Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Color Inspiration: Orange and Turquoise

I have a difficult relationship with color; I get sick of it quickly!  Consequently, I tend to keep my house fairly neutral and add color with pottery, artwork, bedding, pillows, and other accessories that can be easily changed. I also tend to gravitate towards cool colors, with orange being the one major exception. My love of orange may, in fact, come from the fact that it packs such a whallop in very small quantites, and thus doesn't overwhelm the cool tones in a room and my own sensibilities.

It's no wonder that I've been drawn to orange and turquoise combos lately. I didn't even realize it until I re-read my post about foyers and noticed that three of my inspiration photos feature this combination in some way. My den, which is ripe for a "spruce" and has ivory walls and neutral furniture, might be a prime spot for me to incorporate this dynamic duo in my own home. In the meantime, here are some shots from my inspiration file!

Raubach Photography via Birch + Bird 
House of Turquoise

Tobi Fairley Interior Design.
 Think about how dramatically this room would change
 if the orange accents were a different color...
Living Etc.via  recent post on Little Green Notebook

Another Tobi Fairley design via Traditional Home.
So calming yet cheerful.
Retro awesomeness at Apartment Therapy 

Welcome! Via Take the Side Street

Vintage and lovely at Apartment Therapy
Again via the fabulous House of Turquoise
...and finally, a dreamy inspiration shot via Bippity Boppity Boo

I love how you can warm up a room as much or as little as you'd like by adjusting the amount of orange--just like turning on a lamp. And of course, I adore that this combination is so modern, but with a bit of a retro twist!  I'm linking up with the handmade home's True Colors Party today. I can't wait to check out what color combinations are inspiring others in the blogosphere!

The Handmade Home

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thrift Score Monday

I'm excited to participate in Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday, highlighting thrifted and flea market finds from the weekend. Thrifting is, for me, like modern day treasure hunting. Nothing gets my pulse racing like spotting that perfect jadeite dish or mid-century painting from across the store. This past weekend was no exception!  I found the mother load of THREE sets of mid-century modern candlesticks, all different and all in great condition.

They'll be up for sale in the shop soon!  I secretly hope someone buys all three sets, because I think they look so cool and sculptural en masse.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Secondhand Swoon

In my dreams, I have an old, rambling house with three floors and 14 bedrooms, each decorated with its own unique personality. Guests would be directed to "The Yellow Room," "The Library Suite," or "The Parisian Garrett."  I'd have endless opportunity to scour thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales for the coolest antique and vintage furniture, always finding that perfect new home for each piece.

In reality, I have one guest room that's not even big enough to hold a dresser. Dilemma.

Instead, to satisfy my secondhand furniture cravings, I thought I'd start regularly featuring some choice finds from Craigslist, eBay, and other local and online resources that I'd snap up in a New York Minute if only I had room in the "East Wing"....

So without further adieu, behold today's finds:

Totally swooning over this deco dresser for only $75!
 The gorgeous hardware alone is worth that much.

A vintage desk that would be STUNNING with a coat of paint.
Love the brass hardware and corner detail!

Amazing mid-century dining set for $250.

Loving this library table for only $40!  How amazing would this look in a foyer?

A complete Danish Modern bedroom set for a mere $225?!

 All images via the Indianapolis Craigslist. I've said it for years and I still believe it to be true: the Midwest is tops for thrifting and secondhand goods at dirt cheap prices!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Making an Entrance

The entryway of a house is so important to me. It sets the tone for what is to come, and it's a relatively small space that holds the potential for big impact. Plus, my tiny house doesn't really have one....my living room IS sort of a foyer....so I'm jealous of those who have the opportunity to make a grand first impression. Here are a few faves:

Foo dogs and a pretty palette at Palmer Weiss

Loving the floor and the European-style curtain over the door.
Found via Two Ellie.

Beachy deliciousness via the new Lonny

An old fave via YoungHouseLove (that mirror!).

So many graphic patterns that somehow all work.
Homes and Gardens, March 2009 (via Flickr)

Simple impact via Flickr. (Love the owl trio!)

A classic and glamourous vestibule from Domino.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dare to Chair

My living room is a work in progress. I live in a 1940s bungalow--more of a cottage, really--and the front door opens directly into the pint-sized living room. It's an awkward shape, because it also serves as a pass-through to the kitchen and the rest of the house, which makes furniture arrangement a challenge. I'm not happy with the scale of my sofa in the room; I'd like to rethink my paint color choice; and most of all, I can't find side chairs I'm happy with!

I've been searching for a couple years for some very small-scale, affordable slipper chairs, and just can't seem to find the right ones. So, up until now, visitors were forced to sit on the sofa, turned awkwardly sideways to converse.

Recently, though, I saw a vintage chair with interesting lines at a thrift store. With a half-off sale making its price a measly $7, I swooped it up, knowing I'd find a use for it. The finish was drab and scuffed, and the fabric seat had seen better days. The thrift store check out lady, who apparently didn't "get" its vintage charm, looked at me with pity.

I just loved the detail of the carved back, the curve of the arms, and the slender, straight lines of the legs. There was only one solution: PAINT. My answer to most furniture, cabinetry, and decor-related ills. And in fact, because I am lazy, I went the trusty spray paint route...and it didn't fail me. Check out the after shot, complete with reupholstered seat (thanks, vendors of small yardage fabric scraps on eBay!).

I think it'll do nicely until those perfect, afforadable, ivory colored slipper chairs find their way into my life!

Friday, July 15, 2011


Welcome to Tatter and Fray, where I plan to share inspiration from the worlds of art, design, and home decor, with a focus on the vintage and the vintage-inspired. I'll also highlight the best of my Etsy shop, also called Tatter and Fray. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll visit again often!

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