Guest Post: Weathered & Distressed Tables

I am out of town yet again folks, this time for two weeks. I’m so glad that the bloggers are kind enough to post on my small {but thoughtful :)} blog. Enjoy Lindsey’s post and the adorable images!———————–

Hello, everyone! My name is Lindsey and I’m a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a website that provides wonderful lighting options for any home. I get to look at gorgeous things all day long and write about them. I work as a guest blogger, focusing on interior design, home furnishings, lighting, and art. I love Maureen’s approach to interior design: comfortable cottage living in the city.

There’s something about weathered and distressed tables that makes them perennial favorites of the design world. Perhaps it’s their quaint, antique quality that hearkens back to a time when everything was handmade? Maybe it’s the fact that no matter how modern our light fixtures, accent furniture or home decor gets, a weathered table adds a rustic, human touch?

Or maybe they’re just really gorgeous pieces? Whatever the case, a weathered or distressed table can be a great addition to any space. They are lovely pieces with any style of home decor; from traditional or shabby chic, to mid-century modern.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Skona Hem (via)

It must have been easy to fall in love with this cabin in the Norwegian woods of Hemsedal. The weathered pine dining room table, as well as the mixed antique wood dining room chairs and wood plank flooring and walls reflect the home owners’ love of nature. A silver pendant light and upcycled floor lamps add an interesting touch of industrial chic.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Brown Dress, White Spots (via)

This gorgeous kitchen is open, inviting, and humble, with plenty of wood used throughout. A weathered dining table acts as the kitchen island, and provides additional storage for pots and pans.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Decorology via Domino Magazine

A lightly distressed dining room table looks very chic and modern when paired with white plastic dining chairs. It really does look like a great setting for a morning coffee, doesn’t it?

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Adore Vintage via Domino Magazine

Here is another example of how well a distressed table pairs with wooden chairs. In the dining room of this small apartment, the designer paired a tiny wooden table with reupholstered chairs, a Panton S Chair, and modern pendant lighting. The result is very eclectic.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Apartment Therapy (via)

This dining room is too perfect for words. A weathered pine dining table and a set of white Panton S chars (again!) look so simple and so chic.

Want the weathered or distressed look for your tables? The easiest way to do that would be to scavenge an estate sale for a well-aged wood table. If you’re feeling DIY, then consider upcycling a large piece of wood or a picnic table.

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

There’s vintage galore but it’s not overly done.

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Project at the W

So, ever since I’ve lived in Austin [a whopping 1 3/4 years], there has been a lot of buzz about the W. It’s hopping & right where the action is on 2nd St. District, Austin. Compared to where we live, which is only a block away, this is the mansion. I thought there was too much hoopla about it until I went inside just a few weeks ago. The carpet is plush, the wallpaper is well thought of…and shut up, even the elevator plates [you know that little box where the push buttons are] has a chevron pattern! Details! Details! They’re all so important…and what?! Their fitness center has a sauna and spa…I’m so jealous!Anywho, I’m helping a friend | client with their place. Not that they need much help, this couple is young, beautiful and style-savvy. So, these are the initial mood boards I made for them. And may I say, the couple loved it..and well, with a few tweaks here & there. The inspiration? Bali, Hotel St. Cecilia, the shop Red.

Inspiration and Source Sheet:

The Foyer:

The Bedroom | Bathroom:
The Kitchen & Dining Space:

The Living Room:

Throw Pillow Fabric Selections:

It will all come together soon & I’m so excited. We just found some one-of-a-kind things at Austin Antique Mall [this antique shop is huge!]. On another note, I just lost a project I was doing in one of the downtown condos as well. Bummer, I cried on this one. Apparently, dealing with clients is harder than it looks. 🙂 See you all soon!

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Kanga Room

No, it’s not Conga Room [although that sounds like a fun space] but Kanga Room Systems, what they are, are prefabricated stand alone outdoor rooms. I just recently saw their ad in a magazine & I thought, I want a sweet space like that. My little home office away from home, my craft house, the creative asylum or as what my husband would like, the poker room, the cigar room, the get-away-from-the-house cave. Works for me! We can have each of our own.

Top to bottom: The Modern, The Bungalow and my personal favorite, the country cottage!
Adorable and functional right?
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Have you Checked Out the New BHG Site?

Have you checked out the newly revamped Better Homes & Gardens website? I’ve been a fan of their website for a long time, but now, moreso than ever. More eye-candy, more helpful advice and information…I can’t imagine how better becomes even better. Here’s just some of the new posts I absolutely love:1. Vintage Wall Art Inspiration

2. Decorating with the New Neutral

3. Savvy Design & Decor Ideas Under $50

You can join the website here to get weekly updates & information. Enjoy!
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New Objet Trouves at The Shop

Hello there! Just sharing a few new things from the shop 🙂 Forgive me but I absolutely adore wired, zinc & galvanized stuff. They have an industrial but oh-so French Country feel as well. These are just some of the new things:

      Wire Card Wheel                                 Wire Basket-Tier
         Industrial Basket                            French Wire Chandelier
Enjoy!

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Famous Quotes | Famous Designers

Most of the famous designers {if not all} have a lot of things to teach us about design, but they also have a thing or two to say about living a good life. These designers have famous quotes that well, have been quoted a lot. These are the not-so famous ones. Can you match which designer said what?

“A person with real flair is a gambler at heart.”
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“You don’t have to know anything about a subject as long as you use common sense and imagination, plus enthusiasm! I use all periods of design in my work, for, after all, decorative styles are simply indications of a manner of living. “
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“Flair is a primitive kind of style. It is innate and cannot be taught. It can be polished and refined. When a person has flair, a grounding in the principle of design, and self-discipline, that person has the potential of being an outstanding designer.”
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Vintage Alphabet

So, I seem to have a fetish for vintage alphabet these days. I have one that’s on our ledge display right now. They’re great as gift tags, against books in a display or to add as a curiosity in a vignette. I can u]have a use for any of the items above!
Clockwise from top Left:
3. Vintage Typewriter in Green ooh-la-la

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

it brings the nostalgia of a storybook yet the grey scheme & red trimmings is very modern
via | The Urban Cottage Files

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A Modern Country Solarium

One if my favorite events here in Austin is the Modern & Outdoor Living Tour. Mind you, I’ve gone only twice to the Modern Home Tour & once to the Outdoor Tour. Well I’ve been here only less than two years. I’ll be sharing some images from the last tour which are all amazing, well except for the scorching heat, everything was perfect, down to the little canapes and fine wine served at some of the stops.
————————————I’m a big fan of the outdoors. Not too much of sunning or sunbathing but to lounge in a solarium, I’m game anytime. A solarium denotes any outdoor space that’s exposed to the sun. Although, it’s usually bordered by glass, much like a conservatory, the sun porch below is enclosed in a screen. It’s also called “The Screened Living Room.” One of the fun stops during the Austin Outdoor Living Tour, here’s a summary of what the design is about:

“One of the main objectives of this project was to celebrate sustainable design while making the elements aesthetically intriguing. The cypress rain screen was allowed to gray in it’s natural time and the steel was left to create a seal of rust. Another objective was to site the project so the clients could experience the urban nature of their backyard while maintaining a small carbon footprint. ”

 Going to the entrance.
A little al fresco dining?
I hope you enjoyed it!Images by my friend Andrew.
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