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Rachel Shingleton

Get the Look: Midcentury-Inspired Hairpin Legs

Eames reproduction chair with hairpin legs by Pencil Shavings Studio

Happy Tuesday! I’m so happy to be back at Style Spotters after taking a nice long maternity leave. My second baby was born in January and now I’m positively busting at the seams with all kinds of new ideas and projects.

Midcentury designs keep popping up on my radar lately, particularly on Pinterest. I purchased an Eames chair replica that’s currently in the baby’s room (pictured above) and there’s just something about the legs on that chair that I’m loving. I’m also on the hunt for the perfect coffee table for our lake house and hairpin leg tables are my favorite right now. A quick search on Pinterest or Etsy will produce a fun selection of hairpin legs on consoles, dining tables and coffee tables in a variety of tabletop textures and hues. I’m having a moment with raw steel and natural wood elements and these distinctive stems add a great visual twist to a room, especially if you’re looking for high visual contrast between traditional and modern. It’s great for smaller spaces especially when you want less visual clutter because there’s less bulk.

Mad for Mid-Century has a great detailed history on how the design came about. Hairpin legs were invented in the early 1940s by designer Henry P. Glass. It was a design born out of necessity as it was wartime and supplies were scarce. The design allowed for the strength of traditional legs without all the bulk.I love – as they state – that it truly was a mix of form and function.

I’m of the opinion that a little midcentury design can go a long way in any space. It’s the perfect contrast to traditional design as it gives an unexpected whimsy to a space. The majority of the pieces I’ve found feature a wood top with the natural-hued steel legs, but I stumbled on UK-based company &New that offers them in a gorgeous array of colors. I couldn’t pin these images fast enough. Stunning! Now if only they would ship to the US.

&New British modern furniture - giraffe console

A further search on Google led me to some other fun finds. Are you a DIY-er? Style Me Pretty’s Ikea hack also caught my eye – I’m loving how they spray painted the legs a gorgeous robin’s egg blue.

Style Me Pretty Ikea hack // image by Ruth Eileen

Which then led me to fall on down the rabbit hole to HairpinLegs.com if you want to also do it yourself. The pricing seems pretty reasonable and you could use practically any material for the top.

Here’s a pretty set of side tables from Arrowhead, handmade in North Carolina.

Arrowhead North Carolina HAIRPIN TABLE

Now I’m thinking that maybe my coffee table could be an easy DIY project – and in any color of the rainbow! Hairpinlegsforless.com also has a good selection, especially if you want a colored version without having to paint it yourself. And if you’re worried about the legs scratching your floors, they offer little leather “shoes” for them (maybe the cutest thing ever) and plastic floor protectors. And for really detailed DIY instructions, check out how HomeMade Modern made this lovely dining table. The instructions could probably be adjusted pretty easily for a coffee table or console.

Home Made Modern dining table, hairpin legs

Are you a midcentury modern fan? I’d love to hear how you’ve integrated this look into your space!


Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic-Rattan Crush

Flea Market Chic Rattan Crush BHG Style SpottersThroughout my entire childhood my parents had a rattan coat rack that hung right by the front door and upon entering our home would be a call to one of us 4 or my dad to “please, hang up your coat.” It was my mother of course and while the coat rack was right at eye level for some reason the instinct was to always throw it on the banister{which drove her crazy}. To this day, that rattan coat rack hangs in the very same spot & each time I pass it I think huh, that could be really cute somewhere in my house. While I would never take something without asking first, I love the idea of bringing a little bit of my family history back home. Sometimes it just takes a fresh pair of eyes to see the potential in something worn and how it can work with your own design aesthetic. Lately I have a HUGE crush on rattan, surprise! Living coastally it fits my style year round but I also love the texture & caramel tones that give any space that layer of warmth. This is an ideal time of year to envision the possibility of rattan & wicker and how it can fit in your home.

Rattan & wicker chairs can be found at tag & yard sales and even craigslist. By giving them a fresh coat of paint you can easily update the look and pair them with existing furnishings, such as this traditional dining table for a fresh look. A coat of brilliant aqua-blue paint transformed tired rattan chairs BHG{BHG}

BHG Rattan Dining Chairs + Wicker Pendant{BHG}

Original lighting ideas gets me every time. Taking an old woven basket or bowl and creating a light fixture is a simple & inexpensive way to incorporate this trend in any room.

Lee Kleinhelter bedroom black white spotted ceiling Hermes throw & rattan pendants - so original, stylish, simple and fun{via}

BHG Rattan Pendant Light{BHG}

What could be better than layering your walls with texture. I love the idea of using shallow baskets as a collective grouping of art. You can also add a mirror to a basket for a fun DIY project.

BHG Use Shallow Wicker Baskets as Artwork{BHG}

DIY Wicker Basket Mirror  The Wood Grain Cottage{via}

This rattan shelving unit adds so much interested to the wall through its warm honey tones and circular shape. You may not find this at a yard sale but spring & summer is the BEST time to score some rattan goodies, be sure to keep your eyes open. You can see it’s a stylish & fun way to get that vintage modern look.

Rattan Circle Shelf Urban Outfitters {via}

There is so much you can do with a rattan/wicker headboard these days. You can leave it natural for a coastal -bohemian feel or spray paint one to fit any design preference.

Temple & Webster Rattan Headboard{via}

The Hunted Interior-Rattan Headboard {via}

Using unexpected vintage pieces and repurposing them is an idea that will never get old. This wicker fishing creel is ideal for extra table storage.

FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE Vintage Fishing Creel{via}

Embracing vintage rattan with its original, worn patina is a great way to create a casual vibe. These aged bar stools are the perfect addition to this crisp and coastal inspired kitchen.

Vintage Rattan Barstools Grace Happens Via Holly Mathis Blog{via}

When on the hunt for rattan or wicker this season, remember there is nothing a good can a spray paint can’t fix. Paint changes EVERYTHING. This boldly painted gold stool compliments the space and gives a fun punch of color.

Gold Painted Rattan Stool  Abby M. Interiors One Room Challenge {via}

I hope this has inspired you to look at rattan in a whole new light.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living-Bold With Color

Vintage Living-Bold With Color BHG Style Spotters Who’s ready for some bold color?! After a long winter here in NY, I am so looking forward to bringing color back into my life and home. BHG just revealed it’s 2015 Color Palette of the year in the March issue and I am loving every single hue! Have you seen these 6 gorgeous tones? What a perfect time of year to introduce them into your décor, they can be used collectively or alone, they are livable & sophisticated. HERE is a video by Eddie Ross-BHG East Coast Editor and Jessica Thomas-BHG Style Director to explain the story behind the selection and how it can inspire you to experiment with it in your own home.

Here is BHG’s 2015 Color Palette of the Year and some vintage inspired spaces that use these BOLD tones, it is bound to get your wheels turning….

BHG Color Palette of the Year

OCEANIC BLUE

Emily Henderson showcases this beautiful pop of color in her velvet chair and infuses it with jewel tones against a clean white backdrop. This a great display of how it can work seamlessly with similar palettes.

Emily Henderson's Bedroom Loving the Oceanic Blue Velvet Chair VIA

RAINFOREST GREEN

This bold green dresser is the perfect, playful pop of color every home needs. Against the white walls it stands out but remains neutral enough to mix and match supporting colors and styles.

Dresser Makeover Using a Bold Green

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WARM BLUSH

This color is dreamy! Every room could use this color, it is subtle, warm & fun. This dresser tells the perfect color story with its gold accents.

Blush Dresser from Cuckcoo 4 Design

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SHAPE-SHIFTING CORAL

Coral has been a favorite color of mine for a while, it works with almost every color palette and is the ideal accent hue for furniture. This thrifted piece becomes a focal point and gives personality to this space. Loving This Blush Dresser from The Blissful Bee

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FRESH BERRY

Yum-ee! Introducing this beautiful tone through decorative accents such as pillows, accessories & fresh flowers allows you the creative freedom to experiment without a full commitment.

Moody Grays With Pops of Berry {Fey Handmade} VIA

SOPHISICATED GRAY

I am so happy to see gray infused with color! Gray has become the “it” neutral & to see it blend so beautifully with bold tones has me inspired. This dresser is the perfect example of how gracious gray can be with color.

The Weathered Door Warm Gray Dresser

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Are you inspired to bring bold color to your vintage style?

Have a beautiful & colorful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic-Dining Room Ideas

Every year like clock work come January I have this incredible urge to simplify & change things up in my home, I guess it is the whole “fresh start-new beginnings” idea that gets me {in trouble} every time. We all know change is good but it can also cost a small fortune to redecorate. My solution to these winter time decorating blues is start small & have fun. The colder weather is an ideal time to score some great deals at tag sales, indoor flea markets, thrift stores and local antique shops. So grab a friend or 2, some coffees to go and make a day of it. Look for items that either gel with your style, color palette or just make you happy. I find that once I score that perfect piece {or pieces} it sets the whole design in motion. Currently I have my eyes set on reinventing my dining room, I found a ton of Flea Market Chic inspiration, here are a few of my favorite ideas…

Flea Market Chic Dining Room Ideas BHG Style Spotters

Mixing & Matching Chairs

It is still a hot trend to mix & match your seating. We all know shopping flea markets & thrift stores can often yield incomplete sets of anything, why not use it to your advantage. You can incorporate different styles or colors and make it fun.

BHG Flea Market Chic

Open Shelving

Another hot home trend is open shelving, I just love how it looks to have dishes and kitchenware on display in an organized way. Using baskets and varying sizes of storage boxes can also be a functional and pleasing look in the dining room.

BHG Open Shelving

Mixing Old & New

When making the choice to shop vintage you can also mix your treasures with new pieces. This dining room layers so many touches beautifully, from the worn elements to the batten board & chalkboard wall, all with the more traditional dining set.

BHG Rustic & Refined

Using Collections

This wall of vintage oil landscapes in the same warm, earthy tones is stunning. Taking a collection you love that has cohesiveness and displaying it vertically, horizontally or in open shelving is a great way to add depth and character to your space.

BHG Vintage Art

Re-inventing the Buffet

The possibilities for buffets in a dining room when it comes to vintage are endless. This table is the perfect size & height to make a wine bar or drink station complete. You could also use a dresser, rolling cart, hutch, console or stereo cabinet, look for the size, shape, color & purpose that fit your room.

BHG Vintage Buffet

Vintage Storage

Any kind of storage that has doors & a good patina is a never pass up in my book. With small children & busy household anytime I can tuck away daily must haves is a win win.

BHG Vintage Hutch

Adding a Chandelier

Often times you can score a great deal on vintage lighting. Whether you need to rewire it or turn it into a candle fixture, it is great option to give a little drama to your dining space.

BHG Vintage Lighting

Rattan

Rattan has made a huge come back & I am loving it!!! I only wish I held on to my grandmothers set when I had the chance, of course I was only 20 at the time but who would have thought it would become such a hot trend. It fits with any style and the color choices are limitless.

BHG-Giving new life to vintage chairs

Mixing Styles

Need I say more? The warm wood tones and soft palette ground the space making the layering of styles seem effortless and seamless. An absolutely stunning space!

Dream Book Design-Rustic Modern Dining RoomVIA

Sticking With Neutrals

Blending warm & worn wood tones with neutrals always makes for a happy & unified dining space. The chalkboard detail is a perfect focal point for this room and adds a neutral, rustic texture.

Living With Kids Kat HertzlerVIA

Happy treasure hunting!

Jen-City Farmhouse

 


Jennifer OBrien

Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Reveal

Hi there! My name is Jen, I am the author of the DIY & decorating blog City Farmhouse. I also write for BHG’s Style Spotters, you may have read some of my Flea Market Chic/Vintage Living articles. I am so happy to be sharing my master bedroom today! My Rustic Chic Budget Friendly Bedroom is being featured in the Feb 2015 issue of BHG and I couldn’t be more excited!!! This reveal has never been seen anywhere so that makes it even more thrilling!

When we moved into our renovated coastal Long Island home 4 years ago I had BIG plans. I was so eager to transform our home into a stylish oasis that oozed warmth and charm. But these things take time & money which at the time I didn’t have an abundance of either. With 2 little boys and a new mortgage, my husband & I made a choice to go one room at a time. Hard as it was at times, I always felt so blessed to have a home that was practically new, overlooking the bay & barrier island. Plus, it really is way more fun to take your time & to be thoughtful about what you choose for your home.

As time went on, we did as we said and went one room at a time. We tackled all of the common area rooms first and all the while my wheels were turning for my master bedroom. I knew I wanted it casual, clean, rustic with a touch of glam. When the time finally came I was so ready. I began by sketching out my ideas. I laid out a solid plan so that I stayed on track & budget. I knew what I was looking for at my favorite retail shops, what I wanted to repurpose & what I would DIY. I tried to find a balance in layering all of these details & projects so it felt seamless.

The first DIY project up was my HERRINGBONE WALL. I have always loved herringbone, even in my early 20′s. It is a classic pattern that can work with any style. Here I took a traditional design and made it more modern with only a few dollars. The base color is Beach from Valspar and the white detail is just a semi gloss I had left over. After sketching my grid on paper with my actual measurements of the wall I was ready. I found my middle first and worked outward from there using a measuring stick and pencil.

DIY Herringbone Wall

The vertical lines are 16″ apart and the horizontals are 12″. I then taped a 1/2″ seam, making sure I pressed firmly on the tape to seal the edges. Tip-you can run caulk along the edges with your finger to allow for a perfect line, especially if your walls have a texture. I then took a small foam brush and painted the white detail. Be sure to use a small amount of paint at a time and stroke inward to lessen the bleeding. Two coats will do it, once it is dry you can pull off your tape.

This project is one of my favorites of all time, it took me about 4 hours to complete and the best part, if I tire of the design I can simply paint over it.

City Farmhouse DIY Headboard & Herringbone Wall Dimensions

The next project I chose to tackle to save some money was the HEADBOARD. The original headboard was custom made by Calico Corners many moons ago, it was originally done in a red & gold chenille that was beautiful when we were living in Colorado but didn’t seem to fit with my new design plan. I love fabric headboards, they add warmth to a space and are super comfy. So I began the hunt for fabric to update this focal point. When I saw this discontinued linen fabric {that was probably meant for a kitchen or family room} I fell head over heels. The texture and vintage feel was perfect. I tore off the existing fabric from the frame which took a long, long time and upholstered it with the new fabric. For around $65 we had a whole new headboard which I absolutely love.

City Farmhouse Gray & Peach Bedroom DIY Upholstered Headboard

I had been hunting for SIDE TABLES for a while but I never really saw anything that spoke to me for the right $. So I shopped my basement, remembering I had bought clearance tables at Target 6 years ago for less than $20 a piece. They were perfect with their X design on the sides, they just needed a little lift, literally. I added height by adding a plywood bottom & casters. I then painted them with Benjamin Moore Stormy Night. Total cost for each makeover just under $40. I finished the makeover by adding a DIY color blocked basket for storage.

City Farmhouse Rustic Chic Bedroom All On A Budget-DIY  Side Tables

This DIY Driftwood Mirror has my heart. The great thing about DIY is sometimes you get to create beautiful things with your loved ones. And that always adds a layer of meaning to your home. One day last year in early June I took my boys to the beach. We pretended to be pirates, finding as much treasure {aka driftwood} as we could. When we got home they helped sort the sizes and assisted in creating this stunning focal point. We finished the back by writing “made with love”, our names and the date. Total cost just $3 for the mirror. Memories of a fun day spent together-priceless.

City Farmhouse Farmhouse Chic-DIY Drfitwood Mirror

Last but not least my DIY JUTE ROPE RODS & linen drapes. I worked for Calico Corners for many years so I know what these things cost. I knew I could keep the cost down if I could DIY the rods and purchase the drapes at a discount. A while back I had seen something similar done with rope & kept it in my mental archive. It was a perfect idea since the other side {which is featured in the issue} is a bay window and those can be costly. I simply used thick 3/8″ jute from the hardware store, large eye hooks and cord cleats to secure the ends. Total cost for the rods for each window just under $12. This is a rustic look, it will not look perfect but that is part of the appeal. The drapes I found after many trips to Restoration Hardware at a 40% off sale for just $22 per panel.

City Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal-DIY JUte Rope Rods

This room is my favorite room in the house. I created a stylish space my family can enjoy on the smallest of budgets. It is well lived in and loved, we pack in the bed on weekend mornings, snuggle & read while we look out across the bay.  And that is what decorating is all about, setting the stage for the bigger things to happen:).

For more sources and details be sure to check out the Feb issue.

Thank you for having me today. Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: jewel tones

Maybe it was all the sparkle and glitz of the holiday season, but I’m having a moment right now with jewel tones. Not as gawky or juvenile as a primary color, these deliciously rich tones are positively sumptuous when used in a variety of materials. Think velvet upholstery and lacquered walls for maximum drama. And ohhh how fabulous it is when paired with metallics of any kind.

Case in point: this utterly stunning emerald velvet Chesterfield sofa I saw in our OKC Anthropologie a few weeks back. My head started spinning a million different directions with how this sofa could be used. The depth of the color makes it absolutely unforgettable and  I could envision layering it with tons of gold pillows in a library setting. And no library would be complete without a rolling ladder, would it?  A girl can dream!

But jewel tones aren’t just limited to ruby and emerald, so I pulled together a few favorite images to get my ideas flowing, plus a few actual gemstone images to round out the color palette.

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Marsala was named the Pantone color of the year for 2015, and it fits perfectly into the jewel tone trend. It’s rich and sumptuous in this dining room below – and the glossy finish only adds to the drama. It reminds me of the deep red of the velvet ring box shown above (swoon – can I have one of each?).

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If I could give a standing ovation to this homeowner below, I would – who else has the courage to layer a gorgeously bright emerald green room next to a hot pink entryway? And it totally works by keeping both shades equally bright. Plus I love the jewel tone accessories like the orange lampshade and bright blue table.

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Vibrant turquoise plays perfectly with the dazzling persimmon wallpaper of this room.  Plus those tassels on the buffet offer the perfect little attention to detail – almost like jewelry itself.

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But if you’re too nervous to commit to an entire room of persimmon, how about just a single element? The color of the sofa below creates the ultimate focal point in this quirky living room.

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The cool hued gemstone rings pictured above immediately came to mind when I stumbled on this aqua paneled living room below.  Again, notice the theme with the velvet sofa too — rich rich rich!

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Monochromatic jewel tone rooms are perfectly balanced with white trim and ceiling details, not to mention crisp linens on the bed. The emerald green color skews sophisticated – don’t go too muddy on this color as it tends to turn more of a hunter shade and looks dated.

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Are you inspired yet? I’d love to hear how you would use these gorgeous gemstone hues in your home!