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I have always loved the look of antique/vintage shoe lasts and have been seeing more and more interesting things made of them lately dotted around the web.
Two notable examples are from Canadian twins Jason and Lars who work under the name the Brothers Dressler.
From bud vases and coat hooks in Canada…to lamps in Australia:
to book ends and toilet roll holders in the UK…
and just plain weirdness in Sweden!
Another global upcycling trend!
Bubby and I went a little crazy on Monday and decided to do a quickie chalk board feature wall in the scary rental bathroom we have been shackled with in the new house. The walls are atrocious, so I thought this would help camouflage the worst wall and add some personality!
The decision was spurred on by this cheeky Elle Decoration cover, which I just loved:
…especially the unedited dirty bits – click on the image to read (details posted by Popbitch):
Here are a few more images I have saved on this trend…
A natural history line drawing:
I particularly like the look of the next 2 ‘messy’ ones below.
These feel more natural, fun …and this is going to sound horrifically snobby (yes, I DO hear how much of an insufferable snot I must sound sometimes! Heh!), but the lighter grey of the wiped out chalk will lighten up the black a bit and make it more textural. Like the panel below, it becomes more like an expressionist painting and brings it all together somehow.
I can’t wait to get the chalk out when I get home from work. I will post the wall when we have the initial drawings done. Bubs has some nautical themed ideas and I am thinking maybe something akin to Tacita Dean’s yummy blackboard drawings, like the series The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days.
Little by little that poor, neglected bathroom is being redeemed out of the ghetto madness it is currently in (you will understand what I mean when I post the befores – dirty green/yellow, orangey wood, blue patterned tiles…brrrr! I was getting a rash even walking into the room.)
I can’t wait!
Another fantastic upcycling idea – rake hooks.
Hive has taken the idea one step further by painting them bright colours:
Though I think I like the rusty, worn ones best.
Break out that old, rusty rake we got the other day, Bubby… Winston has a brand new project for the list – a key rack!
Happy weekend, all.
My throw obsession continues with mustard yellow…
Over the last year and a bit I have noticed quality mustard-coloured items creeping, almost apologetically, into housewares – like this sofa below.
Once upon a time I would have cringed away from the colour as a throwback to my 70s childhood, but as I approach a certain milestone in age find myself looking at the hue with nostalgic warmth!
This season the colour – redubbed by some (ridiculously) as ‘saffron’ – is out and proud, hitting the high street in mass with the autumn fashion rollout!
Here are some images of mustard throws that I have been hoarding. The one below is a fairly old-school interpretation, with muted browns and olives:
A more modern take bounces the yellow off more brightly saturated hues like these blues, oranges and purples.
The result is more punchy, cheery and warm…MUCH more juicy.
On the hunt for mustard throws…
You know how when you start noticing something you see it everywhere? Like these rounded mirrors…
And these half rounded as well…
Ages ago I started preparing this post on Lonny’s December spread on Frank Muytjens, head of J.Crew Mens Design in New York, but then had to abandon it as WordPress’ formatting was acting up again and I just couldn’t deal with the headache!
I found it again yesterday and thought I should get it up on the Roost.
From the first shot, the images of Muytjens’ home had me pausing on nearly every page.
What really got me were how the layered vignettes were so beautifully styled.
This quote from Muytjens says it all…
The grouping below is brilliant – the way the television has been camouflaged by incorporating it into the grouping below it, slightly off centre and balanced by the frame and filled tray on the right of the table …
And the little tiny detail like the simple porcelain edison lamp on the magazines…
Saw these great images of a bathroom from the Soho Hotel the other day.
The walls are actually wallpaper, but could be easily achieved with a Sharpie and a lot of patience!
This is the Aviary paper by Schumacher, and like all Schumacher papers costs a bomb:
2 doodles a day… how long would that take???
I have been seeing more of these Plumen energy saving bulbs around lately.
Thinking they look pretty sharp with the right lamp.
Wonder if they are soft enough to avoid glare without dimming, though, as I doubt these are dimmable…?
I am starting to feel a little ADHD with all the projects I am posting lately!
Along with the other projects, etc, that I have been working on I have also been considering how to upcycle a cheap cotton ikea rug for the kitchen and am starting to think I might try tie-dye.
Now, I know what you are thinking, but look at all these understated examples of contemporary tie-dye for interiors and tell me it doesn’t stop the automatic cringe that comes when you hear the term!
Think these are from satan’s retail outlet, Anthropologie:
They look great on this bed below:
The following are my usual go-to, stripes, which I think would hide dirt nicely on a rug:
Here is an actual rug:
Thinking the grey/black combo is the most understated, and least like typical tie-dye, which is probably why I like it. I would love to be able to get the light grey edges and the darker black random bits on the inside of the pattern, like the pillow above. Wonder how hard it would be.
Think I have just found another project to add to my ever-growing list!