Greetings friends. My family and I recently purchased a new house and we’re slowly making it our own, one room at a time. To set the stage, our home is a 1930′s cottage nestled amidst the trees of Glen park. With exposed douglas fir beams, wide plank floors and big windows that overlook the canyon, it’s magical. Spaces unfold overtime and this home is no exception.
This DIY project is merely a tutorial on how I winterized a perfectly swoon-worthy vintage mod chair. This winterizing, if you will, seemed like the perfect solution to creating a cozier corner nook in my teeny Brooklyn flat. The winter here has been a fickle mix of harsh winds, snow, rain, hail, and sunshine—sometimes all in one day. It is COLD, and I have to admit that often times the NY winter weather triggers fond memories of frolicking in the San Francisco Indian summer month of February…
A few months back our blog featured the dip dye/ombre trend that we’ve seen in homes, on strands of hair and clothing this past year. We promised you that we’d try it out for ourselves and so this week we’re giving you a quick tutorial. Turns out that dip dye is not only a trend, but a sustainable way to re-purpose the old fabric in your household that have seen better days.
*Note. This will take longer than it appears to. We wouldn’t want to give the impression that reupholstering is an easy task. It is time consuming and only for the detail-oriented and most prepared doers. Yet, once done and done right — you will sit comfortably knowing that reupholstering is another skill-set to check off your list!
Renee and I set out a plan to up-cycle a second-hand chair in need of love. We got our inspiration from the emerging chair designer, Yinka Ilori, featured at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) that LOCZI attended in New York. What really captivated us about his piece was the use of batik fabric that appears to have come full circle in the more recent year’s high-end fashion scene. Batik’s original origins are still known to be a mystery (mainly because of its span across the entire globe). It is loosely translated to mean ‘to dot’. Some translate it as ‘wax writing’ or ‘drawing with a broken line’.
It’s okay, we’re not judging you because you bought that IKEA couch. And If you don’t already know, LOCZIdesign believes that everyone benefits from good design. Our mission after all is to “create spaces that balance and inspire” — at every budget level. With this in mind, we’re delighted to let you in on some of our favorite companies creating IKEA upgrades. And though we prefer to venture locally for one-of-a-kind, artisan furnishing design, we understand that sometimes all your home may need is a furniture facelift.
I hope you’re not completely over the idea of barbecuing. It is, after-all, the second Friday of the work which means (after reading this) there will be more gatherings to attend. Bringing me to yesterday afternoon, where I sat half slumped and completely full over a decorated picnic table. I couldn’t help but notice the bright indigo ombré table cloth beneath me.
Call it telepathy, but I get the strange feeling that you still haven’t completed your holiday shopping. Well, you’re in luck. I spent yesterday afternoon with a local green craft artisan, Lavinia Lindsay, and have a DIY holiday project to share. Perhaps this will inspire you to check off your shopping list with a sustainable, handmade gift to graciously give. Living walls have grown a lot of popularity in the Bay Area.