I went to my first auction today. It is the annual (I think) Regal Danish Modern Auction which is held in Franklin, NH. I’ve known about it for years but was never able to go before, for whatever reason. The actual auction was intimidating but I can easily see that if you do your homework and know what you want then you can really walk away with a good deal. The piece I was most attracted to was something I literally have no room for in my life. It was a Danish granny-chic sofa that I would put in my imaginary second-hand wedding attire boutique called – Hello Again.
I’m digging the exaggerated split hem trend. It makes me want to buy a second hand sweater and cut up the hem. I would carefully hand sew the edges to keep them from unraveling, of course. I think it would make the sweater lay nicer on the hip. And with a soft long sleeve tee underneath it would be warm, comfy andstylish.
It was just the inspiration we needed to dive into a project.
We started with wire hangers. We bent them by hand into plant like shapes and stuck them into foam. Then we covered the wire with aluminum foil and then paper mache. We let the paper mache dry over night. The next day we painted them. It was that easy.
Designed and painted by our neighbor, Lucia (age 12)
Designed and painted by Douglas (Age 13)
This last one was a joint effort by me and Alex. We plan to give it to Granny for Valentine’s Day. Shhhhh.
This was our first attempt. We hope to make many more. Well worth the little effort involved.
This shipping crate sideboard (below) has been blogged about for years. I’ve never heard anything more about it. It doesn’t appear that it has ever been reproduced. Too bad. I love it. According to Design Squish it was designed by Linda Jose.I just recently stumbled upon the up-cycled milk crate sideboard (below) on the Desire to Inspire blog. I would style it to be lighter and brighter than it is styled here but I love the concept. It doesn’t look the the milk crates hold anything which is too bad but it is a nice conversation piece and a handy sideboard. The best discovery from searching around for up-cycled milk crate furniture is that I stumbled upon Combo Colab and their XTOOL (below). You must watch their kickstarter campaign video. Their campaign is fully funded and is now closed. I LOVE this simple design. Great colors too. I’d love to have one of these as a side table or put two together to act as a coffee table. I hope they become available for purchase sometime soon.
And don’t even get me started on their truck-a-float project.