Kelly Wearstler comes to Illinois

I was back in Illinois earlier this month and one of the great things about my hometown is that it is an absolute treasure trove for fantastic vintage items. Fortunately, this also means there are a plethora of vintage items that no one there seems to see the potential in.  While at one of my regular stops, I happened upon this very unfortunate pair of lamps:

Forget the shades but great shape, great design, just awful finish, right? Well…after some aggressive DIY…and channeling Kelly Wearstler’s Viceroy Hotel Palm Springs

*photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Wah-lah!

I’m slightly obsessed with how well they turned out and how they scream modern Hollywood Regency (my absolute favorite style for interiors).

What do you guys think? Love them? Want them? Want to see more images? They are one-of-a-kind, so find them here in my shop while they last!

Thanks and hope you’re having an awesome last week of summer!

ox

-Stacy

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Spring Into Coral

Spring is in full swing and as I change out of winter mode, there’s no other color I’d rather fill my wardrobe and home with than coral. Pantone set the trend naming “Tangerine Tango” its color of the year for 2012 and brought coral to the forefront in everything from fashion to home goods. From coral pinks to the deepest orange-hued coral tones I’ve scoured the web and came across my favorites featuring this gorgeous hue. Enjoy!

clockwise from top leftCoral Chevron Mugs from Jill Rosenwald; Miranda Corals framed prints by Miranda Baker; room from Shelter Interior DesignCoral Desk by Jelena

clockwise from top left: shirt and coral shorts by H&M, with clutch by Primark; Quartz Ring byTopshopcoral skirt by ASOS via Atlantic-PacificCoral Earrings by Etsy New York team member, Loella Medina

clockwise from top leftDraped Coral Trench by Tibi; Gold Sea Urchin Ring by Etsy New York team member Virginie Millefiore; skirt & ruffled top via Through the Looking Glass Style;  Elsie Miniature Leather Shoulder Bag by Chloe

clockwise from top leftCoral Monochromatic Pleated Clutch by Etsy New York team member Jes Witaj; Working Girl Shorts and TopFlamingo Coral Scarf by Forget Me Not; Vintage Levi’s Coral Ombre Shorts by Kaleidoscope Eyes

And not to leave guys out of this, I’ve found some great choices with this hot color for men as well:

clockwise from top leftAsics Onitsuka Mens Mini Cooper; Coral Chinos by J.CrewTangerine Tango iPhone case by Pantone; bow tie via Through the Looking Glass Style

Have fun shopping and Happy Spring!

-Stacy

*Disclaimer: As a writer for Etsy New York, I originally posted this over there yesterday but thought I’d share with you all over here as well. =)

Favorite DIYs of Pinterest – March 2012 Edition

As you’ve probably already read, I’m kind of a fan of Pinterest.  Being that DIY is such a hot category (and I’m a DIY pinning addict) I’m going to do a quick roundup of my favorites (that I will do – when i get a moment to breathe – i swear). 😉  I should mention that I like to tweak DIYs to give them my own personal style, so I’ve shared the links to the original DIY and included some of my notes / tips below each photo.  If you’ve done any of these or have any favorite projects, please share and comment with any tips, links or pics. In the meantime, Happy Friday and I hope this inspires you to get your hands creating this weekend.

-Stacy

Studded collar via Atlantic-Pacific (project inspired via Cheetah is the New Black). You can pick up these pyramid studs online at Studs & Spikes or at M&J Trimming here in New York (not available via their online site).  Just make sure you dab a bit of Fray Check around the edges of each hole to prevent the fabric unraveling/studs falling out.

Okay, this isn’t really a DIY but I’m digging around to try and find some ombre how-to instructions for at least a few of these (stay tuned). For now, I will say the petals on the cake are pretty self-explanatory (+ pretty beautious, right?) and can probably be picked up at your local silk florist, Michaels or Hobby Lobby. *Thanks to Decor8 for posting.

For those of us that haven’t fully purged our closet of that favorite too short sweater <<slowly raises hand>>, this DIY is for you.  *Disclaimer: I may try this out first on a Goodwill find before taking my scissors to that pink cashmere. I know, I’m a being a baby.

Puff paint? Spray paint? Redesigning? Amazingness. Who needs Jonathan Adler now? Thank you PS – I Made This.

Even though I don’t decorate in this style, I absolutely loooove this DIY. The instructions can be found here. Make sure to scroll down and read all the add’l tips as it seems this DIY has been a little tricky for some. *I’d like to modernize this somehow…maybe spray paint the doilies with metallic paint to make them look like metal embroidery? Add some small chandelier crystals dangling randomly throughout the interior? Do a cluster of sizes but in the spirit of the bubble lamp? Hmmmmmm…thoughts???

While we all would like to afford beautiful, handcrafted furniture, the reality is IKEA will often have to do for now.  Fortunately, there’s IKEA hacks, such as this that make designing your own unique piece of furniture inexpensive and easy.

I think this is SO simple and gorgeous. You can find the tutorial here. I envision this in pairs on the double doors of a library, an English classroom, but I also can totally see this on my front door, adding a little something to our dreary hallway.  But I’d probably dust the pages in gold powder (shocking). 😉

Pintervention

“Hi, my name is Stacy and it’s been 2 hours since my last pin.”

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Pinterest.  If not, well let’s just say it’s crack for creatives. Creative gals more specifically. Okay, maybe just women of the world period (not to be sexist but I have yet to see a guy with an active pin board).  Anyway, being the visual, social media savvy, creative chick that I am, it’s the epitome of awesome.  Think the best of internet images (+ each links to the original website for further instructions/details/to purchase/whathaveyou) all living on one streaming page of goodness. From fashion to food, DIY to home design, recipes to fitness tips.  Just pick your poison, pop it in the search bar and wah-lah: a seemingly endless scroll of relevant images to add to your own virtual “pin boards” (they give you some standard boards to start with but you can edit their titles/delete/add as you so choose).  Here’s an example of how I’ve organized mine:

I joined last year, shortly after its launch but it’s really blown up over the past few months.  People seriously have planned interiors of entire homes on this thing.  Pinning serious or not-so-serious quotes has proven popular.  My cousin posts a photo on her Facebook almost every day of “another meal courtesy of Pinterest.”  Others use it to pin their products to increase exposure and sales, which is what I’ve done with some of my handmade Etsy items, linking back to my shop. ; ) Certain things, such as this bedazzled mixer, which I pinned via Iron Cupcake Milwaukee, has received INSANE amounts of traffic: 1400+ repins in 2 hours!  Yes indeed, women (who apparently love sparkles) currently DOMINATE this site.

Your Pinterest can also link to your Facebook if you so desire (although posting pins on your Facebook feed is, quite honestly, about as annoying as Spotify listening posts).  The better part of this is that you can be followed by your Facebook friends that have joined Pinterest and vice versa to see what each person is pinning.  Essentially, you can “like” their pins (i still don’t quite get the point of that) or “repin” to one of your own boards (which is my typical choice if i do indeed like the image).

The icing on the cake (and where the real addictive element lies for me) is the “Pin It” button, which you can add to your browser.  So say you’re on your favorite fashion blog and are obsessed with the dress in a post, just click your “Pin It” button, select the image on the page you want to pin and what board you want to add it to. Easy peasy and much better than dragging and dropping into a “favorites” folder on your desktop (like I used to do).

So that’s the rundown! At the moment, it’s still invitation only, but if you’d like an invite, just include your email in the comments section or drop a quick email to fritzandfraulein@gmail.com and I’ll shoot one over to you.  If you already have an account, feel free to follow me.  I’ll have an active account at least until A&E shows up at my door.

Granny Chic

Who would have predicted what once was only hot on the bingo circuit would become such a long-staying trend?  Knitting, crocheting, quilting, doily’ing (errr..?). Until recently, these words probably brought to mind those not-no-chic, cringe-worthy gifts from your childhood (three armed sweater anyone?).  Today, Gramma’s crafts have turned into one of the biggest trends to hit the design world.  With the revival of the handmade movement over the past several years + the comfort these sorts of materials have brought through these not-so-fun times, Granny Chic has infiltrated all aspects of product design.  You can find it in interiors, with these cute, knitted ottoman poufs from CB2:

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CB2 Knitted Poufs in GraphiteCamoPool, & Blood Orange (online only), $79.95-$89.95. Available in store or online.

Or you can go modern handmade and snatch up these upcycled doily-laden pillows and crochet Kindle cases from Betsy Bell:

Rockin' Grandma Vintage Doily Cushion Cover

Granny Chic Throw Pillows (available in a variety of colors and sizes/also does custom orders), $32-$38/each

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles - Chunky Crochet - 100% Peruvian Wool

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles (available in 12 colors/also does custom orders), $26

If you need to get organized, go for some vintage crocheted hangers from our own Fritz & Fräulein shop:
Crocheted Wooden Hangers - Blue, Cream, Green, Turquoise and Red Split (set of 3)

Vintage Crocheted Wooden Hangers (wide variety of colors) $9-$18/set

Or add a cute, retro touch with these LOVE yarn stitched coasters:

Coaster Set - LOVE Coasters

LOVE Coaster Set, $14

If you’re looking for a unique (and super cute) handmade gift, check out Skunkboy Creatures. She hand stitches every plush item, including the most adorable ornaments, larger plush animals and amazing custom cake toppers.

Image of Penguin Ornament  Image of Custom Blue Bird

Image of Laying Fawn

Image of Custom Bunny Wedding Cake Toppers

Penguin Ornament, $40; Blue Bird, $75; Laying Fawn, $200; Bunny Cake Toppers, $100.

Maybe fashion’s more your game? Be super chic with the Dublin knitted handbag from Gerard Darel, the designer French women and celebs alike (Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry) flock to for his classic styles.

24 heures Dublin

Gerard Darel 24 Heure Dublin350 €. Available in store (France only) or via gerarddarel.com.

If you’re not ready to hop the pond and drop that kind of coin, you can always pick up a lace shirt or Granny-inspired sweater, at retailers like Zara or American Apparel.

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Silk Lace T-Shirt, Zara, $25.90

Sweater, Zara. *photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com

So whether it’s home goods, accessories or fashion, pick your poison and insert some Granny Chic into your life. Gram would indeed be proud.