It’s so much fun to repurpose something. Here a simple woven placemat from West Elm becomes a chair pad in minutes.
Note- Placemats are sold online as a set. But I was able to purchase just one for under $6 at the store.
Placemat, fabric, 2 breadwrapper twist ties and a pair of scissors.
1. Poke a twist tie end into a corner of the placemat. Do the same with the second twist tie.
2. Then take your material and cut strips of 2″ wide x 27″ long (or longer if you prefer). Note- I tore my strips leaving the edges uneven and frayed.
3. Attach each fabric strip (at it’s midpoint) to the twist ties.
4. Put strips through the back of the chair and secure with a knot.
(Styling & Photo- © 2014 Martha Browne)
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Historic Map Works is an online site for map enthusiasts offering a number of area surveys in the U.S and other parts of the world. They also have amassed an assortment of black and white images of old houses, properties, bridges, etc. Many of these are available as prints suitable for framing.
Illustrated French poster c. 1955
The American farmhouse. It’s not hard to conjure up visions of front porches, large working kitchens, bathing in free standing tubs, and pot belly stoves or fireplaces to keep the living rooms warm. Think those places are long gone? The book ‘Farmhouse Revival‘ gives proof positive that this much-loved vernacular architecture and decor is alive and well.
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” Every Friday at 8 am we launch a fresh collection of fantastic-value vintage finds, assembled for us by the best dealers from around the world. Everything here is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. You can find out what’s coming each week on our instagram…” - Pedlars
I’ve seen too many people make the mistake of a ripping out an entire kitchen in order to update. Think twice before doing it. Sometimes all that’s really needed is a few great furniture pieces, lighting or accessories to breathe new life into the space. This kitchen, for example, is in a home built in 1958. It still retains the original floor plan, painted cabinets, formica countertop and stove. Here are five things to consider adding-
1. Sconces (set of these)- Rejuvenation
2. Dinnerware in mint- West Elm
3. Wood stool- West Elm
4. Tea towel with vintage coffee pots- Crate & Barrel
5. Chain link fabric mimics floor pattern (use as shades)- Spoonflower
I was disappointed to learn that Crate & Barrel stopped selling their ‘Classic Century’ dinnerware by Eva Zeisel. By the time I got to a local store, most of the pieces had sold out except for a single gravy boat. It was too nice to pass up. But I nixed the idea of using it for gravy and filled it with holiday candy instead. Come Spring I’ll have something else in it. Stay tuned. :)
(Photo- © 2014 Martha Browne)
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Metal toy soldiers- British Toy Soldier Co.
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