Monday, November 8, 2010


We are smart. I am a self- proclaimed genius and Hooper's husband calls her his little idiot- savant. (awww) Why am I telling you this?...Because after we lacquered the furniture from Craig's List (Hoop's new vanity, dresser and headboard), I decided to research what we had, only to find that in original condition our furniture was listed on Ebay from $1500 to $1800. a piece. Brief Panic....I called Hooper, bigger panic... Have we altered history?... have we made a mockery of mid century modern furniture? ...Have we used our powers for evil?
 Turns out we bought a brutalist stlye piece that Lane furniture had commisioned an artist to design in the early 1970's.
 Want a cool history lesson? Here is a pic. like one of the pieces we bought...

Brutalist was a style that became popular in architecture after WWII. It started in England and quickly spread our way... comes from 'beton brut' which means 'raw concrete'.  The style began to take over commercial architecture and as all things do filtered into furnishings...

Kind of looks like our dresser...

Totally dig this home for sale in Wilmington... See the mid. century brutalist influence even today?...

So.... What have we done? We knew it was great when we bought it, we just didn't know HOW great.
We took some pretty cool furniture with a dated finish and made it current. Was this a bad thing? For the people that collect Lane mid. century modern furniture in original condition...yes. For the people that appreciate the georgeous lines but yet want a piece that will feel current in thier home today with a beautiful finish?  Something that is considered an antique or retro is always at its hightest value in its original condition. But for us the piece in the best condition was the one we turned into the vanity. And it would not of worked in Hoop's bathroom in that finish. The other finishes had 'muddied' a bit and were not pretty anymore -- discolored in all the wrong places.

Lucky for you it's pretty now and still for sale!

 Want to own a piece of history? Call us, we'll hook you up...

 Bye,bye birdie,

~A & H

credit to: Lane, Orange Co. Government Center, Acumen Real Estate

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Up for Grabs!

We got a lot of great feedback on the vanity that Hooper put in her bathroom. Yes, it was a great Craig's List find. Remember, that it in it's previous life (with nice couple and cat), it also co-habitated with a tall dresser and queen headboard...

Well, we got those too. They are solid wood, made by Lane and redone, revamped and repurposed by your's truly (and Soundside Carpentry). OK, so mainly them. 

At any rate, we are about to put them on Craig's List, but wanted to offer them to our loyal bloggers first. Check them out and let us know if you are interested or would like more pics, see them in person, whatever... We would be glad to help you find the perfect home for these mid-century beauties. They are very solid, in excellent condition and have lacquered in a glossy white.

Oh yeah, did I mention they are in excellent condition?

Queen Headboard: 60" L, 24" high (from supports)
5 Drawer Chest: 38" W, 19" D, 54.5" H

Just in case you need help visualizing them in a space. The headboard and the dresser would look great in any of these rooms... or yours...

This room could use the headboard

David Bromstad, had he seen our fab piece, could have replaced the yellow dresser with our white one.

The dresser would look amazing in this room

 Or this one...

It would also look perfect in a child's room or nursery

Let us know if you have the perfect spot for these fabulous pieces. We would love to find them a home!
Bye bye birdie,

Credit to: Decor pad, David Bromstad

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fab Fall Finds

We came across some ultra cool finds for Fall and wanted to pass them along. As Birds of a Feather, we just couldn't resist these embroidered peacock shades from Anthropologie. These could turn a drab lamp to fab.

Check out these metallic leaf print salad plates from one of our favorites.... West Elm. The set of 4 are only $36. Could be pretty on my Thanksgiving table and would distract diners from the taste of my cooking. Hmmmm.

 Jonathan Adler has these geo throws for $295. A little out of my price range, but a girl can dream. I would dream much better tucked in with one of these. Santa, are you listening?

Another great Thanksgiving dinner distraction. No one would notice that my gravy was lumpy if it was in one of these Jonathan Adler bowls.

 A lot of bang for your buck in this reclaimed wood side table from Anthropologie. Having shopped around for a current  project, $298 isn't bad and it has a solid white marble top.  Perhaps Anthropologie is looking for a "Woman Shops Globe"?? I could put my kids in a back pack... 

CB2 Fu Dog Book ends for $49.95. I love the color, don't you?

Michael Aram Forest Leaf collection. Aren't these vases amazing?

Fall Colors, with a twist. These glossy spheres from CB2 range in price from $4.95-$8.95. I love the peacock blue.
Thomas Paul "Barnwood" printed pillows. Bring the outdoors in...

OK, did anyone know that Urban Outfitters Inc. owns Anthropologie? Check out this $38 tapestry from Urban Outfitters. Frame it, throw it on a sofa or bed... at 108" long, you could even turn it into a window treatment. The patterns are punchy and this forest tapestry has rich cozy colors. I could do an entire room around this. 

Great way to showcase a fun fabric. This Ikat makes a bold statement. 

Happy Fall!
Bye bye birdie,
Credit to: Anthropologie, Keith Johnson, CB2, West Elm, Jonathan Adler, Thomas Paul, Michael Aram

Monday, November 1, 2010

It all started with a leak....

Hey All! It's Ann here... I took over the blog for fear Hooper was going to show you another picture of her toilet or somebody else's. Even if she did start the trend, I tried to tell her to use her powers for good and I'm not sure that's a trend she wants to own. But anyway, her bathroom is done and it is AMAZING! The saddest part is ...It's not MY bathroom. With Craig's List as her best friend and a little vision she was able to create a beautiful retreat on a very tight budget.

Here's where it started....

Remember the world's largest tub.... Note: Hot air balloon was previous home owner's...

The tile floor had to go because of the leak..... ohhhh how I want a leak and a new bathroom!

This is the floor my husband fell through.... just trying to help a friend...

Yes Hooper, you should get rid of your Olympic size tub and replace it with a claw foot (Craig's List!)

This is the piece she dragged me to see at 9 p.m. with our kids in tow. Poor homeowner...poor homeowner's cat...
But we LOVED it! We bought this piece, a dresser and a headboard. Then we  refurbished, refitted, high gloss lacquered it, and stuck  some old barnwood on top and called it... "Hooper's new vanity!"  Kind of farm glam, don't 'cha think?
(Big shout out to my bro's ...Soundside Carpentry...when I said 'we', I meant them!)

Travertine mirrors, Overstock sinks and faucets, faux bois ceramic tile floors, and a killer rugs from market... Fun!

Ok... so if my bro's are reading this... I have big plans for that wood...all over my house! Just wanted to give you a heads up...

And here is the clawfoot tub... the kids can't have swim parties anymore, but I think this one works a lot better for a master retreat. Don't you? Won't miss the hot air balloon chandelier... it was replaced by this Robert Abbey light (18 bulbs to be exact). Another Craig's List find! We saw it at market the week after she bought it. Who doesn't love to save a cool $500. And that right there is why we love Craig!

Top it off with a knock-off forest chair... Looks a lot like it's pricey twin by Janus et Cie. We will never reveal our source for fear everyone will go buy them...Is it not awesome? And perfect in the space...

Oh... beautiful penny tile...It is a creamy white with a  slight grayish tint around the edges and is perfect for marrying the barnwood, the floors, and chrome accents together. And yes, the cool chrome fixture came with the tub!

We went back and forth on what to do in here...stamped grasscloth, geometric design?... but ultimately settled on birch trees. I think it is perfect coming off of the space. Hooper painted the walls white and I came in with a few shades of grey to paint the trees. The ceiling is Benjamin Moore "Gray Cashmere" - the same as the walls and ceiling in the main bath.

Did I mention, Hooper has the world's tallest ceilings? We had a clean-your-gutters size ladder in there with both of us on it! No pictures of that... I know you are disappointed.
Anyway, It was a fun project to see unfold. Hooper did an amazing job. Sometimes the hardest spaces to do are your own. Like I said, the saddest part is that it's not my bathroom. But the next time Read and Hooper are out of town, I might have to bake some brownies for the little man at the gate, sneak in and take a bath. That's not weird is it?

May all your leaks lead to great rooms!
Bye, bye birdie,

Credit to: Soundside Carpentry, Overstock, Southeastern Tile, Port City Tile and Marble, Tom Garvey Plumbing, Craig's List, and last but not least... Ann White Schutte's fabulous murals (added by Hooper)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scary Trend

You know the design trends...Animal prints, Mid-century modern, geometric patterns, gray is the new brown, green is the new everything. Some of them, we hope will disappear in 2011, others we hope will stick around. This was one trend, I was hoping would NEVER catch on...

My husband, who is clearly biased and is certain I started this trend, stood in the middle of Oleander Drive to take this shot yesterday. Scary on so many levels. 

P.S. My toilet has been returned to it's rightful place. Stay tuned for pics of my completely renovated bathroom. Can't say as much for the home above. Happy Halloween!

Bye bye birdie...

credit to: crazy husband willing to risk life for blog

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Interesting Walls

Interesting. Very interesting. When you can't paint (me) hang stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. On another note, if you can't paint, call Ann. 

That is what we are doing today in my infamous bathroom. The toilet is enclosed, (thankfully) in it's own tiny room. There is still no toilet (in yard), but it is a small room none the less with hole in floor. 

My husband spends so much time in there, I wanted to give him something interesting to look at. Here's a hint... the boys in my family prefer the outdoors when they gotta go. More on that later... and I DO plan to move my toilet back inside, ASAP.

In the meantime, here are some peaks of some cool wall treatments we saw at market. 

Stay tuned for the bathroom walls... coming right up!

Bye bye birdie,

Credit to: Halo, Global Views, Currey and Company

Friday, October 22, 2010

Let There Be Light

This is fair warning...The next few post might be us going on and on about market and all that we saw...
Every now and then we looked the lights...the fabulous lights...

This is a great blend of our styles. It's a little fancy and a little twisted up raw wire. Looove!!!!

This one could guide a ship home or... complete your zen retreat...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Please, please, please! I'll do all my chores, walk the dog, clean my room!!!
We'll take 2!

I think Hooper took this picture to pick on me, but seriously don't you think you could have the most boring people over in the world for dinner and still find something to talk about? I'm just sayin' ...

So many lights, so few ceilings to suspend them from...
At least at my house!

Have a great weekend!
Bye, bye birdie,

Credit to: Halo, Global Views, Currey and Company, Arteriors Home

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here Comes the Sun

We left them home alone. 
Hope it's going well, but truly don't care.

 No kids, no husbands and because we are too dumb to work them, no cell phones. All alone at the High Point Furniture Market with millions of square feet of... heaven.  My version of heaven has a sun, of course. One big bright and shiny sun...  

            This is Ann's version... cool and industrial. 

   Kind of a mix of the two styles at the J.Douglas showroom...

                  Global Views blinged out version...

          We bought this one for a client. Organic and edgy. 

The perfect marriage. Organic bling. 

Stay tuned for more from market...

Bye bye birdie,

Credit to: Global Views, Arteriors, J Douglas
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