13 Jan



Store Highlight: Silk and Burlap

11 Jan

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting home and clothing store Silk and Burlap. Located in Frederick, MD, about an hour outside of Washington, the store offers customers a truly unique shopping experience. Merchandise includes women’s clothing and accessories mixed with carefully selected vintage home furnishings. You can find newly reupholstered sofas, Eames chairs, antique crates, vintage signs, and gorgeous chandeliers among other things. Their staff is super friendly and prices are of the bargain basement variety. I highly recommend stopping by. I had so much fun…I hardly wanted to go home. Here are pics from my visit:

DIY Plywood Bookcase

10 Jan

Photo: Bolig Battle

Storage solutions for books and similar sized items can get expensive, but to save money you can build your own.  With less than $100 (not including the cost of tools) and a trip to your local hardware store you can recreate the shelving pictured above, featured on Danish design show Bolig Battle.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

1) Two sheets of plywood, preferably MDF (the size will depend on how much storage you need) cut into 12×12 squares

2) Wood glue, $3 Home Depot

3) Black spray paint, $3 Home Depot

4) Hammer

5) Wood

6) Nails

Here are the steps to create the bookcase:

1) Nail 12×12 wood panels to the wall to create plywood backing of the shelf, putting one nail in each corner of the squares.

2) Begin assembling boxes by applying a line of glue along the edge of the base board and adjoining it to a second panel, also treated with a line of glue. Hold the two pieces of wood together with a clamp. While clamped, nail the two pieces together to increase sturdiness. The result should be two wood panels adjoined in an L shape.

Photo: DIY Advice

3) Repeat the steps above to create a second “L”. Then glue and nail the two L-shaped pieces together to create a square. Use the clamp to reinforce the glued edges as they dry.

4) Once dry, glue a fifth piece of wood to the square to act as a base to the box.

5) Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve reached your desired number of boxes.

6) Spray paint half of your boxes.

7) Once dry, attach boxes to wood panels on the wall with glue (spread out over the surface of the box bases) and at least four nails or screws.



Artist Showcase: Val Proudki

8 Jan

One of the greatest photography talents DC has to offer is Val Proudki owner of Photographica. His sharp eye captures beauty and irony in everyday moments with ease, and has led him to win many accolades including 1st place in DC’s “Spirit of DC” Fotoweek competition. His work is so inspiring I own some myself. Whenever I have new guests over they always comment on how powerful his work is. If you’d like to purchase his photography you can do so by visiting him on weekends at Eastern Market where he has a booth, or by purchasing online at Photographica. Prints are very reasonably priced, with many coming in at under $100.

He has been honored with accolades such as DC Fotoweek’s 1st place winner in the “Spirit of DC” contest.

Around Town: Furniture Finds in DC and Baltimore

7 Jan

As we head into the weekend, here’s a peek at items local stores are stocked with:

Set of four Joe Colombo chairs, $225 Home Anthology

Nana Ditzel cradle, price not listed, Home Anthology

Mid-Century plywood desk chair, $150 Modern Mobler

Colonial Style Chairs, $85 each Miss Pixies

1970s hanging lamp, $195 Miss Pixies

John Kelly Alpha Bed, $756 (sample sale) RCKNDY

Norm Pendant Light, $78 Tabletop

Wallpaper on the Ceiling

6 Jan

When people think of grounding a room, most often putting down a large floor rug comes to mind. However, large rugs aren’t cheap, and finding one that fits your budget an existing decor can be difficult. A less popular route to grounding a room is taking the opposite approach and working with the ceiling. Ceilings tend to be overlooked when decorating, but given their large surface area they can be a way to bring about high impact. Take a look at the rooms below that use wallpaper on the ceiling to achieve a stunning visual effect.


Photo: David Cafiero

Photo: Designer Wall Coverings

Here are some online wallpaper resources:

DIY Baby Swing

5 Jan

When browsing through the February 2011 issue of Dwell, I happened upon this photo. In addition to thinking….what a cute a baby…..I also thought…wow what a great DIY (speaking of the baby swing). All you need to make your own is:

1) A very study basket or bassinet with handles and padding

2) Some rope (I’d go with 1/2 inch wide to be extra safe), $10

3) A ceiling hook, $2

…….and you’ve got yourself a baby swing without spending hundreds of dollars.

Inside Look: Copenhagen Family Home

4 Jan

Over at Dos Family a beautiful family home in Copenhagen is featured. The home is sophisticated yet lived in, and reflects the family’s eclectic and somewhat quirky tastes. It’s definitely proof positive you can still be stylish with kids.

Photos: Dos Family

For more pictures click here.

Craigslist Finds: Washington, DC

4 Jan

Vintage Farmhouse Dining Table, $150


Crate & Barrel Camden Sofa, $200

Blue Eames DCM Chair, $225

CB2 Sofa, $520

Crate and Barrel Bayside Sofa, $700

Low-Cost DIY Bubble Chandelier

3 Jan

Chandeliers have a way of making rooms look grown and sexy. Unfortunately, they can also be cost prohibitive. So naturally when I ran across this gorgeous DIY chandelier via Small Notebook coming in at only $70 I was super psyched!


-18 4-inch glass balls from CB2 ($2 each)

-4 IKEA cord sets ($4 each)

-20 gauge floral wire ($1)

-galvanized electrical conduit and fittings ($12)

-4 25-watt clear bulbs ($1 each)


For instructions on how to assemble click here.