Certain things in life require minor adjustments, tweaks if you will. Styling surface areas is one of those places tweaking is a must. Playing with scale, height, volume, color and texture to achieve the right balance is part of the game. Getting it right is always a work in progress. Creating something appealing and functional takes time and effort, like most things in life. Interior designers can spend days arriving at the correct balance of books to objects when styling bookshelves. Why should other surface areas be any different?
I was recently asked by One Kings Lane to take part in their Vintage Makeover Challenge for their Live, Love, Home editorial section. The task? To re-work an area in my home, layering in vintage items from their ever-varied, constantly-evolving Vintage and Market Finds assortment. I chose my nightstand to makeover, because it is a spot I use every day, and I wanted it to be functional, pretty and inject it with a dose of the unexpected. After I submitted my makeover area, Vintage Buyer and all-around style connoisseur Andrea Stanford of One Kings Lane set about selecting the items to bring a bit of zing to my bedside table.
The results of her vintage selects and my styling are seen below, in a step by step guide to the art of the "try it out and see" school of styling. What she sent was a surprise, so when it arrived, I got to work. Starting with a blank canvas, I set about creating a layered effect to get a bit of sparkle, a lot of color and a functional spot to do more than just hold the remote control. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
I set out knowing exactly what space I wanted to transform. My nightstand. It needed a freshening, and it was the perfect spot to delve into.
I added, subtracted, shuffled and stacked till it fit well and looked balanced.
The final touch was the addition of a bright pink hydrangea bloom to fill out the curvaceous teal vase with a round, voluminous mass.
Surprise! The goods!
Photos courtesy of Whole Foods and One Kings Lane
Two great things happen next Thursday. Whole Foods opens in my neighborhood and my One King's Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale goes live at 6pm. I will be part of a vintage finds sale of with other design bloggers I love, and most of whom I am lucky to know. Kelly Ottinger of Kelly Market, Marianne Strong from Haven and Home, Christian May of Maison 21, Danni of Oh, Hello Friend and Cailtin Flemming of Sacramento Street. My assortment includes brass birds as well as an elephant that I have a hard time parting with, some cool Japanese bright orange lacquer trays, needlepoint accessories, and the rest you will have to wait and see, so I don't spoil all the fun. Unique blogger selections provide a window into their individual style, location and eye and makes the entire assortment a surprise. I will be poised at my keyboard ready to score some great stuff, and I hope you will be too, at 6pm EST August 23rd. If you need to find me and I am not tethered to my computer, I will probably be sampling fresh peaches at my new neighb food mecca.
A return trip to West Palm Beach meant my second trip to the shop Circa Who. Located on a street with tropical, brightly painted facades at 531 Northwood Road, lies a candy land where pieces are wallet friendly. Filled to the rafters with endless Camelot-era goods, you can count on owner Tracy Deramus to always have great vintage finds that she comes across scouring estate sales. This recent visit yielded a lot of wonderful accessories, natural bamboo pieces and plenty of Chinese Chippendale, mais oui.
With a great passion and appreciation for her fantastic finds, Tracy has seen a change in what her clients gravitate towards. She has, in turn, looked ahead of the curve, and is now carrying more accessories and smalls, as well as the things that brought her a loyal clientele in the first place, Palm Beach Regency. Take a browse, I am sure you will like what you see. If you want it all, I have done my job, and Tracy is ready for your orders!
Two small white woven curve leg tables in varying sizes are a real find.
Keep that party rolling with this diminutive bi level bar on wheels. I was tempted to drag this on the plane with me.
This elephant garden seat is great because it has a lot of surface area for a drink and a book, bright accent colors AND his trunk is facing upward.
Leo The Lion is adorable, I mean, he even has whiskers!
These rattan curved back arm chairs have an elegant line to them and would look amazing in a living room to balance out the upholstered pieces.
A Serpentine Mirror
Cheery elephant obelisks with a hint of bright green were hard to resist.
A pair of nightstands, a Chinoiserie lamp and blanc de chine Chinese sculpture in a white out.
A Fan Chair in great condition in a natural state. What's not to love?
Six cerused shell - back chairs would make a nice addition around a game table.
You can always count on some good white Chinese Chip chairs!
A good set of six natural bamboo chairs with cane seats look really fresh light and au natural.
Six Gothic Chippendale chairs in black have pizazz.
Who's ready to light it up?
Small chrome bamboo end tables add a bit of shine.
Need a bar? This brass tray table is a fit.
Another great rattan tall chair with a unique woven back. Love it.
A pair of Balloon back high rattan chairs have a great pattern going on as well.
A pair of faux bamboo regency benches with a punchy pink moire print are nice for the foot of the bed.
This pair of white wicker barrel chairs complete with original chintz ikat channel upholstery look very now.