Saturday, October 24, 2009



Bling anyone? Old door knobs are a great find and can be used for so many different things. They add history and interest! Here you can see that they have been added to an Antique Iron Bed. This 3/4 size iron head and foot board would be a great start to set the tone for a guest room or cottage bedroom.

When building furniture or changing up older pieces, you can use door knobs instead of traditional pulls. The unexpected really makes a piece special! You could change up your door knobs to your bathroom or pantry! You could use the knobs to hang tab curtains or use as curtain tie backs. I have also seen a door knob attached to a wall and used to hang a picture by a beautiful thick ribbon!

Old door knobs come in all sorts of shapes and colours. These knobs are black and have been added to an old wood window that has been converted into a mirror. This restyled beauty can be used for coats, hats or jewelry. To change the look you can create this project in any colour and with any knobs.

Heather from The Fresh View Magazine purchased these glass knobs from The Passionate Home and had her handy man install them to make a grand entrance to her shed! This is not your typical shed, just look at the vintage panel doors in glossy black, WOW! Thanks for sharing Heather!

It may sound funny put I have seen many a smiling face when people see the old door knobs. They seem to surface fond memories! Take a moment and think how you can add a bit of history into your decor!

Saturday, October 10, 2009



A single chair is a great addition to any home and in any room. This chair would make a super bedside table in a small space. Just enough room for a lamp and clock and it doubles as extra

seating. This same chair would work in a family room as a side table with books and a blanket. What about in your kitchen for a plant or fresh flowers?
If you are lucky enough to find a sturdy old country chair, snap it up! Just look at the character this one from the store has! It is sturdy oak and painted a beautiful shade of blue. You could also collect your set of dining chairs one at a time and create an eclectic mix at the dining table!

Lets go outdoors, it is great extra seating when you are setting up for a garden party like the people here at I did set up something like this in my own backyard last year, but I don't think it looked quite this inviting!

This is my single chair close to my front door. It makes for extra seating indoors and a great place for the whole family to put their library books so that I do not have to search under the beds! Also convenient for Grandpa to sit and put on his shoes! A chair like this is also functional in a bathroom next to the tub or shower. It will keep your towels handy and your glass of wine within reach!

If your chair is in less than perfect condition, why not cut a hole in the seat and pot it up! This adds great interest in your garden! Or, use it at the front door to build a seasonal vignette. If you have cut a hole in the seat, fill the hole with branches, greenery and holly at Christmas. Fill it with branches and pumpkins in the fall! Decorating with one single chair creates a very relaxed style. Your chair is multi functional, easy to maneuver, practical and pretty! So remember, the next time you are treasure hunting, don't pass it up just because there is only one! Sometimes, one is all you need!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

IMAGINATION IDEATION - flea market frames


Picture Frames can be found in any thrift store, garage sale or flea market. They are affordable and one of the most inexpensive and versatile decor items. Just look at this collection of frames in all shapes and sizes. They have been uniformed by colour for huge impact. You could frame a collection of family photos or favorite prints from an old calender!

We carry an assortment of frames in the store that are painted and ready to go! Frames are not just for prints! You can have fun and frame just about anything. Here we have hung a bejeweled vintage hand mirror. You could also use an empty hanging frame to display colourful plates, a small shelf, a smaller picture, stenciled wall words or just another smaller empty frame!

I always feel lucky when I come across old gilded frames that look so beautiful just as they are. Here are a few that I have displayed on top of our piano. Another simple project is to add a mirror into your frame.

I found this frame in the back of a local antique store. The picture was one of those velvet bulls and lady in the red dress! Covered in cobwebs, my kids thought I was crazy. It used to hang above my landing in the hall but I have recently moved it into the living room where it frames my tree! It just makes me smile!

With a little bit of spray paint and chalkboard paint, look what you can create. This is also a great idea now that Christmas is coming! Hit the thrift store and make a priceless work of art for someone special! You could also add chicken wire in the frame to make a unique jewelry holder or add fabric to make a bulletin board. You can frame beautiful wallpaper, fabric or vintage linen.

While planning this weeks IDEATION, I came across this photo from She purchased this frame at a thrift store for
$17.00 and a reproduction Paris map for $20 and it is gorgeous focal point in her family room.
For the kitchen you could frame a favorite family recipe and paint the frame to match your decor. This is also a great gift idea! If your frame is thick enough you could also add some handles to each end and use it as a tray. So, before you put those old outdated pictures into the box for the Sally Ann, take another could probably RECLAIM, RESTYLE & REDECORATE!

I would love to hear about your FRAME CREATIONS, so feel free to leave a comment and share!