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Boho Chic, et cetera

Its been almost 9 months since my last post… I nearly forgot how to log into this wordpress thing.  Ive missed blogging like crazy, but when you’ve got too many good things on your plate something has gotta give, right?   It drives me crazy that I cant find the time to do everything that I want to do.  My head floods with new ideas the second it stops thinking about project deadlines.  Why do I have to hire other people to make things, cant I just make it all?  Nevermind the not so fabulous business “stuff” {oy, headache}.  There is also the crazy toddler + husband + several small animals + loads of family and friends who I want to see all of the time.   I sure am still learning how the heck to do all of this..tips??  Until I figure it all out, thanks to my clients who know to expect me 15 minutes late, the daycare that hasnt banned me {late pick ups… forgotten items}, and my facebook-blogging friends who haven’t unliked me.  Im feeling 2013… think its going to be a great year.  There is some good karma in the air.

cropped-good-karma

What have I been up to?  Working on some pretty special projects and dealing with a year of living in limbo;  in December we finally became owners of the home {barn} and studio of my dreams.  I won’t hold it against her that she bust a pipe this weekend while I was flying solo in a blizzard.  She brings a lifetime of projects, but that’s why I love her.  Also a few months ago I teamed up with a new retail boutique shop in downtown Newburyport in their quest to bring fresh budget-minded responsible home decor to the area.  Ivy Lane is a home for an eclectic mix of local dealers, each who bring special creative talents and varied styles {think mid-century modern to vintage chic}.  Most items have been upcycled and re-purposed; I have always thought its a designer’s responsibility to figure out how to balance re-using great quality pieces rather than always making new things.  So I have a little in-house design studio set up for in-store consults, and retail anything textile from pillows & table linens to slipcovers & window treatments.

For 2013, the owners of Ivy Lane have decided to showcase a design theme each month so that we keep the new inventory flowing, and February is Boho Chic.  Oh how I love you so very much.  If ever there were a style to describe my personal style, most would agree this is it.  So I decided this was a perfect first revival of the blog.

boho definition

I promise Im not a gypsy, but you will probably find me wandering looking for something I left behind.

What is Boho Chic?  Just as it sounds… an elegant hippie.  I used to get bothered when people used the word “hippie” to describe my style.  Im not walking around making a peace sign with dreds.  I love to shower and I grew up with an obsession that all of my clothes needed to be ironed including my jeans {my college friends are shaking their heads right now}.  The word hippie derives from hipster, and Im cool with that.  Boho Chic is a style said to have been brought forward in the early 2000s by hipster chicks like Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kate Hudson.  Think marriage of a 60s hippie with a global bohemian.  It’s a relaxed style that flatters and absolutely requires fabulous embellishments… beads, fringe, feathers, furs, Im drooling.  Do you love Anthropologie and Free People?  Well then you are probably drooling too.

zara copy

I, of course, think this style translates perfectly to the home.  Its all about infusing some personality, some depth, some playfulness but in a relaxed and comfortable manner.  Its not grungy and its not frilly, in any way.  It’s global.  It’s eclectic.  It’s filled with good energy.  It’s also challenging to mix so many elements and balance the doing it enough with the not overdoing it.

Start with a neutral base that is fitted while flattering.  A dark or light neutral does not matter, just think about the overall feel you are going for.  Then embellish like crazy.  Mix mix mix.  Patterns, textures, colors… the more mixing less matching you do, the better.  Take these spaces as examples, note how absolutely nothing matches yet it all looks cohesive and beautiful together.

headboard

Just love that blue whimsical headboard against the slate colored wall.

settee

And these funky pillows against the tailored navy blue settee.

bedroom

headboard…textiles…

living

layered rugs

bed

so many pattern mixes but the color tones stay consistent

You feeling the energy?

If you are a little scared of bombing your home with color, then take it slow.  I love the simplicity of texture through pattern in monochromatic color tones, and incorporating just a few elements that carry the boho vibe like the textiles here.

crochet fringe

curtains

curtains 2

elegant hippie?

If you head over to Ivy Lane you will see some fun new stuff from me, like my recent “table rug” obsession. So many people are gravitating towards wood farmhouse-rustic wood type tables that require less maintenance, and less tablecloths.  Its nice to have a small textile to soften it up, ground a table scape, or bring in a little color.  How about this for color – chenille fabric with a fabulous vintage turquoise fringe?

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And a look at some new fun boho chic pillows with lots of fringe, of course, so you can get your hipster on.

photo (1)

Go hunt the fabulous pillow that is boasting this fringe….

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Apologies for the iphone pics, I was wandering around looking for my camera and gave up.  Be on the lookout for more new designs to come!  Never stop creating, right?

Peace.  😉

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Graham and Brown

So… did you resolve to change any of your ways for this Earth Day?  If you are a skeptic of global warming, just do it for you and your family.  It’s the little things like swapping out harsh cleaners for non-toxics that provide for a safer environment.  Some things my family is doing to reduce, reuse and recycle: composting, freecycling, and reusing our beer bottles for the hubby’s home brew (ok ok, totally saves trips to the dump and $).  I also pledge to shop at Todd Farm a LOT this summer, ha!  A resolution for me, and the earth.

Anyways, onto some more product talk.  I’m loving the comeback of wallpaper but I also think we should consider the environmental impacts when making selections. Common sense tells you that the process of turning wood into a perfect and decorative piece of paper is not energy or chemical free.  The basic ingredients are wood, water, and energy – that is why recycling your paper is good!!!  Even though recycling uses water, energy, and chemicals (consider bleach required to get you your white paper), it uses a great deal less.  You really do save a tree.  and water pollution.  and energy.  and air pollution.  and landfill space….

paper mill

Look for wallpapers printed with water-based inks on recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper, natural wall coverings made of rapidly renewable materials such as grasscloth and bamboo, and vintage papers produced before the advent of vinyl.   Stay clear of PVC-coated products, which are chemical cocktails for your home.

I love Graham and Brown wallpapers – they are fun, fresh and creative with bright patterns like this one by Amy Butler..

lacework was selected as an Honoree for Interior Design's Best of Year Award

or their paintables, which give texture and creativity to any space.

paintables

for subtle drama, paint paintables white to allow the pattern to take center stage

Even better, Graham & Brown has embraced the environment through their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives which originated long ago.

Graham & Brown’s manufacturing process incorporates efficiency by:

*printing on paper from responsibly managed resources – meaning for every 1 tree that is chopped down, 3 are planted

*using vegetable oil in the hydraulics of their tractors so they do not contaminate forest floors

*burning off pollutants in an incinerator so that emissions leaving the factory are clean; this energy is recycled to heat ovens in the production process

*separating production waste so cardboard and paper could be re-pulped and white spirits (chemicals) are recovered from liquid waste

*their distribution center incorporates manages drainage to prevent flash flooding of the nearby river (water use), and natural light is used throughout the warehouse facility with a series of occupancy sensors to manage and reduce the energy used

The Eco Collection follows a four-month collaboration with Central St. Martins, one of the country’s leading design colleges.  The designs featured in the collection are inspired by environmental issues to playfully inspire a lower carbon footprint amongst consumers.  These papers are decorated with water based inks – meaning totally VOC and solvent free, and the packaging is made from corn so it is completely compostable – no tape or plastics.  Here are some of my favorites.

traditional birdcage mixed with modern idiosyncrasies of human urban architectural influences

bittern feather illustrates the Bittern, a bird that lives in reed beds - with rising sea levels due to global warming they are under serious threat

peony illustrates vibrancy that can be found in nature

summer shows that its uncomplicated charm is on a par with that of a summers day, when life need only be simple and laid back

Graham & Brown was founded in the UK, but has since open locations globally including the US, Canada, Russia, Holland, France, Poland and China.   Having these central locations allows the company to truly understand the local design markets.

Check out Centsational Girl’s blog post on wallpaper for info on more sources, here.  Also look for homemade wallpaper paste recipes found all over the internet.  Have you ever made one?  Share with us!

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spring clean your health, mind and home

Easter has passed and that means I need to get my b-u-t-t in gear and start a spring cleaning frenzy. There’s nothing better than heading into the summer months with a freshly organized home so you can enjoy time with friends & family. Even though our New England winter was unbelievably mild this year, it was still mentally and physically draining. I don’t know about you, but our family was sick a good 80% of the time from December through February. Fun times…I just coughed a little thinking about it. Without fresh air circulating we are exposed to more toxins and more viruses: indoor air quality can be 2-5 times more toxic than outdoors. Top that off with dry interior heat and cold dry outdoor air, and well, that explains some things.

indoor air continuously re-circulates

All set with that. Spring is a time for us to restore our health as we transition to increased levels of fresh air and daylight. Yeah! So here are some things you can do to get started.

a molly janicki delight

De-clutter and organize. What items need new homes? What clothes have you been hanging onto, only to cause you stress because they still don’t fit? What piles of paperwork and bills have you just thrown in a drawer (hope I’m not the only one)? What toys has your child outgrown? What foods are still lingering in your pantry or fridge? Find your stashes and piles, go through them, and give them whatever new home you deem appropriate. Organize, donate, swap, sell, repurpose, and recycle as much as you can. Getting the physical clutter out of your home will give you some mental clarity to deal with the remains.

ahhh….

clutter free

simplicity

Ok, ok. Maybe not so realistic… but a girl can dream, can’t she?

Clean, safely. After you have determined what stays and what goes, give everything a good cleaning. Heavy winter boots have brought pollutants to your rugs, closed windows allowed toxins to continuously re-circulate, pets have nested on your furnishings, food has spoiled in your fridge, hard to reach places have collected dust. A good cleaning can feel as good as a home makeover, but to keep you feeling good avoid harsh chemicals that lead to headaches and respiratory issues. They might do the job, but they will also do a job on your health. Avoid products that contain ammonia or chlorine bleach, and especially anything that says “Keep Out of Reach of Children”. You don’t need to drink out of the bottle to ingest a chemical. Chemical residues and fragrances left from these products can be ingested through our skin and respiratory tracts through inhalation. Look for products with a Green Seal, or better yet use a homemade solution. So many great resources online, spend some time researching.

Bring the outdoors in. Give your patios or gardens a head start by planting seeds inside. Or create an indoor herb garden with decorative containers that spruce up a neglected space in your home. Indoor plants help to cleanse your air and add a fresh and natural aroma.

plant a seed

DIY plant markers

kitchen garden

Design a small cutting garden that will allow you to pick fresh flowers to display.

design a cutting garden

If you have no clue where to start, we do – so ask us we have resources for you. Get a master landscape plan. Get a one-hour consultation and then DIY. Take a class at a local nursery like Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, for you locals. There’s a range of options to fit your needs and level of aggression.

fabulous molly janicki creation

Revive your décor. Now that you’ve cleansed your senses, home, mind it’s time to think about bringing some summer living inside. There are so many small and budget-friendly things you can do to prep your home for the changing seasons. Focus on textures and colors as these are the elements that enhance a connection with the outdoors. Slipcovers/upholstery, layered window treatments, area rugs, bedding, towels, dish clothes, table linens, pillows, throws, lampshades, paint, and accessories can totally change the feel of a space. Invest in the core items you want to last forever – pillow or comforter inserts, furniture, wall art, and allow your décor to be a continual process of discovering things that you love.

focus on textures and colors

Spring/summer is the time of year when all the outdoor markets start up – find some great bargains and DIY projects. Check out the Newburyport Home & Garden Expo on April 21st. Take the family and visit Todd Farm in Rowley on Sunday mornings, spend a few days at the Brimfield in May/July/Sept, and get over to Pettengill Farm in June/September for their Vintage Bazaar. Of course you better come to our open house @ the studio on April 29th! If nothing else, to see the cows.

Don’t forget – Earth Day is April 22nd. Make a pledge to do one thing that brightens your health and our future.

Have a happy and healthy week!

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Interlam Architectural Wall Panels

It happens every time I swing into my favorite Design Center showroom, EcoModern Design.  I always find something new and cool, and get totally sidetracked from what I went in there for.  I most certainly was not on the hunt for this pineapple wall panel… but how could I resist?  And where can I put it??

Interlam Valchromat Pineapple Wall Panel

Interlam is a designer and manufacturer of high-end sculpted and carved wall panels, specializing in innovative architectural / design product.  Interlam’s newest line of decorative architectural carved wall panels is called “ELEMENTS”. Each design is inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s  simple twentieth-Century architectural style and his use of the aphorism “Less is more.”

Elements retro

The wall panels are homogeneously coloured (color is throughout) or plain panels of HDF (high density fiberboard) whose surfaces have been carved or sculpted into dramatic organic forms with CNC routers. The panels are manufactured from 100% recycled/recovered wood chips dried to appropriate average moisture content of 4-6%.

Elements v-hatch

Elements is available in 22 unique patterns, with a variety of finish options which you can find here. Interlam also has several other lines including Art Diffusion and Screens, which allow you to have fun playing with layers of texture, color, and dimension.  Think of the possibilities!

HSPVT Screen with brushed aluminum overlay.

Art Diffusion panels + screen

The decorative panels and screens make fantastic feature walls and are complemented nicely with linear grazing light sources, positioned just a few inches off the surface.

Art Diffusion panels

How fun is this one with all the funky shadows?

Whether it be in your master bathroom, dining room or living room, a textured wall is a great way to add a modern touch to your space, and create a major wow factor focal point.  An alternative to tile, paint, or wallpaper especially if you have imperfections.

dining room

a dramatic dining room

funky living room

But back to the pineapple.  This one is actually made from a material called Valchromat, whose fibres are colored individually, impregnated with organic dyes and chemically bonded together by a special resin to provide:

  • moisture resistance
  • greater internal cohesion and, therefore, higher mechanical strength – it is on average 30% stronger than standard MDF
  • colored throughout, so repairs are easy
  • non-toxic
  • greater resistance to bending
  • requires less effort to finish
  • FSC mixed credit certified

Check out the manufacturing process here.

Valchromat is produced in different colours, sizes and thicknesses that allow its use in different applications such as furniture, wall cladding, partitioning, flooring, doors, bathrooms, kitchens, shopfitting, decorative panels, and acoustic panels.

Valchromat is produced in Portugal, in Famalicão da Nazaré, by a factory called Valbopan, SA so unfortunately it is not a made in the USA.   However their wood is sourced from forest waste, residue from timber mills and recycled pine. The manufacturing process is very environmentally friendly with full waste recycling, no toxic fumes, no waste water, and zero carbon emissions. Total bonus when a great product is also responsible.

Check out the beautiful routed designs done by their South Africa distributor here.

General Info:

The Interlam architectural panels can be installed with Z-Clips or direct screw attachment on thick panels;  liquid Nails or “PL” Premium Polyurethane on structurally sound surfaces.

All panels must be sealed or back primed before installation. The specific finish depends on ordering options and includes lacquer or latex finish and or membrane pressed vinyl on the face and all edges. It is important to note that sealing the back is imperative to reduce the possibility of excessive bowing and warping.

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Ashley’s Living Room

So you’re moving into a new apartment with a living area that’s a little snug, and need to figure out the right furniture layout?  Let’s see if we can help some.

Here’s Ashley’s new apartment (furnishings not staying, they are courtesy of the current tenant).  What, you don’t like the couch snuggling to that built in?   😉

living area closest to entry (left side of space)

That’s the side of the living area that is closest to the main entry.  This next photo is looking across the room, and the kitchen is to the right before the dining area.  Great, big, windows by the way.

view from entry towards right side of room (dining area)

We don’t have all the measurements or much sense for style preferences, but here goes.

The first thing to do is envision how you would use this space.  How many people do you want to fit comfortably, and what activities do you want the space to function for?  Ashley wants a space that will allow them to entertain, but most importantly that will be functional, cool, and comfy.

They own a 47″ TV, which needs to be considered when determining the furniture plan.  A TV this size typically requires a minimum of 6 feet viewing distance, but preferably 9 feet.  With a total room width of 9 feet (fireplace wall to opposite wall), if you are looking for *optimal* viewing that means the TV would flip to face the length of the room since you need to factor in seating, fireplace, etc.

This plan places the TV to the left upon entry to provide optimal viewing distance from a couch.

With this plan you can see the TV from the couch and dining area, if that is desired.  In any plan it is really important to consider the main circulation path, which for this room is from the left entry to the kitchen entry (right, before dining area).  It is also important to create a conversational arrangement where chairs and sofas face into each other.

If you need additional seating you could place a small profile bench along that circulation path with some throw cushions, or even a few movable ottomans which won’t be too intrusive.  The bench could also have storage underneath.

tufted cushion from Urban Outfitters

Here is another plan with the TV left.

This plan also places the TV left, with 2 chairs flanking the fireplace and a couch opposite.

This plan does not provide optimal viewing of the TV for most of the proposed seating.  This is OK if the TV is not to be the focus of the space, but rather you want a comfortable conversational arrangement and to maintain an open feel between the dining and living areas.   That is a good consideration if you entertain more people and some will overflow into the dining nook.

Here’s a third plan that keeps the TV facing the length of the space, but now it’s on the right side.

This plan offers a clear divide between the dining and living areas, keeping the TV facing the length of the space.

This places the TV in a room divider between the living and dining areas.  If you want a clear separation between the spaces, this could be a good option but you’ll have to walk around that chair.  Here’s a visual of the TV divider concept…

Create division between the spaces with an interesting TV stand.

The final option is to flip the TV to the right upon entry, placing it opposite of the fireplace.  This would allow you to enjoy both the fireplace and the TV, but consider that the seating arrangement will require you to turn your head to watch TV unless you are lying on the couch.

This plan places the TV opposite the fireplace.

You could do 2 couches facing each other, or 1 couch and 2 chairs, or 1 couch and 1 large chair.  It all depends on what would be most functional for your use of the space.  The biggest thing you need to consider with this plan is how you will handle your TV components.  Since this is a main circulation path you really should maintain a 3 foot path.  If you put the TV on that right wall then you need to consider how far the TV will jet into this walkway even if mounted on the wall, what you will do with all of your components (do you need a stand, too), and how annoyed you will be when everyone walks directly in front of the TV to go in and out of the room.

At this point we would want to hear from you as to what plan best accommodates your preferences and how you see using the space.  Each offers its pros and cons, so which do you think would be most functional?

You may be asking why we don’t propose to put the TV over the fireplace so everything is on one wall.  It’s not a stellar idea, especially in a space this narrow and with that size TV.  We guarantee an instant and painful neck strain if you do it.  When you are seated you should be comfortably looking straight ahead, not up.

Now let’s talk furniture.  Given the size of this space, we have proposed loveseats for couches.   Somewhere around 5′ is most ideal, a little bigger would be OK depending on the final configuration.  The style you pick is also important – a tailored look and smaller profile will really help in making the space feel larger.

Company C Parker armless 68 inches

Anthropologie Astrid sette, 60 inches wide

Anthropologie Astrid sette, 60 inches wide

John Derian Dromedary sofette, 56 inches wide

Chairs will depend on which plan you go with.  Side by side chairs should be smaller profile, but if you pick a plan with single chairs you can go larger and more comfy.  You could even consider a smaller rocking chair.

West Elm Ryder Rocking Chair

Using ottomans is going to be key in this space as they can be multipurpose – additional seating, coffee table, leg rest (necessity with small sofas).

matching small scale ottoman-tables

You could do something like this pouf from West Elm.

West Elm Andalusia Dhurrie Pouf

Or an upholstered one with legs.

West Elm Turned-Leg Dhurrie Ottoman

You could even throw some floor pillows in there in front of the fireplace to soften up that tiled hearth.

And place a mirror above the fireplace to create a larger sense of space as well as add a place where light can bounce and reflect (also note shelves here which we will get to).

Use a rug to define the living area space, but don’t allow the edge of the rug to intrude into the circulation path.  Either have it cover the entire path, or stop just short of it.

And lastly, for that recessed area over by the dining area we love the idea of built in shelves for additional storage.  There are a few fun options.  You could paint or wallpaper the back wall, and/or paint the shelves.  Place them in a  random pattern like this.

random shelving

Or mount them straight across.  You can go to home depot and have them cut boards to the exact size, and then mount them with brackets (go find some salvage ones and paint them, or Ikea has lots of cheap options).   You could also use hardware that will allow them to appear as they are floating.

shelves with painted brackets

Or how about wallpapering the shelves?  Consider even making that little nook a desk area, if you need one.

wallpaper shelves

OK Ashley, so hopefully we gave you some ideas and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Does anyone have a favorite plan?

Happy weekend!

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Gross to Glam

It just happened.  I went to Staples for ink and suddenly I was at Home Goods falling madly in love with an enormous bubble mirror.  What?  How did I get there!  That mirror was a sign…you know, the sign that says you need to do something right now with that {gross} awful {gross} bathroom in the studio even though you don’t have the time or money to deal.  Buy me, I will make you happy!

Come on, how gross…?

gross. gross. gross. gross!

OMG.  I can’t even bear to look at that picture.  Poor Megan.  We used that bathroom for months.  Booooo.

So back to the mirror.  I guessed it might be the perfect size to fill the back wall, and to tone down the brick effect.  Don’t get me wrong, I love textures and I love brick but not this smeary blood red painted {gross} kind, as Juli put it.  Besides, its a barn, we don’t need brick.

$89 (I had a $40 gift card, hence the real reason I ended up at HG and not Staples) and 10 minutes later I was putting this enormous bubble mirror in my car, not so gracefully.

Now what?  Well when I get something in my head there is no turning back.  Next stop Home Depot just down the street to buy paint, if I didn’t go quick I might change my mind.  And if this was not a rental situation and I had any decent budget, I would have thought more about doing cool things like running vertical planks of barn wood up the back wall.  But not the case, so cheap and instant was my mission.

Speed design/shop:

*Black satin finish paint to further hide the brick so I can get the smeary blood out of my head forever.
*White enamel paint for vanity to create contrast against the black along with the toilet.
*White satin finish paint on the other walls since it is a small dark space, but accent it with some fun stencil in black to bring the colors together.
*Black deck/floor paint to hide the gross vinyl tile on the floor.
*Deep base gripper primer for the floor.
*Rustoleum brushed nickel spray paint for gross pipes.
*Roller brushes and paint trays.

$87.  Go!

We gave that rusted pipe 2 coats of rustoleum.  All our other paints were low VOC, but this one was seriously potent.  I’ve found that with most spray paints.  Face mask-it and go far away while it cures.

Then we painted the black brick wall 2 coats.  Ahhhh…. so much better.  Next we painted the other walls and ceiling white.   They were already white so only 1 coat.

Now what?  Stencil design.  Play off the mirror, do something that has movement, simplicity, and a medium scale.  The overlapping circles seemed to meet that criteria so we put a few up to test out scale.  We tortured ourselves because we didn’t develop a stencil for the painting, just a basic one to get the general circle shapes lined up in a diagonal.  Don’t advise painting circles freehand.  Not that fun.  Leaves room for lots of imperfections, but hey, its a barn.  We painted the circles using a black acrylic that we already had in the studio.

Next we painted the vanity cabinet – 3 coats did the trick.   Much better.

At this point I actually considered leaving the vinyl tile as is.  I kind of liked the checkered pattern and it was a coordinating black-white.  But maintaining vinyl tile stinks if you aren’t going to buff it frequently.  And if you are installing a low budget vinyl Im going out on a limb to say you probably don’t want to deal with that kind of maintenance.  It stains and shows wear pretty easily for a material that is supposed to be like superman.  But the worst thing you can do with vinyl, aside from buying it in the first place {sorry}, is dispose of it.  The stuff never dies.  It will sit in a landfill forever.  And if it is not incinerated properly it will release dangerous pollutants known as dioxins into our air.  So I decided to cover it like I did that brick and forget about it forever with black paint.

black painted floor, window frames & heater

We also painted the window frames black, but left the old windows in tact.  I love them just as they are.

Finishing touches include a vintage locker bin I found last year at SoWa for necessities, and an Ikea plug-in wall sconce $29.

Ikea wall sconce for a softer quieter light option.

Still thinking about a less barn-like way to treat the sconce wire, and hope to change out that ceiling light fan which sounds like a plane taking off.  But with the new sconce we don’t even need to turn that one on anymore.

So there you have it.  $205.  What do ya think?  Come for a visit!

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Treefrog

What do you do when you want the look and feel of real wood, but can’t afford – or don’t want to deal with – the solid kind?  You put some Treefrog on.

Treefrog Veneer, that is.

Do you love exotic woods but the price tag, especially the shipping tag, makes you run screaming?  Do you have cabinetry that could use a modern facelift because we are way beyond the 80s now?  Do you prefer surfaces that aren’t filled with natural imperfections?  Then you gotta check this stuff out.

What’s the story?

It’s real wood.  And 5 of their most popular veneers are real – FSC certified – wood.  Meaning the wood comes from forests that are regulated by strict environmental, social, and economical standards as certified by a 3rd party. They use common and fast growing species like poplar and turn it into exotic responsible look-alikes.

It’s HPL-backed, meaning you can install it like any other laminate.  Check with your supplier for recommended adhesives.

It’s pre-finished, so no worrying about how it will really look when all is said and done.  It’s free of imperfections, so no unnecessary waste or planning due to the condition of a slab.  Don’t get me wrong, imperfections can be beautiful!  But sometimes they aren’t the right look especially for cabinetry, and they can make installation a nightmare.  All depends what you are going for.

The dyes are water-based, so no sketchy chemicals to concern your health with.

Here are some fancy installations.

black macassar

walnut crown

black oak

Our color pick is they Grey Oak Groove paired with a clean white solid surface and pop of color.  

grey oak groove paired with ModDotz glazed porcelain tiles in pistachio

How about on cabs like this?  Gorgeousness.

Oh but this one is sooooooo fun too!

coffee bubinga burl

Pick out one you love here.

See…. I do love imperfections…

I won’t bore you with the process of how veneers are made, but it’s pretty cool.  You can read more here.

Sheet sizes are 4’x8′.  Recommended installations are vertical surfaces and horizontal surfaces that will get lighter wear.  Typical substrates are plywood, MDF, particleboard, sheetrock, and rigid plastics.

Clean with a soft cloth using mild soap and water or non-abrasive glass and wood cleaning products. Wipe up any spills immediately.

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