Every time I go home to my parents, my boyfriend always says, “Don’t bring home anymore furniture or knick-knacks!” He knows me oh to well… On Sunday night I brought home this little gem, but he didn’t seem to notice it since I strategically placed it among the dinning room furniture.
When I went to Brimfield a couple weeks ago with Mama Shea (read more about that here). We got the best deal… a $5 wicker bucket seat. So cute! And on Sunday afternoon, (after our weekend in Chatham) I took it out back and cleaned it off.
It definitely needs some TLC – fresh paint and a cushion. I’ve never made a cushion before so that will be interesting. I was thinking of doing something with a ‘dipped’ paint effect, like these examples I found online:
I gotta go to Home Depot and pick up some spray paint today and decide on a color scheme – then I can get started on my sweet-ass cushion!
On Friday night, I poured myself a little glass of Magners and was relaxing with my boyfriend. I got up to make us some snacks and when I came back in the room – guess who was drinking my Magners…? My dog… Bruin. She had jumped on the coffee table and was helping herself. It got me thinking that we probably need a taller coffee table. The last tenants were nice enough to leave the one we have now, which was great! But my little drinking buddy finally pushed me over the edge to get a taller table. And then it got me thinking about some supplies I had in my parents basement…
Sunday afternoon I drove home and headed to the basement for my next project… making a new coffee table with my Dad!
I had these old iron hairpin legs that I bought off Ebay for about $15 a couple years ago, and then three planks of poplar wood that I picked up from Lowes – I just thought the wood had the prettiest marble affect, I bought it with the, ‘this will be great for a future project‘ mentality, sometimes that can be a dangerous/hoarder mentality!
Whenever I have a wood working project, I like to work on it, on my Dad’s tool bench – I never have to buy anything – he has everything! Scrap wood, washers, screws and all the tools. We (yes, even though I was snapping pictures I was also doing this!) cut up a piece of scrap wood to bind all three poplar pieces together on the under side. Then squeezed a little wood glue down, put the wood in place and screwed them in. As for the legs I found 3/4 thick screws and used washers to help them stay in place. Then voila – a coffee table! The entire process took about 20 minutes, now all I have to do is finish sanding and lay on the polyurethane (to seal the wood).
The kids really like it as you can see from the picture below. It was a productive twist on my lazy Sunday.
One of my favorite DIY blogs has to be Scrap Hackers – Why you ask? Because there is an entire section dedicated to altering Ikea furniture, with post titles such as, “Pimp Your Billy.’ What’s not to like about that?
But in this particular case – I was really drawn to their ‘Itchin’ to be Stitchin‘ posts.
Another Boston based artist, Just Jill took the art of stitching into her own hands with this Van Gogh’s ‘Room at Arles.’ Jill mentioned she has liked Van Gogh since she was a kid, and when she was in college she really gravitated towards stylized painting strokes, and she decided to take on the challenge of capturing that style through stitching.
Now that @robin_munro_h has finally come home to
Tara, Massachusetts I brought her ass to SOWA! First we had to pick up some Dunks, because we can’t function without that iced french vanilla kick. We also brought the kids along (our dogs, Hef & Bruin).
We started on the Farmer’s Market side, where I picked up some flowers, that I promptly found out, once we walked away, that we were both allergic to, but I really like those flowers that look like muppet arms.The market was on the smaller side this weekend because everyone who is sane is definitely down the Cape, or near some other body of water. But still found the cutest booth that was filled with hand made ceramic dishware and plant holders. Elizabeth Benotti’s booth! She has a studio near Concord New Hampshire and creates everything herself.
Of course I had to bring a little something home – another succulent for my windowsill, its the little guy in the middle.
The last stop on the agenda was the vintage market in between the Farmers and arts&crafts. We didn’t stay too long inside because the kids were melting. All in all it was a great first trip for Robin to SOWA, next time we are going to hit up those food trucks, hard.
This has to be my favorite interior space on the planet – and it explains why I hold onto things… the most magical of interiors, my grandmas’s apartment! Shalom Y’All!
Check out these great hanging lights from Studio Snowpuppe.
Design Sponge, one of the greatest blogs ever, has come up with a fun DIY mobile.
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dwelltime – a. Period in which a dynamic process remains halted, allowing another process to occur. b. Amount of time that water is in contact with ground coffee before entering the cup.
dwelltime… what a magical place to be. (It’s located on Broadway right near the town hall annex in Cambridge)…. The windows were open, you could smell coffee from down the street. It was the perfect place to grab a latte while doing errands for work. Besides their lattes, what I love most about dwelltime is their signage out front! Natural wood and copper – a real classy joint.
I snapped two Instagrams of my favorite pieces in my apartment:
The first image, has these great deco-inspired mirrored lamps, sitting on a mid century modern themed side table (that I made). Part of the silk screen that is peeking through at the top, is a Maud Morgan print that my old boss gave me. The small wood/mixed media piece is artwork I created, that can be found on my website(www.cmunroshea.com) .And the candle holders are from ikea and they sit on top of a chunk of wood that I bought on Ebay from a lumber yard in Portland Oregon. The ‘Jeff Koons’ little gold dog, I saw in shop when I was in Paris last fall and I HAD to have it.
The second Instagram, is the fabulous queen chair (I like to call it). Its from my Auntie Elaine’s condo, where she had the most incredible taste and same with the ceramic japanese garden stool. The embroidered pillow is from my Mom (Momma Munro Shea herself). Oh, and the small ceramic sitting horse is from the one and only, Christmas Tree shop!
Every piece has a story, Nate Berkus would be so proud.