So not much had changed with the anniversary table project, we joined the boards and got all the bark off the edges of the slab and since then it's just been chilling in the basement. This weekend though I think we'll get back to it since I hate unfinished projects and we've got a few of those laying around
and... I just scored the most lovely chairs on Craigslist while visiting my parents in MI (does anyone else check in on the local CL offerings before traveling?) MI has some gems that's for sure. My dad was nice enough to pick up 6 of these distant bertoia cousins, which have a back hair pin leg (hard to tell in the photo) and they stack! Not that I'll ever need to stack my dining room chairs.
I've checked in with a bunch of powder coating places in the Chicagoland area, my first quote was INSANE, $1192 for the 6 dining room chairs, plus 2 Russel Woodard Sculptura chairs I found over the summer.
Based on some digging around these people are way way way on the high end, so we'll see, but I'd like to do them in matte black, I think that + the warm wood + the gold butter fly joints we're going to attempt on the table will be amazing.
Finally got a quote to redo our kitchen, woah, not as bad as expected... but also still a ton of money. Previously I was drawn to gray, or two tone cabinets BUT since it's such a big investment I'm going classic bright white.
and...We're going to attempt to hang the cabinets ourselves, more to come
Here's a collection from around the house : Succulents! so far these guys are going strong hopefully in the coming months they will fill in the pot a bit, but the string of pearls have already grown 2 inches. I'm going to try my best not to kill them. Marble Cheese Plate: I originally got the idea from this pin, it's just a marble floor tile with some little plastic protectors on the bottom, I decided I liked it better with out handles. New Kilim: another super sweet craigslist score only $75. Marble Outdoor Table: "Things I've made out of Tile" could almost be it's own blog post, which reminds me I don't think I ever posted about the slate cheese tray I made, probably because it hardly seems like a DIY, but it sure beats buying those expensive ones, a slate tile will cost about $2, but back to my new little outdoor table...I bought 2 from target last summer for $5 each. They originally looked like this until the seat cushion got hopelessly ruined in the rain, luckily a 12x12 marble tile fits perfectly on top. Dansk Kobenstyle: I found this guy at Homegoods 50% off the crate&barrel price, not as satisfying as finding a vintage one for $2 at the thrift, but still pretty good... and lastly my Fav New Shirt Right Now: kinda mens pajama ish, but I love it.
...and speaking of craiglist, I also found 3 Russel Woodard Sculptura chairs looking for a home for the deal of the century. It's been a good summer for finds. They need some love, but all welds and wires are still firmly in place. Currently they are brownish black but I think I'll spay them white or maybe check into powder coating. One of the trio is headed to Detroit to grace my bestie's porch, while the other 2 will remain in Chicago and hopefully be the crown jewels in a newly landscaped back yard...next summer.
Last month while trolling craigslist I spotted an ugly wood coffee table with a gorgeous round slab of Italian carrera marble sitting on top. I measured my crappy ikea docksta table, then measured the trunk opening of my tiny hatchback, and emailed the seller. The rest is history, look at those striations so lovely. The only down side is that with the weight of the marble it's a bit wobbly, I've had my eyes peeled for a cast aluminum tulip base, and I'm kicking myself for selling the one that I had a year ago...thinking "I'll never find a perfect marble top for this, why am I storing it"
While I love a good ballet flat, I think I need a pair of black loafers for fall, something a little more sophisticated. The top right pair are Madewell and while I love the patent leather, I'm leaning towards calf hair or velvet, like the second pair by Dolce Vita. Which reminds me, I still need to get the soles fixed on the Bottega Veneta wannabes that I scored last year.
With Summer fading I've been pinning more DIY ideas than usual, maybe I subconsciously want to keep myself busy all fall/winter. Top Row: Tassel Necklace, Another great Architectural Print DIY and this one even shows you how to DIY a cheap custom frame, this fruit basket is so lovely I'd love to find a wire basket at the thrift that I could hang up like this, I haven't forgotten about my lace cover up plans. Bottom Row: Love this side table care of Emily Henderson, and this cactus watercolor, I'm inspired to paint something similar. I saw these pillows in the last House Beautiful and think they look like a super easy DIY...just pom poms and embroidery thread, and lastly this little nautical inspired bracelet, currently at JCrew for $$$ however all the supplies to make this little guy are at Joann Fabrics.