28 February 2017

Two Bedroom Designs Inspired by Wes Anderson

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          Wes Anderson is probably my favorite movie guy; director, producer, actor, writer. I jumped at the chance to join eight blog friends in a celebration of Wes Anderson. Thank you Jess (Domicile 37) and for organizing the whole "Inspired By DIY" series, and Kathryn (Up To Date Interiors) for helping to facilitate it. Deciding which film to highlight was tough. I love each movie in its own way, but I have a soft spot for Moonrise Kingdom, I think it reminds me of home in Upstate NY. I see my kids in the precocious young characters, exploring and enjoying the great outdoors.

          I am grateful for lakes and woods and the fantastic adventures kids create when their imaginations run wild outdoors, in the fresh air. Can we do more to encourage that?

          This was the scene in our Ohio back yard two weekends ago. They proudly gave me an animated tour, including (harmless) weapons they fashioned out of sticks and string, a bridge across the creek, a swing hung from the trees. The fox is the perfect Wes Anderson touch! Wrong movie, but still pretty fantastic. A small taste of spring-like weather in southwest Ohio made for an adventurous long weekend for these kids.

Back to Moonrise Kingdom...
          Aesthetically, this movie has just about every element I adore: set in the 1960's, in a tiny community surrounded by lakes, woods, a rocky New England coast, maps, vintage details, an excess of plaid, Bill Murray - Bill Murray wearing PLAID, and smart, slightly depressing deadpan humor.

Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson - Bill Murray

          Unlike Anderson's other movies that are typically full of saturated color and sharply contrasting patterns and angles, this movie is soft, muted, viewed through a sepia filter.

He has a way with symmetry, almost obsessive, and I really love that. Google "Wes Anderson symmetry" and you'll see what I'm talking about. It's a thing.

Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson

The First Design Inspired by Moonrise Kingdom
          Suzy Bishop's room is composed of elements pulled from interior scenes; the braided rug, the chair and black & white curtains. The vintage yellow suitcase, portable record player, and binoculars rarely leave her side. Oil paintings, a typewriter, and a stack of interesting old books complete the look. Coincidentally, I was working on the pink colorblock desk and pulling this design together at the same time, and heck if it doesn't belong in there! Seeing everything together, it has a definite Anthropologie vibe. 
Similar items: rug / chair / curtains 

          This post is already getting too long, so I'll save Sam Shakusky's design for Thursday. Come back for a healthy dose of plaid and vintage scout style, all pulled together with a sweet raccoon hat detail.

          Be sure to check out the other projects inspired by Wes Anderson's films, with the links below. I am excited to see which films each person chose to focus on. Thanks again to Jess (Domicile 37) and Kathryn (Up To Date Interiors) for hosting and organizing this Inspired by DIY event! And thanks for giving me an excuse to publicly geek out on this movie.

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14 February 2017

An Old Desk Gets a Modern Pink Makeover

          This was a quick project that I needed to tackle for the sake of my own sanity. I've said it before & I'll say it again: making old things new again, and the process of updating unwanted objects is like therapy for me. Free therapy. Lately I've been mentally bogged down by big projects hanging over my head, like prettying up the world's brownest kitchen, and the entire prospect of downsizing our current home. So I decided to take on a small project that could be done in a matter of days.


          I found this little desk and brought it home. Somewhere in its life, it lived with a cat who hated it, and demonstrated this by scratching the hell out of it. Other than the scratches and possible toddler bites on the lower right, it was in great condition. I love how the legs splay, giving it character without looking too fancy. The original hardware was mostly salvageable, except for the two lower knobs on the right, which had also been destroyed by the aforementioned angry animal that hates pretty wooden things.

          Inspired by this romantic month, I opted for pink and a bit of floral, and this may be a first. I can't remember painting anything pink before. My girls aren't fans of the color pink, so I haven't had the opportunity.  And they certainly don't care for flowers.      

          As usual, I am amazed by the magic of General Finishes Gel Stain. I used an old t-shirt to apply a thin coat of gel stain all over the dark lower section, to blend away the hate scratches and revive the overall finish. I sealed my work with a coat of GF High Performance Top Coat in Satin, my personal favorite top coat.

          For hardware, I was down two original knobs, so I used the remaining "good ones" on top, simply painted the same pink, and purchased two simple unfinished wooden knobs (for .79!), and stained those with the same Java Gel Stain. The goal was to make the hardware blend in.


          Here is something exciting and new! I have a place to take my furniture when it's fixed and beautiful and my therapy is complete. As much as I love the process of improving furniture, my house is full, and fixing furniture does not lend itself to my new fledgling minimalist ideals and the whole effort to have less stuff. Enter my friend Amanda. We met and immediately connected at a conference last summer. We have this whole Converse, Birkenstock, ripped jeans, and Jack White thing that sparked the friendship, certainly firmed up by more important things. But every friendship has to start somewhere, right?

         Amanda lives in the next state over. (that would be Kentucky) Not so close that we can have coffee every morning, dang it, but close enough that I can hop in the car for a mind-clearing drive and spend a few hours in her company, which always leaves me feeling energized and glittery. Because she throws glitter at people. Literally and figuratively. A few months ago she opened The Georgetown Makery and an attached store, by and for makers, Magpie at The Makery, with her best friend, Stacey. My girls might not want a two-toned modern pink desk, but perhaps someone who shops at Magpie will. This piece and others will be there soon!

          Care to see what my friends have been up to in the past month?

J Burns Designs- Cass Toy Chest
Thirty Eighth Street- Scandinavian Inspired Nightstands
That Sweet Tea Life- A Fireplace Fabulous,.. With SPiT

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