Tag: interior design

Distressed is Best

If I told you I put a $10 folding chair in my living room, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking I was crazy. It’s not there because I had people over and there wasn’t enough seating, so I pulled it out of a closet for a few hours. I mean I bought it, chipped paint and all, at Re-Find for the sole purpose of using it as a piece of furniture in my house.

Weird, I know. But maybe once you see it, you’ll think I’m slightly less crazy.

I love the pop of yellow and how the distressed paint gives it a vintage characteristic. The pillow was about $10 at Kirkland’s (currently on sale for $6.50) and the painting is from Art in the Village in Jackson, TN. The piece was done by an artist name Jette Garner.

TIP: These super fun metal folding chairs come in an assortment of colors and are currently on sale for $12.99 each through Restaurant Furniture 4 Less.

I actually think these would look cute around a white wood kitchen table, maybe as plant stands in a garden, in an art room, on a front porch with some fun cushions…the point is, if you thought metal folding chairs were just for pulling out at Thanksgiving to make extra seating at the kids’ table then fold up, wait a minute! Personally, I think they’re good for so much more.

Dear oh deer!

I have a favorite designer. Jonathan Adler. And if I ever win the lottery, I’m commissioning him to decorate my house. I love his use of color, prints, patterns, playfulness and layered textures.

In trying to emulate his aesthetic on my very limited budget, I’ve learned that it’s common to confuse his level of elegant whimsy with “teenage girl taste” and that that fine line between taste and tasteless can be very easy to cross. But I’m doing my best, even if I don’t always get it right.

Take this JA piece, for example:

That’s a blue lucite giraffe head for $495. And listen, if you can afford to spend $500 on an accessory, I’m happy for you. Really I am.

But $500 is more like the entire budget I have to do my whole living room so I’ve had to make concessions. For example: I found this pink faux deer head for $20 at Ivy House Antiques and while I know it’s not everyone’s taste, I’m obsessed with it.

The other items pictured include: An embroidery hoop stitched with the quote, “WE ARE ALL HORRIBLE AND WONDERFUL AND FIGURING IT OUT” that I got at Monster Art & Clothing in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, another embroidered hoop of the Scorpius constellation (because I’m a Scorpio) from a gift shop called Moab Made in Moab, UT…and another fake critter head that I found in Amarillo Texas at The Big Texan Steak Ranch – which you may recognize from this episode of Man v. Food on the Travel Channel:

TIP: If you Google “faux animal heads” you can find a bunch of options in different sizes ranging in price from $10 – $15,000. Here are a couple that are similar to mine:

From Houzz:

From Etsy: