While this isn't a new idea, the reinvention and modern approach to it's use in home décor is fun and beautiful. Driftwood for décor is a brilliant idea because it’s not only beautiful but also eco-friendly because you use reclaimed old wood for creation of new and amazing designs. Driftwood items don’t always mean that a coastal or beach touch, they can look fantastically rustic. Its a wonderful way to add texture and interest to your home. Take a peak at some examples from DigsDigs:


 
 
Last night as we watched the sun go down at Watch Hill, I put on my first heavy sweatshirt of the season and thought to myself...this has been a great season. Really, what a fantastic summer here in New England, rather incredibly it was sunny and balmy all summer long.

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Sunset on a great summer
 
 
I love art installations. I think they are incredibly beautiful. And I came across an artist that is blinding me with the beauty of her work. Cal Lane is a sculptor and welder who turns ordinary objects into lacy artworks. She is an internationally acclaimed sculptor having won many prestigious awards over the past decade. Take a peak at what she is creating...
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Shovel
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Wheel barrel
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Oil Drum
What a cool girl! This stuff is so incredible.
 
 
Who knew? I love lighthouses. Every summer the hubby and I take the Sunset 10 Lighthouse cruise offered here in Southern New England by RI BAY CRUISES. It's a 90 minute narrated cruise showcasing Rhode Island's beautiful historic lighthouses. It provides an up close and unique perspective of these structures. And its reasonably priced. Sea, sunset and lighthouses...that's a great thing!
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Watch Hill Lighthouse

 
 
These pieces have been reborn with color . So...if you have a piece that screams 1980 and you like the bones of the furniture consider upscaling it with a paint treatment. You may find that you fall in love with it all over again.
 
 
If you are local please come and say hello and support a great cause! I'll be there as well many other local Upscalers and it should be a lot of fun.
Anyone requiring information  can call CINDY MAC ( Jonnycake Center) at 401.377-8069

Fun Fun Fun!
 
 
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. It's been so wonderfully sunny and mild. Perfect beach weather. Also great art festival weather. Next week I'll be participating in the ULTIMATE UPSCALE EVENT ( if you're local come and visit)  Let me show you what I have been doing with my time...

If the wood is good leave it alone...but if the wood isn't good, reinvent!

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So I appropriated this beat up side table...great hard wood piece but in dire need of some love.
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WA LA ! White chalk paint and Bombay Mahogany stain and this side table is perfect. I like the chunky retro handle and the carved legs.

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So I find this MDF barrister bookshelf...not hard wood but I liked the style of it. So I broke my own rule (never waste time on a piece that isn't wood) and I just went for itl
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Using A creamy white and duck egg blue chalk paint I upscaled this bland barrister bookshelf. I liked the look of a top open shelf. What do you think. Great bath or pantry storage.

Next... no before shot on this one ...I know always take the before shot

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This dresser was in very bad shape. Lacking bottoms for the drawers. Scuffed and beaten. I liked the curved top drawers on it. SO....I painted the body in Nantucket Grey, Bombay Mahogany stain on the top and added glass knobs.

Take a peak inside the studio (a work in progress) and take a  look at what I'm working on ... there it is in the back.

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This is a well loved secretary dresser with upper shelves. I love the curvy drawers and glass front on the shelves. The design quandary holding up production is whether to leave the flip open drawer front. wood or paint. Well...I painted it and really am wishing it was wood. So I removed drawer front and am going to remove the paint too ....and stain.
The color blue (Duck Egg Chalk Paint) isn't popping in these pics...it's going  to be fabulous when it is done this week.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

 
 
Texture plays an important role in the design of a home. Though sometimes a subtle influence, texture can provide a backdrop for the overall design of a room. When used well, texture can provide dimension, depth and character to an otherwise bland living space. The word texture seems to refer only to how a surface feels, but it also incorporates visual components, influencing not only how a room feels, but how it looks.
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We all know how great it works on our front porch. Is there anything more inviting than a wicker chair and table when you approach your home. Well more of us are using textured pieces to bring that feeling inside our homes.
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Over at the BLISSFUL BEE they are doing texture and it looks great. I love the chair . Also what makes this space so great is the wired baskets and raw wood shelf add more texture.
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Here the use grass cloth on the bed frame evokes feelings of a warm island breeze. Calming and welcoming.

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Just adding a woven lampshade can make a subtle impact in a room.
So this summer if you come across a woven object consider it for your interior. It's not just for the front porch anymore.
 
 
One of my good friends is getting married and having her reception on the beach. Well...perfect right! So we spent some time together this week, talking coastal décor, menus, and cost. Since she having an event at the shore she wants a comfortable, casual coastal feel,  starting with the tables and coastal tablescaping. Sweet! That's right in my wheelhouse. So I decided to share with you some ideas on this topic. Casual or fancy, I love them.
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Simple and fun!

Placemats and matching napkins in seahorses add a lot of fun to a coastal table.


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Its all about texture .

The woven stick runner and the small seashells creating wonderful texture to a casual coastal tablescape


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Simple Elegance

Just love the wooden candle holders paired with the mercury glass.





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Beautiful!

Oh yeah, this speaks to me. Dramatic and still very simple. Love the coral and candles.





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And just remember, tablescapes are not just for special occasions and your dinner table. They can be created in any place in your home. So go to your local consignment store and pick up a few  nautical pieces and start creating. 

It will make your soul happy!


 
 
We all know the golden rule---if the wood is good, keep it. However, if the wood is marred, or the finish is dated, why not reinvent it and use it as a statement piece in your home. Why not love it again!
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So it started here, a cherry wood dresser much like the one in this picture, that sat in a garage for 3 years. Before it was in garage,... it sat unloved in the basement. Hadn't been used in 5 years.
Wala- Coastal Inspired Dresser in blue and white stripes and brass pulls
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Here it is refinished with a light blue and cream latex, walnut stain rub, (to give it a more beachy weathered look) and given a protective polycoat in satin.
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I really love it. Anyone who lives along the shore will appreciate the breeziness the dresser has now. It has a nautical nod that is light and welcoming.  It would be beautiful anywhere in your home. It has five deep drawers that provide lots of storage.

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The top has been sanded and given Poly stain in Bombay Mahogany.
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What a great piece at an entryway in your home. The storage  could be used for all your summer needs, Towels, sunscreen, and flip flops.  

Hope you guys like it.