Recently, thanks to Coach’s fantastic rummaging abilities, I find myself in possession of several new wooden pieces that need some TLC magic. One of the design styles I continually admire on Pinterest are painted pieces decorated with French Typography. Like this one featured on The Graphics Fairy:
or this rustic little nautical dresser from Joss & Main
There are so many brilliant DIYer’s out there who take old, junky furniture and accessories and transform them into beautiful decorative accent pieces for their homes or, in many instances, for sale. This sideboard, originally a dark and dingy brown, was painted and stenciled and turned into this beauty by the husband and wife team at Three Mango Seeds.
And check out the finish on this vintage table transformed by Red Hen Home! Love the dark stained wood with the black stencil-very ooh, la, la!
So, how do they do this, you ask? Where do all the letters and graphics come from? And how do I use them on furniture? One website that I subscribe to, The Graphics Fairy, sends a daily email with new and interesting free graphics and fonts- that’s right, free! Great for fresh ideas, inspiration or perfectly easy how-to instructions.
Included on her pages is how to download and print the graphics– obviously the size of the piece will determine the size of the graphic, and if it is a large dresser or console, you need an enlarged graphic, right? Blockposters.com to the rescue!
You download your picture onto their website, add the dimensions you would like and it creates adjacent blocks of graphic to the size specs you enter. Then you can print them right on your home computer and transfer them onto your piece. Click here for The Graphics Fairy Transfer Tutorial on all the ways transfer. So now, you have the graphic you like, where do you find all those fancy fonts? Again, The Graphics Fairy has many to choose from, but you can also check out azfonts or fonts for peas (super cute stuff for painting, scrapbooking, etc.).
So, if you have an old piece of furniture, or spot one at a yard sale that you just gotta have because the size works but just not the style, think about painting and adding some graphics for a whole new look. Recycling, refurbishing, reloving is what country design style is all about! Have a
Thursday, everyone! Susan
I receive so many promotional emails every day from designers, design companies, design websites and design bloggers that it is difficult to keep up with them all! So many ideas, so little time… but there are a few that I sooo look forward to receiving, including Joss & Main emails, because I know that when I click on their link, something fanciful and wonderful will appear! For those of you not familiar with Joss & Main, they are a free-to-join, but members-only, online discount retail design store with a flash-sale concept…this week’s High Five for Friday!
From their website: “For those who delight in discovery, the thrill of the find, and a daily dose of design inspiration, Joss & Main is a premier members-only site that offers limited-time sales on the world’s best brands for your home and life. Our carefully curated events – usually lasting just 3 days – showcase distinctive designs and trends, along with the talents of noted influencers from the interior design community.” Todays’ ad? An inspired collection of furniture and accessories based on the dreamy, brilliant colors and styles from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz.
I pulled a few of my favorite pieces to create a virtual room here, but to view and shop through the entire online store, click here. (you may have to join by adding your emails, but no worries, its free! And, if they ask, tell them Sue from Country Design Home sent you!)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Rug by Dash and Albert-where my room gets its inspirational colors.
Add a brilliant red Jasper sofa (it’s only $452.95!!!),
this emerald green Leeds Cabinet
and these fanciful high back Bacall gold wing chairs (could you just imagine the wizard kicking back in one of these?!).
and are the perfect accessories, along with these gorgeous Isis Glass Table Lamps.
And this Cowardly Lion Table Fan! (gotta say, loving this little guy)
And back over at the Wicked Witch of the West’s abode, how perfect are these Distortion Candlesticks!?
So you see, design inspiration can come from anywhere, including an old favorite movie.
But just remember, no matter where your journey leads you to down your own yellow brick road ,
at the end of the day “there’s no place like home”. Susan