Wednesday, April 25, 2012

re + upholstery

The Amateur Edition.
So I decieded to re-upholster a piece of furniture after learning how to silk screen in my textile design class. 

Step 1: Find Something to Re-vamp.
I went to my favorite thrift store (Value Village) and found an old rocking chair for $10. But beware,a spider or two were to be found within the layers of fabric. Words to the wise: wear gloves, a breathing mask and closed toed shoes.

Step 2: Un-upholster
There's not much technique to this part. Just find those inner primal instincts and let'er rip. I made sure to save some of the original upholstery nails but trashed everything else.

Step 3: Sand
 Fortunately, I had access to a power sander and sanded off the original stain as much as could. The uneven surface proved to make things difficult, however.

Step 4: Stain and Seal  
 This is the most time consuming part. Several layers of stain need to be applied with several hours of waiting time in between (check label of sealant for specifics). And make sure to rub off all extra stain before letting it dry completely!

Step 5:  Create a Re-placement Fabric: 
 I manipulated this pattern into a three color system: three separate screens for printing- one for black, one for orange and one for red. The screens I had were 8.5x11 so I had to reprint the print several times. I used a simple canvas fabric for the base layer because it's thick and sturdy.

Step 6: Upholster
This was by far the trickiest part. I'm not going to lie, there wasn't much research done for this part. I just tried to use as much logic and common sense as I could to figure it out. I stuffed the seat with as much padding as I could get my hands on, and then stapled the cover fabric to the wood. Finally, I hid the staples with gold upholstery nails. I added a few more here and there for some added pizazz.


before & after.

Friday, April 20, 2012

eye + wear

French Eyewear company Very French Gangsters has one of the most adorable line/marketing technique I've seen for kids.

The three collections of glasses? Very Boss. Very Bombe. and Very PanPan.

To DIE for. Now I'm kinda hoping my children pop out with poor eyesight just so I can buy a pair of these (I don't think I'll have any issues there given my genetics).

Spotted by Felicia.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Two of my friends and I just released the first issue of the style magazine we started on our campus!
 It's called armour.
Check it out.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hair + Rings

BLING FOR YOUR HAIR? Aeon Hair Rings. Yup. That's right. Rings you wear in your hair.

I am 100% convinced. And according to their maker- Regal Rose- they're super easy to do. Just open and close them over desired area. Count me in.

P.S. check out other stuff on their website and Etsy shop. punk rad.

(I want that collar.)

Spotted by Adrienne.

Saturday, April 7, 2012



MERRYMAKE IT WITH ME. the republic tigers.
THE FUTURE. nada surf.
BAIT AND SWITCH. the shins.
HEAVY CROSS. the gossip.
WHEN I’M ALONE. lissie.
I AM NOT A ROBOT. marina and the diamonds.
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT. angus and julia stone.
PETITION. tennis.
WELCOME HOME. radical face.
GENERATOR ^ SECOND FLOOR. freelance whales.
PUNCHING IN A DREAM. the naked and famous.

{Editor's Pick:}

and purely because of the glitter:


you won't regret it. 
(official tag line)

-DJ chantagold (check the nails.)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pattern + Shorts

Lusting after these Free People shorts. I love the way the patterned fabric is woven into them.

Made + Good

Lacking sparkle in your backyard? Try the outdoor Cole Stool-  a deliciously gold seat to place your rump. Check out the company also- Made Good. They've got quite a nice collection of objects {check out these vintage sari benches}.

Spotted by Ariella.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

precious + things

Looking for a quirky little something to add some twee to your life? Look no further then Mochi Things. A website literally dedicated to everything cute and adorable.

They have a section for Schedueles and Planners. Anyone of them would brighten your day! Not a bad characteristic for a planner. 
I picked my faves:

(my friend Felicia is getting on of these in Mint and Lavender!)

Spotted by Felicia.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Solar + Power

28- year old French artist Max Boufathal created "The Fighting Solar Bros"- an eco-freindly compilation of steel, plaster, black shoe polish and plastic bags. They are named after Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown and stand at about 7 feet tall. 
All I'm saying is that if I met a man made out of pure gold muscle, I'd keep him around for a while.

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