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Tomorrow I leave for Las Vegas Market. I'm kind of a homebody so going by myself somewhere is a little weird for me, and VEGAS of all places, is completely opposite of my world. Although, I could use a little opposite. I can hardly stand how excited I am to see floor after floor filled with new furniture lines, lighting, hardware, accessories, rugs, you name it, running through the trade these days. I expect to be overwhelmed and exhausted with blistered feet. At the end of the day I plan to lock myself in my hotel room later, nurse my feet, and watch re-rums of anything I want...SITC or yes, even the Golden Girls. While relaxing I will be uploading all of the photos I took. Be sure to check my instagram (delavennedesign) for instant feeds from my lense to your living room for sneak peeks.
A few months back I blogged about affordable stylish media cabinets. Although I found many attractive budget friendly options, we just didn't have the space for the ones I liked. Also, since this isn't our "forever house" (I hope) I didn't want to invest in a HUGE media unit. I wanted something more narrow with character and a piece that could be used later in a different spot. I chose an antique.
It's very simple to vent out a general cabinet to accommodate your equipment but is is crucial everything is measured. I am a person who does not like huge TV's and if I had the choice I wouldn't see the TV at all in the first room off the front door. I just didn't want a big black square to be the first impression. I decided it was to live in the back corner not in view from the front door. I also didn't want an enormous unit to hide an enormous TV. Our small room doesn't accommodate that scale (it's only 17 x 13). So, one day in a consignement shop in town, I discovered a perfect Tibetan antique two-door cabinet. It's over 100 years old and the doors were on piano hinges, so the when opened it folded all the way flat and the doors didn't surpass the width of the cabinet, therefore so it didn't obstruct the flow of traffic. It also has a deep drawer to hold remotes and discs. When all units are on, heat can escape out door opening. When company comes or I am in ZEN-mode, I can close the doors. Not one wire shows, it's great. Everything fit, and I simply had a few holes cut out the back after I mapped out all the wiring connections (yes, that took a while).
On the cabinet are two pottery pieces given to me by a friend for Christmas. Her brother in law is a talented ceramic hobbiest, and she selected these for me from his collection. I adore them. The colors are perfect and a family member made them. They are so special to me.
The other little find, the chair, was spied at another antique store near me. I LOVED this chair and saw its potential the minute I saw it. I paid $30 for this. The seat integrity is there, all it needs is a new fabric. This curvy legged beauty is about to be recovered in a charming dusty blue print, I won't give it away now, you will just have to wait! I am still debating (and saving) between three.
The icing on the cake is that I love the look this corner is taking on, but I need more art. I plan to cover the wall corner in great art.
The console was moved in back of my settee. I took a stab at doing some DIY art inspired by black and white vintage abstract art I have been admiring in some galleries. . I tea stained the paper that came with the gallery frame I found at a consignment store ($4.99) using a chai tea bag (it's more brown than black tea, FYI) in hot water, squeezed a lot of the excess water out and rubbed the bag into the paper-it was that simple). Wait until the base is dry / damp. Next I took a bowl and turned it upside down and started tracing circles. Then I mixed a black watercolor paint to a doable consistency and painted over my lightly drawn circles. I waited it for it to dry completely and voila. It's no Peter Dunham, but it's interesting and practically free.
I bought the lamp at Goodwill for $4.99. No lie. I seached and searched for the right blue ceramic lamp at every source imaginable but every blue was off. Here I find one of all places for only five bucks and the color was spot on. I am still shaking my head over that one. It's design karma at it's finest.
I hope you have a great week and are inspired to check out your consignment and antique shops for some possible fabulous finds. You never know if this is the day you have great design karma. I hope you enjoy my living room progress (slowly but surely) and inspiring photos from Peter Dunham and my other favorite designers.