Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Upcycling" - Repurposing for Simple Living

We have all been trying to find new ways to simplify our lives, taking into consideration how we spend and how we use our time and possessions. Rather than throwing away and buying new, "repurposing" old items helps us reduce, reuse and recycle!

Upcycling is the new trend in repurposing old items into something new. Before you toss that seemingly unusable item into the trash, think about the many ways it can be repurposed.

- Mismatched china combined with old glassware becomes a tiered serving set
- Old photos or postcards can morph into a light shade
- Your kids' old changing table can be used as a great planting station
- Old floppy disks (you know you've kept a boxful) become cool office supply organizers
- Virtually any textile can easily be turned into a trendy (and reusable) shopping bag or purse
- A vintage hard-shell suitcase is perfect for storing gift wrapping supplies
- An old door becomes a unique headboard, simply bolt it to the wall

Divine Consign is a great resource to find unique pieces to help finish your upcycling project!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Microfiber, Microsuede, Ultrasuede - What?!?

Ever find yourself nodding in agreement in conversation even though you have no idea what's going on? We're here to make sure that doesn't happen to you when talking about upholstery.

Microfiber is an synthetic fiber that is extremely fine and can be woven into textiles to enhance washability, breathability and water repellancy. Not necessarily eco-friendly, textiles tend to be flammable and emit toxic gases when burning. Made of polyester and nylon fabrics, microfibers are not biodegradable. However, on the plus side, fabrics are VERY easy to clean with a simple damp cloth.

Suede is a natural leather made from the underside of the skin, a lavishly soft material commonly used for clothing and delicate uses.

In the mid 20th century, production began on synthetic fabrics that resemble the soft, luxurious feel of suede but with the durability to make them useful as upholstery.

- Microsuede is a microfiber knit blend fabric with a soft finish, but easily distinguishable from actual suede leather - slightly rougher texture. Less durable than suede, but easy to clean.

- Ultrasuede is the trademarked version of Alcantara, a 100% polyester and resistant to stain, discoloration and fraying. Ultrasuede is flame resistant, super smooth, feels and looks more like real suede.

So there you go. Have yourself a conversation and sound like an expert!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Designer Warehouse Event!

What a wonderful week of furniture deliveries! We have custom made furniture straight from a designer warehouse including Donghia, Baker, Beacon Hill, Carter, Fairfield and more! All pieces were gently used for staging purposes, so in fantastic condition. Here's a peek at just a few of the pieces:

And then...
We received a truckload of Asian antique furniture from an antique dealer in Chicago! Some of the pieces are dated as far back as the 19th century while some are more recent productions. From small curio cabinets to large armoires, from low benches to tall alter tables - we have scores of beautiful pieces that will be a conversation piece in any home!

Be sure to stop into both of our showrooms to view these great finds. 111 N. Oak Park Avenue and 810 North Boulevard. See you soon!