Monday, November 26, 2012

avant-guarde art

Great idea in the latest Style at Home magazine...had to steal it right away and try it out! It's a perfect way to add a great punch of energy to your space through artwork.

What you'll need:

  • fun fabric
  • scissors
  • embroidery rings in multiple sizes

  • separate the embroidery ring into it's two pieces
  • lay out the fabric on a hard, flat surface (easier for cutting!)
  • place the smaller of the two rings on the fabric...move it around so you see what you like inside the ring
  • cut the fabric at least 2 inches wider than your smaller ring
  • set the fabric, face down, on top of the larger ring
  • set the inside ring on top of the larger, outside ring. Centre and push down to tighten and secure the fabric
  • gently pull the fabric until it's nice and tight inside the rings
  • tighten the screw on the side of the embroidery ring to secure
  • trim the excess fabric
  • hang on the wall

What's great about this idea is that you can change out the fabrics as often as you like to change up the look. This took me about 10-15 minutes from start to finish (when I hung them on the wall!). 

And you can't beat the price. I bought my supplies at Value Village...the "vintage-y" looking fabric is actually a set of curtains that I scooped up for $9.99 (and I have TONS left over for other projects), and both embroidery rings for $1.49 & $1.99.

I'm on the lookout for more embroidery rings, so I can expand this art piece all along the wall. I'll mix up the fabrics too, so it will really have some punch!


xx rouge.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

value village score

Wanted to show you my latest score from Value Village. As you know, I pop into Value Village every now and again to check out the furniture/lighting section.

I stumbled upon these two beauties on Monday...and I'm really excited about them.  Due to my current obsession with all things mid-century modern, these jumped right out at me.

Although there are no markings on the wood, I've been able to confirm that they are indeed from the early 1950's. Apparently this fabric is the original...and it's a tell tale sign of real vintage from that era.

The wood is a tiny bit beat up, but to me, that just adds character. The fabric is in perfect shape. Someone loved these and took great care of them! Or stored them away and forgot about them...

They are meant to be deck chairs, but I envision them side by side in my living room. It's such a rarity to find 2 exact matches!

So, it seems as though I am slowly working my way towards a new living room design. I had not intended to start purchasing for the new design for a while...but these were such a good score.

$12.99 each!  

Way too good to pass up. Building up your design bit by bit and piece by piece is the best way to develop a good design in my books anyway.

And since they fold, it will be easy to store them until I'm ready. 


xx rouge.