Monday, March 29, 2010

New Stuff by Turquoise Shed

Check out some of our newer pieces! You can make an appointment to view them in our showroom and you can check them out at our Etsy shop, too.  We love finding furniture that needs refreshing and deciding what we want to do to it to make it sing again.

A pair of slippers... chairs. Seafoam upholstery and buttons and yellow No VOC paint.

Set of Lyer Back chairs. Gray and upholstered with Joel Dewberry fabric. Have I mentioned lately how much I love gray? I'm going to do a post all about it because it's my favorite colour right now. It's my neutral. Well, turquoise too. Hmm... which I also love. I just love colours. Except maroon. Not a huge fan of maroon. Anyway...

If this dresser could talk (and I assure you it cannot so don't be nervous about bringing it home with you) it would tell me that it loves me because it was a wreck that was overlooked and forgotten but we saved it from obscurity. It's now painted a cheerful pale pear colour.  And because it's sometimes hard to say good bye, we let it keep it's original hardware.

We thought we'd try something new because so many people contact us for custom pieces to fit their decor. This is our Chose Your Own Adventure Coffee Table. This airy table is  hard wood and is topped with glass for sparkle and durability but the rest is up to you! It's ready whatever colour you can imagine for your space! Email or call us if you would like to set up a custom design for this table or discuss some ideas and we can make your vision a reality.

And, thank you once again to Katelyn Fraser for her great photographs!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

WE LOVE __________ !

Faux Bois! I really do. In order of loves in my life: family, friends, T.S, and faux bois. I might have left some things out but you get the point. What's not to love?

I'll start by sweetening you up to faux bois with these cupcake toppers by hellofrosting.

This one is a no brainer for me because it combines three things I like: faux bois, Joel Dewberry fabric and lighting. Check out the DotandLine's etsy shop!

This faux bois is a convenient magnetic message board by shabby vintage mom.

You'd probably only fool Mr. Magoo into thinking these mats were actually hardwood under food but that's not the point! These faux wood mats are made of Plynl- (a stain/water resistant combo of vinyl and plastics) and are created by textile designer Sandy Chilewich. That's right. I used a Mr. Magoo reference.

 A little faux bois can go a long way. I love this idea to gussy up a simple side table.
From Knack Studios (but this image was glimpsed on Poppytalk).

And here is an entire blog dedicated to fake wood! Just in case you questioned my enthusiasm. Check it out: It's (K)not Wood!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Turquoise Shed's Serious Fabrics

Turquoise Shed's Serious Fabrics are for those who aren't afraid of colour and pattern. Seriously! Make an appointment at our showroom to view our line of fabrics and to discuss your projects! 

Our fabrics are available in:
  • quilting weight cotton
  • organic cotton sateen 
  • organic cotton interlock knit
  • bamboo cotton rayon
  • upholstery weight cotton twill
  • linen-cotton canvas

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Belated Free(ish) Friday!!

No More Blank Walls waiting to be filled!!

This weeks free-ish inspirations are to help fill those big empty walls with personality and style without having to go out and spend big bucks on "real" art.  We all want "real" art filling our walls but until then these ideas will fill the void and will help you become the "real" artist!!

Carly and I are doing just this in our own spaces right now...trying to fill big spaces creatively and as inexpensively as possible...we'll let you know which ideas we go for!!

These ideas come from  Do-It Yourself magazine which has some really great suggestions for all things diy...they have ideas for EVERY style so it may feel like a lot of searching when you are looking through their many many inspirations but every now and then you hit pay dirt!!

I love this idea!  In the lighting section of your local hardware store they will have a selection of ceiling medallions...just pick a few styles and sizes, a paint palette, paint, and hang randomly for a fun, funky wall.

Frame some fabric with mismatched frames, (this project is great because the frames don't need glass and that is easier to find at flea markets!) add some pretty push-pins or even nails and hang your lovely jewelry, with a pretty mirror for admiring yourself!


Find a table cloth in your colours (or get inspired for your room colours by a great table cloth!), cut it into  pieces to fit into a variety of frames, paint the frames to coordinate and voila! 
Hang the whole thing!!  This could also be done with a curtain rod mounted to the wall and curtain clips.

These shutters are available all the time at Habitat for Humanities Re-Stores, sometimes they are already a great colour, sometimes not.  Paint it out to match your room and fill it full of pretty things...

It is hard to cut up is I know!  But just tell yourself (and this is true) that the pretty pictures you find in them will be more fully enjoyed on your wall then stuffed onto your shelf!  Even better if you can find one that is already damaged in some way....guilt aside this is a very cheap and easy way to get some fantastic art! Below is a grouping of text from a children's book which is very graphic and pretty as well.

How will we ever choose!!!  

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

WE LOVE ______ !

Chevron! Well, any bold, geometric pattern, really. Chevron is a mainstay in design but it's been tweaked along the way. There's only so much you can take in one space (I guess) but the more inspiration you have, the better you'll be able to edit your vision. Here's some zigzag- stripe inspiration for you.

The pale colours of this Chevron Lamp Shade by Home Sweet tones down the pattern. Zigzags can be subtle.

 Chevron can be snail mail. These Kate Spade Green Chevron Notecards are available from Pixel Impress.

Zigzags can be practical. These Black Chevron Cork Tiles are available at Black Kettles.

Oooh. Chevron under foot. I love this wood flooring.
(photo courtesy of nestdallas)

Zigzags can be on the crazier side. But I still love it. 
(photo courtesy of simple creative inspiration)

 You couldn't miss this painted statement wall. I love chevron in all colours but classic black and white lends itself nicely to many styles. One could say that the zigzag is versatile? Check out this wall's story at Apartment Therapy.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Turquoise Shed's line of kinder fabrics

When you're transforming a treasured piece, customizing a new- to- you find or accenting your home's existing decor, fabrics play a huge role. Check out Turquoise Shed's line of fabrics and think about sprucing up your dining room chairs, ordering a customized/modified upholstered headboard, curtains or table linens... the possibilities are limitless. Well, I wouldn't recommend using our fabrics to make a rocket. You could try? But it probably won't get you to the moon. Anyway, our fabrics are available in:
  • quilting weight cotton
  • organic cotton sateen 
  • organic cotton interlock knit
  • bamboo cotton rayon
  • upholstery weight cotton twill
  • linen-cotton canvas
Because I just had a baby, I'm going to start with our kinder fabrics. I love them and dream of curtains, pillows, upholstered furniture and bed linens in all of the fun colours and patterns...

Make an appointment to view our kid's fabrics and discuss the fun projects you have in mind for your son or daughter's room!

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