?" or "You'd need a really big room for that!"

I think all you need is one wall that is 9' long (I'm sure everyone has one!) and you'd be set, no grandiose room needed.  

(all images via Pinterest)

This one seems to even be covering a window and that doesn't bother me.

Do you think you could rock a long credenza in your house?  I am mad for them right now!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Comment if You Like Curtain Clothes!

Ok guys, we have a lot to talk about and not a lot of time before I have to go to the fabric store to get curtain fabric samples (which I will unfortunately NOT be making into clothes...)

One, I watched...for all of 15 minutes...the Sound of Music thing with Carrie Underwood.  Several comments here.  Carrie Underwood is a great singer, and that's the only good thing I could say about it.  She's a teeeeeerrrrrible actress.  Has she ever heard of using inflection in her voice?  I had to turn it off and watch DVRed Mindy Project.  If they were going to do this thing...don't do it live maybe?  I don't know, total train wreck.  Oh wait, I do have one last good thing to say about it.  The head nun I thought was fab.  PS did you catch DiGiorno live tweeting the event?  Freaking hilarious.

Comment if you love curtain clothes!

Second, Pantone announced the new 2014 Color of the Year.  If you are one of the people who I told "it's gonna be a purple" please step forward and vouch for me that I've been calling this thing for months. (See my obsession with it back in September).  I'm thrilled.  Great color.  We've been doing a lot of lilac lacquered pieces.  Look for some more soon and we'll just start calling it "orchid." 

(Item already SOLD)

Truth be told I like my lilac just a little bit better than the orchid...more red, less blue, but who am I to argue with Pantone?

Can I just say that I'm really glad it's not 2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008.

That's it for now, hope to see everyone when the store is open this weekend!


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