Snag » Private Tour http://snag-blog.com All Found. All Vintage. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Hiatus: A More Modern Shed http://snag-blog.com/my-hiatus-a-more-modern-shed/ http://snag-blog.com/my-hiatus-a-more-modern-shed/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:49:02 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=8908 Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t, but I’ve disappeared for approximately five months or so. Two kids are definitely more challenging than one, and my thrifting experiences have plummeted. Couple this with the onset of fall and my desire to get our cars actually in the garage for once. We have squirrels that literally chew through the wire casings and wires on the underside of our cars. So there’s that.

How to solve a crammed garage? For starters, there is no furniture in there. Just kidding. I bought three end tables this weekend. Second, build a shed. We thought about ordering a Tuff shed or something similar, but I couldn’t get over how they looked. Wait, you have a mid-century home but a ranch-looking shed? Nay. We’re crazies and are building a shed.

Originally there was a post on Retro Renovation’s blog on midcentury modern sheds. Several fit the bill but not our wallet. We are thrifty. Then, we found free plans here, and with an estimated price of $1,500 for a 10×10 shed we were sold. A 10×10 Tuff shed we were considering was $1,900.

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Our shed came in at around $1,200. Plus, I got to customize it how I wanted and it looks like a cute little extension of our main living space. Fancy digs for our lawn tractor, vintage bikes and other outdoor miscellany. The only thing left is to paint the ramp, but that may need to wait until spring.

What do you think? Have you been up to any major projects? Next time I will share with you another project piece I picked up but haven’t decided if the rust bucket is worthy of saving. You’ll have to chime in.

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Private Tour: Austin’s Guest Bedroom/Office http://snag-blog.com/private-tour-austins-guest-bedroomoffice/ http://snag-blog.com/private-tour-austins-guest-bedroomoffice/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:52:14 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=8871 It’s hard to believe that eight and a half years have gone by since I moved into my house. In those eight years certain areas of the house have changed quite a bit as I’ve replaced old finds with my treasured “forever” pieces. But one room in the house has remained relatively unchanged, my guest bedroom/home office. Interestingly it was one of the first rooms I designed and it has functioned well enough to never need redesigning. Recently, however, I found what may very well be my forever desk and its matching credenza. They’re amazing, they’re gargantuan and they mean that nearly everything in the room—including the bed—must go. Before the wrecking ball swings, I thought I’d give everyone one last chance to take a look.

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You can never have enough pillows—unless you actually plan to sleep in the bed.

When I bought the house I was a recent college grad and my possessions were an unwieldy assortment of mismatched things I had collected over the years. Rather than finding things to fit a design plan for the room, I had to create a design plan that would make sense of the things I already had. Those items were a mint green tanker desk, yards of celery green drapes, odds and ends blonde furniture and some aqua artwork. Color would be my weapon of choice.  I created a palette of greens, blues and grays with accents of orange to help pull all of the close-but-not-close-enough greens and blues together. I feel like it worked. The paintings above the bed were done by a high school art teacher in the 1950s. I found them several years ago at a flea market for just a few dollars each.

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Like the office chair mat? Learn how to make it here.

One of my favorite decisions in the space was choosing not to split up the wall-to-wall drapes I had found at a thrift store in college. The room only has one squarish window in the middle of the wall in the corner, but the wide expanse of floor length drapes creates some needed drama in a pretty tiny room.

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You might have noticed the baby Bertoia chair hanging out under the window. Believe it or not, it was a $4 thrift store purchase my mother found several years ago. I was fortunate to persuade her to give me two of the four children’s chairs she found.

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The room has always been dual duty. I needed a guest bedroom for friends and relatives, but I also needed a home office that’s a real home office. As a graphic designer, a laptop thrown on a tiny writing desk would never cut it. So, my beloved Steelcase tanker desk followed me from a second floor college apartment to my parents’ house and finally to the third floor of my house. For a big guy, it gets around. The Eames aluminum group chair was an amazing $2 garage sale find. But one of my favorite things in the whole room is the giant 1960s relief map of Africa. It was a $10 buy at a surplus sale that I can’t believe I almost didn’t get because I didn’t know what I’d “do” with it. Thank goodness my rational side is easily overridden.

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People either love or hate the Dall ram keeping watch over the room, especially because most don’t even notice him up there until they lay down on the bed. But I find him to look wise and friendly. This was one of the few items I sought out rather than an accidental find. After seeing an antique ram’s head in an antique store (for a small fortune) I was a little obsessed until I hunted this guy down on eBay. I do not regret the purchase.

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You may have noticed the progressively changing wall color. The vaulted ceiling combined with a protruding closet and angled entry creates a lot of small planes and angles in the room—eight vertical surfaces to be exact. I had a little fun with it, choosing three different wall colors throughout the space. Though it sounds like it would be utter chaos, it actually helps harmonize all of the brightly colored objects in the room and creates the illusion of more space.

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One of the more unusual features of the room is this alcove over the closet. Fortunately the builders included a switched outlet making it a great place for all of my fiberglass up-lights. My only gripe is that I wanted to house my entire collection of stretched glass up here but most would not fit under the steep angle of the ceiling. My disgust over that led to me never really doing anything great with the space. The panoramic photo below is of my great grandmother’s graduating class from teacher’s college in 1924.

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Weird little spaces mean weird little places for weird little things. Although I like it, I don’t think I’ll really miss the blonde furniture that much. I’ve always loved the sort of tacky blue and gold art pieces. It’s the color mostly, but probably a little because someone hated them so much they were giving them away for free at a garage sale. I like to root for the underdogs.

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One of the things that people have always seemed to love most about the room is the light fixture. Although it may sort of give off that vibe, it’s not vintage. I actually found this on clearance at PierOne one day while shopping with Angela. I liked it because it brought a touch of black to the room and because the silk cylinder in the middle is exactly the same color as the drapes. It was meant to be, right? Originally it was a swag lamp, but I added the canopy so I could use it as a permanently installed fixture.

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The tough part about being a collector is having to make hard decisions about which things to keep and which to let go. I actually still really enjoy this space as it is and it’s a little heartbreaking to take it apart after all these years. But at the same time I’m ready for something new and the things I’ve found to replace all of this will really be worth it. The transition process will be long, but I’ll share when it’s complete. I have a feeling, however, that my houseguests will be a little less enthusiastic about the changes once the bed is replaced with a temporary air mattress.

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Sneak Peek: My New Place http://snag-blog.com/sneak-peek-my-new-place/ http://snag-blog.com/sneak-peek-my-new-place/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:21:44 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=7435 We are just beginning the process of finding the right places to situate all of our “stuff” in our new home. Here is a quick sneak peek of one small corner.

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Who knows how many times we will be rearranging things? Wish us luck!

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Holiday Home Tour http://snag-blog.com/holiday-home-tour/ http://snag-blog.com/holiday-home-tour/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:13:26 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=6432 Christmas is that one special time of year when it’s ok to just go nuts and let the holidays explode all over your walls. I never do any other type of seasonal decorating around the house; I never have the time or the desire to put up anything that’s only going to stick around a week or two. But at Christmas, I can transform any space I want into a magical realm. It takes a lot of time and effort but that’s ok, because I’ll leave up until February. Today I’d like to invite you all into my home to check out my holiday cheer.

I’m not going to lie, these photos are from last year. I did decorate the house this year, but the hope of getting everything tidied up and photographed before Christmas comes is a little too optimistic. So, even though this year’s decorations look a little different, I think you’ll get the idea. Shall we start?

EntryJust inside my front door is this little recessed nook. The first thing you might notice is that not all of my decorations are vintage. I like to use modern decorations (all of which I get after Christmas during the 90% off sales for pennies) to create some context for smaller vintage items and really set the tone in a big way. I use greenery boughs decorated with ornaments like this throughout the house  to create little vignettes. Since I have lots of vases and bowls sitting around, I like to fill them with beads and plain glass ornaments to give them a little festive umph.

Entry Wreath SideA little further inside the entryway is this floor standing planter. I built the wreath to match the other greenery. I like to work within curated color palettes in my house and, although there isn’t usually much red in the hallway normally, it looks killer with blue walls during the holidays.

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Several years ago when I bought this planter I envisioned live plants flourishing in it, maybe even poinsettias at Christmas. But my entryway lacks light and is cold in the winter and everything I ever tried to put here died. I eventually created this glass garden with vintage stretched glass vases. Some feathers and sprigs of greenery put a cheery spin on it.

Entry Wreath DetailYou’ll also notice a lot of birds throughout the house. I really don’t know why except they kind of look cool. Feathers and natural leaves also help pump up the artificial greenery and give it some visual weight.

Entry Landing Overall AltThe bookshelf on the landing between the first and second floors is where I display a lot of my fun vintage Christmas finds.

Entry Landing Detail 5The bright colors tie in with the look of the greenery and the bookshelf lets me build a fun environment for all of the mischievous little elves and Christmas fauna.

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This is also the perfect place for displaying vintage packaging without having to worry about its safety.

Entry Landing Detail 3Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of miscellaneous old bulbs from lighting sets and I’ve never known what to do with them. Last year I just threw them in a bowl and was really surprised at how great they looked.

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I used to put greenery over windows and doorways, but last year I decided to just hang it over mirrors. The reflection creates a greater sense of depth and gives small spaces some grandeur.

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I have vintage candleholders all over my house. I never put candles in them; I like their forms. During the holidays they make great pedestals for old light bulbs and glass ornaments.

Entry Landing Enesco DeerAn army of Enesco reindeer salt and pepper shakers and candleholders greet visitors on their way up the stairs.

Entry Landing MountThere’s truly a special place for everything.

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At the top of the stairs is my living room. Here lies my favorite part—my Christmas tree loaded with vintage Shiny Brites and antique glass ornaments and beads.

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LR Tree LitThe mountain of glittering glass also looks beautiful all lit up. I’ve never been quite satisfied with the selection of Christmas lights available—especially now with harsh laser-looking LED lights taking over. I like the vintage look of larger incandescent bulbs and I was lucky to find several strings of these gold flame tip lights on clearance in the garden section of Target. They’re actually patio lights, but they look amazing on the tree.

LR Orn Detail 2The ornaments on the tree range in age from the 1890s to the 1970s. A few were passed down from relatives but the majority of them were found here and there over the past 20 or so years I’ve been collecting them. Out of all of them, this hot pink moon and stars themed ornament by Shiny Brite is my favorite.

LR Alum TreeAcross the room is an example of one of my other great holiday collections: aluminum trees. I’ve managed to find about 20 of these in sizes ranging from two feet up to seven feet. Considering these were only made for a few years, it’s amazing how many shapes and styles there are. This is one of my favorites, a four-foot Evergleam with pom-pom or fountain style branches. The spaces below trees make a great spot for displaying vintage toys. It’s the one time of year they don’t look weird laying around a childless adult’s home.

LR Lamp CornerI like to group things like these little trees together to keep the place from feeling like random individual decorations are scattered around the house.

LR CredenzaThe credenza below my TV makes another great spot for showing off weird little personified Christmas characters.

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LR DeerAgain, a density of things helps this assortment of nonsense look a little less nonsensical.

LR Credenza Detail 2I particularly like how everyday things, like my brass owl army, take on a festive feel when you surround them with seasonal things.

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Some of my favorite ideas have come from having decorations I don’t know what to do with. Sometimes when I run out of space I just look around really hard for that one last spot that can hold an ornament. These little bottle brush wreaths found a home on my ceiling fixture.

LR Landing OverallAs we leave the living room, we discover this little scene at the foot of the stairs. The color story here is completely different, complementing the paint and furniture and skewing a bit more vintage glam.

LR Landing Lady HeadsBut then what could be more glam than these lovely ladies? A few extra baubles and they’re ready for the season.

LR Landing DetailI decorate all of the greenery after it has been hung up rather than gluing it all into place. This allows me to switch it up a little each year, maybe changing the color or adding new things that I find. Craft stores and department stores are great resources for picks and ornaments. After Christmas they often cost less than a quarter each.

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Even the guest bathroom gets dressed up with a wreath for the season.

LR Santa BirdThis weird ornament is still one of my favorite things. It’s Santa riding a white bird. In fairness, it’s got to be more economical to feed one giant bird than eight reindeer. Right?

2nd Floor LndngOn the landing between the second and third floors lies this menagerie.

2nd Floor Lndng CloseThe design of this area is mostly a testament to the fact that you can find Christmas ornaments in literally any color you want, even chocolate brown. The staircase has really tall walls covered with antique photographs and portraits. The brown and white decorations have a very classic feel that fits the spirit of the space.

2nd Floor Lndng DetailAnd our tour is at an end. I hope you enjoyed it. Do you have any great ideas for displaying your vintage Christmas collections or decking out your space for the holidays? We’d love to see and hear about it. Feel free to send us your pics!

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1957 Ranch in the Raw http://snag-blog.com/1957-ranch-in-the-raw/ http://snag-blog.com/1957-ranch-in-the-raw/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:03:17 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=5776 Boy do I have a house tour for you. We moved in a couple weeks ago and as I was taking photos I realized just how much there is to do here. This house needs so much work. But its proximity to family, convenience, a killer backyard and classic mid-century style won us over. At least I will have some dramatic before and after photos!

We spent an evening a few nights ago meeting our neighbors, and right next door to us is a couple who have lived in their house since the 1960s and told us the background of the neighborhood. Apparently the land used to be wine country. Farmers nearby used some pesticides and whole grape crops were wiped out and the land was then scheduled for development. Our house was the first to be built in 1957 by the owner of Sue Bee Honey. There used to be beehives and all sorts of fruit trees on the land.

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Can you believe this is our back yard?

There’s still so much vintage charm throughout the house but you’ll see the state some finishes are in. Use your before and after imagination. Let’s start with the exterior.

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This house is an all brick exterior with almost all original windows. That’s good and bad since we can hear everything outside and they’re not very efficient. But the wood matches everything else in the house.

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You know I’ll be painting that door something fun down the road. Priorities.

House EntrywayThe entryway is huge with more than enough room for vintage coats.

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Living RoomAnd you’ve all seen the living room.

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And dining room.

Master BedroomThis is our master bedroom. Yes I’m definitely making a to-do list and shuddering as I see these pictures. Currently we’re living with all that going on.

Master BathSo someone asked if we had pink bathrooms. Yes! The pink fixtures will obviously stay. Here’s the weird part though: two of our bathrooms used to be connected by shower doors, but at some point one of those got closed in to make two separate bathrooms. If we have friends over they’ll have to go through our bedroom or downstairs to use the shower! So we’re thinking of changing it back to the original layout. We’ll see.Master Bath Shower

There’s the infamous dividing wall which is in some sad shape anyway.

Bathroom FaucetAll of our bathroom faucets are original. Here’s this amazing faucet that still works like new.

Guest BathThis is the second bathroom that used to be joined. It’s so small and I think a shower door will make it seem a little larger.

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Currently this is the nursery. I can’t wait to get started in here.

KitchenAnd then something happened in the kitchen. All the built-ins, the doorways, trim are all some sort of lighter wood. Maybe a birch? Not sure. But in 1998 this kitchen got refaced. To golden oak. Don’t get me wrong, golden oak worked in our last kitchen but in this house it seems blasphemous. We’re going to try to un-face the cabinets at some point. That’s further down the line. The dishwasher had a leak in it and spilled water all over the floor so we had to tear that up and start replacing it. That’s the first project on the list.

Eat in kitchenThe eat-in kitchen has the same problem. Yikes.

Mud RoomAnd while we’re at it, we’re taking up and replacing the carpet in the mudroom too.

Mudroom Built InsBut check out those built-ins on the other side of the mudroom. They will look awesome once a new floor goes in and the snow geese wallpaper goes out.

Guest BedroomIn the basement are two more bedrooms. This is currently our guest room. You can see where holes had to be drilled in the ceiling to prevent mold from the dishwasher leak. Sorry guests!

OfficeAnd now my husband gets to work from home and this will soon be his amazing office.

Basement BathAnd our last bath is not pink but blue! Not too much needs to change in here, but you’ll notice the refacing happened to all the bathroom cabinets as well. We’ll see what happens.

Bomb ShelterLast but not least, since this house was built during the Cold War we have a bona fide bomb shelter. Those rolls of paper up on the shelf? Those are the architectural blueprints to the house that have encountered some water damage throughout the years, but we’ll be taking a look at them soon.

And there you have it. We probably won’t be getting things done as fast as we did in the last house, but I’m looking forward to some changes. I know this house will look great…eventually! What’s your favorite part of the house?

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A Problem of Couch Proportions http://snag-blog.com/a-problem-of-couch-proportions/ http://snag-blog.com/a-problem-of-couch-proportions/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 02:54:44 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=5736 When we had our two-story colonial, we had a crazy amount of couches: four. Two in our long and narrow living room, one in our porch and one in the basement. Granted, we really used, oh, one maybe two most days. But three are beautiful vintage and one we bought new before the vintage bug bit us. So here’s the problem.

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Two couches won’t fit in the living room since we now have to fit a piano, record player couch and two chairs in here.

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This is the other side of the room which I’m thinking we’ll use as a dining room. Love those built-ins.

With only one couch available in the living room, there is a basement and we thought a few couches could go down there. False. The stairs were narrow with a hairpin curve. My husband and dad figured out we could take out a window and get at least one couch could go in the house. Not before a vintage couch suffered a tear right on the back. Yikes. Maybe there will be a post on how to repair crazy tears.

Right now our living room seriously looks like a mess. Things are going to get sold on Craigslist fast, but one thing I’m looking forward to is getting rid of that white, stinky, stained carpet. We’re thinking cork.

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If only this wasn’t $10.75 a square foot! What are your thoughts on flooring?

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The New House http://snag-blog.com/the-new-house/ http://snag-blog.com/the-new-house/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 02:59:41 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=5704 We have survived the big move. Sort of. Furniture has been scratched, chipped and ripped despite more than ample padding, things are missing and we’re all pooped. I thought we’d have internet by now since we called to have it set up three weeks ago but alas we do not, therefore this post will be short…ish.

I wanted to show a tour of the whole house but that will have to wait till this whole internet business is resolved. So here are a few shots of the finishes in the house.

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Yes this is the original flooring in the kitchen. I love it. But wouldn’t you know in the 90s the cabinets were refaced and the floors redone. The original exists in remnants and we’re going to try and find something that is close to install.

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Beautiful 1950s original tile. We’ll need to look in to refreshing the grout but it’s in pretty good condition otherwise.

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Entryway tile. Such fun colors.

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The only way our little toddler stayed sane during the couple weekends we worked on the house before the move.

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There’s built-ins everywhere and these are the finishes.

Just a little peek until our internet is up and I can show some decent pictures. Wait until you see the built-ins, they’re amazing!

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Before and After: Syroco Gold Birds http://snag-blog.com/before-and-after-syroco-gold-birds/ http://snag-blog.com/before-and-after-syroco-gold-birds/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:03:54 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=4315 My husband is a gem. He really is. I get to go out on Saturday morning with my best of friends, find some treasures, bring them home, and sometimes bring them in the home if we both agree said treasure is amazing.

Enter Syroco gold birds that are perched on dogwood branches from 1967.

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I love them. I love everything about them. The gold finish, the white dogwood blossoms, the composition, the price ($3!). If my husband wasn’t home when I came back from thrifting that morning, they would be perched in their original vintage form. However, he was home and wrinkled his nose at the sight of them. I’ve never felt so strongly about something entering our house as I did about these birds. I have a thing for birds and our hallway is adorned with them. So when he told me sweetly they might be a little too old-fashioned for his taste, I started brainstorming. Bless him for keeping our house from looking like a house straight out of the 1940s, and more like a young(ish) hip (do people still say hip?) couple live here.

Syroco Birds ProcessI used some good ol’ Rustoleum spray paint. It literally pains me to see this beautiful finish go navy blue, but they were going in my hallway one way or another.

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Excuse my color balance in this photo. They did not turn out Reflex Blue.

After four light coats from all directions these little birdies were done.

Hallway BathroomAww. Here they are in their native setting. We have an amazing window bench at the top of our stairs, and it seemed like the perfect place to start a bird collection. Don’t look too close at the miniature African violets. They’re barely alive.

Hallway CloserThe two ceramic birds were found at a local Goodwill, I can’t believe they’re in perfect condition.

Ikea FabricThe pillow fabric is from a road trip to Ikea. It’s amazing and I wish I had purchased yards and yards instead of a $4 remnant.

DaVinci BirdsI’m happy with how they turned out. So is my husband. He came up the stairs, stopped, and said the two birds were like DaVinci’s Creation of Adam and snarkily chuckled. Mission accomplished.

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Before and After: Tiny Bathroom, Huge Update http://snag-blog.com/before-and-after-tiny-bathroom-huge-update/ http://snag-blog.com/before-and-after-tiny-bathroom-huge-update/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 13:09:11 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=3910 My husband and I bought our house right out of college in 2005, and we have pretty much refinished everything. One room that had been driving me absolutely crazy since we moved in was our tiny bathroom on the second floor. Rather than explain it, I’ll show you what it looked like when we moved in.

Bathroom Before

That was the previous owner’s shower curtain. I swear!

Yes, we bought the house with this business going on full force. Paint splattered floor, cornflower blue wainscoting, and 90s floral border. I wish you could see the sink; there were scallops to hold the soap. Score.

As with most things in our house, once you start tearing things out you discover a rat’s nest of problems. So, we opted for minimal deconstruction. We did rip out the wainscoting as there were about fifteen wall anchors randomly dispersed through it, but it was a nice nod to the history of our house so we reinstalled new boards.

Yes, we have a window in our shower. There was a shower curtain inside the shower curtain to protect it, but we since replaced the whole thing with a rod used for claw foot tubs and bought two shower curtains. Problem solved. Keep that in mind if you ever run in to the same problem.

So demo started…

Bathroom Between

There was a step in between when I went crazy one weekend and painted everything because I couldn’t stand that blue.

Paint Choices

Don’t worry detail-oriented ones: I went at those touchups with the tiniest paintbrush before we could call things done.

…And probably three months later everything was finished. We are such sticklers for detail that everything takes forever. Ahhh. Much better. New sink, new floor, new paint, and things started to look amazing.

Bathroom After

Bathroom Open Shelves

You might remember me searching for some bathroom appropriate vessels in this post to hold things in our open shelving. And there’s the hot rollers Tammy got me for Christmas! Some days I take everything out of these blasted shelves and rearrange them, because I just can’t get them to look right. Probably in a month everything will look different!

Bathroom LightsAnother shot of the mirror I’d like to one day replace with a nicer one when I finally find it.

Bathroom Frame Collage

These frames have all been purchased at different times and I’ve been waiting until I had quite a grouping to put them on the wall. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the small space and by far my favorite detail.

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And lastly, here’s a closeup of my favorite frame, purchased from my favorite dealer. It makes me happy every time I see it.

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Before & After: Brasilia in the Bedroom http://snag-blog.com/before-after-brasilia-in-the-bedroom/ http://snag-blog.com/before-after-brasilia-in-the-bedroom/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:30:45 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=2078 I’ve always designed my home around the idea that if you love something enough, you’ll find a place to put it. While this usually works out, my reckless buying of large furniture pieces sometimes means that something loved has to go out so something more loved can come in. Such is the case with the recent acquisition of an amazing dresser—throwing my bedroom in chaos. Today I’ll give you the private tour and show you how everything turned out.

The design of my bedroom has always relied heavily on color. Seven years ago, I moved in with a collection of furniture and accessories that had grown in an unplanned fashion. A 1930s waterfall dresser and 1920s sofa table from my grandparents, a mission headboard rescued from an abandoned house, 1970s gold brocade drapes, a mid century light fixture and a brand new bedspread in brown and champagne tones; the only common thread between them was a color scheme of rich leathery tans, yellows, gold and brown. Despite everything being from dissimilar eras, the saddle tan wall color made everything work.

This eclecticism eventually led to any new find that fit the color scheme of the room finding its way in. Mid century pieces like a circular rattan chair and Lane acclaim tables made fast friends with antique photos and luggage. Everything seemed to work—even an antique mantle clock and a mounted fish.

This fish, a $10 tag sale find, hangs above my bed and is a point of contention among the Snag team

Victorian styles commingle with art deco and mid century modern

Although a small room, the vaulted ceiling gives it an interesting shape and creates an alcove above the closet. While most of my neighbors found this feature useless in their homes, it’s the perfect place to put even my most useless of vintage items. This nook is a home to lamps, glassware, cameras, radios, an amazing neon Florsheim shoes sign and a lighted globe, creating an even richer melange of decades.

The alcove has switched outlets for lamps

I was actually quite happy with the design of the room—buying a dresser was never on my mind. I’m curmudgeonly. I don’t adjust well to change and when I do change things up a bit, I go through a little bit of a shock period when I can’t decide if I like it or not. My waterfall dresser wasn’t rare or valuable, but it had sentimental value and it was practical. But when a friend put their Broyhill Brasilia dresser up for sale, I couldn’t resist its lure. I had to have it and, even knowing the angst it might create, I bought it anyway.

Before

After

And I’m happy with the change. It takes awhile to adjust, but the extra storage space in the much larger dresser is very welcome. I also think it makes the room feel bigger and less cramped. The old sofa table was really just taking up a lot of space to hold up a small television and hide some vintage luggage beneath. I always thought it looked cool, but it just wasn’t a practical use of space.

Moving the chair from the window to the door opens up the space—plus it was blocking the only air vent in the room. That was never a good idea but it’s a clue as to how much I’m willing to sacrifice for design I love. So far, the only item that remains homeless is the Seth Thomas clock that used to be on top of the dresser. But, once the Christmas decorations finally come down, I think I’ve got the perfect spot for it elsewhere.The arrangement of items on the dresser and pictures on the wall, however, are going to take some time to get just right.

The new dresser is a must-have piece. Brasilia with its futuristic swoops was fittingly unveiled at the 1964 World’s Fair. It was a runaway success at the time and one of the most sought-after Broyhill designs today.

This particular shape is known as a magna dresser and was made in all of Broyhill’s contemporary designs at the time. Its large, square shape provides three large drawers, two cabinets with dividers and a series of small drawers up the side.

Broyhill Brasilia Magna Dresser

Sometimes it’s just a good idea to trust your heart. The beauty and practicality of this piece were well worth the trouble to change it all out and I know I’ll have it forever. I gave my other dresser to a close friend who I know will take care of it for many years—and I can go visit any time I want.

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