Thursday, March 29, 2012

Modern Vintage's New Home!

So as many of you know, Kristen and I have found a home for Modern Vintage!  Yippee!!   We signed a lease almost two weeks ago and have been knee deep since!   Our shop is in Merchant's Square and we are so excited!   Here are some photos to show you the work-in-progress.

We had our work cutout for us.  The building had been vacant for nine years and as Kristen's says, "The place was brutal!"   Look at the horrid skin tone wall colors, disgusting carpet, and medical cabinets!  Yuck!  And that's Jen, the realtor, from TBX.  Thanks, Jen for helping make this deal happen!
Kristen's future workshop below and my office next.  This place used to be a dermatologist office hence the light in Kristen's room.  Although, almost everyone commented on it looking like a light used in another medical practice!  Mostly men though - what do they know?! ha!

 And so the demo begins!  A BIG thanks to Kristen's boyfriend, Matt, for tearing up the hideous rug and tile.   And another BIG thanks to my husband, Jay, for tearing off the baseboard and taking down the ugly flourescent lights!  Thank goodness we have handy men!  It would have been A LOT harder without them.   Matt also widened an entrance for us too!  Thanks, Matt!

 And onto making things pretty!   We painted the wainscoting simply white and the main retail space baby fawn.  I chose turquoise mist for my office, and we liked it so much Kristen painted the hallway this color too.  Thanks to Patti and Amy from Marshland for helping us paint!   And thanks so much to my best friend, Jen, for wallpapering and redoing our hack paint job on the ceiling!  Favorite part so far - definitely the wallpaper!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!

Next step - flooring!   Huge thanks to Jay and my brother-in-law, Tom,  for their hard work last weekend installing the floors.  We LOVE them!   And thanks to my sister, Dominique, for helping us paint Kristen's room.   
And the kiddos having fun in the mess!
And that's about it for now!  Next step - basboard and lighting.   McGrath Electric will be doing our electrical work.  Thanks, Brian!  Can't wait to see our sparkly light fixtures up :0)

We are both SO lucky and grateful to have such encouraging, helpful, and supportive friends and family to help us through this process.   Thank you to everyone that has helped and thanks to my family for taking care of Soleil so often for me!  We couldn't have gotten this far without all of you!

More updates next week!

Cara & Kristen

Monday, March 12, 2012

Owl Bench for Kid's Room

This past weekend was my friend, Abby's baby shower.   She's due next month and does not know what she is having!  I love surprises!   Anyways, I wanted to make her something special - something unique and not on her registry.   With the help of my husband, we made a bench to match her nursery theme.   Her  bedding is green and yellow and she registered for an adorable wall decal that I used as inspiration. 

I basically mimicked the design of the wall decal with the curly tree branches and two cute owls.  I decided to use a white background because her nursery walls are green.   I painted the legs a bright yellow-green so that they really popped.

And of course, I had to make a pillow.   My favorite part of it - the bow-tie to match the polka-dot bench trim!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Handmade Glass Bead & Recycled Glass Mirror

A few years ago, our glass patio table top shattered into pieces.   My husband swept up the broken glass and put it into a bin to throw away in his work dumpster.  After seeing that it broke like a windshield would (with no real sharp edges), I told him I wanted to keep it because I thought I could make something cool with it.  He laughed, didn't take me seriously and took it with him to work the next day without me knowing.  In that short time, I had already envisioned a mirror I would create.   When he came home that day, I sent him back to the dumpster to collect the pieces for me!   (What a good guy!)

With that glass, I created a really large mirror.  Recently, my sister had asked me to make her a mirror similar to the one I created several years ago.   I still had the glass from the patio table but not enough to fill the entire frame so I also used glass beads and sea glass.  The mirror pictured above is now hanging in her bathroom.

So, if anyone has a broken patio table, let me know and I'll come clean it up, recycle the glass and turn it into something pretty!