Sep
30
2014
The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods with Vintage Fiber Art  Lamps Table Art Plants

I had the distinct pleasure of working with and styling for some of the amazing Makers from my Great.ly Boutique and the even more distinct pleasure of getting to see, touch, and feel a few of their pieces in real life. I am completely over the moon for these pretties and utterly blown away by the stellar quality of each and every one of them. As a gal who considers herself something of a Maker as well, I am always so excited to see the handmade genius of others come to life. Quite honestly the sheer amount of talent that is currently represented in my Living Room is off the charts at this point. I feel pretty lucky to have the privilege of gazing at these beauties, up close and personal, for the time being... It is quite the treat.

Cloud Planter // Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue // This is My Beetles Poster Print // Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White // Block Cushion Cover Black

The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods with Vintage Fiber Art Hanging Ceramic Crochet Planter Ceramic Cup Candle and Plants
The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods

Cloud Planter // Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue // This is My Beetles Poster Print // Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White // Block Cushion Cover Black

The ceramic and crochet Cloud Planter is just amazing, and adds such fabulous interest to this spot. The Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue has a couple of hidden design gems that make this multi-functional cup a total knock-out. As a huge fan of the Beetles, but not such a fan of the traditional band poster, this print is perfect. The Handwoven Petel Pillow has a gorgeous understated pop of neon that you absolutely must see and admire up close, it is to die for, and the bold graphic Block Cushion is just a show stopper... You might have seen these pillows put to good use in my Indoor / Outdoor House Bed Playhouse and Lounge, they have become my new favorite duo. A bit like a pair of styling and decor super heroes... and I kinda love them!

Ceramic and Crochet Hanging Planter and Vintage Portrait for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Pencils in Ceramic Decorative Cup for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Beatles Print Pillows and Brass for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Ceramic and Crochet Hanging Planter for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods

I absolutely love that each and every one of these items is handmade and that the purchase of them supports small businesses and Makers around the world - quite literally. I think this is such an important thing in this day and age of mass production. I hope you will take a gander at what these amazing folks are capable of and how their creative genius manifests. It is just lovely.

Sources

Cloud Planter Made by Margie Rahmann of My Very Own Eye Goggles // Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue Made by Jill Rosenwald of Jill Rosenwald Studio // This is My Beetles Poster Print Made by Traci Yau of 45Wall Design // Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White Made by Ibrahima Wagne of Petel Design // Block Cushion Cover Black Made by Ellie Bradley of Xavier & Me

Sep
28
2014
Neutral and Organic group of A Few of My Favorite Things from The Design Confidential Curator Collection on Joss and Main

We are well into the week long event for my Joss & Main collaboration and there are still some amazing pieces listed in the lovely sale they curated around my design aesthetic. The sale only runs through Tuesday so if you would like to check it out, you can sign up right here and view all of the great things up for grabs at screaming good prices! There are several sofas priced so low that it is blowing my mind, and it has me thinking I might focus on a replacing my sofa, sooner rather than later... especially since a certain someone had a little party with a permanent marker, to the tune of total destruction, a few weeks back. So there is that to be dealt with, eek.

I have rounded up a few of my favorite things from the sale and curated a couple of mood boards for you fine friends, with two totally different looks about them. 

1 // 2 Piece Miki Indoor / Outdoor Lounge Chair + Ottoman Set 2 // Westport Sheepskin Rug 3 // Degaulle Table Lamp 4 // Lumeno Console Table 5 // Brayden Pouf 6 // Sidra Rug in Ivory 7 // Morrison Leather Arm Chair 8 // Gail End Table 9 // Morrison Leather Sofa

Mixed and Modern Mood Board from A Few of My Favorite Things from The Design Confidential Curator Collection on Joss and Main

1 // Minna Arm Chair 2 // Ramona Table Lamp 3 // Blue Waterfall Canvas Painting 4 // Sutton Console Table 5 // Sabra Pouf 6 // Clifton Cowhide Rug 7 // Lennon Coffee Table 8 // Fischer Sofa 9 // Togo Pillow 10 // Wallingford Teak Stool

I hope you take a minute and sign up if you aren't already a member and take a gander at the sale along with the fabulous write up about me and this site. It is pretty special! 

 

Sep
25
2014
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches

Wonderful set of plans. Easy to follow. Easy to modify if you need to, as I did in my case. Results are very pleasing.

Estimated Cost 

Eh, about $175, give or take

Length of Time 

About 4 Weekends plus a little after work a few nights for sanding and staining.

Modifications 

Well, there are a couple....

1. I don't like that the crossing legs on both the benches and the table were actually cut in half and attached. Therefore, I cut dado cuts into both cross pieces, glued and screwed them together for added stability.

2. My wife is an Italian and likes to have big meals with lots of peeps. Therefore, I modified the plans to push the table and benches to 8ft long rather than the original plan which is 6ft. I used a little flair in the center of the table to add the additional 2ft and break up the long lines that 8ft boards would have created. In doing so, I had to add some additional bracing on the underside to make it a bit more sturdy to support the extra length. But I didn't have to add a center support leg system.

Lumber Used 

Douglas Fur

Finishing Technique 

I used the same finish as the builder John because I like the way his photos turned out. I was not disappointed in the least. Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish. Cedar natural tone

Beautiful Sides for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Close Up of Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Finished Build and Stain for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Opposite Side of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Fish Eye Wide Angle for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches

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