Tuesday, December 27, 2011
My store kitty, Jeffrey is the best. i bought him this kitty size Santa hat and beard and i got this one pic but then He posed for this Christmas picture inside this silver Christmas wreath. it was just there sitting inside the store window- and there he was, just looking cute inside it. He always gives us the best pics :-) He's a kitty model and He's just the most awesome kitty I have ever had. So glad he is in my life. He is the talk of the town here on Union Street and everybody loves him :-) hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This is a bedroom that i designed. i made almost everything you see including all the furniture, bedding, curtains, Ice cream parlor table and chairs and chaise lounge. I was contacted by Hanna's mom to create for her, a dream princess bedroom for her christmas present. Her mom found me on the website www.houzz.com . and on etsy.com . All the painted distressed furniture are my creations. They include a canopy bed, vanity and chair, dresser, all white distressed. the antique display cabinet was painted a blush pink and I added glass shelves and a light. The side table by the chaise was an antique plant stand that i shortened and painted a pretty lavender. The vintage chaise lounge was covered in vintage chenille bedspreads with pretty floral fabrics. I transformed a vintage ice cream parlor bistro set by painting the metal in a lavender the top in a white and made lovely cushions with lavender fringe trim and long bows- so pretty! I made the curtains with a blush pink opaque fabric including all the canopy bed curtains, huge bow ties and bed skirt. The curtain toppers are the white shabby floral fabric with vintage lavender pom pom trim. Here are a bunch of pics, some when the pieces were in my shop, some when the room was being set up, and finally when her mom finished added all the final touches. hope you enjoy. Please contact me to create your dream room. www.vintagechicfurniture.com happy holidays, hugs, donna :-)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
OMG!!! I have been very lucky lately. I have been able to find and buy some super pretty antique furniture pieces. Here are two fabulous finds that are incredible wonderful and rare. More to come as I transform them....
First is a low antique buffet that is perfect for a flat screen tv stand. I searched for 2 whole years to find the first one for my own home, i still have it, this is the second. I have to say, this one is nicer ! I have painted it a french gray or gray with white accents and an antique glaze. This is one of my secret paint finishes that makes it look as though it had been painted 100 years ago.
Second is a GORGEOUS antique wrought iron bed frame. It is full size, solid cast iron, super heavy and by far one of the nicest ones I have ever seen. It is Very tall at over 5 ft. Very grand.Has a wonderful medallion on the head and footboard. When i got it, There was so much rust and chipping paint. My 2 interns and I scraped all the old paint off then painted it in a wonderful light pink color. OMG, it seemed to suck up the paint!!! i had to use 6 cans for this project. but it looks FABULOUS!!! SO YUMMY !!!! I WISH I HAD THE ROOM !! I WOULD DEFINITELY KEEP IT!!! see it in my Etsy shop www.vintagechicfurniture.com
Monday, November 14, 2011
So, can you believe that Bradley Cooper was my neighbor??!! That's right!! He lived 3 doors down from me for 7 weeks during his filming of the movie The Land Beyond The Pines. Shot right here in Schenectady NY . In fact my neighbors also saw Ryan Gosling walking Bradley Coopers dog Charlotte. I live in the Historic Stockade section of Schenectady and this is by far, one of the prettiest areas in town. So many people knew he was here, yet we ALL kept it a secret and respected his privacy. During his stay here, He was blessed with NO PAPARAZZI, No teenage girls, and no crowds of people at his door- CAN YOU IMAGINE??? I am shocked that all of us were able to keep him a secret. I hope he enjoyed the solice and peace that he most likely doesn't get in Hollywood. I just wish I would have had the opportunity to have a glass of wine with him in my friends garden, which was right next door to where he was staying. YOU ARE HOT BRADLEY !!! and to think, i got to live next door to a movie star, one of the hottest ones as well. I am so lucky :-)
Friday, September 23, 2011
First I want to say that I have the pleasure of creating beautiful things every day. I am surrounded by beauty. For that I am truly blessed. My friends and customers remind me of this often. Their comments of my shop and creations are heart warming. I am so humble in my success and I guess I don't realize Just how fabulous I am ( they keep telling me so) These things I make are for others to enjoy and surround themselves with beautiful things that warm THEIR heart. It is a way of giving back, making people happy, people I don't even know. I recycle and help the planet. Just a by product of what I do. I am truly blessed and feel grateful every day for where I am and what do. Thanks to all :-)
here are a few of my latest creations.
a pink shabby chic daybed
and and aqua chenille bedspread slipcovered sofa and chair set
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
How wonderful it is for me to see my fabulous creations in their new homes. This is my second ruffle slipcovered sofa made with vintage chenille bedspreads in white with an all over rose pattern. the ruffle takes one whole bedspread. I calculated aprox 600 linear feet of ruffle. Then i have covered the cushions and back pillows with the most yummiest shabby chic fabrics in shades of white, pink and blue. I have them shipped from half way around the world, coming all the way from Asia. My customer was a dream to work with and I was able to get it shipped to her in time for her big party, where she was so proud to show it off to all her friends and family. She was proud, I was prouder. I wish I could have been there to hear all the oohs and aaahs and comments on the beautiful new addition to her livingroom. I shipped it across the country to her residence in California.
I know when I had it in my shop, I heard many gasps and sighs, as well as my own. Every time I walked by it I was so amazed at what I made. It was just sooooo pretty. Then I sat in it.....ahhhhhh, it was so cozy.... Was it cozy because it was a really comfortable piece of furniture?....or was it extra cozy because it was so beautiful??? I have to say, I remembered having it in my shop after purchasing it and sitting in it with its original tan muslin upholstered cover and not really thinking much of its coziness. Once i finished the covers, I sank into it and it felt so dreamy, like one of the most comfortable things I've ever sat in before. I think it was more cozy now that it is beautiful :-)
I look forward to the next pieces I create and I am as excited as my followers to see what I make next. Each piece gets better and better. I look forward to making more wonderful slipcovered pieces using cozy and heartwarming vintage chenille bedspreads. Find more of my pieces at www.vintagechicfurniture.com and contact me if you would like me to make a special creation just for you. big hugs, donna :-)
Friday, September 9, 2011
Hi to all, here's is my newest creations. I have made these pair of wing back chairs for a new pajama store in Indianapolis Indiana. Amys pjs. How fitting of these to be featured in a pajama store ??!! So wonderful to have warm and cozy bedspread covered chairs to evoke ultimate feelings of a restful, cozy, comfortable slumber. I look forward to seeing them all set up in her new shop, Surrounded by wonderful cozy items that help you rest and unwind from your hectic day. Helping you to ease into your restful night while you recharge and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the next day...
I have many more orders for these wonderful chenille bedspread slipcovered pieces and I will be sharing all of them with you.
get your at www.vintagechicfurniture.com
much happiness to all, hugs donna :-)
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Here is yet another new creation I finished yesterday. This wonderful antique wrought iron baby crib was found at my first ever trip to the famous Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts in July 2011. There I was in heaven. So many wonderful things as far as the eye can see....block after block, wonderful antiques just waiting to be discovered, looking for their new home. This was discovered amongst wonderful flowers and plants and other terrific rusty weathered goodies. I fell in love! The old white original paint..a little rusty and chippy....just a little, not too much. Perfect. I too one look and knew exactly what i was going to do with it. I couldn't wait to get it back to my shop, order a new foam cushion and down pillows, then get to creating something wonderful.
I started by taking a vintage chenille bedspread in pink with a ruffled edge. It had a few spots of missing chenille on the top and was too thin (summer weight) to be used for slipcovers. Perfect for the skirt. The new block of custom cut foam was covered with batting, then I fashioned the cushion using some of my most favorite fabrics in pink and aqua with big beautiful cabbage roses. One side is pink with roses, the other side aqua with roses. I love to be able to change a look in a minute. I had some wonderful wedding ring chenille fabric that matched the skirt perfectly, that became my cushion front. I have finally collected enough vintage chenille bedspreads in a variety of colors and patterns to make all the pillows from chenille. SOOOO COZY !!! See this listing www.vintagechicfurnitire.etsy.com . big hugs to all
Friday, August 26, 2011
WOW!! i just love this sofa. It is the second one i have done for a lovely customer in California. Once I finished, I stepped back and just sighed. How beautiful I thought....aaahhhh. I have another one I will be doing soon in aquas and whites with a matching chair. I cant wait...Also I just finished a wonderful chaise lounge. I covered it with a vintage chenille bedspread in pink and white with an all over rose pattern and a wonderful ruffle bottom. Oh so pretty. That one is listed in my etsy shop www.vintagechicfurniture.etsy.com . I hope you enjoy seeing them...big hugs, Donna
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I made a chair similar to this a few years back. the internet is a wonderful network of storage and ideas. My client found an old etsy ad for that chair and thought it was perfect for her home office alongside her grandmas hot pink antique shawl. Grandma must have been an awesome lady. My kinda gal for sure.
I was lucky enough to have the same fabric and trim in stock, but even luckier to find this awesome antique chair on wheels, like the last. It was perfect !!
I just received pictures from her and was excited to share it with you all. It's rare to see my items in their new home and love to get pictures from my customers. I love the bursts or hot pink colors of Grandmas shawl and the chair looks against her charcoal painted built ins. I was happy to make this for her and to help her showcase a family heirloom. Just lovely.
Monday, August 22, 2011
OMG!! been so busy making many slipcovered pieces with vintage chenille bedspreads and the most yummy fabrics and trims. each one is unique and wonderful. I have to share them with the world. I hope you enjoy seeing them. see more at www.vintagechicfurniture.com or contact me to make a one of a kind piece just for you. Big hugs to all, Donna
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I just had to take a picture of my storefront with all the lovely slip covered chairs I made with vintage chenille bedspreads and lovely rose fabrics. Most are for orders from my online shop at ETSY.COM . I will soon be making a few sofas as well. The weather has been beautiful , so I have been bringing them all out to show off the the world (or at least Union Street). The blue, yellow and white pieces on the right were made for a customers 90 year old mom. She is moving into her new apartment next week and these will be a lovely surprise for her. It was my pleasure to make them. A very special endeavour indeed. Her inspiration for me was a wonderful designer, Makenzie Childs. She mixes fabrics and trims in a lovely way. Her upholstered pieces are whimsical and wonderful. When i delivered them today, My client was so thrilled. She said they came out even better than she ever could have imagined. I was thrilled !! The next order I will be making is a wing back chair made from a clients Mothers bedspread. It is a beautiful bubble gum pink wedding ring design with beautiful thick fringe trim. She has passed awhile back and her daughter is so pleased to have this as a wonderful memory of her. Yet another very important and meaningful project, I am honored to have the privilege. I would love to make some thing for you. See more of my pieces at www.vintagechicfurniture.com big hugs to all...:-)
Friday, July 15, 2011
OMGOSH !! what a fabulous time i had at my first experience going to the world renowned Brinfield Antique Show. I found SOOOO many thing i would have loved to have bought it ALL. I wanted to take pictures to show everybody the wonderful pieces i found. Boy was this place incredible. miles and miles of wonderful things. Sensory overload for sure :-) I am hooked. I cant wait to go again in September . I have already booked my trip. Enjoy seeing all my goodies and if you see something you like here, you can find them on my etsy store www.vintagechicfurniture.etsy.com
Big hugs t
Saturday, July 9, 2011
This is my latest creation made from a pink and white wedding ring chenille bedspread and my favorite pink cabbage rose fabric. It will be shipped to California, then put in a container to Japan . It will be one of the showcase pieces in a new shabby chic store. This is one of my first orders to go overseas. I feel Incredible that my creations are being shared with the world. Chenille bedspreads remind me of my youth. Carefree and Cozy. It gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling. I imagine the new owner snuggling up in it after a long day of work, being enveloped by its cuddly softness. Unwinding from a long day with a cup of tea and a good book?
I have recieved many other orders for these through my etsy shop and I am so excited to make the next one....wait to see....hugs, Donna :-)
OMGOSH!! I just love this chair and the adorable little slipcover i made from a rose pattern vintage chenille bedspread.This chair has some wonderful lines and the prettiest curvy legs. I painted the legs white and chose my newest favorite chenille fabric. it is a thick 100% cotton with the prettiest all over rose pattern. The same bedspread fabric was used on the last sofa I made, which by the way, sold in 4 days. It is getting shipped on Monday to a lovely lady in Arizona. I am also enjoying making ruffles, they feel so soft and pretty. I think it adds romanticism and femininity. i have just listed it in my etsy shop. be sure to take a look. www.vintagechicfurniture.etsy.com . hugs, Donna :-)