Tiny Paintings

I’m gonna keep this short because making sure a certain fluffy husky stays out of trouble is my demanding and stressful full-time job right now. But I made these diminutive round paintings and had to share the weirdness!

I found these tiny but beefy 4″ wood frames at an antique store last year, filled with horrifying drawings that would surely be the type of drawings to murder you in your sleep. Murder drawings or not, at $3/each I couldn’t leave them behind. I planned on filling them with little precious starburst embroideries, but motivation to embroider rarely arrives. So I moved to plan B, whipping up some quick little paintings. I stuck to my regular colors and made about 20 designs, narrowing it down to 4 that worked well together. I attached the frames together with black chain to add even more beef, and ta-da: new thing to hang on my wall!

I would link to some similar frames, but nothing out there is doing it for me. I really think vintage is the way to go here, so check ebay/etsy/etc if you want some tiny paintings for yourself!The weirdness ended up in our family room and all was well for a few days until fluffy husky showed up and A GIANT DOG CRATE MOVED INTO THIS CORNER :( It’s so ugly, but our dog is crazy and needs a safe space for the brief moments we leave the house. Any suggestions on how to make a giant ugly dog crate invisible????

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Oh, Christmas Tree!

faux sheepskin christmas tree skirt ikeaIt’s that time! Our aluminum tree is up in our family room! Last year it was in the den and we did a flocked tree in here, but in the interest of simplicity, we are keeping things nice and minimal in 2017, which always ends up being my favorite way to decorate for Christmas. I’m such a sucker for simple glass balls on Christmas trees, especially airy aluminum ones, and after some deliberation we landed on this turquoise/yellow/orange/green/gold color scheme that I am loving in this room. I think it’s the prettiest tree ever, but I think that every year.
mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteThe “tree skirt” is just two Ikea faux sheepskins.mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteSome ornaments are vintage, but those lovely turquoise and aqua ones are new from Michaels. It’s hard to find a really good vibrant greenish blue, so I scooped up a bunch after Christmas last year and a few more boxes this year too! I want more orange but nobody ever sells orange ornaments…
Elsewhere in the room, tinsel drenches the bookshelf and a few little vintage trees sit here and there and that’s the extent of the decorating!This beaded tree was my husband’s grandma’s. Isn’t it adorable? That spacey base alone!Not planned, but a perk from outside is how well this year’s tree coordinates with our patio and backyard (same colors as crazy wall!). Double fun!mid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny britemid century Christmas aluminum tree ornaments glass blue orange turquoise shiny briteIt goes without saying that a color wheel illuminates the tree at night, making boss wall shadows everywhere! I’ve scattered a few other festive touches around the house and it feels like just enough, not too overwhelming. I’ll share more next time!

Hope you are having a slow and simple December. We would be except I’m pushing to finish the front yard saga (yes we are still working on that) before the new year and, if we make it, it will be cutting it close!

Bertoia Diamond Chair Cover

This is an entire post about a chair! But first, let’s catch up:

I’m sure every person you know in California is all like ‘hooray fall weather has arrived’ and you are like ‘shut up Californians.’ But seriously, it finally cooled down and got all gloomy and wonderful just in time for Halloween. My husband and I spontaneously took a no-kid trip to Disneyland, and had the best time reliving our high school/college days. The haunted mansion always inspires, but there is nothing like it during the holidays. I will gladly stand in that line for 2 hours just to stare at the exterior decorations. My take away was that I need a million jack-o-lanterns for next year and that maybe I’m way more goth that I think because that place moves me. Trick or treating, as always, was a house creepers delight. We have some pretty sweet houses in our neighborhood and I’m thankful for the one day of year where I can non-criminally glimpse inside. I’m a little sad Halloween is over and the cheesy spider decorations need to be put away, but November is so packed in a really good way. I head to science camp with my daughter next week, then we have a big birthday to celebrate, then we are taking a highly anticipated trip to our family favorite PALM SPRINGS, and then it’s basically Christmas time! Pumped for it all.With all the festivities, plus an extra busy season for work/school for our family, house progress is almost non-existent right now. Minus two very exciting developments….

The first being a new to us original Bertoia diamond chair! I’ve wanted a vintage one in black and orange forever and it finally came to me. (If you can’t land a vintage one but want one of your own, they are still in production for so much money at Knoll, or several of companies sell reproductions.) The chairs are insanely elegant as is…my future architect is super interested in the bent square construction, melt my heart. But the covers, in orange specifically, push them over the edge.I think it will live right here by the fireplace in our family room (and maybe I will even track down a matching ottoman one of these days!?), but I need to address the cover first. The fabric is in stellar vintage condition. No rips or worn spots and only slight fading along the edges. The orange is vibrant and the texture is nubby. But there are some “vintage” cigarette smells and the interior foam is deteriorating, leaving lumps and dust. :(

I’ve never really had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a vintage cushion before and I naively hoped I could remove and replace the foam myself, clean the vintage cover, and be good as new. But upon closer inspection, that idea is wacko. It’s not like a giant pillow. The cover construction is much more advanced than I could ever replicate. The foam is cut and sewn in a 3D shape, and I believe spray adhesive was also employed so I don’t see how I could successfully remove the old foam, which throws quite the wrench in my uninformed plan.

I had a hard time finding detailed pictures of original covers, so in case any of you need some up close visuals of cushion construction, here you go. The front and back panels are sewn together and a channel runs the perimeter so that a piece of twine with hooks on the ends can hold the entire piece in place on the frame. string twine hooksI’m not sure where to head at this point. At minimum, I could use the chair without a full cover. Umm, see below (from Knoll)! Like I said, gorgeous as is. But the chairs are over the top striking and more comfy with upholstery. I had a few Instagram friends (thanks everybody!) suggest an eBay seller that makes decent reproduction covers. Sounds like my best option, though I need a little time to stomach the unanticipated, though reasonable, costs. Now for the other very exciting house development. YOU GUYS AND GALS I just ordered this table for our dining room!!!! My beloved Heywood Wakefield table is moving out and a crazy huge round tulip reproduction is moving in. I’m so excited, but nervous too. Thanks to all of you that weighed in on table size in Instagram stories. After much debate, I went with the biggie, against all traditional decorating advice. I can’t wait to see if it is gonna play out like it does in my head. Usually I’m very ok with design experiments bombing, but this isn’t an easy or cheap decision to reverse. Fingers crossed it works in our space. I’m sure I’ll share a big old post about it when it arrives in a few weeks.

Good talk! xoxo Jenny