At an antique store a couple of weeks ago I saw two beautiful, old, wood church pews. The quality of the wood, the intricacy of their carvings, and the ages of the pieces lent them to be a bit out of my price range, but I've been thinking about ways they could be used in my own abode ever since. I remembered this bohemian home that managed to incorporate a gorgeous Gothic pew into its modern space. I think a low one would look amazing as a window seat of sorts in my living room. Would you like to have this furnishing in your home? Would it be your style? Or is it too sacrilegious — or too religious — for you?
Recently, I've been really impressed by More Ways to Waste Time's inspiring dining room re-vamp. There was one seemingly small change to an heirloom piece of furniture that really caught my attention. Since the oak sideboard in the living room is a family heirloom, she couldn't paint it, but she did want to make the sideboard feel less imposing.
How did she lighten the sideboard? First, she covered the back of the shelves with Orla Kiely's Blossom wallpaper (which she taped to the sideboard, to avoid damage). Then with a collection of light-colored ceramics and light prints, she nicely updates and modernizes this antique piece.
Craftster member OpheliaITA recently refurbished her grandmother's sideboard. She writes, "I started this restoration two years ago, but the university, work, and, well, the lack of will stopped my good intentions! This Summer I finally had the time to bring back to life this old sideboard that was of my grandmother's and had stayed for years in the cellar with humidity, dust, mice, and other not so sociable little animals!"
With some hard work, OpheliaITA restored the sideboard to its former glory.
To see how her efforts paid off, read more
The Chair Couture line features singular furniture re-imagined by designer Margaret Elman. The inspired Ms. Elman remakes French vintage pieces by reupholstering them in nature-inspired modern prints, often taken directly from photographs.
Each piece is individually matched to individual fabrics, and as you might imagine, this makes for an expensive repurposed chair or bed indeed. Still, if I had the extra money, I'd certainly throw down for one of these lovely, unique pieces. And if you by chance have extra money to spend, you can find out more information about your own custom Chair Couture heirloom here.
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This stunning eighteenth-century Spanish double door ($12,808), available on 1st Dibs, is meant for, yes, a doorway. But if you'll remember the last How Would You, that's not how this Casa post works. Instead, I'm asking you to think outside the home-decorating box and find alternate uses for traditional home accents and furniture pieces.
How would you rework this antique Spanish door so it serves a different decorating or practical function in your home? Leave a comment below and let me know where you'd put this gorgeous door in your home.