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!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

I'm a Booth!

Introducing Blousey, Hector, Madame Mim, Glamour, Coco, Charleston, Cute As A Button
Yes, I officially now have "premises"! My booth at Aberdeen Antique Centre is where my ReVamps now reside.  An altogether better venue than my garage, definitely more footfall, unless you count the spiders in my garage! Big thanks to Anne (ReVamp name, Rodney) who has aided me along the way. We spent most of today pricing and labelling, it's all rock & roll.
Le Trois shelf unit

The shelf unit is made from 2 small side tables which I happily dismembered and re-assembled! My husband thought I was mad but I'm really happy with the result. The possibilities are endless.

Francois & his tasty treats
Frank is showcasing some rather tasty French Fancies, which were there purely for display purposes only. Although I'm sure there were definitely more first thing this morning....!

This Ercol suite has been ReVamped in fresh new fabric from Villa Nova, the cute wee accent cushions are made from some Orla Keily remnants. The overall look is fresh and, as Gok would say, "bang on trend"!
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