Looking for a Vintage-Style Lampshade

I went shopping for a new lampshade.

The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.
The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.

Unfortunately a suitable shade for the lamp in the photo above was not to be had.

The shades are only 10 inches tall.
The shades are only 10 inches tall.

My first stop was Home Goods which always has a good supply of attractive lamps but the 14-inch-tall barrel shade is just out of fashion right now.

So cute but not really what I'm after.
So cute but not really what I’m after.

I was also on the hunt for pink and burgundy items.  I’m sure, however, we wont need Lucite and pink fur vanity stools.

A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.
A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.

On my way out of the store I saw a great looking grey chair with upholstery tack detail. I might have to find a place for it.

A sturdy little bench with storage.
A sturdy little bench with storage.

Then, still looking for a lamp shade, I headed over to Ross. What lover of burgundy wouldn’t love this little red alligator storage chest — 14″ by  30″ — for only $40?

I went home empty-handed.  This time.

Are you searching for a special item?

When in Doubt, Paint It white

One of the pieces of necessary-for-storage furniture in the Cottage is a 2-drawer file cabinet.

The little brown file cabinet no longer goes with the Cottage décor.
The little brown file cabinet no longer goes with the Cottage décor.

I showed my friend my transformation of a similar one that I had refinished.

New paint and new pulls.
New paint and new pulls.

And she transformed hers.

Are you planning any furniture transformations?

Cottage Media Console

Back here I was opining on a slimline piece of furniture to replace the more bulky television platform that my friend brought from her former home.

Something about the scale of the TV and the cabinet it's on is out of proportion.
Something about the scale of the TV and the cabinet it’s on is out of proportion.

The television stand is visually heavy and awkward in the corner of the Cottage living room area.

The Byas low console might fit just under the window.
The Byas low console might fit just under the window.

The tenant saw a low console in white at Ikea which is costs about $130.

Before
Before
The new television console is sleek and modern.
After

She put it together over Christmas weekend and remarked that it was about the easiest piece of furniture she has ever assembled.

The Ikea console fits just under the window.
The Ikea console fits just under the window.

When she finally moved it into place it fit perfectly under the triple window at the front of the Cottage. The bright shiny white finish lightens up and modernizes the area.

This narrow console holds and hides a lot of things.
This narrow console holds and hides a lot of things.

The console holds a television, a stereo, and books and DVDs in the large drawers.

Before
Before
The brown sewing machine in the foreground belongs to me and will eventually come back in my house.
AFTER  The brown sewing machine in the foreground belongs to me and will eventually come back into my house.

I’m sure my friend will play around with the television placement in the months when the view from the picture window is especially picturesque.

Are you good at following written directions? Or picture-only directions?

The Conservatory Bathroom — Almost Finished

Back in January we had a number of projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.
The shower glass design.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.

The shower glass was installed in the middle of last January.

  1. The vanity needs to be trimmed with vintage wood.
    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity needed to be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

    The completed vanity.
    The completed vanity.
  2. The same wood will be used to close the plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.

    Working on the shelves to block the plumbing alcove.
    Working on the shelves to block the plumbing alcove.
  3. The plumber needs to check the showerhead because the flow is stifled.
    This showerhead has limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead had limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.

    This showerhead is now working great.
    This showerhead is now working great.
  4. Towels bars near sink and robe hook near shower.
    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.
    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    Looking for a robe hook to hang on the board next to the shower.
    Looking for a robe hook to hang on the board next to the shower.
  5. Touch up paint that’s been nicked.

    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is "Seed" by Valspar.
    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.
  6. Hang a mirror over sink.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.

    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
  7. Hang a cabinet over toilet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.

    The chart fits well above the toilet instead of a cabinet for now.
    The chart fits well above the toilet instead of a cabinet for now.
  8. Hang photos of the source of vintage wood.
    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.
    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.

    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
  9. Find a rug for in front of the sink.
  10. Install tile backsplash behind sink.

    The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
    The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
  11. Paint the door and trim.
    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.

    Reviewing our progress from time to time lifts my spirits.

    Are you searching for a decorative item that is eluding you?

My Idea, Pretty Sure

I’ve been looking through December magazines and catalogs and noticed the color scheme I thought I created is showing up everywhere.

The aquas and berries have come together in the Cottage.
Aquas and berries have come together in the Cottage.

The Cottage is decorated in aqua (some might call it turquoise) and cranberry.

Why 006 Square Brass Chair for $2,650.
Why 006 Square Brass Chair for $2,650.

In Marie Claire’s gift guide is a chair designed by Francesco Della Femina in berry and turquoise, touted as the colors of Capri.

The Cottage rug has a southwestern design in cranberry and turquoise.
The Cottage rug has a southwestern design in cranberry and turquoise.

Then I was perusing Elle Décor where an alpine getaway in St. Moritz has rug almost like the one in the Cottage.

Oushak rug in an Alpine resort.
Oushak rug in an Alpine resort features cranberry and turquoise.

The late 19th century Oushak in Elle was probably upwards of $4000. The Cottage rug was $260.

The Cottage bed has a LJUSÖGA duvet cover from Ikea with tiny cranberry flowers and teal leaves.
The Cottage bed has a LJUSÖGA duvet cover from Ikea with tiny cranberry flowers and teal leaves costs $30.

Even in the bedroom there are aqua/cranberry options.

The Leona comforter would be a beautiful addition to Glade Cottage cranberry/aqua décor.
The Leona comforter would be a beautiful addition to Glade Cottage cranberry/aqua décor.

Pottery Barn has delved into the aqua/cranberry pool with the Leona reversible comforter.  Of all the items this comforter is affordable — $150.

Have you created something that you thought was original and then saw it someplace else?

Painted Table Inspiration

Now that we’ve built a new kitchen table I’m thinking about painting the dining room table.

The dining room table is a round that becomes oval when two leaves are inserted.
The dining room table is a round that becomes oval when two leaves are inserted.

We found this table in a neighbor’s yard with a “free” sign on it.

And entire blue table might be too much of a good thing.
And entire blue table might be too much of a good thing.

I saw a similar table painted totally blue in a blue room.

I like this two-tone table.
I like this two-tone table.

Ethan Allen has a round table with a blue base and a natural top. I think this is the inspiration I’m looking for.

These are the chairs we'll be using.
These are the chairs we’ll be using.

I don’t know when we’ll have time to paint a table — certainly not before Christmas — but it’s on the list.

Do you paint furniture?

New Accessory for the Cottage

The actual “living room” in Glade Cottage is a very contained space.

A small piece of furniture in front of the sofa is needed.
A small piece of furniture in front of the sofa is needed.

The large Ikea sofa has a lounge on one side which takes up a considerable amount of room.

The perfect sized, multifunctional ottoman for the Cottage.
The perfect sized, multifunctional ottoman for the Cottage.

If two people are on the sofa only one can “put her feet up”.  Coincidentally I saw a small, round, cranberry-colored ottoman on Craigslist. (I was looking for a different style ottoman for the conservatory.)

The ottoman was described as burgundy but goes well with the cranberry accents.
The ottoman was described as burgundy but goes well with the cranberry accents.

This storage ottoman can also act as a small coffee table since the top cushion, when turned upside down, becomes a tray.

The little ottoman is a nice addition to the Cottage furniture.
The little ottoman is a nice addition to the Cottage furniture.

So cute we can’t keep our feet off it.

What was your recent happy accident?