Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sew Happy It's Snowing!

Having been totally snow-bound this weekend I've had no excuse to not be creative. I re-covered a footstool in my current favourite fabric!! I also  made a couple of small cushions just for the heck of it! If I had a wooden lodge in the mountains it would be full of this deer motif fabric. It works so well with tartans, checks, wool, wood & fur. Just the thing for this kind of weather.

My second favourite fabric has to be toile.  It has a real vintage feel to it but it can work well in a modern interior.  As always I'm working with remants & scraps. I picked up this pink toile de jouy panel at a junk yard. It had been beautifully sewn into a curtain but it was badly stained & faded at the edges. It didn't leave me much fabric to work with so the faithful tote bag pattern came out again, cheers Anne!
Lurking in the background in those photos is another wee doggie cushion, here he is in all his glory!!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Good day at the Arches

Spent a great day at Aberdeen Antique Centre today. I rent a space there where I have my ReVamps for sale.  It was fab to see so many people at the centre and all were treated to mulled wine & nibbles.  I made some shades and chatted. A great way to spend a Sunday!
Some sales were made and we wave goodbye to Coco!  I also took an order for a custom made tote bag, Anne has agreed to take the commision as she is far more inventive at sewing than me!

I have been making more wee Westie cushions. It's a good use of small fabric remnants and each one turns out slightly different from the others! It's hard to see in the photos but each one has a small leather nose to match their hearts. So cute!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A shade late!

Updating my own home, slowly!!
Antique to Glamtique!
Apologies for the long time between posts, my day job has been keeping me extremely busy. I am also attempting to update my own  interior at home!  That is probably the hardest task for an interior designer, we simply have too much choice and are too tired at the end of the day to think about it!  I love using old and vintage so made use of some hand mirrors that I had collected. I tied them with ribbon to make a hanger and grouped them together as a display.  This definitely comes under the Glamtique catagory!

I spent Sunday with a fabulous bunch of ladies aka the Pink Ladies craft group from Simply Create . Kath did a great workshop on Christmas hangers, see her blog for the tutorial, it's stunning! The talent that is Anne, ran a sewing workshop making quilted, patchwork, shabby chic cushions.  They were beautiful! I did a quick demo in lampshade making and I hopefully showed how to get a professional looking, designer shade for a fraction of the cost!

Here are some photos of some shades I've made recently from fabric remnants. I tend to use silk but at the demo I  used cotton from Simply Create stock and they came out fab! I stupidly forgot to take any snaps of the ones made on the day.
I do like a bit of trim!!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Monarch of the Glen

Yet another loom chair, (plenty more in my garage so be warned).  This one is particularly well made and is date stamped 1950. This bedroom chair had been painted brown, with a brush by one of its previous owners and as I've mentioned before, this method clogs the loom and doesn't give a great finish.All I could really do was give the chair a spray of brown gloss paint to cover the chips in the paint.  The seat pad however, was a different story.
First layer was a yucky brown floral with a strange felt. Truly hideous. Layer two was a funky kind of animal print with questionable stains. Layer three, the original, a green shiny fabric.  Once all had been removed I re-covered it in this wonderful deer motif fabric. I love this fabric! The chair looks so welcoming and ReVamp name, Glen, of course!!

PS. Check out Marilyn on the Antique to Glamtique page!
Mwah! from Marilyn

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Stormy Weather

Stripped back
Into every life a little rain must fall and this ReVamp provides just what you need to be prepared! A mid-century oak hall stand, nothing special and even a little bit dull.  But once stripped and painted a smart shade of blue it took on a whole new look.  Contemporary chrome hooks and a glass facet knob give it a modern look. The most striking addition being the funky shaped mirrors! Aren't they cool?  The umbrella shaped one is placed at a height suitable for the smaller family members to check out their hat is on properly! A fun ReVamp, oops almost forgot to tell you the name...... Cloudia!

As a follow on from Anne's Tote workshop, she is selling kits with everything included to make a fab tote bag or you can buy just the pattern. Visit her blog for more details.  I am hooked and made this bag with the same pattern, so pleased with it!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Tote-ally Lovely!

This beautiful tote bag was made by my own fair hands at a workshop run by Anne at Simply Create.  The pattern is one by Anne and she has very cleverly designed it to create an absolutely brilliant end result but with a straightforward and simple pattern.  Smart lady!!! Visit her blog to get the pattern.  Now that I have mastered this cute bag I will be able to make good use of all my fabric remnants!! This one is made with Cath Kidston fabric. Her next workshop is in December, get in touch with her to book.  I thoroughly recommend it, if last nights class was anything to go by, lots of laughs, lovely cup of coffee, good company and a beautiful bag to take home!!
Thanks Anne & Jacqui!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

A touch of Gold....

Gilda in all her finery

Feather & Toile, a perfect combination!
Well not so much a touch more complete coverage!!!  This loom style bedroom chair, ReVamp name Gilda, was in pretty good condition and was originally gold.  All it needed was a light coat of paint sprayed on and a lovely cushion to make it a stunning piece that would add instant glitz & glamour to any bedroom.  I would always advise to use spray paint when painting a loom or wicker type piece of furniture.  Applying paint with a brush is messy and and it results in the weave getting clogged.  Several light coats of spray paint give a much better finish.  We are familiar with Lloyd Loom , click on the link to read the history, but there are many less expensive alternatives out there that can be picked up easily.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Sweet "Fleur"

'Fleur' cabinet
Work in progress
I painted this cupboard with high gloss grey paint then I applied the baroque floral decoration. I am really pleased with this ReVamp and wanted to keep it!! The cupboard was originally a typical 1950's oak cabinet. Well made but nothing special and a bit drab. It was a salvage find and i think must have been used to store pipe tobacco judging by the aroma!  It now has a contemporay look and is a really useful piece of furniture, with no smell!!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Shady Lady!

Now there is no excuse for not having a custom made, designer lampshade in your own home.  I have kits which have everything you will need to create a 30cm shade. Either for a pendant or table lamp.  All you need to supply is the fabric, scissors & a craft knife.  I recommend using silk or a relatively thin fabric. A remnant approximately 1m by 25cm is enough for one shade.

A full instruction sheet is also included.  It's a bit tricky doing your first one, but you will be impressed with how professional your shade looks!  You can add trim, fringing, flowers or braid once the shade is finished and you will have a totally individual shade.  See the lampshade kits page for full instruction and how to order.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Roll call...

Farewell Frank

So long Sidney & Daryl

Goodbye Jouy
  This post waves goodbye to the ReVamps I've sold this month.  I have been blown away by the support of my family, Facebook friends, Blog friends, flesh & blood friends and Aberdeen Antique Centre. I suppose I can class myself as one of those creative types who never feel confident in what they do and ALWAYS think they can do better.  It is a great feeling when someone appreciates your efforts and when they actually want to give you money for it......!
Farewell Little Miss Show-Off,

Ta ta Fifi

I have lots more to come and I will post as I go, and I promise to do lots of "before & afters". I usually get so excited about what I'm doing I forget to record the sorry state of some of the things before I start my ReVamp!
Cheerio Cakestands

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Day job!

Pulling samples together
 I've been a bit quiet on the Revamp front lately due to being a bit busy with my 9to5!  I thought I would share what I've been working on as it's quite an exciting project. My client wants a room with the entire scheme from Designers Guild. Fabric, wallpaper, upholstery, trims and rug!  Luckily Designers Guild is one of my favourite design companies as they have some amazing designs using fabulous colours and textures. 

Lush silk fabric

They are probably best known for big, overblown floral designs but they equally do geometric, animal print and subtle metallics.  Tricia Guild is the owner and creative director.  She founded the company in 1970 and it is now a huge global brand with a massive product range.
I think what I like most about Designers Guild is the use of colour and pattern which create exciting and modern schemes. On close inspection the influences on the designs are often vintage but brought up to date by changing the scale, texture or colour combinations.

Here are some lightshades I made with Designers Guild materials.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Branding my Booth!

Hey folks. Today I visited my booth at the antique centre and I put up my ReVamp name! I had a few miscellaneous frames which were in various states of disrepair. Some glue, some staples, some random letters later and I had a sign.  I'm really pleased with it and I have a few ideas for other projects using the same techniques. I may start blogging tutorials, we shall see....!

My lovely husband surpised me last week with the gift of.........a new sewing machine! I think he was tired of the expletives eminating from my workroom whenever a sewing task was involved. All is quiet now, it purrs like a Porsche and so do I! Here are some "couture cushions" (good enough for Victoria Beckham, good enough for me)  that I made this week.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Likely Lads...

Or Sidney & Daryl!  These two handsome fellows are vintage Parker Knoll chairs, 1950's I think from the stamp underneath.  They were in a sorry state of saggy, green fabric and had multiple chips and scratches all over the frame.

 I had no choice but to get them French Polished professionally.  As Parker Knoll make the frames out of beech then apply a heavy lacquer it is extremely difficult to just "touch up" the scratches. Any amateur attempt would be pretty obvious!  The frames and springs were sound so I thought it was worth doing these old boys justice! 

The fabric is from Warwick, it's a favourite pattern book of mine with some beautiful designs all with a vintage edge to them.

A small follow up detail, I acquired a Parker Knoll catalogue from that brilliant source Ebay.  It has all the spec of the chairs with great sixties styling!  I particularly like the intro to the book.  I hope you can read it.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

ReVamp on a small scale!

Georgia's charming bracelet!
My daughter Georgia and I went to a great workshop at Touched By Scotland. We made charm bracelets out of pencils, wire, beads, circuit boards, old earrings, anything really!!! Aubin Stewart was our tutor and with her patience and skill we were able to produce a unique charm bracelet each.  We were both proud as punch with the results!
My effort!
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